Favorite Candles

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Happy Sunday friends!

As I am sitting here avoiding doing the deep clean that our house so desperately needs before family comes and visits us the next two weekends that I will inevitably wait to do until Thursday night, I started thinking about how we only have one candle in this whole house at the moment. That ain’t normal for us. I normally have a candle going all day long in the background, but since my T.J. Maxx and other shopping excursions aren’t happening right now, we are getting down to the wire. We currently have the Calyan Wax Co: Texas Bluebonnet that my wonderful bestie Allyson gifted us, which I highly recommend. She purchased it from the Clearfork Farmers Market for my Fort Worth gals, it smells EXACTLY like a field of bluebonnets, and has lasted for quite a long time thus far. #nostalgia #shopsmall

As far as my other favorite candles, my #1 is the Capri Blue Volcano Candle. I won’t even attempt to describe the notes of any of these candles, but know that I don’t love sweet scents and normally gravitate towards more botanical, outdoorsy, calming scents (lol, descriptive words). The Volcano Candle smells like summer at a rich house to me and I want to having it burning every day of my life. HOWEVER, if you want to save some money, the Scentsational Moonlight candle that you can find at T.J. Maxx is the exact. same. scent. We love them so much as well.

Here are my Bath & Body Works picks. You can never go wrong. Cactus Blossom is my favorite. The stress relief candle is also fantastic to have as a bathroom option. #showerandrelax: Cactus Blossom, Eucalyptus Mint, Bergamot Waters, Midnight Blue Citrus, Mahogany Teakwood, Eucalyptus Spearmint Stress Relief

For another T.J. Maxx find, the DW Homes Calming Waves is an awesome option. Scentsational and DW Homes are the superior T.J. Maxx candle options.

And, last but not least, Tyler Candles are so strong, so wonderful, and I ADORE the packaging. I LOVE gifting a Tyler Candle, and always recommend looking for them at your favorite local boutique, as the prices in-person are oftentimes better than online: Diva, High Maintenance, Mediterranean Fig, Dolce Vita

What are your favorite candles? I’m dying to get my hands on a diptyque or Jo Malone candle, but I genuinely don’t know if I could ever purchase a candle that expensive lol. Let me know in the comments below!

Hope y’all have a great week,

CEW

Graduation Gift Ideas

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Hi friends,

If you have a recent high school (or college) graduate to buy a gift for, below are some ideas (the majority of which I received as gifts for high school graduation, aside from the always-loved cash and gift cards, that helped me throughout my college experience that I still have and use to this day):

For the dorm room (or first solo apartment):

Vera Bradley Makeup Bag

Jon Hart Makeup Bag

*Laundry basket filled with: Command strips (SO expensive for what they are, especially when they’re the only thing you can use in a dorm room), batteries, cleaning supplies, tool kit, power strips, 10 ft. phone charger, etc. (This would be SO appreciate by a college graduate. Maybe even more so than a high school graduate. #adulting)

Color changing cups

Coffee warmer

Plates, bowls, utensils

Monogramed Towels

For campus (or commuting to your first job):

Vera Bradley Backpack

Jon Hart Key Chain Wallet

Swell water bottle

Umbrella: Do not forget to purchase an umbrella, folks.

Airpods

John Hart clear crossbody bag for gameday

For travel:

Vera Bradley Duffel

Vera Bradley Jewelry Organizer

For everything in-between:

Gift cards and cash: Target, Starbucks, Local college apparel outfitter

What was your favorite gift that you received post-graduation? Let me know in the comments below!

Love y’all,

CEW

What I’m Loving Lately: Quarantine Edition

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Hey y’all,

I don’t know about you, but these past two weeks have been the hardest of quarantine for me. I feel like I am in a constant loop of exhaustion, anxiety and guilt, and I cannot stop thinking about the stress of work, the loneliness of isolation, and the worry I have for family, friends, and the rest of the world. All of it is just swirling around in my head. So, I’m going to work on focusing on the positive right now instead, and share with you some things I’m loving lately:

Trader Joe’s Everything: Tyler and I are now firmly Trader Joe’s converts due to COVID-19. We’ve always enjoyed Trader Joe’s, but have historically avoided shopping there because of the crowds. However, for some reason, our Trader Joe’s here in Memphis has been the most calm, organized and clean grocery shopping situation we can find, and we have shopped nowhere else since quarantine started. My favorite purchases in particular have been the Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Charles Shaw Shiraz, Mac & Cheese Bites, Tomato Basil Soup, Chicken Spring Rolls, Bacon Ranch Dip, Southwest Chopped Salad, and a bunch of flowers each week to brighten up the house. My favorite quarantine meal has been to heat up the mac & cheese bites and put them in my tomato basil soup with a piece of french bread. YUM.

New Podcast I’m Loving: We all know I’m a podcast lover (linking my favorite podcasts post here if you haven’t checked it out yet). My sweet friend Jade turned me on to All Crime No Cattle (@allcrimenocattle), a Texas crime podcast based out of our beloved Fort Worth. The husband and wife duo behind the magic are so fantastic and feature various crimes committed in Texas throughout history. I have listened all day every day for the past two weeks and can’t get enough.

Instagram Accounts I’m Loving: @thehomeedit for all of my organizational needs, @heatherkmcmahan and @unforettable when I need a laugh, @tanksgoodnews when I need to be reminded of the good in the world, @juliaroseboston when I need to dream of handbags I someday WILL buy, @tuckerbudzyn and @taroandzippo when I need adorable, baby nugget goodness, and @lisafrank when I want to wax poetic about my childhood.

Enneagram Instagram Accounts, In Particular: All of these accounts, (@chalkandleaves, @cathartic_word, @letterbyhan_, and @enneagramashton), are just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to awesome creators who integrate the Enneagram into their design work. If you don’t know what the Enneagram is, take a look at Alyson Haley’s post here.

My Peloton: I’ve owned my Peloton for a little over a year now, but it just now during quarantine has really become a source of stability and motivation for me. If you have ever considered purchasing one, I HIGHLY recommend that you do so. And if you do, you should ride to Cody Rigsby and Cody Rigsby alone. He is a gem of a human. Even if you don’t have a Peloton, follow him on Instagram @codyrigsby.

Long phone calls: I hate talking on the phone when I could be texting, unless the phone call is an hour-minimum catch-up session. Those are my bread and butter, and my quarantine time has been full of them to stay connected with loved ones.

My sloth coloring book: I’ve spent a LOT of time coloring. I’ve tapered off over the past few weeks, but it’s time to ramp up again while I hang out on the couch with Tyler and watch tv for the ninth weekend in a row. 🙂

TV shows, comedy specials and movies: My favorites aren’t surprising, but they are golden: Forensic Files, Bob’s Burgers, Onward, Frozen II, Chris D’Elia: No Pain, and Bert Kreischer: Hey Big Boy. I also can’t wait to watch Jerry Seinfeld’s new special, 23 Hours to Kill, with Tyler this weekend!

Hope y’all have a fantastic weekend wherever you are in the world,

CEW

Home Decor We Love

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Hey All You Cool Cats and Kittens,

(Sorry y’all, I don’t talk to anybody in person besides Tyler and couldn’t bring myself to do it on a conference call yesterday).

Today we’re talking all things home decor. While I’m most certainly not ready to do a full home tour any time soon, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of home decor that we love, with a glimpse of some of the pieces that I stare at day in and day out as I am one of the lucky people who gets to work from home right now (for those of you who are going into work, thank you for all that you are doing). 🙂 A lot of our pieces are super budget friendly or amazing gifts from family because, well, we’re young and we knew we would be moving around a lot, but they have served us so well! Below is a look at some of our favorite pieces, and for anything I couldn’t find everything online, I tried to link similar versions:

Art:

Evelyn Henson Fort Worth Print with Target Frame

Trinity College Library Photos by Darren Olson with IKEA Frames

Chicago Art Institute Prints with IKEA Frames

Alcatraz Print with IKEA Frame

Print of JFK Smoking Cigar Band Multi Media Piece by Kim Jackson Art with IKEA Frame

Joshua Tree, Johnny Cash and Marfa Photos by Bruce Jefferies Reinfeld

TayStan Photography Fort Worth Stock Yards Photo with IKEA Frame

James Richardson Photography Beale Street Print

Memphis, London and Chicago Prints by Whitney Winkler

Karen Libecap Tiny Chanel Handbag Painting (Seriously check her stuff out, the absolute coolest!)

Old Fashioned Print by Pretty Useful Co.

Furniture:

IKEA Kitchen Table and Chairs

Nebraska Furniture Mart Couch

Nebraska Furniture Mart Sectional (Similar)

Nebraska Furniture Mart Chair

Nebraska Furniture Mart Ottomans (Similar, Similar)

Nebraska Furniture Mart TV Stand (Similar)

IKEA Storage Shelf Unit

IKEA Bed, Bedside Tables and Dresser

IKEA Desk and Storage Shelf

IKEA Bookshelves

IKEA Bar Cart (Similar)

Copper Lamp

Knick-Knacks/Electronics/Miscellaneous:

At-Home Gold Lantern, Black Glass Jar (Similar)

Ginger Jars from Hobby Lobby (Similar, Similar)

Historic Royal Palaces Mug

IKEA Cactus Figurines

Record Player

Speakers (Similar)

Shower Curtain

Are you doing any redecorating as a part of staying at home? Let me know in the comments below!

Love y’all,

CEW