My pre-birthday song

My pre-birthday song

 

I’m off to Croatia tomorrow (yay!), and it’s my birthday next week Tuesday (double yay!).

I’ll be spending it at this gorgeous spa in Croatia: Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera:

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Gorgeous isn’t it? – I can’t wait!

I’m going to be having their signature Cleopatra Heavenly White Hamam Treatment which incorporates a milk bath, a relaxing massage and a full body scrub using a silk glove. The whole treatment is almost 2 hours long so it’s very intensive. Afterwards we will probably eat at one of their on site restaurants which all look wonderful.

Now onto the real reason I’m going to Croatia: Suncebeat 6, 2015!

The lineup of house dj’s this year is IMMENSE and it is looking like it’s going to be stupendously good with live performances from the likes of Roy Ayers and The Brand New Heavies and these amazing dj’s that are flying from all over the world to perform:

Kerri Chandler. Louie Vega. Miguel Migs. Osunlade. Soul Dynamic. Tony Humphries. Dimitri from Paris. Sandy Rivera. Motor City Drum Ensemble. Dj Spen. Rich Medina. Reverend P. Rainer Truby. Lefto. Lay-far. Dj Jeff Afrozilla Andrew Ashong.

A truly unbelievable lineup, goodness gracious me.

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And on that note here’s a beautiful song by Eric Lau and Rahel entitled “Guide You” that will be this years birthday song. Enjoy!

I no doubt will update you on my travels upon my sunny dispositioned return!

     
Lightening your natural hair the natural way

Lightening your natural hair the natural way

 

Now that the summer months are here and my hair is well on it’s way to afro glory I have been toying with the idea of lightening it. I’ve seen lots of amazing photo’s on Pinterest of natural hedded girls who have experimented with colour and they look amazing! Very inspirational. Having the French braids in did make my hair grow but I found them to be a little restrictive and uncomfortable to sleep with so I’ve decided to give them a miss for the foreseeable future and just let my hair do what nature intended. So far so good!

I went to my hair dressers Adornment last week to discuss possible hair colours and they understood exactly what I was referring to when I said that I wanted a very subtle lightening with highlights that are only really visible in the sunlight. They suggested that I get lowlights instead of highlights and we choose some shades for that purpose. Unfortunately for me though, the salon does get booked up very quickly and they didn’t have any available appointments so I’m on the reserve list, but in the meantime I done some research on natural hair lightening methods and I found this:

10 Ways to Lighten your Hair Naturally {Homemade Recipes}

http://www.diyncrafts.com/2312/homemade/10-ways-to-lighten-your-hair-naturally

So I think I may just give one of these a try as I have pretty much all of these ingredients at home already in my cupboards and perhaps I will prefer this method to putting harsh chemicals on my hair and possibly not liking the results!

Has anyone tried any of these methods before? If so, did it work? Was it easy to do? Or too messy??

Let me know!

Holiday! Celebrate!

Holiday! Celebrate!

It’s absolutely freezing at the moment, and my body just cannot acclimatize to this horror. How the devil are you faring?!

They’ve been saying that it’s going to snow for the past week already but as yet nothing but frost and an intensely bitter cold has come fourth. Alas, I am going on holiday! Well, 3 holidays infact. YAAY!!

First, I’m off to Miami in March for a couple of days. I figured that I certainly could not be expected to wait all the way until the end of May to see the Sun so Ian and I are going to Miami for a few days to top up our tans pre family holiday in May.

Then we’re doing a family cruise which I’m particularly looking forward to. I haven’t gone away with my family for a couple of years so this is way overdue and I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the places that I’ve never visited before and enjoying all of the onboard entertainment and restaurants on our ship The NLC’s Epic! We’re also going to spend 3 days in Rome before we board the ship so we’ll get a chance to do the touristy thing to full effect and eat lots of Gelato. Oh yes.

Then in July I’m going back to the house festival in Croatia – Suncebeat! And the best thing of all is that they’ve recently released not just the names of the DJ’s who will be djing but Roy Ayers and The Brand New Heavies will be performing there live too. I cannot wait I tell ya!

So, bring on the celebrations! Whoop Whoop!

Miami Beach

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Suncebeat, Croatia

Paaaartaay!

 

Aromatherapy Candle Properties Revealed! Grapefruit & Lime

Aromatherapy Candle Properties Revealed! Grapefruit & Lime

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Our exquisitely scented Aromatherapy candles are handmade using soy wax and a blend of finely balanced Essential Oils that impart not only beautiful fragrance but harmony and purity to your environment. Our candles are made to order so that they retain there optimum freshness and quality.
All of the candles in our Aromatherapy range have a variety of holistic benefits, here we reveal not only what goes into our Grapefruit & Lime candle, but why it’s so good for you:

Grapefruit: Antiseptic, Lymphatic, Antidepressant, Stimulant

Lime: Restorative, Tonic, Bactericidal, Disinfectant

Grapefruit and Lime also share many properties such as there antiseptic, tonic and antibacterial benefits.

Our Grapefruit & Lime candle is available to buy online here at notonthehighstreet:
http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete/product/aromatherapy-white-grapefruit-soy-candle

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I’m baaaaack!

I’m baaaaack!

I’m back from my holiday on the beautiful island of Croatia!
The Suncebeat festival was amazing: a perfect combination of relaxation, good music, good vibes, sun, sand and sea.
Croatia is a beautiful island, with a magical rugged charm that I really liked.
The people were very friendly too. I was there for the whole 8 days of the music festival which was situated in the Garden Tisno on a private and secluded bay. I spent my birthday there partying under the stars to some pretty damn good house music. We went for my birthday dinner at a seafood restaurant called Gina’s that blew me away, not just with the price (£13 for a coke, seabass, chips and vegetables and crepes with icecream), but with the sheer quality of the food. It was absolutely delicious! I implore you to go there if you’re ever in the area, you won’t regret it!

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g1190813-d4301132-Reviews-Gina-Tisno_Sibenik_Knin_County_Dalmatia.html

When I got back on Friday I was greeted by my 2 energetic balls of fluff Sansa and Franklin who have grown even more in the short time that I’ve been away. Thankfully they are both still as gorgeous, playful and mischevious as ever, which makes for highly entertaining viewing.

Franklin: Frankie goes to heaven

Sansa: Sansa baby

After Croatia my birthday celebrations continued with a trip to The Shard for dinner with my boyfriend and friends and then to the Dorchester the following day with some friends for champagne afternoon tea. Both were wonderful and very luxurious!

Next weekend is the final conclusion of my birthday celebrations with my Cinema Soiree. The films have been decided on and ordered (Mesrine and Intouchables), the gardening has been done, the projector has been tested, the snacks have been ordered. All that needs to be done now is a bit of housework to get the house in a hospitable condition, the ordering of the hot food and drinks and making the candles to put in the garden. Since the kittens are getting more and more mischevious it would be impossible to just let them roam free whilst the party is going on so we are going to have to keep them in one room. I have decided that rather then do a BBQ on the night which requires continuous attention, I am just going to provide some pizzas and hot dogs, nacho’s, ice cream and popcorn and I’ve ordered some cute ice cream tubs, popcorn and hot dog boxes to house them. I must say that I’m very pleased with the icecream flavours that I’ve chosen for the occasion and I don’t mind sharing them with you:

Rum and Raisin: Rum and Raisin Icecream

Mint Choc Chip: mint-chocolate-chip27web

Salted Caramel: salted caramel icecream

Coconut: Coconut Icecream

Hazelnut: hazelnut_ice_cream

My other favourite icecream flavours are Pistachio and Banana but I think serving 7 different icecream flavours at a small party for family and friends is a wee bit excessive 😉

What are your favourite icecream flavours??

Treasury Feature 14/07/14

Treasury Feature 14/07/14

Good Morning Blogee’s and Bloggettes,

I hope your enjoying the undeniable start of summer, and long may it last!

These past couple of weeks The Secret Scent Societe’ has been featured in lots of Etsy treasurys and I thought I’d shared them all with you!

The treasury is entitled “July 101” and is a gorgeous combination of neutral and pastel coloured gifts, which includes my peach scented candle Ambrosial Peach. It’s a gorgeous collection.

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Peach scented candle “Ambrosial Peach”

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This treasury is entitled “Yellow Sunni” and features my candle Frankincense & Myrrh F&M

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Frankincense & Myrrh scented candle “F&M”

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This treasury is entitled “Dream Décor” and featured my black Tuberose & Ginger candle “Indian Mistress of the Night”

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Indian Mistress of the Night

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To see the full Etsy treasury for “July 101”

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MzIwNDg0ODh8MjcyMzkzMTA3NQ/july101

To see the full Etsy treasury for “Yellow Sunni”

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MzM3NjM2Mjd8MjcyMzkyNzI4Nw/yellow-sunni

To see the full Etsy treasury for “Dream Décor”

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MzA5Njc4Mzd8MjcyMzkwNjE1Nw/dream-decor

I got it, I got it!

I got it, I got it!

I am very happy to report that after 3 long weeks of checking the nasty gal website faithfully for a sign that the gorgeous black swimsuit that I’ve had my eye on for the past couple of weeks is back in stock I can confirm that I have FINALLY been successful and secured it! YAY!

My holiday to Croatia is fast approaching (it’s less then 2 weeks away), and I was determined that I’d have this swimsuit to wear when I’m dancing at the suncebeat festival in the beautiful garden of Tisno. To secure the most coveted clothing on this website is a game of patience, determination and luck. My patience almost let me down, almost, but I held on, and thankfully, thankfully, it paid off. And now it’s on it’s way to me! I had to pay for express shipping as if I didn’t then I don’t think that it would arrive in time alas now I shall have it in just 3 working days.

What do you think of this swimsuit? Do you like it? Do you think it was worth the wait?

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Have a great weekend all!

A Friday song for you…