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.

D O W N T O W N Charleston

May 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Spring has been good to me. I was fortunate to spend a week in Charleston, SC to celebrate my graduation from The College.  Some vacations don’t feel like vacations. There’s stress. Or arguments. Or failed expectations. And poor weather. This was not the case.  This felt like a vacation in every sense. Sunshine. Lots of hugging. Champagne. More hugging.   All those emotions I’m known for (I get it from my mama, who teared up no less than five separate times). And well, you can’t beat the low country. Truly.

My family stayed in a farmhouse (no chickens or cows, just land) on John’s Island which was the best decision we’ve made maybe ever.  Kiawah Island wasn’t far, Angel Oak was even closer, and downtown Chs. was about half an hour drive. There was space, so much space.  Rocking chairs on the porches. Birds by the water. A dirt road. That.

For those considering visiting this city in the South. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Just. Freaking. DO. IT.

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I have posted a lot of Charleston recommendations throughout my blog’s two years of life, so excuse the repeats… but here are my ultimate Liz Recommends:

Fish and Oysters from Leon’s, juice from The Daily (their green lemonade + jalapeño is my jam), brunch at St. Alban’s, cocktails at The Belmont, beer at Closed for Business.  Sandwiches at Queen Street Grocery. More coffee at Black Tap (which officially roasts their own beans now!). Dinner at Chez Nous or if you are made of more money than I am, The Ordinary. If you’re made of no money, dinner at D’Allz or Santis. Shop at Blue Bicycle and Candlefish. Or get your hair cut and admire my best friend’s paintings at The Beacon on Spring, which just opened and is the coolest.  Walk around. Find gardens. Enjoy it.

Sweatpants. Hair Tied. (& Valentine’s)

February 14, 2015 § 1 Comment

Chillin’ with no makeup on…. Is how I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day. Obviously listening to new Drake. His surprise album is what I’ve now dubbed as V-Day Miracle 2015, and I plan on listening to it on repeat through the weekend.  Danny and I are both sick-ish. So we have no reason to do anything but spend Saturday in our pajamas. He made a boss avgolemono soup (he introduced me to this Greek magic & it’s my absolute favorite!) and I have magazine reading to catch up on. It’s v cold in Raleigh, but nice (nothing like NYFW cold). And we have kissing to do.

My picks, accordingly.

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