The best thing about blogging/networking events? You never know who you’re gonna meet.
Case in point: a couple of weeks ago I headed up to Gap on Buchanan Street for the launch of the official Genes for Jeans charity t-shirt for 2016 (it’s a gorgeously oversized, sales slouchy thing designed by Glasgow School of Art textiles student Katherine Garbutt, mind if you’re interested). None of the usual suspects had arrived yet and so I was at a bit of a loose end, diagnosis until I struck up a conversation with the journalist, author and entrepreneur Tessa Williams.
Although we initially bonded over some of our shared writing credits (you can catch Tessa’s travel, design, food and lifestyle features in The Scots Magazine where, of course, you will also find my monthly new music column), Tessa’s CV is a varied one. She has lived in London and France, written a book about some of the world’s most exclusive perfumes and has designed and produced a range of luxurious candles inspired by the four elements. When Tessa sent me “Fire” candle I was struck both by its unusual, smoky scent and by the gorgeous packaging, which was designed by Latvian artist Gunita Wilson.
Despite my best intentions, I’ve been neglecting my little self-care rituals of late. The biggest constitutional change of our times in the UK means lots of work for a journalist whose job it is to provide a platform for the lawyers of a major international firm to comment on the implications for their different areas of business – throw in a summer of music festivals and big outdoor gigs I couldn’t pass up the chance to review and it’s no surprise that my downtime has been reduced to snatched half-hours playing Pokemon Go on my lunch break. I took up bullet journalling for a while, to track my good habits and keep an eye on my bad ones; but when even colouring in wee dots before you fall into bed seems like too much you know you’ve got problems.
And so, rather than scrabble to fill this blog with nonsense to keep you coming back while I’m in Italy, I’ve decided I’m going to take a proper break. I’m sure I’ll be filling your Twitter and Instagram feeds with the stray cats of Sorrento over the next week but, with the exception of a re-posted album review that should appear later today, this will be the last you will hear from me on this platform until next Monday. I’m packing a favourite notebook, and planning to take some time to properly write.
But Tessa’s candle reminded me of the space I’m trying to make an effort to reserve for myself, and so I thought: why not give it to one of you? In fact, why not go one step further and put together the ultimate self-care kit for a reader, to say thank you for voting for me in the recent 30 Plus Blog Awards and in the hope that you’ll come back when I do?
YOU COULD WIN ALL THIS:
– the Tessa Williams Elements “Fire” candle*, described as having a “smoky, sweet and rich aroma” (RRP £35);
– a luxury Jadu Tea gift box* filled with loose leaf Mademoiselle Grey tea (RRP £21.50);
– a tin of white chocolate and raspberry biscuits from Crabtree & Evelyn (RRP £5.50);
– a £10 Lush voucher to spend in store or online, so you can treat yourself to some lovely bath bombs;
– a £10 Waterstones voucher to spend in store or online, so you can pick out a new book!
To enter, all you need to do is fill out the usual Rafflecopter form! I’ll be in touch when I get back should you win – good luck!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
– Giveaway open worldwide – however, I’ve not checked international shipping requirements so prize may vary from that shown. Gift card element of prize valid in UK only. I do not accept responsibility for customs charges or import restrictions
– One winners will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter widget above
– Entrants under 18 must seek parental permission before entering
– Once drawn, the winner will be contacted via the email provided and have 28 days to respond. After this date, another winner will be drawn
– All entries will be moderated and duplicate, false or incomplete entries will be deleted
– The giveaway will run from 29.7.16 to 07.08.16
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.