the ultimate gift guide for candle lovers

Use this gift guide to make your loved ones feel super fancy with this awesome list of the best luxurious candles.

I really want to dispel the notion that candles are a cop-out gift that you give to your great-aunt because you have to get her a present. Candles are a wonderful gift for the right person –  that person being a candle lover. How do you know if someone’s a candle lover? They probably have six or seven candles (or more) placed elegantly around the house, all with burnt wicks.

I’m one of these people. There are three candles on my desk right now, one by my bed, one in the bathroom, and another two in my living room. I think they’re romantic and moody, and complete rooms with a glowy, warmth.  I light different candles depending on how I want to feel – energized or relaxed.  I love them, and I put a lot of thought into the candles I buy, so do most candle lovers.

Why do candles make good gifts? Really nice candles can cost a good chunk of money. It’s hard to justify spending $45 on something that you plan to burn. But the fancy, sophisticated feel they add to your day is priceless.

Buying candles for other people can be tricky. Cheaper candles often hit heavy with a chemically smell. The best candles are light, airy, and clean burning.

To help you in your search, I’ve rounded up the best scented candles on the web.  These super-fancy candles will make anyone feel special. Don’t worry, you won’t find any Yankee Candles in this list.

Fifth-and-Madison-Cosmopolitan-SohoFifth & Madison Cosmopolitan Candle – I’ll start with my favorite first. Fifth & Madison are amazing candle makers. Their product smell fantastic and burn light and clean. People always ask, “where is that candle from?” when I’m burning a Fifth & Madison candle. The Cosmopolitan is a good candle for a sophisticated New York girl who likes sweet and fruity scents that aren’t overbearing. I also suggest the chai pumpkin latte and joie de noel as seasonal gifts.

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Jonathan Adler Champagne Pop Candle – JA’s candles have been my long-time love. Their elegant jars and scents make me feel just a bit rich. I’ve loved Jonathan Adler’s Champagne candle for a long time. They’ve expanded their boozy scent collection to include vodka and abesinthe, which I’m absolutely obsessed with. Burning these candles makes me feel so classy.

Henri Bendel CashmereHenri Bendel Cashmere Candle – Did you know Bendels has its own candle line? How refined does this cashmere candle seem? Looks like they removed it from their website today, of course (possibly sold out?), but I suggest browsing their other candles. I’d definitely take a risk on the white pepper.

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Voluspa Prosecco Bellini – I own two Voluspa candles (they sell them at anthropologie) and love them both. The milky, classic jars are elegant, and the clean-burning fruity scent of Prosecco feels like such an indulgence.

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Terrain Hot Cider Candle – I cannot get over how perfect this candle is! That mug! Once you’ve burned the entire candle you can use the mug. And apple cider is the perfect holiday scent. This one is definitely on my wish list.

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K. Hall Studio Moss Printed Candle – My friend made fun of me when I said I owned a moss-scented candle, but the scent is somehow perfect and comforting for any time of year. I can’t wait to burn through it (120 hours) so I can use the screen printed jar as a vase.

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Luminous Candles Old Books Scented Candle – One of my favorite things to do is light a candle, curl up on the couch and read a book. How great would it be if my living room suddenly smelled like a library? This one is definitely a candle for the bookworm.

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Bath and Body Works Fresh Balsam Candle – I was really hesitant to put a Bath & Body works candle on here, but I own this one and I really do love it. It leaves the house smelling like Christmas trees. This  candle does hit heavy and fills the room, but the eucalyptus and balsam make it very pleasant.

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Terrain Moscow Mule Candle – Another perfect candle from Terrain. Of course, I mostly want this for the mug (they retail around $30!), but filling my home lime and ginger reminiscent of a delicious cocktail doesn’t hurt.

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Laudrée Brioche Candle – Take a quick escape to the French countryside with this candle. Who doesn’t want a house filled with the soft, sweet scent of baked brioche?

Molton-Brown-Vintage-2015-Single-Wick-Candle_with_box_CAN181_XLMolton Brown Vintage 2015 Elderflower Candle – This festive and luxurious candle is filled with grapefruit, elerflower, and vetiver, and feels very special.

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I’ve moved three times in the past month, which isn’t so uncommon for the someone’s first month in New York. Currently, I’m renting a room for two months while I wait my friend’s lease to finish then we’ll be getting a place together. All of this moving around is partially why I haven’t been posting as much.

Needless to say, I’m ready to have a place of my own. And I can pretty much dream-decorate it with everything from Target’s Threshold line. Here are my picks.

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It all started with the cake stand. Can you believe I don’t own one?

What do you think? See anything you like?

p.s. I have this pillow, because I’m such a horse-nerd.

dreamy: anna karenina and vogue

It’s been a while since I’ve done any fashion related post. And I can’t say this post is about fashion, exactly, but more about my excitement for the sharp-looking Anna Karenina film. Vogue’s cover story this month features some nicely-styled photos of the actors in character.

Just look at how stunning Kiera Knightly is as Anna.

And this guy. Who is this guy?

Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Russian Count heartthrob Vronsky. Look at that hair!

I can’t wait.

And sort of want to read the book again.

Vogue has a slideshow that includes Jude Law as Anna’s husband more pictures of Kiera Knightly in fun outfits.

All photos by Mario Testino for Vogue.

vintage brooch bridal bouquets

Sometimes I can’t help but check out the latest in bridal fashions, even though I have no intention of being a bride. While the dresses and shoes are always lovely, there’s one thing I keep seeing in wedding blogs that makes me pause and stare.

Wedding bouquets made from brooches.

From Fantasy Floral Designs via June Bug Weddings

I just can’t get over how smart these are. If I’m going to pay a lot of money for a bouquet, I’d like it to last.

From Gloria’s Laughter

I also like the idea of durable flowers, in case of wedding disaster.

from The Ritzy Rose

This one is just breathtaking.

From Noaki Jewelry via Green Wedding Shoes

I love how vibrant they are.

From Studio del Fiore

And of course, here’s a d.i.y. tutorial from Offbeat Bride. This is the end result.

What do you think of these bouquets?