Fav Things: Anthro Candles

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I have a story for you.

A few years ago I bought a candle at a small boutique filled with eclectic items, many handmade.  It was called “Sangria” and it smelled divine.  I burned that baby out in record time, and then felt very sad at it’s absence.

Upon returning to the store where I purchased it, I was disappointed to find out that they no longer sold this amazing candle that I had become obsessed with.

{hole in my heart}

Many moons later…

I stumbled into Anthropologie while exploring our local mall and remembered friends raving about their candles.  Walking straight to the candle display, I opened up this beautiful candle labeled “Volcano.”

IT SMELLED JUST LIKE MY BELOVED BOUTIQUE SANGRIA CANDLE!

I was tempted to buy stock in these, but refrained.

It just smells divine, people.  I can see why it’s a cult favorite.  The name Volcano can be deceiving, seeing as it does NOT smell like ash.  More like tropical fruits (citrusy elements) mixed with a hint of spice too it ( in my humble opinion).  The actual description on the website says,

“tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens”

Same same.  It’s sweet enough to work for the spring and summer months, but also fits well when the weather gets cool.  So versatile.  So wonderful.  Have I said that already?

True {sad} story

I got this candle home, burned it nonstop in my kitchen.  Apparently, when turning on one of the burners in our glass cooktop, I turned on the wrong one.  The one that was directly under my precious candle.  Carter saw the smoking and ran over to see what the heck was going on.  I was oblivious, probably intoxicated by the aroma that was literally melting out of the now cracked mercury glass.  It pretty much shattered, and our cooktop still has evidence of a wax volcano that erupted.

Hold up.  Maybe the name “Volcano” isn’t so deceiving.  At least for those of us with mom brain.

Can I do something that’s kind of rude??

I also discovered the perfect fall/winter candle that day in Anthro.  It was burning in the dressing room and when I walked in I was immediately transported to this wonderful woodsy cabin.  And not like a rank smelling, dingy cabin.  We’re talking luxury, Vail, fire roaring and wine in hand type of mountain lodge.

The candle was called Dogwood.  I bought.  I burned.

I discovered they no longer sell it.

Sorry.  Maybe next fall??  Keep our fingers crossed!

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What is your favorite candle??  I’m also partial to Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside.  Hmmmmm.  Time to light up!

A candle, of course.

WANTED: Photography Edition

Photography is huge when you write a blog.  The first thing that I notice when I’m visiting other blogs is the photos.  A great picture can engage a reader and capture someone’s eye as they are scanning through pages.  Basically, photography is IMPORTANT, only second to the content itself.  Below are some items I’ve been coveting as a photographer.  They are’t necessarily “must-haves,”  but they are great accessories to have and can make life much easier.  And let’s be honest… much cuter, too. (see #2 and 5)

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1.  Muku Shuttr – Selfie Remote

This looks so fun, and functional!  It allows you to remotely take pics from your iPhone so you don’t have to have the “selfie arm.”  Great for bloggers, but also great for just a typical outing!  I discovered this from some great photography tutorials on A Beautiful Mess.  Check out more details on this product here!

2. Libby Camera Bag by Kelly Moore

I admit that I have a camera bag, but it’s definitely just functional.  This one not only has great compartments for your camera, lens, and other items, but it’s super cute and could definitely pass as a purse.  Double purpose!  The camera bag/backpack I have now?  Notsomuch.

3.  A Beautiful Mess Photo Actions

There are the typical adjustments I make to my photos:  sharpen, exposure, and some sort of vignette.  My goal is to just take good pictures so I don’t need a lot of actions.  That being said, actions can be a lot of fun!  They can also give you a great look with a lot less effort than manually adjusting all of the elements that an action can do in one click.  Check out these from A Beautiful Mess and I guarantee you will fall in LOVE!

4.  Wacom Intuos Pen Small Tablet

My mom, who is a professional photographer and has spent hours at a computer in Photoshop, has one of these bad boys.  I never liked it.  It felt too awkward, but she swore by it.  Now I’m discovering that I might have a purpose for it after all!  I love the idea of being able to add handwriting to photographs and draw on them.  For example, I could have done some fun elements with this collage, but instead I just had my mouse, which is much more limiting.

5.  Leopard Camera Strap

This is just cute.  That’s all.

What are your photography must haves?  Or perhaps the items you are just drooling over?  Please share!

21 Day Clothes Remix – Video Reflection

What a fun experiment for me!  I share a little about it in the video below plus go into the struggles with seeing my mug front and center on each blog post.  Every.  Day.

 

The truth is, I love to dress up.  I still love to shop, but I know I can take the time to make my OWN wardrobe work for me…and actually like it.  All of the Pinterest research gave me great inspiration, but also opened my eyes to some great pieces that I need would love to add to my collection. ;)

And here is a real life (I mean…just woke up and still has sleepy eyes REAL LIFE) photo.  It pains me  a little to say there is no photoshop done here.  Yep, that’s all me.  But that’s not a bad thing!

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We all have our moments where we feel eekkkk and moments were we feel great.  I hope I can tip the scale a little more towards “put together” and a little less towards “I have day old applesauce on my shirt and I don’t even care.”  All of us moms deserve to feel good about ourselves.  We are raising human beings, for the love!  Don’t forget that you are awesome without all of the makeup and trendy clothes and beach waves.

I mean…it does help though.  Just a little.

Clothes Remix Wrap Up

That’s a wrap!  If you’ve missed it, or if you’re just now joining in, I’ve been shopping my closet and remixing 21 pieces of clothing/shoes to make 21 different outfits.  The goal or habit I wanted to create was to be more satisfied with what I actually have and making the most of it.

For a recap, here are all 21 outfits!  (If you want to see the original post with the 21 pieces, go here.)

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Day 1 // Day 2 // Day 3

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Day 4 // Day 5 // Day 6

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Day 7 // Day 8 // Day 9

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Day 10 // Day 11 // Day 12

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Day 13  //  Day 14  //  Day 15

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Day 16  //  Day 17  //  Day 19

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Day 20  //  Day 21  //  The Missed Outfit

Since this post has so many pics, I’ll do a separate post with the reflection video and my un-retouched, super flattering (NOT) photo.

What has been your favorite outfit of the remix?  Ready…go!

Remix Day 21: Two Outfits!

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I had two more outfits left that hadn’t been photographed (when we did all the photography last month).  I didn’t know if I would get Carter to take some pics, or if I would battle with the tripod to try and make it work (it’s trickier than you’d think trying to get the right focal point).  In the end, I took the lazy way out and just snapped some pics of the clothes itself.

Which was a bonus, because I currently have no makeup on and unwashed hair all tied up in a bun.  Doesn’t make for the best photo op.

In this outfit I went with a little more bling in the earrings to bring balance to the boots, which are sort of masculine.  The two necklaces also help add some femininity to the look.  I love mixing masculine and feminine.  To take the girly factor up a notch, I’d also add some red lips…if I were actually in this photo.

The Jewelry:  Water Drop Prism Earrings (here ), Metallic Pearls Necklace (here), and Discs and Pearls Necklace. (here)

I actually missed posting on Day 18 (didn’t have the pictures for it and was feeling lazy), so here is remix to make up for that day!

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Pretty basic.  This scarf is chunky and awesome (I think from Target a few years ago).  Every thing about this screams COMFY without it being pajama worthy.  I actually wore this last night.  I hadn’t showered yesterday (shhhh don’t tell) and I threw my hair up in a bun, put on some red lips and my fav earrings and bam!  A semi-put together look!

Pardon the sloppy Photoshop job…looks like my Fossil watch is a little deformed.  Oops!

Can you believe it!  21 days of the clothes remix is DONE!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see:

  • A summary in photos of all 21 looks
  • A video reflection on how the experiment went (Did it satisfy my craving to shop??)
  • My thoughts on Photoshop and a completely untouched, no makeup, just woke up, not so flattering photo
  • A preview for what’s coming the rest of this month on the blog
  • MAYBE a sneak peak at December’s experiment!

 

Happy Remixing!

Remix Day 20: Creamy Neutrals

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I love combining lots of pieces that are in the same color palate (in this case, cream) but with lots of different textures.  The furry vest, the texture of the sweater, the necklace (see similar Noonday version…which I still need) that’s a matching shade but stands out with some metal and sheen, and then the suede booties.  Even the earrings (LOVE them!  Buy here) have some nice texture to them, but are still that creamy shade of white.  All the textured together make an outfit interesting.

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In the end, you have a very monochromatic look that is far from boring.  I even got compliments from the doctor today when I went in for help with some dizziness I’ve been experiencing.  Hey, who says you can’t look cute when you’re sick?

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PS- I just want to give props to myself for taking all of these photos ON MY OWN.  I didn’t have my awesome mom to take photos (this was an outfit we missed when she was in town and we did our little photo shoot).  I got out the tripod, and it took a lot of work to get the focus and lighting just right.  Definitely not ideal, but I got some decent shots!  I’d much rather have someone else taking the pics, however.

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And a final pic in black and white.

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