November

In Create, Visit by Jenny Randolph

Dendritic Opal Herkimer Necklace by Julia Szendrei

I received this beautiful piece of jewelry for my birthday and I have worn it practically every day. It’s amazing how it just seems to “go” with every outfit. I’ve paired it with longer necklaces and with chokers, both work.d80e32_c848dc7548b0451c95bfc6b8d2019d2c

I loved the necklace when I first laid eyes on it and I loved it, even more, when I read the description from Julia’s site. “The Dendritic Opal is best known as the sorcerer’s stone. It naturally forms with both black and white color tones which translates as a perfect combination of both positive and negative, good and bad, light and darkness. A great reminder that your life is beautiful with both sides of the spectrum …” I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and this spoke to my heart. I now own a sorcerer’s stone. Watch out world!

All of her jewelry has been hand crafted and all gemstones and materials have been sustainably sourced. Julia Szendrei’s mission statement: “Do something you love and share it with others.”    http://www.juliaszendrei.com

 

Peppermint Marshmallow Candle

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These candles smell so good. I bought six of them during Bath and Body Works’ last sale. I’m hoping I have enough to make it through Christmas. It’s the perfect balance of peppermint and sweet, creamy marshmallow.  It smells like candy canes and gives off a perfect holiday scent without being overpowering.

Now when you walk into my house you’ll know why it smells so delicious. Oh, and it comes in a pink glass container. Perfect. http://www.bathandbodyworks.com

 

 

Who What Wear Oversized Cardigan Sweater

I’m one of those people that are always cold. The most consistent argument that I have with Dieter is the temperature on the thermostat. We usually compromise and set the air conditioner lower and I bundle up with a sweater. Because of this, I’m always on the lookout for the next fashionable version of a cardigan. I’m happy to announce that I have found my favorite one for this fall/winter season.

First, I love the color. It’s a nice neutral tan that I find goes well with brights and other neutrals. I also like the fact that it’s oversized and has a chunky weave. I can really wrap myself up. I’ve found myself reaching for it several times this month over any other sweater that I own. It’s an inexpensive piece, with on-trend style, that keeps me warm. Can’t ask for more than that.  http://www.target.com/p/women-s-oversized-cardigan

 

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

This oil is seriously one of the best things to happen to my skincare routine in a long time. It hydrates but isn’t greasy. It soaks in quickly and makes my skin look amazing! It perfects my skin, reduces lines, but without clogging my pores. I literally wake up the next morning with glowing skin.s1681881-main-lhero

It contains Blue Tansy and German Chamomile, Chia Seed Oil (a rich botanical source of omega 3), and a whole bunch of other cold pressed oils. It smells a bit like Chamomile tea and I enjoy the slightly earthy scent. The product is a little pricey but one bottle will last ages since you only use a couple of drops per night. It’s formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and is cruelty-free. http://www.sephora.com/luna-sleeping-night-oil

 

 

My Holiday Linen Spray

I am a linen spray addict. So to keep our bank account in the black, I make my own. I’ve been doing this for awhile and through trial and error, I’ve found my favorite formula. I use the spray on curtains and couches and other fabric things that can’t be washed. I also use it when I’m ironing clothes. I love spraying it on throw pillows and blankets to freshen them. Especially after a weekend when the house has been full of teenage boys. In my opinion, it beats any mass marketed fabric spray and you can personalize it with the scents that you enjoy.

You can make as little as 4 ounces or as much as 3 cups (24 ounces) like I do. Here’s how to do it:  Obviously, you’ll need a spray bottle of some kind and a funnel makes life a lot easier when you’re mixing the ingredients. The basic formula is 1 ounce of vodka, 10 drops of essential oils, 3 ounces of distilled water (for 3 cups just multiply each ingredient by 6). Oil and water don’t mix and the vodka is used to help the oil emulsify with the water. For my holiday version, I use 20 drops of peppermint, 20 drops of eucalyptus, and 20 drops of sweet orange. Don’t forget to shake it up before you use it and spray away. Trust me, you’ll end up loving it.