oui candles + garland

by Grace Bonney

This year, I’ve been trying to avoid a few overused expressions. I have a bad habit of saying, “I’m not much of a [insert action]” as a way to shrug off laziness. But no more. I’ve started reading, walking more and eating healthier, and I’m finally seeing that it can be fun to turn over a new leaf and leave those sorts of shrug-offs behind. One slightly less motivational shrug-off I’ve abandoned this year was my lack of appreciation for candles. I’ve whined about them being pointless for years, and a few really nice ones (especially the Seven Seas scent) finally broke down my defenses. These pretty candles below are simple, handmade and use all-natural soy wax and essential oils.

Inspired by Japanese teacups, each of these candles from Angela at Oui is hand-thrown by a local potter and glazed in milk-glass white, black, neutrals or soft pastels. The best part is that the soy wax doesn’t leave any residue, so you can wash out the remaining bits with soap and water and use the container as a bowl, planter or cup when the candle is gone. These would make a sweet holiday or hostess gift, so if you’re in the market for something that looks and smells good, click here to check out and shop Angela’s collection online. xo, grace

*I’m also kind of smitten with Angela’s ceramic bead garland (above). It feels so sweet and homemade.

More images after the jump . . .

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