I’m obsessed with candles, particularly scented ones. They add a touch of elegance and ambience to any room and are also great for creating a relaxing environment. I tend to gravitate towards clean and citrusy scents but I also find that my attraction to a scent usually has to do with the mood I’m in.
I recently became obsessed with two intoxicating candle scents that I just had to share with you. The first is one that I had contemplated buying for months. I finally bit the bullet and purchased it this past weekend. Williams-Sonoma’s English Cucumber candle is a clean fresh scent perfect for this time of year. The smell is light but an instant pick me up! I actually have it burning now and I feel, well…as cool as a cucumber. I’m dying to get this entire English Cucumber set–I’m talking the hand soap, lotion, dish soap and diffuser but for now I’m thoroughly enjoying the candle, which by the by is on sale!
Williams-Sonoma English Cucumber Candle
English Cucumber candle from Williams-Sonoma
I stumbled upon my next scented candle obsession while enjoying a morning spa treatment at the Setai Club and Spa down in the Wall Street area. (I highly recommend this spa for a day of personal pampering). Upon arriving and changing into my spa robe and comfy slippers (best darn slippers I must say) I was taken to the relaxation room. The relaxation room was a darkly lit room with tranquil spa music, appetizers and books. I’m not what you would call a “Zen” person (the urban jungle will do that to you). I rarely find time to relax and enjoy pure solitude and even when I do, my mind is always at a level 1000. But with my cell phone in the locker room and with really no other option in sight, I decided to close my eyes, take in the moment and R-E-L-A-X. Mission accomplished. It was lovely and it was made even lovelier by the most soothing and pleasurable aroma wafting throughout the spa. When I was finally taken to my treatment room I couldn’t help but ask the spa attendee the name of the candle and she told me it was Read more →
Despite the hot summer temps we’ve experienced here in NYC the last few days, it is actually still Spring and thus still completely okay for me to begin my Spring cleaning. Scrubbing, sweeping, dusting and organizing my home allows me to focus more clearly on my personal and professional goals. When my apartment is in disarray I feel like my life is in disarray, so around this time of year I like to regroup and de-clutter.
I once heard someone say (and it was probably some organizational guru on Oprah) that the key to organization is to “Have a place for everything and everything in its place.” The minute I start to accumulate stuff I repeat that motto over and over in my head and it really does work. In a small NYC apartment it’s hard to stay clutter free. Over the course of the almost 6 years that my husband and I have been married and living in our in our NYC abode (our anniversary is next week!) I’ve accumulated a lot of things that I can’t and don’t want to give up or put in storage (Storage being mom and dad’s basement of course). As a result, I’m going to make a concerted effort to find a place for everything and keep everything in its place. I’m not going to lie, the limited apartment space is a bummer, but I’m hoping to find a way to keep everything tidy and organized. Below are 3 things helping me in this process. These are simple and inexpensive things but they make me feel good about this de-cluttering process of my life. Hope these can work for you too and any organization tips that you may have are always welcome!
Look good while you Clean: Okay, okay so i’m not advocating cleaning in your Sunday best, but something as simple as these bright and fun cleaning gloves make scrubbing tiles a little more bearable.
Shoe Boxes: I’ve always wanted to be that girl that had a perfectly maintained closet ( think Cher Horowitz’s closet from Clueless). I know in my current place it will NEVER happen. The size and setup of the closet will just not allow it. In order to alleviate this problem somewhat, I purchased clear shoe boxes from The Container Store. You don’t know how many times I walked right past these thinking it was just not worth it but then my husband suggested I try it and I caved. I can’t tell you how great it looks. Having the same clear boxes uniformly lined up just makes my shoe shelf look polished! You can purchase a set of 20 clear boxes for $34. I plan on taking photos of my shoes and attaching them to each box to make it even more pristine!
Clear Storage Boxes from The Container Store
Recycling Magazines: This is probably my biggest clutter problem but also the one I am most proud of when I finally get to cleaning. I love magazines–plain and simple. Long before there was Pinterest and even to this day, I still can’t resist a good old fashion magazine tear or an “I’m going to try this” dog eared page. But I clearly have a problem with letting go of my mags. Before I do a massive purge I always have to be very honest with myself and accept the fact that I will not read every magazine article. I will not make every recipe. I will not try every product shown. I just don’t have the time. So if a magazine is more than 6 months old (cut me some slack–it used to be a year) it’s going to be recycled.
So long old friends
Today I set my sight on the PERFECT media console for my apartment. I’ve been looking for one for quite some time now but haven’t found anything that has really piqued my interest. Until today…Check out the beautiful Mayfair Steamer media trunk from Restoration Hardware:
- Mayfair Vintage Media Trunk from Restoration Hardware
It has just about eveything that I’ve been looking for in a media console: a distinctive vintage look and drawers to hold my dvd’s and other media components. It’s currently available for $1895 = / so it may be out of my budget, but I really don’t know if I will be able to find anything similar to this. Thoughts?
Henshaw Bedroom Furniture from Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley. For some reason, this brand name from my youth has always conjured up images of Little House on the Prairie or Holly Hobby dolls. You know what I mean…a flowing floral skirt, a flowing floral dress, bonnets and lots of pastels and lace. It was a bit much for me back then but my mom used to love it. I recently came across a link to Laura Ashley’s website and decided to check it out www.lauraashley.com (I’m a sucker for ”Where Are They Now” stories and childhood nostalgia). I hadn’t seen an actual Laura Ashley store since I was a little kid so I decided to go to their website. Well let me tell you…this is no longer my mother’s Laura Ashley. Sure, they still have lots of florals (that’s their niche and what made Laura Ashley so distinctive–and you know I love distinction!) Laura Ashley has reinvented themselves! They have amazing fashions, outerwear, footwear, jewelry and home furnishing. They have taken a modern approach to their brand and have really fresh, fun and tailored clothing, and elegant and modern home furnishings that will add to any fashionista’s home or closet. I’m absolutely in love with their lighting section. I will definitely be doing some shopping there this holiday season.