Everyday Art: Luxury Spanish Porcelain Brand, LLadro, Brings Creative Pedigree to Lifestyle Products

As a self-confessed homebody, having nice things at home means a lot to me. A gorgeous piece of art makes the home look more inviting, a boutique candle makes the home smell more inviting – you know what I mean. It’s the little things that create a space that’s expressive of who we are. So naturally I was excited when Lladro invited me to swing by their boutique on Madison Avenue. Lladro is a Spanish luxury porcelain brand that are widely known for their creative, classic, and completely collectible creations. Lladro porcelain pieces are painstakingly handcrafted, and are collected around the world for their beauty and craftsmanship. As much as I loved looking at Lladro’s ceramic artwork, I was there to check out their Home Fragrances Collection.

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The Lladro Home Fragrances Collection consists of a core Heavenly Dreams candle and diffuser selection, a signature nose candle, and a signature Volutes candle.

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Each of Lladro’s Heavenly Dreams candles feature a ceramic angel figurine on the lid, they come in three poses: Thinking of You, Dreaming of You, and Missing You – which translates into the angel folding its arms, leaning on its arms, or waiting expectantly. I love this detail so much, it really ties the candles into the mother brand. You’re basically buying a small Lladro creation.

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The Heavenly Dreams candles are all inspired by the Mediterranean and the brand’s creative universe, and the scents include: Gardens of Valencia, Mediterranean Beach, A Secret Orient, Tropical Blossoms, and last but not least, I love You, Mom.

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I couldn’t actually pick a favorite, but if I had too I’d choose Tropical Blossoms and Mediterranean Beach which are both so lovely. Mediterranean Beach has an orange blossom and woody tone, but it’s very fresh and transformative as a home scent. Tropical Blossoms, which is the scent I ended up picking, is a floral perfume of Italian mandarin and frangipani, with the tropical fragrance of benjoin. I didn’t even know what benjoin was until I burned this candle, then I was all obsessed by finding other fragrances with it. It’s basically a balsamic resin taken from the bark of specific trees, it has quite a distinctive smell.

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All of the Heavenly Dreams candles burn for up to 45 hours, the diffusers have a duration of up to three months, and the Nose and Volutes candles last up to 35 hours.  Once you’re done burning them, you can absolutely reuse these for cotton balls or to hold your makeup brushes on your vanity.

I’m not going to lie, the boutique kind of feels like an art museum. I learned so much about their process – like how pieces like this equestrian number can take a number of artists to create. Each layer – from color to accessories to glaze – will require it to be re-fired in the kiln. Another cool fact? When Lladro releases a limited edition item, they will make the set number of that item and then actually break the mold. Yep, breaking the mold ensures that no other replica can be made – it really asserts that collectors are indeed investing in a unique piece.

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Speaking of unique, the lighting! I could not get over how gorgeous they were. Lladro lighting definitely falls into the realm of luxury, with prices ranging into the tens of thousands of dollars. But a girl can dream, and this girl is dreaming of their Niagara Chandelier’s. They use optic fibers to suspend painstakingly crafted porcelain fairies or foliage. The light travels down the fiber and illumiates the ceramic creations, creating a breathtaking sort of Midsummer’s Eve-type effect. You can also bend the fibers yourself, cracking them and creating fissures for the light to catch along the fiber. Boy, if I had a spare 50k!

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Between the gorgeous lighting, contemporary and charming Animal Heroes collection, their work with artists, and their amazing Home Fragrances Collection, Lladro is not just your grandmother’s ceramic brand! It’s an innovative lifestyle one too!

To find out more about Lladro’s Home Fragrances Collection or their other products watch the video above, then click here!

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Kiss Tornado 360: Hair to Dry For!

So I recently had a chance to try Kiss’ new line of hair styling tools – which I was pretty darn excited about because if you’ve read the ‘Talon before then you know that I’m obsessed with the whole line of Kiss Nail Dress and their eyelashes! But because I loved their nail dresses and falsies products I had super high expectations for their hair styling tools, and luckily I wasn’t disappointed at all!

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This is the Kiss Tornado 360 1875W Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Blow Dryer. The blow dryer itself comes with both an air concentrator and a patent pending Tornado Air Booster. It also has three heat settings and three speed settings.

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My hair typically takes about 45 minutes to blow dry because not only is it long (my hair ends at the lower end of the middle of my back), but it also retains a lot of water and moisture and doesn’t dry quickly. This means that blow drying my hair is like a feat of magnificent proportions – my arms will tend to get tired and I won’t thoroughly dry my hair. I usually get spaghetti arms halfway through and my hair style suffers because of it. Now it literally took me, with the Tornado Air Booster attachment, ten minutes to thoroughly dry my hair. Ten. Minutes.

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This is what the patent pending Tornado Air Booster attachment looks like

If you’ve got long hair like me, I’m positive you understand how it is absolutely awesome having a blow dryer like this is – and even if you have shorter hair that typically dries fast I know as a girl shortening your styling time is invaluable. Plus, the spiraling air flow movements created by the rotating air booster not only unravels wet hair to speed up the drying process, but it evenly distributes heat and helps protect your hair from heat damage!

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I’m seriously recommending this blow dryer to all ladies out there – avoid fatigue and get your hair dried and styled in less time, all while protection your strands from spot heat damage, what more could you ask for?

If the Kiss Tornado 360 1875W Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Blow Dryer is any indication of the rest of their heated hair styling tools – then I’m excited to see what else Kiss has got in store for us!