Month: June 2015

Caring for Plants

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In the last year or so, I’ve become sort of obsessed with indoor plants. But I came to discover that I have something like a brown-ish thumb after I got my first few succulents. Granted, the plants were cheap, but I was still sad to see plant after plant die…so I decided to get serious (as serious as one can get about tiny cacti) about plant care. I tapped my dad for help, since he’s a bit of a plant wizard (he protests this, but he resurrected two of my plants) and I did a tiny bit of research. Since then, my plant woes have been almost completely cured – and one of my cacti has even started to grow (after doing absolutely nothing for a year). I’m by no means a plant expert, but I thought I’d share what I’ve learned – I hope these tips will help if you’re discouraged, or looking to start a collection. And at the very least, there are some nice pictures of some of my favorite plants for your viewing pleasure.

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1 // POTS

This one might have been the hardest for me to wrap my head around: plants actually need drainage. But why are pretty, hole-free pots sold everywhere? I thought. The water will leak on everything! I was sad, especially because I had just found nice white pots at IKEA. Turns out, there’s an easy fix: fit your pots with those plastic plant pots (the kind plants are sold in), and put the plants in those. You can’t really tell without looking closely, and your plants won’t drown/rot.

(As you can tell, I’m still in need of a few pots – I’m on the lookout for cute and reasonably priced ones, and I’ll come back to you with my finds.)

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Not over-watering is key, even when you have drainage – but don’t be afraid of watering plants like cacti. I started watering one of mine a little more often and it magically began to grow. It’s a little hard to figure out a watering schedule if you have plants with different needs, but I’ve found that my leafy plants (fern & purple waffle) need water every few days, while my succulents and cacti can get watered at the same time – I give my cacti just a little, and then make sure the other soil is moist (sorry for using that word).

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Plants are going to die. I actually bought a cactus once that was already in some stage of dying. But a little leaf from it was able to re-root in some soil and now it’s growing like crazy. Same goes for my kalanchoe – after putting the stem of a non-rotting leaf in some water for a while, roots began to grow. Now it’s in soil and it’s its own plant again. And don’t be afraid to trim off old/dying leaves (but you probably knew that).

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Square pot // Round pots

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Leopard Jumpsuit

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H&M jumpsuit (recent, but not online) | Steve Madden sandals (old, similar here) | Marc Jacobs clutch (similar gold option here) | Forever 21 earrings | Vintage necklace

This past weekend I went shopping sort of spontaneously, and decided I would allow myself only a few small purchases. Going in, I knew I was sort of intrigued by jumpsuits, but I wasn’t sure how I’d look in one – and I stumbled across this one in H&M. Have you ever seen teal, navy and coral leopard print?! It was pretty much love at first sight. And as luck would have it, it fit perfectly, with pockets and a tie waist to boot. I’m now totally a jumpsuit convert. They’re the new maxi dress. The sleeves on this one remind me of a kimono, especially since the top wraps in the front, but the whole thing feels as comfortable as pajamas. Go get a jumpsuit. You won’t regret it.

As for the earrings, they were sort of a consolation prize for myself for making it through the store alive (the one I went to was a bit of a nightmare). I’d seen earrings like these before, but wasn’t sure how much I would like or wear them if I had a pair, so I dropped $5 on these and I kind of love them. They’re the perfect dainty-but-still-slightly-edgy accessory.

So, it was a successful trip (also largely because I found the latest Kinfolk in Anthro). I made it out with the perfect outfit for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra the next day – and I snagged some pictures by the cool sculpture out front, right before a torrential downpour.

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IKEA Crush

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Last month I shared some of my favorite things from modern home decor mecca CB2, and I thought I’d do it again – this time with one of my favorite stores of all time, IKEA (and I’m not even embarrassed to admit that). I feel like it’s far too often overlooked as a place to shop for cheap furniture – and while it’s great for that, they also carry a ton of modern and sometimes-quirky Scandinavian decorations (like, they carry pretty nice wrapping paper in lots of cool patterns – who would’ve thought?). I pulled out my two favorite chairs (one’s in my bedroom, the other is in my studio) plus the best shelving unit ever (I have it in two sizes). And they sell gorgeous fabric – I used this in the loft in my studio, and this pillow is one of my favorites (it’s velvet!). I’m also drooling over the crisp white and rustic wood combo – I’m in need of a watering can and this one is just what I’ve been looking for. And how pretty would this bowl look filled with summer fruit? (The name, nödvändig, actually means necessary. Enough said.) And these prints…so fun for a gallery wall.

Now I’m seriously craving a trip to the big Swedish store. What are your feelings about IKEA?

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What I’d Wear When

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Dress // Sandals // Ring 1, 2, 3, 4 (clockwise from top left) // Necklace // Purse

One of the things I love most about summer (and I know I’m not alone in this) is that there’s so much to do outside. Throw parties, go picnicking, exercise, relax with a book, eat dinner – and as the above image would suggest, go to a concert. I’m more of the outdoor summer series at parks and museums type, but I think an outfit like this would work equally as well at something more Coachella/festival-ish if you’re into that. It’s all about comfort – a soft, relaxed dress and flat sandals do the trick, with a simple crossbody (how cute is this one from Zara? Leather and only $30!) and streamlined gold jewelry for polish (and the fact that I define comfort like that will probably never not drive my family just a little crazy). Plus, the bright, tropical print works perfectly for just about any other function this summer.

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Spotted Lounge Pants

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Zara top (similar here) | Zara pants (similar here) | Urban Outfitters ring | Vintage clutch (similar here)

It probably seems like I have an endless collection of patterned pants, but I assure you that’s not true (I can dream though…). These I got from Zara during their last blowout sale, but could only get them a size bigger than I needed – it actually turned out okay though, since they’re perfectly breezy and slouchy in this size. The dots are also a cool paint stroke sort of pattern, and I think they look pretty awesome with just a plain black top (and they’re high waisted, so they’re perfect for crop tops! Score!). I’m planning to live in these this summer, and I linked to another cool black and white pair if you’re in need (and you are, trust me).

Side note, my Birkenstock wearing is actually becoming a problem and all my other shoes are probably feeling sad and neglected. These shoes are life changing, and you need them if you don’t already have them.

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