Serenata Flowers Review and Giveaway

Spring is in the air and with Mother’s Day fast approaching it’s perfect timing for today’s Serenata Flowers review and giveaway!

Flowers are beautiful in all shapes and sizes and there’s no denying that they can inject colour and joy into a room just by their presence. However buying a large and beautifully arranged bouquet can cost a pretty penny, especially if you purchase from one of the large well known florists. Serenata Flowers offers courier delivery of large bouquets which cut out the middleman thereby saving you money, but can it really deliver the same standards of service and quality?Ianthe

I asked Serenata to send me the brand new Ianthe Bouquet. Ianthe means purple flower and this bouquet is awash with them, accented by pure white roses.

IMG_6867Postage

The flowers were dispatched the same day and arrived promptly the next in a large cardboard box, supported by a stake to keep them upright.IMG_6868

Presentation

The bouquet was a hand-tied arrangement which meant there was no presenting skills required, I simply had to cut the stems and place them into a vase. Did they look like the online photo?IMG_6876

Bearing in mind the angle I took this photo from missed out a couple of the roses I think they were very close to the online picture. My particular vase also splayed the bouquet further outwards creating a slightly different shape.IMG_6880

Longevity

Cut flowers unfortunately never last long, however when you’re spending out considerable money I think it’s safe to assume we’d all like at least one weeks enjoyment from our bouquets. Here is my Ianthe bouquet on day 8.IMG_6890Hardly any noticeable difference to when they arrived!

In total I got over two weeks enjoyment from my flowers. The roses were the first to die away but it all lasted very well indeed.

Would I recommend the Ianthe bouquet and Serenata Flowers?

Definitely! I’ve been disappointed by other florists in the past but I thoroughly enjoyed my flowers from Serenata, delivery was swift, the flowers beautiful and they lasted and lasted.

Giveaway!!

Don’t just take my word for it though, if you’d like to receive your very own bouquet from Serenata worth up to £35 then enter my brand new giveaway now.

Serenata Flowers are offering one lucky Angel Eden Blog winner a bouquet of their choice worth up to £35 and delivered to any Mainland UK address.

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Hotel Chocolat Festive Wreath Review

Hotel Chocolat Festive WreathI’d be happy to review chocolate all year long, but at Christmas it’s very much a part of the proceedings and I was thrilled when I was sent the Hotel Chocolat Festive Wreath to review.

Hotel Chocolat have earned a reputation for quality chocolates designed to make the recipient feel special and valued (even if they purchased it for themselves!) The only problem with having such a glowing resume is of course living up to the higher expectations it undoubtedly brings.

Style

Obviously the first thing you notice about the Festive Wreath is its appearance, stunningly moulded from chocolate which would grace the centre of any Christmas table.

As a centrepiece it’s also a novel idea and a great way to impress your guests. The wreath was slightly smaller than I had imagined but when I lifted it up and felt the weight I understood why, there is a lot of chocolate in there!

Hotel Chocolat Festive WreathTaste

Cutting the wreath is harder than you might think as a direct result of it being made from solid chocolate with nibbly biscuits and crushed almond florentines, make sure you have a plate underneath to catch the crumbs.

It’s made from a higher quality chocolate than you might ordinarily buy and the taste reflects this in its rich deep flavour. Saying that all my children really enjoyed tucking into this wreath and they have been introduced to different qualities of cocoa. Some kids may find this too rich, but it will definitely suit an adult palate.

Price

At £21 I personally think this wreath is really good value for money, for the sheer number of grams included it’s a great deal for a quality brand such as Hotel Chocolat. Obviously these cost more than certain high street Chocolatiers but as the courier who delivered this to my door said ‘ooh posh chocolates, lucky you!’ this brand is a cut above the average.

Would I recommend this product?

Without a doubt, it’s beautifully presented, tastes devine and would make a fabulous gift!

Details

The wreath is available in Hotel Chocolat stores nationwide or you can order online and view the rest of their range on their website.

Heat Holders Thermal Leggings Review

If there is one thing the British like to talk about it’s the weather and my goodness it can get cold during the winter! Keeping warm with rising fuel bills seems like an impossibility but specially designed thermal garments may can help to keep you warm without the huge price tag. Heat Holders sent me a pair of their Thermal Leggings to test out.

LeggingsFirst here’s what they are supposed to do:

Heat Holders Thermal Leggings – RRP £8.00

‘Tested to achieve a 0.63 tog rating, these leggings lock in more warm air closer to the skin.

Available in Small/Medium/Large/X-Large and in colours: Black/Blue/Plum.’

All sounds great but… they didn’t fit me :( I was sent the size Small/Medium in white, the package states these should fit a UK dress size 6-14 so they should have fit me perfectly. Unfortunately I wore them out on a cold winter day and was so frustrated by them continually falling down that I had to take them off.

LeggingsI should mention that I am tall, slim and don’t have massive hips so potentially my body shape may have been an issue. Someone the same size but shorter or curvier than myself may be ok, but I do think the sizing was rather ambitious none the less.

Luckily that isn’t the end of the review because I passed them onto a size 16 friend who despite being outside the stated sizes found that the leggings fit her perfectly. Here I ask her questions about their effectiveness.

Did the Leggings keep you warm and comfortable?

I found the leggings really comfortable and they were light enough to fit under most clothes. They definitely kept me warm and I’ve taken to wearing them around the house instead of having the heating on all day.

Did you have any problems or could you make any recommendations about the leggings?

I didn’t experience any problems and I would say that the leggings work exactly as they are supposed too. I would perhaps suggest that if you are a size 16 like me you buy the small/medium as they were the perfect fit and I suspect the larger size would be too big. I’m actually very tempted to buy another pair in a darker colour.

Abi’s Final Thoughts

This has been an unusual review for me as you might have guessed as I can’t actually comment personally on the product. However it seems that the leggings do indeed keep you warm and work exactly as described. You may need to be careful on sizing and ensure you can return for an exchange should you need too.

The experience (or lack of) hasn’t put me off Heat Holders as their claims re. warmth appear to be accurate and I’d be happy to purchase other products (hats, gloves, socks etc) from their range in the future.

Details

For more information on the leggings and other products from the Heat Holders range visit www.heatholders.com