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Candle tips

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As mentioned before, we feature two candle companies at Scentsations. Root Candles and Kringle Candle, both made in America.  As you can tell from previous posts, we are striving to provide more made in the USA items.

Some general candle tips:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Never burn a candle near anything flammable
  • Keep burning candles out of reach of children and pets
  • Store candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight
  • Avoid burning your candle in a draft to minimize smoke
  • If your candle is burning unevenly, simply move the extinguished wick to the center with spoon
    handle while the wax is still soft.
  • Although candles may smell like food, they are not edible.  seriously not funny but you would be amazed at how many candles in store I throw away due to teeth marks!
  • Don’t blow your candle jar out.  Extinguish by using a wick dipper or spoon and tipping the flame into the melted wax pool.  This will rehydrate your wick and help for a longer, more even burn.  You will also not have any smoky left in air.
  • Remove all packaging before lighting.
  • Place on a protected, heat-resistant, dry surface, away from anything that can catch fire, and out of reach of children and pets. Use holders designed for the particular candle style.

For added peace of mind, every Root candle wick is carefully designed to self-extinguish. However, it’s important that you trim your wick to 1/4 inch from the top of the candle before each use.   I have to tell you, I have never had to trim a wick.  They make their own cotton wicks which curve slightly when burning.

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30 days…35 ways to wear a scarf (Day 9) Bandana wrap

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Ok, so I will apologize for this not being early today as usual.  I had to work in the shop (Scentsations) in Vero Beach today and the one I had loaded did not launch.

With that said, I have changed today’s to a classic simple one in honor of Bike Week here in Florida and the start of Spring Break for colleges.  On my ride down to Vero I couldn’t help but notice all the bikers enjoying the fabulous weather here in Florida.    This style is easy and with the step by step directions you can go from bike to beach to lunch in a breeze.

Tip 14 for those of you counting, not including the 4 freebie basics and one bonus for total of 19 but still 21 more to go!

Step 1:  Fold a square scarf diagonally until one end meets the other, making a large triangle.

Step 2:  Placing the scarf on top of your head, bring  the middle of the longest side to the middle of the forehead so that the pointed end is towards the back of the head. Hold.

Step 3:  Bring the ends to the back and tie them in a single or double knot, whatever is more comfortable for you.

Step 4:  Adjust on forehead so that the scarf lies where you want it.

A slight variation would be to tuck the ends in up under the back for a sleeker, more sophisticated look.  Imagine taking it off to let your longer hair flow after you got off the back of your super sexy man’s bike!  And for those feminists out there, imagine Joe Biker watching you pull up on your Harley and letting your locks fall out.

On a side note, I have numerous ladies who have had chemo and cancer issues, give me a shout out and thanks for featuring sexy, colorful scarves in our store.  I appreciate that and thank you for opening my eyes to making all women feel a little more glamorous not matter why.

Root Candles – The Best Candles in America, Made in America Since 1869

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At Scentsations, we feature 2 candle lines.   Root Candle and Kringle Candle.  I have carried many candle companies through the years and recently just fazed Yankee Candle out.

This week, I will feature both so you can understand why these two companies, make our cut.  For Root it is quality, variety and value for me!

1.  Honest, integrity, fabulous craftmanship, made in America.

Since 1869, Root Candles of Medina, Ohio, has been an industry-leading, family-owned company renowned for innovative ideas, aesthetic enhancements and the highest standards of quality. Now in its fifth generation, the Root family continues to extol the virtues of honesty, integrity, and diligent craftsmanship. These qualities were exemplified by Root Candles founding father and American original, Amos Ives Root.

His tradition of excellence, along with a genuine commitment to customer satisfaction and service, defines and fuels Root’s strong brand loyalty today. Root Candles devotion to purity, honesty and quality is renowned. Each Root candle is carefully handcrafted using processes mastered through five generations of craftsmanship combined with the latest in manufacturing technologies. The results are pure and simple: Root Candles are highly regarded for complex bouquets of subtle fragrances and sophisticated color palettes, important factors for discerning candle lovers.  Made in America since 1869.

What do you call candles that have been crafted with passion and perfection by the same family for five generations and more than 140 years? What do you call candles that use the purest beeswax, an all-natural color palette and sophisticated, essential oil fragrances? What do you call candles that are consistently flawless, cleaner burning, longer lasting and elegantly designed? What do you call the best candle in America, made in America? If you call them Root Candles… you’d be right.

Votive candles burn for 20 hours for just $2.49 at Scentsations.  We have over 50 fragrances to choose from

Tapers burn a slow… one and a 1/2 hours and inch.

Pillars burn 17 hours an inch without dripping or tunneling.

All natural beeswax and soy plus only the best essential oil fragrances.

Deep, rich blend of essential oils.  many fragrances feature 4 or more oils.  My customers who love Lampe Berger lamps, love these candles.

Textures, size variety and scaping.  It is so easy to mix a few different textures and size tapers, collinettes and even pillars together to make a statement centerpiece.

We have over 25 color choices available for you to decorate and  match with any interior.

3.  Iconic, classic, renaissance and socially responsible.

Did you know that Amos Ives Root was closely connected with the birth of aviation? In 1903, he personally visited and followed the work of Orville & Wilbur Wright. In fact, he was with the Wright brothers the first time they flew in Dayton, Ohio. When he submitted an account of that flight to a leading scientific magazine, he received no acknowledgement. So, in typical “can-do” fashion, A.I. published the article himself in his magazine, Gleanings In Bee Culture. This turned out to be the first published account of the Wright Brothers historic accomplishment.

Did you know that he helped and inspired Helen Keller?  After learning about the advances in educating blind and deaf children and contributing to help that effort, he received a four-page letter from Helen Keller thanking him for his kindness and support. For the rest of their lives, they remained close, personal friends.

For our Merritt Island and Brevard County customers needing a fix and unable to drive to Vero beach, we now have Root candles online at Scentsations-online.com

4 Basic classic scarf folds

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I decided to feature these four separate, basic folds, not as part of my 35 but as a building block for other styles of scarfs.

Band Fold

No steps really needed here.

Lay your scarf out and fold it lengthwise into a band of your desired width.

Straight Fold

1.    Lay the scarf on a flat surface, the wrong side facing up.

2.    Get one edge and fold it towards the center.

3.    Get the other edge, and meet it to the center with the folded edge

4.    Roll the scarf on your desired width.

Bias Band Fold

1.    Lay the scarf on a flat surface, the wrong side facing up.

2.    Get one pointed edge and fold it towards the center.

3.    Get the opposite pointed edge and meet it to the center with the folded pointed edge.

4.    Continue folding the folded edges until you reach the desired width.

 

 

 

Triangle fold

1.    Lay the scarf on a flat surface, the wrong side facing up.

2.    Fold the scarf diagonally to make a triangle.

3.    Then get the pointed edge and fold it.

4.    Roll it towards the end.

30 days…35 ways to wear a scarf (Day 8) Classic Bow tie

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What is it with some of the classic men’s fashion things we just have to steal from them? 

Take the classic bow tie, like the ascot it is showing up all over the fashion runways!  Is it the classic timelessness of it, the simplicity or our desire to look like we are in charge?  I think that perhaps it is a combination of all three plus it works well with most size scarves, textures and fabrics.  I found that silk, polyester, cotton or a mix of these works best.

Bow ties originated in the 17th century and were worn as a simple scarf around the neck of Croatian mercenaries to hold the opening of their shirts together.  The upper class French, who was an enormous leader in fashion then (as they are now) adopted the look which thrived in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The bow tie has been associated with particular professions and occasions.  Pediatricians wear them because wee ones can’t easily grab, with accountants, professors, teachers and waiters also wear.   It is classic in a movie to “Geek” up an actor by adding the bow tie.  Bow ties are seen at weddings as a sign of formality and oversized, loud, vibrant bow ties are also used for comic relief on a clown.

With that said, for women, the bow tie seemed to take over in the 1980’s in the working gals wardrobe.  For me as I recall, it was an easy way to look serious but add a little fun to the boring uniform white shirt.

From necks, to platform shoes, to the waist, to Rihanna’s sexy hair bow and yes…in Lady Gaga’s case even her hair, there is a modern bow tie revolution going on and every gal should know how to incorporate it into an outfit.

Below you will find step by step directions with a great illustration.  Try this one out to add some color before you head off to work.  I am sure that feminine bit of color will get you noticed in and out of the boardroom.  The bow tie scarf is also an incredible way to glamorize any handbag or overnight travel bag.

Bow Tie – This technique works fabulous to brighten up any boring black, blue or gray business suit.

Step 1:    Do the bias band or triangle fold.

Click here for the four simple, basic scarf folding tips if you are unsure of how to do either the bias or triangle fold.  Many of the more intricate ties are built around these three methods.

Step 2:   Drape the scarf around your neck. Make one end hanging two inches longer than the other.

Step 3:  Cross the longer end over the other. Pull the longer end up to make a knot.

Step 4:  Double wrap the shorter end by itself to form a base loop in front.

Step 5:  Loop the longer end over the center loop you made.

Step 6:  Double wrap the longer end by itself and insert it on the loop behind your bow tie.

Step 7:  Adjust the tie by pulling the ends to straighten the knot.

30 days…35 ways to wear a scarf (Day7) The Kelly

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Named for the famous American actress-turned-Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, this method of wearing a scarf was used to protect the hair-style and still look glamorous while traveling.  But why is it named the “Kelly”?  Wikipedia tells us that “The classic head cover of a silk scarf crossed under the chin and knotted at the side or nape of the neck is universally known as the ‘Grace Kelly'” and that the look is “…still copied by many female Hollywood stars when they wish to retain a degree of anonymity in the public eye. Famous users include: Sharon Stone, Madonna, and Annette Benning.

The Kelly head wrap is probably the one most associated with glamor and elegance.  It certainly looks great, and curiously is the easiest to tie: just put it over the head, cross the ends under the chin, wrap around the throat and tie at the nape of the neck. It’s also one of the scarf accessories that less likely to need adjusting and retying, since it’s securing both by the knot and the loop around the neck.

Grace Kelly was the ultimate jetsetter and she used this method of wearing a scarf to protect her hair style and still look fabulously glam!  She definitely didn’t invent the style though. The head wrap was already in use in the 1950s, and even before. In some instances it has been referred to as the “O” wrap. Audrey Hepburn made the look even more popular, wearing it both on screen and in life.   So, why not call it the “Audrey Hepburn”? Well, it is occasionally to as an “Audrey style”, but not to us fashion divas!   Let’s face it not only was Ms. Kelly a famous actress but she was the ultimate dive and being royalty certainly didn’t hurt either!  Besides Audrey Hepburn has our hearts for her timeless allure and modest elegance.  So, I am giving credit to Grace Kelly with this scarf style.

Check out these lovely ladies…SEXY!!!

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The Kelly wrap is often used by famous actresses and celebs for a chic disguise paired along with an oversized pair of glasses.  In movies, it is sometimes used for comic effect to have the actress go unnoticed.  In my opinion, it does the opposite…YOU GET NOTICED!

Scarf Style Needed: Square Scarf (Note: The Kelly can also be performed using the rectangular (or oblong) scarf for those times when you want to add more flair to the look.)

Tying the Scarf:

Step 1:  Take the square scarf and fold it diagonally from one corner to its opposite.

Step 2:  Place the scarf over the head with the folded edge facing forward.

Step 3:  Bring the folded corners down under the chin and cross them, pushing the points back around the neck on each side.

Step 4:  In the back of the neck, gather the folded corners and tie them together, making sure to catch the loose corners of the scarf under the knot being formed. Leave the ends loose, or tuck them under as you prefer. Add a pair of tortoise-shell sunglasses and you’ll be ready to slip past the paparazzi.

Apart from the elegant look, the Kelly headwrap protects the hair, the ears, the cheeks and the throat from the suns harmful UV rays. The tail and the ends fluttering in the wind behind the head are quite a sight in a convertible or even offroading!

There are a few variations.  I don’t want to list these separate and cheat you on another scarf style.

Variation 1: One of the most popular variants is to have the knot at the side of the neck instead of behind. This head wrap is also looser and pulled forward. The side-tied knot makes the ends fall over the shoulder instead of on the back, which results in a nice look, even if a little less practical than the regular Kelly scarf : one of the reasons the Kelly is practical when traveling, especially riding in a convertible, is that the ends are out of the way and fluttering behind the head.

Variation 2: Leave the scarf wrap pulled back to leave the ears uncovered. There would seem to be not much point in this scarf wear, because it leaves the ears, the cheeks and much of the hair uncovered, and it tends to slide a lot, but it allows a woman to wear her earrings! So, if you own a fabulpous pair of sparkly, dangling earrings this will get you noticed!
Variation 3:   Sarah Strange in the Sliders episode Greatfellas. This is one of those “headscarf and sunglasses” scene where our heroine tries to sneak without being recognized, but with a Kelly head wrap like that she’s bound to get noticed!  At first sight it looks like a loose classic, but look closely and you’ll see the ends are crossed at her throat and tied behind the head, with the tail falling over the knot instead of being caught under it as in a regular Kelly. The image to the right shows it more clearly…Of course, it would need to be tied a little bit tighter around the head, and secured with a proper knot.

30 days…35 ways to wear a scarf (Day 6) Halter Papillon Top

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I have had a few emails and comments as to why scarves?  I think there is something timeless and classic about scarves.  Not just the long knit ones everyone is wearing to keep warm at winter.  I am talking about the lovely prints, materials and textures of a true fashion piece.  If you look at the fashion trends for this year, all the classic looks from the 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s are cropping up.  I personally think it is about time, women exuded more femininity once again.  As many of my friends, customers and yes even vendors will tell you, you almost never see me in pants.  I have two pair of jogging pants I use only when I garden and it is cold out.  When I dive, I throw a skirt on over the suit.  When I go to beach, I have casual skirt wraps and when I go to dinner, I dress!   Look at all the women from famous classic famous movies of the past.  Close your eyes and think….yes they all know how to rock a scarf!  A convertible with Jackie O adorning one as a wrap to keep hair from blowing with a sexy pair of sunglasses!  Or how about Grace Kelly using a hermes scarf as a arm sling!  And Lady Di,  just too many ways to talk about her scarf additions as fashion statement.

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With the cool hippie chic look making its head from beachwear to college casual, the halter top will blend into any wardrobe, depending on the fabric you choose.  Also, if you are going for a little romantic, weekend getaway, this is a fabulous way to add an outfit just in case he asks you to stay another day!

How to create an Papillon scarf halter top:

  1. Place wrong side of a shawl facing up. Tie a knot close to top side, in a couple inches.
  2. Turn the shawl over and bring it up to you. Tie a tight knot behind your neck with two ends close to top side.
  3. Hold the other two ends around your waist and tie a tight knot at your back.
  4. Wear a tub top or a low back halter bra. This will protect you just in case that silk tie gets undone.  Be mindful of sticking any safety pins in a silk scarf…it will leave holes.