Tastemaker Picks

Mother’s Day – There’s Still Time!

Mother's Day Offerings

Mother’s Day is almost here! If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for Mom, there’s no need to panic. The H.Bloom Gifts app is here to offer up hand-delivered chocolates, cupcakes, cacti, candles, and so much more. We’ve rounded up a brief sampler of just a few of our favorite products available, but you can download the app to see the full range of offerings in your area – and be sure to order by 5pm on Friday  for guaranteed delivery this weekend!

1. Chocolate Secrets truffles from Chocolate Secrets, Dallas TX $25-48
2. Cupcakes from Sprinkles, available in NYC, DC, Chicago, and Dallas $21-49
3. Doughnuts from Astro Doughnuts in Washington DC, $15-28 (Saturday only)
4. Grand Succulent Fishbowl by H.Bloom, available in NYC, DC, Chicago, and San Francisco, $125
5. Macarons from BisousCiao in New York, $18-56
6. Tea Rose candle from ElizabethW in San Francisco, $32

The Perfect Summer Playlist for Day or Night

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.

Our Top 10 Summer Songs:
Girl Problems, Toro Y Moi
Out in the Way, Beach Fossils feat. Wild Nothing
Young Gold, Quilt
Dreaming, Seapony
Origins, Tennis
Go Outside, Cults
Wild, Beach House
Ruin, Cat Power
You and I, Washed Out
Under Your Spell, Desire

Brilliant Beach Reads

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.

The Cultivated Kitchen

Few things are more pleasant than spending a day in a carefully cultivated garden. Unfortunately for many city dwellers, a personal plot of green space isn’t always something that is easily accessible. As such, we suggest bringing garden varietals into the kitchen–in the form of potted herbs, cookbooks, hand painted plates, and artisanal soaps. Grab some vegetables from your local farmers market or join a CSA and you’re ready to enjoy a garden fresh kitchen lifestyle in no time.

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Vintage-Inspired Floral Accessories

After spending some time with this week’s 60s-inspired bouquets, we couldn’t help but search for wearable extensions of the collection.  We love these floral-accented accessories.  They exude vintage style and add a unique element of fun to any outfit. From delicate rosebud earrings to blossom covered sunglasses, these picks are perfect for adding a little retro chic to your summertime look.

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Tastemaker Picks: Le Boudoir

Every so often, a little self-indulgence is necessary–a day spent in bed in silk pajamas surrounded by fresh flowers, reading a great book. This week our picks are centered around the theme of le boudoir, a collection of items chosen to inspire a sense of sumptuousness in everyday life.

We suggest curling up with Coco Chanel’s biography, collecting random thoughts in a floral Christian Lacroix journal and then drifting off for a glamorous midday slumber in a silken sleep mask.

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Tastemaker Picks: The Shiny Squirrel’s Secret Garden

This week’s Gathered Garden moodboard inspired more than just our floral designs.  For choice garden-inspired picks to accompany our botanical creations, we turned to Jessica Goldfond, a natural-born tastemaker who has her finger on the pulse of New York’s independent fashion scene. Her PR company, The Shiny Squirrel, represents some of the best and brightest young talents–including Species by the Thousands, Mary Meyer and Cold Picnic.

“When I thought of Gathered Garden,” she explains of her picks, “I was thinking about a secret garden – getting back to nature, getting your hands dirty while preparing a good meal for friends.  I love the idea of a Mad Hatter teapot, old English gardens and huge mansions with sprawling gardens and secret hideouts.”

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Mother’s Day Love from New York

Let’s be honest, if you haven’t gotten something yet for Mother’s Day, it’s getting down the wire. To keep it simple, we’ve rounded up some of our NYC favorites–most available online for convenient last minute shopping.  For Moms in New York, DC, Chicago and San Francisco, you can order H.Bloom flowers through this Friday for local delivery by Mother’s Day.

1. H.Bloom Arrange Your Own Flowers; 2. Mother’s Day cupcakes from Dean & Deluca; 3. Gift Sampler Box from Sarabeth’s Kitchen; 4. Morris Kitchen’s Ginger Syrup (great for cocktails!); 5. Cinnamon Branch Platter by John Derian; 6. H.Bloom Garden Delight Bouquet; 7. H.Bloom Chic Cascade Bouquet; 8. Murray’s Cheese; 9. Mast Brothers Chocolate (image via Oh Joy).