So lord knows I have enough side hustles to last me to the end of days, but my absolute favorite, one I love even more than fashion and showing off my chub to the world in killer outfits, is perfumerie. And the way in which I, in my small uneducated way, attend to my love for scent combining is a) perfume layering (more about that later), and b) making scented soy candles. Now of course my own scented candles are gorgeous and subtle and divine, but today I’m gonna recommend some other small-business owned candle companies that deserve some midnight burning on an outside deck, or beside a bathtub. Scents are a relatively inexpensive way of treating yourself, and add another layer of sensual enjoyment to many self care activities!! Wax and Wane Candles out of Connecticut, sell their simple but sophisticated scents in glass containers with minimal but fairly chic branding. Try their Twig and Moss scent for something earthy and woodsy. Truck and Barter uses gorgeous amber glass bottles for that old school apothecary look that looks beautiful in a bath or bedroom. Try their ‘Gold Coast’ Fig and Jasmine scent for something unexpected and sensual! Byreda Parfumes isn’t exactly a small business candle company, but they are also serious about their scent layering. And their black and gold candles say serious luxury. Try their ‘Apocalyptic’ scent, described as a rich, woody aroma from its fusion of Fire Iron, Black Raspberry, Dark Woods and Papyrus. Layered with scents of Oakmoss and Birch Woods for a warm fragrance. If that doesn’t sound like heaven to you… I just don’t know. For some true pampering, Tom Dixon – London has just released a line of truly stunning container candles in a range of innovative scents, Try his ‘Eclectic’ candle with its simple, sumptuous rose gold container, and its unique Crocus and Brick scent. Or, go for something sweet and comfy, like The Nomad Society‘s Daydreamer Candle. A warm, toasted coconut and vanilla scent that is perfect for daydreaming of summer tropical beaches! So fill your tub with bubbles or find a cozy nook and grab your journal – and light a gorgeous scented candle sure to add a little lustre to your me-time!
Lord knows I love my boho looks, especially anything that involves drapey, beautiful patterned outerwear, perfect for spring over skinny jeans and a peasant top, or for summer as a beach coverup or paired with worn denim shorts and a barely-there cami, or a brief little embroidered white dress. Kimonos are extremely trendy right now – so much so that in the time between researching this article and actually writing it, many of my favorites have sold out. But I’ll soldier on, anything in the name of fashion, and present to you my top 10 picks for spring/summer plus sized kimonos: 1. Floral Fringe Kimono from Melissa McCarthy Seven7 MM killing it again with this delicate, fringed number in a gorgeous sunset ombré of hues. Long kimonos are v retro, and remind me of Little Edie – something a gently kooky person from another era would wear and look unearthly – timelessly stylish and graceful. 2. Crane Kimono from Forever21 Plus F21+ seems to have a nearly unlimited range of kimonos to choose from this season, ranging from extremely pretty (the one I bought is no longer available), to, well, a little tacky. But there were a few nice enough to make this list, and this cheerful, silky, springtime item caught my eye. No fringe on this baby, but it makes up for it with a beautiful pinky coral color, and a delicate pattern that is anything tacky. 3. Yellow Tie-Back Floral Print Duster Coat from River Island Call it a Duster Coat, or an Open Front Cardigan – it’s still a kimono to me. You’re not fooling anyone, River Island copywriters. But, uh, regardless, this is a beautiful ‘Duster coat’. The print is delicate and the colors are unusual and striking. I can imagine this being flattering on everyone. 4. Women Floral Print Kimono Hippie Cardigan from NewChic This nice duotone version is fairly traditional and very boho-chic, and, at just over $11, is the only article of clothing on this list that I can currently afford. 5. Katana Kimono from Copper Union Love the sense of drama in this piece. Very modern-boho, and it would make a divine festival statement piece! 6. Embroidered Sleeve Kimomo Jacket from CityChic. This looks like a great night-time, more dressy kimono look, with a lovely embroidered detailing! 7. Medallion Print Kimomo Duster from Charlotte Russe. I love the sweet, slightly Victorian color-scheme of this piece, plus the price point is hard to beat! Another item worthy of Little Edie’s trousseau! 8. Fringed Kimono from F21 Plus. Ah, Forev, you never cease to surprise me with your trendy, affordable clothes, and massive selection of styles. I particularly like this version because it’s got a geometric vibe to it, while most of the other kimonos are floral. 9. Perfect Day Open Fringe Cardigan from McsKlozet. It quite literally doesn’t get any more boho than this. Love that retro vibe. 10. Jayley Silk Kimono from F21 Plus. I struggled picking this last one, I really did. There are so many gorgeous options out there, but I wanted to curate, because I heart curating – and besides, since when is being spoiled for choice, as a plus woman, ever been a BAD thing?? So I’m ending the list with this simple peach silk kimono that looks beautiful, but even better, looks silky and sexy and luxurious. Enjoy! Hope you found this list helpful! I bought my Kimono from F21, and I can’t stop wearing it!! Ok, ta-tah folks, feel good about yourselves every day!