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- Cellar Door’s 2015 winter holiday fragrances have arrived! I fell in love with this company over Halloween, and their winter soaps look beautiful. Winter Warmth and Krampus (of course) are on the wishlist.
- All the crushed velvet, please.
- We are still slowly putting our office space together. I’d use this enamel mug as a pen cup for the desk, since I’m bad at keeping my drawers organized. Last year Teej got me these push pins as part of a Christmas gift. Nothing wrong with sticking to a theme! I still need to get a bulletin board.
- I love everything about this tunic from Free People. I am not currently purchasing clothes for myself, but this would for sure be among the first things on my list.
- This tiny silver plated waning moon ring is the sweetest.
- If you haven’t seen Julep’s December Maven collection, it’s worth a peek. I am smitten with Virginia, an iridescent molten mahogany. Pretty, pretty.
- I am a big tea drinker, especially in the winter. I love this handmade ceramic tea strainer.
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The harvest season is upon us. Lots of good things in the air right now. I’ve been enjoying the last few days of sunshine, and the nights are finally getting cold.
- LUSH USA just released a bunch of brand new products. Shower Jellies are back! Needles and Pines is right up my alley. If you haven’t used a LUSH Shower Jelly, you’re missing out. They’re lots of fun.
- I love love love these little opal earrings. Opal is my birthstone (October children ♥), so it’s one of my favorites. These are simple but feminine.
- Blackbird makes some really beautiful incense cones. If you’re unsure or don’t want to make a commitment, they offer samples of all their scents. There are a few I’d like to try out, including Gorgo.
- This top is gorgeous. That shoulder detail is maybe my favorite thing ever.
- I’m not sure why I’m so into reddish tops right now (maybe because it’s fall?), but I love the Witching Hour Tunic from Sovrin in wine. Give me anything with a hood or a huge cowl neck and I’m happy. I’d probably wear a long line lace bra (like this gorgeous piece from Free People) for a little more coverage and support under this, but I love the look.
- The willow charm bangle from Alex and Ani is officially on my wishlist. I feel like that goes without saying. It shall be mine.
- I was sorely tempted to purchase a pair of horn tumblers (very similar to these) from a vendor at King Richard’s Faire at the beginning of September, but I decided to wait. I think we probably need to take stock of what we have and use before I make any new purchases.
I may or may not have gotten Timothy addicted to scented candles. It happened …over time, and by accident. We thankfully have some scent profile preferences that overlap, and when it comes to purchasing candles for the house, I tend to forego my (frankly fleeting) cupcake-scent desires for more earthier smells. The house is small, so having one or two burning downstairs is more than enough to scent our entire space. I really like to buy soy wax candles, but I will compromise for scent. Honestly, we buy a lot of our candles at the grocery store.
I love how powerful scent can be, how closely it is linked with memory. Memories long forgotten can be instantly brought to the surface just through smell. Do you ever get that little twitchy feeling when you smell something you assumed was unfamiliar, that maybe, some time long ago, you knew? It’s old memory, buried deep somewhere, and that twitchy feeling continues until you dig it up. Some smells remind me of people I will forever love: lavender bath soap is assuredly my mother, wood smoke and snow-dampened wool, my father. Certain notes of forgotten aftershaves remind me of former boyfriends, and memories better left in the past. There are smells I find grounding, or comforting, and there are also smells that will trigger, for whatever reason, an unexpected fight or flight response. I find the latter discomforting, but nonetheless intriguing.
This is my candle wishlist, and a couple tried and true favorites.
If anyone can point me in the direction of a true vanilla bean scented candle, I would be forever in your debt. While I do sometimes like dessert smells, I want a vanilla candle for the house that is not cloying or powdery.
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