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want: Boy Smells Candles

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$29 Boy Smells Candles on

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 rosΓ©-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. 

a Heyday facial

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Heyday @ NoMad

I work in the skincare industry, which means that I spend a lot of time both in and out of the office learning about and trying new products and trends. Anyone who stops by my apartment just has to take one peek in my bathroom to be overwhelmed by the staggering number of sample sized tubes and jars that I've amassed to try. There's an overwhelming amount of new product coming out daily, and while I want to get my hands on as much as it as possible (#productjunkie alert), the more stuff I try, the more I realize that most of it won't work for me.

That's when it's time to turn to the experts.

heyday lobby

I've been reading about Heyday for months now, intrigued by their Instagram-friendly lobby, easy to read blog posts, and accessible approach to high end natural beauty, so on a recent trip to New York, I decided to book myself a 50 minute treatment and see what the hype was about. 

While a big part of their mission is to take the snobby spa component out of the facial experience, I was still pretty impressed with the zen vibes that I got when I arrived for my appointment. I was greeted by very pleasant staff, who were happy to accomodate me when I realized I had shown up at the wrong storefront - oops. They had availability though, so my lost-in-NYC moment only made me feel dumb for about a minute before I was led into my treatment area. 

My Skin Therapist was super nice and friendly, and happy to listen to my concerns but also gave me her two cents about my own opinions about my face. Turns out, my skin is way more sensitive than I had ever thought, and the realization that I should focus more on gentle hydration to calm my face down has been a serious game changer for me ever since. She walked me through every part of her process, but also let me relax and have plenty of quiet time throughout the whole treatment. At the end, she recommended that I add Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil to my nightly routine, and I honestly am surprised by how powerful making this one addition to my routine has been - game changer! Holy grail product, even.

A few days after my facial, my skin still felt hydrated, glowing, and more clear than usual, even after flying to the city and back, getting stranded overnight by the airport, and not getting nearly enough sleep. I'm ready to book my next appointment as soon as my schedule (and bank account) will allow it.

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.