How I turned into a Greenthumb

Hi:)

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. The weather in New England has been just gorgeous! I wanted to chat today about my love for plants, and the green thumb I recently discovered within myself this year. Let me begin by saying I have killed my share of plants by accident, lets face it I think we all have, BUT for the past two years I have noticed how much I enjoy watering the plants around are house and watching them bloom. SO I wanted to share with you all some of my tips and tricks on having success when gardening, and keeping plants around your house alive. With that being said I AM NOT some plat expert by any means, but I have learned a few things along the way.

Planting, and watering different types of plants, for me is relaxing yet satisfying. To be able to see something continue to stay green and then one day bloom is so rewarding!!

Luckily, because Andy is as you know so handy and great with carpentry he offered to build me a potting table which I have wanted for quite some time now. This can I tell YOU I WAS SO excited for! It came out stunning, and it is so useful and helpful when I need to re pot a plant or create a new plant arrangement. YOU GUYS he built this is 2 days! TWO! SO lucky! I can’t wait to plant with Sofia when she gets home:)

**Whenever we build anything around the house, we google carpentry plans online, and the great thing about the web today is everything is so easy to navigate through the plans they give are very descriptive and they show step by step how to create and build what you want in your own space:)**

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{Planting is s all about consistency, and learning what type of plants flourish in your yard + home}

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Pictured above our the window boxes I chatted about earlier this summer, that I stained red-they turned out great and I am so happy with the IVY it looks so good against our house.

Below are some of the tips I have lived by when it comes to keeping plants alive around our home:

WATER, WATER, WATER: The key to success in allowing any plant to live long is water. I usually water all my outdoor plants twice a day. Once in the morning, and once in the evening. I have read that watering your plants in the morning is very effective because they are saturated all day long. With that being said I think it is also important to figure out a schedule that works best for you and your family when it comes to watering plants.

TRIM: Any plant indoor or outdoor needs to be trimmed every once in a while. What do I mean by that? Lots of plants over time become overgrown, or the leaves can die, so all you have to do is clip them off with scissors, so a new leaf can grow in it’s place. You will know when a plant has a leaf that needs to be removed because it will no longer have a green pigment to it. If you do this every so often then the plants will live longer and will end up growing larger. It is a minor bit of maintenance, but nothing too crazy!

Plant Nutrients:  This is very simple, and I know it may sound complicated BUT it really isn’t. Any Home Depot, or gardening depot near you should have potting soil that comes with plant food/fertilizer within. This takes a lot of the pressure off of you in terms of making sure all the plants you have are getting all of the nutrients they need. I know it sounds nuts BUT plants are living things too so they need all of the love and help they can get!

Figuring out what type of yard you have for planting + sunlight: Whenever you buy a plant at a gardening center or even a Home Depot they come with a small tag that identifies that type of light, when the plant blooms, as well as how much water the plant will need. I suggest you take a look at all of these type of details before buying plants for your space. That way you know what maintenance you are working with and whether or not they will survive in the direct sun ETC.

How to plant: This was one of the hardest parts of learning to plant believe it or not. When you are planting different plants or shrubs you need to make sure the depth of the hole you dig is large enough for the plant to fit inside. The label that each plant comes with will tell you the depth of how large the hole it needs to go into should be.

Some of my GO TO plants to have around our home are: Orchids, Christmas Cactus, ferns, and bamboo. I want a fig leaf tree and a lemon tree so bad! Both are on my list as plants I would love to have around the house.

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I hope this post helps any of you who are hesitant to get into a little planting on your own, or helps answer any questions you have on what to do around your home with different types of plants! Have a great day!

xx

J

 

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Warm weather is here in New England! Outfit selections to wear for each occasion:)

Hi!!!

I am so excited that we have this amazing warm weather here in New England! It’s about time! I wanted to compile a list of different outfit ideas to wear depending on what type of event you are going to this spring and summer especially because bridal showers and wedding season is here!

This navy blue and white jumper I got from Illa Illa USA, but I actually picked it up last summer so I am not sure if they still have it. Worth a try though:) Check them out! http://www.illaillausa.com/

This site has great party dresses as well as casual attire!

It is so so comfortable, and great for a night out to dinner, or even a barbecue or date night cocktails outside!

Jumpers are a great way to take a day outfit right into an evening outfit! Also, they are so comfortable! I paired this outfit with a hat I got from Target, and some very simple and dainty white bangles I have had forever. I think I got them at a consignment shop actually. The gladiator sandals I am wearing are from Steve Madden and they are SO comfortable. Another TJ Maxx score! As mentioned in my recent post this hat is from Target! They have SOO many others just like this at the store as well.

Here are some other picks for any summer occasion that you can dress up from day to night:) All of the below picks of mine are from Nordstrom Rack! I linked all of the items for you to reference as well!

Beginning with a more formal white and black dress both are PERFECT for a cocktail party or a bridal shower for all of you soon to be brides!

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White dress

Little black dress

Now, on to a more casual yet dressy look and feel. A LOT of these dresses are by the LOVE….Ady brand:) Not to mention they are extremely inexpensive.

Blue Halter Dress

Choker Dress here

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Lace popover dress

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Everyone needs a floral print in their life

Wrapping up my must haves with my favorite type of dress…a casual style of course!

 

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LOVE THIS!

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I would wear this everyday if I could in the summer

I hope all of these dresses can help you navigate through what to wear for all of the fun events you have planned for this spring and summer:)

Have a great day!

xx

J

Spring Cleaning!

Happy Monday my people!

This weekend at my house we did a TON of cleaning. From weeding out dandelions growing in the front yard, posting a ton of my clothing items on Poshmark to be sold, cleaning out my medicine cabinet (lots of expired items in their my friends) and getting rid of other various items we have throughout the house. For real how good does it feel to have a clean, organized home? I know our lives are so busy, and things catch up with each other and before we know it we have more stuff that we really don’t need, on top of other things we don’t need. I think it is so important to dedicate at least one day a year to cleaning out your home, apt, or condo. I PROMISE you will feel a large weight lifted off of your shoulders!

Below I have broken down three simple rules I live by to successfully organize any space you are in.

  • If you haven’t used something in a year you are NEVER going to use or wear it: I heard this for the first time a while ago from a magazine I picked up. I’ll be honest, the first time I heard it I was like “yeah yeah yeah.” How many times do you look at items around your home and say “Well I may use it down the road.” OR “I could wear this for an 80’s themed party, I won’t get rid of it just yet.” Lets face it honey you and I BOTH know you are never going to use or wear the item you are referring to. Seriously, think about it. A whole entire year goes by (365 days) and if you haven’t used the item in that time frame then you won’t and are not going to. I promise! Once you realize this, and keep telling yourself you will begin purging away, and only utilizing items in your space that you really need.

 

  • DONATE DONATE DONATE: Whenever I give away anything in our house I donate it to either our cleaning lady and her family, Big Brothers and Big Sisters foundation or Poshmark. Their are hundreds of different options to choose from when donating. OR if you want to make your life even easier throw all of the items you are getting rid of in a bag and toss it into the Goodwill bin. Recently, I downloaded the Poshmark app. This app is great because you are able to buy and sell gently used, and brand new clothing items such as shoes, and accessories. Why not earn a little cash for items you own that you paid for? Here is the link to Poshmark. Check it out:) Giving away items to those in need will make you feel amazing, and not only are you helping a family in need, but giving away items to places like Big Brother and Big Sister is also a tax write off as long as you save all of your receipts.

 

  • Get rid of the clutter: Let’s face it. Clutter builds up around us right before our eyes. Sometimes we can help it, and other times we just have to step back and say “How did this get here, I need it to be gone.” Hahah if only it was that easy! This past weekend I started clearing off the top of my kitchen counter, which I have posted below for you to peak at. I took off all of our knife sets and other various items we don’t use everyday, but we do use throughout the year* always bring your thoughts back to this rule, I promise it works. Taking off items on your counter top sounds so minor, BUT in reality my counter top looks better than it has in a while because I don’t have as much STUFF hanging around. Who needs knife sets, and widgets, and iPhone chargers everywhere? Not this lady! Now of course we still have things on our counter top that we use daily, but this space looks so much lighter, brighter, and happier:)

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Baby steps are so important to keep in mind when taking on spring cleaning and organizing tasks. Below, I have provided some links to books from some well known authors that have brilliant cleaning and organizing methods. These are great for you to reference:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up-marie-kondo/1119564096/2671882056126?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Marketplace+Shopping+greatbookprices_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP24181

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https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1CAHPZT_enUS646US646&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#tbm=shop&q=martha+stewart+cleaning+books&spd=3629033211250317259

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I hope this inspires you to take on a little bit of spring cleaning for yourself:) I promise it is so worth it and you will feel amazingly accomplished when you are done!

 

Have a great day!

xx

Jordan

Bringing together an outdoor retreat for the warmer months:)

Hi Friends:)

I wanted to dedicate this post to all the pretty patio things you can choose from this season. Below I show you how I decorated our patio, and what I used to do so. The best time of year is when you can sit outside with friends and family and drink a cocktail in the warm sunshine! We recently had our patio redone with this beautiful stone which looks like wood flooring in a way. LOVE how it came out!!

Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Home Depot, and even the dollar store have great selections to choose from for your outdoor space.

How to maximize your space:

We have a smaller patio in our backyard but that doesn’t mean you can’t maximize it! I bought a sectional so at least five people can sit on it when we have company. If you have a larger deck and patio you could probably have both a round table for eating as well as a sectional. Don’t be intimated by a small or large outdoor living space. I think it is important to visualize how you intend to use the space before you buy an furniture, that way you have a clear idea of what you need and want.

I recently purchased this patio furniture set from Amazon.com and I loveee it! The color is great and it came with all of the cushions as well as the pillows! For under $400.00 I think this is a steal, and it is great quality! Our dog Charlie surely seems to think so:)

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(Sorry this set is currently sold out online.)

  This pretty succulent arrangement is from Marshalls!

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Spring and summer are by far my favorite New England season. When decorating your outdoor space, bring together different elements that make you happy. You really can’t go wrong. The next item on the list for Andy to make me is a potting table which I would love to place under this window. I will show you the completed project:)

I hope you all have a beautiful day!

xx

Jordan

Warm weather must haves!

Hi!

I don’t know about you but have been dyinggg for warmer weather! I just want to open all of the windows in our house and smell the fresh air. I know I should be used to New England weather as I have lived here all my life, but as soon as Spring hits I AM READY for fun, bright pops of color! Below, I have gathered several items I cannot wait to get my hands on this season:)

Let’s start with accessories!

Beach Bag:

This Escape bag that my favorite+ultimate girl crush blogger Living with Landyn has in her home collection I need. How adorable would this be at the beach with your family, and friends? Not to mention a great carry on bag as well!! This will be on my birthday wish list for sure. If you haven’t checked out Landyn’s blog yet you need to. She is amazinnggg! Check her out here: http://www.livingwithlandyn.com/b-l-o-g/

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Floppy beach hats:

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Who doesn’t like a cute stylish hat for the beach, or the swim up bar by the pool? This girl here lovesss a floppy hat! Both of these hats I found on Target.com, and they are both under $20.00! Both of these hats are super stylsh, yet lightweight and easy to travel with at the same time.

Dresses:

As always, Marshalls and TJ MAXX win again for being amongst the best variety of dresses for any season. Living Maxxinista over here! I mean come on everything within this brand is to DIE for! Not only do they have great dresses, but they have an amazing variety of wedges, and such to choose from as well. The dress I am wearing in this picture is actually a cold shoulder dress, and I got it at Marshalls for $30.00! The wedges are from TJ Maxx. The jean jacket is from Zara, which I got about three years ago now so I am not sure if they still have it. These wedges are from a brand called Report and are seriously soo comfortable, and not to high either so they are functional to walk in:)

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This dress I paired with a nude wedge, and a nude clutch. I am loving nudes, and light pinks this spring!


If you haven’t been to Vici.com yet head over to the website! They always have amazing deals, and stylish clothing:) This one here is adorable, and is purple (my personal favvv.)Taryn3.27.17-178_grande

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Look at this stunner:) I dieee

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I am loving all of the bright + fun lightweight clothing options they have at Vici, Tjmaxx and Marshalls with not only their dresses, but also all of the tops, t-shirts, and shoes!

I hope this post brings warmer weather for all of us:) Looking forward to tons of sunshine, and sending it your way as well!!!

xx

J