best flowers for a pretty spring arrangement

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We’re kicking off March’s theme of blooming with grace with, of course, the topic of flowers. It only makes sense to start with the most literal interpretation of bloom. When I think of a pretty spring arrangement for my nightstand or the dining room table, there are eight types of flowers that first come to mind.

To style them, I recommend vessels like clear or blue mason jars, white milk glass vases, patterned jugs, wooden crates, and galvanized pitchers, all depending on your personal style and the space where you plan on displaying the arrangement. My favorite tip for this is to build a collection of vessels by shopping for them at thrift stores. You can find so many unique, even vintage, pieces to display your flowers!

On to the actual flowers:

hydrangeas // My favorite flower and always a go-to for spring and summer. Try them in white or blue!

eucalyptus // Great to pair with other flowers for more depth, but they’re also really pretty on their own.

white roses // A fresh white rose on its own or with some greenery is a classic option.

lavender // Not only is it pretty with its rustic, French country vibe, but it’s so fragrant.

tulips // I love tulips in a mason jar for a clean, crisp, and classic arrangement.

muscari // This is a unique choice that comes in many different gorgeous shades of blue.

cherry blossom // For a luxurious option, try cherry blossoms in a blue mason jar.

dogwood // I love dogwood for a dramatic spring arrangement than can look equally as luxe and rustic.

the weekend list no. 55

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My low of the past few weeks was that we had some illness going around the family and at one point, were all feeling gross at the same time which especially sucks when you work for yourself because it’s not as easy to take proper time off. Luckily, I was able to push through it and now I feel better! But my dad had it the worst. He was the only one with a full on sinus infection (and he never gets sick), then he got an infected cut on his hand. THEN, on his way to the doctor, he stopped at the farm to get eggs and was literally attacked by a rooster. So yeah, not the greatest last few weeks for all of us in that regard!

Luckily, that was really the only low! We had a super fun Oscar’s night and the weather has been so pretty, but the biggest high is that my aforementioned friend actually bought a ticket to come to London with me in the spring! We talked about it on a whim a few weeks ago but she actually followed through and did it, which is so fun!

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Yesterday was lovely not only because it was Friday, but because I just love the first day of the month. Getting to pick my new desktop from The Everygirl, starting fresh in my planner, and just generally the feeling of newness is really fun. Today, I’m doing a little bit of work and then going to do some vintage shopping with a friend to find some cute pieces for spring and summer and then stopping at Trader Joe’s and hopefully making a convincing argument to get some Shake Shack after 😉. Then on Sunday, I think we’ll be watching Mamma Mia. Do you guys follow Almost Makes Perfect? Her Instagram stories about Mamma Mia are one of the funniest things ever and I need to join the club.

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Good post on the concept of lykke. Read this and then Meik Wiking’s book on it!

The oldest house in D.C. is so gorgeous!

I loved this post about the different food trucks at Magnolia Silos in Waco. The sweet tea truck! 😍

Great tips for making your home look more expensive.

Stunning.

I love Goop’s classic wardrobe picks.

Amelie Pichard is so cute!

This beach is only 20 minutes from my house and I can’t wait to go when the water is warm.

My real weekend plans.

I love these ideas for random acts of kindness to try out. I’m going to do the library book one!

As Newt Scamander says, “My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.”

hello, march!

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When I was thinking about the theme for this March on the blog, what kept coming to mind was a quote that I see a lot which is “bloom with grace”. I think the idea is similar to “bloom where you are planted” which, to me, doesn’t mean staying in one place you’re whole life but thriving no matter what season you’re in.

What does that mean for content? It means plenty of ideas for making your current space, be it physical or mental, a really beautiful, peaceful, inspiring one. That’s kind of been my goal in life and on the blog for many years now if I think about it. I’ve lived in a few different places since college from a dorm room with a dreadfully weak shower (but lots of fun memories) to my first apartment in Lexington with all the road noise outside my window (but also cozy in its own way and special because it was my first time living alone) to the Brooklyn apartment that really tested my patience (but had a great view from the kitchen window and was only a two minute walk to the train) to being back home in Florida where I’m so grateful for my clean, tidy, sunshine-y, coastal surroundings.

No matter where I’ve lived, I’ve always tried my best to make each place feel like a sanctuary. There are so many little ways you can do it that often also apply to keeping your headspace feeling like a sanctuary as well. I hope that I can share some of my experience and the ideas that have worked for me this month!

As for imagery, I’m thinking lots and lots of flowers, of course. Beautiful botanicals, light pinks and earthy greens, wildlife like pretty birds and honey bees starting to come back after winter, eucalyptus leaves and a lots of intricate little details.

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book report: february 2019

Honestly, how is it already the end of February? Since this was a shorter month, I didn’t get as much reading done as usual but I did finish five books, a couple of which I really loved so overall. I’m still going strong with my reading goal and am excited to share these books with you!

Progress: 11/70

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
I’ve heard such great things about Jasmine Guillory recently and finally got the chance to check out her two books. I will admit, I did not finish “The Wedding Date” just because I really didn’t like the male protagonist and wasn’t super engaged in their relationship. Plus, the plot of The Proposal sounded a lot more interesting and I ended up really enjoying it. The basic premise is that Nik is at a baseball game with her not serious boyfriend, who proposes to her on the Jumbo Tron. She turns him down, is publicly shamed, and then ends up being rescued by a guy named Carlos (who was the best friend of Drew in the first book) and his sister Angie. I liked that the story was set in L.A., featured a cast of majority non-white characters, and that it felt so contemporary. There were a couple things I wasn’t super into, but those are just a matter of personal taste and all in all, I found this was a really fun romantic comedy.

Body Love by Kelly Leveque
I’ve been following Kelly (a nutritionist) on Instagram for quite a while and finally got my hands on her book which outlines the philosophy of her nutrition plan, which is used by people like Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Emmy Rossum, Marianna Hewitt, and Kate Walsh. What she promotes is essentially a nutrition plan based around balanced blood sugar which I think is a great goal. While I’m not adopting her philosophy religiously, it’s definitely caused me to change a few habits and be more aware of what I’m consuming as it relates to my energy levels. For instance, I’ve incorporated a Fab 4 smoothie into my mornings, have stopped mindlessly adding banana (a fruit with higher sugar levels) to my smoothies when I don’t need it, and am being more mindful about what I eat in the morning so that I’m energized and satiated.

Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life by Gisele Bündchen
I’m a huge Gisele fan and thus, was really excited when she announced she was releasing this book. I was finally able to read it one weekend this month and it was such a refreshing, pleasant experience. Each chapter covers an overarching lesson where Gisele addresses how she came to learning it and how she implements the lesson in her daily life. She talks about everything from relationships and nature to mental health and taking care of your body. Reading this gave me the warm feeling of sitting outside on a deck or at the beach with a green juice on the perfect day. I planned on giving it a solid four out of five (because I reserve five star ratings for books that make me feel a very specific aha type of feeling), but the last chapter actually pushed it into five star territory for me.

No Exit by Taylor Adams
This is how you write a thriller, okay? Wow. I read this book in about five hours or so because I couldn’t put it down. The twists just kept coming and coming until the very last page. The story is about a college student named Darby who is driving home to Utah to see her dying mother in the hospital when she is caught in a blizzard and forced to pull over at a rest area. There, she finds herself stranded with four strangers and accidentally discovers that one of them is holding a kidnapped girl in the back of their van. Over the course of the night, she has to figure out who is the kidnapper and how to rescue the girl and herself. Like I said, the twists just kept coming and the whole thing was so high octane from start to finish. This is a must read if you’re at all into thrillers!

Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant
This book was just amazing and has to be one of the best books out there on the South. It’s the memoir of Richard Grant who moved from New York City with his girlfriend to the Mississippi Delta where they bought an old plantation house on a sprawling farm owned by a close friend’s family. They go on to learn all about the South’s quirks and eccentricities, contradictories and the complicated American race relations that are so amplified in the Delta. There were parts that made me smile, made me disappointed (at what he was talking about, not at all how he was talking about it), and parts that made me feel so warm and happy, I could cry. Chapter 13, I’m looking at you. I adored this book and it was such a fun, informative read with beautiful storytelling.

thoughts on last night's oscars + why i almost didn't watch this year

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If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know I’m a big Oscars person and in college, I used to see all of the best picture nominees each year leading up to the show. This year though, I almost didn’t watch because I was utterly disappointed that they initially decided not to feature some of the categories live (cinematography, makeup and hair, costume design) which I thought was incredibly disrespectful to the hard workers who are integral to the filmmaking process. With no cinematographer, there’s no film. Thankfully, they changed their decision after all of the backlash and I decided to watch after all. We had a big spread of wine, prosecco, candy, and chocolate covered strawberries and settled in.

I’m not going to lie, I’m a very opinionated person when it comes to film and what films I think deserve awards, so I have a lot of thoughts but I’m going to keep them positive here. 🙊

FAVORITE MOMENTS //

Oscars Pre-Show Little Black Panthers - If you watched the pre-red carpet show on E!, you may have seen this too and I hope you did because it was ridiculously cute. The hosts were talking to Frederick Joseph, the founder of the Black Panther Challenge which raised a million dollars to send underprivileged kids to see Black Panther in the theaters this past year. At the end, the network donated $10,000 to his new Captain Marvel challenge and brought out a huge group of adorable kids all dressed as Black Panther.

Olivia Colman’s Acceptance Speech - Even though I was sad that Glenn Close didn’t finally get her Oscar, I adore Olivia Colman and her speech was the absolute cutest. She is so quirky and I love it.

Spike Lee Doing Everything - It’s no secret that I wanted Spike Lee to win Best Director last night and although he did not, he stole the show in my eyes. Throughout the entire ceremony, his reactions in the audience were priceless and when he won Best Adapted Screenplay, he was so funny on stage. So glad he at least won something, because he’s one of the bravest and most interesting directors of our time and has deserved the accolade for a long, long time.

Having No Host - I wasn’t sure how this was going to go, but I actually ended up liking the show with no host. It cut the fat a little bit, so to speak and allowed more time to go to film related content rather than shtick. In the future, I’d be good with more broadcasts that have no hosts.

RED CARPET FAVORITES //

Gemma Chan - You’ll notice that almost half of my picks this year are from the cast of Crazy Rich Asians, but is that really a surprise? Gemma Chan was my favorite of the night mostly because she could wear literally anything and look stunning, but I just really liked the combination of the ruffles and the high neck with bare arms. So good!

Constance Wu - This color was just perfect on her! She was like a Disney princess in the best way.

Michelle Yeoh - This look was breathtaking. I could stop comparing her to Audrey Hepburn because of the tiny, nipped waists.

Regina King - The color was beautiful on her and she was giving me Angelina Jolie vibes with that leg!

Stephan James - A trend I noticed last night was men wearing brooches and I am here for it. Stephan in particular wore a little gold piece with the red velvet suit and white accents and it worked so beautifully together.

Kacey Musgraves - She has been absolutely killing it this awards season from her Grammy’s look to this. With all of the tulle ruffles and the beautiful makeup, she was like a porcelain doll.

Charlize Theron - From the 20s vibe hairstyle to the color and the silhouette, this was a super elegant look.

Michael B. Jordan - He always looks good, but I really loved the navy velvet jacket here. It was a great way to break away from the old school black tuxedo but still keep things classic and interesting.