frostbeard studio

Have you ever stopped and thought about what Dumbledore’s office might smell like, while delving into the adventures of Harry Potter and his wizarding friends? Or pushed aside the bloody dramas of Game of Thrones for a few seconds to wonder what it would be like to close your eyes and step inside Winterfell? Well thankfully Frostbeard Studio has answered all these pressing questions with their awesome line of book inspired candles! My inner bookworm is crying tears of joy.

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friday grab bag mar 7 2014

Happy Friday! I’m waaay too excited for the 40-50° weather that’s coming our way in the next few days. Being able to go outside without wondering if you have frost bite every few minutes sounds like heaven! This week I’m loving…

  • The whimsical design of this adorable foot stool, which could totally double as a furry step brother to Toby – ha!
  • This illustrated family tree print from Evajuliet. What a gorgeous way to celebrate your lineage!
  • The ice princess vibe of this sparkly crystal collar necklace from olive + piper
  • This impossibly chic couple who got hitched at City Hall in NYC. Big fluffy coat, leather jacket, and swoopy hair = perfection
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diy or buy a felt ball rug

Crafty folks: Have tireless sewing fingers and the patience of saint? Then go ahead and add this adorable felted ball rug tutorial from Mélimélo (this one from Catherine and Grace is also great) to your crafting list! The method of sewing each ball together looks far too complicated to me, but it’s nothing a little super glue can’t fix, amirite?

Not-so-crafty folks: If you want all the cheerful felted ball goodness without the pain, then this pick by Happy As Larry, via Amazon is for you!

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envelope lettering by erik marinovich

It’s exciting enough to find something in your mailbox that’s not a bill or piece of junk mail, so I can’t imagine how amazing it would be to find one of THESE waiting for you when you peeked inside. Erik Marinovich is a letterer based in San Francisco, who co-founded a design studio with the uber talented Jessica Hische, so you know he’s legit! The incredible envelopes you see here are part of his personal project, Do Not Open, which began when he started mailing thank you notes to friends and family in hand addressed envelopes. They became such a huge hit that he has decided to spread the snail mail love to the public – you can now submit your address for a personalized envelope of your very own! Design nerd swoon!

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whimsical gifts under $35

1. Do What You Love Linen Cushion Cover from H&M | 2. Pass The Hooch Flash from Walker Shop | 3. Umbrella Ring Dish from Anthropologie | 4. Minimal Mint Stripes Clock by Allyson Johnson from Society6 | 5. J.K. Adams Whale Cutting Board from Amazon | 6. Curious Bunny Felt Brooch from Hanako | 7. "XO" Stud Earrings from Kris Nations

If you’ve got at least $35 burning a hole in your pocket, any one of these goodies could be yours! The whale cutting board would be my first pick, as I am slowly but surely filling up our home with a truly terrifying amount of whale-themed picks.

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V05 blogger luncheon

The shampoo mavens over at V05 have been working hard at developing a new scent for their line, and I was lucky enough to be invited to give some feedback at a luncheon they hosted last week at Back Forty West! We learned a bit about the history of the company, which was really interesting – I had no idea the brand was nearly 60 years old, nor did I know that the name V05 comes from the “5 vitamin oils” that are included in all of their products. The more you know!

The highlight of our luncheon was smelling the samples (obviously)! I had never participated in anything like this before, so the whole process was new and exciting to me. We were given small bottles one at a time, which we sniffed and tried our best to decipher what the heck we were smelling. It was so funny to see how the fragrances impacted everyone differently: “This smells like the color pink! This smells like when you walk onto an airplane!” After jotting down our notes, the experts revealed the breakdowns of each scent, which were surprisingly complex, and we could see if we were close with our assessments.

v05 blogger luncheon

Our session was dessert themed, so everything revolved around sugary goodness. Which one sounds like it would be your favorite?

Scent #1 was light and sweet, with hints of citrus, vanilla, and almonds

Scent #2 had a fruity candy scent that remind me Swedish Fish!

Scent #3 was the most decadent with strong notes of coconut and caramel.


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