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Loungewear We’re Living In

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Hi friends!

Hope everyone is safe and healthy during these times. Praying peace over all of us during this uncertainty, and hope as well as we navigate this very unusual time. With this time at home, the need of comfy clothes has definitely increased. I don’t know about you, but my favorite leggings are getting worn on REPEAT. Below we rounded up our favorite brands of comfy clothes + specific links to the loungewear we are living in.

J. CREW

favorite thing: favorite zip-up

LOU & GREY 

favorite thing: cozy sweats

EVERLANE

favorite thing: perfect crew neck

AERIE

favorite thing: must-have bike shorts

THE GREAT

favorite thing: floral sweatshirt

SUNDRY

favorite thing: graphic tee

PJ SALVAGE

favorite thing: pj set 

JOAH BROWN

favorite thing: joggers

REFORMATION

favorite thing: pajama set

 

A Small Business To Love: Heaven Scent Wellness

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Happy weekend, friends. We are praying for everyone’s healthy, safety, and peace during this extremely difficult time. Praying that you are home, healthy, and keeping the faith!

Supporting small businesses is something that is close to our hearts always, but especially during this pandemic. We want to support the creative and hardworking small business founders & owners by continuing to purchase from them during this time, if possible! Whether it be your favorite boutique or local restaurant, it is definitely worth reaching out to them by phone, email, or social to see what their operating terms are right now.

That being said, we thought now was the perfect time to tell you all of our favorite candle brand: Heaven Scent Wellness. The founder, Kristi, has created the most beautiful and natural beeswax candles. Keep reading to learn more about her incredible company and candles.

 

Q&A With Heaven Scent Wellness’ Founder

-Tell us about Heaven Scent Wellness! How did it start?

“Heaven Scent” started back in 2002 when I did petsitting in my spare time. Since, it has evolved and is now Heaven Scent Wellness where I make the “healthy” candles myself, as well as offer clean skincare + supplements. I also have Home + Gifts Collections where I handpick and put one-of-a-kind gift boxes together for my customers.

-Why beeswax to create candles? Would love to know some of the benefits of burning beeswax candles!

Why beeswax? Years ago while looking for natural ways to purify the air in our home with plants, I came across the benefits of burning beeswax candles. 100% beeswax is known for releasing negative ions while burning and has purifying abilities. No other wax can do that! Beeswax is the most natural of all candle waxes. I never bought a beeswax candle from the store as I knew they had paraffin in them so eventually I started creating my own. Beeswax candles are great for anyone with allergies or asthma, or who are sensitive to fragrance.

-What is one thing you dream about adding to the Heaven Scent Wellness collection?

What the future holds? I am always open to new things and love creating and raising the bar. It has taken me three years since I started making candles. I have done so much testing of different wax recipes and containers to hold those creations along with essential oil aromatherapy blends for my essential oil coconut wax candle line. I am very happy with what I offer and just want to make the cleanest, purest, plant-based and natural candles that I can. It is important to me that the ingredients I use are ethically sourced and sustainable.
I may add fun, new limited edition candles in the future. Maybe some candle gift boxes. I would love to hear from my customers what they would like! For the most part, I love what Heaven Scent Wellness is now!

-With online shopping being so popular these days, what type of customer experience do you hope to create for your online shoppers?

I want my customers to know how much I care and appreciate each and every one of them! I want them to feel a sense home + comfort. Everything is of the highest quality with clean, safe, natural ingredients. All of my packaging is recyclable and most of the details are handmade items from women-owned small businesses. With each order I want my customers to feel like they are receiving a special gift and put a smile on their face!

-If someone reading this has a dream of starting their own retail business, what would be your biggest piece of advice?

My biggest piece of advise would be that these days anything is possible but you must do what you love and are passionate about to be around for the long haul. There are going to be ups and downs. In order to survive and thrive, you must truly be passionate and continue to create. I think growing organically is also very important.

How To Edit Your Wardrobe

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Hey friends!

Hope everyone is staying safe, well, and holding on to the faith during this difficult time that we are facing together as a world.

Praying that we are all healthy, at home, and with more time than usual to focus on our home surroundings. We are big believers at LSK that our homes should be our havens. Having a haven to call home is especially important during a stressful time like this. Our surroundings impact our moods, so having a decluttered, peaceful place to call home can really give your mind the much-needed peace and space to think and process.

Today we want to talk about your closet! Below are a few tips to tackle your wardrobe and introduce a remix of sorts. Let’s make your wardrobe a peaceful place of only things that you love; the items you gravitate toward on repeat! Keep reading for our guide for a simple and successful wardrobe edit.

 

WARDROBE EDIT 101.

– Go section by section, working on one category at a time. Scroll through jeans, for example, skipping the ones you know you love. Those are a must-keep!

-Any questionable candidates? Take them out and try on. If they are 100% comfortable and confident-boosting, they are to go!

-Either donate or consign the items that no longer work for you, so they are available to someone who will love them!

-Do this for every category of clothing and accessories…tops, jackets, shoes, and so on. We promise, it is liberating!

-Your closet should be a capsule of clothes you love! Read below for our checklist of qualities that “loved” items should entail:

THE LOVE LIST

-Comfortable

-Confident-boosting

-Versatile

-Good quality

-Fits with your current style aesthetic

-Something you would buy again today

-Looks like you

-Makes you smile

Not too hard, right? We promise that this time spent will be well worth-it! A edited wardrobe is a happy wardrobe. Have fun with it! xo

 

A Few Good Books To Read

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How is everyone doing during this social distancing season? We are praying health, wellness, and peace over everyone during this difficult time. It’s an absolute blessing if we are healthy and home, as we all are at LSK. With this extra time available, we have been finding ourselves doing a lot of resting, at-home workouts, cooking, puzzles, and reading. As far as what books to read, if you are also finding yourself cozying up more in the mood to read something wonderful, then we have some recommendations for you. See below!

 

NON-FICTION

Pray Big Things 

Inspiration to not only pray, but pray boldly to our great Father

Battlefield Of The Mind 

An encouraging book that teaches us how to think more like how God thinks (very healing to anxious thought patterns)

Your New Name 

Be inspired to live out the unique, loving names that God has for us

FICTION

Next Year In Havana 

A must-keeping-reading story about love, family, history and so much more!

The Giver Of Stars 

This book is a beautiful balance of friendship, trials, love, suspense, and happiness

All The Flowers In Paris 

I (Melissa!) just started reading this one, but have heard incredible things!

 

The Comfort of Clothing

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Hey friends!

Melissa recently visited me here in California and we had the best time together!! One thing that came up in conversation was how comfortable clothes are truly the best. You know, leggings, jeans, tees, and sweatshirts…those are the things we always reach for, again and again! And you know why? Because they are easy and we don’t have to think about them once we put them on. Let’s be honest: we are most comfortable in clothes that are cozy and feel good on, the ones you don’t have to pull, tug, and adjust throughout the day. This does for undergarments, too!

Think about how you feel in your favorite pair of jeans & sweatshirt. Relaxed, comfortable, confident, happy. Right? Right! Investing in pieces that are comfortable is always a good idea, because they are the ones that you wear 80% of the time. And let’s make sure we talk about how comfortable still means cute! We are big believers that liking what you are wearing is important. Comfort & cute go hand in hand, in our opinion. There are SO many options out there of adorable clothes that can double as loungewear. Add your favorite pair of denim with an oversized tunic sweatshirt and you have yourself an outfit that carries you from brunch to happy hour.

The comfort of clothing can be yours! Don’t let tight jeans or an itchy sweater steal one more second of joy away from you…it’s not worth it! One of best things I have done when de-cluttering is said goodbye to uncomfortable clothes. The majority of my closet is a collection of sweatshirts, tees, leggings, and jeans and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The items in my closet currently are truly items that I love, ones that I reach for on repeat, and ones that make me feel like me. When adding something new to my closet, I really try to be intentional and think about if it’s comfortable, when I will wear it, and what I will wear it with. If there are good answers to these questions, then it comes home with me! If not, it’s a pass.

What about you? How do you define comfort when it comes to clothes? Let us know!

xo

WHAT I’M WEARING

top | denim | sunnies | shoes

Love All The Love

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Valentine’s Day is so soon! Team LSK loves all the love and we love that there is a holiday to celebrate it. No matter what your relationship status is: single, healing through a breakup, engaged, or married, Valentine’s Day is something that can be celebrated and enjoyed with a joyful heart!

To the single girls- look around at your family and friends, at yourself, and at your Creator on this day. See all the love there!? Hold on to it, savor, and thank God for it! Just because you are single doesn’t mean you aren’t loved!! You are so loved by so many and you have so much love to give. Celebrate that today however you want to: Galentine’s Day dinner, self care, or a night in with your parents. Whatever you want to do, do that! Keep the faith and keep loving yourself well.

To the girls in relationship- show your other half how much you care! This is such a fun day to do something special for him. Whether it be a gift, an experience, or even just a handwritten note, taking the opportunity to show your love is always a great idea. Give the love and receive the love today and thank God you two found each other; it something to celebrate! Don’t feel pressured to go out if you don’t want to, as some of the best nights are the ones spent in. Most importantly, enjoy your time together and take advantage of this day that gives you an excuse to love extra much!

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