Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Mish | Bonfire Night 2014

"Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason 
Should ever be forgot..."
On a cold and crisp 5th November my mother and I trudged up to our local park to go and see the annual Bonfire Night Fireworks display. Hosted by Dundee City Council there are two events held in Dundee covering both side of the city and this was my first time at the event in my local area.

Bonfire night or Guy Fawkes Night is a truly peculiar and British tradition. It celebrates the failed attempt by Guido Fawkes (amongst others) an English Catholic who attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 in order to kill King James I and replace him with a Catholic King. The religious aspect has completely vanished from today's celebrations and has now turned into a fun filled family event. Next year marks the 500 anniversary of the gunpowder plot so hopefully the councils across the nation will bring there A game to the proceedings.

After making some insane parking skills (the streets were mobbed) we soon joined the mass of people walking to the park and found ourselves a nice spot on a little hill. Radio Tay started the countdown and we were off! I couldn't get a good photo of the bonfire as we were too far away and by the time we got down to the front it was being put out :(

Bonfire night has always been a family occasion. We were standing beside twin boys who screamed with utter joy every time a firework went off which just reminded me how wonderful events like these are, seeing groups of family writing their names with sparklers, bonfire night really is something for the masses.

Just to let you in a little secret, it's blimmin hard to take photos of fireworks! Kudos to anybody who does it professionally (Professional firework photographer...is that such a thing??)

Hope you had a lovely Bonfire Night if you celebrate it. 
Does anybody else celebrate an event only known in their country? Leave us a comment below we love hearing from you all! 

Monday, 17 November 2014


Hello Everyone! 
It's been a while so we thought we ease ourselves back in with a new Music to our Ears post

Last Friday we both attended the Dundee Christmas Lights switch on and decided to drive and get a cheeky wee MacDonald's after the festivities. Sitting in the car eating our "meals" this song floated through the car speakers. As we have said before some songs just make your world a better place as soon as you hear them and frankly anything Elton John sings is always a winner with us.

Elton John ~ Are You Ready for Love

Disclaimer: Jute,Jam and Joy claim no right to the video or song.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Tori & Mish | Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Most of you will be heading off to a Halloween party tonight, dressed in your most ghoulish outfits. So we thought we would create a little Halloween playlist for you all to get ready with. Or if like us, you have a pesky thing called work tomorrow and not going out; a little something to set a spooky mood in your house. Hope you have a door creakingly good time!!

Jute, Jam and Joys Halloween playlist 2014!

1: Meatloaf ~ Bat out of hell (the full 8 minute edition, just because)

2: Bobby "Boris" Pickett ~ Monster Mash


3: Elvis ~ (You're the) Devil in Disguise (Any excuse for Elvis)


4: The Bangles ~ Walk like an Egyptian

 5: The Specials ~ Ghost Town (utter classic any time of year)

6: Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five ~ Heebie Jeebies


7: Stevie Wonder ~ Superstition (this song is made to be sung live, even better on Sesame Street)

8: The Nightmare Before Christmas ~ This is Halloween

9:  Michael Jackson ~ Thriller (is it really Halloween with out this?)


10: Ray Parker Jr ~ Ghostbusters 

11: The Rocky Horror Picture Show ~ The Time Warp


12: The Addams Family ~ Theme Song

13: Duran Duran ~ Hungry Like The Wolf 

14: Bonnie Tyler ~ Total Eclipse of the Heart


And Finally...
15: Meatloaf ~ You took the Words Right Out of my Mouth 

Do you have any favourite Halloween tracks? 
Are you going out Guising (Scots for Trick or Treating) tonight? If so have fun! 
Leave us a comment below about your plans or favourite track we love hearing from you!

Thanks for reading. xx

Disclaimer: Jute, Jam and Joy claim no right to any of the music or videos show in this post.
Photography copyright of Mish at Jute, Jam and Joy 2014

Mish | Nails on Friday ~ Revlon No:731 Knockout

Hello everyone!

Revlon #731 Knockout

Let me tell you a secret. I really love a glossy black nail polish. To me it looks very classy and adds just a certain amount of edginess. Possibly my inner dark side is trying to come out, but I am still trying to find that perfect black polish.(Anybody else?) When I picked up Revlon's Knockout I had high hopes and honestly was left a little deflated.

Not that Knockout is a disaster far from it; it's just not what I expected. Revlon has always been a favourite brand of mine and one of the few brands where I actually have used all of their different products; from foundations to lip liners I've had it. Also the name Knockout? I always associate the word with red not black, but hey who am I to judge, I gave every goldfish I ever had as a child a double barrelled name. (Possibly due to the fact they lived in a castle??)

First nail = One Coat
Second Nail = 2 Coats

The polish itself applies smoothly as you would expect from Revlon, it dries very quickly, non streaky and if you were rushed you could get away with one coat. The brush hangs onto a lot of product so be sure to swipe the side of the bottle before application. I do love the handles of Revlon polishes they are one of the more comfortable to hold onto, but I feel the actual brush could be more tapered to make application easier.

During the first application I couldn't help but noticed a slight blue tinge to the polish. After the second coat the finish article is definitely black but I can't help think Knockout is a very very dark navy blue? Maybe this is why I am not entirely satisfied with it? Truthfully Knockout is your everyday black polish, but does look lovely when applied and does its job like a trooper. I found the polish did chip rather quickly (one day) but I'm giving it the benefit of doubt, my nails have been in a sorry state recently with peeling so I think this is the problem not the polish.

I do like Knockout as a everyday black polish however it doesn't fill my hunger for a very deep and glossy black polish (yes the hunger is real, mad I know). Halloween is today and if you are in need of a black nail polish then I urge you to hop on your Nimbus 2000 and purchase Knockout (your nails will thank me when you try removing the horrible cheap stuff supermarkets produce for Halloween) and it will easily see you through the winter months. If I needed a black polish for nail art I would most likely reach for Knockout so it has that bonus as well.

Revlon #731 Knockout rating 7/10
A good everyday black, but nothing out of the ordinary.

So after a wee break Nails on Friday is back! 
Do you have a favourite Black nail polish? 
Can you help me find the glossy black nail polish of my dreams? 
Leave us a comment below we love hearing from you! 
Thanks for reading! xx

Happy Halloween!

Disclaimer: All views my own. I have no connection to any company mentioned in this post.
 Photos copyright of Mish at Jute, Jam and Joy 2014

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.