2015

December 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

What a beautiful, strange, and memorable year this was. Thanks all for continuing to make this life special. My favorite moments, photographed:

 

Can’t wait to meet you, 2016!

C H R I S T M A S

December 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

I thought I liked NYC in the summer, but I really liked NYC in December. Christmas trees in the windows, lights galore, and window displays were A++. However, holidays aren’t holidays without family. I’ve been in the Carolinas for a couple weeks and for the first year EVER didn’t travel to Minneapolis to visit my cousins, aunts, and uncles. No snow this Christmas- just mid 70’s and rainy. Bizarre, yes, but still beautifully lazy and fun. Hope everything for everyone was merry and bright.

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S + T

December 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

This summer I posted photos from my dear friends’ engagement party.  This week we had a winter photoshoot aka ran around our hometown looking at fields and eating hot dogs! Sign me up! So much fun to spend time with loved ones in love. Especially these two.

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Morning G I F T S

December 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

‘Tis the season of giving!  I’ve put together a gift guide for those who are still buying last minute presents or haven’t been able to find the right ones yet. These are my favorite morning-themed items, but aren’t restricted to just early hours! For those on a budget, a box of Swiss-Miss hot chocolate is a win. Who doesn’t want hot chocolate?! Who!?

Christmas Guide

1.Slippers Madewell 2. Dot-Dash Pillow Block Shop Textiles 3. Bud Vases Christiane Perrochon 4.Coconut Soak Herbivore Botanicals  5. Japanese Steel Pour-Over Kettle Kaufmann Mercantile  6. Sweater Zara 7.Eye Treatment With Avocado Kiehl’s 8. Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm Aesop 9.Balm Dotcom Glossier  10. 2016 Cities Calendar Rifle Paper Co.  11.Scarf Zara 12.3 Cup Coffee Maker Chemex  13. Hair Bender- Stumptown Coffee Roasters  14.Chocolate Videri Chocolate Factory (photo via  Coco+Mingo) 15.Cardamom Sugar La Bella Terre  . 

 

Happy Gifting! xo

 

 

 

 

 

G I V E A W A Y !

December 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m having an Instagram giveaway, where you can enter to win three holiday candles! The winner will receive one 8oz. Forest candle and two 4oz. candle tins.  The tins are perfect for gifting, but I don’t blame you if you keep all three for yourself! Grinch it up.

TO ENTER: Follow my account (@esochko) on IG and tag two friends in the comments below the giveaway photo. Easy peasy. Good luck!

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Winner will be notified tomorrow (12/16) at 1pm.

Unfortunately, the giveaway only open to US residents. But if you’re not a U.S. resident and are interested, let me know!

Merry & Bright

December 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

So I launched a little candle line in November on Etsy. (If you follow me on IG, you know this already & might as well get used to the candle pix.) The shop is something that felt natural after falling in love with candle-making.  A process which is equal parts creativity, patience, concentration, and listening to Billy Holiday. I wanted to make sure the four candles appealed to a variety of scent preferences and aren’t restricted by season. And I am SO FREAKING grateful for everyone who has placed an order in the few short weeks. Y’all rock.

I’ve since added three more candles to the shop to suit your holiday gifting needs (gifts for yourself count!).  These are seasonal, warm, and festive. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. I’ve been burning the ‘Forest’ scent nonstop since putting up a miniature Christmas tree.  Spoiler alert: everyone in my family is getting one of those this year. (The candle, not the tree. That baby is all mine.)

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Give good gifts, give candles.

Yellow Dog Bread Co.

December 2, 2015 § 1 Comment

I was back home in the Carolinas last week for the holidays and spent the entire time sleeping in and eating poultry with my love. Tough life. I also had plenty of time to visit all my favorite shops and some newbies (Holder Goods & Crafts! Woo!). I love Raleigh because it feels like a wonderfully kept secret (even though it’s one of the fastest growing city in America). Somehow, I had never been to Yellow Dog Bread Co., so Danny suggested we go. I regret not buying bread for our Thanksgiving table or at least a dozen toasted-coconut almond scones for the road, but maybe next time. Here are some photos of Yellow Dog because I had to pass along the pretty.

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