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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

HomeSense Hauling

If you saw Monday's post, you'll have seen that I was lucky enough to attend the preview evening for the new HomeSense store that opened in Hedge End, Southampton. Us bloggers were lucky enough to be given gift cards to spend on anything that caught our eyes on the night.
Photo credit Jess
Photo credit Jess
There were so many different things to look at, with everything from stationery, to candles, to ornaments, it was a little overwhelming to begin with. Once I'd given the shop a once-over, I grabbed a basket and settled down to business.
Candles were one thing I had my mind set on from the start. Burning scented candles on a wintery evening is one of my favourite things about the season, and I needed to restock. The first one to catch my eye - or my nose - was this Spiced Pumpkin candle in a gorgeous glass jar.
This candle was the most festive scent I found on the night, and it was one of the first items that caught the attention of multiple bloggers. It reminds me of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes and cosy nights in with a good book - a classic autumnal scent in other words. I've already been burning this one, such a nice candle to burn in the evenings.
After a good while in the candle aisles - yes that's right, multiple aisles, thank you HomeSense - I also picked up this gorgeous Black Tea and Plum scented candle from Olivia Blake London and the Ambience Spiced Pear candle from Morgan and Grace. These two brands are not ones that I'm familiar with, but by standing and smelling them, they were the two other candles I had to pick up. These would both make fabulous gifts, especially the Olivia Blake one. The packaging reminds me of Jo Malone candles, but for a fraction of the price. I'll definitely be heading back for a bit of Christmas shopping - I love gifting candles, everyone loves them right?
As well as a selection of candles, I couldn't resist picking up this gorgeous weekly planner. They were lined up as you joined the queue to pay - why do I always get caught there? I'm not the most organised person, so I think it should be my New Years' Resolution to change that. I wanted something that was large enough to write plenty in, yet small enough to carry with me on a daily basis. And with green and gold being a colour combination I am drawn too, this was the perfect choice. Hopefully I'll get lots of use out of it.
I love all the bits I've picked up from HomeSense last week. Have I tempted you to pick anything up? Or are there any things I should look for next time I make a trip over?
Until next time,

*I was given this gift card by HomeSense, but all views and opinions are my own.

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