Hello, my name is Ashumi and I am a candle addict. As I work from home and spend many Sunday evenings in, (and Fridays too – loserville, I know!) I like to try and make my space as homey and happy as possible. Something so simple like a scented candle can instantly put me in a better mood, so I like to keep a few candles dotted around the house.
It’s easy to assume that candles are only good for autumn/winter time, when it’s cold outside but as I am an all-year-round candle lighter, I have compiled my 3 favourite summer candles which are light, fresh but also extremely fragrant.
Anthropologie – Spring’s Eden Pomegranate Peony
It’s physically impossible for me to enter Anthropolgie and come out empty-handed. Why is this shop just so amazing? Every time I visit, I always have a peek at the candles but have never actually picked one up. However, a couple of weeks ago I happened to fall into the Regent Street branch and saw some candles on sale…enough said!
This pomegranate peony candle was half price and judging by the size of this thing, I definitely would call this a bargain! It has a light, floral scent and comes with a lovely jar, which I will be using afterwards.
Muji – Seabreeze
I fell in love with this candle as soon as I smelt it in the shop and I would recommend it, if you want an affordable, non-fancy candle that will instantly transform you to summer days spent at the seaside.
Jo Malone – Lime Basil & Mandarin
A more pricey, luxury one that I would recommend to fellow serious candle lovers. This one is a Jo Malone classic and has a fresh, citrusy aroma which I think is a perfect, ‘just cleaned the house’ smell.
What are the two best things about summer? Ice-cream and cocktails…. and the weather, al fresco dinners, summer wardrobes and generally being in a better mood, but we’re just concentrating on the two for this post! Well, not really ice-cream, sorbet but hey go with it!
I’ve been seeing a slight frosé (frozen rosé) craze circulating the Internet this summer, but because I’m more of a prosecco fan, I decided to adapt the frosé and make my own version. I call it a peach sorbet & prosecco cocktail…doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? It isn’t much of a recipe, as it’s pretty simple, so don’t call me a mixologist just yet, but it’s a lovely drink that you can serve up easily for a BBQ or any get together this summer.
First the sorbet…
4 ripe peaches
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- Peel the peaches, cut in small cubes and freeze overnight.
- Stir sugar in ½ cup of water, and blend with the frozen peaches and a few ice cubes.
- Add the salt and lemon and blitz until smooth.
- Transfer to a loaf pan and freeze (either for a couple of hours or overnight)
Mint leaves or rosemary for garnish
- Add an ice-cream scoop full of the sorbet to each glass
- Pour in a capful of elderflower cordial and top it up with prosecco
- Serve up with a sprig mint or rosemary to garnish and voila!
For my sister’s (I won’t say what age) birthday, I surprised her with a couple of mock boarding-pass tickets for a weekend in Amsterdam! We’ve both wanted to go there for years and years and as it was a bank holiday weekend and my birthday too, it seemed like the best time to get away and explore the Venice of the North!
We spent 3 days walking around, trying to avoid getting run over by a bike (they’re everywhere!), visiting the cute sell-everything shops that have amazing interior design in the Jordaan district, brunching of course (Amsterdam is big on vegan & veggie friendly cafes) visiting the Red Light District (an experience, to say the least!) and my highlight, the Anne Frank House, a place which I’ve been wanting to visit ever since reading her diary, at around 11 years old. If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam, I definitely wouldn’t skip this one. You may find yourself in the queue for 2ish hours (try and book tickets online before to avoid this) but it is incredibly moving to see the annexe in real life, walk the steps she and her family tiptoed, trying not to get discovered by the Nazis.
I just fell in love with Amsterdam. The canal views, bike culture (maybe next time I’ll actually have the courage to ride one), the people and the buildings. I could see why New York was originally named New Amsterdam (just call me Wikipedia!) as the tall townhouses with stoops looked straight out of a Sex & the City set!