Dressed for Adventure

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Jacket/Dress: Anthropologie Hat: H&M Tights: HUE Shoes: Target Tote: Target Necklaces: Banana Republic & Julie Nolan Jewelry

Wore this on a Saturday of exploration. 

Drop waist dresses aren't great on my body, but this floral was too good to resist. 

Jacket: here, here, here 
Hat: so long ago, in an outfit I still love, here 
Dress: so, so long ago here

This spring all I want is maxi dresses, midi skirts, high heels and rompers.
What about you?

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Sunday Snippets #6

Sunday, March 16, 2014

[A quick snap on the way out the door. Ancient BR blazer, BR blouse, Julie Nolan Jewelry necklace.]

[A homemade take on the bay shrimp/avocado roll from Woodhouse, with the happy addition of Dungeness crab meat.]

[Still. Painting.]

[Making sense of my closet - currently holding steady at 39 dresses. Which is down significantly from 2012's all time high of 54. Yikes.]

[St. Patrick's Day on the beach.]

[Sunset in Oakland, Sutro in the distance.] 

[This is Miles, by BFF's puppy. He is J'ADORABLE and he has a twitter account. You're welcome.]

[Making an apple pie, totally out of season, totally incorrectly.]

[Sunset at the Berkeley Marina.] 

The past month has been absolutely jammed with adventures, work, settling in, and exploring. I can't remember the last time I spent more than an hour just being quiet. Terrible reveal: I also can't remember the last time I finished a magazine/article/book that I started. I've been bouncing around and it seems like my attention span is getting ever shorter, but I'm going to try to spend the next week really plugging into whatever I'm doing - no more spinning in circles, doing 900 things at once. 

Hope you had a lovely weekend.

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Interview - Christine, of Penelope Candles

[ Image courtesy of Penelope Candle Co.

A couple of Saturdays ago, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down for a cocktail with Christine, the mastermind behind my newest obsession - Penelope Candle Co. I love a good candle more than almost anything. They change a room in a million little ways. There is always at least one candle burning in my apartment at any given time, so naturally, I am constantly on the lookout for new gems. I found Penelope at Nathan and Co, and was instantly hooked. The candles are gorgeous, seriously fragrant, and all made in Oakland!

[My first Penelope candle, Put the Lime in the Coconut]

With her candles all over Oakland (and a feature in this month's UK Glamour, no less!), it is clear that I'm not the only one who loves these candles! Christine and I sat down at Room 389 for a beer and a bloody, and chatted about her amazing candles, her style, and her visions for Penelope.
[Christine, at Oakland's Room 389.] 

Q: What got you started making candles? 
A: Christine says her love of luxe candles got her curious about how to make them - she watched a youtube tutorial for the how-to, and then let her impulsive side take over! She made candles for her friends and family first, and soon the requests were pouring in. Last September she decided to take it to the next level, and began selling her candles at Runway Style House

Q: What's your favorite Penelope Candles scent?
A: "Ahhhh, it's impossible to choose!" [Editor's Note: it seriously is. They're all amazing.] She says she gravitates toward the floral scents the most, and is particularly partial to the lovely Gardenia Tea - a beautifully layered scent featuring gardenia, bergamot, lavender, and mandarin.

Q: One of the first things that struck me about Penelope was the adorable name of the first one that I bought: Put the Lime in the Coconut. Obviously, the second thing that struck me was the incredible scent: it smells like waking up in freshly washed sheets on a tropical island vacation. It could not have been more perfectly named. How does the naming process work for each scent? 
A: "The naming is very intentional," says Christine. She goes through brainstorm sessions, where "we toss around different names and see what sticks out to us." Another of my favorite names is the aptly named Flannel Shirt - a heady mix of leather, tobacco, amber, and musk. 
[Image courtesy of Penelope Candle Co. ]

Q: What do you think are the most important qualities to develop when starting your own business?
A: "Listening to your heart, and being organized - having strong systems in place is so essential." Christine says her impulsive nature helped her start the company, and that she always listens to her instincts: "Be stirring, be innovative. And simplicity is key." 

Q: What are some of your favorite spots in Oakland?
A: "Zachary's Pizza, Wood Tavern, The Layover Lounge, Lake Merritt, Cheesesteak Shop and Grand Lake Theater."

Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: "Simple and comfortable, but with a bold splash of color. A little bit of boldness splashed into classics - like my candles!"

Q: Where do you see Penelope Candles in a few years?
A: "Expanding! I want to be in more retail stores and eventually open up a cute little flower/candle shop!"
Q: What's the Penelope Candles manifesto?
A: "Sometimes it seems like people think it's all about elaborate presentation - I like to challenge that. The smells speak for themselves." 

[Image courtesy of Penelope Candle Co. ] 

I am currently on my third Penelope candle - Hibiscus Showers. They burn forever - this one has been going nonstop for 5 days already! My entire apartment has smelled like airy, sunny florals for days, which is an achievement considering Trevor and I are still in the process of painting one of the rooms. At Christine's suggestion, I kept my last two empty Penelope candles, froze out the wax, and am now using them as rocks glasses for cocktails. 

You can buy Penelope Candles all over Oakland, at stores like Nathan and Co, Runway Style House, Rock and Polish, and Urban Indigo. If you're not in the Bay Area, you can also order them through the Penelope Candles Etsy shop.

Three cheers for women with style, 
great candles,
and for chasing your dreams! 

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