Saturday, 22 April 2017

Arura Luxury Knitwear Is The Way To Go


Arura are a new luxury knitwear brand that produce unique items of clothing and accessories from yarn. I was very fortunate to be sent a piece from one of their lines to review. I chose to receive their Nini Heavy Knit Cardigan - who doesn't love a knitted jumper or cardigan. Knitwear makes me so happy because it's so warm and cuddly.

The packaging was amazing. I got so excited when it arrived - I honestly don't want to get rid of the box, it's so pretty! Haha, I knew from the moment I unwrapped the parcel and took my first glance at the packaging that I was in for a treat! I have never received something so luxury, Arura really pulled it out of the bag...or should I say box?



I got my gorgeous sister to model the product for me because I'm camera shy and when I tried to model last time I looked like an awkward fish lol. The Nini Heavy Knit Cardigan is so beautiful, and heavy! Arura's promise is that each customer will receive a unique experience as their products are specially designed and made in small studios around Europe. Every product they sell is created with quality yarn which I love. I found the knitwear fascinating as it was so intricate and well crafted, I couldn't find any fault with it!

I was a bit apprehensive about what this would work with clothes wise as it was a long and heavy looking cardigan, but I had no trouble at all! I've worn this on several occasions with so many types of clothes and it just works. It looks great. I'm sure we've all been there when you've accidentally snagged some knitwear and you end up with a loop of it sticking out because you caught it on a door handle or something. Well there is pretty much no issues like this with Arura as the knitwear is such good quality.

Another thing I am loving so much about this Nini Heavy Knit Cardigan is the lining. The lining really adds a sense of sophistication to the product, I have never owned a piece of knitwear with lining so I fell in love with it. Because of the lining and use of yarn, the warmth that the cardigan provided was immense, I went out in temperature below 10 degrees Celsius in it and I was so toasty that when I took it off I was instantly hit with a wave of coldness. Words cannot describe how amazing this cardigan feels on. 

One of the eye drawing features of this item is the neckline which is honestly so adorable. I think that this is one of my favourite features besides the detail of this cardigan. If you wore a necklace, this neckline would really put emphasis on it, I find that it draws your attention to the neck. The way that it falls makes the piece as a whole look so natural flowing, I couldn't imagine any other design on this product.



Overall, I would seriously consider buying more from Arura! You can purchase the Nini Heavy Knit Cardigan for £210 at www.arura.uk.com.





Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Stolen New Music Video and Single - Euphoric

The Stolen are sure to steal your hearts with their new single Euphoric. Based in New Jersey, the four piece are made up of Dom Cruce (vocals), Rob Chiaraippa (guitar/vocals), Kevin Smart (bass) and Mike Chiarappa (drums). These guys are sure to be the next big thing within the music industry, they released their latest single alongside its music video on Friday and it did not disappoint!

The Stolen smashed it with their previous singles, Can't Get Enough and I'm So Dead so my expectations were very high. Euphoric is no doubt their best single yet, with its chilled vibes and uplifting melody you can't help but dance along. Euphoric is definitely going on my Spotify playlist, in the next few days I'll be singing it into my hairbrush in front of my mirror!




The music video, that was released on Friday, really captures the relaxed atmosphere of the song. Meaningful lyrics make the single relate to many. I definitely recommend this song to everyone, I think if you're a teen like me you'll love it even more - not only that, the guys aren't that bad look either *insert winky face here*!



Check out my previous interview with The Stolen here.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The socks that hold onto their promises. Why everybody needs a pair of Heat Holders.

If you're anything like me, your feet are cold 24/7. That it be in bed, sitting at your desk, eating that gorgeous chocolate cake or in the shower. My feet are never warm. I have endless amounts of socks, I wear two pairs of cotton socks in the day - one of them will be thermal if I think I'll need it, fluffy bed socks at night and slippers are a must when I'm watching TV. Yet somehow I still can't feel my toes.

Earlier this week I was sent some Heat Holders from Sock Shop and I was very excited to try them out. The first few thoughts that ran through my mind where how thick they were and how toasty me feet would be when I'd wear them. 



First of all I sussed up the packaging. The red and orange clearly indicated that I was in for a treat, especially with a sticker on the from informing me that these socks were indeed 2.3 TOG. The packaging was giving me a lot of promises. 

On the back there are the three steps that told me why these socks were going to be so warm. The first was the yarn. According to this, Heat Holders are made out of yarn that has a "high performance of insulation against cold with superior moisture breather abilities." The second was the loops created by the knitting technique that increased the TOG rating by holding in more warm air. The final step was the expert brushing which keeps in heat all day (that's the fluffy stuff inside). To me, these sounded very reliable as they seemed pretty simple ways to ensure lasting heat.

Here's a little chart that is situated on the back which puts into perspective on just how warm these Heat Holders actually are.


I was pleasantly surprised when I put the Heat Holders on, instantly my feet were surrounded by warmth and it never left until the moment I took them off (which was a good few hours later). I love them, they are really fluffy inside which gives my feet comfort and warmth, it felt like I was walking on clouds when I first tried them. The only think I could pick up on was the grip of them. What could make them a tiny bit better is those jelly grips on the bottom - I had a few sliding sessions myself! I know that Sock Shop do have a range of slipper socks which have the grip on them.

I would recommend Heat Holders above any bed sock any day, I can just imagine wearing them as a child when I went out in the snow in my wellies - they would have been amazing! I would highly recommend them for diabetics too. My mum suffers with diabetes and she keeps stealing them - the cheek of her. She finds that her feet are often cold due to diabetes, guess what I'm buying her for her birthday!




The original pair that I was sent are very long and bulky so I thought I'd test them outside with some shoes. It did stretch my boots a bit but not as much as I expected. There are a range of heat holders, different colours and sizes, I never thought that I could be so mesmerised by socks! These socks start at a price of £5.99.

I highly recommend these to anybody - who doesn't need a warm pair of socks in their life?

Let me know how you deal with your cold feet.

Until next time...

Sophie xx



A big thank you to Champions UK plc.