I signed up for the Fragrance Shop Discovery Club back in April for the Spring edition and to be honest, I then forgot all about it. So it was a very pleasant surprise when the Summer edition landed on my doorstep last week. Firstly, I love the packaging – the yellow and blue feels very beachy and I always appreciate a letterbox friendly parcel! It was also stuffed with 8 perfume samples – five for me and three for the man. Here’s what was included:
- Hugo Boss Boss Ma Vie – green freshness from cactus blossom with floral at it’s heart and cedarwood to warm. I love this one!
- Paco Rabanne 1 Million Cologne – a citrus explosion with masculine leather and spicy tonka been that will transport you to memories of heady summer nights.
- Givenchy Dahlia Divin – soft, almost powdery peach with jasmine and vanilla musk. A very feminine scent.
- 007 For Women – black pepper lends a spicy hit to blackberry and jasmine with a rich base of vanilla, musk and cedarwood. More unique and classy than you might expect for a ‘novelty’ choice.
- Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Sunset in Salina – Similar to the Paco Rabanne but fresher and lighter with vine leaves, freesia and orange flower with an amber base.
- Prada Luna Rossa Sport (for men) – an energetic blend of ginger, juniper berries and lavender.
- Dolce and Gabbana – Intenso (for men) – again featuring lavender, this one is woodier and deeper with basil the companion.
- Loewe Solo Loewe Cedro – a woody fragrance with cedarwood, amber and gayac wood, this one is freshened with citrus and spicy pink pepper.
I’m very happy with this box, I like all of the women’s fragrances and I know that David also likes his. I love getting these little perfume samples – perfume tends to last me a really long time so it’s nice to mix it up without breaking the bank (or overloading my dresser). The club costs £5 per quarter but you can also get a one off box whenever you like. You will also receive money off vouchers for all of the featured fragrances. Good deal in my book.
Today I wanted to introduce a new monthly subscription box I’ve been loving recently. The Geeky Little Stitcher cross stitch club from Jess, based in Exeter. It’s kawaii themed and each month is a based around a different cute foody character. The first box was released in April with an avocado theme, May’s was burgers, June is cake and July’s (now available) is doughnuts – you can see the pattern emerging I’m sure.
The box costs £9.99 plus £3.50 UK p&p and includes one main pattern, including all the threads you need, an embroidery hoop, aida cloth and a needle. The patterns are bold and contemporary but simple so it’s good even for beginners like me.
You will also receive a second surprise pattern and themed extras. These are a fabulous touch as the box is already great value. I love the ‘B is for Burger’ pattern (this would make a lovely unusual addition to a kids bedroom). The burger fabric swatch is dead handy for keeping needles safe and I always have room for cute stickers and address labels. And sweets, always room in my belly for them!
WIP shot. I worked on the pattern for a couple of hours a night for 2 or 3 weekends. I’m pretty slow but I’m sure my stitching will speed up as I tackle more patterns.
The finished product! I think I like it without the hearts as well, but let me know if you disagree! I can’t decide.
Can’t wait to get started on the next one. You can sign up here and check out Jess’ other designs as well.
The Discovery Box from The Fragrance Shop is a quarterly subscription box which guarantees your best smelling mail packed with perfume samples. It’s four boxes per year for just £5 each. The number of samples varies but this one included 6 scents for women and 1 for the guys. The best thing is that the fragrances are all current season and includes a £5 or £10 off voucher for each one.
The Spring box is still available to order so this is what you can expect:
- Hugo Boss Hugo Woman – fruity and floral with boysenberry and jasmine yet reminiscent of their classic masculine scent with sandalwood and cedar.
- Givenchy Very Irresitible – very rosy and feminine with a hit of star anise.
- Guerlain Le Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraiche – light and fruity with lemon, bergamot and rose but with a bit of a nutty bite via pistachio and almond.
- Versace Eros Pour Femme – a strong fragrance with a sharp citrus hit. It has lemon and bergamot like the Guerlain but is a more rich scent with sandalwood and musk base notes.
- Dolce and Gabbana Floral Drops – as you can guess, it’s very floral with lily, daffodil and neroli leaf with musk to deepen it down.
- Stella McCartney Stella – a bright fruity scent with lemon and mandarin plus floral notes supplied by rose, peony and violet.
- Versace Eros (for him) – a masculine scent with apple and mint for freshness and vanilla and cedar wood for depth.
I feel like it has something for everyone. I don’t love the Versace or the Guerlain but I do love the Stella and the Hugo Boss. Looking forward to seeing the summer selection which I believe will be available in May.
This month’s Lucky Dip Club was a riot of exotic birdies and colour. This subscription service continues to go from strength to strength, now with monthly guest contributors and the introduction of a charm club. A club within a club, I love it! It’s £15 a month and goes on sale at 7am on the 1st of each month.
The guest contributor for March was Hollie Harris who designed super cute 70s style bird hair slides. I’ve seen people on Instagram rocking these in purple, blue, red, brunette, blonde hair and they all look fab!
Yey! Stationery! I love this summery to-do list. I like the very eighties design too.
The charm of the month is a classy silver swan. It came on a necklace chain with the bracelet separate so that you could wear it while you build up the charm collection. I thought this was a really sweet gesture and didn’t expect a necklace too.
We also received a personalised Pink Flamingo Motel keyring. I saw @littlestlass on Instagram had turned hers into a necklace and I just had to copy!
Lastly we got to get our paper craft on with an origami set. I made the flying bird from the instructions supplied plus a swan and a rather dumpy looking penguin. So much fun!
The next box is themed around April showers with the theme of “Raining Cats and Dogs” and features the amazing Gemma Correll. Cannot wait for it!
I do love Lucky Dip Club days. As you most likely already know the score with them now I’ll just skip straight to the contents.
As February is the month of love (Valentine’s Day being slap bang in the middle and all), the theme was “Love Hearts and Lipstick”. The collaboration was with LaLaLand so featured a personalised pencil from PopCult Pencils. It also included a glittery pout badge, washi tape with sweet slogans, a love letter necklace and a patch DIY kit.
The necklace is so dainty and pretty!
I made some nautical themed patches with the DIY kit. Not perfect but I like them. I’m enjoying doing some basic sewing so I might try and get some more practice in and learn a few more techniques.
‘Til next month, S.W.A.L.K!
Big Pop Club is the newest subscription box on the scene from illustrator Ella Masters. I managed to get my hands on the very first one so I thought I would share the contents with you lovely readers.
Promising illustrated goods in Ella’s unique style, Big Pop Club is a monthly dose of tats, beards and old school joy. It includes a monthly illustrated calendar and other items such as tote bags, tea towels, patches and stationery. Subscriptions open on the 1st of each month and are posted out (in letter box friendly boxes) before the end of the same month. This one was £20 plus £3.50 postages, although now you choose from three sizes – £25.50 for large, £19.50 for medium and £15.50 for a mini box. I’m not sure what this means for contents in terms of how much exactly you get in each box – I’m guessing that the one I have would be classed as “medium” but I could be wrong on this.
The March box was circus themed and included a fortune-teller tote bag, a notebook illustrated with a sweet circus elephant, some temporary tattoos, a colouring sheets and felt tip pens and a ‘Big Pop’ poster/calendar. There was also a couple of pompoms in the box which Tilly promptly ran off with!
I think it’s a really great selection, I love the bag and the notebooks are always handy to have. I also really like the poster, just need to find somewhere to hang it now.
The April box is themed “Cats with Tats” which sounds ridiculously fun. Subscriptions are now open.
Hey! So you know the deal with Lucky Dip Club by now right? A monthly subscription service delivering cute paper goods, DIY kits, jewellery and personalised items through your letterbox to put a huge smile on your face. The February box launched at 7am on Sunday 1st and sold out within an hour. Wowzers! So think of this post as your super advance warning for March. Set your alarms now if you want to join the club.
Anyway, the January box was themed “Valley of the Unicorns” with the slogan “Dream Big” (great advice from the creator Leona who has certainly been successful in pursuing her dreams). It was packed with pastel-unicorn-magical-goodness.
A new feature for 2015 is a monthly collaboration with a maker – this month was I Love Crafty who made us a super cute pink iridescent unicorn brooch. I love this new development as I’m sure I’ll be introduced to lots of great new indie makers throughout the year and possibly gain a few new favourites.
Lucky Dip Club never fails to make me smile, and it’s certainly upping my stationery collection – deffo a good thing! Roll on next month :)