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Chic Essentials: Luxury Candles

Lighting a fancy scented candle is one of my favorite ways to complement beautiful surroundings, elevate the everyday, and when paired with some music and a bath, indulge in a little self-care. Their wonderful lingering scent can transform the ambience of any space and lift my mood. While they can be pricey, if you find one you absolutely love, I say considering their impact, it’s worth the splurge. Cheaper versions often burn too quickly and can be overly strong in a nauseating way. Also, since many luxury candles look as fabulous as they smell, you can repurpose them once they’ve burned down. Just put them in the freezer to easily remove any leftover wax residue and then use them as a small vase or a chic makeup brush or pencil holder.

Below are a couple of favorites:


1- Cire Trudon Trianon // “The picking of hyacinth, roses, white flowers, wild herbs from the meadows and graminaceous plants, this bunch of flowers reminds us of an ideal nature, that of the Nouvelle Héloïse and the country life dreams of Marie Antoinette. Vibrating with the memory of a summer evening, when the warm, musky scent of torches fill the air, this scent is a homage to the Queen of taste…”

2- Diptyque Figuier “The fig tree scent recalls the warm summer days in Greece when the rich fragrance of ripened figs fills the soft air….It intensifies the tree’s qualities: the warmth of the bark, the freshness of the leaves, and the milky sap of its fruit.”

3- Aerin Trumpet Vine // “Lily of the valley and the essence of flowering garden vines are blended with lotus blossom, hyacinth and musk.”

4- Jo Malone Orange Blossom // “A shimmering garden oasis. Clementine flower sparkles over a heart of orange blossom and water lily, with warm undertones of orris and balsamic vetiver.”

5- Carriere Freres Lavandula Angustifolia // “She’s also called “true lavender” and grows wild on the hills of Southern France. Purple shrubs of green grey leaves, lavender’s fragrant flowers stand up straight, defying the elements with their colorful spikes. Its essential oil, of the highest quality, purifies and heals.”

6- Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry // “Notes of ripe huckleberry, vanilla and crushed sugar cane.”

7- Eclectic Tom Dixon Orientalist // “The faint memory of an Indian wedding with rose petal garlands- giant cinnamon sticks on the beach stalls and the musky
smells of the Chinese herbal market.”

8- LAFCO Master Bedroom // “Warm and enveloping; a mix of sweet chamomile and sprightly lavender promotes a sense of well being.”

9- Nest Moroccan Amber // “Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope and bergamot are accented with a hint of eucalyptus.”

10- Capri Blue Volcano // tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens

This list could continue on, as I know there are other amazing candles out there. Which ones do you love? What are you currently burning? Do you change it up when with the change of season?

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Budget Friendly Source for French Bistro Chairs

If you’ve followed me for some time, you may know about my obsession with French bistro chairs (just the other day instagrammed this photo).  I always seem to be drawn to spaces incorporating this type of chair and have as a result collected a number of inspirational images:
French Bistro Chairs via

Spaces with French bistro chairs via

French bistro chairs tend to be expensive and hard to find (they’re often sold just to those in the restaurant industry) so I was delighted to discover a budget-friendly source…Overstock! I don’t have any space in my current home for these, but when we get a larger place – perhaps with a breakfast nook or nice outdoor area, I’ll be getting some for sure.  A little round-up below:

Budget Friendly Bistro Chairs via

1- salcha grey & white chair, 2- hooper blue & white chair, 3- barrow off-white chair, 4- ‘paris’ black and white bar chair, 5- paris chair, 6- salcha red & white chair

image sources: 1-yazy jo , 2- sara tuttle, 3- elle decor, 4- via from me to you, 5- elizabeth bauer design, 6 & 7- scavullo design, 8- sdg, 9- original source unknown, 10- cococozy
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After going way too long without a properly functioning phone, I finally got myself an iPhone 4S yesterday. I’m excited to explore all it’s features and available apps. So far I’ve downloaded TeuxDeux, Instagram, Pandora, and Evernote.  I know a lot of you out there are iPhone users. Which apps do you recommend?? Any tips or tricks I should know about?

I’ve been shopping around for a stylish case and I’m loving these:

1- j.crew, 2- kate spade, 3- dvf, 4- anothercase, 5- dvf , 6- dvf

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