Lemons Hot waterOne of my new year’s resolutions was to do things for myself each day that make me feel good mentally and physically. This year I decided I was going to create very specific outlines of what those “things” would be in hopes that I would actually stick to them throughout the year. For example, read each night before bed even if it is for 5 minutes to clear my mind of the day’s stresses or write in a journal a few times a week to help express what is going on in my life.

I thought about a juice cleanse, but since one of my other resolutions is to save more money this year that seems out. With most fresh juice cleanses running $8 a bottle it adds up quickly. A friend mentioned that she is having a half of a lemon juiced each morning in warm water. She’s seen amazing results for her skin and as I read up on it I found out just how good it is for you. I knew that it cleanses your liver, which we all need, but I didn’t realize some of the other benefits. Read up on them here and starting juicing!

Happy weekend!


Spring 2014 Style Trends

Spring Style Trends 2014Fashion is one of those things that I wish I cared more about, but can never bring myself to spend too much time worrying about. A day in the life of a florist means early mornings, lots of schlepping, and hours of standing on your feet. I try to stay more focused on what will get me through the day with my back not feeling like it is going to break by 1pm. With all that said, there is a part of me that wishes I took the time to try harder on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong, I can clean up pretty nicely, it is just getting the motivation to do so after working a long day is where I fall short. When I was recently looking through the Spring 2014 fashion trends there were a few things that resonated with me, a few that I can’t believe people will go for and of course those that I wish I had the courage to try. {Color story by Fashionising}

Style Trends Spring 2014No better place to start than the crop top trend. Hate it or love it? I want to hate it, but kind of wish I had the courage to pull it off. However, every time I see a skinny, little hipster girl running around my neighborhood flaunting this style it makes me hate it again. {Lucky Mag & NY Mag}

Style Trends Spring 2014Thank god overalls was included to give me total justification to wear mine freely and proudly. My sister-in-law relishes in teasing me that I look like a little kid when I wear mine (which I do). Even she pointed out that at least I was on trend if I was going to look like Punky Brewster circa 1988. {Lucky Mag}

Style Trends Spring 2014The Bermuda Short makes me even happier since I have endured endless teasing for wearing this length. Of course I am never wearing them with high heels and a cute blouse. My style is more flip flop and tank top on the beach. I’m assuming that is not where the fashionistas were going with this one. {Lucky Mag}

Style Trends Spring 2014Hippie sandal with socks?! Socks should never be worn with sandals. I can’t budge on this one. {Lucky Mag}

Style Trends Spring 2014This Get Earthy trend may be my favorite of them all. I have not gotten earthy yet, but if it looks this good I’d like to! {NY Mag)


Martha Stewart Weddings

I guess the best place to start with this post is to tell you how fortunate I am to have so many amazingly talented friends. One of them being Bryn from Paperfinger who sat down with me numerous times to hammer out my crazy idea of an invitation. She took my ideas and turned them into the most amazing details I could have ever imagined. In the end this was anything but an invitation. It was far more like a piece of artwork than invitation thanks to Bryn. Martha Stewart Weddings

Martha Stewart WeddingsEach guest received a black box with their name and addressees inscribed in gold calligraphy. When they opened up their box of goodies, the first thing they saw was our “field guide” to our wedding letter pressed in metallic ink on a heavy card stock.

Martha Stewart Weddings

Martha Stewart Weddings

Martha Stewart WeddingsUpon opening the booklet, guests found an array of items to get them excited for their trip to Costa Rica. From the gold embossed “invitation” alerting guests to the location and time of the wedding to a watercolored guide on how to get from NYC to the Costa Rica destination. Bryn created a family crest for Michael and I which we made into a stamp to use throughout the paper goods. The watercolored map of Costa Rica is stamped here with it. I added dried ferns, bougainvillea and a gold compass. That is just the top portion! The bottom portion had a letter pressed English to Spanish guide with funny phrases for guests to use. Bryn designed this custom print and we had it printed onto mini notebooks for guests to transcribe their field notes into. When we set out our goal was to create an overall experience when our guests opened their field guides. Color, texture, scent and having an interactive component was apart of the plan. We added in a packet of Michael’s spice rub and a pencil for everyone to use. Each element was pinned to the linen book for guests to preserve as is or take apart to use.

Martha Stewart Weddings

Martha Stewart WeddingsThe beauty of having a small wedding is that it’s easier to focus on the details. We included  a travel kit for our guests which included shampoo, conditioner, bud spray, sunscreen, soap and travel toothbrushes. You may be able to tell that we stamped our crest on the muslin bags here again. Lastly we added a little something extra in for the dudes; they received a flask, a travel bottle of Michael’s favorite Maker’s Mark, Advil for their hangover and a bottle of Fresh Balls. Our humor is not much above that of an 8th graders clearly. Thank you, thank you to Paperfinger for creating such a memorable, creative and unique experience for ourselves and our guests!

Paper & Bourbon

Poppies & Posies Bourbon Bar

Poppies & Posies Bourbon BarDon’t get me wrong, we love flowers, but have to admit that often paper plays just as big of a role in the overall wedding design as our blooms do. Paper is also a great resource for a destination wedding. It is light, easy to travel with and packs well. That is part of the reason why the night before my wedding my friends I sat around unfolding and fluffing tissue paper pom poms. I found these gorgeous colors here and they turned out to be the perfect travel companion. We used them to line the back of the bourbon bar, which added a touch of color, texture and decor to an otherwise plain table. Dear Jendo did all of the hand lettering on site for me since we weren’t quite sure what we’d be able to snag in duty free ahead of time.
Next up are the mind blowing invitations, welcome boxes, seating cards, and other goodies designed by my dear friend Bryn from Paperfinger!

Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

martha stewart weddings 2014It’s hard to believe that almost exactly a year ago my friends I packed up 6 suitcases that all weighed over 50 lbs and took off for Costa Rica, so I could get hitched. You may be thinking what could we have possibly dragged to Central America that would weight that much. In the next few posts we’ll show you all of the amazing goodies we brought to decorate the day. There is one thing for sure, I could never have done any of it without the help of a few very special people. Juliet and her sister Ellen we’re total rock stars. Ellen dragged our linens down and back for us which weighed over 50lbs themselves and that is no exaggeration. She also did my hair for me both nights, which turned out totally amazing. Juliet waded into the bush to find the perfect blooms and then spent days designing the centerpieces and my stunning bouquet. Not to mention the months of planning and decision making she went through with me. Matt and my close friend Brie worked tirelessly with them to help make the day beautiful, fun and stress free. From there every person who made the trek with us (there were 37 total) pitched in to make this wedding in the tropics the best one Costa Rica has probably ever seen. Jen Huang and her husband Elihu photographed and shot Super 8 film for us. I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves because they are unreal, over the top and more amazing than I could have ever dreamt. In fact there is a ban in our household on hanging any other wedding photos in fear that the entire house will be taken up by them. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite shots of the flowers and then we’ll get to the details. Especially the paper goods designed by Paperfinger; they’re a real treat!

Poppies & Posies Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

Poppies & Posies Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

Poppies & Posies Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

Poppies & Posies Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

Poppies & Posies Featured in Martha Stewart WeddingsPick up a copy of Martha Stewart Weddings Winter issue on stands now to read about all of the details of how Michael and I met, why we decided to get hitched in Costa Rica and who helped us create such a special week.

{Custom dress by Ellens Couture, Photography by Jen Huang Photography, Flowers by Juliet Totten of Poppies & Posies, bow tie fabric design by Stephanie Eventov-Singer, bow tie production by Boutaugh}

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