We hit the big 1-0

I just thought i’d share with you all that today is a very special day in the Tramp house hold. Mr Tramp aka Paul and I have been together for 10yr today.

 

Ok so I found this on a poker website but I liked it!

 

We have been through a lot of things together, bad times and good in the last decade and I truly cannot think of anyone I would rather have by my side than him. We have just celebrated recently our 5th wedding anniversary so I can proudly say that I have the most amazing husband and best friend in the world and to have reached these milestones and points in my life, all before 30 is just mind blowing.

 

We have so much to achieve in the next 10yr and I hope that in 2021 i’m back writing about our 20th anniversary.
I have lots of wonderful things in store for us today so I shall leave it off that and go enjoy my day!

 

Hope you all have a lovely day too

 
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Girls Day Out 2 – UPDATE!

Well my lovelies, Kat and I are glad to announce that we have a super shiny fab venue lined up for our 2nd blogger event in Newcastle!


The Grey Street Hotel is playing host for our event so come along from 2pm for drinks, chat, laughter and some very very special goody bags and surprises galore!

If you are wanting to come for lunch and shopping, we will still be meeting up at 10am for a wander and munch before moving on to the venue to rest our shopped feet and drink something rediculously tasty as well as getting to know lots of new bloggers!!


Please confirm via Facebook or this blog so we know how many are coming.

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Follow Me, everything is alright!





To steal lyrics from the Uncle Kracker song, did you know there’s lots of ways to follow me, my ramblings and my blog?


Not only can you follow me via GFC, but you can also use Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin or RSS feed too.


In fact, there’s a Follow Me tab at the top of every page so that you can find all the tools you need.


As a treat to my lovely loyal followers, I have 2 upcoming give aways! A Philip Kingsley goody pack and a tube of the much talked about Nanoblur!!


Make sure you’re following to be in with a chance once they go live!!




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Scented Saturday – Candles

As the nights draw in and I am invariably spending more time in the house, just like every year, we turn our attentions to making our living room even cosier than it already is.

I love nothing more than watching TV in either pitch dark or by candle light so it is really important to me to get really pretty AND great smelling candles. I know I have fallen in to the trap of super pretty candles smelling dreadful, if at all, once lit.

Recent burnings in the Tramp Towers have been the White Chiffon Candle from Boux Avenue (£12)  and the very lovely Myrrh Muske & Cypress candle from Molton Brown (£36) that Mr Tramp very kindly picked and bought for me. It’s a very autumnal, wintery smell that just makes you want to curl on the sofa with a good book and a toasty warm blanket.

I am very particular about my candle scents and swing wildly from clean, fresh smelling aromas like Boux Avenue to quite ‘masculine’ scents. I really don’t like anything floral or anything that resembles the insane amount of ‘hippy’ joss sticks I used to burn when I was a teenage goth. Ick!

Since hearing about the wonderfully sounding Russian Collection from Jonathan Ward , I have been eyeing the website trying to pick and choose what next. As if they could read minds, the lovely powers that be have kicked off a pre-christmas sale with some awesome deals available on their candles. If you follow them on Twitter @j_w_london new deals keep cropping up and I compel you all to go and buy something delightfully decadent for yourself!


Yesterday I treated myself to Kiss in Rio and 3 Kings, both of which sound perfect.

Kiss in Rio

This scent is one of the boldest in the collection. Its complex tangle of aromatic notes is rich, dark and moody.
The ideal gift for modern environments, this seductive aroma is one of the editors favourites.

Ingredients:

Blackcurrant, Clove, Licorice, Pepper, Smoky Woods 

 – The smoky wood and pepper really appealed to me! I can’t wait for it to arrive!


Three Kings



An exquisite fragrance carefully designed to be enjoyed seasonally or throughout the year. Pacific Amber, Myrrh and Frankincense meld exquisitely into jasmine, violet, cinnamon and Zanzibar Clove. Starfruit and bergamot add an interesting playful twist.


The Myrrh and cinnamon drew me to this one, I’m really excited to try it when it arrives. I have a sneaking suspicion I might order a few more to keep as back ups!

I’m hoping that some of the in-laws and family read this post… and if so… I’d like to add the following 3 candles on to my christmas wish list please!!
An intoxicatingly masculine scent which on smelling it reminded me of cigar smoke, museums and old leather arm chairs. It was quite an evocative smokey boozey mix. I am probably the worst person to describe scents so here is the official blurb! 

Question everything. Seek out the truth. Provoke your senses with puzzling aromas. Discover the seductive mysteries of birch, cade, leather, tar and amber with our firefly embers medio candle illuminating your way. Intriguing, fearless and enigmatic.

The way we blend it
Top notes: birch oil, cedar wood
Middle notes: cade oil, black leather accord
Base notes: tar accord, amber, warm woods



A mysterious, decadently spiced fragrance inspired by the love songs Russian soldiers would sing to their loved ones when facing wartime.  Including rich notes of Cedarwood, Elemi Cognac, Tonka Bean, Birch Leaf, Organic Black Pepper and Rosemary.

Ingredients:
Black Pepper, Cedar Wood, Tonka Bean, Birch-leaf, Cognac, Rosemary


A regal, spiced woody aroma.  Inspired by the capture of the infamous serial killer Darya by Catherine the Great this unique fragrance contains notes of Cashmere Cedarwood, Cumin, Vetiver, Amber, Cinammon and Clove.

Ingredients:
Amber, Cedar Wood, Clove, Vetiver, Cinnamon, Cumin

What are your favourite candles to burn? How do you fragrance your home?  I’d love to know

Turbo Thursday – We all can dream…

The 2nd instalment of my Turbo Thursday set finds me day dreaming.

Now when most people imagine their dream car, it’s invariably a super sports car, a car from a movie or for the girly girls amongst us, something pink and flowery but not me.


I am obsessed.. Yes people OBSESSED with 1930 Ford hot rods. I would actually sell my own grandmother (nay, both of them) to have a 1932 Ford Coupe hot rod. Black with flames or a beautiful deep House of Kolor candy red. Mm beautiful.





In 2006 I had the great pleasure of seeing the awesome SEMA show in Las Vegas. It was here that I first spotted those infamous clear alloy wheels! I will never forget seeing a huge pack of amazing hot rods braying down Las Vegas boulevard in convoy. Have you ever had one of those moments where you can’t actually believe what you are seeing and you just stop and stare with a bit of drool coming out of your mouth? Yeah that was me. Nice huh?

My every day obsession with 1950s Americana has spilled over in to my motoring choices and I just can’t help but be drawn to these bad boys! Look at them.. So pretty!






So… if anyone offered me a million pound limited edition Aston Martin One-77, I’d pass…. I’d take the money of course, book a flight to America, buy a beat down old Ford and commission Rick Dale, owner of the amazing Ricks Restorations to get it back to pristine condition. In fact I think I’d probably spaff my entire million on his restorations. Hmm.. I wonder if he’d want to adopt me or marry me.. Either way it would be win!



To be fair, it’s not just 30s hot rods, it’s vintage cars in general. Not your average 20yr old VW on a ‘classic car’ policy but true vintage.

On our recent trip to Havana, we were in old car heaven!!


Check out their taxi’s!!



This is one girl that isn’t impressed by men in flashy sports cars so low you need to adopt a gym class crab to get in and out of, give me the bench seat of an american vintage classic any day.

Katie 
xxx