4.29.2010

things i love thursday...

As with just about everything, I love this because of the smell.  Can you tell, smell dictates so many decisions in my life?  This is about candles, they are supposed to be all about the smell right? 

For a while, during her undergraduate years, my daughter worked at Anthropologie.  Gasp, I know, you can't imagine the awesome family discounts we got.  I miss them, oh how I miss them.  I was heartbroken when she quit to work at the university.  How she could find science more stimulating than Anthropologie is beyond my grasp, but she does and that's what makes her, well, her.  We kind of like her the way she is so I have forgiven her (mostly, but not during the Christmas shopping season). 

I do give her credit for this candle.  They burned them at her Anthropologie store.  She loved it, so I bought some to keep in her room here at home.  She moved out years ago but I like to keep it in there for her visits home.  I don't even have to light it, just open the lid and the room fills with this glorious scent.    It's not sweet, I don't like a sweet smelling candle.  I also hate vanilla scented things (unless it's actual vanilla, that I like - I'm weird), it's not vanilla.  It's like a woodsy scent - at least in my make-believe world of moss covered wood pathways and hanging ferns, yes, those woods smell like this.  Deep and rich.  Yummy.

Coming in a close second, is this little number.  My mother bought this for me.  Oh dear, I've just realized it is also from Anthropologie.  It was on a clearance table, she was buying herself one and as is usual with my very generous mother, she picked one up for me.  I'm a lucky mommy and a lucky daughter no?  This one is also deep, muskyish (new word!).  Kind of smells like a nice men's cologne.  I keep it here at my desk.  How cute is this little box it came in?  Seriously.  I LOVE that the container is all swirly girly and on the inside is a candle that smells rough and masculine. 

Nice candles.  Love 'em.

Later today, another one of my Anthro' treasures...

13 comments:

kroney said...

I have a pillar candle in my bathroom, the scent is African Amber. I don't light it, I don't have to, I can smell it the minute I walk into the room. I bought it at a garage sale (in fact I bought 2). To me, it smells very much like Tabu, which has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl and smelled it on a little evening purse which was included in a box of clothing sent to us from my great aunt in Texas. I didn't know what the perfume was until I was 16 yrs. old and smelled Tabu for the first time and as with aromas I was transported to the day I first smelled that little purse!

Maria said...

Love these photos - and yes, it is quite fine to love the containers as much as the contents - I think they plan it actually! T
he woods you described - mmmm - I can actually smell that when I close my eyes (takes me away) because I have actually BEEN to woods like that. I am THRILLED that here is Saint Augustine, it is much more like the deep south (Charleston, Savannah-ish) than Florida-ish. There is a road I drive down each time I go to the grocery, that is shaded over with evergreen trees, like a tunnel, dripping with Spanish moss - even my #1 son Ooos and Aaahhhs at the pure beauty of this stretch of road - how I wish it were a dirt road and not paved! (yes - I'll try to get a good photo of it)And then the Meir Woods, near San Francisco - they are like your description as well. How I loved walking through there - and the eucalyptus in the air - mmmmmm (deep inhale!) Yep, I would LOVE that candle (and the discounts!)

Maria said...

K - who says there is no such thing as time travel???? They must not have noses!

Maria said...

OK - I meant Muir woods!!!!
"Typing with Toddlers" strikes again! Sorry!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Love Anthro, and I LOVE candles! We are sooo picky about our candles, I love Diptyque, particularly. But I can't stand cheap ones, and I know exactly what you mean about vanilla! Unless it's real, it smells like one of those bad car air fresheners!

Andrew H. said...

Candles. There are candles in our house?

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

That candle sounds amazing - though looking at the photo, at first I thought it was a table!

Chris said...

The other half has at times, especially in the middle of a dark British winter evening, to murmur the word 'pyromaniac' as he enters the lounge after work. I love candles.....you can NEVER have too many!!

MJM said...

I love candles and for now, I will live with the cheap ones. I have to say though, in my three years (almost) working at Anthro, Voluspa is still my favorite. I like almost every single scent they make!

Maia said...

Those candles at Anthro are amazing. Meg introduced them to me when she was working there too. I'm sad that she didn't stay either. Love the discounts!

Claire Kiefer said...

My sister used to work at Anthropologie as well--so many lovely treasures that are far easier to justify with a significant discount. ;) I find that although their prices are exorbitant, the sales are usually pretty good! That's what I stick to.

Beatnheart said...

more stuff that you like that I wanna buy now..

pamela said...

just started to burn candles again. when i was preg. i could not stand the smell of anything. could not wear perfume. (AMAZING book, by the way)
anyhootsters, do like the new fruity line at bath and body works.
should light one up for some romance sometime like the old days. was that too much to share?
ha
pdc