It’s May, and although my eyes maybe deceiving me, I’m pretty sure that we are heading into Summer with this teaser of nice weather. Although it’s not particularly warm right now and I’m still having to pop the heating on for an hour or two some nights, I am feeling the blue skies and sunny days. As soon as it starts to look like it’s heading for the good weather, I love to spend time on my balcony. It’s not particularly large or roomy but it’s mine, it’s private and it’s so pretty. In true Anoushka style, it’s got it’s own sense of uniqueness and I’ve tried to make my tiny space into a vibrant, lively area. To add to the ambience, the Cuban Festival Yankee Candles have been bringing my balcony to life. Balcony party anyone?
I like to change things up in my decor frequently, so I utilise shops that offer ‘fast fashion’ with a current style. I love browsing Primark Home and I feel that as a brand it has really upped its game in recent years. It a bloggers paradise for props and also for some truly lovely items. From Primark, these outdoor cushions were a great find and make a particularly bland storage box into a comfortable seating area. I particularly love the Pineapple cushion which was just £3. I’m also a bit of a magpie for fairy lights and when I spotted the watermelon solar lights, I thought they were perfect for the look. I’ve had my patio table and chairs for a few years now and the hot fuchsia pink means that all bright colours look good as a contrast. I can’t help but be a pink girl at heart. Again, from Primark, the melamine plates and tropical print bowls are great for outdoors with no breakages.
Taking a wander into Poundland for some batteries lead me to their summer section where I found the most adorable melamine coral wine glasses and some pretty lanterns which I’ve attached to my balcony rails using vegetable ties. I just need some more fairy lights to brighten it up and I’m going to have the most prettiest balcony in my village! I never expected to find such good stuff in Poundland and I’m under no illusion that it will last forever but neither does summer in the UK.
I can’t wait to get my friends round for Pimms and nibbles, and we can be transported from the villages outside of Manchester, to Cuba with the beautiful scents from Yankee Candle. The Cuban Festival collection comprises of five scents; Cuban Mojito, Viva Havana, Tobacco Flower, Tropical Fruit Crush and Delicious Guava. Having spent a lot of time in Cuba over the last ten years, there is something special to these scents and they do transport you back to the white sandy beaches, clear blue seas and the vibrancy of the Cuban sunshine and nature. Tobacco Flower is the most delicate of the two candles, with a spicy yet sweet, woody scent that brings out the soft Jasmine. I can smell jasmine and tobacco flower instantly, but the warming richness of Tonka bean really comes through when it’s lit. When it’s unlit, the fragrance is a lot different to when it is lit, with the burn bringing the woodiness to the forefront.
My favourite of the two that I have has to be the Yankee Candle Delicious Guava. Tropical to a tee, the guava is at the forefront of the scent, combined with a blend of mango, peach and lemon. It smells good enough to eat and this is the candle that I have been reaching for to burn most recently.
Although Yankee Candles are more on the pricier side, they last for such a long time, around 110 hours of burn, which makes them great value for money. The large jars are £23.99, however they do have the Cuban Festival range in the smaller candles as well as the wax melts and votives. On the Yankee Candle website, you’ll also see the accessories which bring the exotic scents to life in your home. I have a lot of Bath and Body Works candles in my home but since burning my Yankee Candles, I hate to admit it, but the Bath and Body Works ones pale in significance.
With my balcony looking fit for a tropical party, I think it’s a must. Who’s coming round for a Mojito?