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going green.

J: True confessions: We’re a little succulent obsessed right now. What’s not to love? They’re gorgeous and low maintenance. Much like ourselves? I digress…

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L gave me this gem from Colonial House of Flowers as a hostess gift last month and I’m determined not to kill it. While these plants don’t require a ton of work, they do need a little TLC. We don’t want no scrubs, so these tips from Simplicity Relished are what we need to follow:

How To Avoid Killing Your Succulents

1) Use loose “cactus” soil.

Succulents need to drain well. They won’t survive in sand or rock, and some other soils hold too much moisture. You can purchase cactus potting soil from your local garden shop. Stick with that stuff.

2) Expose it to reasonable sun, shade, and temperatures.

All plants need sunshine (remember photosynthesis?), just varying levels of it. Succulents are flexible, but they won’t do well in darkness OR in sweltering direct sun. Moving the succulent in and out of reasonable levels of sunlight will help it thrive.

3) Don’t over-water.

This was definitely one of my rookie mistakes– too much TLC. The problem is, no one can really tell you how often to water your succulent; you have to monitor it yourself. Depending on your climate, the soil will dry out at varying speeds. Water only when the soil has completely dried from the previous watering. Succulents won’t quickly die for lack of water, but they do need it. Allowing the water to drain completely through the soil is the best way to avoid root rot. Otherwise, a misting bottle can be helpful to regulate water quantities.

4) “Plant food” is not a joke.

I used to think that “plant food” was just a marketing ploy. It’s not. Since these plants aren’t growing in their natural habitats, they can’t absorb the nutrients (e.g., calcium) that they naturally need. Cactus/succulent food is cheap and will last a long time; you only need one drop for every gallon of water.

5) Give them air circulation.

Contrary to popular belief, succulents won’t thrive in a closed container (like a terrarium with a lid). They need air.

6) They need room to grow.

Little succulents are cute and cheap, but they’ll stay that size unless you occasionally repot them. Some succulents can grow to be over ten feet tall, while others will comfortably grow within a foot or two. Occasionally repotting them might mean re-creating a pretty arrangement, but it will help the plants live longer.

7) Water before potting.

Unless the dirt is already damp, give the succulents some water before repotting. The new potting soil will be pretty dry, so the extra water will spread out.

 

Cheers to not killing our fun plants!

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diy: flower crowns.

In honor of Coachella and the start of music festival season , we bring you a sweet little flower crown DIY from Lauren Conrad…accompanied by GORGEOUS pics of crowns designed by some of our favorite local glitter girls, the gals from Colonial House of Flowers. Even if this look isn’t your style (we can’t all take a week off to go to music festivals, after all)…we hope you take a moment to enjoy the beauty around you this spring!

The Glitter Life Flower Crown

The Glitter Life Flower Crown

The Glitter Life Flower Crown

The Glitter Life Flower Crown

 

See the DIY here.

Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers. See more of their work here!

Photos 1 & 2: J Leigh Captures.

Photos 3 & 4: Diana Daley Photographers.

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pottery barn weddings photo shoot

A few weeks ago we gave you a sneak peek of a photo shoot our friends at Colonial House of Flowers and Alva + Austrie did for Pottery Barn Weddings. The post is now live! Check out the gorgeousness here. Here’s our favorite pic of the shoot.

PB Bridal Shower
dish associate maggie buckley wearing our best-selling piko dress and dani rae agate necklace…pouring one of our favorite wines into our basic glassware. call 912-871-3989 to order dress, necklace and wine glass.

 

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so this was christmas.

We hope you had a wonderful time with your families this holiday season. We enjoyed a few days off…and now we’re ready to dive headfirst into 2014! Best of all? We’ll be ringing in the new year together (YAY). In the meantime, today we’re sharing some choice Christmas pics.

L's Christmas Collage
baby joe meets santa and IS NOT SCARED // gift wrap at social statesboro // oh, christmas tree // mistletoe courtsey of the friendly elves at colonial house of flowers // love these containers designed by kristin marks // popcorn: the best gift ever // plaid skort for the unseasonably warm statesboro weather
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As for J: channeled my inner figure skater at the ritz lake oconee // christmas day with the fam in augusta // the BEST surprise from santa jay // jays niece holding the newest member of their family // mr. cocoa bean {for now} // life-size gingerbread house at the st. regis // here goes nothing… // spent a cold, rainy staurday by the fire //pre-skating cocktails at gaby’s // post-skating cocktails at gaby’s… // just call me jenny mac // a furry romes soaking up the sun // fabulous bar snacks at the ritz oconee.

What did Santa bring you this Christmas!? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!

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weekend instagram diary.

The Glitter Life Weekend
J + Jay crashed a wedding post driving range // delicious lobster/crab dinner at reynolds landing // silver oak dinner at new york prime atlanta // Jay practicing for the reynolds plantation member | member // L’s bright lips for fall // couldn’t resist these fun cocktail napkins // comfy flats + BCBGeneration sweater dress for Monday travel // flowers for glitter girl Kate’s birthday c/o colonial house of flowers.

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