Monday, 18 May 2015

REVIEW - My Little Provence Box

I recently signed up to My Little Box. A monthly subscription service, that promises to bring an element of surprise to your life. Beauty boxes are nothing new, but this one caught my eye as it includes a mix of beauty, fashion, lifestyle products and gifts. Already huge in France, this Parisian company offer something a bit different.

I discovered My Little Box via a Facebook advert, and intrigued, checked out some reviews by other bloggers. Most reviews were positive and illustrated what great value for money these particular boxes are. Each month the box ties to a different theme, and promises to contain over £65 worth of hand picked surprise items for just £11.00 plus £3.95 p&p per month (via direct debit). Previous themes include: Dream Box, Love Box, Energy Box, Cosy Box and Super Box.   

So, what's in the box? The May box (spoiler alert!) is the very chic Provence Box.

As a lover of crafting, I was thrilled to receive the 'Sunny Things Inside' chunky cuff to customise. I also adore the beautifully illustrated inspiration card, cotton drawstring bag and My Little World magazine. The handy drawstring bag contains a range of L'Occitaine (luxury French brand) minis and My Little Beauty (in-house brand) eye pencil. All gratefully received. I'm not so keen on the set of magnets. Although really cute, I am possibly a bit past the age of having a dress up doll on my fridge/freezer door. The box itself, ribbon and packaging are all gorgeous, illustrated by their very own in-house illustrator, Kanako. Deffo impressed with my first box, I can't wait to see what is delivered to me next month.

Get your first My Little Box for only £11.00 using the promo code FIRSTBOX.

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Vila Sol, Vilamoura, Portugal

Last week, Hubby and I enjoyed a glorious holiday staying in a beautiful town house in Palmyra Resort, Vila Sol, Portugal. Amazing views from roof terrace, Vilamoura Old Town and Marina plus fab Portuguese food and drink. A peaceful and relaxing break. :)

View from roof terrace

Gardens at Palmyra

Vilamoura Marina

Vilamoura Beach

Vilamoura Marina


Vilamoura Old Town

Vilamoura Old Town


Vilamoura Marina

Vilamoura Marina

Vilamoura Old Town

'A broa' Portuguese Restaurant

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Paintings recently SOLD

Maundy Thursday Alfresco exhibition was a great success. 'Zakynthos Fish', 'Blue Hills' and 'Same Time, Same Place' paintings were sold during the event.

'Zakynthos Fish' by Andrea Farmer

'Blue Hills' by Andrea Farmer

'Same Time, Same Place' by Andrea Farmer

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Maundy Thursday Alfresco

If you follow me on Twitter, you will have seen me tweeting about #MaundyThursdayAlfresco and #WashDay2015 today. As part of Chelmsford Christian Bookshop's Maundy Thursday event, I am exhibiting my artwork in their library alongside their annual book sale. You can also drop in for hot cross buns and refreshments and browse the Christian Bookshop. The event runs until 5pm today at 53 New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1AT.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Paintings recently SOLD

'Bounteous Sea' and 'A Place to Stay' ethereal landscape paintings are now sold.

See more of my work on Andrea Farmer Contemporary Art and follow my musings on Twitter.

'Bounteous Sea' by Andrea Farmer

'A Place to Stay' by Andrea Farmer

Monday, 23 March 2015

Country Living Spring Fair 2015

Saturday was spent at the Country Living Spring Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, London. My first visit to this particular event, and I was impressed by the variety on display. Country Living champion craftspeople and small businesses and that's what the Spring Fair is all about - fabrics, furnishings, accessories, art, crafting and more, all from hand-picked makers. Great value for money at £13 (advance booking, adult ticket) for an enjoyable, inspiring day out.

Getting tips on wrapping from Jane Means

Exhibitors bunting competition

Take a holiday with lambs!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Hold The Anchovies Amy

Girlie night out on Friday at the amazing Hold The Anchovies, Witham, Essex. First class food and the fantastic 'My Winehouse' Amy Winehouse tribute act. All for £35 a head plus drinks. Laura Jane Butler bears an uncanny physical resemblance to the late, great Amy, with a soulful, powerful voice to match. So, why don't come over Valerie?

Amy - downstairs at Secret Squirrel Club

A & A

My salmon blini starter

Cosy restaurant area