If you know me, you’ll know I’m notorious for my inability to keep plants alive. Yes, I’ve managed to take down even the lowest maintenance of living greens (ahem, cacti). Over watering, under watering, not enough sun, too much sun . . . it’s hard staying green! But after many failed attempts and now, a newfound motivating force, I’m happy to report that 2016 has been off to a relatively good start in the quest to cultivate my green thumb. It all started with an infatuation with handmade ceramics after taking a pottery course last fall. The understanding of the patience and tenacity required to throw clay successfully has given me a new appreciation for the art of pottery making. Not only do I hold the few pieces I’ve created near and dear to me, I find myself addicted to scouring Etsy and shopping from an immense array of talented ceramic artists. So what was I to do with my growing collection of hand crafted pots and vintage vessels? Fill them with happy plants and use them to enliven my home, of course. And no, I’m not ashamed to admit that my dedication to indoor gardens started with my love of ceramics and vintage vessels first. Plants second. Nonetheless, here are two ways in which even the blackest of thumbs can maintain an indoor garden:
Plant Shelfie: Plants are perfect for filling empty spaces on bookshelves, accent tables and even bar carts. I love using vintage brass vessels, found on Etsy, as unexpected planters. I also love the idea of clustering plants of varying heights together but also using really low and flat vessels for cascading succulents that can spill over an edge of a shelf. You’ll need drainage so I recommend punching a small hole with a hammer and nail, or drill, at the bottom of thin brass bowls and cups.
There are some pieces of jewelry that you’ll never find me without: several rings, a special necklace and a rotating group of dainty earrings – all in 14k or 18k gold. I almost only wear precious metals these days, partially because I don’t ever like removing these seemingly permanent fixtures but mostly because they last. I like the idea that these beautifully crafted pieces, using the best materials, will last me a lifetime and will hopefully be passed down to my own daughter someday. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that designer Amanda Thomas, alongside jewelry purveyors Iconery, just launched a small fine jewelry collection for the first time ever. Luv AJ‘s best sellers, like the Cross Charm Earrings and Full Bloom Rings, have been recreated using 14k gold, diamonds and colored gemstones like Blue Topaz and Spinel. Beautiful. Forever. Perfect.
Attention green friends: my second kit with Makers Kit drops today! It was a recent obsession with cultivating my own green thumb (more on that later) and a nostalgic rediscovery of sand art that inspired the concept behind this easy to make terrarium. I’ve always enjoyed building my own mini eco-system as you can have so much fun experimenting with different plant species on an adorably small, manageable scale. Trust me, for someone who has a long history of wiping out cacti, this testimonial speaks volumes. And what better way to change up the standard terrarium formula than with layered sand art, a favorite childhood craft? I told you this would be fun. One of the most exciting parts about this kit is that we’ve provided you with a packet of assorted sedum seeds so that you can germinate them yourself and watch them sprout into a variety of luscious succulents in a few weeks time. After all, all good things require patience . . .
Ladies, get those credit cards ready and your fingertips prepared to click like crazy as the Rodarte capsule collection for & Other Stories launches tomorrow! The highly anticipated collaboration exudes a 70s aesthetic with the Mulleavy sisters’ California vibe. Our favorites are the leather patchwork skirts and boots, piped pajama-style blouses, sequined dresses and layerable velvet and silk bras. All of it runs under $400. Just do us a solid, early risers, and save some pieces for the rest of us, okay?