The small luxuries in life

I am not a person who spends a lot of money on beauty products. I probably should, I mean I am hitting my mid 30’s and lets face it I eat crap, live in a city and always feel a bit stressed, surely that can not be good for your skin. I think that it comes and goes in stages of life when I spend lots of money on a special cream or mascara but it just ends up not being used and I throw it away after a while (when it does not smell as it should any more).

Last Autumn we introduced a new brand at Spektakulär called Mirins Copenhagen. When we went to Copenhagen in November we went to say hi and what a lovely lovely couple (due date that same day so now with an addition to the family) and Jane does for sure know what she is doing as a certified Aromatherapist. All organic and natural ingredients and the smells are just so lovely. I am also super delighted how well received Mirins has been at Spektakulär.

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Mirins Copenhagen

Mirins have five main aroma blends (and some limited editions now and then for special occasions such as Christmas). These five blends are:

  • Calming: Lavender and Bergamot
  • Happiness: Rose, Geranium, Orange and Mint
  • Intuition: Patchouli, Geranium and Rosewood
  • Purify: Grapefruit, Rosemary and Tea Tree
  • Recharge: Ginger, Lemongrass and Lemon

Don’t worry I had to google some of these ingredients as well! But while using the testers at the shop I found the recharge aroma is my personal favourite.

I have myself the hand cream which is the best hand balm I have ever used. And just before opening Lilla I somehow managed to lick my lip so badly it looked like I had injected botox so I invested in the lip balm duo and after just a day or two with Mirins Lip Balm Recharge it calmed down and I felt like I normal person again. I need to buy a new bar of soap, previous one lasted since January (which is very good in our house) and it basically smelt the same from first use to the last. And the body scrub, yes my feet loved it! Hmm think I might treat myself to a foot bath very soon!

Last night I treated myself to a bath, you know one of those baths without little ones and late at night. Now that is pure luxury to me. I had bought the Mirins clay mask a while ago and gave it a try. I mean it looks like clay/chocolate/poop (imagination of a three year old) but the smell oh what a beautiful smell of lavender. Mirins have three clay masks depending on your skin type, I invested in the one for normal skin. After a few minutes of dreaming away that I do not live in a flat in a big city but in a huge house (actually does not have to be huge) on the country side with a huge bathroom and outside it is summer and I can smell the garden and enjoy the peace and quite, the clay started to dry and it is quite an odd feeling, almost like your skin is starting to pulsate. But wow after cleaning it of, my skin was soooooo smooth and I could really feel and even see the difference it made. Now I am no expert, I have no education in beauty and I would never consider making any beauty products of my own. But I am a firm believer in when you find a product you enjoy and makes you feel happy well enjoy it and try to remember that feeling of luxury. It is worth every penny!

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Mirins Copenhagen

At Spektakulär we do stock quite a large range by Mirins, from soy candles, bar of soaps to travel kits and the very luxury hyggen kit. So why not pop in and have a smell and test by your self and I do hope you will find a product you will love just as much as me. Next on my shopping list is the body balm in recharge, just love the freshness of the lemon grass and ginger.

And they also do a few bits and bobs for men, hint hint Father’s Day is coming!!!

Charlotte x

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Glad Påsk – Happy Easter

We like to wish you a wonderful Easter. I am pretty sure you are all looking forward to a little break. Time of the year to relax and welcome Spring and of course stuff your face with chocolate. Now if you like to avoid the supermarket mass-produced Easter Eggs, why not pop in to us instead? We have wonderful luxury LAKRIDS (Danish liquorice) and yesterday Alex at Nordic Affär told me a huge box of amazing DUMLE had arrived! So Zuzanna has prepared lovely Moomin mugs filled with Dumle. Now you can enjoy one of my favourite sweets Dumle (Soft toffee covered with milk chocolate) and who does not love a beautiful Moomin enamel mug from Finish Muurla!?!?!! A super gift!!!

 

During the Easter period we are delighted to let you know we are open as usual…no need to panic!!! Zuzanna is kindly covering for me on Saturday so we can head north to the grandparents.

Since this is our first school year I see holidays from a different angle and yes this break is needed. Stina is tired!!! And I am sick and tired of her tears and whining! So a week at grandparents for them is well needed (for all of us).  I am sure that we are going to paint eggs and have an Easter Egg hunt in the grandparents garden which will be nice. While in Sweden I am positive Swedish grandma (mormor) is off to Blåkulla on her broomstick (sorry mum for calling you a witch, but lets face it, according to yourself and Swedish traditions you truly are one;)).

 

LAKRIDS

Ohhhhhhh you got to try these!

I am not a hard core liquorice fan, I do enjoy it I mean I am Swedish after all (it runs in my veins) but when I am home in Sweden it is not what I need to fill my suitcase with (no then I fill it with chocolate and bread). So when I came across Danish Johan Bulow liquorice I did not have massive expectations but wow. You know when you put something in your mouth and it is just a pure pleasure experience, like a smell or flavour from childhood and you get all warm and happy inside. That is what happen to me! Zuzanna’s friend once said Johan Bulow is the king of liquorice, she is not wrong! Even Richard who is not that keen on liquorice enjoyed Lakrids (unless he is just pretending to keep me happy).

You just have to try it for yourself! I have a couple of favourites, first  I am a coffee drinker and I tried the Dark chocolate and Coffee covered liquorice, oh hello that one I enjoyed a lot! But also the freshness of the White and Passion Fruit chocolate covered is stunning! However the Pink LOVE, gosh taste bud heaven and it is totally true what says on the box “With these flavour-packed mouthfuls, you get to experience a broad variety of taste sensations. First the intriguing taste of raspberry, followed by the intensity of dark chocolate, and then – just when you thought the ride was over – the tickling heat of Habanero chilli liquorice swirls around your taste buds” my mouth just exploded in flavours, wow!

They have four chocolate covered flavours which seems to be main flavours

  • A. Chocolate Covered Soft Liquorice (Belgian Milk Chocolate)
  • B. White Chocolate and Passion Fruit Covered Sweet Liquorice
  • C. Dark and Coffee Chocolate Covered Sweet Liquorice
  • D. Roasted Almond Coated in Belgian Milk Chocolate and Raw Liquorice Powder
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A. Chocolate Covered Soft Liquorice
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B. White Chocolate and Passion Fruit Covered Sweet Liquorice
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C. Dark Chocolate and Coffee Coated Soft Liquorice
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D. Almonds Covered with Chocolate and Raw Liquorice Powder

 

As well as the pure liquorice sweets (no covers)

  • 1. Sweet Liquorice: the one and only sweet liquorice you will ever need
  • 2. Salty Liquorice: this is the true love for any Salty Liquorice fans out there
  • 3. Red Liquorice: their answer to the american version, I would say it is better
  • 4. Habanero Chilli Liquorice: the spicy one (sadly not in stock just yet)
  • 5. Salty Chilli Cranberry Liquorice: created after request by the public (sadly not in stock just yet) 

As you are aware I do enjoy baking but I have never tried baking with liquorice. Seen recipes for years but since it is not as common as finding good quality liquorice here in the UK as back home I have just not done it. But now is the time for me to give it a go since we also stock the Raw Liquorice Powder .

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Raw Liquorice Powder

On Lakrids website are some pretty amazing recipes. Think I should give these chocolate chip and liquorice a go, but the ice cream and oh wow even some brown bread with liquorice…oh my baking fingers are starting to itch!

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Dark Chocolate Chip Liquorice Cookies

Have I tempted you yet?

How about these lovely ones. Lakrids seem to introduce a few limited edition flavours now and then, for example I was given the Salty Caramel Chocolate covered liquorice for Christmas, that went rather quickly. For Easter they have a Mint edition (I thought I ordered it but must have missed it, sorry). Last summer was a Elderflower, oh I hope they will bring that one back.

Let me introduce you to the LOVE flavours. Two outstanding and simply lovely flavours that is good for all year around. Does not need to be for Valentine’s. We all need love now and then, so why not treat your mum this Mother’s Day or instead of an Easter Egg from the supermarket. new house gift, get well soon, the little extra to a wedding gift oh you name it. We all need love and for some it is an easy way to say it with chocolate so why not with chocolate and liquorice?!

Love Pink: Raspberry and Dark Chocolate covering a hot Chilli Liquorice (taste bud heaven)

Love Cerise: Blackcurrant infused White Chocolate covering soft Liquorice (very fresh and pleasant taste, perfect with a cup of tea)

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Raspberry and dark Chocolate covered Chilli Liquorice
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Blackcurrant and White Chocolate covering Soft Liquorice

I am not sure how I will be able to stay away from these. Selling things you love to eat is really hard. You just like to take another one and another one…so addictive! Self discipline Charlotte!!! On the other hand, I would not sell anything I did not love!

Enjoy!

Charlotte x

February deliveries

Lovely happy Spring deliveries are starting to arrive, January is a odd month for us retailers. The happiness of Christmas is over, it is dark, wet and quite frankly rather depressing. My pocket is empty so assume yours are too. And it is just too early to fill up the shop with happy, colourful, bright Spring designs. So yes I can happily say I am delighted January is over. I am just a bit sick and tired of these storms though, even though it brings the most beautiful sky full of rainbow clouds where the unicorn queen lives (why not, I do love the imagination of a five year old), but I do not and I am NOT enjoy that the boiler gave up last night and it wont be fixed until tomorrow morning. It was not nice at all to get up this morning, I got up, put on coffee and fan heater in kitchen and went back to the warm bed and we all stayed there until it was warm enough to even be able to spend time in the kitchen area.

Anyway now I am placing Spring orders and they are starting to arrive already. Last week, happy cards arrived from Lagom Design. A great mixture of new home, baby, birthday, Valentine’s and lets not forget our beautiful mothers.

Yesterday jewellery arrived!!! Yes a fantastic delivery with beautiful jewellery by Swedish Våga. Lovely Spring collection. Among necklaces and bracelets we also introduce earrings which I think will be a lovely addition to the jewellery cabinet.

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Våga Jewellery 

We are also awaiting a beautiful Spring delivery from Swedish Sagaform. Happy pastels serving and cooking set mixed with new additions to the “on the go” Fresh range plus a lot more. You will not be disappointed!

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Piccadilly Range by Sagaform Image Sagaform

And of course more plastic rugs are on its way. Love the Pappelina new FIA collection. Very happy. And wow the wonderful comments we have got on the stunning Regina that is now in the middle of the shop floor (yes please do walk on it, it is a great way for us to show you have fantastic these are).

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Regina in romantic warm pink. Image by Pappelina

Tonight I am sitting with cushion orders and oh it will be a colourful Spring in the shop. Love the happy colours, it sure brightens up all our homes.

So plenty to look forward to and I shall try to keep up with the blog to show you what is arriving.

Charlotte x

Ohhh the smell of fresh paint…

Who would have known that a little bit of paint could bring so much happiness! No there has not been that many big changes to the shop but it is sooo bright! And sooooo Scandinavian! And for someone like me who loves working with a blank canvas this is just perfect. I shall hopefully be a bit more creative in the future…oh lots of ideas and so many options.

But let’s just start by getting everything back out in the shop again, took me some time I must admit and I am glad Zuzanna gave me a hand and also Richard of course (I am still working on it today and will probably be for a few days). I do recommend a little visit to the shop now since it still is rather empty and not filled with seasonal Autumn stock (just you wait).

Here are some images from the shop, hope you like it!

Next week a MASSIVE delivery is due in from Swedish Spira. We saw them a few weeks ago in Borås and oh love love love them. Spria’s fabric and patterns are of fabulous quality, super stylish and happy cheerful. I think you all will love it…I really hope it will be me who gets this delivery!

Enjoy

Charlotte x

It is time… time for our ANNUAL SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE!!!

Yay it is time, our annual summer clearance sale. Now this is a great opportunity to grab a bargain. In the sale this year we have lots and lots of amazing Linum cushion covers and runners plus a few award winning designs as well as super stylish. You just have to check it out for yourself.

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So tomorrow Friday from 10am Zuzanna will be ready for you. Go on pop in and go crazy :). I struggled myself not to buy it all myself. Great gifts to be had.  Please do note that this is a clearance sale, no no we are not closing down, it is just time to make space for the Autumn stock (sad I know, summer has not even started yet).

Have fun!

Charlotte x

Robert the Robot!

Since we open the shop Swedish KG Design has been a part of Spektakulär. I am pretty sure most of you do have the super silicone flower-, lace- or splat coasters as well as the happy Owl money banks.

However KG does so much more and we have had quite a lot of their designs in over the years which we all love and I have them everywhere in my own house. Happy colour bowls, doorstops, bottle stoppers, coasters, tea towels. But now they have introduced a new fellow and we are extremely happy with the response so far. Already had to reorder Robert and also took the opportunity to add a few new colours. Personally I love the yellow one but could not find a proper image, just have to pop in to the shop and have a look for your self :) All images are borrowed from KG Design!

Silicone money banks sure are a functional design, Stina is in to counting her money at the moment, just learned about it at nursery and she is saving up for something special. As all of you with kids know it is important to teach our children about money and she seem to enjoy the whole saving up idea. She earns a little money now and then and even if it is just pennies they mean the world to her and she like to recount all her money again (about 12.50 at the moment I believe) and this money bank is handy since the head comes off, easy to clean and also wont break if you drop it. I have a memory of my younger brother smashing all of ours. Walked downstairs to find all our beautiful (not really) big pigs in thousands of pieces. Most of these were christening gifts! Yay! Not really remember my mums reactions but since I kind of know my mum (and turned out to be just like her… arrgggghhhh), I assume she was not impressed!

Have a lovely day

Charlotte x