I have a notsosecret theory that the bigger the objects around me, the smaller I look. The smaller I look, well obviously the happier I am.* This goes for handbags (which is true), clothing (which is not true) and even furniture (also true).
Stay with me.
When I moved to LA a couple years ago, I felt was doing pretty well for myself, and needed, neh!, DESERVED my dream vehicle. And by vehicle I mean SUV. A big one. A really big one.
So I did it. Bought my big kid car and all was right with the world. For as long as I can remember I wanted this particularly voluminous truck, but I chalked it up to my obsession with looking like I am pissed. However I now see that it is all part of my wish to be a living breathing Shrinky Dink.
An interesting thing happened on the way out of Carmax. Something was wrong. I felt full of judgement and then subsequent anxiety. Why didn't I feel cool? Am I not p.o'd enough? I thought I looked pretty upset. Was the size ratio of truck to Kelly off? No, I DID in fact appear to be very tiny.
And then I realized it.
I felt guilty. I had become part of the problem. A two person household with two modes of transportation and enough interior car square footage for a family of 8. I was in CALIFORNIA now. No longer could I hide behind the guise of being blindsided by snow storm whilst traveling i94 on my way up north Michigan to ski. I literally don't have one reason, and now I feel like my high horse is actually a high hindrance to my happiness.
What if I could make up for my big fat carbon footprint by finding OTHER ways to save the world?
RIGHT? I know, genius.
So right then and there I pledged to work overtime on all things earth. You know, things like; recycling, using a Brita (till I found mold in it), turning lights off when I exit the room, letting Trevis turn the air off during the winter, catching rays outside instead of in a booth, using Blackle.com**, ditching my tropical fish tank screen saver etc. Thanks to fellow blogger Cat Ivans of Olive Bites for the last two more creative ideas.
Well slap me on the arse and call me No Karbon Kelly if I didn't just receive an addition to "Project I Just Don't Like Priuseseseses."
The lovely Colette, of "Colette Candles" sent me a (guess!) candle to try out. Not only did the sweet fragrance win me over but, you see, it's an earth-friendly candle, and that aligns nicely with my new earth-friendly Kelly mode d'emploi.
Created in a studio in Chicago, each one comes in its own hat-box like container, is hand poured and hand packaged with care. Colette luxury candles have a full-bodied fragrance throw with an extraordinary burn time of 60 hours. Free of artificial colorings and synthetic additives using only the finest fragrance oils available. The clean burning soy wax, glass, cotton wick, and re-usable box are all made in the United States.
J'adore the aromas and the messaging (and that she just got picked up by Henri Bendel!!) so I asked if we could do a giveaway to my constituents (you), since, lets face it - it IS a really big car. To my delight she agreed!
And so begins our second Giveaway! I rock right? Oh stop.
A unique interpretation of Hawaiian red ginger flower infused with white tea creates a soothing bouquet
Luscious fig with a light creme de cassis top note evokes a sophisticated state of mind
There are lots of ways to enter and each entry will give you a better chance at winning so lets get on with the different ways you can participate...
● Follow Colette on TWITTER
● Friend Colette Candles on FACEBOOK
● tweet about this GIVEAWAY
● blog about this GIVEAWAY
● blog about this GIVEAWAY
Leave me a comment below letting me know all of the ways that you've entered. Also, make SURE to include your e-mail address so we can contact you should you be the winner:)
Also if you already do all of this, let us know in the comments section to be entered!
Ends Thursday, October 14th. Winner will be announced on both blogs, Twitters, Facebooks, Faxes, Carrier Pigeons etc...