a scented story

As the transition from Summer into Fall begins, we Chicks have found ourselves coveting comfort decor pieces, particularly the wide variety of beautifully packaged and scented candles gracing the shelves of local shops like Anthropologie, The Cross and West Elm. Now that we are shutting our doors and windows a little earlier in the evenings and the natural fragrance of the summer has faded, we’re yearning for warmth and sweet smells - and these chic candle collections are definitely filling that void. While we would love to shop til our hearts’ content, there are simply too many lovely choices to have them all. We decided to look at how we can have a full roster of light + scent at home, without breaking the bank. Turns out a little time and a trip to Michaels (and the thrift store) was just the trick - we made our own! For under $50 (and less than an hour) we have a fab little set of naturally scented candles to fill our shelves.

Aligning with our feature in today's 24 Hours newspaper, here’s our super simple DIY to having your own collection - give it a go; draw yourself a bath or grab your fave read, light ‘em up and enjoy!



What you’ll need from a craft store: two packages of candle wax (we opted for soy to keep it au natural), candle wicks, natural scent blocks and a thermometer.

What you’ll need from a thrift shop (or your cupboards!): various pretty dishes or vases to create the candles in.



Using a double boiler and a medium heat on your stovetop, dump all the candle wax into the bowl; stir as it melts to ensure an even melt and to prevent burning.



Watch your thermometer, and heat the melted wax to 160 to 180 degrees.



Slice the natural scent blocks into thin wedges to allow for a faster melt into the wax.



Add the sliced blocks to the liquid wax; once it is also melted, lower the heat to achieve a temperature of 125 degrees. Don’t be afraid to mix the blocks to create your own custom scent (our fave was a blend of honeysuckle and lavender).



Trim the wicks to a height just lower than your various containers (about a 1/2” lower than the rim).



Dip the metal weighted end of the wick into the liquid wax, and then plant firmly in the bottom of the containers; as the thin layer of wax melts, it will affix the wick to the base of the jar.



Pour the liquid wax into the various containers, being careful not to spill on the outside of the jars (it leaves a film that is hard to remove and looks less pretty). If the wick has moved at all during this step, reposition it while the wax is still liquid.



Let the wax sit for about an hour (depending on the container size) then “dress” your vases as desired. We left the glass votives and vintage tea cup as-is, but opted for a vintage leather tie and charm for the mason jar. Stage up your shelves with these pretty little pieces, and it’s time to enjoy!


I'm on a highway to... anywhere!

A recent weekend shopping adventure in Seattle had me on the hunt for a new cool find and I finally found one that I just had to share. A perfect coffee table book, “36 hours” gives us just what we we’ve been waiting for – the excuse to get away. It’s time to pack that suitcase and hit the open road: with 150 weekends in the USA and Canada, the possibilities are pretty much endless! From sunset walks along Big Sur beaches to antiquating the streets of the Rue St-Paul in Quebec City,  36 Hours offers up something to do for every minute of your weekend getaway. If you’re feeling generous, this book makes a fab gift; give it for the holidays (69 days and counting, people!),  an anniversary present, a not-so-subtle hint to your partner, or our fave: a treat for yourself. Stunning imagery, a wicked cover (making it an easy decor piece) and super cool suggestions for each city are the trifecta that make us love it -  it's great for those spontaneous quick trips and hidden gems you don’t want to miss.

Available at your local Anthropologie or if you love to shop online, you can purchase it here.

- CJ