A few favourite discoveries from 2015…



T H E   G A M E   C H A N G E R S .

This post is about my favourite of all favourites, the best of the best- the products and pieces and items I discovered in 2015, and fell so in love with they’ll be sticking through 2016 and beyond!

Some of them I’m sure you’ll be familiar with, since I know I’ve mentioned or featured them here at various points throughout the year. We’re not just talking beauty, but jewellery and clothing, kitchenware, and even apps too!

Let’s get cracking…

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Monica Vinader – Riva Diamond Hoop Ring, + Vega Moonstone Bracelet

My love for MV has grown steadily over the past 18 months or so, really, but it’s been in the past year that my collection of their pieces has begun to take shape.

It’s the first jewellery brand I’ve ever loved enough to begin collecting, and have assured Jason that next time he’s fretting about how difficult I am to buy for at birthdays and Christmas time, Monica Vinader is always a safe bet! ;)

Not only are their collections all so unique, varied, and easy to mix and match, but the prices range so greatly that there’s something for every budget. I’ve both given and received pieces from their lines over the past year, and they never, ever disappoint.

I even wore the Riva diamond pendant on my wedding day!

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Dualit Silver milk frother

This might not seem like the most glamorous or exciting of products to include in a ‘my favourite items from 2015′ round up, but I can assure you it does fit the bill!

I make a *lot* of hot drinks at home, from my daily morning flat whites or lattes, to rich hot chocolates in the evenings. This little gadget works like a kettle for milk, heating the milk up to the perfect drinking temperature and frothing it too.

It makes coffees taste almost like something you’d get in a a cafe (though the ‘latte art’ is a little harder to replicate at home…!), and is so much more convenient than heating milk in a microwave or on the stove.

It’s not the cheapest product (though the black colour option is significantly cheaper), but since we’ve used it daily ever since getting it this summer, I’d say it’s more than worth the cost.


Penhaligon’s Iris Prima & Diptyque Philosykos fragrances

It’s taken me my whole life up until now to realise that I *am* a perfume person, just a very fussy one! I’d always thought that I just didn’t really like perfumes on me all that much (despite always loving them on other people), but discovering Penhaligon’s and Diptyque fragrances last year changed my mind.

Both being brands that specialise purely in fragrance, their perfumes are really something special. The Iris Prima is indescribably lovely- rich and musky without being overly heavy, and so unique it always draws comments.

I love the fresh, foggy Philosykos during summer, and plan on saving the second half of this bottle for when the weather begins to warm up again.


Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt candle

These candles were a recent discovery for me, towards the end of last year, and are my first venture into the world of Jo Malone.

At a little over £40 each, the candles really are a treat (and a very occasional one at that!), but I can honestly say they’re the best I’ve *ever* used.

This particular fragrance is amazing- fresh and woody and masculine- and having it lit for even just half an hour fragrances our whole space. It’s a dangerous addiction to have developed…;)


Roll-neck jumpers – fine knit & chunky knit

If you’ve seen any at all of my outfit posts from the past winter, you’ll know that I developed something of an addiction to roll-necks in 2015!

After having spent years and years previously complaining about being cold, usually because I’d be wearing V-necks that left my chest exposed and chilly, the toasty warmth of roll-neck jumpers has been a revelation!

These two, with their muted taupe shades and soft knits, have been firm favourites. Next on my wishlist is a fine, light grey roll-neck to see me through this half of winter…


And now, on to the one last item that can’t be photographed! I downloaded Evernote a few months ago on the spur of the moment, and can honestly say it’s been a life-changer when it comes to me keeping organised.

I plan *everything* on the app, from our weekly meals and my daily to-do lists, through to my blog’s editorial calendar each month. I even use it as a place to save recipes I find online, and as a way of compiling notes and details of places to visit when travelling.

It syncs automatically with the app on your laptop, and is *so* user-friendly and intuitive. In short, I’m obsessed. Can’t recommend it highly enough, if you’re looking for something to get organised with at the start of this new year!

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Do you have any ‘most loved’ items from the past year? I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments!

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  • http://sophiesmakeupblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie

    Oh my, I need that milk frother! I’m not normally a perfume person either but recently I’ve fallen in love with Ellie Saab perfumes, I’ll have to have a look at Philosykos, it sounds divine!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • http://rushandteal.co.uk Allie

    I never knew I needed a milk frother until now, but now I desperately need it!

    Allie | Rush & Teal

  • emily couture

    The milk frother sounds amazing! :)

    emily xx


  • http://www.mascaraandmud.com/ Cerys {mascara & mud}

    I’m the same, didn’t know I needed a milk frother until now!

  • Lizzie Woodman

    Wood sage and sea salt is my favourite Jo Malone scent – really fresh and unusual. That milk frother looks great, but for now I’ll have to make do with my tiny milk pan from Tiger!

  • https://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk woodenwindowsills

    That’s the third person this week who’s recommended evernote – not something i’ve ever really considered, but perhaps all these hints from people are onto something! Alice xx


  • http://jennysideup.blogspot.de Jenny

    I love your mug! Where did you get it from and did they have it with every letter? :)
    A hot drink just tastes the best out of a pretty mug (and you can’t have enough can you?)
    Jenny Side Up

  • http://www.countrymouseclaire.com Claire @ Country Mouse Claire

    I am such a Jo Malone fangirl. Her fragrance mixing set is fabulous.

  • http://www.beautifuljunk.net Jen | Beautiful Junk

    Oh no… I think you’ve started an obsession! That jewelry is BEAUTIFUL!!! I know what will be on my wish list from now on!

  • Emily B

    I want a Jo Malone candle so bad!
    x Emily || lifestylesofemily.com

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    Seriously need to pick up a Jo Malone perfume, they always smell delicious!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • http://sophies-edit.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie

    Those jumpers look soooo soft and cosy!!! x


  • reneejessome

    Great picks! The MV jewellery is Beautiful!!

    Renee | Lose the Road

  • http://hotpinkwellingtons.co.uk Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons

    I love the Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne, it’s the perfect winter fragrance for me (which surprises me, as I’m quite girly!) Never tried it as a candle, but it sounds fantastic. JM candles are never something you buy for yourself though, are they? I’ve had two, but both presents from other people – I just can’t justify £40 on a candle, but as a gift it’s amazing!

    Katy | http://www.hotpinkwellingtons.co.uk

  • Alice Gorman

    I love all of your picks in this post! I have the Riva ring too my boyfriend gave it to me for my birthday last year! Lovely blog xx


  • Viktor Dimov

    I never knew I needed a milk frother until now, but now I desperately need it!

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