Baby it’s cold outside and we are keeping warm inside with our pumpkin spice latte and some fun new polishes! How do you like our glittery ombré look? We used Essie Boxer Shorts, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue & Milani silver.
There is nothing we enjoy more than a beautiful fresh cut of flowers. Actually, the only thing we love more than that is carrying our flowers out of the flower shop in brown paper wrap. There is something about it that makes it seem so romantic and complementing to all flowers. Some people have gotten really creative with their flower wrappers to personalize their flower package all together. We think we will try all of these great wrapper ideas when gifting flowers this Spring.
We’ve joined a community garden group and although we are still in the works to get the city to allow us to use certain pieces of land, we’ve started to brainstorm gardening ideas through Pinterest. A community garden is a great way for old and new community members to come together and spend time doing a productive and fun activity. Here are some ideas we love that we think will get people excited about ways to be different and creative with their space. We also think that with ideas such as these, they can double as public art and promote the garden! Has anyone ever tried any of these ideas yet?
With Spring just around the corner, we are looking to start our garden with fresh goodies. We stumbled upon the cutest gardening seed kit at Anthropologie. Whether it’s a full blown garden or an small scale urban garden, these garden markers are for sure going to set you apart from your neighbors! Time to put on our gardening gloves and get started. This has inspired us to find clever ways to jazz up our garden and keep expanding our plants and veggies.
Here is a quick and easy way to make your home seem like it’s been visited by the florist fairy. We put together this festive, classy and simple floral arrangement that we think everyone should try.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh Cranberries
- Your favorite flowers
- Rinse the cranberries as they may carry debris that can later cause the water in your vase to appear muggy
- Add water to your vase, do not fill it to the brim, about 4-5 inches of water should be sufficient
- Add the cranberries to your vase
- Cut the tips of your flowers off in an angle with a sharp knife, cut off any leaves that will be submerged in the water***
- Place flowers in vase
- Cut a piece of twine and tie it in a bow around your vase. If you don’t have a vase, you can use a mason jar (which we love!)
Just as we are passionate about what we wear everyday, we need to be equally dedicated to figuring out the life cycle of our garments. We are happy that society as a whole is more aware of the importance of recycling: our trash cans are labeled “trash” & “recycle”, we’ve gone paperless, our water bottles are made up of less plastic, and grocery stores are charging customers for shopping bags in efforts to get them to switch to re-usable bags. If we care so much about paper, plastic & water, then we should be aware of another element that makes up a large percentage of our landfills: textiles.
Thanks to affordable fast-fashion retailers such as H&M and Zara, who have showed their consumer that they care about the environment by using organic cotton and reusable hangers, it is easier for the consumer to contribute to the growing number of textiles in our landfills today. It’s important that as the consumer, we know that it takes about 2,000 liters of water to produce 2.2 pounds of cotton -enough to produce ONE pair of jeans and that it takes nylon fabric 30-40 years to decompose. By being aware of the life cycle of our garments, we can help reduce the existence of textile in the landfills.
The obvious alternative to throwing away clothes is donating or repurposing them for your personal re-use. Even though Zara and H&M aren’t using harsh chemicals in the making of textiles, or using pesticides for cotton, they should take note from companies such as Nike & the GAP, who have educated their customers on the importance of proper textile disposal. Nike has collected consumers’ old Nike products to send off to get properly disposed; the GAP has given their customer great deals on new jeans when they take in their old jeans. If we ever want to make a difference, we must start in our own homes.
About 95% of textiles thrown out are recyclable, and 85% of it still ends up in landfills. You research organization in your city that help recycle textiles or visit Charity Navigator to help you properly dispose of your unwanted textiles.