Floral Friday

Im so excited to finally launch

FLORAL FRIDAY!

There is just something about having fresh florals and greenery in your home. The scent, colors and vibe they bring in just makes me so happy. I think my obsession began when I moved to New York about six years ago. While living there, I missed Florida's greenery so much that I would buy plants and flowers to fill my apartment. I remember when I moved in, I had my dad hang three pots from the ceiling in my bedroom. I then filled them with golden pothos, the leaves would grow so rapidly, overflow and hang all the way down to my dresser. A vase full of flowers and pots full of greenery always made me feel closer to home.

I also find it really fun and cost effective to arrange my own bouquet and that is what "Floral Friday" is all about! A "how to" to arranging our own seasonal bouquets with flowers from local vendors, grocery stores, florists and maybe even our own back yards! I am not trained or have any experience in the floral industry, I am just a lady who loves some fresh flowers! If I can arrange my own beautiful bouquet, you can too!

I live in a small city outside of the Tampa Bay area but I am always in the area and surrounding others. Just recently, two amazing women launched Posies Flower Truck. A vintage flower shop on wheels, making their appearance at local events & pop-up venues in the Tampa Bay area selling unique blooms you can't find at the grocery store. I thought for the launch of Floral Friday it would be perfect to also feature PFT. I find Posies Flower Truck inspiring because two women were inspired by a thought of spreading love & cheer and they changed that idea into reality. I started Floral Friday to inspire you to add some fresh florals into your home because I find that they bring love & cheer into mine. With that being said, I think Posies Flower Truck was the perfect pair to launching Floral Friday!

Ps: If you didn't see my post on social media, Savva and I are expecting!!!

When I am purchasing flowers for a bouquet I think to myself:

  1. What is going to be my base - usually a leafy green
  2. What is/are going to be my filler/s - think something like baby breaths 

  3. What is going to be my main flower - lilies were my main flower in this case

  4. What is going to be the "wow" factor - something unique & different

  5. Need more fillers - get another type of filler flower

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Steps to creating your own bouquet

  • You will need scissors and/or a razor
  • Vase - size depending quantity of flowers
  • Water in vase, you don't want to keep your florals out of water for very long
 

Step 1

  • I chose Italian Ruscus as my base, remember leafy greens!

A florist once told me before placing my flowers into the vase make sure you cut them again with a sharp knife or scissors. If the stem isn't newly cut it could dry out or if you cut the stem with dull scissors it can damage the tissue/cells at the end of the stem. Damaged/dry cells cannot absorb water effectively, leaving you with not so alive flowers for a not so long time! 

Step 2

  • Add in your filler flowers - the first filler I chose was stock flowers. I really love these because they add so much height. I don't cut these down too much to begin with, if need be, we can always cut then down later in the process.
  • The second filler flower I chose was lilac!

So I am a fan of asymmetrical designed bouquets. I don't like when the flowers look tightly/perfectly placed, I go for a more organic look. I placed the stock flowers across from each other because I plan to add my main flowers in the middle.

This lilac was so full and was a perfect space filler and pop of color! 

Step 3

Add in your main flower! My main flowers are lilies in this case because I bought two stems that each had 3 bloomed lilies. I had the most of this main flower.

I placed the lilies in the middle and will fill the empty space with more filler flowers!

Step 4

  • Add your "wow" factor - in this case I purchased dahlia for that, I don't often get my hands on dahlia. I originally bought three, one like a reddish/burgundy and two orange colored dahlia. I ended up only placing the reddish/burgundy one in the middle and put the two orange colors ones in a smaller vase next to my sink because they didn't match as well!

Place your "wow" flower in the middle, you want it to be front and center!

Step 5

  • Take a step back and use the other "filler" flowers in the empty spaces of the bouquet.
  • I had astilbe and green puffs 

I just love these green puffs!

Finished Product

Until next Friday <3

Boho Vibes

I'm not always the person who chooses comfort over fashion. If I love it, I'm going to wear it. Whether it feels good or not haha! So when something comes along in my closet that's so colorful, cute and the comfiest thing I have ever worn, it's quite joyous! Below is an off the shoulder Cecilia Prado dress from Boho Hunter Tampa that checks off all of the above! Boho Hunter originally started in Miami but has opened another boutique in Hyde Park Village in Tampa, much closer to muah - woo!! This is one of my favorite local boutiques! I love the concept of the store so much, they bring together high end Latin American brands that specialize in jewelry, hand bags and clothing. If I want something different, I make a stop at Boho Hunter. I know that when I shop at Boho Hunter Tampa I will come back with such a unique, colorful and high end find that not many people have. My hat, dress and bag are all from Boho Hunter Tampa.

My hat is Etnia Lab, a company that all of their products are handcrafted by women artisans in Ecuador and they empower their abilities by working closely with them for each one of their designs. My bag is Palma Canaria - a company ran by a mother/daughter duo and was inspired by Colombian artisans and their powerful and diverse talent. Lastly my dress, mentioned above, is Cecilia Prado. Cecilia Prado, a designer from a town in Brazil called Minas, and is renowned worldwide for her excellence in tricot pieces. These designers are just a taste of the Latin American diversity Boho Hunter helps bring to the fashion world.

I am wearing a medium,  this was the only size they had left in store and I wasn't sure if it was going to fit because I normally wear small and soemtimes extra small but it worked and I couldn't pass it up!

Hat is Etnia Lab, I linked both the above and below photo to shop!

I love this Palma Canaria bag so much! Each one of their pieces are handmade using natural fibers!

Broccoli, Kale & Spinach Soup

BROCCOLI • KALE • SPINACH

I made this soup a couple weeks ago when our sunshine state aka Florida had a few freezing days. It was cold and I was craving something warm and super green. I've made a version of this soup before but changed it up a little. This soup is vegan if you don't add the dollop of sour cream on top like I did. The main flavors you will taste are cumin and broccoli, its a super green and the flavor is rich, earthy and warm. The main greens in the soup are broccoli, kale and spinach. This is honestly a bowl of health, packed with fibre, vitamins, and minerals!

Click the photo above to link to the recipe of these roasted nuts I made for a topping for the green soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cup of Broccoli chopped into florets
  • 1 cup of kale
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (use can over container, I find it to be thicker and wont make you soup watery)
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 ½ tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt – adjust with taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • roasted nuts (optional)
  • microgreens (optional)
  • sour cream (optional) 

Directions

In a large pot heat the coconut oil until it melts and add the garlic, onion, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Let sauté until the onion and garlic are soft, a few minutes. Once the onion and garlic have softened, add the kale, spinach and broccoli as well as the vegetable broth. Simmer for about 15 minutes, you want to make sure the broccoli has tenderized. Then transfer the soup to a food processor or blender. If you food processor or blender isn't large enough to consume all of the soup break it into batches and blend. Once blended smooth, return back to the pot, add the coconut milk and simmer on low for a few minutes. When serving, I topped the soup with roasted nuts, a Italian blend of micrograms and a dollop of sour cream. 

Quick Nutty Snack

Quick N u t t y Snack

I love a good crunchy snack, like nuts! However, roasted nuts take it to the next level! A salty or sweet snack, the flavor is endless! I went with more of a savory taste for this batch, paprika & garlic, because I used it as a topping for the kale soup I made the other day (recipe coming soon)! I just used the nuts I had in my pantry which were almonds, cashews, walnuts and pine nuts! Roasted nuts are also a good snack for wine night with the girls or a yummy addition to your next charcuterie board ;)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of Oil or 1 egg white

Directions

You can really use as much nuts and spices as you would like, but this is an estimated amount of what I used. Once you figure out what flavor you are going for, preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating put all of your nuts in a bowl with the oil or egg white (whichever you choose to use, you can use either) and then add your spices. Mix all ingredients together so your nuts are coated evenly with the spices. If you choose to use an oil, make sure the smoke point is or higher than 350 degrees. When you cook an oil above its "smoke point" it causes the oil to produce harmful free radicals. Place the nuts evenly on a pan with parchment paper and roast for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy as a snack or topping in a salad or soup!