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HomeHave Your Tea and Smell It Too

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There are few things that are more soothing to me than the sweet scent of a really fragrant tea. During colder days, I love curling up with a hot cup of jasmine or chrysanthum tea and inhaling the steam and scent — really it’s half the joy of drinking tea in itself! Now that the weather’s warmer, the iced beverages don’t quite provide that same experience, but I recently learned about a collection of candles put out by one of my favorite tea companies ever — Le Palais des Thes (their Fleur de Geisha green tea is beyond…)  – that recreates that delightful fragrance for your home. They really give the term “tea lights” a whole new meaning!

The collection of candles include five scents — ranging from the delicate nature of green tea to spicier aromas of oriental tea leaves to bright, vibrant fragrances of herbal blends. Each candle is housed in a colorful frosted jar that brightens up any room visually and the scent lightly fragrances for 50 hours without ever being overpowering. I personally love to keep one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom, especially when there are guests over — these are definitely beautiful candles that you want people to see!

To view the entire collection, check out Le Palais des Thes.

Eco & Organic, HomeA Little Candle, A Lot of Good!

avedaIt’s so easy to forget how much we have to be thankful for, when we’re rushing around in our metropolis with the daily grind and complaining about cold coffee (guilty!). Once in a while, a moment comes by and puts everything in perspective. This week, in anticipation of Earth Month, that moment came in the form of a simple candle, Aveda’s Light the Way Candle. 100% of the purchase price is donated to the Global Greengrants Fund, which tackles pressing environmental problems. Aveda’s partnership with Global Greengrants started over six years ago, and together they have funded clean-water projects which have affected communities worldwide. READ MORE

Cheap & Chic, Home, Paper GoodsObsession of the Moment: Pick Your Nose Cups

Home, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Waterworks Linen Throw with Double Pinstripe

Home, Insider's ObsessionsInsider’s Obsessions: Andi Hrncir

As the founder of home accessories brand, Mattie Luxe, and busy mom of three, Andi Hrncir is a woman who knows all about making living a stylish lifestyle easy. Her line is dedicated to offering personalized, graphic designs – from placemats to trays – that not only add the perfect accent to your home, but also can be customized based on your personal taste and decor. Find out more about what Andi is obsessing over below! READ MORE

Gift Guides, HomeHoliday Gift Guide ’11: Decorista

ONE. Jonathan Adler Smartphone Dock — With all the different technology we carry around with us every day, we’re constantly charging all their gadgets. This Jonathan Adler Smartphone Dock is an adorable gift for anyone with a smartphone (which is pretty much everyone we know!). The old time phone design would look so much better sitting on a desk or dresser than just another plain old cord and it’s a fun conversation piece. So cute! READ MORE

Home, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Tocca Deluxe Venice Candle in Bellini

Accessories, Bath & Body, Home3 Scents to De-Dogify An Apartment

About four months ago, I had the honor of dogsitting an adorable white English bulldog. Life changes when you have a dog (even temporarily)—you start to plan your lunch breaks and work quitting times around the dog’s schedule.  You can be persuaded to be dragged out of bed at 6 am when you hear puppy whining and scratching at the door. But apart from the adorableness, the other part of your life that changes is the smell of your apartment.

Puppies emit a kind of wet smell and I noticed it permeating throughout my small 3 bedroom after a few days. It’s not exactly a horrible scent, but you never want someone entering to think your apartment reeks of eau de animal. To combat the smell, I tried a few things: Febreeze, perfume, opening windows but nothing seemed to work, except for certain diffusers and candles. This worked out well since one of my roommates is a secret pyro anyway. My favorite 3 scents to de-dogify my apartment:

1.  Thymes Candles are some of my favorite because the scents are beautiful, without being too strong or cloying. I have a sensitive sense of smell, so even sitting next to an overly arduous cologne sprayer on the 6 train can make me nauseous.  Thymes’s newest scent, Bergamot Vert, was my favorite combatant to doggy smell. As you can tell from the name, Bergamot Vert is a citrus-based scent with lingering scents of jasmine, red currant, and white musk.  It’s zesty and fresh–like inhaling a bowl of fresh lemons. I imagine George Clooney’s villa in Capri smells much like this candle. Bergamot Vert also is available as a body wash, bar soap, hand lotion, and bubble bath. READ MORE

Eco & Organic, Fragrance, HomePillars of Joy: Skeem Candles


In the ongoing process that is decorating my humble new abode (aka circa 1950s apartment), one of the most delightful additions has been Skeem Candles, in particular the Night Jasmine Pillar. I have it burning in my bathroom right now and the calming woodsy jasmine, orange and incense notes have wafted at least 15 feet over to where I’m sitting. Mmmmm.
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HomeVase Not with Recycled Glass

Decorate beautifully while loving the earth! These repurposed, imported wine bottles from West Elm make for a generous hostess gift for a summer shore or cottage visit. Understated yet chic, they create an artful display with tall taper candles or flowers and greenery, especially when displayed en masse as pictured. Available for $12 each, coordinating with West Elm’s Recycled-Glass Collection.

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