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I wish you could stop by for coffee this morning.

I have so much to tell you.


I’d throw open the door and tell you how happy I was that you were there and you’d say my messy bun looked amazing and I’d tell you it had paint splatters in it.

And then we’d laugh like we had known each other forever.

Then I’d show you the perfect new nail polish color called Field Fox that I just found that’s not too bold, not too boring with a hint of lilac and a hint of khaki that kind of looks like spring and tell you that I started watching Gilmore Girls again from the beginning and we should pack our bags and move to Stars Hollow.  And I’d show you this piece of molding that I just found by the side of the road that looks so full of promise and we’d head to the back porch where I’m in the middle of a fun project and when we walked through the rooms you would sniff…..

….and tell me the house smelled amazing.

And I’d smile and say, “I know….right?”

tropical table

I wish you were here for coffee so you could smell what I am smelling at this very moment.

It’s making my heart happy.

There’s a hint of fruit layered in with a hint of floral layered in with pineapple layered in with the salty spray of the ocean.


If I close my eyes and take a deep breath, it’s like my yoga pants and paint spattered messy bun fade away and I’m sitting on a beach chair with the ocean in the distance looking totally amazing and super skinny and someone is bringing me drinks on a bamboo platter.

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All of this yummy goodness is brought to you courtesy of Yankee Candle.

They asked me to partner with them for their new Margaritaville candle line.

I told them I would be honored.

And then I sat and thought about how I could convey the scent to you?

I wish this was smellavision, but I don’t think it’s a thing yet.

decorating with tropical flair

So I did the next best thing.

I created a visual for the candles.

A little island oasis on the back porch.

I discussed it with the candles and they told me if they could decorate the back porch, this is what it would look like.

Tropical and sassy and fun and full of all that’s good and right with summer.


There are four scents in the new Margaritaville line.

Lime & Sea Salt – A tropical lime cocktail waiting for that chilled glass with a collar of sea salt.

Pineapple Breeze – Juicy pineapple and tropical blooms pick up a hint of fresh vanilla on the warm island breeze.

Mother Ocean – A breezy scent full of island air and big surf with notes of blue lotus and lavender.

Jamaican Vacation – Ripe tropical fruits, fresh island blooms and a dash of sugar let you know it’s island time—breathe in, enjoy, relax.

All the scents come in pillar candles carved with a little bit of the islands, large square candles, small square candles, the cutest striped tin candles and tea lights.  

margaritaville candles

I think this is my favorite combination.

A little Jamaican Vacation mixed with Pineapple Breeze.

I’m closing my eyes again and heading for the islands.

The screened-in porch has a head start on me….

….it’s time to get my summer on. 🙂

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  1. Image for Debian Debian

    Love the pillow - brand? Where to buy? Thanks!! The entire setting is so fresh and cheerful! Wish I could be there having coffee with you this morning!!

  2. Image for Laura Ingalls Gunn Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Oh the Ocean Breeze scent sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try it. I also really love the flamingo sunglasses. I met a rock star blogger this past Tuesday and I'm still walking on air. The KariAnne post went live today on the blog.

  3. Image for terie terie

    Can't wait to try the new YC fragrances-- SO ready for warmer weather here in KY! Possible snow flurries this weekend? So Not Ready For That! The Field Fox nail color is truly beautiful! I could also see you trying the Thistle Thicket color ( seems appropriate) from the same color collection. Happy Weekend- Stay Warm!

  4. Image for Ann weisman Ann weisman

    It would be so fun to visit with you. But you had better be careful with those open invitations. I am afraid you would have a traffic jam on your road because I am sure I am not the only one to want a visit, Ms Popularity!

  5. Image for Mary Crozier Mary Crozier

    Well, it is VERY obvious that you have gotten the perfect picture taking process colorful and fun today. It truly will make me buy these candles.....and I wish I could stop by for a cup of coffee. But just so you know, I have my coffee here with me every morning when I check into Thistlewood Farms!!!

  6. Image for Bluwatergal Bluwatergal

    Hi Karianne! On my way, 'kay? You know everything about this is totally my jam! :-D Love that the farmhouse backporch is rocking a gorgeous island vibe. Ordering my candles today, and will say Karianne sent me. It's island time! Bwg ~~~

  7. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    I googled the Field Fox color, and found a picture with Grapefuit Spakle over it. TOO CUTE!! Both were CND shellac.

  8. Image for Kris Kris

    Cuz if we look super skinny we can have any number of high calorie beverages, right???? ;) Glad you are having thoughts and scents of summer (or a really good vacation). We are bracing for accumulating snow. Boo.

  9. Image for Nancy @ slightly Coastal Nancy @ slightly Coastal

    I love the bright and cheery vibe and I bet it does smell wonderful. I need that green carved pillar candle in my life. The funny thing is...I'll totally be sitting out looking at the ocean this weekend. If you came this way, we could totally "feel" skinny sitting on the beach drinking fruity drinks and smelling the salty air with paint in our hair. My bestie Sheila and I do that all the time. By the way, my other friend owns the cutest little B & B in town, The Blue Heron Inn, and you could totally stay there and live our island life for a bit. Have a great weekend! Nancy

  10. Image for Terry Terry

    See how the name of the scent is written on the side of the jar candles? It would be cute to write a personalized fun saying or inspirational message on the candle with a gold paint pen and give as gifts! Just saying....

  11. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Sniffffffffffffffff!!! Mmmmmmmmm!! Smells like the tropics! We love our candles. In fact we have one burning now. I'm not sure what the scent is but oh my your scents there are transporting me to a little grass hut and I can feel the nice warm breeze perfumed with wonderful scents -- the ocean, the flowers. I just took a sip of a pineappley, coconutty drink --dessert in a glass. Would you like one?? I'd be happy to whip one up for you :-) Have a wonderful day, rock star!!

  12. Image for Toni Toni

    On Island Time with you. Such a fun post. Glad I read it before running out... Added to my "to get list". Happy weekend.

  13. Image for Terri @ Designing Wilder Terri @ Designing Wilder

    I just started season two of The Gilmore Girls! (It would be embarrassing to tell you how many times I have been through the series! Yikes!) My goal in life is to be the master of snappy repartee like Lorelai! Oh, and I call dibs on decorating Old Man Twikem's house when we get to Star's Hollow! :) Have a great weekend! Terri

  14. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Hi KariAnne! Wow, everything is so tropical. Lovely styling and just looking at this makes me feel like I'm in a much warmer place. We may get snow flurries tomorrow. Can you believe that? My only consolation is that the new season of Outlander premiers tomorrow too-lol. Do you watch that show? It's quite different than Downton Abbey but still oh-so gooooood. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Lisa

  15. Image for cindy cindy

    How cool is that! OMG! I have to get one of those candles!!!! I'm just a little excited:D I have this vision...your on the beach...soaking up the sun...wearing a super cool pair of shades with bright RED lipstick of course! Make sure your playing some very cool tunes....preferably POKER FACE! Cause you know your playing it cool...but screaming inside from excitement:D And when your finished with the first drink, your cabana boys can pause from fanning you and fetch you another! P.S. You MUST have t-shirts made that say, "If found on the side of the road, return to Margaritaville...a.k.a Thistlewood farms!"

  16. Image for Chris Chris

    I have been reminding myself to watch the Gilmore Girls from the beginning again, so for a coffee visit I'd show up with my sleeping bag and settle in for a GG marathon! That pretty green pillar candle is going on my must have list. We had the A/C on this week because of such warm weather (sorry to those that are dealing with snow), but today is cool, dark, and drizzly so it's a perfect day for burning candles. I think it's only a matter of time until we have scratch and sniff computer screens, LOL!

  17. Image for Andrea Andrea

    My daughter and I toured Warner Bros. Studios this past fall. I had no idea who the Gilmore Girls where but it was filmed there. I binged watched all 7 seasons this winter. Best show ever!

  18. Image for Gail Gail

    I just got my shipment a couple days ago.. I love yankee candles.. I have one burning almost every day.. I got all the new scents and a bunch of the old. I have been buying them for well over 20 years. They are the best. So, I may not be there with you but I can smell what your smelling.. I have mine going right now while I make hard boiled eggs and some homemade bread. Breakfast tomorrow will be full of scent and yummy taste.. Have a great weekend. I am making a bench sofa, and planting more tomato plants.

  19. Image for Michele Michele

    I need to get outta Dodge, KA. This pushed me over the edge. Love Yankee - gotta go there soon. BTW- for anyone who doesn't know, many times I will go online before trapsing to our awesome YC retail store down the road and print a coupon - often it is $10 off. Makes the getting there n shoppin' even sweeter. One of my fav places for hostess gifts ever. I need to go sniff there soon to be sure. Thanks for the inspiration - gorgeous, too, I might add. : - ) And I agree: "Smellavision" is a classic. YOU are a classic. Messy bun and all! hugs! Have a great weekend. ♥

  20. Image for Sarah @ Tomfo Sarah @ Tomfo

    Ah summer... Colour, drinks, palm leaves And that smell. Smellalicious. Lime and seasalt looks right up my alley. You are just too clever, that's why I love your work!

  21. Image for Patty Patty

    They are predicting snow for tomorrow in Connecticut. I have plants on my dining room table waiting to be planted outside. I hope the warm/dry weather will come soon.

  22. Image for gina gina

    I love Yankee candle scents with Pineapple to start my summers! A long held tradition of mine. Love the name of the collection.They recently opened a Margaritaville Resort on a beach here in S. FL.

  23. Image for Puetz Kathleen Puetz Kathleen

    Always torn with my candle color matching my room. Yet the fragrances I want are never in the color I need. This sounds like a DIY problem. I think you could find the solution for me

  24. Image for Nicki Parrish Nicki Parrish

    Karianne you are truly amazing! You are the only person I know who can make Yankee candles sound so amazing! Your porch truly does look like an island oasis. And now I have to go out and buy one of those candles after the way you described them! Yankee candles was right on in partnering with you. You are my hero!

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