My Weekly Meltdown - 2014.33


The beginning and ending of these weekly melts posts are torture. I stare blankly at my computer screen waiting for the perfect start, then again for the perfect finish. 

Do I just start talking about me? For instance, I started taking real estate courses online and I'm hoping to have my real estate license by the end of the year.

Do I start with why I want to change careers, at 40? Or the absolute love I have for real estate and housing in a very real monopoly kind of way? That I don't want to be a real estate agent, but I want to buy all. the. houses. Or repair and remodel to flip some of them. 

I have a picture of my perfect day and in it I am a female version of Jeff Lewis --but with patience. 

Do I start by talking about you? How much I want to ask you how much sleep you got last night and what you ate for dinner yesterday? 

Would it be weird that if I were at your house, I would want to look in your refrigerator because I think that if I did, I could see your soul. I'm also oddly fascinated with laundry room organization. What detergent/whitener/bleach/fabric softener you use would have me mesmerized for several minutes. 

Or do I just go straight to last weeks melts?:


FAVES and REPURCHASES for last week:

Candles from the Keeping Room - strawberry musk - *gift* - it's hard putting strawberry in the perfume category but strawberry musk kind of fits there more than anywhere else. Although present, the fruitiest part of the strawberry is held back and the musk is in the forefront. I found this to be medium strong in my bedroom in a 24w hot plate. 

Glitterati - orange lace cake - I've melted this before and really enjoyed it but last week I melted it again with several months worth of cure time and it was a home run. One chunk (Glitterati's chunks are on the larger side), fully enveloped my entire downstairs in a perfectly sweet and creamy orange scent. I pushed the duration of orange lace cake to it's limits because I did not want it to end --about six hours with a solid throw. 

Butterfly Lane - satsuma watermelon punch  I think I'm turning on satsuma, there's something about it that I'm not liking very much lately. But, this satsuma with watermelon punch is fantastic. The much needed watermelon brings out the best in the satsuma. 24w hot plate / bedroom / melted for 8 hours, strong for about 5. 

Rosegirls - nilla strawberry noel - a popular and often favorite scent from RG. I love it too. The blend is Nilla wafers, strawberry jam and VBN. RG's strawberry jam picks you up and envelops you in a warm hug. I haven't been disappointed in a strawberry jam blend from them, ever. Glade 20w hot plate / kitchen and entrance hall / medium strong for 4 hours. 

CFTKR - wildberry mousse - *gift* - when this wildberry mousse started to lift and fill the air, I wasn't too keen on it but as it got stronger and dispersed a bit more, I ended up really digging it. Wildberry in wax has a specific rich tartness to it, that isn't the citrus tartness that I normally think of when I mention tart. Sometimes it has a burnt, smoky note that reminds me of s'mores, if s'mores were fruity. 24w hot plate / entrance hall / 5 hours. 

Also melted, not pictured (highlighted are FAVES):
     CFTKR - 
          lemon noel sugar cookie *gift*
          lavender noel zucchini *gift*
          day at the fair 
          peach pie filling *gift*

     K's Kreations -
          chiffon bliss cookies

     Can Do Candles -
          coconut milk & lavender

     Saperterapi -
          coconut milk & lavender 

     Beezy -Tarts -
          cotton candy

     Daphne's Divine - 
          coconut colada tangerine cake
          island mango raspberry rainbow

     Wilma -
          down home muffins
                    
     Up the Creek Scents - 
          marshmallow bean noel

     Makes Scents -
          zucchini noel
     
     Vintage Chic Scents - 
          order of the arrow *gift*          
          lucy and ethel *gift*
          princess of monaco *gift*

     Waxie Lady - 
         blackberry lemonade

     Sniff My Tarts -
          honeydew cream  

     Shayz Scents -
          pink coconut verbena
                
     Glitterati -
          satsuma serendipity
          lemon meringue & toasted coconut          
          wildberry crumb cake  
          white tea & pomegranate

     Candles by Victoria -
          elvis

     Steetman Company Store -
          wind          

     Lasting Scent Candles -
         white chocolate macadamia nut cookie
          toffee bark
  

Weekly State of Affairs:

Pending orders:
     SMT - part 1 (3/30)
     SMT - part 2 (3/31)
     Rosegirls (6/21) arrived 8/25
     Front Porch (8/14) arrived 8/23
     VCS (8/18) arrived 8/21
     Thirty Street Wax - sampler (8/22)

I've got my eye on a few bigger pieces of furniture and decorative items for the house but while I'm researching and narrowing down the choices, I decided to knock off another item from the 'house to do/buy' list: plants.

I have somewhere between a brown and green thumb, so the following plants could go either way. 

I love orchids and I'm pretty good at keeping them alive during the entire duration of their blooms. I was drawn to this particular orchid because I loved the contemporary vase that it's in. 
I'm not so great with orchids that I can get them to re-bloom from the bulb, that takes some serious green thumb wickedry that I lack. I think you can put the roots in a refrigerator for hibernation and viola --it blooms again. I don't have that kind of fridge room or patience.

I also picked up a fern that I plotted in a less liked cutesy vase: 

This ficus moved in with us three years ago and it's the first ficus I've kept alive. It was starting to go south so I mustered up all my green thumb strength and gave it a trim, tied the branches together, put in a stake to help keep it upright and added a humidifier to the room to give it the moisture it craves.

Look at the color of those leaves. They gently pat me on the back when I walk by. 

I don't know what this plant is called but I like how spunky it is. 

My hope is that this will grow triple or quadruple in height.

One thing that makes plant buying difficult for me is the vases. My current style is a combination of traditional/modern and most vases don't usually work with the rest of the decor in the house.  The two vases above are exactly what I was looking for. 

I still need a few more plants to complete my indoor greenery.

Do you have a favorite indoor plant? I would love to know so I can go search for it and name it after you. :)

Have a great Thursday! I'll be rooting for the Chargers tonight in my husband's just purchased season seats. (I go for the giant pretzels)

Can Do Candles - Order 1 and GIVEAWAY **CLOSED**

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I'll be emailing you shortly :)

I hang my head in shame over the delay in posting some of my hauls. Like this one from Can Do Candles. This order arrived in my eager hands back when May was turning into June and summer was still a reason for excitement. 

It wouldn't be so bad, this late posting, if it weren't for the fact that I don't start melting from an order until the pictures are taken. I've gone all these months without melting anything from this awesome order I placed way back when.

I purchased (16) six packs (6 packs come in these bags, which I love): --highlighted stood out on cold --
  • plumeria milk - plumeria with VBN
  • sugar beans - creamy custard and VBN
  • camu-camu - red berries, orange, peach nectar and lime
  • bedtime bath - highly recommended and popular scent but unfortunately it's no longer on the available scent list. I believe this is a Johnson & Johnson baby wash dupe. 
  • plumeria 
  • herbal essence - flashback childhood with this shampoo dupe. 
  • pared pears
  • green beans - another highly recommended scent, green apples and VBN. 
  • vanilla butter fudge
  • cookie butter crack x2
  • twinkle toes - grapefruit combined with several other fruits
  • sweet pea
  • blue ribbon cookie x2
  • peach magnolia raspberry - whoa. so good!

Individual Scents:
  • nag champa
  • white cherry blossom
  • raspberry violet
  • Lessi's blueberries & cream
  • hydrangea
  • butt naked
  • cast iron cookies
  • midnight pomegranate 
  • grapefruit
  • kiwi sage & ginger
  • black coconut
  • blue ribbon coconut cookies
  • paradise island - no longer on the scent list but smells like fruit punch
  • coconut butt
  • lavender chamomile
  • morning glory & honeysuckle
  • apple mango tango
  • cocoa cookie butter
  • lemon pound cake
  • butter cream pie
  • french gardenia
  • strawberry cake
  • pink sands
  • orange coconut

I have a feeling Can Do wax tarts are much like Candles from the Keeping Room in that I can't really get a good sense of the scent until it is melted.  If I had to guess, the wax blend is somewhat similar, a hardy paraffin. 


Shipping is charged in the exact amount to ship from vendor to customer. The tarts are one ounce each making the single tart option $1.00 per ounce.  The packs of six are $4.35 per bag making it $0.73 per ounce. 

Can Do was so easy to order from with an excellent scent list. When I ordered, I was in the mood for fresh, fruity and floral so my purchase lacked the usual heft in the bakery department. 

I'm certain my next order from Can Do is in the near future, if for no other reason than their fall seasonal scents were just listed on their business page today. Turns out, there IS another reason why I must place another order and that is Nilla Wafers. While this order was somewhere that time forgot in my wax storage, I received a bag of Can Do's Nilla Wafers from a friend and fell in love with it. Nilla will definitely be joining the fall line up in my next purchase. 

I ordered an extra bag of blue ribbon cookies and cookie butter crack, specifically thinking of you guys. I'd like to give these away, so if you don't mind three month old wax, please leave me a comment with the year you graduated high school. I'll also fill the Regional A box up with your favorite types of scents.  I'll pick the winner at midnight on Wednesday. (US shipping only please)  ****CLOSED****

Can Do Candles doesn't have a group page on FB but they do have a fan page that you can find HERE!
They are also currently open for orders on their website HERE!

Linking the business page got me thinking about how most vendors nowadays have FB group pages with a relatively small amount sticking to just business pages. Beezy and The Bathing Garden come to mind. 

For the most part, I think wax customers prefer a group page for vendors. The biggest reason that I've heard is that they don't want their comments posted so that their friends and family can see. I don't have that issue because I have a FB account strictly for wax, but I can understand that reasoning.

The biggest difference that I notice between the two is the level of interaction between vendors and customers. 

I'll preface my next thought by saying this: I am a huge fan girl of some vendors. I have to consciously take a step back and keep my distance from them or else I'd be like, hiiii, i love you so much. all the time.  Thankfully, this blog has kept me from doing that. I may be missing out on establishing real friendships and relationships with some, but for the duration of this space and my commitment to being as genuine as I can be, I'll continue peering in from the outside.  Not that anyone is beating down my door to be friends with me ...

That being said, I like seeing a definite professional distance between vendors and FB groups. It's always exciting to see vendors posting in general wax groups and often times it's enlightening but there have been many occasions when some vendors get carried away. It is possible to post too much, to be too attached to a topic that you can't let it go. And it looks bad. Even if they're right, actually it would be more correct to say--even if I agree with the vendor, I get very uneasy when they assert too much. 

To a certain extent, it's true in their own groups and private groups too. I have been acutely aware of when vendors favor certain members. That doesn't bother me as much because vendor/customer friendships do form and I truly believe there is nothing wrong with that. 

It's when those friendships make other customers feel they are less important or valuable that the blurred lines become sharp and dividing. 

And if there's one thing I've learned from my experience in the wax world, it's that there are fans/customers/friends of vendors who are very possessive and unnecessarily aggressive. 

Back to Can Do! The owner, Donna, is kind and professional. The few interactions we had reference my order were courteous and expeditious. 

Have you tried Can Do Candles? If so, what are your favorite scents?

My Weekly Meltdown - 2014.32

Here I am, half watching ...oh what's it called --Eva Mendes is a bad mom with a brilliant turned rebellious teenager?--whatever it is, it is b.a.d. 

I want more from the mama of Ryan Gosling's baby. I obviously say that out of jealousy because I've had a crush on Gosling since Crazy Stupid Love. Do forty year old women still have celebrity crushes? A part of me thinks I should outgrow this, even though I'm decades improved from Kirk Cameron, Corey Haim and Jordan Knight. 

Last weeks melts!



Faves/Reorders:

  • Front Porch - lemon basil sage mint - this might just turn 'fresh' haters around. FP's lemon is on the sweeter side to me so it takes the greenness down a notch in the other three notes. 
  • Vintage Chic Scents - father of the bride - *gift* - strawberry lemon curd wedding cake. As soon as I melted father of the bride, there was no turning back on my decision to place an order with VCS. 
  • Sugar & Spice - serendipity marshmallow - *gift* - strong, sweet and amazing. S&S is the real deal.

Also melted, not pictured (highlighted are FAVES):
     CFTKR - 
          pumpkin pecan waffles *gift*
          orange and goji berry     
          bergamot rosewood   
          ultimate bakery *gift*        
          blue snow cone

     Daphne's Divine - 
          orange dreamsicle 
          sugar cookie brulee / zucchini bread         

     Up the Creek Scents - 
          burnt sugared zucchini bread confetti cake
     
     Candlecopia - 
          bite me

     Wilma - 
         banana jam thumbprint cookies
  
     Scentsy -
          thunderstorm
          black raspberry vanilla    
          grandma's kitchen          

     Glitterati -
           lavender cucumber sage
  
     Steetman Company Store -
         coconut & lime
         sweet pea
         island fresh
         surfer girl - I LOVED this!   
         pearberry   

     Rosegirls -
         cranberry pear smoothie
         starman's starfruit swizzle sticks
         blueberry cobbler / cuppa cake / sweet pops *gift*


     Long Cane Primitives -
          blackberry jam thumbprint cookies

     Lasting Scent Candles -
          lavender mallow bread
          summertime blues

Weekly State of Affairs:

Pending orders:
     SMT - part 1 (3/30)
     SMT - part 2 (3/31)
     Rosegirls (6/21)
     Butterfly Lane (8/11) arrived 8/15
     Thirty Street (8/13) arrived 8/20
     Front Porch (8/14)
     VCS (8/18)

...........I meant to hit "publish" on this post but I just spent the last twenty minutes reading Corey Haim's wikipedia page. 

That was depressing. 

Luckily, it looks like my VCS order will be on my porch today. Things are looking up.

<3

Butterfly Lane - Order 2

The last flash sale that I received from Butterfly Lane (BL) was so good, I have been obsessed ever since. My wax spirit died a little bit when the owner announced she was closing, only to be resuscitated back to life when the reopening was confirmed.  My type-A, control freak personality doesn't deal well with highs and lows of this nature.  It would be fair to say that with any vendor I was less excited about, I wouldn't have stuck around as a customer, especially since I've heard there was at least one prior opening/closing before this one. 

What I melted from my flash sale was so amazing though, I didn't hesitate to pick my enthusiasm up off the floor and stalk the FB group page for opening updates.

I was a few hours late the morning the website opened for sales but I still found a nice selection of scents I wanted to try.

My package arrived yesterday, perfectly packed and intact. The TAT was pretty much just travel time from Kentucky to California: 

I ordered (2) bundts and (16) scent shots / shipping was flat rate @ $7.95:

Bundts - average weight 3.25 ounces / $2.75 per bundt / $0.85 per ounce

  •  cherry marshmallow - cherry is a scent that most either love or hate. I like how versatile it is, going well with creamy scents (vanilla, marshmallow) as well as tart scents (lime). I suspect it may even go well with florals if done correctly. This cherry marshmallow smells like twizzlers to me. It's candy sweet and smells more of cherry than marshmallow. Cherry blended with toasted marshmallow
  • sangria punch - the strongest tart in my order. At first whiff, I swear I smell a sweet floral, almost like a jasmine. With further inhales, the punchiness is there, in a very unique and likable way. Top notes of grape, orange, lemon, lime, and apple, followed by pomegranate and blackberries, all sitting on a dry down of sugar.

Scent Shots - average weight 1.4 ounces / $1.50 per shot / $1.07 per ounce

  • marshmallow lemon custard - Full bodied tartness followed by subtle creaminess. At first I thought, lemonade. The hint of complexity arrives later, making it difficult to put down. Creamy lemon custard blended with marshmallow.
  • pistachio pudding cake - I always enjoy pistachio better melted. Cold, this smells like almond and pencil erasers. 
  • pumpkin cupcake - a spicy, dry and heavy on the cinnamon, pumpkin. The cupcake isn't noticeable on cold sniff. Spiced pumpkin, cake and buttercream frosting.
  • pumpkin apple butter - Another spicy pumpkin, possibly even more spicy taking on a Red Hots quality. 
  • chicks dig it - another favorite, possibly most favorite. This has potential to be my favorite Chicks Dig It scent. I pick up a smidgen of soapiness to it, just enough to take it over the edge for me. Ripe cherries, sugared lemons and lime laced with sweet sugary crystals.
  • caramel apple pie - this smells like it's very well blended. The caramel is deeply rich, almost verging on chocolatey. Apples, spices, and caramel with touch of fresh baked crust.
  • homecoming - I find Homecoming to be similar to pumpkin apple butter. The same spicy cinnamon is present. Rich vanilla sugar and warm cinnamon combined with baked apples, caramel and brown sugar.
  • watermelon punch - a nice, mild fruity blend. Watermelon seems to mute some of the sweetness from the other fruits making this an easy on the nose scent. Sweet watermelon with hints of orange and berry.

  • strawberry mango smoothie - perfect! The mango really shines through with a hint of citrus in the background. I get the smoothie note too making this another fave. We blended our Strawberry with Mango Lime Smoothie to create this wonderful fruity scent.
  • lemon birthday cake - this smells exactly like the above mentioned marshmallow lemon custard.  This one possibly has a touch more vanilla in it but if it does, it's not significant. Rich lemon custard blended with sweet buttery birthday cake.
  • key lime cupcake - another favorite. I was certain this was key lime pie and had to look a couple of times to rule out the graham cracker crust I could've sworn was in here. The bakery notes are perfectly present, giving the key lime a run for the spotlight. Rich white cake with notes of creamy key lime.
  • very berry punch - strong and on point. Nothing out of the ordinary here but there is potential for an incredible performance. Fresh citrus notes of lime and orange sparkle with effervescent highlights as they lead to a luscious blend of berry and cherry in this playful scent.
  • fruit cooler - another candidate for #1 from my order, a very strong citrus featuring sweet lime. A delicious combination of freshly squeezed lime, lemon, pineapple and orange.
  • blackberry lemonade - I'm not sure why I'm picking up floral notes in some of these blends but there's just a hint of it in this one. I actually like it very much. Blackberries blended with fresh squeezed lemonade.
  • pomegranate - a tame pomegranate that's not as punchy as I'm used to. 
  • lemon biscotti - I was afraid this was going to be similar to the other lemon blends above but it's nothing like them. The lemon is a complimentary note coming in far behind the biscotti. I really like this one. Wonderful baked aroma of zesty lemon, rounded out with sweet, buttery cookie, all topped with buttercream frosting.

These precious .7 ounce baby cakes were the freebies in butterfly candy, buttercream crunch, twinkie and marshmallow. 

This order greets me with slight hesitation because one of the changes that were made for this opening is the wax blend. If it is just equal to the greatness of the prior blend that I tried, I will be ecstatic. Anything better than that is icing on an already perfect cake. The small risk that this wax blend won't melt as well for me as the old one did, has me unwittingly cautious. 

I'll be sure to keep you posted on my thoughts after I melt a handful of the blends from this order. 

One thing that is new to me with this BL order is scent shots. My flash sale was strictly chunks. I hate to sound overly critical but about half of the wax in the plastic cups were impossible to remove. For first impressions of scent shots, I have always adhered to smelling the bottom of the tart after reading it suggested on Facebook. Some of the wax is so stuck, I'm not sure how I'm going to dislodge it from the plastic. 

Another concerning thought I think is worth mentioning is several of the blends were identical (2 of the pumpkins and 2 of the lemons). If they had the same label, I wouldn't think a thing of it. I guess this is not too uncommon but with such a small release of blends, I wouldn't necessarily give this an easy shrug and a pass. 

Other than that, I'm very happy with my order. With stability and a greater scent selection, BL has the makings of being a favorite vendor for me. 

Have a great day! <3

...after further thought, I suppose I could put the impossibly stuck scent shots in the freezer to remove them but what a pain! I want what I want and I want it now, not after I freeze it. 

<exit whiny wax baby>

Haley's Heavenly Scents - Order 3

Haley's Heavenly Scents (HHS) recently had a great sale and I couldn't resist. About a year ago, I had a marginal experience with HHS and I've been uninterested in ordering until this sale.  I took into consideration a few things when I made my decision to order -- the wax performs well for me, I adore one of the admins for the HHS FB group (she was one of the first wax friends I made when I started waxing), I read that the owner started working on wax full-time and of course, the sale (free shipping, 15%off and 3 free bags of scallops, 1 lb bag of brittle and mystery tarts). What a sale right!?

My order took exactly one month to arrive. I thought that was very good taking into account the amount of orders that must have been submitted.  I brought my purchase to about the $100 mark to take advantage of as much of the sale as I could.  Hopefully I will have enough HHS to last me until the next epic sale.

(4) Prim Words:
each bag contains 12 tarts ($4.50 / approx .5 ounces each / .75 per ounce / .64 on sale
toasted creamy coconut vanilla latte
pink diva
apricot twinkies (shown)
plumeria 


(10) bags of grubby cake tarts:
each bag contains 9 grubbies ($5.50 / approx 1 ounces each / .61 per ounce / .52 on sale)
divine cake
granmas creamy zucchini bread
granmas creamy insane zucchini 
key lime serendipity (shown)
monster jam
vanilla insanity
granmas serendipity strawberry dream cake
granmas toasted pumpkin pecan waffles
pumpkin pecan waffles
pumpkin pecan waffles vanilla bean noel

(3) bags of cupcake tarts:
each bag contains 9 cupcakes ($5.50 / approx .8 ounces each / .76 per ounce / .65 on sale)
raspberry zinger
strawberry preserves 
toasted serendipity

(4) bags of scalloped tarts - 3 of these were free
each bag contains 6 scallops ($5.00 / approx 1.2 ounces each / .69 per ounce / .59 on sale)
serendipity ice cream scoop dough bread
warm vanilla sugar 
sweet pea (shown)
serendipity noel

(8) Hello Kitty heads in Raspberry Zinger Twinkies (free)
(1) pound of tart brittle in serendipity (free)
(8) Rosebud Tarts in Hawaiian sandalwood 

(12) two ounce scent shots - .75 per ounce / .64 per ounce on sale
coconut hibiscus
granmas toasted chubba dubba
jelly glazed donuts
caramel pumpkin pecan waffles
pink angels
pumpkin pecan waffle twinkies
blueberry muffin
chicks dig it
chubba dubba
strawberry sugar milk
wildberry mousse sugar milk
pink watermelon punch

Taking pictures for the blog is always a messy project:

Now that this post is up, I can start melting! 

Haley's Heavenly Scents is open and can be found HERE!

Have a great weekend! We're going to see What If later today after dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant in town.

My Weekly Meltdown - 2014.32 and a Bedroom Tour

I just found out that
TRADER JOE'S HAS COOKIE BUTTER ICE CREAM

How did Joe know that one of the two ways I eat cookie butter is on vanilla ice cream,  like this:

Now, TJ's is appealing to my taste buds and my laziness. Win.

***

If there is ever a clumsy/I-can't-believe-I-did-that-again Olympics, sign me up:
Another dropped and cracked iPhone. Within, what, three months? Goodbye cute case that doesn't work. 
My fixed phone now has an OTTER box around it. I resisted these military grade, industrial covers for so long. Thankfully, there was a pink and white one available which is my way of throwing girly sensibility in the face of bulkiness and unrefined practicality.  

Here's what I've been melting:

FAVES from last week:
Rosegirls - blackberry jam / butter cookie / royal sugar cookie - *gift* - blackberry jam is so good here with it's strong sweetness and slight tartness. Very strong bakery blend.

CFTKR - fresh vanilla mint - *gift* - Best mint I've ever melted. Pink sugar and mint is a crowd-pleaser but I can't commit to PS so the vanilla here is a much better alternative for me. Melted this at bed time and found it so comforting. 

Also melted, not pictured (highlighted are FAVES):
     Front Porch -
          loopy serendipity bread 
          lemon mallow serendipity bread
                  
     CFTKR - 
          pink frosted cake
          honeydew melon
          citron and mandarin
          vanilla bean noel fluff *gift*
          banana caramel cupcake  *gift*     
     Daphne's Divine - 
          crunch bery pound cake
          strawberry boo berry cuppy cake
          apple butter pound cake
        
     Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy - 
          macintosh apple vanilla butter fudge
          rainbow sherbet *gift*  A+ throw and longevity 

     Eco Scents (amazon) - 
          rice flower & shea
          island plumeria
     
     Beezy-Tarts - 
          blueberry cobbler

     L3WW - 
          crunch berry crisp tres leches
  
     The Melting Fairy -
          hot cranberry tea & fruit tea *gift* - mixed these two together and fell in love.
    
     Glitterati -
          lemon biscotti 
  
     Steetman Company Store -
          ice cream scoop bread - the only ICSB I have ever liked
          toasted marshmallow

     Rosegirls -
          pear pleasure
          garden of eden *gift*


     Waxie Lady -
          strawberry serendipity 
          coconut lime verbena 
   
     ScentSationals
          cherry berry

     Jack Be Nimble Candle Creations
          sweet pea & rhubarb

     Butterfly Lane Scents
          pink sugar soft lavender

     Distinctly Pink
          lime jelly
          wildberry preserves thumbprint cookie

     Buggy Town Candle Co.
          pecan praline
          hawaiian breeze 

My scent obsession this week is pear. I melted RG's pear pleasure and haven't been able to get it out of my mind. I love it's slightly floral undertone. It's sweet and pretty and it's both mild and uniquely bold at the same time.  Now I want to go all Sir Mix a Lot on a big batch of pear fragrance oil.

Weekly State of Affairs:

Pending orders:
     SMT - part 1 (3/30)
     SMT - part 2 (3/31)
     Rosegirls (6/21)
     Glitterati (7/20) arrived 8/6 
     Butterfly Lane (8/11)

It's been so ungodly hot here this summer, we purchased a fan for our bedroom to try to keep the electricity bill below the gauge your eyes out range. 

I wanted fan blades that were bigger than the standard size that I was accustomed to.  We went with 64" blades and they are noticeably larger. The problem is, they barely move. It's highest setting is what low is on a regular sized fan. It does move a lot of air around the room, just not quickly. 

BEDROOM TOUR - {BEFORE} 

I mentioned that I am starting to plot and plan some big and small home renovations and room updates in a previous post. One of the rooms that is long due for completion / update is my bedroom. (It was never completed but while it was in limbo, certain details are now in need of being refreshed and infused with more current decor and accents)

This is a room that has caused me some major frustration lately because I loathe the furniture in it. Several years ago, I was going through a baroque/renaissance phase and purchased the big hair version of bedroom furniture. I "sold" it to hubs by whining "but it's heirloom furniture, we'll give it to our grand kids one day". 

Of course when I asked him the other day if we could buy new, more modern furniture his answer was something like, "no". 

It looks like I'm going to have to make peace with furniture that no longer suits my taste. I'm determined to make the best of it though. I think I can add some things to this space to make it more likable for the next 89 years. 

There are certain things in the room that I refuse to change, even though doing so would make a huge difference. First thing that comes to mind is the ugliest, most comfortable leather armchair known to man. This is a non negotiable piece of furniture in the room because it's the dogs spring board and the only way they can jump up on the bed. 

Oh Hai. Would you like a demonstration: 
View looking towards the entry door, the master bath is immediately to the left of the door:

I'm a day sleeper so another awkward focal point in the room are the floor to ceiling blackout curtains lining the entire east facing wall. I'm serious about it being pitch-dark when I sleep, the curtains go over my blackout cellular shades. 

My Michael's warmer hanging out on my dresser:

I'm a complete sucker when it comes to sappy, cheesy sayings:

A few of my favorite nighttime things:
  1. Organic Jo Joba oil - I love this as a nighttime facial moisturizer
  2. Pilar & Lucy perfume - I'm a basket case, some nights I feel like a light spritz of perfume.
  3. OPI cuticle oil - this is good stuff
  4. Streetman Company Store serendipity linen spray - I love giving my pillow case a mist of linen spray before I crawl into bed. The bigger clear bottle behind it is Bed Bath & Beyond's Egyptian Cotton linen spray--a long time favorite.
  5. Bath & Body Works vanilla verbena body lotion - if it's not a perfume kind of night, I like to lotion my arms and legs with this.
  6. Sara Happ the lip slip - dry lips will wake me up in the middle of the night in the crankiest of moods. Lip balm is a nightly ritual that is rarely ever missed for me.
A couple of things I'm looking at to complete this room:
  1. a large potted fiddle-leaf fig - these are very trendy right now and I think it would fit in the empty corner of the room by the dresser perfectly. Have you met the FIDDLE LEAF FIG
  2. wall art for the wall above the dresser
  3. gold accessories are also very trendy right now. I would love to find a gold mirrored tray for the above items on my nightstand. Like this VINTAGE ONE.
  4. crown moulding - although I'm not sure how this would work with my curtain rods placed so high on the wall. 
I'm excited about the little things I can do that will hopefully make a big difference. I hope to post progress and after pictures soon.

I want to know: what are some of your night time beauty rituals?