New Fragrance: Penhaligon’s ‘Luna’ 

This month sees the launch of Penhaligon’s ‘Luna’. Much like it’s namesake, the Greek Goddess of the Moon, the fragrance has a beguiling beauty that inspires dreams of fantastical places.

Described as ‘Hypnotic and sensual, Luna shines up from the dark water, illuminating the ink-coloured night sky. Opening with the bitter freshness of orange bigarade, the heart unfolds with the crisp lightness of juniper berry, rounded off with the sensuality of a dark woody base.’

Penhaligon’s is a name synonymous with elegance and steeped in history. Their stores resemble that of an old apothecary, delicate glass bottles lining every wall. Stepping inside feels like you are being let in on a secret and this new fragrance is no different, wonderfully unique.

The name naturally jumped out at me as I had named my daughter Luna just 6 months ago. The name itself evokes feelings of power and images of an ethereal beauty much like the Moon itself.

Inspired by Penhaligon’s Luna, I have written a piece about the Goddess that inspired the creation of this gorgeous scent.

In the final hour of the day, she makes her entrance but not in the way that you might expect. There is no sudden noise to alert you but rather a slow, steady and powerful process of change that commands attention. The birds call to each other in a flurry of excitement. Twittering and chirping across the treetops, enveloping their loved ones in wings outstretched. As she approaches, their calls are softened to a whispering coo, feathers muffling their song. 

She begins her journey as she always does, taking her seat in her chariot, sitting high, regal and ready. Her two horses stay silently waiting for her unspoken orders, one a deep chestnut-brown, so dark that he was barely visible against the fading landscape. His coat glinting gently was his only giveaway. His companion is a bright, white, dappled in grey, resembling a coating of snow with soft shadows cast upon it.

Luna settles in her throne, gathering the leather reins with an expert hand. She tightens her grip, lifts the reins skywards and cracks them down. The chariot rumbles as the horses lead the way. Her glossy, dark curls are swept back from her face in the evening wind and tumble down the length of her back. She has a striking face, full, high-cheekboned and kind. Her eyes glisten seductively under densely packed eyelashes, fixed on the path being broken before her. She could almost remain unseen in the darkness if it were not for the iridescent glow beneath the surface of her skin. She needs no jewellery or adornments, she has an elegant beauty all of her own.

Draped around her neck and over her shoulders is a dark scarf of silk, framing her face. In the speed that they had gathered, the rushing wind picks up the tail-end of the scarf that stretches for miles behind her. It floats higher and higher above her and clings to the edge of the horizon. Inch by ince, the scarf sticks to the sky, slowly shrouding it and dimming the light. The sky displays a range of hues in this transformation, oranges, pinks, greens, almost like a final show before the curtain falls and settles with a deep, inky backdrop. The final hints of colour left over from the day are muted to a palette of blues and greys.

With each breath, she sends glimmering clouds of stars swirling upwards where they catch in the silky sky. She breathes light into the night whilst providing a cloak of darkness for the world around her. The chariot wheels are spinning at such a speed now that together with the friction of the ground, they create tiny, glowing sparks. The sparks settle on the ground, shining a little brighter like lingering embers before growing wings and taking flight. They buzz, dizzily among the trees, dancing to the familiar Luna lullaby. Her song can only be heard when all else is quiet, she conducts nature like an orchestra. With the sway in her hips, she sends the sea tides ebbing and flowing, the nod of her head sends the world to sleep. Looking around her, her reflection shimmers on the water, the leaves are licked with silver and dance playfully to the humming tune that has filled the air. In the warmth of the summer haze, the flowers have unfurled and the air is bursting in sweet scents with every step that she takes. She has completed her journey for tonight, she rises above, surveying the world below her. Luna has witness all of the world’s changes, she has been told the darkest secrets, overseen births and hushed meetings, seen wars begin and end. You might think that all of this had aged her but her wisdom has left her unmarked. She remains as youthful and as vibrant as she ever was.

This is a fragrance that I could wear day and night, it is transformative and sends me to another time and place. ‘Luna’ is fresh and warm all at once. The orange bigarade is refreshing, the jasmine is feminine and the woody base notes add a depth to the scent and with it, a touch of mystery.

I’ve been wearing this gorgeous fragrance all week and have received lots of compliments.

This will be accompanying me on dusky summer walks and on journeys far beyond my London surroundings.

Meringue Girls Workshop

Having been fully immersed in my bubble of ‘newborn-ness’, I haven’t had time for anything else. Any “spare” time has been spent catching up with the laundry or spending it with Kacey. Having 2 children under the age of 2 is a challenge that I adore but still a challenge nonetheless. So when I saw that ‘Meringue Girls’ has a space on one of their meringue workshops, I leapt at the chance!

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I had been following their account on Instagram and marvelling at their whimsical meringue creations for months. It was a rush to arrange myself and childcare in a mere few hours, but it was worth it.

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Greeted by the girls and a glass of Prosecco under the pink glow of their neon light, I had found a place to take a break from Babydom for just a little while…

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You can find details of their workshops on the Meringue Girls website:

Meringue Girls Website

I can really recommend giving it a go! If anyone has been on any other workshops or craft classes, I would love to hear about them in the comments below.





Happy International Women’s Day!

I have always been aware of IWD, my mother attends the annual WOW  (Women Of the World) Festival on London’s Southbank. I went to an all – girl High School where we discussed influential women within society whilst also challenging our own gender-enforced roles.
I have always questioned my own place in this world and wondered how and where I fit into it. But as a new mother to my 10 week old daughter, this day holds a new meaning and a new purpose to me personally. It didn’t have the same impact last March when I was a mother of a 10 month old little boy. Although I ultimately want him to grow up to be a wonderful partner, friend and role model, I didn’t feel as though he was getting such a raw deal by being male.
Our society has changed in many ways over the last few decades but there still remains to be such inequalities between the sexes. Instead of feeling defeatist when thinking of the gender pay gap and wondering what it means to be a woman… This year I shall make it my own. This year I will define myself as the woman that I am and not the woman that I think I should be.

I am stubborn, I am kind, I am thoughtful, I care fiercely and defend those that I love to the ends of this earth.

I am creative and occasionally very well organised but mostly I am a woman. I am a mother and I am me.

So when my darling little Luna is aware of International Women’s Day herself, I hope that she can be proud of herself and the woman that she is.


I haven’t written a blog post for a while now as I have had rather a busy 6 months!

I will begin with announcing the birth of my second child, my first daughter…

Luna Aurora


She arrived 3 weeks early on the 23rd of December 2015 at 1.10 pm. She is a gorgeous and strong-willed little girl and has settled beautifully into our family. I couldn’t be more happy, easily the best early Christmas gift ever!

I will be posting a series of pregnancy, birth and beyond posts over the coming weeks.

Lee Paton Atelier A/W 2015

As I mentioned previously, I am a fully qualified Hair and Makeup Artist. Here are some recent examples of my work with my favourite person to work with, Lee Paton. It turns out I had neglected to mention my second pregnancy so Lee was surprised when I walked through the studio doors sporting a bump once again. I’ve never been one for gushy announcements of pregnancy or indeed anything really but I really thought that I must have said something about it before. Baby brain totally took over in this instance but luckily it allowed me full cognitive function for the duration of the shoot so that I may work with the team to produce these beautiful images.

Lee Paton AW15 1 (small) Lee Paton AW15 2 (small) Lee Paton AW15 3 (small) Lee Paton AW15 4 (small)

1st Birthday Cake Smash Photo Shoot

When your baby turns 1, it’s a great time to capture them on camera. They might be crawling or even walking by now and you could get those first wobbly steps for the photo album. It’s also a lovely way to mark the end of your first year together and to see how far you have come.

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I threw a birthday party at home with friends and family which Kacey enjoyed (so much so that he skipped both of his usual naps!) But a week before his birthday, I scheduled a photo shoot with myself, Daddy and Kacey.

Kacey in his suit

Kacey in his suit

It took me quite a while to find the perfect place to do the Cake Smash in London, there are a lot of places that do this now. But when I saw the photos from Bumps & Bows, I knew this was it!

We were greeted by the photographer, Lola who began with photos of us together, as a family and then some of Kacey alone with a lot of balloons!

cake smash 003cake smash 004 Then the cake came out, a beautifully iced, blue, ombre cake with rainbow layers inside. Kacey was cautious at first but we got some beautiful photos of our boy.

This has been the most amazing year. Kacey is now 15 months old, a confident and independent toddler. I couldn’t be more proud and so lucky to be his Mama.

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5 Tips for Going on Holiday Abroad with a Toddler

In a couple of weeks I will be embarking on my first holiday abroad with Kacey. I have no trouble with planes or travelling myself but I am unsure about how Kacey will handle it. Now that he can walk, well, run, I’m not sure how easy this will be.

I have read many tips and guides online from other parents and I have asked other mums that I know about how they managed with their babies in tow.

Kacey on the beach

Kacey on the beach

I have compiled a list here of the most useful advice for holidaying with a toddler abroad:

  1. Don’t go crazy packing lots of nappies, you can buy them when you arrive at your destination.
  2. Take a re-usable swim nappy with you. I purchased one on Amazon and I take it out with me a lot just in case we decide to swim or we spot a paddling pool. After you’ve used it you can just pop it in the wash and use it again.
  3. Don’t forget to take a high factor protective sun cream for both you and your baby. Try to keep them out of the sun during the hours of 11am – 3pm when the sun is strongest.
  4. Relax. It will help to stick to your basic routine but try not to fret if things go a little off course. Remember, this is a holiday!
  5. Take some snacks, drinks and small books to keep your little one occupied during long journeys.

Beach babe2 These are the main tips that I will be following on our first family holiday. If I discover any more of my own whilst we are away, I will be sure to post them here for you.