Thursday, 31 January 2013

Grandma's - Gothenburg, Sweden


Table settings at Grandma's

GreenGate SS13 @Grandma's

Pretty polka dots @ Grandma's

Lollia @Grandma's

Another one of my favourite shops in Gothenburg was Grandmas's. Originally the store was based in Kinna, which is about 6 miles from Gothenburg. In 1995 they moved to Gothenburg and under took renovations to make the "back alley" small shop there home. Over the years they have been able to extend the once small shop into a large two storey stylish place it is today set amongst the charming cobblestones street in beautiful Vallgatan. Two stories full of romantic, inspring decor from brands such as Lexington, Englesson, Heaven, Mateus Stock and Greengate. Here you will find things for your hall, kitchen, bedroom and nursery. You will find lots of things that you need but also a lot of goodies you did not need but just have to have - things that brighten your day.

Grandma's in Sweden

Have a sweet day!

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Balders Hage - Gothenburg, Sweden

Balders Hage in Gothenburg

GreenGate SS13 @Balders Hage

Pretty GreenGate napkins @Balders Hage

Florals @Balders Hage

GreenGate cups @Balders Hage

Balders Hage in Gothenburg, Sweden

One of my favourite shops in Gothenburg was Balders Hage. A family run business that was started in 1973 by Eva-Lis and Christer Andersson in Alingsås. The store which is now in Gothenburg is run by their daughter and the online business by their eldest son.
A wonderfully light airy store with canal-views is full of beautiful treasures for the home all displayed in such an inspring fashion. They stock a large selection of textiles, household utensils, clothes, beauty products and toys all with a romantic and rustic touch. My favourites included the new Spring 13 collection from GreenGate and the oodles of glass candy jars! I couldn't leave the store empty handed...

Pretty match boxes

GreenGate washi tape

Pretty mint jute

Have a sweet day!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

My House & Home shopping guide to Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg shops by Torie Jayne

Gothenburg shops by Torie Jayne

Gothenburg shops tool key by Torie Jayne

Today on shops i love I wanted to share with you my House & Home shopping guide to Gothenburg, Sweden. I visited the beautiful city of Gothenburg last week for a long birthday weekend away and had a lovely time! As always, before I visited the city I put a little map together on google of my must visit shops that stocked GreenGate, Lisbeth Dahl, Rice Dk, Bungalow and Miss Etoile!

So this week I will be sharing with you my favourite shops and a few of the treasures I treated myself to.

Visiting Gothenburg yourself? Just simply click this link and you can see my Torie Jayne's Gothenburg shopping map.

Have a sweet day!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell

This week I'm reviewing Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell, from illustrated lifestyle publishers Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Rachel Ashwell is a self-made business woman who founded the iconic brand known as Shabby Chic in 1989. Rachel's love of vintage and flea-market finds is comfortable, relaxed and reassuringly achievable. I chose to review this book as I love Rachel's style "the beauty of imperfection".

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces is a lovely insight into Rachel Ashwell's world that is beautiful as it is comfortable, as inspring and spontaneous as it is practical and personal.

The book is split into fourteen sections, starting with an "Introduction" into Rachel's world. In this chapter Rachel talks eloquently and fondly about her inspirations from Beatrix Potter's Hill Top house to movies like Wuthering Heights. How she is open to exploring new ways to express her stories with darker palettes that our richer in depth and with a beauty she would not have been open to in the past.

From there Rachel's interior story begins with "Texas Belle" in which Rachel tells how she transformed The Outpost into The Prairie. Here Cowboy country frills sit perfectly side by side with Marie Antoinette inspired delicate French gilded wood. All of course which is accompanied by pages and pages of beautiful images showcasing the beautiful "Prairie".

Next up is "Timeworn Elegance" which shows the stylish London home of her friend, interior designer and stylist Sera Hersham Loftus. It's Where rock 'n' roll meets comfortable family home with shimmery floorboards, shabby frills and tarnished bits of bling.
"My Year in Notting Hill" covers Rachel's time in London when she opened her store and made a temporary home in the same neighbourhood. "The Brighter Shades of Pale" is a glimpse into her top director of music videos and childhood friend Sophie Muller's house that has pops of faded raspberry tones and turquoise walls.
"Glamour and Bling" is a sneak peak into Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's Californian home that is a blend of rock 'n'roll and Hollywood glamour that shimmers with diffused light.
In "Bliss on the Beach" we go back to a Rachel Aswell property, this time it's a quirky beach shack in Malibu that is furnished in a washed out colour palette with unexpected hearts, pearls and beads. In "A Life that Designed a House" Rachel visits the home of Brendan McBreen who designed and built a minimal meets country barn in Malibu. Brendan and his wife Jeanne have worked with Rachel at Shabby Chic for over 20 years so inevitably there house is full of a lifetime of Shabby Chic fabrics and bed linens. In "Handmade with Love" Rachel returns to London to share the unique houseboat home of crafty designer, photographer and stylist Emma Freemantle who makes customised bicycles wrapped in scraps of fabric, feathered headdresses, banners and corsages. Remaining in London Rachel then shares the authentically vintage home of artists James Russel and Hannah Plumb who live in a delightful "Petit Palace". From there Rachel heads out into the countryside to visit "Pearl's Place" which is owned by fashion designer Pearl Lowe and her Supergrass drummer husband Danny Goffrey. Then Rachel returns to London in "Shabby Man" to visit designer and stylist Huw Griffiths artful London townhouse. Rachel then heads back over the pond to share the tiny romantic gingerbread cottage on the edge of a wood in the New York Catskill Mountains in the "The Shabby Shack".
In the last section "Living Art" Rachel shares her inspiring moodboards.

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell is an awe inspiring hardback book full of beautiful photographs of some of the loveliest unique Shabby Chic homes. At a recommended price of £25.00, I think this hardback book is a must have for all of us that love the iconic Shabby Chic style!

Some of my favourite shots:

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell

Shabby Chic Inspirations & Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

Have a sweet day!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Groupon -A Review

Vax S2S-1 Steam Mop With Detergent

A couple of months back I was invited to review Groupon.

"Groupon UK is a city guide with a twist. Since 2009, our team has taken pride in handpicking deals to direct you to the best things to do, see, eat and buy at spots on your very own stomping ground, as well as unearthed gems further afield. Think of Groupon as a tool of discovery - like a compass with impeccable taste."

It’s free to join Groupon, a daily deal website where you buy online vouchers for goods and experiences.

As a member, you receive a an email each day with what is on offer and you have a limited time to buy that 'Groupon'.

It was quick and easy to join and after a few days of looking at all the great offers they had, I immediately knew what I wanted when they had a special offer on the Vax steam mop. I had borrowed my Mums a few weeks before and loved it!

So I chose to spend my £50 voucher plus £14.99 on the Vax S2S-1 Steam Mop With Detergent, saving up to 35% on the RRP £95.

"Banishing dirt in a cloud of hot air, this steam mop is made by iconic vacuum masters Vax, and aims to leave carpets and floors looking whistle-clean. 1600 watts of power are used to steam away muck, while the 0.5 litre capacity provides 10 minutes of cleaning time. The mop comes with 500ml of detergent and a mop head. "

I ordered the voucher code on the 5th October and received the voucher code on the 6th October. I then easily placed my order with the merchant who sent me a confirmation e-mail and a second e-mail letting me know that it would be delivered on the 17th October. As soon as it arrived on the 17th October I quickly went to work on my kitchen floor. I love how quick and simple it is to use and how quickly the floor dries. As you all know I do a lot of baking and it makes such light work of cleaning all the sticky sugar etc from my tiled floor. It has also been brilliant at cleaning my tiled floors in my porch and cloakroom.

Vax S2S-1 Steam Mop With Detergent

Seconds later...

Vax S2S-1 Steam Mop With Detergent

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews. I was given a free £50 voucher to spend at Groupon for the purpose of this review. As always, my opinion is nothing but honest.

Have a sweet day!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Mark's Tokyo Edge @ Top Drawer

Mark's Tokyo Edge @ Top Drawer

Another one of my highlights at Top Drawer was Mark's Tokyo Edge.
Mark's Tokyo Edge is an ambitious new stationery company with innovative products displaying real Japanese style and design flair. They had such a fabulous dizzying array of washi tapes in countless colours and patterns all in a variety of sizes...

Mark's Tokyo Edge @ Top Drawer

Mark's Tokyo Edge @ Top Drawer

Mark's Tokyo Edge @ Top Drawer>

Mark's Tokyo Edge @ Top Drawer

I also loved the Laudree macaroon collection of staionery...

Mark's Tokyo Edge @ Top Drawer

Mark's Tokyo Edge @ Top Drawer

Have a sweet day!


Thursday, 17 January 2013

Chocolate glittered stars

Chocolate glittered stars

The lovely peeps at Wholeport let me pick a bunch of lovely craft and baking treasures. I instantly fell in love with the pretty pink 12 five-pointed stars silicone mold because of the great 3d effect so I decided to make my chocolate stars really sparkle with edible glitter...

Chocolate glittered stars (makes 12)

100g white chocolate drops
Edible gold glitter
Edible teal glitter

Cooking instructions
  1. Brush the edible glitter on to the inside of the star mould, so entire inside of mould is covered in glitter
  2. Place the chocolate drops in a microwavable bowl and heat on low heat in short bursts so you don't overheat the chocolate, heat until chocolate is completely melted
  3. Pour melted chocolate in to moulds
  4. Lightly tap the mould on a hard surface to remove air bubbles
  5. Place in fridge till completely set
  6. Lightly push chocolate stars out of mould

Making chocolate glitter stars

Glittered chocolate stars

Yummy chocolate stars!

Packaged glitter stars

Have a sweet day!

Shopbop $100 giveaway winner

Torie Jayne Giveaway

My contest ended yesterday and I just picked a winner using and I am delighted to announce the winner of the Shopbop $100 giveaway is...

Melanie, who is loving the Sam Edelmon boots from Shopbop .

Congratulations Melanie, you will receive a $100 store credit to Shopbop.

Thank you to all of you sweets that entered, to my loyal followers and new friends.

Have a sweet day!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Miss Etoile Spring 2013

Yesterday I visited Top Drawer, the UK's leading trade event for design-led gifts, lifestyle, Stationery and Greetings, Fashion and Wellbeing products. Top Drawer gives buyers an unrivalled opportunity to source products from a unique mixture of new and established designers and international brands.

On my "must visit" list of stands to check out was of course Miss Etoile. Who as always did not disappoint! For Spring 2013 they have produced a gorgeous baking collection with the cutest cookie cutters, prettiest cake decorations including sugar hearts and stars, crystal pearls and sprinkles, mini paper cake stands and beautiful paper doilies. But my absolute favourite treasure that I can't wait to hit stores later next month is the paper cupcakes and teapots...

Miss Etoile @Top Drawer

Paper cupcake

Have a sweet day!


Saturday, 12 January 2013

Shopbop $100 Giveaway

Red Valentino resort 2013 at Shopbop

Yipee! I have another great giveaway for you. A $100 gift voucher to spend on anything you like at Shopbop, and it's open to readers worldwide. So come on peeps, tell me what you would spend it on.

Shopbop is a premier online shopping boutique for the fashion-savvy female. Carrying everything a woman needs for her wardrobe from dresses to denim; swimwear to shoes -- Shopbop has over 200 different designer labels with lots of on-trend styles like the beautiful Veronica Beard dresses. Shopbop has become recognized by consumers and the media as an excellent one-stop fashion resource. Their is also the Shopbop blog that shares tips on beauty, how to wear guides, and what's trending on Pinterest. For all the latest news check out the Shopbop Facebook page.

On my wish list is the T strap Piraya metallic glitter Sandals...

and the shimmering, croc-embossed metallic leather Gia tote from Michael Kors which is roomy enough to hold all my essentials, camera, laptop etc, yet glamorous enough to take anywhere...

To enter, please visit Shopbop and then leave a comment below this post letting me know what you would spend your store credit on. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, January 16th 2013 at 10pm (BST) and I will randomly select and announce a winner on Thursday, January 17th 2013.

To increase your chances of winning this fabulous prize, you can gain one additional entry for doing each of the following:
  • tweeting about this giveaway
  • blogging about it
  • follow Torie Jayne via Google Friend Connect
  • follow Torie Jayne on Twitter
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For the first two, please leave a comment below with the link to your tweet or blog post.

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide.

Good luck and have a sweet day!

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Friday, 11 January 2013

H&M Home Spring 2013

H&M Spring 2013

H&M Spring 2013

H&M Home Spring 2013

H&M Home Spring 2013

There is so much lovely Spring eye candy for our homes popping up at all my favourite home stores. But H&M has to win hands down for the cutest kitch collection! Here's my wishlist...

Hennes Home Spring 2013

Home colour palette Spring 2013

For the bathroom or cloakroom I am loving the pretty pink bird motif guest towels, the pops of colour in the bird print shower curtain and the "Loads of love" scrawl on the beaker and soap dispenser! Then there is the adorable bow hooks to help clear away the clutter and for the kitchen I just adore the stackable turquoise cake tin and pretty pink one. Oh! and how practically perfect are the scalloped edge metal cake stands that would look equally good inside and out. Last but not least, some quirky tea towels!

Have a sweet day!