7.31.2015

DIY Succulent Planters

When we were in California, I of course had to stop in my favorite Anthropologie store (in Carlsbad at the Forum)! I obviously couldn't leave without buying a few small things to satiate my Anthro cravings (the thirst is real y'all), one of which being the gorgeous little distressed silver pot below. I've been wanting to do a succulent centerpiece for our kitchen table for quite some time, but I was holding out for the right pot. Well, this was it. So pretty and only $14! And it comes in gold if that's more your thing :) It goes well with our decor and I love that it has rustic glam vibes.

I'm no expert on house plants, but I do have quite a few of them and have been generally successful so far. I really want a huge fiddle leaf fig next! We just don't have the right spot for one in this house though. But with succulents, it's generally recommended to put them in a pot that drains, as they don't like sitting in water. So, I'm taking a bit of a risk with putting them in this pot, but I think I took the right precautionary steps, which I'll outline below.



I bought succulents with this pot in mind and spent an embarrassing amount of time in the Lowe's garden center choosing which plants to buy! I am so indecisive. Ultimately the plant on the left didn't make the cut space-wise. I still need to find a home for him!



From the research I had done I found that having a thick layer of rock in the bottom of your succulent planter really helps with drainage. I also bought specific potting mix that is quick-draining! You can't quite tell from the picture, but I filled up between 1/3 and 1/2 of the pot with rock. I bought some cheap aquarium gravel at Wal-mart because it's small and white. More on that later as well!



And then the aftermath of scooping in very powdery soil around very prickly and delicate little plants. I put a small layer of soil on top of the gravel, and then placed the plants with some of the soil that came in their individual pots, filling in with more potting mix as I went. I found it was really hard to get soil in the crevices with gloves or without getting pricked, so I ended up 'shoveling' it in with a plastic spoon and it worked perfectly!



Then I finished up by covering up the soil with another layer of the gravel! I used the plastic spoon again for this so that I could fill it in between the plants really well. The smallness of the gravel allowed me to nestle it in, and I love how the white makes the pot look clean and crisp. You can see a couple of photos up that I also potted a bigger succulent in a classic terracotta pot, which I actually love the look of (in addition to their cheapness).

The number one tip for succulents is to not water them much! In fact, two weeks later I still have these outside by our front door so they're covered from the rain, but can enjoy all of the heat and indirect sunlight. They're loving it! I figured I'd might as well not mess up their flow until it starts cooling off, even though I made them as indoor planters/decorations and really want these little cuties making my house look cooler.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I know it's a little different for me, but I'm looking forward to including more lifestyle and home/decor posts as time goes on and as our house gets more finished.

xo,
Jacy


Here are some of my favorite pots and planters I found online! My pot is linked through the first photo :)

7.30.2015

Midi/Maxi Dresses

For some reason this summer all I want to wear is dresses! Even with it being as hot as it is right now, I'm kind of dreading wearing jeans when it cools off in the fall and winter. Dresses are just so much easier (and comfier)! I tend to be really inspired by the style in places I visit, and every time I visit California I just feel like my style is 'at home' there... Lots of sundresses, neutrals, earth tones, breezy cotton, stripes, white, distressed denim...and minimal, slightly bohemian style. It's like all of my favorite fashion things wrapped up in one place!

I've bought dresses more than anything else this summer and am especially loving midi and maxi dresses at the moment. You can slip one on and your outfit is nearly complete! I purchased this simple midi for $7 (go order it right now!), and really really want this boho maxi, this midi in the stripes, and this off-the-shoulder maxi.

Click the images to shop! Most of these are well under $40 (6 are even under $20!), but a few are in the $50-70 range.  
Anyone else going a little dress crazy this season?


xo,
Jacy

7.29.2015

Simple Summer Outfit

Tank: H&M (a great loose-fitting tank for $10 that comes in several colors) | Shorts: H&M (they do stretch out, so they're great if you want a looser-fitting cutoff)
Hat: Target | Bag: H&M | Sandals: Steve Madden (very similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott | Bracelet: Margaret Elizabeth | Lipstick: MAC 'Vegas Volt'

I don't know about where you are, but it's SO hot here right now. When we went to the Royals game on Sunday, neither of us thought we had ever sweat so much before. It was actually quite disgusting (TMI? Sorry :)). I typically like being outdoors, but I sweat so much over the weekend that I'm perfectly okay with being in the AC all week. This humidity is cray.

I keep seeing certain Midwest and Southern bloggers wearing sweaters and pants in the dead heat of summer and almost want to laugh because it's so unrealistic. I know I know, they're doing fall previews, but still! It's July and it's hot hot hot! So, today I bring you a super simple outfit for looking cute in the heat. I'm a real girl living in the dead center of America, so I always want to be real with you. Sure, there are some blogs I read and love knowing that I'll probably never have their lifestyle. But my favorite fellow bloggers are those that I feel like I could be best friends with, no matter how big or small their blog is. That's what I want this space to feel like! I post what I'm actually wearing and what I'm actually living, and I hope that resonates with you too.

I hope you're having a great week, and as always I truly appreciate you reading my little space on the Internet!

xo,
Jacy