Link Love #100

Happy, happy Friday! How was everyone’s week?

My was great—I spent Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in Charleston, and even though there were several flight delays getting home on Tuesday, it was a wonderful trip and I’m hoping to make a solo retreat an annual tradition. My goal is to edit my photos from the trip this weekend so I can give you the full recap next week. The rest of my week was spent playing a little bit of catch-up at work, but I managed to make it to Orangetheory twice, and am planning on heading there today after work, too. I’ve definitely been more sore than usual after taking a week off to indulge.

This weekend, I’m keeping my social plans to a minimum so I can focus on getting some things in my personal life organized—think cleaning my apartment, writing posts for next week, making some online shopping returns, and going to the grocery store for the first time in forever. I’m excited for a chill weekend at home after being out of town the past two weekends. Then, on Sunday, I’m trying out the new Medium Rare in Arlington for a birthday brunch for my best friend. It’s been on my list for a while, and am excited to finally get there.

One last thing for your local ladies—my friend Ashlee is hosting a Contracts for Creatives event on July 19 where she is going to go over the ins and outs of creating a solid contract. Whether you own a small business or a blog, protecting your work is so important! I’ve hired Ashlee to help me negotiate a few contracts and write a standard contract I can update myself when working with brands. Definitely check it out if you’re looking for an attorney who understands the creative field!

I hope you have a great weekend! x

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Candlefish Candle-Making Workshop

Hello from the Charleston airport! Because of a classic summertime DC storm, my flight has been delayed several hours now, so I thought I’d check-in with a quick recap of something really fun I did on my solo trip—I took Candlefish’s candle-making workshop!

For those of you unfamiliar, Candlefish is an awesome candle company—they’re the sister company of Rewined—with retail stores in Charleston and Atlanta. They offer 100 candles in their library, each only labeled by a number. In class, we learned that they don’t name their candles or write the fragrances on the packaging so that you judge them by smell, as opposed to any preconceived notions of those scents. Their store also offers the cutest selection of paper goods—think journals, letterpress cards, cute wrapping paper. I was basically in heaven.

I signed up for the 2pm class on Sunday, which was BYOB. They provide the glassware, and I brought a half bottle of rosé to enjoy during class. While everyone else in the class was there with another person or two, this actually was the perfect solo activity because there wasn’t much opportunity to socialize—I didn’t feel awkward being there by myself at all. And, at the start of class, our instructor had everyone go around the table and introduce themselves and say where they are from. I befriended the couple next to me because they had ties to DC, and we had a great time making our candles together.

I was very impressed with how well the class was run. Organizing 12 people around hot wax and fragrance oil isn’t an easy task, but they had it down to a science. After the introductions, our instructor gave us a brief background on Candlefish and shared the exciting news that their shop is moving up a block to King Street sometime this year! We then had about 20 minutes to smell the fragrances they were offering for this month’s candle-making workshops. Since there’s no way a class can smell all 100 fragrances, they pull down a fifth of their collection each month for participants to choose from. They rotate the fragrances monthly, so if you take the class again, it’s a different experience—however, they always offer at least two scents in each “family”—i.e. citrus, floral, woodsy. To help guide the process, they give you a “library card” on a clip board so you can keep track of which scents you like the most.

In the workshop, you make two candles of your selected scent. We could have paired up with someone in the class so that we’d walk away with two different scents, but as soon as I smelled number 49, I knew I wanted to walk away with two candles of it. Unsurprisingly, it’s a citrus scent that reminds me a lot of their #3, which is very orange-y, and #12, which smells like the Volcano candle anthropologie made popular.

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The Black Maxi Dress I’m Loving for Summer

Hello from colorful (and hot) Charleston! I’m currently posted up at The Dewberry Hotel’s Living Room Lobby Bar with a ‘Basically’ cocktail in hand—life is good!

This past Saturday, before I left for the Low Country, I met up with Jenn to shoot a few looks in DC. We met up at the Line Hotel, which was the cutest mid-century modern space. I want to go back ASAP to have a drink at their bar—the space actually reminds me a lot of The Dewberry! From there, we walked through Kalorama en route to our final destination in Dupont Circle—more on that in a bit. Though I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Adams Morgan near the Line Hotel, I hadn’t ever really walked through Kalorama. I can see why the Obamas decided to make their post-White-House life there! It was the cutest neighborhood with some stunning houses. Jenn and I found the cutest tree-lined street to shoot this maxi dress on, and I wish the pictures did the location justice!

After, we rewarded ourselves with bottomless brunch at Tulips. They have an awesome brunch deal where for $32 you get bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas, or bellinis, bottomless oysters and beignets, and an entree. Needless to say, we parked ourselves there for a while and got caught up on life. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a good brunch deal!

Now let’s chat about this black maxi dress—it’s been my favorite summer piece for weekends!

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