Monday, June 14, 2021

🌺 Orchid Tips For Beginners

Hi there and thanks for stopping by! While I don’t have a super green thumb or consider myself a botanist by any means, I’ve been keeping my little $15 Trader Joe’s orchid alive for nearly 2 years now! Its gone through 3 hibernation cycles so far and I’m always amazed when it blooms again.

It’s been a learning experience and I’ve done loads of research, so I thought I’d share some quick tips in case you have an orchid too!

*Plant your orchid in an airy planter with rocks, not dirt. 
Also, only replant when it’s finished blooming. Orchids like their roots to breathe and be free.

*Orchid food makes a big difference.
I use this mist Miracle Grow spray, it was recommended to me from some online research. It’s inexpensive and I give it a few spritzes when I water it weekly. Make sure not to spray any new growth though.

*Don’t over-water.
Once a week is plenty. Too much water can lead to root rot. If you’re unsure, too little water is better than too much.

*Indirect sunlight is best. 
A bright windowsill is the perfect spot. Mines currently near eastern facing window so it gets lots of morning sun.

*50-85 degrees F is best.
Even though orchids scream “tropical”, they actually do well in cooler temps.

*Prune when necessary. 
If any of your stems turn a yellow/brown color, that means it’s finished supporting life. You can trim it down or remove that spike entirely.

With good care an orchid can have a lifespan of 100 years or more! Isn’t that incredible?!?

Thanks for reading, have a fabulous day. :)

PS~A very Happy Father's Day this weekend to my dad, the best guy I know. Love ya! 💚💚💚

Monday, June 07, 2021

👠 The Fashion Tag

Hi there and thanks for stopping by! Today I'm back with a tag centered around one of my favorite topics, fashion. Here's my answers:

How would you describe your style?

Classic and feminine, but I do enjoy taking risks with trends every now and then. 

What are your wardrobe staples?

Definitely a good pair of jeans, ballet flats, and a tee as a base. I then like to build off that and glam it up with a fun bag, some jewelry, and maybe a fun scarf or jacket.

One trend you wish would go away and one to stay?

I'm really over all the cropped tops and wearing leggings as pants. I believe in leaving a little to the imagination and I feel like lately I've been seeing WAY too much of people out in public, haha. With that said, I've been enjoying the androgynous trend as of late. I love combining masculinity and femininity, such as slouchy boyfriend jeans or an oversized blazer.

Most wanted item?

I feel like I can never have enough jewelry. I have been dipping my toe into some fine jewelry pieces and I'm drooling over the Chopard Ice Cube Collection. The collection is simple yet elegant, the facets glimmer when light hits them. I love that they represent my Swiss heritage and all of their gold and stones are sustainably sourced. 

Favorite designer?

Without even having to think, Karl Lagerfeld. What he did at Fendi and then Chanel is nothing short of iconic. He knew how to make a woman look (and feel) so feminine and beautiful. He was a true trailblazer. RIP Karl!

Favorite places to shop?

While I have a penchant for finer accessories from fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel, I love a good bargain when it comes to clothes. For jeans I swear by $20 Gloria Vanderbilt ones, and some of my favorite tees have cost only a few dollars. I love mixing high and low, and I don't think you need to spend tons to look chic. Some of my favorite places to find a bargain are Macy's, Walmart, Target, the juniors department at Nordstrom, and Von Maur.

Favorite fragrance?

Perfume is my absolute favorite thing to shop for! I love smelling good and spritz it on several times a day. It's so hard to narrow it down to just one, but a scent I just recently purchased and obsessed with is Chanel Gabrielle Essence. Someone in a Sephora review called it "rich old lady" but don't let that dissuade you. It's very floral heavy, but it's sophisticated and elegant at the same time and one spritz lasts all day. The top notes are tuberose, jasmine, and orange blossom.

Favorite way to wear your hair?

I blow it out with a giant round brush and wear it down on days 1 and 2. Day 3 is usually a low ponytail. My hair has been so dry that I try to only wash every third day. Dry shampoo has been an absolute lifesaver! I've been having fun playing around with hair accessories such as headbands, barrettes, and scrunchies. Ferragamo makes some fabulous ones!

Tag, you're it! Care to share your answers down below? I love hearing from you. 

Thanks for reading, have a fabulous day. :)

Monday, May 31, 2021

🍦 Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato

Q-Why is ice cream so bad at tennis?

A-It has a soft serve. Hahaha 


Hi there and thanks for stopping by! Just in time for the kickoff of summer, today I'm sharing some favorite ice cream recipes.

One of our favorite gadgets we picked up during this pandemic is the ice cream attachment for our Kitchen-Aid. We’ve been having so much fun trying different flavors and toppings.

Out of all the flavors we’ve made over the past few months, our 2 favorites by far are a very simple vanilla ice cream, and the chocolate gelato recipe from Saveur magazine, only 4 ingredients each! (Did you know gelato has been around in Sicily since the 1600’s?) 

It’s a wonderful gadget to have and I’m not sure we’ll ever buy ice cream from the store again. Next up we're dying to try pistachio gelato. The options are endless!

Have you been enjoying any new kitchen gadgets lately? Let me know down below, I love hearing from you!

Thanks for reading, have a safe Memorial Day to those in the States. In loving memory of our fallen heroes. 

PS~This is a week of celebrating! Wishing my brother-in-law Charlie, my Grandma, and my little brother Gino the happiest of birthdays! Love you guys! 💗💗💗