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Old Factory Candles Review and Giveaway

Nothing makes a better addition to a chilly night spent on the couch under a heap of blankets than a candle burning away in the background, which is why I was so excited to receive this candle gift set from Old Factory Candles!

Old Factory Candles Review and Giveaway

I chose the Fresh & Clean set, which included the scents Olive Blossom, Fresh Linen, and Lemongrass. Some of the sets available are very unique, including Coffee Shop (Coffee Bean, Hazelnut, and Chai Tea) and Man Cave (Straight Razor, Leather, and Mahogany – any guesses for what “Straight Razor” smells like!?). Other available sets are New Born BabyFall HarvestHappy HolidaysHigh as a KiteRomanceSpa DayVacationWinter Wonderland, and 50 Shades.

Old Factory Candles Review and Giveaway

Each candle is 2 oz., and they are made in the USA from hand-poured natural soy wax. They come in these cute miniature jars with screw on lids, and their burn time is supposed to be 20 hours. I love the scent of lemongrass so that one is definitely my favourite. Up close these candles smell so good, however, the throw of these candles doesn’t reach very far – but this does let you light all three at the same time without the scent being overwhelming. They do look very pretty flickering in the jars and make a very toasty addition to my mantel!

Old Factory Candles Review and Giveaway

I’m also giving away a set of candles, which you can keep for yourself or give away as a stocking stuffer! Just enter below! Please note: you must have an Amazon account, PayPal account (if you don’t have Amazon Prime), and live in the U.S. to enter. Contest ends 11/24/2014 at 11:59 p.m.

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Currently Loving August 2014

Here are some things I am currently loving this month!

Summer in Boston

Boston is beautiful in the summer, and I’ve been having a great time exploring my new city! From just hanging out and reading on the Common to going on a sunset cruise for our five-year anniversary, there’s always something to do (at least now while it’s warm!).


H&M stretchy pants

I looove these pants, and have seriously been finding an excuse to wear them almost every day. They are so comfortable and are easy to dress up or down. It is easy to take them into pajama territory though so I’ve careful about not wearing anything too baggy with them. While this colour isn’t listed, I’m pretty sure they are the H&M Loose Fit Pants, and they’re on sale for $6.95!!

H&M Pants Loose fit

Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

This stuff has been a life saver during the summer. It is a very finely milled translucent setting powder that mattifies and smooths your skin, and makes your foundation last so much longer. It does seem pricey, but you get a ton of product – I just finished my first pot and it lasted about 9 months of (liberal) daily use. After one day of being out-of-control shiny, I immediately repurchased. It is a little messy to use, and you have to be careful when opening it, but the loose powder has better reviews than the pressed version so I’m sticking with it!

NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder Business Cards Review

This is definitely not my typical review, but I love my new business cards and wanted to share! I am so impressed with the quality of the cards and how easy and speedy the whole process was – I ordered them on Wednesday, and they were delivered on Saturday! I’ve been attending some networking and blogger events in Boston, and wanted to order some business cards I could hand out at both types of events.

I chose to design my own cards on their site using their guidelines, and added a mint green accent to the front to match the format I’ve been using for my resume. I chose four different pictures for the back of the cards so I can pick different ones for various situations, including a plain mint background for more formal occasions. They also have a wide range of templates, and you can even create your own design in InDesign or another program and upload. I ordered the classic matte laminate cards, and they look very professional! The card is nice and thick, and the text and images are printed very clearly. I found a promo code online for free shipping, so they came out to around $20 for 50 cards. I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for affordable and sophisticated business cards, and I can’t wait to start handing them out! business cards review

And to bring things back to the realm of normalcy, on my nails is Essie Eternal Optimist!

Home-y Touches

Since moving to Boston a few weeks ago, we have been trying hard to make our apartment less of a disaster zone strewn with stray cardboard boxes and skeletons of half-assembled Ikea furniture. With most things now built and put away, we’ve been able to focus more on adding some home-y touches, also mostly from Ikea.

On our first (though it won’t be the last) Ikea trip, one of my main goals besides a stylish but comfy couch (we picked the Karlstad Loveseat in Isunda Grey), was to find these little cacti and white earthenware 3 1/2 inch Kardemumma pots for our big, white window sills. They are perfect and have survived much longer than any other plant I’ve ever owned…though that doesn’t mean much!

Home-y Touches

Like every blogger ever I also picked up the Skurar plant pot for makeup brushes! It’s going to look great on my (currently non-existent) vanity. It also looks really pretty as a candler holder.

Home-y Touches

We spotted these adorable mugs on sale and I love them. I’m not sure if they’re still available at Ikea but you can find similar versions here and here.

Home-y Touches

I had these Sticky9 (formerly Stickygram) Instagram magnets on the fridge in our old apartment, but they were such an easy way to quickly add some personalization to our new kitchen. Sticky9 allows you to create magnets, phone cases, photo collages, and more by importing photos from your Instagram account or your desktop. When I ordered these about a year and a half ago, I remember it was annoying you couldn’t add your non-Instagram photos, so I’m glad to see they added that! I really like how they look when organized as a tile effect like on this blog. They usually have promo codes running and offer free worldwide shipping.

Home-y Touches

I feel like we’ve already settled in to this apartment more after a month than we did our last apartment the almost three years we lived there. I even made a Pinterest board. Maybe we’ll get around to actually hanging art this time?

Follow Daisy Lee’s board Boston Apartment! on Pinterest.

What’s On My Nails – Essie Topless and Barefoot

Sooo…I got engaged this weekend! Of course the first thing I did when I got home at the end of the weekend was paint my nails a more engagement appropriate shade of nail polish than the chipped orange-pink I was wearing at the time. I immediately chose Essie Topless and Barefoot, a light pinkish nude colour that is classic, polished, and perfect for showing off my ring (which I now can’t get off – guess there’s no turning back!). The formula is a little sheer, and even with three coats the polish is somewhat patchy in places, but it’s not too bad. It does look a little more pink in real life than this photo.

Essie Topless and Barefoot

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