My Favorite Things: July 2015

My Favorite Things: A Blog Linkup

I’m participating in Eirene and Raisa’s “My Favorite Things” monthly blog linkup, so here are five of my favorite things from June.



2015 is the first year I’ve cared about candles, but they seem to be trending in Korea as several candle shops recently opened in my neighborhood. In June, I burned the candles in the picture: Woodwick’s Cafe Sweets Trilogy and Circa Home’s 1998 Mango and Papaya. I enjoyed both of them. Woodwick candles are fun because when the wick is lit, the candle crackles and sounds as if it were a log burning in a fireplace.

Even though I’ve used my Mango and Papaya candle several times for many hours, I’ve never actually lit it. I have a candle warmer that melts all of a candle’s wax without burning it, which also helps the candle last longer. Basically, despite being tiny and my having used it a ton, my Mango and Papaya candle looks flawless and has a lot of scent left.

I’m most fond of candles made with soy wax like Ecoya and Circa Home’s. I heard that those made of beeswax were the best because they cleaned the air and reduced allergies/asthma, so I got one, but I hate it. It’s too strong; it irritates my nose to the extent that I feel as though it’s going to bleed. How ironic.

Anyway, do you have any candle recommendations?



Summer is my least favorite season—it’s unbearably hot and humid. It also rains for a month straight. It’s just horrific. Regardless, dresses make summer tolerable and they’re fun. While I was “studying” for one of my finals, I picked up the four dresses in the image above for about $10 each at Top Ten and I love them. I wore each of them in June.

My Phone: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge


My phone is beautiful. My phone’s case is purple, celestial ♥, and it holds my most important cards—it’s basically perfect. Sadly my phone isn’t perfect because of its questionable battery life. Still, it’s one of my favorite things. I miss some iOS apps, but I’m happy to be an Android user.

Doctors Without Borders

Unfortunately, I’m materialistic and my last few posts have been little more than celebrations of conspicuous consumption, so as a bit of a reality check, I’ve added Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres). They do amazing work all over the world. I donate to them every month. They’re just great.

If I continue participating in this linkup, which I hope I will, I’ll feature a different charity each month because if I have money for candles, clothes, and stationery, then I also have money for charity.

My Bike

I adore my bike even though it lacks a basket and a rear rack. If you haven’t seen my post about it, give it a look: My Bike and a GoPro.

That’s it! What were your favorite things in June?

*Photos (over)processed in—get ready for it—Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Pixlr and Aviary. ^^

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  • Reply Trisha July 11, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I agree about donating! Now I feel kinda bad because I’ve been really materialistic over the last couple of months that I’ve overspent without saving some for my yearly donations to Operation Smile. :( I started donating to that foundation since I got acquainted with Zachary Levi’s The Nerd Machine whose annual NerdHQ benefits Operation Smile.

    I’m currently being mindful of my expenses and will definitely allot some money for charity. I also hope that our Philantrhopy group at work would have organize an outreach activity soon!

    • Reply Chantelle July 18, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Operation Smile is great too. I’ve never done anything for them, though. :( You often post charity-ish things on your blog so I don’t know why you feel bad. ^^

  • Reply Tara July 12, 2015 at 12:45 am I know they sell candles, too :) They used to do a pop-up store in Daehakro, and that’s where I discovered their candles and their jams, which are amazing! Love their jams 😀

    Ahhhh! I really want a Samsung Galaxy S6. How questionable is its battery life, though? And I’ll always be an Android user 😀

    • Reply Chantelle July 18, 2015 at 10:52 am

      On Tuesday, I was at Daehakro. T_T I should have remembered to check them out. It was my first time in that area and I really liked it. Next time, I’ll give them a look.

      The battery life is extremely questionable, but it’s not consistently questionable. Sometimes, it seems okay, but yesterday it was going so quickly… I ALWAYS carry a portable charger with me so it’s never died on me, but I bet it would if I gave it the chance. On the positive side, it charges super quickly.

  • Reply Eirene July 12, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Ahhhh I love candles. I used to get my soy candles from Target, but they’re closed in Canada now. That Vanilla Bean Caramel Biscotti sounds so good! There’s some cool soy candles on Etsy if you’re interested in going that route!

    I love that idea of having a different charity focused every month! I’m excited to see what charity you’re going to feature next month!

    • Reply Chantelle July 18, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Thanks a lot for the comment. Before going to Etsy, I think I’ll continue trying to visit my local shops since we have so many of them and they often run sales. Part of me things it’s a little weird that there are candle stores that only sell candles. They’re adorable though.

  • Reply Raisa July 13, 2015 at 4:20 am

    I must know more about your Galaxy S6 Edge! XD I’m shopping for a new phone this fall since my contract is nearly up. I’m leaning towards LG G4, but I’m waiting to see what the next Note’s gonna be like.

    I do a lot of shopping in Amazon, and I actually use their Smile page which directs a cut of my spending to an organization of my choice. I picked the Travelers Aid Society of Philadelphia which aids homeless families. It’s a very visible problem in Philly, but sadly a lot of people would simply pass homeless people by. I’ve exchanged a few words with them on my way to work. They’re human too. :( People become homeless for many different reasons. It’s not fair to assume that they simply didn’t work hard enough or are clearly junkies. I think it’s our responsibility as a society to help each other. No one lives in a vacuum.

    • Reply Chantelle July 18, 2015 at 11:01 am

      I’m in love with the LG G4 commercials I see, but not so much that I want that phone. ^^ I adore the way my phone looks, but its battery is not good so if you use your phone a lot and don’t plan to charge it during the day or to carry some kind of portable charger, it’ll probably be a problem. Otherwise, it’s amazing.

      I’m glad you mentioned the Smile page because I’ve been really confused about what it was. Amazon doesn’t explain it clearly? From now on, if I purchase something from Amazon, I’ll try to go that route. I hope it works for digital things.

      I walk by people who aren’t homeless but who sell vegetables on the street. I’d like to do something, but I don’t know what’s appropriate/what to say so I only smile. ^^; I should figure out something better.

  • Reply Chynna July 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Those candles look lush! I remember in uni, I had a draw full of candles, haha. I just love them. All the different scents are just <3 The candle warmer sounds like a genius idea! Yankee candle are amazing!

    I need to get some new dresses, actually. All the ones you've shown are so pretty.

    I got a chance to test out the S6 last week and I LOVE it. I really want one now. The camera quality is amazing! Man, these phone companies need to sort out their battery lives!

    • Reply Chantelle July 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Thanks! I’ve actually never bought a Yankee Candle. They’re popular here and they’re everywhere, but other brands seem rarer (like I should get this now before it’s gone) so I just haven’t. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging and the packaging of the other brands has also been gorgeous so…I’ve gone for them. Woodwick just seemed interesting.

  • Reply Cat July 14, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Ooh, a mango and papaya candle sounds nice, and the 4 dresses you got are cute! I like the fun patterns on the colorful ones.

    Doctors Without Borders is a great charity! I do a big donation to them every year. They’re always there when a country really needs the medical help. I’m interested in seeing what other charities you feature!

    • Reply Chantelle July 18, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Thanks! I’ll try to feature a variety of charities, but I also won’t stop my donations to Doctors Without Borders because they’re awesome.

  • Reply Jana July 17, 2015 at 4:01 am

    This blog post is a cool idea. I love candles but sometimes even if I love the scent, they give me a headache. :( I like Rassberry scented candles, but recently I won a candle from a local store Candle Crush. The scent is “Grandmas Apple Crumble”. They have heaps of odd scents you wouldn’t think to put in a candle!

    Depending on how old your phone is, there could be some things you can do to help the battery life. On my old Sony Xperia something was wrong with Google Play (or some other Google App, I can’t remember which) which would drain my battery so fast. I installed the app GserviceFix and my battery life was better. Perhaps there is some app which is malfunctioning and draining your battery? I mean, isn’t the S6 a relatively new release?

    I watched the video on your bike! That’s so neat! I need to use my bike more often. The town you live in looks nice. I like the wide bike / running track you started on. It looks nice and wide and it has cross walks for people going the other direction! That’s so neat!

    • Reply Chantelle July 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Thanks for leaving such a thoughtful comment. I’m glad to see that you’re blogging again too. 😀

      Sometimes candle scents can be overpowering. That’s why I like buying small ones. I put my beeswax candle in a cabinet and it’s completely sealed in its box, but whenever I open the cabinet I’m hit by its powerful smell and its awful (not the smell, but its strength).

      My phone is new. Unfortunately, I think the combination of a super powerful phone with a 2500-ish mA battery just isn’t a good one. There’s nothing I can do and the crappy battery life is something all? S6 users suffer. :(

      Thanks for checking out the video too. ^^ I love our bike paths. I don’t think it could be clearly seen, but there’s another path on the other side of the green for walkers. I can ride my bike for miles and miles on the bike path without having to worry about cars and other obstacles – but in the video I posted I abandoned that area and changed paths pretty quickly.

  • Reply Liv July 19, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I’m glad to see you writing a post! Missed reading them.

    I don’t know much about candles so I can’t really recommend them, but I love them in the sense they can be so photogenic, hehe. In the winter sometimes we light a candle to make the house smell better than the dry air. Our house in the summer is perfect because it’s rarely hot, and so comfortable in terms of humidity. Which brings me to dresses … I love summer for fashion! Dresses > bundling up. The only thing I worry about is how cold some indoors locations can be and I end up fearing wearing a dress.

    I’m definitely a Samsung fan too, as well as Apple. I want to stick to iPhones but I can’t live without my Samsung tablet! Android forever! I’m so glad to see the Android market is expanding but most app developers still flock to iOS first which is why I’m sticking to it.

    Ahh I like that you included a charity that you donate to regularly! I want to do that, or start my own charity and donate to causes I support. :) So amazing. Medicins sans Frontiers has done great work in Africa last year with the Ebola outbreak. Such selfless people.

    • Reply Chantelle July 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thanks for writing such a long comment. :) When I wear dresses, I normally carry a sweater/cardigan with me because, you’re right about cold indoor locations. Some places use air conditioning to recreate winter.
      My Samsung computer (it works as a tablet, but doubles as a real laptop too – I edit videos on it) is actually what inspired me to get the Galaxy S6. The computer is not perfect, but I’ve had such a wonderful experience with it.

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