Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sihaya & Company: Ember & Mallow Candle

Sihaya and Company candles have been burning throughout my house for the past couple months. Ember & Mallow is currently on rotation in the sun room and might just be my favorite Sihaya candle to date.  

Ember & MallowNotes: Vanilla marshmallows over a smoky autumn bonfire. $12

A beautifully rendered smoky toasted marshmallow scent with amber highlights and woodsmoke shadows. As much as I love Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside, Ember & Mallow beats it hands down. I not only want this wafting about the home but also all over my skin. Which is why I picked this scent up in the body lotion and body scrub Sihaya did in collaboration with Paintbox Soap Works. This candle throws strong and burns evenly over time. Trimming wicks is a must or the flame will be towering. 

Christina is raising her candle prices by $1 beginning today I believe. Though I paid $12 I think it will now be $13 but in my opinion it is well worth it. I will be back for this one again and again. 

If you could only buy your candles from one place for the rest of your life... where would it be from?

Monday, October 14, 2019

A Fall Weekend in New England

The girls, my sister and I very much enjoyed our autumnal weekend in Massachusetts. We landed in Boston, spending a few hours warming up with some hot apple cider, hot cocoa and lattes then walking around the Boston Public Garden.

It was a little cumbersome with our luggage in tow so we opted to go ahead and book it to Salem and our hotel room.

We stayed at the Salem Inn, which was the home of Captain Nathaniel West and built in 1834. We booked the West room about a year in advance (the best places to stay book very quickly for October dates). We had to stay at least three nights and pay in full but it was easily the best decision we made. It was close to everything, boasted beautiful accommodations and even a delicious breakfast each morning downstairs in the kitchen and dining rooms. In fact, we could even see The Witch House (photo above) from our room. 

Packing just the right perfumes to scent my first autumn in New England was important to me. I stuffed my quart sized ziplock bag for the plane ride with: Whisper Sisters Mabon, Moonalisa Broom Brittle, Sixteen92 Baba Yaga, Lycanthrope, The Bell Witch and Spirits of the Dead, Solstice Scents Library and Gibbon's Boarding School, House of Orpheus Raven and Tobacco Murder and BPAL Hair Gloss in Boo. I found myself layering scents and brewing up a new fragrant potion each day. 

The Witch House is a bit of a misnomer as it really was the home of one of the judges who sat on the Court of Oyer and Terminer during the witch trials of 1692. But it is one of the last standing homes of that time period and looks amazing. You can go in for a public tour but we mostly just gazed at it morning, noon and night as our travels carried us by or we looked out the window.

I expected Salem to be packed more than it was. We are early risers so we hit the town at around 9am each day and it was quiet. Crowds started milling about mid-morning and noon until about 7pm or so then it became quiet once more. The weather was a perfect chilly 50 to 60 in the day time.

We walked Salem for three whole days and still found cool alleys and streets to discover. It is easily a place to go again and again and still embark upon something new. I loved how the whole town got into the Halloween spirit.

There was lots of shopping of course. I picked up a candle from Witch City Wicks, some crystals from the street market called Bizarre Bazaar, and loads of books and candy.

I think one of our favorite places was Ye Olde Pepper Companie, the first commercial candy maker in the United States. 

Scarlette is looking at a time capsule that was buried under the Hawthorne Hotel 200 years ago full of the Pepper Companie's most famous candy, the Gibralters. 

Across the street from the candy store was the House of Seven Gables, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

The home and grounds are stunning and well worth the full tour experience.

This was the home Nathaniel himself was born in. I had not read the book so I picked up a copy in the museum gift shop.

We also did a tour of the Salem Witch Museum, heard ghost stories in Salem's Pioneer Village and participated in two Edgar Allan Poe plays given by Theater In The Open. We ate tons of clam chowder (Savanna and I both agree that Rockafella's was the best) and picked up so many colorful leaves and acorns you would think we were squirrels.

We also visited the cemetery and memorials for the 19 victims of the trials where Scarlette left coins as a token to each.

We spent the last day before our night flight in Boston where we walked some of the Freedom Trail, visiting Paul Revere's house and the site of the Boston Massacre, bought arm fulls of vintage books and ate some gelato in Little Italy. 

I have a feeling the girls and I will be back one day. Boston and Salem were beautiful places swollen with the past waiting to be remembered. 

What places would you like to go in autumn? 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ebb & Flow: September 2019

The highs and lows of the month... a day late.

Solstice Scents Hidden Lodge

Perfume Oil:
Arcana Wildcraft Anodyne at night
Nocturne Alchemy Bastet's Ice Cream: Halloween Spice Cake Santalum Creme

B. Perry Studios PSL Sassy

B. Perry Studios Celestite

Body Oil:
Kings Road Apothecary Deep Woods 

Hair Gloss:
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Pumpkin Patchouli

Nail Polish:
Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle

Sihaya & Company Sleepy Hollow (smoky leather and smoldering pumpkin)

Rosegirls Winter Mermaid in the bedroom (peppermint, shaving cream, coconut)

Ruffles All Dressed potato chips

Starbucks Fall blend coffee at home and water

Still slogging through The Witches by Stacy Schiff, ready to move on.


To Don Williams records.

When the time comes in the next month or so for me to truly decide if I want to continue Montessori training.

Boston and Salem this weekend. No doubt. Fall Leaves. Lanterns in the Village hot cocoa and ghost story time. Used bookstores in Cambridge. Chilly weather. Clam chowder. 

Molblly queen mattress from Amazon for the guest bedroom. Surprised how inexpensive a good mattress is now.

The sunflower seeds I tried to plant in the backyard that the squirrels immediately dug up and ate. Turds. 

Some family issues that kind of all came to a boiling state at once this past weekend. Thankfully they were able to be resolved with open communication and open hearts. I had some friendship struggles and other things here and there but seasons come and go and I find as I get older those things are easier for me to handle.

Seeing and spending time with my sisters. Getting home situated more. Splurging on plants. Landscaping more. Having my dad over for his birthday. Exploring our new town. Watching baby quail hatch in the classroom.

How was your September? Is fall treating you well so far? How about me being so scattered that I simply forgot to post my Ebb and Flow until my sister called me out? Thank you, Lindsey. I don't want to miss some reflective time.