I’ve been sitting on a few fabulous things I’ve been sent from various brands and PRs recently.
I was trying to work out the best way to share these new pieces here on the blog and figured that a new occasional series might be in order, which I’m cleverly (read: not feeling so imaginative right now..) calling: Fab Finds.
So, here are five Fabulous Finds currently holding their own in the Fab Flat:
Half Hitch gin
Gin has long been my tipple of choice, and I’m always excited to discover new distilleries and interesting infusions – there are so many wonderful new brands popping up all over the place just now! Half Hitch gin is one such discovery, infused with an intriguing combination of black tea, bergamot, wood, hay and pepper. Each botanical has been chosen as a nod to Camden’s rich heritage at the heart of London’s gin distilling industry, which is where Half Hitch is distilled. It’s definitely an aromatic gin, with notes of light citrus followed by spicy, fresh cracked pepper and juniper berry, with a lingering hint of cinnamon and fresh lemon zest, and when served with a garnish of orange it makes for a wonderful tipple on a sun-dabbled eve.
I Sea Bacon
Did you know that seaweed is considered the most sustainable food on the planet? It simply requires sunshine to thrive – no fresh water, land, fertiliser or pesticides. Even with its eco credentials in mind though, I was more than dubious of claims that I Sea Bacon —a 100% wild, organic seaweed that turns into (green) bacon when you fry it— would be a tasty treat. And while it’s a taste that takes a little getting used to —and the immediate whiff of the salty sea that punctuates the air as you open the bag doesn’t help— once fried in a little olive oil and seasoned with rosemary salt, the resulting flavour is both salty and smoky and surprisingly moreish.
ROAM by 42 Pressed
I’ve got such wanderlust for the romantic, bohemian vibe of San Francisco just now, and never more so that when I have this beautiful candle from ROAM by 42 Pressed burning; notes of bergamot, sage, cedar and vetvier filling the flat.
The scent is a wonderful accompaniment to my aromatic Half Hitch G&T and a Girl Boss Netflix marathon, and I just love the clean jam jar packaging and beautiful gold foiled label of the brand which suit my flat’s aesthetic perfectly. Each candle scent has been inspired by a different destination, from London to Charleston, accenting the distinctive notes that capture the essence of the city.
Headspace, Dr. Paul Keedwell
As a self-confessed city gal, I was very intrigued to come across Dr. Paul Keedwell’s new book Headspace, which looks at the psychology of city living and the way in which our urban landscape shapes us.
The whole premise is incredibly fascinating and takes the principles I took from Oliver Heath’s recent Happiness and Health in the Home presentation many steps further to consider how good architecture can inspire, restore and bring us together while conversely, and how bad design can cause anxiety, alienation and depression. I’m only halfway through but already it is a fascinating read, and a book I’d definitely recommend!
I’ve recently become a convert to the benefits of body oil, and much prefer the fast penetrating, lightweight and nourishing feel of them over richer, heavier moisturising lotions – especially in the heat of summer. So was delighted when South African luxury body care brand Malēe got in touch offering me the chance to review their new moisturising oil; a potent blend of natural sweet almond oil, coconut oil, argan oil and rosehip oil, which leaves my skin feeling feather-soft and infused with the scent of the African plains. The whole range is made with 100% natural active ingredients and a commitment to using them in the same natural way their ancestors would have, to promote of the heritage of African beauty and healing rituals.
Products featured in this post have been gifted by the respective brands. I only ever accept gifted products from brands I feel align with my own ethos and aesthetic and am under no obligation to feature them, unless I decide to. All photography © Kate Baxter.