Holiday Candle Season Has Arrived!

Every year, when the cooler weather begins and Halloween pumpkins make their debut, I know that the time has officially come  to switch out my fresh summer candles for some warm and comforting fall candles. Over the past few years, I’ve come to the realize that my somewhat recent obsession with candles is the direct result of being my mother’s daughter, who is even more candle-crazy than I am. Throughout my childhood, I could always rely on my mother’s endless candle collection to keep my home smelling amazing and perfectly adept to every season. To this day, I can still be confident that a yummy candle will ALWAYS be an acceptable gift for my mother when a birthday or holiday rolls around. My favorite candles of hers were always the ones that she lit during the fall and winter seasons, as they always circulated memories of family, good food, and holiday spirit along with their deliciously comforting and sultry scents. So, ever since I moved out of my childhood home and into my own residence, I’ve had to put a lot of effort into finding my own candles that meet my ridiculously high standards. After going on quite the candle hunt this past weekend, with my mom in tow, I was able to pick out a few perfect candles to burn for these festive fall and winter seasons. So, for all of you candle-obsessed peeps like me, I suggest that you take a look at my favorite holiday scents below that you can add to your own candle collection!

Rewined Candles: $28

Spiked Cider: “a fall favorite is sure to warm up those chilly evenings offering a rich blend of fresh apple, cinnamon and clove. To finish it off, Rewined has spiked it with the deep, buttery aroma of dark rum.”

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Pinot Noir: “this earthy complex wine mimics the ground that produces it. Fresh fig and cranberry, rooted by the rustic aromas of leather and violet, finishing with hints of musky earth tones.”

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Wine Under The Tree: “spiced wine mixed with freshly cut spruce, citrus and all the other intoxicating scents of Christmas morning.”

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Jo Malone Candles: $65

Wood Sage and Sea Salt: “Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs, the candle blends woody earthiness with sage and the sea, conjuring images of breaking waves, and the air fresh with sea salt and spray, transforming your atmosphere with luxury and opulence.”

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Archipelago Candles: $24

Agave Sage: “blend of Spanish sage, agave leaf, and sandalwood”

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Frosted Cedar: “a new Archipelago Holiday scent that combines the biting winter frost with fresh cedar.”

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Diptyque Candles: $60

Ambre/Amber: “a warm and elegant procession of the woods vetiver and patchouli, enhanced with radiant aniseed, insolent spices, mysterious incense, cistus and Tonka bean”

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Nest Candles: $34

Moroccan Amber: “Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope, and bergamot accented with a hint of eucalyptus”

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Holiday Candle: “the aroma of a sparkling holiday season, created by blending pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber.”

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Lafco Candles: $60

Ski House: “This blend of crisp, crystal mountain air and the unmistakable odor of a cedar log fire with just a touch of evergreen fir takes you to your very own luxurious alpine lodge.”

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On A Serious Note: Poisonous Relationships

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For some sad reason, I keep finding myself wondering why completely normal and usually exceptional girls (myself included) tend to continuously fall for guys who turn out to be the worst thing for them. The majority of these girls are unfortunately in my generation, and if I could earn a dime every time I heard a friend or acquaintance tell me how she’s being completely screwed over by an awful guy whom she still can’t seem to get over, I WOULD BE RICH AS HELL. Within these all-too-common situations, there are usually two different types of guys that us ladies are involved with. The first type is the guy who acts so sweet and endearing most of the time that you can’t help but fall for him and believe that there’s NO WAY that he would play you, even when all signs indicate that he is. It’s not until you or your friends catch him red-handed and swapping spit with another girl at the bar that you realize he actually is the typical scumbag that the rest of the world has warned you about. The second type of guy that we may find in these poisonous relationships is the one who initially seems a little sweet, but also shows off a dangerous side whenever you’re hanging out. This “bad boy” persona somehow only draws you in even more and before you know it, the guy is sending you the most hurtful and degrading text messages.

When women get involved with these two types of idiots, it almost always starts out with what I like to call the “pre-relationship honeymoon phase.” During these first few weeks of getting to know and hang out with a new fling, the girl and guy have fun, party together, exchange flirty text messages, and hook up. However, when this blissful yet brief phase comes to an end, the confusing and awkward phase comes a knockin.’ This usually begins when the girl starts to reciprocate her feelings toward the guy who, since the beginning of their relationship, was only interested in having a hookup buddy. Unfortunately, the girl, who may or may not have been informed of his outlook on their relationship, can’t help but reveal that she may eventually want an actual relationship with the guy. This awkward moment for both parties will usually lead to the guy slowly but surely disappearing from the girl’s life. Whether he is doing this by ignoring her calls, sending degrading texts, or constantly coming up with excuses for why he can’t hang out, this is when the exciting new fling turns into an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Only worsening the entire situation, the majority of girls who find themselves stuck at this point in a “relationship” are only maddened and confused by her guy’s actions instead of getting the hint and ending the relationship ASAP. When girls choose to stick around at this point, they’ve usually let their emotions take over any former pride, confidence, or self-control and instead become what many guys like to label as “crazy” or “psycho.” From here, things can only get worse and it’s officially past time to GET OUT of the relationship that never should’ve even existed. Yes, you may have learned a lot from the situation but in the end, none of it is worth the emotional damage and stress that the idiot probably caused you.

I honestly have no golden solution to this issue that plagues the love lives of so many women in my generation, but I do hope that things will get better for the next generation of relationships. I also know that perspectives and attitudes NEED to change among both men and women for things to improve. We, as women, need to realize our worth and stop letting men take advantage of our stereotyped inferiority. We also need to stop treating ourselves like we’re nothing better than hookers; maybe then the guys will stop treating us like we’re disposable. Men, on the other hand, need to realize that they are NOT the most important beings on this planet and in NO way have the right to rotate and use women like they’re toys.

Have a good Sunday everyone, and if you’re in a relationship, make sure to give your significant other some love. XOXO

P.S. – Men, I apologize for the biased-sounding post, but in my opinion, bias doesn’t matter when the writing is genuine.

FRIDAY FAVORITES!

Happy Friday everyone!  Here are a few of my favorite things on this fab day!

Favorite Casual Look:

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This is a perfect outfit to wear around this time of the year, especially as we’re in transition from the summer to fall season!

Pictured: Koral jeans, Treasure & Bond flannel, Enza Costa tank, Converse High Tops, Ray Ban aviators, vintage watch

Favorite Gift (in light of my birthday tomorrow!):

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Front row tickets to see my favorite musician was the best present I’ve ever received- thanks again mom and dad!

Favorite Fall Pant:

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Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans (original and in sateen)

These are my favorite pants right now- I have them in black and plum!

Favorite Fall Shoe:

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These are the newest addition to my shoe wardrobe – so comfortable and stylish!

Pictured: Vince Bowen Slip-on Sneakers

Favorite Cheap Wine:

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Barefoot Pinot or Sauvignon Blanc

This is my go-to wine on any given night- tastes good and won’t break the bank!

Favorite Bedtime Read:

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Such an awesome book- hurry up and read it before the movie comes out!

Favorite NYFW beauty look:

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Cara’s fauxhawk buns- these rock

Fall Style Spotlight: Over-The-Knee Boots

The over-the-knee boot is by far one of my favorite trends for the fall and winter seasons. Not only is it a comfortable yet stylish way to dress up any fall outfit, but these boots are also sexy as hell. In the past, I’ve normally stuck to wearing boots that are flat instead of heeled, but this past week, I decided to venture outside my comfort zone and treat myself to a new pair of HEELED over-the-knee boots. I spotted them immediately when they were put out onto the women’s shoe floor at Nordstrom, knowing that they would be the perfect statement piece to plan my going-out outfit around that night. After wearing my bold, yet confident purchase, I was more than happy about my decision and satisfied that I finally added something to my wardrobe that I didn’t already own. These hot boots are perfect for any night out on the town and are guaranteed to make you feel like you CAN run the world (if you didn’t already). You can simply throw them over some leggings or even rock them out with a mini skirt to make the ultimate fashion statement, so check out some of my favorite heeled AND flat over-the-knee boots for a little inspiration to get you started on your fall shopping list!

Heeled Boots:

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Louise et Cie ‘Navaria’ Leather Boot – $288.95 (these are my new boots)!

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Stuart Weitzman ‘Highway’ Over The Knee Boot – $665

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Frye ‘Kelly’ Over The Knee Boot – $497.95

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Sam Edelman ‘Joplin’ Boot – $314.95

Flat Boots:

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Frye “Melissa’ Over The Knee Boot – $497.95

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Stuart Weitzman 5050 Over The Knee Nappa Leather Boot – $635

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Vince Camuto ‘Baldwin’ Leather Over The Knee Boot (for those of you with wider calves) – $248.95

 

HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE!

Biggest Takeaways from Spring 2015 NYFW: Days 1-4

We are halfway through New York Fashion Week and I’ve rounded up 5 big takeaways from the shows so far- take a look!

  1. Miley is still “just bein’ Miley”

She wore nipple pasties and a tiger mask at Alexander Wang’s afterparty in Bushwick…not at all surprised here!

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Images from http://nymag.com/thecut/

  1. Kendall Jenner is the new model “it” girl

So far, she’s rocked it out in the DVF and Tommy Hilfiger runway shows- you go girl

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In Tommy Hilfiger (above)

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In DVF (above)

  1. Opening Ceremony really utilized their creative license in their show at the Metropolitan Opera House

Instead of a usual runway show, O.C. staged a one-act play written by Jonah Hill and Spike Jonze to showcase their collection (it also featured celebs of all kinds)

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  1. Alexander Wang reaffirmed that sexy AND sporty will continue to be a thing for the spring

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       5. The drama has only amplified on the runway show sets

With a 60s/70s music festival inspiration, the Tommy Hilfiger set took 4 days to prepare for the show

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Photos from http://nymag.com/thecut/

HELLO FALL (and everything pumpkin flavored)…

While I was in California, I inevitably found myself in a limbo between the two seasons. Ironically enough, my hotel (The Lodge at Torrey Pines) was a beautifully rustic representation of a cozy mountain lodge, while outside of the hotel, I was surrounded by cloudless skies, tall palm trees, sandy beaches, and a community that only seemed to operate on island time. Even though I was soaking up every second I could of my final summer days in San Diego, I still couldn’t help myself from taking advantage of every fireplace inside my hotel…and yes, I did ask if I could roast s’mores more than once.

Since Labor Day and my summer vacation have now come and gone, I can feel free to express my excitement for the fall season without others giving me shit for “hating” on summer. The arrival of fall marks an amazing time of the year, especially for us on the east coast because it pushes away the awful humidity and brings about cooler air and changing leaves. It’s the season when the crowds of tourists in our cities return to their homes, leaving us able to finally enjoy drinking at our favorite outdoor bars without enduring the usual 30-minute wait in lines to get in. I’m still sad to say goodbye to summer, but now is the perfect time to put any negativity from the past few months behind and embrace the changes that come along with the new season! If you need any inspiration to push those end-of-summer blues away, feel free to browse through a compilation of my favorite things about fall right below!

Pumpkin Spice Lattes (and everything else pumpkin flavored, I guess):

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Warm and Aromatic Candles:

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Fireplaces:

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Halloween Movies:

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Football Season (GO DAWGS…and Skins):

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Changing Leaves:

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Fall Fashion (helllooo boots, cozy sweaters, and jeans):

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Goodbye Sweet Summer…

This past weekend was the first semi-vacation that I’ve had this summer and since I’ve delved into the real world of worse-than-college hangovers and paying bills like an actual human being. I definitely miss the glorious college days when I didn’t have to face the reality of being an adult yet, but I also can’t say that I haven’t learned a lot over these past few months as a graduate. Some of these things that I’ve learned (but not all) include:

  1. Starting to work on your 401K when starting that first “big-girl” job is a necessary evil
  2. Wine will always be there for you, but it’s even better when you get to share it with a roomie while laughing over the Bachelorette
  3. It’s more than okay to vent about this first “big-girl” job, but keep it within the privacy of your own home
  4. Boys are great, but they also suck sometimes- don’t rush yourself or anyone else into a relationship because that’s something that shouldn’t ever feel or start out in a rushed manner
  5. Budgeting is important, but it’s also okay to still be learning how to balance between paying for the bottomless guacamole at happy hour and the rest of the actual necessities you need to survive
  6. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and lose a few more hours of sleep in order to meet new people
  7. Don’t compare yourself to co-workers- just do your best because it’s all you can do, right?
  8. Try your very best to take care of yourself in every way. For example…spend a few nights by yourself to eat takeout and binge watch Netflix or read a juicy book, drink a lot of water, eat breakfast AND veggies every day, and most importantly…sing out as loud as possible when you’re in the car or shower (it makes everything better, I promise)

As I said earlier, I learned a lot over the past few months and not everything came to me easily. It was a challenging summer, which is why this past Labor Day weekend was the perfect time for a little vacation with my family. On Friday morning, I flew into sunny San Diego to meet up with my sister (who lives there) and my parents, who would be flying in from the east coast as well. Upon my arrival, the feeling of breathing in the sweet (and invisibly polluted) California air was absolutely wonderful- I had landed in one of my favorite places, where the weather was perfect and I could finally be around what I believe to be the epitome of summertime: hot surfers and fish tacos. To say the least, the past weekend with my family was amazing yet far too eventful to be able to explain it all with the love and detail that’s deserved, which is why I’ve provided a small photo diary below for you to take a little peek at my trip. On Tuesday, taking off to fly back home across the country was more than depressing and I am STILL missing my family and the greatness of California. However, it is comforting to know that I’ll be returning to the beautiful state soon, whether it’s just for another visit or possibly even for a permanent move…who knows? Until then, I’ll be on the east coast and enjoying the beauty of the fall season that is now officially upon us- bring it on cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes!

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My views leaving D.C. and entering California from the sky

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dressed too warmly upon my San Diego airport arrival

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The beautiful morning and evening views from my Torrey Pines hotel room balcony

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My first cloudless day on the San Diego Bay Beach!

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The Veterans Memorial Cross at Mount Soledad

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The beautiful lookout at Mount Soledad

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Enjoying the breathtaking view of the city below…

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Having a early morning family hike around the Point Loma tide pools

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Looking dirty but feeling good on our hike!

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Basking in yogi heaven

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A cute family photo before the coastal walk in La Jolla

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Beginning of the coast walk

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Seal watching!

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A little cave exploring in La Jolla

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Amazing view of the coast

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The beautiful rose garden in Balboa Park

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Balboa Park surroundings

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The walk into town from Dog Beach

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Picture perfect setting for a late summer wedding outside my room