I love a fabulously, overflowing and colorful arrangement, I do. But sometimes you just need simplicity. A few pretty blooms in a small vase, unfussy and still completely satisfying. Being so full and lush, blooms like peonies (or roses) can stand on their own and look oh-so-good doing it. I’ve been enjoying these pretties for the last few days and wanted to share some tips for how to make fresh cut flowers last longer.
1. If you’re buying them from a flower market or grocery store, make sure to pick ones that have not yet bloomed and are completely closed up. It won’t take long for them to bloom!
2. Give them a fresh, 45 degree angle cut. During summer months, if you have them in your flower garden, cut them in the early morning while it’s still cool and immediately submerge the stem in cold water. Re-cut again inside before arranging in your vase.
3. Cut all leaves that will sit below the water line to avoid bacteria contaminating the water.
4. Make your own flower food. Per quart of water, add 2 tablespoons each of sugar and lemon juice. Changing the water and solution every day or two will help the flowers last longer.
5. Try to keep your blooms in a cool spot. Heat will make them bloom more quickly. You can also keep them in the fridge at night (if you have room!) to keep them fresher.
Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms. Even beyond Pinterest, I’ve discovered some seriously amazing designers, entrepreneurs, blogs, fashion finds, art and more with Instagram. One of those incredibly inspiring accounts I recently started following this year is that of interior designer, Jennifer Wagner Schmidt of JWS Interiors.
Shortly after, Jennifer reached out to me and introduced herself and her gorgeous new venture, Box of Chic—otherwise known as my new favorite subscription box! This sweet little box is packed with stylish goodies to pretty up your home, with each new box having it’s own theme. The first box for September/October is designed to fancy up your desk with a fun modern glam feel that will make you smile every time you walk into your office, from the spotted pillow to the hot pink ‘girl boss’ pencils to the ‘Zou Bisou Bisou’ tray, which I of course adore.
The Sept/Oct box is $49 and includes all these items:
17″x17″ Black and White Pillow Cover for your desk chair (use with 18″x18″ insert)
Zou Bisou Bisou gold polka dot ceramic tray
Harvest Paper Co. Girl Boss Pencils, set of 3
White Gardenia Candle Tin
Sunglasses match box
Fashion Illustration “For You” card
You’ll also receive a beautiful flat photo card with a styled desk using Box of Chic contents and styling tips so you can re-create a similar look in your home
Isn’t it so chic and darling? After opening up my first box, I’m already excited to gift future boxes to my girlfriends for birthdays and holidays. And speaking of holidays—Box of Chic will be launching a holiday box geared toward entertaining for November/December! She gave me a little sneak peek and it’s sooo good. Think hostess gifts, holiday party swaps, seasonal goodies for your girls or what I’ll be doing—scooping one up for myself! Head over here to grab your first box while it’s still available!
I’m on my computer ALOT. Maybe too much (my hubs would agree). Between my full-time job as an editor at Style Me Pretty and recently spicing up Bisou Style during the evenings, my eyeballs tend to be glued to the ol’ MacBook on a pretty regular basis. So I like to pretty it up a bit every couple of months with a fresh backdrop. designlovefest kills it with their ‘Dress Your Tech‘ downloads. Here are a few of my recent favorites!
Strawberries & goat cheese. A little bit sweet and a little bit savory, mash these two up for a heavenly combo.
Guacamole & bacon crostinis. This is sort of my favorite pairing ever. It definitely falls more under the taste-bud-happy than healthy title, but it’s killer. It started one a few years ago when I wanted a bagel and was out of cream cheese, but I had some left over guac (and of course, bacon—always). It was love at first bite. Also, here’s a kid-inspired snack idea that I’m totally stealing for quick, bowl-free guac!
Spinach & greek yogurt dip with baked pita crisps. I’ve seen other brands out there, but our local grocer makes an unbelievable version. It’s great with baked pita crisps, but honestly, I could eat it straight out of the jar!
Raspberries, chocolate, coconut & honey. If you’re in the mood for something on the sweeter side, this is the ticket. I toss these ingredients in a bowl quickly and drizzle with a tiny bit of honey—crazy good.
Chilled tomato, cucumber & quinoa with lemon. This one takes a little more work, but it’s great if you’ve used these ingredients in your meal the evening before. I love the tomato and cukes chopped raw, mixed with a bit of quinoa and spritzed with lemon. I love the crunch from the cuke, the sweetness from the tomato and bite of sour from the lemon. Grab it straight from the fridge for a pick me up.