My Buddhist Dream Vanity!

Happy Sunday, everyone! So every time I go to get ready for the day, or for an event, or for what the day holds, I find myself in a bit of a frenzy.  My vanity seems to have overflowed and has magically plopped half of its unorganized contents onto the floor in front of my full length mirror.  I say “half,” however, if a hummingbird wanted to rest its wings on my vanity, it too, would be searching for some floor space.  There is not a granule of room left on my vanity.  So now I just get ready on the floor, which I prefer over sitting in a chair, because it is grounding, closer to earth, and comfy.

This weekend I found myself daydreaming about a spiritually spacious new vanity.  Is there such a thing as a buddhist style vanity?  One in which you can sit under the vanity cross-legged and chant while you get ready?  I know what you are thinking, is not vanity against buddhist belief?  And the answer is, well of course.  However, a girl does need to get ready, and she might as well get ready to spiritually handle the day (or night), with a buddhist style vanity.  I can see it now.  My buddhist dream vanity (area) would contain all of the four elements: earth, air, fire & water.  The table part of the vanity would be earthy and sustainable, like this Arhaus Petra table, made from fossilized trees from the grounds of the volcanic Central Philippines. Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 2.35.51 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-05-28 at 2.36.16 PM.pngA girl needs spiritual space, so I would definitely need two of these Petra tables connected end-to-end, and placed up against a wide wall.  I believe the Petra is a dining table, but because this is an enchanted dream, the legs surely could be shortened for buddhist ground-sitting purposes. There would be plentyyyy of Petra table space left for a hummingbird feeder and even for peacefully eating my moong beans & rice and sipping kombucha as I get ready 🙂 If you are searching for a table for your dream room or house, Arhaus dining tables are sooooo stunning!! The rug under the vanity table would be this stunning Arhaus Amrita Hand Knotted Medallion Rug in the shade, Olive. Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.32.27 PM The Petra table would be surrounded by Moroccan, Egyptian, & Bohemian style pillows on the floor.  Upon which to sit cross-legged and deep breathe, until my face turns red from breath of fire kundalini meditation (completely defeating the purpose of applying my fair skin foundation); whilst chanting ong-na-mo-guru-dayyyyyy to the rooftops 🙂  I imagine the pillow colors would reflect earth, air, fire, water qualities.  Pillows with gorgeous designs and embroidery, similar to these pillows from Anthropologie

and these square & rectangle pillowsround pouf from Arhaus….

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I absolutely love the Batik Cloud Square Pillow for the air element. Who doesn’t want to chant from a cloud?

Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 6.21.56 PM.pngThe mirror on the vanity would look similar to this Arhaus Galvanized Leaf Mirror.  I love its whimsical, rustic charm, and the earthy aspect of its leaves.Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.06.03 PMThe vanity would definitely need some fire, water, and air flare with these gorgeous candles and diffuser from Volupsa.Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.20.37 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.21.42 PM.pngThe Voluspa Makassar Ebony & Peach is my absolute favorite candle scent in all of life. This diffuser would definitely give the water vibe that this beach baby needs.Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.22.24 PM.png
It would also not be spiritually equipped without some stone candle holders and jewelry holders. I loveeee these Arhaus River Stone Tealight Holders and River Stone Bowls.Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.45.02 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.54.04 PM Next is the organizational tray decor for the buddhist dream vanity.  It would definitely include these stunning Arhaus trays.  The first would be this Petra Century Marble Tray (loveeeee its Grecian vibe) for my perfumes,

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this Arnhem Branch Rectangular Tray for succulents, incense, candles, & trinkets….Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 4.04.36 PM.png and this round Arnhem Wild Flower Tray for makeup organization…..and you guessed it…..hummingbirds 😉 Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 4.05.01 PM.png

Lastly, but certainly not leastly, is lighting.  This is an important feature to a vanity when getting ready.  Also important for checking the last minute details of your finished, ready-to-take-on-the-universe look! The dream consists of several of these Arhaus Taza Large Pendant ceiling lights hanging above the Petra tables. Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 4.51.21 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-05-28 at 4.51.28 PM.pngThey are made of iron and amber colored glass, and go sooooo beautifully with the Petras.  I think they are just perfect for a spiritual space.  SO, my loves, this basically sums up my buddhist vanity dream.  I hope you guys enjoy it!  I would love to hear your thoughts and what your dream vanity entails! Don’t forget to follow Arhaus on Instagram & Pinterest for some seriously exquisite designs! Much love!!!!  ❤ ❤ ~Kelle

April Favourites: Beauty, Body, Hair & Home!

Ahhhhhhh aromatherapy!  It’s about that time for April favourites (in May lol).  Lately I have been rather obsessed with Soap & Glory’s Smoothie Star Body Milk.  It is incredibly moisturizing and smells like a dream.  It is a gourmand scent with almond, honey, oats etc.  I don’t find the scent to be sickening sweet, but rather, a calming sweet accord-ion of well-orchestrated notes.  It layers so nicely with musks & floriental perfumes.  Absolutely loveeeee it!

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Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk | April Favourites
Another favorite is my Ibiza round hair brush.  This brush beats every brush I own! A blow dry is just never quite the same if I try and blow dry my hair with my other brushes.  The Ibiza grabs every strand of hair in a section with one swipe, smoothes & shines each strand, and brushes through it effortlessly.  If you have long hair, this is amazing for big Bridget Bardot waves.  Also great for straight hair looks.  It is a blow dry and styling must!

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Ibiza Hair Brush | April Favourites
April wouldn’t have been the same without my Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster in the shade: light to medium.  It is similar in shade to my beloved butter bronzer, but has more of a glow due to its sheen.  The sheen doesn’t register as glitter on the skin, but instead as a sun kissed glow.  When I wear a faux tan, this is the bronzer I pair with it.  As reflected in the below photos, this bronzer is very well loved :)))

My skin cleansing routine in April included a new cream cleanser I have been adoring from Lily of the Desert.  I’ve been testing out several products from this line over recent months and will be mentioning a few more of my faves very soon.  This gentle, aloe-based cleanser is fantastic for my dry skin peeps.  It has been my go-to cleanser for a quick scrub before and after my workouts.  I love that it also includes chamomile.  #soothing ❤

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Lily of the Desert Aloe-based Cleasning Cream | April Favourites
After cleansing, my skin gets a quick daily exfoliation with Doll Face Beauty’s Clarify Tonic.  I’ve mentioned this baby many times on my blog and channel.  It is THAT good. The glycolic acid in this balancing tonic keeps my skin exfoliated and refreshed.  I wear it once daily either right before moisturizing/pre-makeup or before bed prior to moisturizing.  ❤ it!

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Doll Face Beauty Clarify Balancing Tonic | April Favourites
Another skincare product that I was never without in April was my Honey Girl Organics The Lotion Face & Body moisturizer.  It preps and plumps my skin for makeup and keeps it deeply moisturized all day long.  Cruelty-free, organic, gluten-free & made with honey and skin-soothing luscious oils, this emollient moisturizer is the bees knees.

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Honey Girl Organics The Lotion Face & Body moisturizer | April Favourites
Lastly, but certain not leastly, is my DW Home Black Rose Oud candle.  This is basically heaven on earth.  The scent is rich, decadent and sooooo relaxing.  This candle falls into my top 5 candles list of all time.  I will be doing that blog and video someday soon :))))) Maybe it’s just me, but every once and while I will get a wiff of tobacco with the rose and oud notes.  I am like a mad woman on the hunt for a perfume that smells identical to this black rose oud scent.  The gold lid with black bow & black glass holder makes the presentation of this candle so classic and chic for the home or to give as a gift.  A bath and bubbles would not be the same without this black rose beauty. #DIVINITY

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DW Home Black Rose Oud Candle | April Favourites
Hope you guys enjoy my April favourites!! Much love! XO ~Kelle

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April Favourites: Beauty, Body, Hair & Home | Kelley Whilden

My New Feature In NYC’s Entire Magazine!

To read more about my interview with Entire Magazine’s founder, Lori Brown, check out http://www.entire-magazine.com
Happy day, my lovelies! I am feeling especially blessed this week for Entire Magazine featuring my interview in their magazine yesterday! :)))) Based in NYC, Entire is a great way to get your daily doses of fashion, travel, fitness, lifestyle, & decor!  I love all of their posts! I especially love all the work they do in helping put a stop to human trafficking.  Here is where you can view my interview with Entire Magazine’s founder, Lori Brown.  Thank you for a wonderful interview, Lori!  Also, a giant thank you going out to Loydeen Pulsifer! You can follow these amazing ladies on Twitter & Instagram at @entiremag and @whatadeen ! I am so blessed for your support, my dears!  This feature would also not be possible without photographer, Patrick Massou!  Thank you for the amazing photos!  I cannot wait to work with you again my friend!  Also many, many thanks to my fans and supporters who have pushed me this far. I could not be doing any of what I do without you!  I am truly blessed to have you all! XO Much love, Kelle

Photo credit: Patrick Massou
Photo credit: Patrick Massou | Necklace: Kelley Nicole Jewelry Collection

Train Cases & Makeup-mobiles!

Happy Memorial Weekend, my lovelies!  The past few weeks have flown by soooo fast!  I have found that when life gets going, organization makes all the difference in the world.  A weekend of downtime & spring cleaning, my love surprised me with a Marilyn Monroe train case!  I decided to organize my highlighters and makeup odds/ends with it.  She looks so dreamy on her shelf in my bathroom, and it’s colors go perfectly next to Urban Decay’s Vice palette! Schedule crunch time calls for organization! My Bino makeup organizing tray is stellar for giving placeholders to my brushes and makeup that I use on the daily.  It came with a drawer that I pulled and stored my foundations, and the mirror is also a picture frame!  The ultimate multi-tasking tray! Another space saver I use is my limited edition Bobbi Brown train case. It is baby pink and faux crocodile-embossed, with silver hardware. Because it is heavy as a truck when full of makeup, I typically only use it when sitting at the table to do my makeup.  The best part about the case is all the space it offers for large palettes, brushes, and things not kept in my day-to-day tray organizer. I have a few ways I store my nail polishes: in a simple glass vase and a chocolate colored train case.  Lipstick & gloss collections can get a little overwhelming, so I decided to organize them in a chocolate colored and velvet-lined, sectional jewelry case box. Isn’t it nice knowing where everything is when you need it!?  For me, organizing is a great way to practice gratitude, de-clutter, and meditate on days ahead.  “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” -Unknown

Wishing everyone a beautiful holiday weekend! xoxo ~Kelle