We've all received the readily available red roses and baby's breath bouquet at some point in our lives. While the romantic gesture of gifting flowers is always appreciated, the slightly dated look of this combination is often not. The divide and conquer strategy applies perfectly to this situation. With a little snipping and the right vessel, this tired arrangement can actually look chic and surprisingly modern.This arrangement sprung from the creative minds of Timothy Oulton style directors Raoul Morren and Danielle Monti-Morren. It was displayed at a Timothy Oulton event that I attended at H.D. Buttercup in San Francisco, and I just had to snap a picture. To achieve the look, snip the stems off of the roses and cluster them tightly together in a cylinder-shaped, clear glass vase. For even more drama, add a votive candle so that light bounces off of the glass and water. The effect is undeniably sexy and completely unexpected.
As I've mentioned, every year as Valentine's Day approaches, I become weary of the dozen red roses cliché. A lovely alternative to the ubiquitous bouquet is a rose motif decor gift, but I'm not a fan of shabby chic English rose patterns. I prefer something a little more modern. Since I wouldn't trust a man to think of such a clever, alternative gift for V-Day, today I'm taking the matter into my own hands. From petal-perfect colanders ($8) to shiny rose bowls ($130) to graphic, blooming rugs ($230 and up), I have my eye on a few rivetingly rosy items. One of my favorites is the Graham and Brown Rosa Wallpaper ($60), which challenges the traditional red palette with delicious apple green flowers. Click the product images to shop the rest of this look!
With the strange weather my roses are blooming again, I am excited since they smell so good and look so great with my Dia De Los Muertos decoration. Hopefully I can get a couple more blooms before the winter.
Have you been busy decorating? Be sure to post a photo and details about your arrangements in the Lovely Little Vignettes group! Plus, if you submit a vignette by Nov. 5, you'll be entered to win a Canon Digital Rebel SLR XSi camera!
"A lot of times my wife and I sit across from each other and tweet, it's a little bizarre. It's the same reason why you send roses to a woman at work. Sometimes people like to be adored in public."
For fun, let's examine the pros and cons of receiving a tweet rather than roses:
- A tweet requires thought, while roses just require a credit card.
- A tweet is free, while roses can be seen as throwing money at a problem.
- Only your followers see a tweet, while roses attract the eyes and whispers of the office.
- Couples who broadcast love on social networks are often unfriended or hidden.
- You can enjoy the sight and smell of roses much longer than 140 characters.
- You can write a private note on a card that comes with the flowers.
If the goal is public adoration, maybe the best option is to send flowers and then tweet about how you sent your girlfriend flowers. But if you had to choose, which would you prefer?
Who doesn't love roses? The classic bloom adds elegance to any home, even if you only have room for a few potted varieties on your balcony. A recent SFGate article offered some tips and tricks for raising roses, even if you're a newbie to the flower world. See some of my favorite tips in the slideshow.
You'll be happy to hear that an updated take on the beautiful bloom is easy to find and decorate with. In fact, the rose is making a comeback in hip, modern homes. Take this Je Taime Poster ($40), for example. With a modern font and a blockprinted rose outline, I dare you to find anything fuddy duddy about it.
To find roses that are more modern than the norm, look for designs that utilize abstracted designs and simplified color palettes. See some of my other favorite modern rose finds when you read more
Roses add elegance and color to any garden space. While many modern-day cut rose varieties are bred for looks rather than scent, my favorites are the old, fragrant varieties. They may not have a perfect appearance, but they smell wonderful.
Alyssa ang teaches us a valuable lesson: If your clothing is minimalist, make sure your shoes are anything but. See? It's all rosy with this Fab reader's fantastical blue rose sandals. They show the world she knows how to have fun with accessories. I also love the bounciness of her skirt. That cool oversize camera isn't too shabby either!
Here's what she has on:
- Top: Dorothy Perkins
- Skirt: Imported from Korea
- Shoes: Mango
Congrats to alyssa ang!
Everyone else, submit your looks and I might feature you on FabSugar!
A bunch of my friends were on a cruise around Mexico, Honduras, and Belize. They just came back, and since I missed them so much, I greeted them at the airport. I asked you to help me put together an outfit that would make me feel pretty among their tropical gear.
I started you off with these Newport News Rose Flats ($29, originally $39) because they simply caught my eye. Let's see what you all came up with!
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A bunch of my friends are on a cruise around Mexico, Honduras, and Belize. They're coming back in a few days, and since I miss them so much, I'm greeting them at the airport. But shh, it's a surprise. I need an outfit that will make me feel pretty among their tropical gear. But I don't want to look like I tried too hard.
I'll start you off with these Newport News Rose Flats ($29, originally $39) because they simply caught my eye.
Now, you can build outfits by creating a list of clothing items. We have everything you need to build outfits, and you can use your Fab Find bookmarks, too. This is an even better way to put together an entire outfit when you are completing your Fab Finding missions.
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