Entries in candles (4)


hamptons handpoured + a giveaway!

I can't remember the last time I went an entire day at home without lighting a candle.  I keep one on my mantle where it's out of my littles' reach and when I'm done running errands for the day, lighting it is the first thing I do before anything else.  I'm always on the hunt for affordable, soy-based candles that smell amazing so, I was thrilled to discover Hamptons Handpoured, an East Hampton-based candle company created by a Hamptons' native to merge her love of interior design and wellness. 

Each and every candle is hand poured and uses American grown, natural soy and plant-based fragrance oils. I love that each scent that is used tells the story of life on the East End!  The candles burn so well and smell absolutely AMAZING and, an added bonus-the packaging blends in so well with the rest of my decor.

I've been burning Bridgehampton nonstop in the kitchen lately; the mix of lime, arugula and honeysuckle is so fresh but still light, which I love because it's not competing with whatever I'm cooking.  Southampton has taken up permanent residence in my bathroom; I burn it after the kids have gone to bed and I get a chance to take a hot shower after a long day.  With cotton, gardenia and white tea undertones, it smells just like freshly laundered linen!  East End is probably my most favorite because it smells exactly like the sea!  

I'm so excited to have teamed up with Hamptons Handpoured on Instagram to give away one of their candles of your choice!  So, hop on over to Instagram (@bungalowblue) and tag a friend for a chance to win! 


how to clean out your candles

I'm such a sucker for a beautifully scented candle and bonus points for one that looks pretty enough to use again after you've burned through it!  (After all, isn't that the only incentive to fork over the big bucks for Diptyque - so you can stick Q-tips and fresh blooms in them???) 

Park Hill Candles are some of my favorites for this reason; they aren't too pricey, they smell amazing and the wicker and glass they come in make for gorgeous little vases once I've burned through the candles!

I'm probably the last person on the planet to figure out how to get the residual wax out of the bottom of the candle, but I'm going to post it anyway just in case there are still a few of you who, like me, have tried busting it out with a butter knife or freezing it, etc.  It's super easy and takes no time at all.  Here's how I did it:

-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

-Spread aluminum foil over a baking sheet and fold the edges up to prevent wax getting on the sheet.

-Place the candle upside down on the foil and bake for 5-7 minutes.  Watch carefully for the wick to fall out and take the whole thing out of the oven as soon as it does so it doesn't burn (trust me, you're kitchen will fill with smoke)

-Let it cool (I took mine outside on the deck) and then wash it out with soap and water and you're good to go!

How amazing are these "mermaid" alstromeria, by the way?  They've moved around the house more than I have the last three weeks, but they're the best five bucks I've ever spent on blooms, that's for sure!


friday five

It's been a long and crazy week; I was ready for the weekend back on Monday.  I'm excited to not have any plans, save for spending all weekend outside, soaking up this gorgeous weather with my babies (both fur and human) and grabbing dinner with some friends.  There's just something about not having plans that makes the weekend feel like it will last longer, don't you think?  I'm so happy we are finally having some real Fall weather lately; here are a few other things making me happy this week:

"Autumn Gathering" by Park Hill Candles is the most amazing scent for Fall!  The candles burn so well and smell so amazing, I want to lick my walls!  Plus, it comes in an adorable wicker holder.  Order one now, you'll thank me, I promise. 

And speaking of scents.....silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus have been keeping my living room smelling equally amazing.  Thank you, Fresh Market, for $5 bundles!

I had high hopes of reading interior designer and blogger Lauren Liess' new book leisurely over the weekend but I ended up DEVOURING every single page last night.  So, SO good!  It's been a long time since I've read a design book this great.  Highly, HIGHLY recommend!

This face.  She slays me.  Chalk paint in her hair and all:

I like big plants and I cannot lie.  Even those of the so-big-I-can't-see-in-the-only-full-length-mirror-in-the-house variety:

Have a wonderful weekend!


summer scents

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th!  I picked up a new candle over the weekend and have been burning it nonstop, as it reminds me of lazy days spent on the beach, so I thought it would be fun to share some other summer scents I'm loving lately!  I love to layer beautifully scented candles all over the house, rather than sticking to one scent throughout, and I especially love to change them out with the seasons. Sea salt is a particular favorite to burn this time of year, but I'm also loving crisp, light and fresh floral scents with a little coconut mixed in, reminding me of when we used to live five minutes from the beach.  Here are some beautiful scents that evoke endless summer days and will have your whole house smelling like the sea:

Kalastyle Swedish Dreams Sea Salt Candle / Beach by NEST frangrances /

Jo Malone Wood Sage + Sea Salt / Volcano by Capri Blue / Tubereuse by Diptyque

Votivo White Ocean Sands / Henri Bendel Boho Beach