A Mad Tea Party Soy Candle  From The Page  Uncommon Goods  Vintage Frills

I absolutely love books, I always have. There’s nothing quite like buying a crisp new paperback and settling down with a cuppa as I turn the pages and lose myself for a couple of hours. I also love finding old books with inscriptions from the original owner and knowing that I’m not the first person to have enjoyed those pages. I’m also a big fan of scented candles. They’re something I invest a little extra money in, to get the best quality ones, that burn for hours and fill the room with glorious scents.

From the Page Book Candles  Uncommon Goods  Vintage Frills

When I was contacted by Uncommon Goods to see if I wanted to review something from their website, I was instantly drawn to their Literary Candles. The candles are hand poured soy candles from New York. Each candle is based on a book from classic literature and not only do they smell amazing they look lovely too. I absolutely love the idea of candles inspired by books, especially since they are some of my favourites. I can already think of a few of my book loving friends who would adore these as a christmas gift. They are just one of many amazing gift ideas which you can find online here.

Pemberley Pride and Prejudice Candle  From the page  Uncommon Goods  Vintage Frills

The candles themselves are beautiful quality, they come in mason style jars with metal lids, they look both traditional and modern and would fit really well in most homes. Soy candles are environmentally friendly and you can rinse out the jars and use them for something else afterwards. The candles have a burning time of around 60 hours, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy them and I’m sure you could read your way through a couple of classics before the candle has burnt out!

Jane Eyre Candle  From the Page  Uncommon Goods  Vintage Frills

Alice in Wonderland Candle  From the Page  Uncommon Goods  Vintage Frills

My favourite thing about the candles would have to be the fabulous scents, after opening the jars and before lighting the candles my room was already filled with the sumptuous smell, and after just a few minutes burning the whole house smelt gorgeous. Each candle scent is inspired by the book itself for example the Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party one is scented with white tea and the Jane Eyre inspired Thornfield Garden candle is scented with rose and rain water. My favourite would have to be the scent of black current tea and leather books in homage to Sherlock Holmes.

Pemberley Pride and Prejudice Candle  From the page  Uncommon Goods  Vintage Frills

Pride and Prejudice Candle  From the page  Uncommon Goods  Vintage Frills

I’m so happy I chose the candles as I absolutely love them and I know I’ll get hours and hours of enjoyment from them. These come highly recommended by me because they are a beautifully presented, fantastic quality product and such a cool idea too.

Book Candles  From the Page  Uncommon Goods  Vintage Frills

Uncommon Goods sell a huge selection of eclectic and quirky home accessories and gifts. See the full range of home accessories here. If you like something a little different in your home, or want to get away from high street homewares then this is a great place to start. I especially love all their kitchen and bar accessories and I also have my eye on a few things for my bath room which I’m hoping to redecorate this year. They also have a great selection of art (available here) and gifts for just about anyone. The website is like visiting a lovely independent homeware boutique full of lovely products from cool companies and independent makers. I love that the website includes little bios about the makers of their products, which gives it a more personal touch and lets you know what small business you will be supporting through your purchase. Here’s a little quote about the company, which I find pretty inspirational…

“Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is a privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. We run all our operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, including our warehouse where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. We make it our mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what we sell
is made by hand. Most of the products we carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way. “

Literary Candles  From the Page  Uncommon Goods  Vintage Frills

See the full range on the Uncommon Goods website. Although based in the US they do ship to the UK so we don’t have to miss out this side of the pond!

*The candles were gifted to me by Uncommon Goods to review. All opinions as always are my own.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Autumn lately. Although I’m definitely a summer person, I can’t help but love the gorgeous colours the trees go, just before all the leaves fall and the weather gets too wet and miserable. I love shades like green, mustard and deep red and todays wishlist takes inspiration from all those gorgeous autumnal colours.

When the leaves start to fall  Autumn Outfit Ideas  Vintage FrillsI absolutely love the classic mustard coloured dress from La Vie En Swing. It’s such a gorgeous colour and a very classic 1940s style. It’s also a really versatile dress which could be worn with lots of different accessories to change up your look. I’ve paired it with a fun Cath Kidston cardigan with cute little squirrels to pay homage to the changing seasons. The brown accessories are also perfect wardrobe staples. I’m a bit of a fan of over the knee socks at the moment so expect to see a lot of these featuring in my posts over the next few months!

Autumn Outfit

Where to buy this look:

Mia 1940s Style Dress – 99.00€ – La Vie En Swing

Red Check Fringed Scarf – £16 – Miss Selfridge 

Squirrel Pocket Cardigan – £85 – Cath Kidston

Camel Boyfriend Coat – £29.99 – New Look

Brown Over Knee Socks – 56p – Amazon

Brown Satchel Bag – £32 – Accessorize

Little Lockhart Brooch – $34.95 – Erstwilder

Slouchy Hat – £10 – Miss Selfridge

Shipley Shoes – £79 – Hotter

What do you think of my choices? What are you most looking forward to wearing this autumn?

The summer holidays have been over for just over a week and I’m already missing all the fun days out with the little ones. One of my favourites things we did this summer was a little trip to Saltdean near Brighton for a couple of hours exploring the rock pools. I love doing outdoor things with the kids and the rubbish weather didn’t stop us!

I’d really recommend this as a family day out. All you need is a bucket and net and some waterproof show and your good to go. Saltdean is just over an hour from London too. I thought I’d share a few pictures I took while we there…

Rockpools SaltdeanThe rock pools are full of little creatures to discover.

J Rockpools SaltdeanWe found lots of little shrimps, small fish and crabs.

L Rockpools SaltdeanLila having a look at some shrimps in her bucket.

J at Saltdean

J SaltdeanSearching for crabs.

Saltdean Rockpooling

Saltdean RockpoolsRob and Lila looking for good spots to find creatures.

SaltdeanIt was quite a cold drizzly day, but it didn’t spoil the fun at all.

Rockpooling CrabsSome of the crabs and shells we found.

Rockpooling Crab

Crab SaltdeanWhen the kids had looked at the crabs we set them free.

If you have a spare afternoon before the weather gets too cold, I’d definitely recommend going rock pooling. Be sure to check the tide times first as they vary from day-to-day. You need to go at low tide.

I’m really enjoying my recent return to being a vintage dealer. After a few years off, concentrating on the kids and the blog returning to the world of selling has reminded me why I love vintage so much. It’s handwork tracking down amazing things to sell, but so far it’s also been a lot of fun. I thought it would be nice to occasionally share some of my finds on here. Todays items are all available on my Etsy shop and I think they’re amazing.

I recently got my hands on some gorgeous deadstock (unused) vintage jewellery and accessories which I will be gradually adding to my shop. They are all on their original cards which are just as beautiful as the items themselves.

Deadstock Hair GripsVintage Deadstock Hair Grips – £5

French Twist Hair AccessoryVintage Deadstock French Twist Hair Barrette £6

Red Deadstock ClipVintage Red Plastic Hair Clip £6.00

Necklace SetVintage Children’s Necklace and Bracelet Set – £6.00

I find items like these so fascinating, and it’s nice to be able to buy them with their original packaging in the same way that women would have bought them in the past. They could be used or kept in their packaging for display purposes.

I’ll be adding a few more accessories to my Etsy in the next week I have also just added lots more dresses, so keep checking back or favourite the shop.

When baking I find that some recipes just come out perfect every single time, other times there are total disasters. I work with a lot of vintage recipes and these always take a little trial and error to perfect. One baking challenge I recently tried my hand at was macarons. These are notoriously difficult to get right and I certainly had a few attempts that went completely wrong before I started to get them right.

How to Make Pink Macarons

While trying to perfect macarons I looked at lots of different recipes online and read lots of different advise some of which worked and some didn’t. I thought I’d share The recipe I used and the techniques I used to get them baked perfectly.

Macarons Vintage Frills

My Macaron Tips:

  • My first advise would be to measure everything by weight, including the egg whites. A lot of recipes tell you to use the whites of three eggs, but since they vary in size I’ve found weighing them out works perfectly.
  • Sieve your ingredients at least twice. Smooth macarons require perfectly smooth ingredients.
  • Add cream of tartar to your egg whites. This helps to stabilise the mixture and I’ve found it makes my macarons come out much more successfully.
  • Don’t over mix. When combining the ingredients I find that 30-35 turns is just enough.
  • Trace out your circle first, perfect macarons need to be exactly the same size and shape, marking out your circles on the reverse of your baking parchment really helps.
  • Use a very concentrated gel colouring. By doing this you are using such a minimal amount that it won’t affect the consistency of the mixture. I use Wilton’s gel colouring.
  • Tap that tray. Make sure you tap your baking tray nice and hard to get rid of any bubble sin the mixture or your macarons will crack.
  • Let them rest. Once piped and tapped I found that the macarons should sit for around 45 minutes before putting them into the oven. This ensures that they’ve formed a good shell on tops and will create a good-sized foot while baking.

Perfect Macarons


For the macarons:

  • 100g Egg Whites (around 3 eggs)
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 110g Ground Almonds
  • Gel Food Colouring

For the filling:

  • Butter (I use Stork with Butter)
  • Icing Sugar
  • Gel Food Colouring

(As I’ve mentioned before I don’t use exact measurements for buttercream icing, I just add a little of the ingredients until I’m happy with the consistency)


How to Make:

  • Trace your circles onto the back of a piece of baking paper and place on a baking tray.
  • Sieve the icing sugar and ground almonds onto a piece of baking paper. Put to one side.
  • Put your egg white and cream of tartar into a bowl and begin to whist. I use my electric mixer to do this.
  • When the egg white looks foamy add the caster sugar and whisk for a few minutes until the mixture form stiff glossy peaks. I add my gel food colouring in the last minutes of whisking as I find it combines best at this stage.
  • Sieve the almond and icing sugar mixture in to the bowl and gently fold with a spatula about 30-35 times until fully incorporated. Don’t over mix!
  • Transfer the mixture into a piping bag.
  • Carefully pipe the mixture onto the baking paper using the traced circles as a guide.
  • Once they are all piped, tap the baking tray onto the worktop several times, rotating as you go.
  • Preheat the oven to 140 degrees C (285f)
  • Leave the macarons to sit for around 45 minutes until the tops have formed a shell.
  • Then place them into the oven for 10-20 until dry. They shouldn’t be at all sticky underneath and should come away from the paper easily.
  • Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Mix icing sugar, butter and gel colouring until they form a smooth thick consistency.
  • Fill a piping bag with the icing and pipe onto each half macaron before placing the other half on top. I find give the two halves a quick turn helps them to hold together better and evenly distribute the icing.
  • Put them into the fridge to set.

Pink Macarons

It is a very complicated recipe but I’m so happy with the results. I’ve made them in a couple of different colours and soon i’m hoping to attempt different flavours so I’ll let you know how I get on.

Macaron Recipe

If you have any Macaron tips please let me know in the  comments.

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