It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Every Christmas, I like to invest in one special decoration to give pride of place to. Each one holds memories of Christmases gone by - whether it's something extravagant, like the silver tree topper that my mum and I picked out from Laura Ashley when I was little, or the little Christmas fairy in a jar that I bought as a teenager from my favourite shop in my hometown - I love to bring them out each year and be reminded of  happy memories.

This year I wanted to create some extra-special memories in my new home, so I jumped at the chance when Harrods invited me to review one of their luxury Christmas decorations! They have a truly decadent range of things to hang on your tree or put on the mantelpiece, but I chose something totally indulgent that would fill the entire flat with Christmas cheer...

This limited edition candle* from Acqua di Parma spreads an elegant festive fragrance throughout my flat - a warming mix of plum, amber, vanilla and cedar wood, balanced out by citrus notes of bergamot and orange. The candle looks beautiful placed on my mantelpiece, surronded by some simple holly and berries. The red wax is adorned with hand painted silver cloves, zests and barks to look like silver gems, which look magical as they glint in the glow of the candle.

It creates such a perfect festive atmosphere - I can't wait to stick on some Frank Sinatra Christmas songs and wrap all my presents by candlelight! And although the candle will eventually burn away, every time I catch a whiff of a similar smell, I'll be transported right back to the memories of Christmas 2014.


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