jo malone sugar and spice limited edition collection

you know we love our desserts here at pb, and the aroma of andrea’s decadent treats can at times be just as amazing as the mind-blowing taste.

yesterday we had afternoon tea in the gorgeous surrounds of aubain within selfridges where, true to form, the smell of this plate of puddings left us salivating.desserts at aubaine

we were there to learn about the new collection from jo malone, whose clever team have been inspired by classic british sweets like lemon tart and ginger biscuit to create a deliciously tempting set of new fragrances called sugar & spice. the five new perfumes, which also include redcurrant and cream, bitter orange and chocolate and elderflower and gooseberry, will literally leave you drooling. so. good. jo malone sugar and spice limited edition, bitter orange and chocolate cologne jo malone, jo malone sugar and spice limited collection, jo malone redcurrant and cream perfume, jo malone lemon tart perfume, jo malone elderflower and gooseberry perfume, jo malone ginger biscuit cologne, peanutbuttered blog, new perfumesIMG_7144

had you told me that redcurrant cologne could capture the essence of the fruit without being sickly sweet and overpowering, i would have nodded politely and thought you were telling porkies, but the collection is extremely wearable – the scents are gorgeous. the new limited edition range contains statement perfumes guaranteed to get you noticed, for all the right reasons.bitter orange and chocolate cologne jo malone, jo malone sugar and spice limited collection, jo malone redcurrant and cream perfume, jo malone lemon tart perfume, jo malone elderflower and gooseberry perfume, jo malone ginger biscuit cologne, peanutbuttered blog, new perfumes

perhaps the most controversial of the quintet line-up, bitter orange and chocolate, proved to be my stand out favourite, it teased my senses and tickled my taste buds – i could sniff that smell all day long.

the lighter fragrances, the lemon tart and particularly the elderflower and gooseberry are extremely sophisticated scents, andrea and i both agreed the perfumes would be perfect for our mums. if you are stuck for something to purchase for mother’s day – these beauties could be just the ticket. jo malone sugar and spice limited edition, mother's day gift ideas, mother's day gift guides, bitter orange and chocolate cologne jo malone, jo malone sugar and spice limited collection, jo malone redcurrant and cream perfume, jo malone lemon tart perfume, jo malone elderflower and gooseberry perfume, jo malone ginger biscuit cologne, peanutbuttered blog, new perfumesjo malone packaging, mother's day gift ideas, mother's day gift guide, jo malone sugar and spice limited edition, bitter orange and chocolate cologne jo malone, jo malone sugar and spice limited collection, jo malone redcurrant and cream perfume, jo malone lemon tart perfume, jo malone elderflower and gooseberry perfume, jo malone ginger biscuit cologne, peanutbuttered blog, new perfumes jo malone sugar and spice collection on peanut buttered blog

not only do they smell amazing but they are pretty darn, well, pretty actually, with pastel labels and lids that will look ever so lovely on your dressing table. the dainty 30ml bottles are perfect handbag size.

a quick spritz lasts for ages and hours after sampling the scents i found myself enjoying delightful whiffs of lemon, chocolate and ginger (yes, i did spray them all pretty on the same spot on my arm) it was heavenly and i smelt good enough to eat.

sugar and spice and all things nice? we certainly think so.raspberry tart at aubainejo malone sugar and spice collection

an afternoon at ralph and russo hq

with the hollywood a-list showed off their best red carpet looks at the oscars last night, i was lucky enough to enjoy a princess moment of my own last week. i was tasked with writing a fashion feature on london-based couture house ralph & russo (i know, tough gig right?) and with the promise of squeezing into some of the glittering gowns, i was excited to say the least. in need of a camerawoman for the day, andrea happened to be on hand to help and agreed to come, making it pb day out.ralph and russo couture, tamara ralph, michael russo, couture designs, tamara ralph sketches, peanutbuttered, peanutbuttered blog

i was off to learn more about the ‘client experience’ but didn’t realise i would actually get to sample it too. hello rolls royce ghost. i nearly died as i arrived and andrea was being snapped sat in the back seat by the driver. we didn’t play it cool at all.

we were whisked away to meet tamara ralph and michael russo at the atelier and were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour. couturiers were busy working on the gowns ready to be whisked off to america ahead of the oscars and trust me the dresses were incredible. one gown was covered in swarovski gems that made it so heavy i almost dropped it when michael passed it to me.

tamara showed us her sketches, which were beyond beautiful and explained how each piece is made from a mere idea right through to the finished article. you can read my full feature here, otherwise scroll through the snaps from our day.

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in the top left hand corner of the picture below you can see the gown petra nemcova wore to the oscars on sunday…ralph and russo coutureralph and russo couture, tamara ralph, michael russo, couture designs, tamara ralph sketches, peanutbuttered, peanutbuttered blog

this bit was my favourite part of the day…

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mirror makeover

very very slowly, and not very surely, we are making improvements to our house – from big facelift projects (painting the whole interior, re-tiling the kitchen) to minor nips and tucks – like this mirror.DIY spray-painted mirror, spray paint primer, peanut buttered blog, mirror makeover

the original chocolate brown wooden frame was pretty horrendous. and after we made the wall surrounding the fireplace a bright blue feature, it had to go. immediately. i took it down and it sat in the corner for oh, six months, before i finally got around to sanding it back.DIY spray-painted mirror, spray paint primer, peanut buttered blog, mirror makeover

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another few months passed before i finally primed and spray-painted the frame a pale silver. i sprayed three coats of white primer in 30 minute intervals, let it dry overnight, then spray painted three coats of metallic silver in 30 minute intervals.plasti-kote primer metallic spray-paintDIY spray-painted mirror, spray paint primer, peanut buttered blog, mirror makeover

i finally finished the mirror makeover in december and had it up in time to adorn it with fairy lights for christmas. as i mentioned here, i loved the whimsical look so much that i decided to leave the lights up year-round.DIY spray-painted mirror, spray paint primer, peanut buttered blog, mirror makeover

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i really love the finished look, and it is offset perfectly by our reclaimed industrial lights. now, just to hang it again. i’m thinking in april…

you can keep up with my home decorating inspiration on my pinterest board.

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