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    Flower Arranging With Hello Honey Flower Co.

     

    As we continue to welcome the warm months and there’s still a week or two left in peony season, Amy and I thought it would be fun to give you guys some tips on how to take grocery store bought flowers and elevate them to the next level! Amy is owner of Hello Honey Flower Co., a full service flower design company based right here in LA (lucky for me). Her work is both elegant and whimsical. Her arrangements are not old fashioned and stuffy but instead she allows the unexpected patterns of nature to show off their wild side with unsymmetrical arrangements, whispy tulips and wonky ranunculas.

    She and her cutest pup of all time, Lemon, came over one afternoon and she shared all of her tricks for us. Watch the video for her inside scoop and read below for the basic steps of flower arranging as well as some additional pro tips.

     

    1. 1)Start by taping the vase into sections with floral tape in a “#” fashion. This gives a bit of structure for the flowers to rest on and will keep them right where you want them. Floral tape comes in different widths and colors and can be purchased at a variety of places like Michaels and Amazon.
    2. Begin arranging with your greenery. This gives your flowers more of a visual base and helps to fill in bare spots below the flowers.
      • Always cut off leaves and flowers below the water line of your arrangement. Leaves and flowers in the water can pollute ¬†the it causing the flowers to die more quickly ūüôĀ
    3. Next place your focal flower. This is the largest flower you will be putting in. Some good examples are: peonies, dahlias, garden roses; etc.
      • Use the vase to help determine how long the stem should be. Hold the flower next to the vase approximately at the height you want it to stand above the vase line and cut slightly longer.
      • As you place the stems in the vase, insert them so that the stems are going in at an angle allowing them to cross. This, along with the floral tape, helps to keep the flowers in place.
    4. From there you are just going to fill in with your filler flowers and additional greenery; read below for some additional tips and hints!
      • Some ideas for filler flowers are: spray roses, stock flower, queen annes lace, freesia or typically any flower smaller than the focal flower.

    • FORAGE! Amy says that one of the best ways to have natural looking arrangements is to forage for both greenery as well as flowers. You don’t have to go out and buy everything – the arrangements we made were done with both store bought flowers and foraged flowers/greenery.

     

    • Have a good pair of snips- Amy recommends having a nice pair of sheers to cut your stems with. They can be purchased many different places but¬†here is one I found on Amazon. Target also has some really cute garden tool sets that include sheers.

     

    • Keep in mind that nature is never symmetrical. Amy likes to mimic this by having free formed arrangements that are often higher on one side and slightly lower on there other, sometimes even with cascading foliage over one side. Inserting flowers like tulips and ranunculus with slightly longer stems can help an arrangement appear more organic and whimsical.

    • If flower arranging is something you really love to do you may want to purchase an inexpensive lazy susan. Here is a $10 option I found on amazon!¬†This allows you to easily see all angles of the arrangement with a ¬†quick spin.

     

    • It’s OK to edit the arrangement as you go! Amy said that sometimes she will even cut a flower off if she decided she doesn’t want it rather than trying to pull it out of all the criss-crossed stems.

     

    • Don’t be afraid to cut off leaves, sometimes too many varieties of leaves can start to look busy. You can keep the flower but cut off its leaves to save it from looking too disheveled.

     

    • Our favorite flower arranging book? The Flower Recipe book. It is beautiful and ¬†informative. It gives specific tips on different types of flowers, how to keep them alive longest and how to arrange them best.

     

    • Have fun with it!¬†Amy tells us that while there are some guidelines to arranging flowers, it is really all about creativity and personal preference! So have at it because you can’t do it wrong ūüôā

     

    Now, if that ^^ doesn’t inspire you I don’t know what will.

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    Food & Drink

    Recipe: Apricot French Tart

    My parents in law were here last week which means I basically got a nice little stay-cation. They entertain Margot, make our food and even did my laundry..If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed that Julian and his dad even built Margot the sweetest playlet in outback yard, which I am still all heart-eyed over.

    While they were here Julian’s mom made us a tummy apricot tart. I was SO easy and she just whipped it up like it was nothing so I wanted to share it with you guys!

    Marilyne (Julian’s mom) was born & raised in France, so, she¬†knows¬†pastries. They grew up together, they are best friends and much to everyones delight, they often show up at parties together. Much to MY delight she has informed me in the past that, really, making a pastry crust isn’t worth all of the hassle on a regular basis and the frozen ones are¬†actually pretty great. YES! Free pass to make things easy! We Americans love that.¬†I have also come to learn¬†that over seas they actually have better flour and butter (etc..) which is why their pastries are soooo melt-in-your-mouth-flaky like little pieces of heaven. SO, if you haven’t been and you get the chance – go to France and eat your weight in pastries. Until then – you can use this super easy recipe to tide you over.

    NOTE: Your tart is only going to be as sweet as your fruit is ripe. So be sure to use nice ripe apricots.

    14-16 ripe apricots

    1 pack of 2 frozen pastry crusts thawed to room temp

    3 eggs

    2 tsp vanilla

    1/2 cup granulated sugar (in two 1/4 cup portions)

    5 oz. Creme fraiche

    **we got it at Trader Joes, I think whole foods has it as well.**

    Butter to grease pan

     1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    2) Grease tart pan with butter

    3)Unroll pastry crust and lay into tart pan with removable bottom, we needed to use both crusts to fit the pan (notice the seam) Just make sure you mend that seam together well.

    4)Using a fork jab some holes in the crust to keep it from bubbling up. (see photo above)

    5)Slice apricots in half and remove the pit

    6)Arrange the apricots cut side down in a circular fashion in the tart pan.

    7) In a medium bowl mix using a fork the 3 eggs, vanilla 1/4 cup sugar and the creme fraiche.

    8) Pour the mixture over the apricots and into the pan until it is just under the top – don’t over fill.¬†

    9) Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.

    10) Reduce heat to 350 degrees and sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup sugar on top – cook for 15 more minutes until browned and set.

    11)Let cool for 10-15 min and remove from tart pan ( OK if you need to leave bottom portion on) and allow to cool completely.

    Serve at room temperature with any toppings you like!

    We had some extra ingredients so we made a baby apricot tart and a little blueberry tart as well just because they are cute.

    ENJOY!

    Beauty & Fashion, Family

    Mornings At Home + JORD watch giveaway!

    In the most wonderful way, life has been a bit chaotic at the Hollar house for the past week! We are finally getting boxes into the dumpster rather than in our living room and things are beginning to feel a bit more like home. Instead of relying of door dash we actually made dinner at home today for the first time since we moved in and now it reaaaaally feels like we actually live here!

    With all that has been going on I have been thankful more than ever for the mornings Julian gets to go to work a bit later and is able to help out. As I am sitting here writing this blog post wearing¬†the very same thing I have on¬†in these photos (because I wear the same thing to bed several nights in a row..does anyone else do that? No judgements) I feel like I want to share that our mornings do not always look quite as beautiful and most definitely are not always as orderly – but you might as well give it all you’ve got if you’re going to document a certain morning right?!

    I just figure: As time is flying by, I want to remember the everyday moments with Margot, not just the parties and holidays.

    We usually start off with our Margot-alarm waking us up around 7:30.¬†Most¬†days I try to wake up at 7 to get a few minutes of “me-time” before she wakes up. A¬†lot of mornings¬†my “me-time”¬†ends up being spent looking at the back of my eyelids, but I suppose that’s good for¬†me too. Probably my favorite part of the day happens next, groggy cuddle time in bed and Margot aaaalways asks for a book. “I Am a Bunny” is one of our very favorites and she loves to point out all the items on each page. Usually one and a half times into the book she realizes she’s hungry and wants a “manny” (banana – no one knows why she calls it a manny) and she’ll try to crawl away coaxing her non-morning type parents out of bed.

    Jules loves to be in the kitchen so he will often cook breakfast when he’s home. Margs loves eggs so usually thats what we will do with a big ol’ glass of milk. Eating with M is usually quite an event. I’d estimate that about 1/3 of hers ends up on the floor…which is better than the 9/10ths we were dealing with 6 months ago, so I’ll take it! She has been boycotting sippy cups lately picking at the top with her fingers yelling “Off! Off! I want off!” So the past two mornings I have tried a regular cup. Biiiiiggggg mistake BOTH mornings she hit it with her elbow and milk ended up everywhere. No crying over spilled milk?¬†Needless to say, we are back to the sippy cups.

    But that smile though, everything is ok when she flashes that toothy smile.

    Now is when mom gets to take a little time to prepare for the day while dad changes diapers, dresses baby girl, and does his very best to make order out of those unruly curls on her head.

    Over the past several months Julian has really made an effort to separate himself from his phone while he is at home. As a personal business owner with 80 employees his phone is always lighting up. He has found that one of the best ways to avoid looking¬†at his phone when it’s unnecessary is¬†by always wearing a wrist watch! I guess it’s not rocket science, but it was a really revolutionary thing! Even if he just doesn’t feel the need to have his phone in his pocket to keep¬†time. About 45 minutes before he needs to leave he will start getting ready for work and his outfit usually involves some variety of the Stance Star Wars¬†socks…

    I’m a bit partial but I think he looks like a total stud.

    One of his (our) favorite watches lately is by JORD. He has the Frankie in ebony & gold. All of their timepieces have a wood band and this one is so light weight you easily forget it is even on. Until you want to know the time, that is. It is sleek & minimal and I love the black face with those gold accents. Just manly enough without being over the top and just beautiful enough that he better watch out or its going to end up on my wrist soon!

    (See what I did there? With the watch out…?)

    He also loves that it can be a “go-to” watch because it¬†coordinates¬†just as well with casual attire as it does a sport coat. He has yet to find an outfit it doesn’t go with!

    Then comes the time to reluctantly say bye to dad. I love this little daddy-daughter relationship, sometimes Margot runs to the front window and repeats combinations of ¬†“bye-da-da-bye-bye-da-da” waving her little hand¬†until he actually drives away. I could almost cry every time!

    I am partnering with JORD to bring you guys a really exciting giveaway. Not only will a winner be picked to get a $100 gift code but every person who enters will get $25 off of a watch! How amazing and generous of them is that?! They also have some pretty great looking¬†ladies watches¬†too ūüôā Click the link below to enter the giveaway!

    I’m so thankful that this partnership with Jord gave me the idea to document our morning routine. It’s sweet times like this that I all too often take for granted and I know I will miss when she’s older and we’re running off to school 5 days a week.

    But wait… I’m¬†never going to let her¬†get that old.¬†So maybe I’m in the clear.

    The giveaway will run until May 7 and at that time all prize codes will be sent to your inbox ūüôā


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