Vacay Shopping Haul

My time in the smokey mountains led to a lot of shopping and eating, so no complaints there. I enjoyed a lot of candy,  sniffing candles, some nice Italian food at a semi fancy J. ARTHUR’S, and a cute tasty baked potato bar at Sippers “where premium coffee meats small town America”. I went shopping for soap and jam at Cabbage Rose, a beautiful store with many North Carolina made litions and candles. At Momma T’s Mountain Made had a wonderful selection of pet outfits and natural essential oil based products.

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The clothes in this photo are from Maggie’s Gift Shoppe which has everything from ski wear to bathing suits.

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I like Simply Southern brand because of their bright colors so I purchased a headband with jellyfish on it. I got a long sleeved shirt that reminds me of PINK Victoria’s Secret style and design. And the two dresses are both pink so it was love at first sight. One has fish on it and can be used as a cover up, and the other one is a strapless high-low dress.

Maggie Valley, NC

I used to go to the mountains every summer with my parents. We hadn’t been in twelve years yr so until this summer. The smokey mountains often have an appearance of fog moving over them, it looks like steam or smoke, hence the name. Usually a black bear is seen printed on shirts and keychains around town. It’s a very cozy place.

 

Jewelry of the Day: Aroma Therapy Necklace

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I am obsessed with essential oils and their relaxing and beneficial powers, so when I spotted this cute clay neck attire I had to have it. All you have to do is put a couple drops of your favorite aromas onto the hard  pendant, and the scent will be with you all day. It says it lasts twenty four hours, then you can put a new scent on it!

For instance, if you are feeling under the weather with a sore throat, you could sprinkle clove, tea tree, and lemon essential oil on the charm. Or if you are nauseated, try peppermint essential oil. Or if trying to get energized for a busy day, grapefruit and lime essential oil would be great! There’s a ton of different combos worth trying out!

How to: Reuse Candle Jars

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I have been collecting glass jars lately because of their timeless appeal, they are pretty and classic, yet not fancy. They go well with minimal (my fave.) decor or any other style really. The jar in the middle wasn’t a candle jar but the other two are of course.

They are good to re-purpose because they have great lids that are air-tight, they are see-through so you don’t have to scramble through them if you lose something, and some of them have cute shapes.

 

How to: Reuse Candle Wax

Instead of wasting the glass jars that candles come in, just re-purpose them. After burning most of the candle, leave half an inch or a little less of the wax in the jar. Then put the candle in the freezer once the jar is room temperature (so that it won’t bust).

After an hour or two, take the jar out and use a dull knife to cut into the wax, kind of like you cut a pie. The take the chips of wax and put them in your wax burner!!

****DON’T leave the jar in the freezer too long because I think it makes the jar brittle, and make sure not to use a sharp knife. I am saying this because I busted one of the jars due to both of these reasons… Be careful!!

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Outfit of the Day: Floral Maxi

I typically don’t wear long dresses because I am not a very tall person. My nana gave me this dress though and it fits well and I like how low cut the front of it is, so I wear this to work some times!

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I waited too late to take photos, it was so dark I didn’t get a lot of good shots. But these will do. My boyfriend thought that this dress has an asian feel to it. I am not really sure that I get that from it, but I will take it as a compliment.

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The shoes are my Juicy Couture metallic pink buckled wedges!

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Photos with John Ryan

img_68131A few months ago, well in the fall, I had the pleasure of getting some photos with my good buddy John Ryan. These had a very Kate Moss circa 1990’s to me. It was a nice warm day, after the shoot there was a good rain, but it was still warm enough for a mini skirt and short sleeves.

I own that beautiful vintage fur now btw!

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We took a ton. There’s a lot more.

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Review: Soy Wax Melts

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I always have the wax burner (from Yankee Candle) hot and ready because my boyfriend’s dogs can be rather stinky. I keep it in the den so that guests (and us!) are smacked with a hint of aroma upon entry. I LOVE anything that smells good cause it instantly makes me feel soothed or relaxed. The Yankee Candle brand of wax doesn’t seem to smell up the house as much as the ones from Walmart! I was surprised that the ones from Walmart drift all the way up into the upstairs bedroom!! BUT, this post is about the wax I got off the interweb…

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These wax melts  are from Etsy made by Chris Ian Candles. I will say that they smell absolutely wonderful! They DON’T drift all the way upstairs like the Walmart wax, but that is probably because these are made out of soy and not all the synthetic properties that fill up the Walmart ones. I like these 100% soy meltees because they come in really unique scents like pink sugar/cotton candy and coffee!! And it is also nice that they are better to breathe in than the wax that includes so many chemicals.

With all the brands I have tried, I have come to the realization that the wax seems to last forever. I guess that the smell fades away with each use, but I’ve been using some of the wax for over a year now and it still has held a scent. Maybe it depends on what kind of burner you have, like, how hot it gets. IDK!