Yankee Candle, Holiday Party

Yankee candle, a true classic of a brand. Something you do not require me to tell you.

But have you seen this years Christmas range?

Because it is stunning…

A few weeks ago I went along to their Christmas press day. The theme being holiday party, it was like the dream party setup, iced with thier stunning advent calendars.

The candles twinkled and the new scents were simply divine. My personal favourite the citrussy all is bright.

They’ve got three other new scents. The macaron treats really blew me away – pardon the pun- as again I expected something similar to previous scents, like sugar cookie, but no. It smells like actual macarons, almond, vanilla and sweet sugary notes. B-E-A-utiful!

The festive cocktail is sweet with a nice piney undertone, marvellous for those of us whom love Christmas tree smell, but not such a fan of the pine needles getting everywhere.

Star anise & orange, yum. so pretty. Like a little christingle service burning away in your living room. Being an avid citrus fan, I would have imagined this to be my favourite and it was lovely, but I suppose it was the only one that smelt how I expected.

I’ve got a few candle accessories such as little tealight holders, more out of safety than anything else, as I mainly go for the candle jars. However, the holiday party range of accessories have changed me. I want ALL the Holiday Party range, especially those champagne flute candle holders, I mean can you blame me?! They’d look all gorgeous and twinkly this festive season at any party, clean lined, modern and elegant – perfection.

Such a great little Christmas pressie for the house proud, host with the most or just an all out candle lover, as you’re onto a guaranteed winner, who wouldn’t love their elegant design?!

*Although I was a guest of Yankee Candle, all words and pictures
(apart from the last two provided by Yankee candle) are my own

Yolk | Chicago, IL

Wells street. It’s a street that every foodie worth their salt visiting Chicago should know about.

I’ll tell you about a few little places dotted along this street, but first let me introduce you to Yolk.

There are a few of these dotted about the town, but Well street seems less busy and more open than the others.

The portions were everything and more that we wanted from America, HUGE!

Patrick ordered the corned beef hash and eggs which was so so good. An absolute mountain of food and even kept Patrick full til a little after lunch, which takes a lot.

My south of the border eggs benny was glorious, but slightly hot so the addition of fresh fruit on the side was very welcome to cool my chipotle heated mouth. The eggs were cooked immaculately and the muffins were yum, yum, yum. Just overkill on the chillies, I mean I like chillies, but it was a tad overpowering.

You know what else is great about America? FREE refills!!! In humble ol Europe free refills are the thing of legend, found in nandos and a handful of American chains, but America give out free refills in every restaurant you step into and I like it, I like it a lot. Especially when it’s the morning and I have a coffee cup that magically refills itself each time a server passes as if out of Harry Potter.

Definitely would go back & if you’re in the area get yourself there too!

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The 5 Travel FOMO-ers

Travelling seems to be an inherent trait of our generation, whether it’s making the most of your school holidays, annual leave, going off to find yourself for a year, whether it be back packing, luxury or anywhere in between. The world is there. We want to see it. Simple.

With so many travel quotes, bright colours and exciting experiences, who can blame us?
But something that comes hand in hand with this constant wanderlust is travel FOMO.

Firstly we have the virtual fomo. When your instagram, Facebook or whatever other form of social media is filled with beautiful destinations and bright colours (oh, we all know you’ve filtered the s#*t out of that) we get itchy feet. We want to see those sights, get enveloped in the smells and feel it all for ourselves.

Second, the photo fomo. Great you actually did it, you’re off exploring, out in the big bad world seeing new places you want to make sure you don’t miss a single thing that captures this city. Damn it, did you see that picture? You know that one building, one sunset, one thing that really made you think, yep that’s [insert destinations name] why didn’t I get that shot?!

Then there’s the foodie fomo. But what if I didn’t get the true [insert destination name here] foodie experience. What if I didn’t do my research and I’ve missed the classic dish of the region?

Not forgetting the adventure fomo. Was it exciting enough? How can I make sure I have some crazy, wild stories to bring home?

Copycat fomo is the worst kind. You’ve heard about this magical place from a friend, family member, blogger, however you know doesn’t really matter. But what if you don’t get that great experience they did? That looked so much better when they did that!

But honestly, you know what?

Quit worrying.

For one thing, all of these ‘FOMO’s’ give you an excuse to go back, find new places and explore. But also, that’s the great thing with travel, people will come back from the same  place, even on the same trip and have two completely different experiences of it. That’s what makes it special, interesting and amazing to share travel stories.
Don’t get to hepped up by missing out and focus more on what you have got in front of you and what you take from every journey.