The perfect summer playlist is a must-have, not only for sun-soaked days, but for those endless summer nights. With our playlist for day or night, you’ll celebrate to the dreamy pop sounds of bands like Toro Y Moi, Seapony, Washed Out and Cults.
If a weekend away in the Hamptons isn’t in the cards, look no further. We’ve rounded up some poolside locations in Manhattan-proper to beat the 90 degree heat without leaving the city. So grab your bikini, floppy hat, and sandals and enjoy a fabulous day sunbathing or swimming. Note: You do not have to be a hotel guest to enjoy these spots!
Talk about the ultimate splurge – but worth every penny. This rooftop pool has gorgeous views of the city and you can even listen to music underwater! There is a bar and restaurant on site and a landscaped terrace for lounging after a day at the pool.
H.Bloom designer, Hannah D’Ottavio, gives a detailed tutorial on how to work with the flowers in H.Bloom’s $29 Arrange Your Own collection. Varietals in the June 25 collection include peach roses, green gladiolus, orange ranunculus, peach hypericum berries and various unique grasses and ferns.
This week our floral collections are inspired by Summer Days and Nights – full-lived days of sunshine and adventure, a walk through wildflowers, the wind in your hair, the dappled sunlight of an afternoon escape. View our weekly subscription bouquets below the fold and stay tuned to the blog this week for our summer-inspired picks, arranging tips and local favorites.
The perfect “beach read” is as essential for an idyllic getaway as sunscreen and a swimsuit. We’ve put together our top picks for summer reading – from classics to romance and history – with titles to suit any vacation personality.
For the Nostalgic New Yorker Just Kids by Patti Smith
An inside look at Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe’s road to fame in 1960′s New York. The poignant memoir of the pair’s friendship will take you on a heartfelt journey from their first meeting in Brooklyn to the height of their careers.
For the Gourmet How Italian Food Conquered the World by John F. Mariani
In his latest book, food critic Mariani chronicles the rise of Italian Cuisine from poor man’s gruel to culinary staple, not only in America, but throughout the world.
For the Wannabe Detective Guilty Wives by James Patterson
Monte Carlo, a five star hotel and a private helicopter set the scene for mystery. Add in the quintessential Patterson twists and turns and you have the riveting thrill of a dream vacation turned nightmare.
For the Book to Movie Reader The Great Gatsy by F. Scott Fitzgerald
If you didn’t read The Great Gatsby in high school English (or didn’t fully appreciate it when you did), go pick it up before Baz Luhrmann’s movie adaptation hits theaters this winter. The Great Gatsby, a classic that will never lose its charm, provides a stunning view of the Jazz Age in 1920s New York.
For the Girly-Girl Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
Emily Giffin, author of Something Borrowed, Something Blue and Baby Proof, examines in her latest novel the first year of marriage as she battles to overcome the heartbreak of an old flame.
For the History Buff The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War by Andrew Roberts
If you love history, but can only devote time for one book on WWII, The Storm of War is the book for you. Roberts chronicles key battles, figures and events to illustrate the destruction and tragedy that defined one of the most significant wars of our time.
This week our floral designs are inspired by Shangri La, the enchanted land of the seven beyuls where a happy and content people live completely cut off from the troubles of the outside world. View our divinely delightful weekly subscription bouquets below the fold, and stay tuned to the blog for this week’s posts from paradise.
Terrariums are quite possibly the easiest way to garden. These self-sustaining environments are the perfect project for plant enthusiasts with a less-than-green thumb. Below are Hannah’s tips to build your own terrarium in 3 quick and easy steps.
Step 1: Choose the Right Container
Choosing the proper vessel is of utmost importance. The goal is to create a closed environment that will support your plants and allow for easy viewing – a transparent, covered container is best. For our terrarium we chose a uniquely shaped apothecary jar.
Step 2: Create a Layered Base
In assembling this small, self-sufficient vessel, a layering technique creates the most suitable base for the plants. The components should be layered in the following order, from bottom to top:
sphagnum peat moss
Gravel provides drainage, charcoal reduces odors, sphagnum retains moisture and potting soil provides nutrients to the plants.
Step 3: Choose the Right Plants
A wide variety of plants can adjust to this type of closed environment including many small ferns, African violets, bromeliads and many other small houseplants. Be adventurous in your choices, test out your green thumb and don’t forget to give your vessel lots of sunlight!
You need only water three to four times per year, as the closed vessel creates a self-sustaining environment. The moisture in the terrarium is absorbed through the plants’ roots, then transpired from its leaves. It condenses on the walls and cover, then falls back down the walls into the soil. Once initial setup has been completed, maintenance is truly minimal.
H.Bloom designer, D’Ottavio, gives a detailed tutorial on how to work with the flowers in H.Bloom’s $29 Arrange Your Own collection. Varietals in the June 18 collection include lavender roses, purple lisianthus, sea holly, mini monstera leaves and bear grass.
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania holds a treasured spot–a garden store and nursery called Terrain. The property’s idyllic location is the perfect wedding destination for any floral enthusiast and boasts an elegant yet rustic charm–think farmhouse meets curiosity shoppe tucked inside the woods. Pair a lace gown with heirloom accessories and capture photos in front of a restored antique greenhouse, surrounded by natural beauty.
For those who cannot make it out to Pennsylvania, Terrain also has a second location in Westport, CT. Stop by either location (whether you are looking at wedding venues, or not), grab a bite at the restaurant or peruse their selection of plants (from regular to limited edition). We promise that you will not be disappointed.