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We first became enamored with Annie Dean earlier this year after stumbling across her site Combining tips for entertaining and etiquette, this modern day Miss Manners proves that you can juggle a hectic lifestyle (did we mention she’s a lawyer?) and still be ultra chic. This week she’s sharing her five easy tricks to make spring a little more fabulous. 


Here’s a secret: Essential oils are the best way to make your home feel a little extra glam and to keep your guests wondering how you manage to have everything in your home smell so fantastically clean. Whole Foods, and many health stores, offer a variety of essential oils for $10 or less. You’ll only need a drop or two for each use, so these little bottles pack a big punch. After you’ve cleaned up, rub two drops of essential oil into your countertop for a deliciously fresh scent that will last for hours. And don’t stop there.

When you’re feeling stressed, add a drop or two of essential oil into a hot bath. When you need to keep things calm at the office, rub two drops of lavender oil into your desk. Keep a small bottle in your purse and dab a tiny bit of essential oil under your nose before you get on a flight or a long bus or train ride to keep things relaxed and pleasant. Drop a touch onto written correspondence before you seal the envelope to make your stationery extra fancy. Spice up your generic brand unscented lotion with three or four drops. Essential oils will give your home (and your life!) that extra je ne sais quoi that will keep your friends guessing.

Our favorite scent right now? Joie’s playful and and refreshing Folle de Joie.

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