Wednesday, 29 October 2014


There are some songs which just stick in your head; this newish one from Enrique Iglesias does just that. I have been humming along to this all week. As with most of his songs there is a Spanish and English version although I must say I do prefer the Spanish version. Enjoy

Enrique Iglesias  ~ Bailando


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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Tori | October Sunday No. 3


As the nights draw in one of my favourite ways to pass the time is to curl up with a hot mug of tea and listen to audiobooks. In the words of Mason Cooley- “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” 
I think it's so important that everyone have access to the amazing resources of a well-stocked local library, so I'll support mine in any way I can. I've loved audiobooks since I was tiny and I continue to indulge myself with 'stories on tape' whenever I have the time. The best part is, you can borrow them absolutely free!
 To set the scene I usually light a candle. This sweet scent from Yankee Candles is like toasted marshmallow on speed. I'm usually fonder of floral or spicy scents but something about this candle really does bring crackling firewood and dark nights to mind. 

All images copyright Tori at Jute, Jam and Joy, 2014.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Mish | Agraria Lemon Verbena Crystal Cane Candle

Hope you are all enjoying candle month at Jute, Jam and Joy, here is a little something I picked up on my summer travels.

Agraria Lemon Verbena Crystal Cane Candle

I'm a sucker for all things lemon scented, especially candles. I find the scent comforting whilst also vibrant at the same time. It was actually the boxes not the scent which drew me to these candles first, and what a lovely box we have here. The orange wicker effect box and green label do nothing to prepare you for the wonder that is inside; where you are greeted by a beautiful glass holder and the most glorious scent of lemon.

The crystal glass holder is to quote the website.

"a modern interpretation of the woven palm leaf cases that were an Agraria trademark in the 1980s. The intricate glass pattern accentuates the movement of the flame to create a luminous and mesmerizing glow. Featuring hand-twisted lead-free wicks, each hand-poured candle is clean-burning and beautifully fragrant."


Once the initial candle has burnt away, the holder can be used for tea lights, (just imagine how they will twinkle in the glass, stunning) truthfully I would have happily purchased the holder on its own as they are so pretty. The silver plated lid sealed with the Agraria crest is a classy touch and can easily turn the glass into a cute place to store all your trinkets.

The candle itself is a pale lemon coloured wax, which when the glass catches the light gives the candle a lovely sunny glow even when not lit. The scent is without a doubt lemon but not in your face. A light fresh scent reminiscent of bruised lemon and a perfect match to the Aloysia citrodora plant commonly known as Lemon Verbena, more than likely the lemon flavouring used in the lemon tea you enjoy.

Before lighting candles I like to test how much it can scent a room before being lit. Agraria Lemon Verbena does extremely well, even with the lid on I can still smell the lemon and the smell lingers pleasantly in the air when I walk past. Once lit the candle is clean burning and emits a warm glow, the scent never becomes over powering (something I've noticed with other lemon scented candles) Created using Vegetable wax this candle has a burning time of roughly 25 hours.

Nothing nicer than a lit candle

Agraria is an American company originating in San Francisco. I bought my candle in Bloomingdales whilst in Chicago (the home store is a beautiful building, well worth a visit) sadly we don't have Bloomingdales in Britain however do not fear as they now post to the U.K! Hurrah! One thing I will say I have noticed whilst browsing the internet some photos show the wax to have a pink colour to it. This is the scent Bitter Orange candle (also divine) they are showing and not Lemon Verbena.

To summarise I adore this candle and I know this will be a repeat purchase, I can just imagine how stunning a row of these glass holders will look once filled with tea lights, and the best bit is before you gain a holder the original candle is a delight to burn.

You can find the Agraria page on the Bloomingdales website here ~ Link
Or for more selection here is the official Agraria website ~ Link
U.K stockist: Harrods ~ Link

Disclaimer: All views my own. I have no connection to any company mentioned in this post.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Tori | October Sunday No. 2

It's been a while since I did a Money's Too Tight To Mention post but I've been craving home comforts and little luxuries. Here's my round up of Sunday indulgences which won't break the bank...
  • Arrange some budget friendly flowers with the help of your pets. I picked up these alstroemeria from Morrisons for only £2 a bunch.

  • Jot down your thoughts in a 'line a day' journal, £10.99 from Waterstones. It helps if you write with gorgeous pencils like these however, if Kate Spade's offering is way out of your budget, try Paperchase for less expensive yet indulgent writing tools such as these. Good news, the lovely pencil case pictured below was only £2 from ASDA.
  • Head out and forage for free catalogues from your favourite shops. Pick up some paint swatches while you're at it and indulge yourself in an afternoon of browsing, circling and tearing out. This is the ultimate window shopping experience, it's pure fantasy, so browse away guilt free!

So there you have it, how do you spend your Sunday when you're on a budget?

All images copyright Tori at Jute, Jam and Joy, 2014.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tori | Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids!

Don't sunflowers look spooky?!

If you have kids or work with them, like Mish, then these ideas might come in handy this month! I'm not suggesting you take sugary treats completely off the table (where's the fun in that) but you can certainly encourage your little ones to go for the wholesome treats first by stacking them up on funky platters and then scattering sweeties over the table, interspersed with plastic spiders and silly string, bottles of party bubbles, streamers... you get the gist!
I'm no expert on kids but generally the fuller the table, be it with spookily decorated fruit, ghost shaped sandwiches (see Meg's video for What's Up Moms below), or more traditional naughty treats; and the more brightly coloured the decorations, the more exciting everything seems! Whatever you do, don't mention that any of the treats are 'healthy'!
Here's my roundup of the best 'healthy Halloween treats' videos on YouTube.

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Sunflowers photo copyright Tori at Jute, Jam and Joy, 2014

Monday, 13 October 2014

Mish | Malala Yousafzai

"We realise the importance of light when we see darkness. We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced."

On 10th October 2014, Malala Yousafzi at 17 years old became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she is the co-recipient alongside Kailash Satyarthi an Indian children's rights campaigner. This news filled me with utter joy.

Myself like countless others around the world was horrified by the attack she suffered at the hands of the Taliban. Her easiest option was to shy away from the world and start to live her life again. She chooses not to.

My grandmother taught me nobody has the right to make you do or say anything you don't want to do. She survived the horrors of being displaced from her homeland and placed in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII and as a result of her experiences; she became one of the strongest people I have ever had the honour of knowing. Not everyone has someone in their family they can look to for life guidance. That is why we look to others, and Malala even if she never expected to, fills this role.

In a world where children are still not receiving a proper education alongside life's most basic needs, we must all take a stand and realise the importance of our voice. Although we may shy away from speaking, we must all speak for what we believe in and what we hope to achieve in this world.

Many people say their voice won't be heard, how can one voice change anything? I say Rome wasn't built in a day, by continuing to speak out against what is wrong we will slowly begin to turn the tide of darkness, one voice at a time.

Malala Yousafzi on "The Daily Show"

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Tori | October Sunday No. 1

I was an autumn baby and for me, October Sundays are full of nostalgia. They roll around with clockwork predictability and punctuate each week during this wondrous, transitional month. These special Sundays serve as days of reflection. Long baths, crisp walks, the dew on the long grasses in the fields behind my home, the sight of migrating birds- breathe new life into me. I layer scarf upon scarf unselfconsciously. I blossom in the midst of decay, losing myself in these misty days. Autumn is the time to begin again; yet again.

Forget past transgressions: breathe in October's cool, forgiving air.

What does autumn mean to you?

Photo copyright Tori at Jute, Jam and Joy, 2014.