Thursday, 27 May 2021 12:53

The Wish List

Written by  Missy Black
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The Lydia & LIMA Collection. The Lydia & LIMA Collection. Courtesy Photo

Lately, I am buying all the candles, stacking rings and beauty supplies that I come across. I’ve gathered some inspiration so you can see what is hot, where to buy it and why it has been given my deep devotion. Besides, with weddings, graduations and birthdays coming up, you’ll need a little gift inspiration. 



Believe me when I say: It’s a whole vibe. The mix of amazing candle fragrances and a hand-painted pot is why I have fallen for the candle collaboration of local candlemakers LIMA and freelance artist and copywriter Lydia VanHoven-Cook of Lydia Writes Good. Each 12 oz. candle has a 60- to 70-hour burn time and candles are refillable by LIMA until the end of the year for just $12. Available at, and various boutiques around West Michigan including Parooz, LA Miller and Kennedy’s, $40



Dainty rings. Stacking rings. Rings for every finger. If you run into me, I’ll for sure be sporting tons of rings and the creations of Sugar Vibe are exactly what I’m referring to. The artist’s brass adjustable moon rings feature crushed stone and are finished off with resin. The two rings pictured feature turquoise or abalone options but other stones available are chrysocolla, citrine, lapis, pyrite, red jasper and peridot. Available at Nestology for $35



Masks are fun but I’m in the mood to mist with toners — specifically anything with lavender in it (cue the calm, am I right?). A toner or astringent is an integral part of any skin care regime as it helps the skin by balancing PH, minimizing the look of pores, removing residuals missed during cleansing and preparing the skin to receive the serums and moisturizers to come. 

The 2 oz. Lavender & Sage Face Toner from KOKI fights acne and clogged pores, dark circles under eyes, so bug bites and irritation, inflammation, sun damage, and helps fade the appearance of scars and bruises. Available at as well as numerous boutiques, including Pursuit in Ada, Carlyn & Company in Grand Haven and Pack Elephant in Grand Rapids, $12.

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