June 28, 2015

Happy Weekend!

Can't get enough of this chic, tailored, lust-worthy Narciso Rodriguez collection via Apartment 34

This is the next pastry I will be making.... yummy delicious
loving this very summery instagram feed
Planning for my next vacation begins now... its gorgeous!
fun wallpaper for a nursery... educational and colorful
Is this real life?  If so I have some catching up to do!

June 24, 2015

How to: Make an arrangement from your garden

When I create a garden bouquet its about texture and shape, I don't want it to look flashy just green and lush with a couple blooms stealing the show.

  1. select your flowers and greens; you want 3 large blooms, handful of smaller flowers or greens, and leafy filler.
  2. consider your shape; I designed mine to flop over to the left using some sweet peas and grape vines to help the effect 
  3. arrange the flowers in a vase; (remember the larger the vase opening the looser and spread out your bouquet will be) starting with the filler, then smaller flowers or greens, lastly the large blooms

  • select a vase that is about twice the diameter of the stems of your flowers and greens when held in your hand
  • look for varieties in greens and texture if you don't have a lot of flowers and color
  • think of where the finished arrangement will be placed, this will help you decide on the size and shape
  • if you need help arranging consider buying one of these old fashioned but still helpful or take some chicken wire and scrunch it into your vase.  Both of these give your flowers something to hold on to
  • if you want a flower to look special in your arrangement don't use more than 3 of them and leave them a littler taller than the rest
  • you can always pick up a few blooms from the market and use the greens from your garden, doesn't take a lot to brighten up a room

up close: peonies, dusty miller greens and flowers, sweet pea greens

finished arrangement in vintage Ball jar
the arrangement's home next to some of my favorite things, my paintings, records, and vintage Mediterranean map

June 21, 2015

Happy Sunday!

Happy Fathers Day
(& the first day of summer too!)

Here are some Father's Day inspired links and maybe a couple summer ones too.  When its going to be almost 80 is Seattle all bets are off.
Its a salad and a boozy beverage

P.S. Everyone remember to call your dad!

June 20, 2015

Last minute Father's Day gifts

We've all been there, you know the day is coming but you still think you have time until you realize... its tomorrow.

Below are my picks of what to get in the mail ASAP and have delivered to good ol' dad.  Hopefully a card will tide him over a day or two.  Thank goodness for rush shipping.

June 17, 2015

June 14, 2015

Happy Sunday!

Beach Babes

Looking to buy this
Traveling here ASAP
Cooking this next weekend
Need to watch this... again!
Reading this in bed every night
Feeling happy every time I see this

June 11, 2015

This week: What got me through

nothing like a little ice cream
swimming pool day dream
beautiful Stella dresses
buckets of flowers and storefronts
A little Marilyn
new purses of course
personal signature cocktail

June 2, 2015

How To: Get the best scrub of your life at home

I am always looking for the newest, best and still affordable face and skin care.  I still haven't found anything that I love more that these DIY scrubs and following them up with a heavy moisturizer for face and body.

The key to the face scrub is gently rubbing until the sugar almost dissolves .  I normally make up a small batch (total for 3-4 tablespoons) every couple weeks and apply it in the shower, it can be a little messy.

The body scrub is hearty and course (depending on the coffee ground you are using) and best used on shower softened skin, thats about 7 mins in a warm bath/shower.  Because this scrub is messy and does not dissolve I recommend after softening in the shower turn the water off and start scrubbing applying the ground mixture to the skin and using the lemon half as the "scrubber", or you can use your hands and follow up with a quick lemon rub.  You'll know you're done when your skin is pink and a little raw feeling just like at a Korean spa.  When you're done with the scrubbing wipe down with a damp cloth with the goal of getting the coffee grounds off.  Gather the gather the grounds as best you can and scoop them in the trash.  Then you can rinse off in the shower, no need to soap up, just a quick rise for any residual scrub.

Bit of a hassle but totally worth it.

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