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want: Boy Smells Candles

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$29 Boy Smells Candles on BoySmells.com

I've been able to control my candle shopping habits by only allowing myself to pick out under-$20 options from T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods. By thoroughly combing through their aisles, I can usually pick out a few soy wax options with the muskier, more masculine notes that I prefer over fruity or florally ones (I've actually had good success with the "Manly Indulgences" line and love to think about the type of bro that would actually pick one of them out for his own pad). 

I'm a sucker for the more Instagram-friendly selections, though, and while I'm not going to start filling my online shopping cart with Byredo or Dyptique candles anytime soon, I am ready to spend a tiny bit more to satisfy this urge to fill my home with millennial pink purchases.

Enter Boy Smells candles. These candles seem like they were designed as click bait for a rosรฉ-loving 28 year old like me. The design is minimal but playful, the names are punny and simple, and their scent profiles are sophisticated but not overly complicated. I'm allowing myself to pick one out as a new summer scent, but now the real hard part is deciding which one to get. 

cutting the cord

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When Apple got rid of the headphone jack, I, along with most of the rest of the first world, groaned in disbelief. We need that! We all thought. How are we supposed to function without a headphone jack?! The reality, it turns out, is that I'm now much better off than I was before this life altering change, since it got me to start Googling "cute bluetooth headphones" and led me to these gems - Urbanears Plattan Wireless Headphones.

I was a little hesitant about getting them in millennial pink at first, but then I decided to go for it - I think this color is here to stay. They're large enough so that people know I'm wearing them (which isn't the case when my hair hides my earbuds), but not too obnoxious. They have decent sound quality for bluetooth headphones, and have held up well even while being tossed around in the bottom of my Cuyana bag on one of my exhausting day trips down to NYC and back. I don't like to wear them while exercising, although you can remove the soft padding and toss it in the washing machine if you do get them sweaty.

So far, I think they're worth the $99 price tag, and I have to say that my newfound freedom from wires is actually pretty priceless.

J. Hannah Does Nail Polish

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My Instagram feed is full of beautiful accounts from stores, designers, and crafters that I can't even begin to think about affording. I like to look at beautiful things, OK? The dark side of always scrolling through such lust-worthy posts is that I start to rationalize spending my grocery budget on pinky rings, but so far, I've been able to control myself and not purchase anything too crazy (maybe this will all change when Instagram finally integrates shopping into the app, but until then, I think my bank account is safe).

One such account that makes me double tap on every single post is that of J. Hannah, maker of Fine Jewelry for Fine Ladies. Her creations are the perfect mix of minimal simplicity with sculptural elements and a sprinkling of old school glamour - her Form Ring ($195) and Demi Signet ($198) are two of my favorites. 

Jess Hannah, the force behind J. Hannah, obviously has impeccable taste, and she's curated her own line of nail polish to go along with her selection of handmade jewelry. Each color is as sophistacated and timeless as her designs, and they all feel seasonless. They're seven-free and not tested on animals, and since they're only $18, they're the perfect entry level purchase to her products.

An Update: J. Hannah Nail Polish Review

After lusting after a few of these polish shades after their initial launch, I bit the bullet and ordered two: Marzipan and Saltillo. I had trouble deciding between shades - she has so many vibrant yet neutral options that it was tough! 

The packaging is sleek and easy to hold, and reminded me a lot of American Apparel's now-discontinued nail polish. I'm pretty sure it's the same bottle. The brush allows for easy, smooth application and made for neat, short strokes.

I found there to be slight formula variability between the two shades, which seems par for the course, as the lighter shade (Marzipan) requires 3 coats for a non-streaky finish, while 2 coats was sufficient for the darker Saltillo color.

The polish's thin texture reminded me of Smith & Cult's shades, and not thick like many of Essie's colors.

Both lasted without chipping for about 2 days, but someone else could have completely different results. I tend to have terrible luck getting nail polish to last on my nails. At least I have a good excuse to try other colors if I have to redo them every few days, right?

http://www.jhannahjewelry.com/polish/

faux greenery

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all images are from the  C  rate & Barrel botanicals section

all images are from the Crate & Barrel botanicals section

I go crazy for a home with fresh plants growing in it. They're gorgeous, help keep the air clean, and add a fresh vibe to your decor, no matter how dusty everything else is. However, I can't keep plants alive (I killed a cactus once and my succulents are mostly brown), plus my cat has a penchant to snack on anything green that comes into our apartment. While I made the very expensive and scary mistake of having a toxic bouquet in my kitchen once, I'll never take that risk again. 

So, fake plants it is for me! I make it a habit to peruse HomeGoods, IKEA, and other local stores for affordable faux greenery, but usually, the options look terrible and too plastic-y, or they're way too expensive. Enter Crate & Barrel's new line of fake indoor plants. Each petal, leaf, and stem is hand painted and cut, and their curation is incredibly Instagram-friendly, with a single fan palm leaf as an option.

While I'm not ready to drop $300 on a faux banana tree, I think I'm going to spring for an under $20 option. It'll breathe some new life into my apartment for 2017 without breaking the bank too aggressively. 

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/special-features/indoor-plant-decor/1