Valentine’s Day is a great holiday…if you have a significant other. But if you don’t, all the advertising and hype can sometimes make you feel like you’re missing out on something. Not fun. Not fun at all. Which is why I subscribe to the theory that if you’re single on February 14th, the best way to deal is to go out with your other single friends for drinks and dancing. But if you can’t manage that, you have to at least treat yourself to something special or luxurious to make the day fun for you too. Expensive chocolates or that pair of shoes you’ve had your eye on for awhile are always good, but here’s a few other options that are guaranteed to make you smile. (more…)
Not all candles, let alone soy candles are created equal. I’ve fully embraced soy candles recently because I can’t stand the black soot/smoke and wick trimming that come with their less-green counterparts (and admittedly, after watching Avatar, I decided I need to be a little kinder to Mother Earth.)
Past soy candles I’ve purchased were of the cheaper variety, and while clean burning, sputtered weak flames and didn’t quite emanate scent very thoroughly through my apartment. I like my candle scents to be enveloping, without being overpowering; luxurious but without a $65+ price tag; and was recently introduced to Linnea’s Lights, a line of luxurious soy candles with a reasonable price tag that have become my new favorite hostess gift. (more…)
Have you ever tried Jimmyjane’s candles? They smell absolutely fabulous! For a limited time, they’re offering a set called the Little Ember Sampler that is a must-have if you’re a candle aficionado.
Containing six paraffin and lead-free candles, these mini Ember candles burn beautifully and evenly; each burn up to 8 hours each, which is pretty impressive since each candle is only 20 g. Each set contains these six scents: Honeysuckle + Clover, Ginger + Date, Truffle + Gardenia, Habanero + Grapefruit, Vetiver + Honey, and Cocoa + Fig. Each smell amazing and are incredibly fragrant, so you can’t really go wrong! What is most unique is that as the candle burns, the liquid turns into massage oil. Containing jojoba, shea butter, vitamin E, aloe and other botanicals, it’s great for your skin and will leave you glowing after using. Massage your stiff neck or shoulders after work…or better yet, convince someone to do it for you. The set is reasonably priced at $45, and available at Jimmyjane.com.
You always know who’s the hostess with the mostess – usually because you love being a guest at their soirees! This gift guide has six items that they’ll love this holiday; plus, it’ll help guarantee some invites coming your way in the upcoming year! (more…)
As a former Domino editor, Michelle Adams is well-known for her impeccable eye for design. Now, she keeps busy with her two jobs as the founder of Rubie Green and co-founder of Lonny Magazine. We’re obsessed with both her eco-friendly textiles and her recently launched magazine, with its beautiful and interesting editorials. Want to know what she’s loving this month? Let’s find out! (more…)
So I come home from a long (but fun) day of work and events, slightly buzzed, pick up a package of holiday samples from the doorman and take a peek. I see a small box of Godiva in the bag and figured- what the hell, I’ll have one taste. I open the box, mindlessly put my hand in, and..nail scratches wax. What just happened?
As it turns out (and I didn’t know this) apparently Godiva makes candles! I must just always be so distracted by all the edible goodies when I visit the stores that I never even noticed the non-edible products. I’m a huge fan of the Raspberry Ganache scent, inspired by Godiva’s Raspberry Ganache Twirl: tart raspberry, chocolate, warm vanilla and brown sugar top notes. Divine! I spent the entire evening sniffing the candle which which oddly satisfied my chocolate cravings..without the calories. (more…)
As the seasons change, so do my home fragrance diffusers around my apartment. Yesterday, I opened a new Antica Farmacista one in the Peonia Romantico scent and I’m officially in love with it!
It’s this beautiful romantic scent that is reminiscent of a beautiful blooming garden. The scent is described as a mix of “heady floral notes of peony, rose and gardenia…with unexpected citrus notes of lemon and lime. Subtle woodsy notes result in a soft, powdery and decidedly romantic finish.” This floral scent is not overpowering, but rather a sweet and subtle. After opening it, I couldn’t stop sniffing the air; moreover, the scent lingers and travels as I could smell a faint hint of it in the next room. What else could you ask for?
For October only, 100% of the proceeds from any purchases of this scent benefits the Gilda’s Club for breast cancer research. Available in various sizes at Nordstrom.com.