For me adding fresh cut flowers to the home is an instant pick me up, it brightens my mood and gives even the most sullen room some pep. They've even been proven to add some magic to the work place, keeping you inspired, productive and on task. Works for me and we all know it works for the people at Conde Nast. So last week when I caught up with the talented people at Bfloral, I knew I had to get a couple tips from the real experts. Here's looking at you Spring...
1. When buying roses gently squeeze the area where the rose meets the stem. If it's firm, buy them and if it's soft, pass (they're old!).
2. The leaves on rose stems are actually poisonous to roses so remove them before adding them to water. You can keep some on top for some oomph, just keep them away from the water. I'd follow suite with other flowers as well to keep bacteria from growing too soon.
3. Always trim your stems at an angle before adding to water for maximum absorption. Make sure your scissors are razor sharp!
4. Change the water every other day to keep things fresh. You can add a dash of sugar, an aspirin or a smidge of bleach to keep things peppy if you're out of plant packets.
5. Don't be afraid of "filler" flowers like carnations and freesias, they last a long time and are just as fabulous as say, tulips. I hear they're making a comeback.
6. In a tulip wilting rut? Drop a penny in the vase to keep them upright!
7. Keep your flowers cool, they're partial to cooler enviorments. So setting next to the radiator probably isn't your best bet. I swear they looked cold ;).
8. If you're an Orchid lover (it is practically the theme for the year) skip the ice cube. Turns out it does more harm than good, causing the plant to go into shock.
I've been hoping for a warm(ish) day to finally wear this maxi without any 'toppings' and I was ecstatic when I got the chance just before the weekend. There's just something about this dress that just feels magical, I don't know if it's the lovely florals or the heavenly bohemian vibe, but I am all in. Especially when my new shoes happen to match perfectly, giving the already fabulous dress that extra pop.
Dress Lulu's, Shoes Sole Society, Belt/Necklaces Caroline Hills, Bag Vintage
With Spring ready to bloom at any time now, I have Pastels on mind and not just in my closet. There's just something about adding those soft shades to my beauty look that gets me all ready for the blossoming season. It's not that I don't love my vivid colors, but winter is (hopefully) almost over it's time to bring out the delicately hued manicures, lipsticks and playful palettes. So, with snow still on the ground I'm rounding up my favorite Pastel beauty finds under $10 to get you Spring ready in a snap.
Last night I spent the Oscars indulging in some treats and champagne with the ladies of Glam via the Soho House screening room. Which as it turns out is really how viewing the Oscars should be. This time around I got a big screen glance at what the stars were wearing, and while I loved the nude sparkling gowns on just about everyone I appreciated the use of a little color. From Cinderella blue on Lupita to a plunging ruby gown spied on Pink during her performance, I was (ironically) feeling the colors of the rainbow. The pastels alone gave me hope for spring...
In which I was inspired to add a little color to my week in this fabulous red skirt. Now, since it's still practically the arctic out there I still had to layer up but it was all instantly brightened with this perfect pop of color from the waist down. I couldn't help but finish off my otherwise all black look with a crimson pout to keeps things on key.
What were you loving last night?
jacket and top lulu's, boots sole society, bag caroline hill, skirt spiegel
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Breakfast is kind of a thing in this house, we take it pretty seriously. As we should, it's the most important meal of the day. Now I'm not usually the one to concoct these fabulously made meals, I leave the eggs and waffles to my well skilled husband. However, when it comes to the creative recipes like my baked oatmeal, I have no problem stepping in and giving him a break. Last week I did just that with my newest favorite blueberry (or any berry) baked french toast. A baguette sliced, placed in a 13x9, soaked in eggs overnight and baked to perfectly crispy goodness. It's heaven for your taste buds and secretly packed with protein, and some of those other healthy things like you know, bread.
Try it, you'll love me FOREVER. Also, I won't judge you for using gluten free bread.
Blueberry Baked French Toast
1 Crusty Baguette Or French Bread - Cut into 1/2-1in thick slices
1 Cup Of Blueberries, or any berry fresh or frozen
1 Tsp. Almond Extract (also known as my new BFF & the secret ingredient)
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 Cup of Milk
1-2 Tbsp. Honey
Preheat Oven to 375˚
Arrange slices on a greased 13x9 pan (you might need an extra pan, this is my "extra pan").
Combine Eggs, Milk, Honey, Extracts and Cinnamon in bowl.
Pour evenly over slices, and top with blueberries. Refrigerate overnight (or for at least a 1/2 if you're in a hurry...)
Bake 15-20 mins or until bread gets a little crispy and voila!