Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Give thanks

I know I'm a bit early, but we leave in a few hours for 10 days in California, so I wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving before I sign off. And, if you think there's nothing to be grateful for, you should read this article from the New York Times. See you when I'm back! :)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Pretty pretty finds: flowers from The Bouqs Company

I don’t know many people who don’t love flowers. Actually, when I think about it, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love flowers! I always have flowers in my house and love giving and receiving (!!!) flowers. They just brighten up and add life to any room and always lift my mood if I’m feeling a little down. If you want to make me smile, just give me some flowers! ;)

The thing with flowers though, especially if you’re buying them online, is that it’s not easy to find some that aren’t tacky and don’t cost an arm and a leg. And that’s where The Bouqs Company comes in. The Bouqs Co. is a company based out in Venice Beach, CA, that sells really beautiful and tastefully arranged farm-to-table flowers and bouquets online. Just take a look at the picture in this post!

Flowers from The Bouqs Company are farm fresh, cut to order, meaning that when you get them, they have been cut for only 2 to 4 days- your flowers will last longer! But, I have to tell you that my favorite thing about The Bouqs Co. (other than the gorgeous flowers, of course), is that they partner with eco-friendly, sustainable farms, and they only cut what they will sell, no wasted flowers here! How great is that? You can read all about it here, but basically, their flowers are grown on the side of an active volcano in Ecuador. It doesn’t get cooler than that, does it?

The Bouqs Company offers different shop categories, including “Same Day Delivery” (how handy does it get?!) and my favorite “Seasonal Flowers”. If you’re anything like me, on top of dressing (and eating) differently during each season, I also like to decorate my home according to the seasons of the year. The fall edition has some gorgeous options that would be perfect for a Thanksgiving table!

The Bouqs Company has some really cool resources on their website, too. In addition to a blog and a video channel, they offer expert tips on how to unbox and take care of your flowers. Very useful since I’m always at loss on what to do to make my flowers last longer.

Another cool thing about The Bouqs Company: they have flower subscriptions! How nice is that? Can you imagine getting flowers at your doorstep every month? Or even better, every week? It’s perfect if you like always having flowers decorating your home or your business. The Bouqs Co. also offers flowers for weddings and many other special events, you can check it out here.

Something that sets The Bouqs Company apart from other online flower delivery service is that you can easily order directly from your phone on their app for a flat rate pricing, so you can get a beautiful bouquet for a reasonable price (as low as $40!) from anywhere, anytime. Yeah, The Bouqs Co. is pretty great! And to make things even better, they are offering you a free bouquet! Shop through this link to get one free when you buy a bouquet.

all images courtesy of The Bouqs Company

Full disclosure: this post is sponsored by The Bouqs Company;
however, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

It's almost November

How crazy is it that in 2 days it'll be November? Maybe it's because we had to pack, move and unpack, but I feel like summer this year went by really really fast. We weren't able to do a bunch of things we had planned and, help!, the same is happening with fall. Unlike in 2013 and in 2014, there will be no Vermont trip this year, since we have so much going on. But it's ok, the colors have been pretty amazing in the city, so we got our foliage peeking fix. ;)

I'm just not ready for fall to be over. It's my favorite season of the year and I didn't get a chance to enjoy it like I'd like to. Believe it or not, I haven't consumed ANY PUMPKIN ANYTHING YET! Crazy, right?! Ha!

I know everyone you know, I know and your mother knows, is saying the same "time is flying!" thing, but it really is. I feel like the year just slipped away. I had so many plans, I put almost none in practice. Ugh.

But enough with the complaining. There's still about a month to enjoy the season and start getting ready for Christmas. I'll try to make the most it!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Boston General Store

On Tuesday, I was in Coolidge Corner and stumbled upon the newly-open Boston General Store. I took a bunch of pictures there and then thought I should share a few of them here, on the "Things to do in Boston" tag.

The shop is super instagramable and feels straight out of a Pinterest board. So many pretty and interesting things! I already knew Boston General Store from their SOWA market booth and from their popup shop at Forge Baking Company, but visiting an entire shop full of goodies was just so much fun! I dare you to visit it and leave without a little something for yourself or for a friend! ;)

Stop by and let me know what you think!

Enamel and adorable kitchen accessories!

The coolest set up!

Look at all these candles and beauty products!

Boston General Store is located on 305 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pantone Posts

I have to say, Instagram has been my favorite social media for a while now. On Instagram, I find inspiration and discover new amazing people on the web every day, I've met so many people and made new friends.

I've been following Lucy Litman for a while now and every time she posts a new picture on her #pantoneposts series, it just brightens my day. You can see through her posts that she's having so much fun photographing objects and pairing them with the correspondent Pantone color. She's paired all kinds of food, socks, milk and cookies, drinks, you name it.

So, I thought I'd share here a few of her pictures and let you know you should go and follow her for beautiful colorful (and often yummy) pictures.

all images by Lucy Litman

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pretty pretty finds: hand-knit beanies by Shit That I Knit

Apparently, we blinked and fall arrived. It's my favorite season, but I wouldn't mind if summer had stayed a little longer, after what was probably the worst winter of my life. Anyway, fall is here and there's no running from it. And, as it always happens when seasons change, I've been window shopping (on the internet, of course) for clothes and accessories for the new season.

So, there wouldn't be a more convenient time for Shit That I Knit, a fun local brand for hand-knit accessories, to have a kickstarter! You should definitely watch the video Cristina Fagan, the founder of STIK, recorded to get more familiar with the brand. It's such a cool project!

I'm so in love with the Ladd Beanie! The natural white color and the pompom would be a great addition to my wardrobe. SO CUTE!

 And if you back the project on kickstarter, you can get it for $70 less than the regular price on their website. It's a good deal! I've been really into the "buy less, more quality stuff" thing, so this is just perfect.

There's also stuff for the guys and for the little ones, so check out their online shop.

all images by STIK

Full disclosure: I wasn't compensated for this post, I  just really like STIK!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello from the new apartment

It's been a little over a week since we left Back Bay and moved to a new apartment in new neighborhood. Now, we're very (and I mean very very very) slowly starting to put things away. The first few weeks after a move are always a struggle for me, even when I'm excited about it. I like feeling "at home" and I have a hard time when that feeling isn't here yet. So, if I'm not around for  a few days, it's just because I'm trying to make this apartment feel like home and getting used to our new routine in our new neighborhood.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Goodbye, little apartment!

As we pack to move to a new apartment next month, I'm feeling very melancholic about leaving this one. As excited as I am about exploring a new neighborhood and having more space (we're moving to a 2 bed!), this was the place we stayed the longer since we moved to the US!

So, I decided to put together in one post my favorite pictures of the apartment. Things always look slightly different from one day to the other over here, because I love moving things around from time to time. ;) The best thing about living in this little apartment? Learning to keep only things that are useful and that I truly love.

This is pretty much the same as posted here, but when I took this picture the rug was being cleaned after Maddox had a little "accident". Also, there's a cover on the couch that didn't last long, because I hated it.

Throughout the 2 years and a half that we stayed in this apartment, the only thing that change on this view was the amount of plants. I'm so bad with them that I managed to kill even some cacti! :(

It took us forever to put this shelf up! And I think this was where things changed the most - I was never happy with it, until I got to this set up.

This wall gallery was above the couch until yesterday, when I started taking it all down. It took me a few attempts to get to this layout, but it was my favorite. (it looks different here)

This is "the bar". It's by the couch, on top of a vintage dresser that I got back in Atlanta. Since I took this picture, I hung this little mirror above it and there are also a few new bottles. ;)

Nothing looks the same anymore, it's just boxes and piles of stuff everywhere you look... And that's the phase that I dislike the most: we're kind of not here anymore, but not there yet. Hopefully, soon we'll be settled in the new place and I'll have pictures of it to share!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Healthy Beauty Finds: True Moringa

Lately, I've been drawn to healthy beauty products and I've posted about it before. So, when I first heard about True Moringa, I got really excited to try it out. True Moringa is not only 100% natural, cold-pressed moringa oil, it's also ethically produced. How gratifying is it to use a product knowing that it's helping people involved in the supply chain? The brand is set up in such way that farming families who cultivate moringa seeds in Ghana are able to live sustainably and be included in nutrition programs. An amazing mission!

I've been using the Lavender Facial oil for a couple of months now, and I'm loving it! It's a great product for the summer time, as it's lightweight and absorbs really well. And, needless to say, it smells wonderful! True Moringa also has specific products for the hair and the body. And if you're a DIY person, True Moringa has a few recipes using moringa oil as an ingredient.

If you'd like to learn more about the brand and the products, there's a great interview with Emily Cunningham, co-founder of True Moringa, at The W.E.L.L. Summit website!

Isn't the packaging lovely? :)


Full disclosure: I was provided a Lavender Facial Oil from True Moringa;
however all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Whale watching at the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary

image by bergenhouse

A few weeks ago, Chelsea and I went on a whale watching tour. We left Boston on a Boston Harbor Cruise catamaran and got to our destination, Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, in about an hour and a half. It was cold and super windy, but oh, so worth it! I had seen whales before, but never in their own habitat. It's something magical to see them in the wild, swimming around, as if no one was watching. We got lucky and our group spotted 8 whales in total! We spent a lot of time with a whale calf that wasn’t a tiny bit shy and would jump and dive, and showoff as if she knew she was the star of the show. Then, on our way back to the city, two whales were swimming and jumping alongside the boat. It was incredibly beautiful! Here are a few pictures, from me and Chelsea.

image by bergenhouse

image by bergenhouse

image by bergenhouse

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