memorial day picnic

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I hope everyone had an amazing three days off! During the long weekend, I stuck around Boston instead of visiting my family on Martha’s Vineyard and ended up with a very full schedule: Friday date night, Saturday music festival, a gorgeous Sunday wedding and a Monday Funday picnic on Castle Island with two blogger friends — Laura from LoSo Fancy and Katherine from Style Tab. After some clouds and rain yesterday, the sun finally came out and gave us a chance to snap some photos and eat yummy bite-sized snacks (I was in charge of the mini caprese skewers– a Pinterest find). It was so fun to be outside, catch up with the girls and do some people-watching. Check out more photos below!

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Outfit details:

Shirt: Banana Republic horizontal stripe shirt // Shorts: J.Crew white denim shorts // Sunglasses: Illesteva Leonard // Hat: J.Crew Panama hat // Jewelry: J.Crew translucent stone necklace, EF Collection pavé zigzag ring

DIY: mixing flowers and succulents

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I think everyone loves succulents. If you ever peruse Pinterest, you’ll likely encounter a few succulents nestled into an artfully-designed bridal bouquet or centerpiece (they’re almost as ubiquitous as mason jars in the Pinterest world). So they’ve been trendy for awhile, but I am not complaining. Personally, I’m a big fan of any plant that doesn’t die at the first sign of neglect.

Beyond that, I really like the texture and depth succulents add to floral arrangements. The soft, dusty green variety are my favorite – so beautiful paired with coral and pink flowers. The best part? The succulents used in your arrangement can be replanted in soil long after the flowers wilt (like, two weeks later) and still thrive. Resilient lil’ guys!

Here’s my process for creating bright, happy arrangements using succulents and flowers (…perhaps unfit for a Pinterest wedding, but they do look lovely in my apartment). PS: check out more floral inspiration here.

You’ll need:
  • 2-3 succulents of varying sizes (medium/large)
  • an assortment of fresh flowers (I used a mixture of anemone, peonies, lisianthus and spray roses)
  • floral foam brick (soaked in water)
  • vase or planter
  • thin wire and green floral tape
  • skewers or chopsticks
  • wire cutters
  • floral shears

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Finished arrangements:

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Flowers are from the Boston Flower Exchange and succulents are from Berry’s Greenhouses.

pretty fall florals

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Flowers make even the worst days a little brighter. I always try to keep fresh flowers in my apartment — it’s something I picked up from my mom, who always has beautiful handmade arrangements around the house. The other night, after a particularly crappy day, I bought a small bouquet of roses at Trader Joe’s for $7.99. Usually, I’ll find a few smaller bouquets with colors that work well together and then combine them in a more interesting arrangement, but I liked the rich colors of these flowers so the job was halfway done. Here’s an embarrassingly simple guide to arranging flowers at home:

  • Personally, I like using cube vases like this one for a more modern feel. (Tip: If you’re using a glass cube vase, wrap a large leaf around the inside of the vase as a kind of “lining” to disguise the flower stems – here’s a video about it.)
  • Cut the flower stems short, so they’re about a half-inch taller than the container (you can always trim if necessary).
  • Strip any leaves or thorns that will be submerged in the water (this causes bacteria in the water, which ends up killing the flowers faster).
  • I arranged the roses by hand before placing them in the vase and loosely tied a rubber band around the stems to keep them in place (you can also use a floral foam block to keep flowers secure).
  • After placing the small ‘bouquet’ in the water and adjusting the heights of the flowers as necessary, I placed what I like to call “accessory flowers” (wheat-looking sprigs, purple flowers and leaves) around the core of roses.

This is (laughably) easy, but it’s an inexpensive way to bring some color and fresh flowerpower into your living space. Place some mini pumpkins (even better: glittered pumpkins!) around your arrangement to enhance that autumnal look. P.S. I love the word “autumnal”.