Today I am so excited to be joining the most amazing group of bloggers for the Styled + Set Blog Tour: Valentine’s Day Entertaining! This wonderful tour is hosted by Lory of Designthusiasm (thank you Lory!) and features 30 bloggers sharing decorating ideas and inspiration for Valentine’s Day. There will be 6 bloggers a day, for 5 days, so check back during the week to see all the inspiration! And if you are coming here from The French Garden House, welcome! I am so glad to have you here.
I absolutely adore fall, it’s by far my favorite season. And one of the things I look forward to most is pumpkin everything! To say I love anything pumpkin would probably be an understatement. I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, but maybe most of all, I love a pumpkin scented candle! I start burning them in September and would probably burn them all year if it weren’t for the fact that Christmas comes around! And since I have purchased many pumpkin candles over the years, I thought I would share with you my absolute favorites. There is nothing worse than running home with that new candle, all excited to burn it for the first time, only to find out it’s too strong or that it smells weird, too sweet, or not at all! So the idea is to save you from all that. These are tested; tried and true! Long lasting, amazing smelling, and usually, soy based which is a little healthier. Here are my Top 5 Favorite Pumpkin Scented Candles (in no particular order):
The other day I realized I had been so busy all summer that I hadn’t done a tablescape since July 4th! I do usually like to toy around with tablescape ideas at least a couple of times a month. Not only for fun, but also so that when we entertain I have something prepared beforehand. I adore doing them; it’s kind of a fun, creative outlet for me.
I don’t know if you have all seen the “It” flat that came out this Spring, but it is so cute! And right up my alley. It’s flat, it’s pointed, and unbelievably stylish. I first started seeing it on Instagram and Pinterest this Spring by several designers (Aquazurra started the trend, but Jimmy Choo also did a version). And because it was so popular through Spring and Summer, I predict it will stay around for at least the Fall. And, now high street has jumped on the bandwagon, and it comes in all price points (thank goodness!) Does it get any cuter than this flat with a pair of jeans?
Let’s talk about the Midi. This skirt length has happened before (several times, in fact) and though it was hinted at as far back as last summer, the trend actually seems to be taking hold now. At first I was not at all sure about it, but I must say, it’s growing on me. There is something very elegant about it, and more importantly, it is flattering on almost everyone. I’m not sure why, but it seems to be more common in a full, circle skirt as opposed to a pencil skirt. This look is such a chic statement, and I love how feminine it is. And if the length seems a little scary after so many years of near or above the knee, start with just a couple of inches below the knee (again, universally flattering) rather than halfway between the knee and the calf.
I have to admit that I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to candles! I buy a lot of them, and not always successfully. Often I like the smell, but when I get it home, it doesn’t seem to really permeate or I can barely tell it’s burning. Or even worse, it’s overpowering enough to cause a headache! And since some of them are quite pricey, it can be frustrating (I’ve thrown quite a few in the trash, I can tell you that!)