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December 17, 2014


Personalized Christmas Stocking

Waiting... for Christmas! Just 8 days away now!
Reading... Crazy Rich Asians. I will finish this book one of these days.
Watching... Korean drama The Healer with Ji Chang Wook.
Listening... to Royal Pirates awesome rock cover of Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You.
Eating... savory oatmeal sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for lunch.
Drinking... loads of tea and boricha.
Cooking... spicy stews. A favorite when it's cold.
Obsessed... with my new iPhone 6 (an early Xmas present from my husband). I was using a flip phone last year.
Wearing... a baseball tee and jeans.
Coveting... this lens.
Planning... to visit a few museums during the holiday break.
Admiring... all the pretty holiday decor around the city.
Bookmarking... a few things I might want to pick up in the after Christmas sales.
Hoping... for a mild winter.

We were a little late putting up our Christmas decorations this year. We don't really do it up but it's nice to have a few holiday touches around the house. Here is my Christmas tree. Yes it's pink.

Don't miss out on this fun candle gift set giveaway!

What's up with you?

December 15, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set Giveaway

Old Factory Candle Review

Old Factory Candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self trimming cotton wicks and premium fragrance oils. Each candle is supposed to burn clean and even for 20 hours. They come in gift sets of three which are each themed around a group of related fragrances.

Old Factory Candle Review

I chose to review the Winter Wonderland set. The candles come packaged in a cardboard carton with a design that has a vintage industrial type feel. There was a card inside with a link to their site where you could download a free e-book about Aromatherapy for Everyday Use. My set included these three scents: Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut and First Snow. The candles are encased in minimalistic glass jars with black screw on tops and measure about 2" wide by 2" high. Despite their small size, these candles are strong enough to subtly fill an entire room. What I liked most is that the fragrances quite naturally mimic their names. The Hot Chocolate and Roasted Chestnut both had a slightly sweet and comforting smell. It was a wonder I didn't have a craving for either while they were going. The scents in each set are meant to complement each other so I did try burning these two together which created quite a cozy mood. I would say that First Snow had a clean and fresh feel to it which was rather pleasant. This was the lightest of the three in terms of fragrance but also the most refreshing. The candles do burn clean per the claims. I can't speak to the 20 hour burn time because I haven't used them for that long yet.

Old Factory Candle Review

Old Factory Candle Gift Sets are $25 each and are sold exclusively through Amazon. The variety of scents they come in make them an ideal gift for any occasion. 

There are currently 12 different sets which include:
Fall Harvest: Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, Autumn Leaves
Happy Holidays: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Gingerbread
Winter Wonderland: Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, First Snow
Romance: Rose Petals, Champagne, Dark Chocolate
Fresh & Clean: Lemongrass, Olive Blossom, Fresh Linen
Spa Day: Cucumber, Lemongrass, Green Tea
Vacation: Seabreeze, Hawaiian Lei, Awapuhi
Coffee Shop: Coffee Bean, Hazelnut, Chai Tea
Man Cave: Straight Razor, Leather Mahogany
High As A Kite: Cannabis, Incense, Bag O' Cookies
New Born Baby: Bay Powder, Baby Shampoo, First Blanket
50 Shades: Leather, Vanilla Sex, Jasmine Bubbles

I'm impressed with the quality of these candles enough that I'm partnering with Old Factory Candles for a giveaway! One lucky reader will win an Old Factory Candle Gift Set of your choice. As of this moment, they are only able to ship within the US. The winner also must have an Amazon account as you will receive an exclusive coupon code to claim your candle set. The giveaway will run until Sunday 12/21/14. You can enter here or use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

Do you use candles in your home? What are your favorite scents?

Disclosure: A complimentary product was provided by Old Factory Candles through Brandbacker for the purposes of this review. There was no other compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.

December 12, 2014

Gift Guide : Beauty

I'm rather partial to giving beauty gifts as I think most ladies can appreciate a little something to primp and pamper themselves with. And they're also my favorite type of gifts to receive as well. What are your favorite types of gifts to give and receive?

1. Victoria Beckham X Nails Inc. Limited Edition Nail Polishes in Judo Red & Bamboo White  $25 each
{A must for fashionistas!}
2. Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio Classic Set  $45
{Lovely feminine scents housed in pretty vintage style bottles}
3. Paul & Joe Beaute Limited Edition Pressed Powder T  $43
{A beautiful compact for touching up in style}
4. Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette  $54
{The perfect palette to take on the go}
5. Anna Sui Limited Edition Body Powder Puff  $35
{A charming way to add a touch radiance and shimmer}
6. Fresh Sugar Cravings Kissing Trio  $28
{A festive limited edition set to please any lip balm lover}
7. Bioxidea Miracle 24 Face Masks  $59
{Indulgent facial treatmenta for tired and dry skin}
8. Tony Moly Fruit Hand Creams  $8 each
{Cutely packaged hand creams that actually work make great stocking stuffers}
9. Sephora Gold Star Dual Brush Set  $25
{A luxurious looking duo of hair essentials}
10. Olivine Love + Roses Beauty Mist  $14
{A sweet smelling natural skin and hair refresher} 
11. Library of Flowers Field Kit  $38
{Transforms any bath into a lush garden retreat}

December 10, 2014

Gift Guide : Under $30

Gifts Under $30

What makes a good gift? I don't think it has anything to do with how much money you spend but rather the thought that goes into it. It should also either be purposeful or delight the recipient in some way. What constitutes a good gift to you?

1. La Maison du Chocolate Assorted Chocolates $29.95
{Who doesn't love receiving delicious chocolates, especially in such an elegant box}
2. Kate Spade NY One in a Million Initial Business Card Holder $30
{Stylish, practical, with a touch of personalization}
3. BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring $28
{A chic and simple statement ring}
4. Kusmi Tea Paris Tin  $29.95
{An assortment of Kusmi's most popular tea blends packed in a lovely container}
5. Crystal Crush Bobbi Set  $25
{A dazzling way to add a little bling to your hairstyle}
6. Nügg Winter Skin Saver 4 Pack $11.95
{These high performance face masks formulated with natural oils deliver spa quality results in just 5 minutes}
7. Arrange of Scenery Vase Set  $23.99
{A pretty vase set to dress up any room}
8. Cool, Calm and Collected Bento Box  $9.99
{Such a cute way to carry lunch on the go}
9. Kate Spade NY Illustrative Journal $24
{A beautiful place to gather one's thoughts}
10. Garance Doré Bonjour iPhone Case $25
{An iPhone case with a dash of whimsical chic}
11. Futai Clear Bubble Umbrella  $19.99
{For stepping out in style when it rains}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Brandbacker and contains affiliate links. All words and opinions are my own.

December 8, 2014

An Audiobooks Gift Guide & An Amazon Giveaway
Being able to enjoy a good book is one of life's little pleasures so if you're in need of a good gift idea, you might want to consider audiobooks. They make a fantastic gift for just about anyone for the holidays or any occasion. They're appropriate for all ages from children who can't get enough of their favorite stories to teens who are usually plugged in anyway, busy adults who like a good book but just can't find the time to read and older adults as a pleasant way to pass the time. Unlike regular books, audio books can be enjoyed while you're doing other things like traveling, working out or even doing chores. My husband likes to listen to them on his commute to/from work. Gift subscriptions to can be purchased online and are available for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. If your recipient already has an Amazon account, signing up is as easy as signing in. offers a wide selection of over 150,000 popular book titles including bestsellers and new releases in a variety of genres. The books are delivered via an app so they can be played on a phone, tablet or computer anywhere, anytime.

To help you with your holiday shopping, is currently offering 50% off their 3 month subscriptions which are regularly $45. Using this link, you can purchase a 3 month subscription for yourself or someone else for just $7.49/month. 

And if that's not cool enough, I've also teamed up with a lovely group of bloggers for an amazing $200 Amazon gift card giveaway. This is open to US residents only and ends this Friday 12/12/14. Please follow the instructions and enter via Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Are you a fan of audiobooks? What's on your reading list?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Audible and All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own. Thank you supporting the brands that support this site.

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