When the new year rolls around, I like to clean up my shelves and drawers: out with old knick-knacks and clutter, and in with the new. One of the first things to go are charred, half-melted candles; it's so nice to start fresh with pretty packaging and clean scents.
My go-to candles are Vie Luxe. Owner Marjorie Gublemann has been profiled in plenty of magazines for her fabulous lifestyle -- including Elle Decor and Harper's Bazaar, which noted her one of New York's "Most Celebrated Hostesses," a fact that both Martha and I can attest to. Her company is a global fragrance empire sold in over 1500 of the world's most high end shops. Each candle is named and scented after dreamy vacation destinations such as Palm Beach, Sardinia, St. Barth's, and Buenos Aires. They're effortlessly chic and appeal to everyone. I highly recommend you get plenty of them; they are the perfect gift for any occasion -- or just to turn an ordinary day into an occasion.
(Photo via Saks Fifth Avenue)