32. Seaside Florist

My featured business this week is…Seaside Florist!

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Seaside Florist are a mother and daughter team from Hayling Island on the south coast. Liza, who has over 35 years floral experience along with her daughter, Helen, pride themselves on supplying best quality flowers for all occasions. Their flowers are wonderfully fresh and beautifully rich in colour.

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They offer a whole range of gorgeous flowers from gift bouquets and postal flowers through to sympathy flowers and wedding flowers. Gift bouquets are hand-tied and are bespoke to provide the perfect gift for your loved one. Postal flowers are perfect for those who wish to send a beautiful gift to friends or family who are a bit further away. There are a couple of options to choose from including a sunny bouquet, vintage bouquet and colour clash bouquet. All are absolutely stunning and would brighten up any room!

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Seaside Florist also create the most beautiful wedding flowers. I especially love the bouquets below. They have such gorgeous colours and the flowers look so beautifully fresh too! Seaside Florists believe that no matter what your budget you should receive first class service and so they offer a FREE no obligation consultation to discuss your requirements. This ensures you get the most perfect flowers matching your requirements and theme to complete your special day.

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Fancy getting creative? Why not try your hand at floristry? Liza now runs 2 monthly workshops on the south coast for those with a passion for all things floral! Make sure you check out their website for their upcoming dates by clicking here.

For the full range of services at Seaside Florist make sure you check out their website, Seaside Florist! You can also follow them on Twitter @Seaside_Florist and Instagram @SeasideFlorist

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images from the Seaside Florist website.

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A Garden Paradise

I have to admit, I love gardens and gardening. I love pretty, country cottage front gardens with rose bushes decorating fences to sprawling back gardens with perfect, immaculate lawns and a summer house perfect for spending lazy afternoons in.

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My own experience with gardening however, has been somewhat limited. I have had several, small gardens which were quite sheltered leading to some very miserable looking plants, which like me, were in desperate need of some sunshine and perhaps a holiday to the Med for a couple of weeks! This was followed by a patio space of the extreme opposite. This space was south facing, leading to sweltering Summers, and sunshine all day long. Whilst my tomatoes (and I!) absolutely thrived in the sunny weather, the lack of shelter ensured not much else would grow!

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One garden I really admire is my mum’s garden, located in Whitstable, Kent. She has always had a passion for gardening and it shows through her beautiful garden designs and flourishing plants.

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I asked her a few questions about her garden and her passion for gardening.

How would you describe the design of your garden?

I have designed the garden by imagining separate rooms. The top garden, furthest away from the house, is the most formal. It has a Summer house, accompanied by a newly built oval pond on an oval lawn.

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The middle garden, is home to the fruit trees and also a vegetable patch with a greenhouse (along with resident frog, who I’m sure will be delighted once the pond is finished!)

The lower garden, closest to the house, is for pots to enable easy movement and an ever changing view from the conservatory. There is also a small patio area with lawn. It has a seating area, with a table and chairs for family BBQs and a vine covered pergola for when it gets a little bit too warm in the Summer. It’s lovely and cool in the shade under the vines.

What are your top 3 favourite plants and why?

  1. Fruit Trees – Beautiful blossom in the spring, shelter in the Summer and fruit in the Autumn.
  2. Cistus – Papery flowers that open in the sunshine. An evergreen plant, they remind me of a south facing garden that I came across whilst walking by the Thames.
  3. Roses – I tend to choose roses that are repeat flowerers with a beautiful scent to make the garden smell wonderful.

What garden project are you currently working on?

The pond! After putting in a Summer house towards the rear of the garden, I have decided to build a pond opposite. I often sit out there in the evenings as this is when the sun is in that part of the garden – it’s lovely and warm!

If you could have a garden anywhere in the world where would it be?

I would love to have a Mediterranean garden. Mediterranean plants remind me of the wonderful holidays I have had and are some of my favourite plants to grow in the garden.

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A garden should be somewhere you can enjoy every day, somewhere that you can spot changes every day. It should cover all the senses – from the smell of the herbs, to the beautiful sight of the roses, the tweeting to be heard from the birds, the taste of the delicious fruit being grown and the plants with the most unexpected textures to feel.

For those with their first garden, where do you recommend they start? Do you have any tips?

Always start with a plan! Shape the garden to your own style. Always include a tree for height – preferably a fruit tree.

Starve plants so that they can develop their root systems.

Encourage wildlife – I have birds regularly visiting my garden to have a wash in the bird bath and to feast on my fruit trees! I have a resident frog in the greenhouse – who I hope will hop into the pond once finished! I also would love to encourage some hedgehogs into the garden.

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Water regularly and feed plants once a week throughout the growing season.

Ensure you walk around your garden to keep a check on things!

Dig in plenty of blood and bone! (*I have been assured that these come in pellet form from garden centres after enquiring what on earth it was!!!)

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For some more garden hacks and tips on how not to kill your plants make sure you check out this amazing article from Pocketful of Rye, so useful for first time gardeners!

Get ready for Summer 2016 in your garden with fantastic discounts with My Voucher Codes – perfect for adding furniture to your garden, or for purchasing some new tools for your shed!

All images are my own taken of my mum’s garden.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Guest Post – Skin Care Secrets from Around the World

So I’m very excited to bring you my first ever guest post! It has been written by a lovely lady, Amy Mia Goldsmith, a literature graduate from Melbourne who wanted to write something wonderful for my blog about skincare around the world. I found her article so interesting and I loved that there were a few tips in there that I didn’t know about including an unusual technique used for healing sunburn and how to get beautiful, shiny hair! I hope you love it as much as I do! Let me know what you think!

Skin Care Secrets from Around the World

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Have you ever wondered how girls in India manage to have such a shiny, thick and tamed hair, or how Korean women get that porcelain skin? Of course, genetics have an immense effect on how people in certain parts of the world look like, but women all over the globe have their beauty secrets that are passed down from one generation to another. Chinese girls have a habit of washing their faces with rice water, in Australia, they treat dandruff with tea tree oil, women in Costa Rica use orange juice to shrink the pores, etc. If you think about it, you can probably remember at least one skin care trick which is typical and unique for your country.

To steal some of the beauty secrets, keep reading.

1. Greece: Olive oil for healthy skin.

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Greek women have long ago recognized the benefits of olive oil for the skin and complexion. Olive oil is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, and it can be used to treat sunburns, irritations and redness. It is also an excellent moisturizer due to its hydration properties. Apply it directly to your skin or replace the butter and margarine in your diet for this miraculous oil. In Greece (and Italy), olive oil is on the menu every day. Greek women massage it into their skin to soften, nourish and hydrate it.

2. Brazil: Oatmeal to heal a sunburn.

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Oat has strong anti-inflammatory and healing properties that women in Brazil have put into good use. They use oatmeal flakes to ease the pain of sunburn, by tying some oats into a gauze and placing them in the bathtub so that the water running from the tap runs through the bag. This way, all the vitamins and minerals from the oats will be washed into the bathtub. Sit in the water for some time to soak up all the good stuff.

3. Bulgaria: Rose water as a facial cleanser.

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Bulgaria is famous for its Rose Valley, which produces a great share of the world’s rose water reserves, and Bulgarian women, who swear by the rose water. Rose water can be easily homemade if you make a tea out of rose petals. What is it good for? Well, everything from hydration, cleaning, revitalization, softening and soothing of skin. It is a natural antiseptic and is a great face cleanser for all skin types.

4. Asia: Crushed red grapes and flour for glowing skin.

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The secret of Asian women and their luminous complexion lies in red grapes. They regularly use face mask made from crushed red grapes and flour. Make your own mask by taking a handful of grapes, crushing, or grinding them, and mixing with a couple of tablespoons of flour. Mix it well together, apply to your face, leave it sit for ten minutes, and then rinse it. The mask will brighten your fatigued look instantly.

5. Morocco: Argan oil for just about everything.

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The popularity of argan oil around the world is constantly growing. This golden oil from Morocco can be used on its own as a body lotion or a leave-in hair conditioner, or as an ingredient in organic skin care products. It has great benefits for the hair. Increased shine, tamed frizz, and silky trusses, are but a few. Just a few drops of the oil massaged into your skin will make the skin soft and rehydrated. I personally use and recommend Capewest Argan Oil Body Lotion which I got from Peter’s of Kensington.

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Will you share some of your skin care secrets with us? Will you start applying any of the above tricks?

 

About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne and an author at High Style Life. Her passion is beauty and fashion and she loves to spend her free time travelling and of course – shopping! You can contact Amy on her Facebook page and Twitter.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Inked Shop Review

Usually I only tend to review businesses from here in the UK but as this is a fashion related post, I’ve decided to go international as I absolutely love this brand!

Inked Shop, based in the United States, provides women’s and men’s clothing, merchandise and homeware from many alternative designers. They offer reasonable International Shipping although be aware you may need to pay a customs charge on delivery.

I absolutely love the different designers on Inked Shop and I especially enjoy anything Disney related. So imagine my delight when I came across this Frozen inspired T-shirt by Black Market Art! I absolutely love it. The design is so cute and whilst I normally don’t wear T-shirts because of the neckline, I really loved the scoop neck on this.

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Below is my wishlist from the website! Do you have any favourite items? Let me know in the comments!

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Click here to view the full range available.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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22. My Flash Trash

This week my featured business is… My Flash Trash!

My Flash Trash are a jewellery business based in London. I first came across them at a Pure London event as I spotted their mini trash cans and thought they were such a unique, cool way of storing jewellery! They were originally founded by Amber Atherton who developed a blog into an online marketplace for up and coming jewellery designers. My Flash Trash now has a celebrity following with everyone from Rihanna to Beyonce, Cara Delevingne to HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.

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They specialise in charm jewellery and specifically a unique style of charm bracelet. I love charm bracelets as they’re such a cute way to keep memories with you and My Flash Trash offer a range of different charms for every occasion. I have included a couple of my faves below!

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I absolutely love their quote: “we create playful and bold accessories to bring out your sassy side. we share a passion for not taking life or fashion too seriously, and believe in empowering girls to run the world.” I love the playful nature of this business, emphasising that girls just want to have fun!

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My Flash Trash has recently also just launched in Topshop so make sure you head down to Topshop Oxford Circus to check out their range of fun charms available and why not personalise your own!

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To visit their full range click here to visit their website and let me know in the comments which are your favourite charms!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images are taken from the My Flash Trash website.