It’s fall. The temperature’s dropping, then inexplicably rising for a freakishly warm couple of days, then dropping again–along with our spirits and our poorly-timed plans for “one last al fresco dinner out before it turns cold.”

It’s around this time of year that I get the urge to smell things. Things like pumpkins and cinnamon, cedar and burning leaves. It seems like all of the good smells come out in the fall. Summer is nice and all but steaming garbage bags and body odor are not scents that evoke the same kind of fondness. At least not for me.

So, once fall arrives, so does my quest to find the perfect seasonally-smelling candle. Because if I’m stuck inside, I might as well make it a full sensory experience.

Last week, my search efforts took me to Anthropologie. I find a lot of things take me there, actually. Namely, my addiction to their adorable clothes and lack of will power. (Peter pan collars? Chevron? Polka dots?? I’m only human!)

I learned one thing that day: Anthropologie sells a lot of candles. And it takes approximately 45 minutes to canvass both levels of the State Street store smelling all of them. And then re-smelling my favorites.

The nose bleed was worth it. (Yes, I’m exaggerating. No blood was shed. But I did implement a self-imposed sniffing hiatus for the rest of the day.) In the end, I found a real winner!

The Capri Blue Cracked Ice candle in Citrus Clove:

And it looks almost as pretty as it smells! Major score. I can only hope that it lasts until mid December, when my nose will shift gears towards all things pine, peppermint and gingerbread…

Smells like Christmas spirit

Guys! Today is a busy one, but I had to do a quick post about this candle.

I got it yesterday at Anthropologie, and it’s called Sweet Balsam.

And sweet balsam, does it smell good!

On the Anthro website, they describe the scent as “freshly cut evergreens join dewy spring bulbs.” But really, it smells like straight-up Christmas tree.

Which is awesome when you have  fake tree from Target that smells like a mildewy crawl-space.

I’ve met my soul-plates

This dinnerware from Anthropologie was featured on Daily Candy this morning. And I can’t help but think how great it would look on my table. How fabulous it would be underneath a slice of frozen pizza or Trader Joe’s macaroni & cheese (I’m trying to make these scenarios realistic).

And now I must have them.

I’d also like to point out that Christmas is a mere three months away. (MOM – ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION??)

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