December 3, 2013
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of my essentials, but since I spend a good portion of my income on candles, I thought it only made sense to share my essential one: Unionmade and Baxter of California’s KML candle. It’s a mouthful, but I promise it smells like perfection. Well I guess that depends on how you define perfection, but for me, a campfire in the middle of the forest is what I’d prefer (not ACTUALLY, just in candle-form). This Unionmade x Baxter candle smells exactly like that.
Don’t forget I’m terrible at describing scents, but it’s a blend of Cedar and Sandalwood, with a layer of musk that really hits you after a few minutes of burning it. It’s not super strong but it definitely makes my whole place smell good. I often pair it with my favorite incense, which adds another layer of campfire, and then you’re outside under the stars surrounded by the woods IS WHAT IT’S LIKE.
Anyway, I personally like the 3-wick version because we go through them so quickly, but they’ve recently come out with this ceramic one that’s making my life a whole lot better, etc. Lucky for us, there’s a Unionmade store just minutes from our apartment in Brentwood and we are literally there every few months stocking up. Want me to pick one up for you? Can’t live without.
December 2, 2013
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I spent mine with my family and loved every second of it. Don’t even get me started on sweet potatoes. My mom makes 10 lbs of sweet potatoes every Thanksgiving and I cry for days when the leftovers are gone. All in all, it was a great day. Plus, 4-day weekend!!
Also, here’s a little peek at our updated dining area (sorry for the crappy iphone pic, yikes). We got rid of the giant wood table and replaced it with a much smaller, white one. I’ll post more details when it’s a bit more presentable, but just wanted to share Kyle’s “I-CAN’T-FIGURE-OUT-WHERE-TO-HANG-THIS-SHIT” face. We ordered this print for above our bed, but when it finally came in the mail, we chickened out and decided that the risk of death-by-falling-art is not something we want to subject ourselves to (you know, California earthquakes and such). Anyway, it’s a photo I took from our trip to Big Sur and it is HUGE. No idea where to put it now, but it might just land above the dining table.
So there’s that. December is here and I’m feeling really positive about it so far.
November 27, 2013
Before Ann-Marie’s wedding, we celebrated her bachelorette party with a weekend getaway to Lake Arrowhead. Two full days with my favorite people?! Sign me up for that every weekend, please.
We stayed in a cozy cabin, drank moscow mules, explored around the lake, took endless amounts of photos, and did a whole lot of chilling out. There was some killer guacamole involved (thanks Jamie) and there may or may not have been some inappropriate convos (a must at a bachelorette, though, right?). I love these people and I’m so glad we got to whisk Ann-Marie away for a weekend of relaxing.
photos of me by Jaymee.
plus, see her post on Arrowhead here!
also, since we’re on the subject: my last lake arrowhead post here.
November 25, 2013
If there’s one thing I know nothing about, it’s perfume. Here’s what I do know though: everyone in LA wears the same scent. I’m not even kidding right now. Go to any bar, restaurant, event, The Grove, everyone is wearing the same perfume. It’s like Pinesol meets an uncharted forest meets an ashtray meets high-quality leather. Clearly I’m not privy to scent descriptives, but that’s pretty much it. And it’s like everyone else is in on this secret scent except for me because I have no idea what it is. I’m guessing it’s Tom Ford, because everyone in this town WOULD wear Tom Ford.
Anyway, I like my perfumes to smell like foods, instead of the real floral scents, because I can’t do that strong stuff. I’d rather get wiffs of something delicious tasting than something super rosey. Also, those potent fragrances make my boyfriend nauseous and we wouldn’t want that. On a daily basis, I wear Trish McEvoy’s Blackberry & Vanilla Musk. It’s SUPER light and makes me kind of hungry, but I love it.
But I’ve been looking for a new perfume with a little more depth and lasting power for when I go out on the town or go to work events (ya know, more fancy things), but sweet mercy is it hard to find a new fragrance. Luckily, I saw the Surrender to Chance site on Kate’s blog and it totally blew my mind and changed my scent game forever. It’s basically just sample-sized perfumes of the more obscure and indie fragrances that aren’t as easy to find. My only requirement for a scent is that it’s obscure and indie sooooooo score? But seriously, what better way to find a new signature scent than with tiny little samples! These are the ones I picked: Byredo 1996 Inez & Vinoodh, Byredo Gypsy Water, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, and Diptique Eau Duelle. I also picked a bunch of sample perfumes in my last Sephora order so I have those too (the bigger bottles). So far, the Diptique one is winning over my heart. Go figure, it kind of smells like vanilla extract.
I’ve placed another Surrender to Chance order and I’ll report back when a signature scent is found. What’s yours? I’m new in the scent game and I know nothing.
November 19, 2013
Over the weekend, I went to the Long Beach Antique Market with Jaymee and talk about a total brain explosion (enter my favorite GIF here). We both majorly scored and barely spent any coin (I spent $60 for everything in the pic above) – what more could you ask for in a flea excursion? I think it was Jaymee’s good thrifting vibes that helped. THAT and the fact that we’re both bad influences on one another and say YES BUY THAT whenever we spot something fantastic. She practically made me regret my whole existence if I didn’t buy that basket (and even haggled it down a couple bucks for me).
It might have been a combination of being so used to the overpriced Rose Bowl flea (and going in haggling wars with Natalie Portman, I’ve seen it happen), the $80 kilim pillow prices on Etsy (mine above was $18), and walking through my favorite Heath Ceramics one too many times and starting to think $38/mug was normal (give me everything from there, though), that made the Long Beach flea such a breath of fresh air and quite frankly, a shock to my system. I mean BLOW MY MIND WHY DON’T YOU.
Also, this uo sweater. Wearing her everyday.