Sundays and Somedays

How To Clean a Diptyque Candle

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How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays

Want to know how all those cool girls go from Diptyque candle to cute glass makeup brush container? All it takes is hot water and a smidge of elbow grease (really!).

I love upcycling my old Diptyque candles, turning them into chic storage containers. The little candles (like this Mimosa one) are perfect for holding q-tips or cotton pads, while the classic large candles (like these - Baies and Freesia) are ideal for lip colors or makeup brushes.

How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays

So, how do you clean out those candles? To get rid of the soot and remaining wax, pour hot tap water (not boiling, just hot) into the empty candle, making sure to avoid getting any on the outer label.

How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays

Fill it just to the brim, then let it set for 2-3 minutes (depending on how much TLC your glass needs). Now pour out the water, again, making sure to avoid getting any on the label. 

Using a paper towel (or two...or three), wipe the inside of the glass, making sure to get all the wax and soot - it might get on your hands, but it'll come off with some soap and water.

How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays
How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays
How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays
How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays

Repeat again if your glass needs it (my Baies candle was quite the mess and did). Dry with another paper towel, fill with your favorite products (I've chosen a bareMinerals brush, NARS concealer and eyeshadow stick, Bobbi Brown ink eyeliner, and Philosophy retinol cream - I swear by this stuff!).

How to clean the wax out of a Diptyque candle - a makeup storage DIY | Sundays and Somedays

Is it bad that I might just enjoy the empty glass vessels more than the candles themselves?

Until next time,

- B

A Long Weekend in New York

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A Long Weekend In New York | Sundays and Somedays

Ever since visiting the New York a couple of years ago, my husband and I have been itching to go back (although in a warmer month the second time around!). We were lucky enough to get a reward flight, so we booked a long weekend in late April to visit friends, revisit some of our favorite spots, and see and do (and eat) a few new things too!

Once again we stayed in Brooklyn which has a calmer atmosphere than Manhattan (I don't know how New Yorkers can live with all the honking!) and is a bit more wallet friendly. From as soon as we landed through to our departure, our time was filled with great friends, food, and fun. Here's what we were up to during our long weekend in New York:

Thursday

Wake up early and drop the cats off at the vet before checking in to our flight. Treat ourselves to some kir royales on-board (hey, it's a vacation!) and try to sleep as much as we can on the plane.

Take a yellow cab from JFK airport to our hotel, The Wythe (a place that I've been wanting to stay in, and it certainly did not disappoint!), check-in and freshen up. There's nothing quite like a hot shower after an international flight!

Meet up with a friend for a dinner at Sunday in Brooklyn. We share a selection of really tasty (and well presented) small plates. My favorites were the radishes with koji butter and the sourdough loaf with beer butter. I washed it all down with a 'champagne problems' cocktail. 

Wanting to catch up for a bit longer, we took a short stroll to the Donna Cocktail Club for some seriously good tiki drinks.

After a long day of travel and a couple of stiff drinks, we take a long walk back to the hotel and head to bed.

Friday

There's nothing like a good donut (and they're just not the same here in the UK!) so I returned to Peter Pan donuts bright and early (thanks, jet lag) to be reunited with my beloved chocolate sprinkle treat.

After some much needed sugar, we took the train into Union Square, checked out the food and flower market and then strolled over to 5th Avenue for a spot of shopping at J.Crew.

With all our wandering around, lunch is soon on our minds, so we walked to Chelsea Market and had a bite to eat at The Green Table. This was not the best choice (I think we were drawn to the fact that it had seating more than anything else) and I wouldn't recommend it - instead grab some food to go at one of the more casual places in the market.

Determined to find a new pair (or two) of jeans, we strolled a short distance to Madewell in Chelsea - I got these jeans in two washes (and have been living in them ever since). No trip to New York is complete without a stop at my favorite jewelry store, Catbird. I got myself a little birthday present - a rose gold ring that spells out 'purr.'

After a quick stop at The Wythe to drop things off, we met a friend in the West Village and ended up at Bubby's for an early dinner. After eyeing the huge portions other people were eating, we decided to instead share some appetizers. It's not the typical fare I go for (hush puppies, artichoke dip), but if you're looking for a filling meal, it's a good spot. 

Wanting to enjoy the last bit of daylight (and walk off a bit of a food coma), we strolled The High Line for a short distance before grabbing a taxi to our next destination. 

When in New York, it's obligatory to visit at least one really good cocktail bar. For us, that meant Middle Branch, where our friend happened to know the bartender. It was an evening of really spot-on drinks, which might have also  included popping across the street for some pizza slices.

Saturday

My husband went with me to get donuts the day before, so I joined him at Bagelsmith. There was a bit of a line, but the employees were efficient and friendly, and we were out the door, bagels in hand, in no time.

We had a long day of shopping ahead of us, so we met up with our friend at Blue Bottle Coffee in Brooklyn for some caffeine before heading over to Manhattan.

Since I did my shopping the day before, it was my husband's turn to focus on finding a suit. Suitsupply in Soho had really great styles for him, plus amazingly helpful staff. My husband found a classic blue suit while I discovered their secret women's collection upstairs - I nearly left with a tuxedo jacket, but I just couldn't quite swallow the price!

In true New York stye, we grabbed a pretzel to go at a cart on the sidewalk as a snack before dinner.

London is great, but it just doesn't have true Tex-Mex. We needed our fix, so we went to Javelina where we went a little overboard. Tacos, guacamole, fajitas, rice...we left full and happy!

Since we were staying at The Wythe, we couldn't pass up the Ides Bar on the rooftop. The drinks are overpriced, but the view of the Manhattan skyline is really what you're paying for. The cocktails weren't great - I'd stick to wine or liquor.

Sunday

Sundays are meant for brunching, which we did at Egg. It was a feast of carbs for me - little beignets (on the house), plus French toast  and a hash brown - all of which were delicious!

In an effort to both walk of my carb-heavy meal and enjoy the sun, we wandered through Mccaren Park in Brooklyn for a bit, before taking the train to the Upper East Side.

We cut across Central Park, which was picture-perfect on a sunny spring day, to check out the Upper West Side - an area we'd not been to before.

While in that neighborhood, we of course had to try Momofuku Milk Bar, if only for a good Instagram snap. I got the cereal milk with sprinkles, which was a little underwhelming in flavor, but a good treat for a hot day.

Two days of walking, not to mention jet-lag, left us a little worse for wear, so we decided to get massages in the West Village at Renew Body Wellness. Wow, was this a good massage, and at a great price too! I'd definitely recommend, and be sure to book ahead, as it can get busy!

For a quick pick-me-up I got a 'sinus shot' aka lemon juice plus cayenne at Liquiteria while the husband grabbed a coffee at Toby's Estate.

Dinner was fancy (and it's hard to look put-together after a massage), so we stopped by the hotel before heading to Cosme, an upscale Mexican restaurant.

It was a group of six of us for dinner, so we ordered plenty of plates to share and washed it down with margaritas, palomas and more. The highlight for me was dessert as it wasn't the most vegetarian-friendly of places!

Monday

Monday meant it was time for us to start heading home. We packed up our bags and dropped them off at a friend's place, who kindly looked after them while we explored New York for just a little bit longer.

We wandered around Brooklyn for a bit before grabbing lunch from the hot bar at Whole Foods (it just isn't the same in the UK!) and a few treats for later.

We'd heard good things about Park Slope, so we took the train over to that side of Brooklyn. We found a park with plenty of blossoming cherry trees and had a little cookie picnic on a park bench.

I have a bit of a Cheetos obsession, so we stopped by Target to get a few bags to bring back to the UK.

Having just a bit more time before needed to head to the airport, we had a poker lesson at our friend's place (since we'd be in Vegas a couple weeks later). Who knew there was so much strategy involved!

It was finally time to say goodbye to our friends and New York. We took a car to the to the airport and I snuck some french fries into the lounge for one last American indulgence before the flight.

Until next time,

- B

Pink, Purple, and Petals

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Cherry blossoms in Notting Hill, London | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays

| My Outfit |

J.Crew Toothpick Jeans | J.Crew Shirt | Chanel Bag | Target Shoes | Treasure&Bond Leather Jacket | Le Specs Sunglasses | Cheeky Nail Polish in "Soots You"Gold Initial Necklace from Etsy

If I were to give an award for prettiest season, spring is easily the winner, especially in London. Just as the pretty pink cherry blossoms are starting to fall off the trees, the purple wisteria begins to bloom. I love how each flower seems to bloom in succession, beginning with daffodils, then camellias and cherry blossoms, and finally wisteria and tulips.

Cherry blossoms in Notting Hill, London | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays

Being a four-day Bank Holiday weekend, we finished our usual weekend chores by Friday evening and had plenty of free time on Saturday to wander the neighborhood to check on the blooms on our way to lunch at Ottolenghi (one of my favorites!). 

Cherry blossoms in Notting Hill, London wearing J.Crew jeans and a C | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays
Cherry blossoms in Notting Hill, London wearing J.Crew jeans and a Chanel quilted bag | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays

A windy spring day called for a light leather jacket. I paired this with white jeans and a blush pink top - now that winter is finally over, I feel that it's time to banish my black clothes to the back of my closet! My Target flats have become my go-to shoes for city walks because they are incredibly comfortable and seem to match just about everything in my closet. 

Cherry blossoms in Notting Hill, London wearing J.Crew jeans and a Chanel quilted bag | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays

I hadn't worn my blush Chanel bag in quite some time and brought it out just to match all the blossoms. I'm usually not one to hope for wind, but when it causes the cherry blossoms to gently blow past and around you, it's worth waiting for.

Cherry blossoms in the Notting Hill Neighborhood of London | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays
Cherry blossoms in Notting Hill, London wearing J.Crew jeans and a Chanel quilted bag | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays
Cherry blossoms in the Notting Hill Neighborhood of London | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays

Just a street away we came across the most incredible wisteria vine, twisting its way up and across a white London townhouse. You could smell the blooms from blocks away - just incredible!

Purple wisteria blossoms in Notting Hill, London wearing J.Crew jeans and a Chanel quilted bag | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays
Purple wisteria blossoms in Notting Hill, London wearing J.Crew jeans and a Chanel quilted bag | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays
Purple wisteria blossoms in Notting Hill, London | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays

I of course had to stop and take some snaps in front of (and of) this pretty purple sight (as did just about everyone who walked by). We kept making our way towards lunch, stopping just once more to take a couple of photos in front of the 'turquoise island' on Westbourne Grove.

Purple wisteria blossoms in Notting Hill, London | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays
The turquoise island in Notting Hill, London wearing J.Crew jeans and a pink quilted Chanel bag | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays
The turquoise island in Notting Hill, London wearing J.Crew jeans and a pink quilted Chanel bag | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays
The turquoise island in Notting Hill, London wearing J.Crew jeans and a pink quilted Chanel bag | Pink, Purple and Petals | Sundays and Somedays

Home to a Wild at Heart outpost, it's quite a sight and always a great backdrop for photos. Having enough of the wind, we picked up our Ottolenghi salads (and treats - cookie for him, flourless chocolate cake for me) and headed back home, passing the blossoms once more.

Until next time,

- B