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I have finally taken the plunge and am moving from a wordpress.com blog to self-hosting, with the assistance of the very helpful Paul at UK Web Solutions Direct. So this will be my last post on mollyandtheprincess.wordpress.com/ as I’m now mollyandtheprincess.com

 

So far I have the new site looking much the same as possible as this one, but I’m hoping to add some changes as I learn how to self-host, I have never written a piece of code in my life so a lot to learn!

 

Right now on the new site I need to add my blogroll; work out how to add a subscriber button; how to activate statistics; how to add the WordPress post a day badge to my sidebar; and how to link the images (especially the Aspire Style discount code logo) to an external web url.

 

If any one can recommend a good book on WordPress for beginners – absolute beginners – please do! Hopefully I will get the hang of it all soon enough and be blogging like a pro in no time.

 

I’m feeling a little scared as I head off into the world of self-hosting, but bye bye WordPress.com, it’s been fun!

 

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Chai Time

I like coffee, I like tea, I like … chai? I didn’t know what to expect when I was sent this Red Chai and Cranberry drink from Zuma Drinks to review, described as a ‘spiced milk tea’. Not being very keen on milk (or even soya alternatives) I had my doubts that I would like it. But …

 

 

… I was wrong! It’s absolutely delicious. It’s got more in common with a hot chocolate drink, than with tea, so once I realised this and that it wasn’t going to be like a really milky tea (which I’d never have liked), and I sniffed at the wonderful aromas in the sachet, I was no longer hesitant to try it.

 

 

It looks a lot prettier in Zuma’s tea glasses (top photo) than my big mug (above) but this didn’t detract from the taste experience. The flavours are quite subtle, which I like, and the fruitiness of the cranberries adds extra flavour and sweetness, but not too much, which is great. It’s a nice comforting drink, without the heaviness of hot chocolate. I liked reading the description on the back of the sachet too:

 

Soothing, energising, refreshing, and carefully designed to bring maximum happiness, chai is a potent blend of revitalising natural ingredients even rumoured to have healing properties.


So there you have it, maximum happiness in a cup – who would say no to that?

 

Zuma Red Chai and Cranberry can be bought from Beyond the Bean – thank you to them for sending me some to review.

 

 

I have a sore mouth today, due to my awful gums, the bane of my life. I guess this was why, when I was looking through my photos for blog inspiration, I was drawn to this photo of the ‘Zahnweh-Herrgott’, or ‘Lord of the Toothache’ from the back of Vienna’s most famous cathedral, Stephansdom, at the very heart of the city.

 

 

 

I realised that I didn’t actually know the reasons why it was called Lord of the Toothache (or sometimes Christ with a Toothache), and despite looking in pain, the Christ figure is not depicted clutching his jaw or pulling a lop-sided face. So, I thought I’d better look up the story behind this strange naming.

 

The fourteenth-century ‘Ecce Homo’ figure was originally on the exterior of the church, one of the many devotional statues that were venerated by the people of Vienna in their daily acts of worship. The figure faced the area which was then the church’s graveyard. According to folklore, three men (in some accounts many more) mocked the agonised figure of Christ saying he looked as if he had toothache. Later that night, those that mocked were themselves afflicted with terrible toothache, which was only cured once they returned to Stephansdom to ask forgiveness from the statue.

 

Whether true or not, the story reminds us of the original function of these types of images, which was to encourage an affective response from the viewer, who was being invited to identify with Christ’s pain and suffering, to really feel it. Maybe the story was made up to remind the people of Vienna of the supposed power of these devotional statues to make Christ’s agony real to his people, and that this was no laughing matter.

 

It also makes me smile to think of how the Viennese love making up funny names for things. It reminds me of Dublin, where the monument to Anna Livia (formerly on O’Connell Street) is affectionately known as ‘The Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ (and more colourful versions of the same), and another piece of public art (near the Ha’penny Bridge), which depicts two women sitting on a bench with shopping bags at their feet is known as ‘The Hags with the Bags’. Perhaps the most famous colloquial name in Vienna is that given to the foliated dome of the Secession Building, the ‘Golden Cabbage’.

 

 

I’m sure there are many more nicknames for public statues in both Dublin and Vienna that I was going to mention in this post, but toothache is preventing me from thinking straight. If you know any, please do write them in the comments below. In the meantime, and because I can’t instantly be transported back to medieval Vienna to be cured by the Zahnweh-Herrgot, I’m going to have a couple of paracetamol and an early night. Tschüss!


You may have noticed something new over there in the right-hand sidebar – a lovely discount code for my favourite boutique, Aspire Style. As you will have gathered from previous posts here on Molly and the Princess, I can’t get enough of their lovely clothes, shoes, accessories and gifts, and now all with a fabulous 10% discount that Aspire Style are generously sharing with my readers too!

 

To celebrate, and give you the code, I am wearing my favourite Fever Delilah Dress and Irregular Choice Backlash Shoes from Aspire. If you are quick, you could still nab a Delilah dress like this in the sale for only £30 – Bargain!

 

(sorry about dreadful photo, will retake tomorrow in better light!)

 

The code can be used on all purchases, even the brand new range of Orla Kiely bags just in! I’ve got my eye on this Stem Maze Handbag in Navy, it’s a new shape for Orla Kiely and you could be the first to get your hands on one if you order from Aspire, and get it the cheapest anywhere using code Molly!

 

 

 

On the subject of bags, I am also very tempted by this Nica Alicia Portfolio in Chocolate – too cool for school!

 

 

There are many more gorgeous items to be had at Aspire Style, and I hope you enjoy browsing the website and using the Molly code at checkout. The code will be valid for as long as it remains in the sidebar of this blog, and new items are coming in all the time, so I will be back to tempt you with my favourite picks from time to time! Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

Lots of birthdays coming up in February (including my own) which means presents! I do agonise over choosing presents, and am never sure if I get it right. But I never worry about wrapping, which is one of my favourite pastimes!

 

 

First birthday in February is that of one of my sisters. When we were little our aunty used to take us for long walks on a Sunday and in the spring we would gather primroses and cowslips. I know this is dreadful to admit, and I wouldn’t dream of doing it now, but in 1970s Ireland there was no concern (that we were aware of) that picking wild flowers would endanger them. We would collect as many as we possibly could, leaving some behind of course for others to enjoy.

 

Primrose- Devon County Flower (photograph devon.gov.uk)

 

Our aunty would help us make ‘tossballs‘ out of the cowslip heads – using much the same principle as for wool bobbles. I remember being so excited about rigging up double lines of wool from the bedpost to the doorknob, and delicately balancing the cowslip heads along them. I never understood how my aunty would then pull the two ends of the wool, turning the line of dancing cowslip heads into a perfectly round ball that we would then play ‘toss’ with. Magic.

 

No primrose or cowslip picking for me or my siblings these days, but as a reminder I am giving my sister this pretty Azendi primrose necklace from their Birthday Flowers range.

 

 

My sister also wears corsages a lot, so I have topped her wrapped present with a black fabric flower corsage pin, and used my favourite wrapping paper which reproduces the Wiener Werkstätte fabric design, Schwalbenschwanz.

 

 

The end result isn’t perfect, as I had run out of double-sided sticky tape, essential in my view to an expertly-wrapped present, but I am pretty pleased with the result all the same. Hope my sister likes!

 

Disclaimer: Please don’t pick wild flowers, I promise I don’t do this now!

 


I wouldn’t say I love ironing, in that I’d choose to do it over, say, reading the Sunday papers, but I do kind of like it. Over the years, people have made fun of my like of ironing, if not taken strong objection to it. I once had a boyfriend who really didn’t like me ironing, saying it was very Catholic (which I presume he meant in a bad way). I have even been told that ironing teatowels is a sign (or symptom?) of low self-esteem: a way of feeling in control of the small things in life when you feel out of control of the bigger things.

 

 

Domestic Bliss - it didn't last!

 

Whatever its a sign of, I’m going to stick to ironing my teatowels. I love starting the week with a fresh pile of ironed and folded teatowels ready to stack neatly in the teatowel drawer.

 

 

Please feel free to post your analysis of this strange pasttime of mine in the comments below, or maybe I’m not alone in this?

 

 

I didn’t think I could love the Davina Peace range of organic luxuries any more that I already do, having tried her body and hand creams, but then I hadn’t yet experienced the sheer heaven in a bottle that is the Davina Peace Body Oil, and her dreamy Mini Candle Memories. Now I am head-over-heels in love, if it is possible to be so with a brand!

 

 

As with all Davina Peace products, the Body Oil comes beautifully packaged, with the distinctive listing of ingredients – 70% organic and not a trace of anything unnatural sounding. In the ‘A Note To You …‘ from Davina inside, it says ‘The experience will begin well before the package is opened‘ and this is so true – I knew I was in for a real treat from the list of ingredients. Crambe, Safflower, Jojoba, Kendi and Borage Oils, and my very favourite essential oils: Geranium, Sweet Orange, Rose, Lavender and Chamomile, amongst others – all conjure up luxuriousness of both texture and scent.

 

The oil lives up to this promise – it smells amazing and feels even better, and makes skin wonderfully soft. It takes a little while to sink in, but I was happy to wait as the oil worked its magic through the layers of my skin. With a product like this you will want to savour it anyway, so probably best to use after an evening bath rather than in the morning if you are rushing to get dressed and off to work.

 

What better way to complete the pampering experience than with one of Davina Peace’s scented candles, which come in both 190g and 50g sizes. I tried the Mini Candles, each scent based on a ‘Memory’: White Flowers, Citrus Fruits and Spiced Punch.

 

 

Davina Peace Mini Candle Memories

 

I urge you to read the descriptions of these scents on the Davina Peace website, they just sound so amazing, and they are. So far I have tried only two, White Flowers and Spiced Punch, and am saving my favourite sounding till last, Citrus Fruits: ‘The Balmy Smell of Citrus Fruits. This cosseting candle throws a warm citrus blend of Sicilian lemon peel, juicy orange combined with the fresher, green citrus notes of Italian bergamot and a spicy mouth-watering twist of root ginger.’ Mmmm.

 

Davina Peace White Flowers Mini Candle

 

The candles are made with from a mix of Ecosoya ®, beeswax and organic essential oils. I can only describe the smell of the White Flowers candle as creamy and dreamy – I did not want to put it out the first night I burned it. However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I did – unlike normal wax candles, even luxury scented ones, there was no candle smoke smell at all, that usually intensifies when you snuff out a candle. Nothing but creamy, dreamy fragrance.

 

I was worried the Spice Punch candle might be a bit too Christmassy to burn after the fact, but no, it is a beautiful multi-layered and warming scent that is just perfect for these colder days. And, that is good news if you are reading this on 30 January, as you still have one day left to buy the 190g size Spiced Punch candle from Davina Peace for the vastly-reduced price of £18 with free delivery – I’m rushing over there myself once I’ve posted this.

 

As the candles burn down the distinctive Davina Peace logo shines through the ceramic candle pot, which can be used as a tealight holder once the candle has been used up. A lovely piece of recycleable design.

 

 

Davina Peace Spiced Punch Mini Candle

 

Thanks Davina as always for sending me your wonderful products to review. Of course I am hopelessly addicted now, especially to the Body Oil, so will be saving my pennies for more!