TILT: Magical Fairy Princess Edition

It’s been a while, Thursday, but as always, I am very happy to see you. Thursday means recounting my blessings and the little things that bring me joy. I’m going through a lot right now, Thursday. I need some good mojo….

Here’s what I’ve been digging lately!:

REALLY PINK HAIR ♥ Powder blue nail polish ♥ Glitter ♥ SO MUCH GLITTER ♥ Coming to the very important, entirely unironic decision that 2014 is to be the Year of the Unicorn ♥ Perfume in every incarnation ♥ Rose macarons ♥ Welcome to Night Vale…live! ♥ Cecil Baldwin and all of the other folks behind WTNV being amazing and sweet while I stammered how much I love the work they do ♥ Divinely frothy bubble baths ♥ Spending two days with an amazing group of friends ♥ The Daiso market in Japantown ♥ Wearing crystals ♥ Top-shelf knitting ♥ This timely tinybuddha article. “You can’t hate your way into loving yourself.”  ♥ 

And finally, what I feel is the most important: ♥ Being able to say “I love you” – not just to my love, but to my friends and family members ♥ Meaning it ♥ And hearing it in return. ♥

Until next we meet!

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Scents and Sensibilities: The Perfumed Home

It is no secret that one of the great pleasures of life, in my humble opinion, is scent. I find such happiness in the many facets of it, the ties to memory, the seemingly inexhaustible combinations available and the mad-scientist joy of experimenting with blends. Perfumery was my favourite part of running my small etsy shop, and every so often I will find myself in the grips of an idea for a new blend to dabble with.

Lately, I’ve enjoyed myself layering scents and have found great pleasure in conveying a theme through scent, first with soap or shower gel (or, my new favourite, Lush’s Bubbleroons) and following with a dusting of body powder, and finally, perfume.

I think I’m on to a pretty good thing, and whenever I’m on to a good thing, it’s hard to just stop there, which is why I’ve started incorporating layering scents into my home-tidying routine! For a while I’ve been spritzing my sheets with Home-Maison’s Orange Blossom linen spray, which makes me think of the decadent and delicate orange blossoms housed in the Orangerie at Versailles. On my pillows goes a comforting lavender and chamomile aromatherapeutic spray, which hastens me right to sleep.

Since moving into the new house candles have been a prominent feature, and we burn at least one every evening. My favourite, however, has been Cozy Sweater jar candle from Yankee. The scent is warm and comforting yet fresh, without being weighed-down or too rich; perfect for this wintery space as we transition from the old year into the new.

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Flowers are another favourite, and now that I’ve bought one bouquet, I don’t think I can live without the sweet and subtle scent of fresh-cut hothouse flowers perfuming a corner of my room. I’d sooner go without my weekly latte than without a little bouquet to brighten up my space!

Finally, incense is perfect whenever I am craving a shift in my atmosphere. Indian Temple incense cones provides a heavy and lingering fragrance that I find incredibly uplifting. I am exited to return to my mainstays of White Plum Blossom incense sticks in the spring, layering it with a fresh and green-smelling peony candle, and later my all-time favourite Rose Avenue incense sticks in the summer. Perhaps layering it with a cool or airy-scented room spray and soft gardenia votives….See how much fun this is?!

Wishing you beautifully-scented bliss until next we meet!

An Annual Refresher

If you pay any attention to astrology or the phases of the moon (believe me – I do) you’ll know that we’re opening 2014 with a New Moon. According to astrology.about.com,

New Moons are a great time to set intentions for things you’d like to create, develop, cultivate, make manifest.

Add this to our yearly practice of writing New Year’s Resolutions, figuring out what to do with this blank slate we’ve been handed, and we’ve got quite the metaphysical, manifestational powerhouse!

I’m still undecided on most of my Resolutions for 2014. I, admittedly, did not accomplish as many of 2013’s as I would have hoped, but 2013 has more than made up for it in other ways.

I moved across the country (twice)!
I’m one step closer to accomplishing my educational goals.
I spent the entire year in the company of amazing, inspiring, supportive people whose friendship I cherish.
I have a rad boyfriend, whom I adore to distraction.
And Sherlock’s 3rd season premieres tomorrow. (ABOUT DAMN TIME).

There’s so much more than I want to experience in 2014, and I have a wonderful feeling that this will be an awesome year. ♥ I hope everyone is having a blessed, fun, and safe New Year. Happy 2014 from Tiny Quails!