Rockett St George: website wonders

I should be banned from the internet.

No, really, there needs to be a block on my computer that stops me from going to any website that has a function where I can BUY anything. Anything at all. I am that broke and the wonderful thing about the internet is, unlike the current state of the high street, you can find lots and lots of little independent shops that sell all sorts of WONDERFUL things.

Case in point: Rockett St George. I’ve been aware of this site for a very long time, I think I heard of them not long after they opened four and a half years ago. One of the reasons they were mentioned in a lot of magazines is that they were one of the first people to stock wall stickers. Whilst now wall stickers are stocked here, there and everywhere, there was a time when they were actually quite scarce.

Rockett St George still stock wall stickers although I will confess that I far prefer their wallpaper range. Selected from a number of small independent designers, the designs are different and quirky and some of them are worlds away from what you normally think of as “wallpaper”. Personally I love the Barneby Gates All Star wallpaper in gun metal and almost all of the Engineer Collection. The Engineer Collection papers come in a selection of patterns so you can put corrugated iron, wood panelling or even an entire library on your walls without sacrificing any space.

Rockett St George wallpaper

Their lighting collection is also rather amazing as there is something for everyone. For the girly girl there is a fabulous feathered shade for a ceiling pendant, ideal for a teenage girl, or the teenage girl in all of us! For the boys, there is a chandelier that any man can be proud of. It’s made of beer bottles. Alas, they’re empty so you don’t get a ready supply of beer but it will certainly give you a talking point. And if you just love all things a bit quirky there is a range of lights made out of bowler and top hats, lined in either silver or gold metal to reflect the light. Call it an ironic way to light up a dressing room!

Rockett St George lighting

As for everything else, it’s all amazing. There is some wonderful industrial style furniture which is new in this spring, including a bookshelf with a ladder. There are some fantastic pieces of artwork, typically my favourite is one of the most expensive, a heart on a canvas made entirely of badges. And a black decanter with a skull and crossbones on it brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “what’s your poison?”

And how can you not love a website that offers the tiniest, prettiest caravan in the history of the world for sale?

Rockett St George furniture,caravan sunflower clock

All in all, Rockett St George is achingly cool and whilst unfortunately the prices do reflect that a bit, there is something there for everyone. So go on, have a look. I defy you not to find at least one thing to put on the wishlist!

What’s your favourite Rockett St George item? Please let me know, I’m addicted!

Average Josephine x

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A rose by any other name

Every now and again, life gives you a really nice surprise. For me, life managed this feat on Friday when I was feeling pretty low so news that I’d won something was just what I needed to pick my mood up from somewhere near rock bottom.

The competition I’d won was The Beauty Shortlist’s 7 days of beauty, which closed on Valentine’s day (less said about that date the better) and I’d won the first day’s prize, a candle from Jonathan Ward London in their most romantic of fragrances, Josephine’s Rose. If I was going to try one of their candles, this is the one I would have bought, being an avid rose fan, frequently wearing Jo Malone’s Red Roses perfume, using Ren’s Moroccan Rose Otto bath oil and body scrub, so I was especially thrilled when I won.

jonathan ward josephine's rose

Josephine's Rose, available from http://www.jonathanwardlondon.com

The candle duly arrived the next day and from the moment I opened the parcel, I knew I was in for a treat. Scented candles can sometimes be insufficiently scented to actually fragrance a room when burnt but this would never be a problem with this candle; it scents the room when unlit, the fragrance is so powerful.

The wax is made from organic soy and beeswax and so burns very cleanly with no black smoke and despite the fact that the candle isn’t larger than most of the glass housed candles on the market, it has two wicks to help ensure that all of the wax is burnt and you don’t end up with that annoying rim around the edge which just gets wasted once the candle burns down.

The glass the candle is housed in is hand blown Italian crystal glass and from the box to the care label on the bottom of the candle itself, everything is beautifully presented. And as for the scent, oh my word, it is amazing! A blend of four different roses plus cassis, it is an intensely heady scent  which is able to fragrance most of the house, let alone a single room.

If you read Jonathan’s blog, you can see how someone can develop such intensely powerful fragrances. For so many companies, scented candles are an “add-on”  product to enhance a range but whilst Jonathan is developing a range of fragrance diffusers, the candles are clearly the main event. His fragrances are developed in a similar way to perfumes, with top, middle and base notes, and if you read the issues he has had getting the diffusers exactly how he wants them, you know that hours of love, care and attention have been poured into every single one of his candles.

So I would like to say a massive thank you to Beauty Shortlist, Jonathan Ward and Wizard PR as I am loving my candle and am looking forward to trying some of the other fragrances soon.

Average Josephine x

Brighten up

As I might have mentioned once or twice, I suffer from severe insomnia. It has lots of rubbish side effects but one of the most frustrating is the fact that your skin gets ridiculously dull. It’s bad enough that you feel crap, knowing you look crap as well just adds insult to injury.

My skin is being a bit temperamental at the moment, patches of eczema around my eyes are flaring up randomly so when I started looking for brightening products, I started looking within brands I already use. I figured there was probably less risk of my skin having a total tantrum…

I’m currently using (and loving) the Elemental Herbology Purify and Soothe cleanser and when I was looking around their website I found that they did a Weekend Facial kit which included their Facial Glow, Facial Detox and Facial Soufflé. The Facial Glow is a biological and mechanical exfoliator containing fruit enzymes to loosen dead skin cells and spherical jojoba beads to gently remove them. The Facial Detox is a clay based mask to help reduce any blemishes and the Facial Soufflé is an intensive, overnight hydrating treatment.

Elemental Herbology Weekend Facial kit

Elemental Herbology Weekend Facial kit

None of these treatments are particularly cheap on their own and being the obsessive person that I am I did calculate the value of the kit compared to the price of the individual products. Suffice it to say that the kit costs £25 and the value, based on the price of the full-size products, is £59.40. Not bad.

As for the products themselves, when I opened the box they were sent in, I was greeted with a gorgeous, slightly fruity, slightly herbal smell as well as mini sizes of the cleanser, facial glow and a sachet of the cell food serum which was a bit of a bonus. I decided that as my skin is fairly dry at the moment I would skip the clay mask this time round and went straight from the exfoliator to the moisturising mask.

Unlike a lot of biological exfoliators, the facial glow doesn’t sting going on which is a good sign that it isn’t going to irritate any eczema patches. It smells quite citrusy and fresh which is always nice. It rinsed off cleanly without any problems and definitely left my skin looking perkier.

The facial soufflé is designed to be left on overnight although I was a bit confused about the application. Did you rub it in like a moisturiser or apply a layer like a mask?I went for the mask-esque option and applied a decent layer and then settled into bed with my kindle. After half an hour most of the product had sunk into my skin but at this point I had some serious reservations as my skin felt a bit tight. Come the next morning, I got a real surprise in that my skin felt softer and more moisturised than it had in a while.

This is a weekend facial I will happily keep performing for as long as the kit lasts and I would say it’s probably good for at least another five or six weekends. Given that works out at about £4 per facial, it is 10% of the cost of a high-street facial and actually, I prefer the results.

The Weekend Facial kit is available from elementalherbology.com and priced at a reasonable £25.

So, will you be giving it a go or do you have your own weekend facial ritual?

Average Josephine x