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A Last-Minute Christmas Wish List

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  1. “Be Dazzling” Scented Candle, $40, Kate Spade
  2. Buzzed Cocktail Napkin, $32, August Morgan
  3. Decorative Leopard Pillow Cover 18×18 (other sizes available), $42, MakingFabulous
  4. Osito 2 Jacket, $99, North Face
  5. Gilded Portable Charger, $40, Nasty Gal
  6. Dali Llama Mug, $12, Urban Outfitters
  7. Dry Gin,  $15 (200-milliliter bottle), Koval Distillery

(Images: 1. Kate Spade, 2. August Morgan, 3. Etsy, 4. North Face, 5. NastyGal, 6. Urban Outfitters, 7. Chicago magazine)

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Design Inspiration: Boho Jar Candles

Now that the weather is finally allowing for the existence of life here in Chicago, I was able to get out and about and peruse a few of my favorite shops in Andersonville this weekend. I’ve talked about how much I love Foursided before. This trip, I was especially smitten with these graphic Boho Jar soy candles from Illume:

No where near Chicago? They’re also available online.

I’m still up in the air on the question of if expensive candles are worth it. What do you think? If you know this $35 candle is out of your price range, you could DIY a similar design on any old plain candle with Sharpie markers, like these projects from House of Earnest and Vintage Revivals:

From what I understand, if you use Sharpie’s water-based paint pens, they wash right off glass. (Test this, say, on the bottom of the candle before you draw all over because I personally haven’t tried it and would feel terrible if your project was ruined!) So draw a design and when you get sick of it, just wipe it off and try something else. That’s a lot of power for about $4 a pen!

(Images: House of Earnest, Vintage Revivals)

Shop H&M Home!

My apologies, I must have missed the memo last month: Did you know H&M now sells home goods?! Apparently they’ve had a home line in Europe for some time, but it was just last month that it launched here in the U.S., though it’s only available online (for now anyway).

While I have a love-hate relationship with H&M clothing (I haven’t done much shopping there in a few years), it is nice to have another option for affordable decor, especially for someone like me whose style is still evolving (and so a throw pillow purchase that turns out to be less than perfect 6 months down the road doesn’t hurt as bad when it was only $3.95).

Here are my top five picks from the line for fall:

Moss-knit Blanket, $79.95

Moss-knit Blanket, $79.95

Mug, $5.95

Mug, $5.95

Storage Basket, $14.95

Storage Basket, $14.95

Plate, $6.95

Plate, $6.95

Scented Candle, $7.95

Scented Candle, $7.95