Trader Joe’s Yellow Rose Arrangement

Hi Friends! A ray of sunshine is conveniently located on my kitchen table!

I understand that “sharing is caring” so I have done my best to capture the beauty for your enjoyment.

I hope it makes you smile.

Items Used:

  • 2 dozen yellow roses $11 (Trader Joe’s)

  • 10 filler stock stems $4 (Trader Joe’s)

  • 1 Pitcher $2 (thrifted)

    • When arranging flowers please don’t feel that you have use an official vase. Arranging is an art. To bring structure to the arrangement I used tape to make grid boxes .

Blessings,

Lonisa

Enough Mesh’n Around

Enough Mesh’n Around
Hi Lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and it’s because I’ve been out here

Living My Best Life

Bahahahaha – In all seriousness I have been over-complicating the level of effort required to create a blog post. Maybe that struggle does not plague you but it is a constant battle for me. Wanting everything I touch to be thought out to the Nth degree and perfect. 2 goals that can never truly be reached!
That being said it is time to:

Stop Mesh’n Around

Now that Labor Day is over the end of the 2018 – will be here TOMORROW! It’s holiday after holiday and then boom counting down to the New Year’s Eve ball drop!
I challenge everyone reading this to not wait until the end of the year to begin executing. Those grand ideas you have deserve some attention right now! They deserve attention – even if they aren’t fully “baked” and even if you don’t feel “ready”!
My favorite leaders are the ones who get an idea or a To Do – and execute on them right then and there. They don’t get put on a never ending to do list – they take immediate action.
The number one barrier to progression isn’t the “haters” it is our own:

Self Sabotage

Let that thought marinate while you view the mood capturing closet feature below.  🙂

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A bubble can only be popped if there was a bubble blown in the first place!

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Keep blowing bubbles – don’t dwell on the ones that popped.

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Stand Firm.

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Press into Passion!

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Try & pop that bubble. I have plenty of dubble bubble. 🙂

 

As always – thank you for stopping by for the experience! If you love this size small dress – it will be listed to my Poshmark Closet shortly.
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Blessings,
Lonisa

Luxury Laundry: Managing the Household Load

Having the ability to do everything does not mean that you should. Whew – glad that’s finally out and in the open!!!
If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed take a look at your to do list and ask yourself:

Do I have to do this?

If the answer is No – then delegate it or completely get rid of it.
If the answer is Yes – I challenge you! Are you absolutely sure you have to do this? Does it have to be done at a specific time?
Let me explain.
In my household – I handle the laundry.

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How to care for cut hydrangeas

How to care for cut hydrangeas
I have officially graduated from the “Grab & Toss Club”!  You may not be familiar with this club because I just made it up 😀 – but don’t worry – I will give you the insider scoop!!! This club refers to the group of folks that love to grab a bouquet while out shopping, toss it into a vase at home, and step back like they just created magic.
My husband would watch me doing this every week and encouraged me to step into floral arranging. I decided that he was on to something and started to watch flower arranging YouTube videos to get my knowledge up. On our next grocery trip to Trader Joes I picked up 4 different bouquets to make a blue color schemed birthday bouquet. That handsome guy below just stepped into the Terrific Twos 😀 !

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I spent $15 dollars on flowers at Trader Joes and got to arranging once all the kiddies went to sleep.
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 I played jazz, sipped on sangria, and wore a newly thrifted floral robe set. This mama was living her best relaxed life and loving every bit of it! I will admit before I started snipping and arranging – I was very nervous! I was nervous to mess up – but then remembered it’s art and to just go with it. Deep Breaths – woo saa- snip snip & Bam! $15 dollars worth of flowers were turned into 2 beautiful arrangements.

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Y’all, I was sooo pleased with the results of my first flower arranging session!!! Until I learned that the blue hydrangeas – didn’t want to let the arrangement be great! 😦 I had been away from my flowers for less than 12 hours and returned home to find that the hydrangeas in the taller vase had wilted! That morning they looked fine, but by the afternoon they were on the struggle bus.
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 I was soooo sad, but now I am glad that it happened – Why?

I Learned Something New

Cut hydrangeas are needy flowers and require lots of hydration! Before placing them into a vase be sure to:

1. Submerge the Flowers
Yep – baptize those beauties in a bucket of water except hold them under for a little while. Hydrangeas absorb water through their petals even when cut and require lots of water to stay perked up. Take your hydrangeas, snip the step, and fully submerge in cold water. I recommend leaving them submerged for a few hours, pulling them out, and giving a good shake. You can repeat this if they begin to droop again.
2. Cut & Split the Stem
Once you’ve taken the hydrangeas out of the water bath give the stem a horizontal snip with floral shears to get a clean-cut. Then take the scissors and vertically cut up the stem to increase water absorption.
3. Remove the Leaves
Those huge dark greens are beautiful and take up a lot of water. For the greater good of the petals – remove a couple of the leaves.

I followed the steps above for my wilted hydrangeas and they perked back up! They were restored as if freshly cut! I was beyond amazed & it reminded me to :

Never Give Up on People or Situations that Look Hopeless

My hydrangeas looked beautiful when I brought them home and due to improper care they wilted. Once I submerged them in water to give them the TLC that they needed – they perked back up. They showed no signs of ever being depleted – all because they were nurtured back to health via a 5 hour love bath.Y’all- I  saw a video where cut hydrangeas had been kept out of water for 5 days (they looked dead) and were placed in a bucket of water for 24 hours – & they came back to life!
Please let this serve as a reminder to immerse yourself in an environment of love and to get help if you feel you are struggling with life. That time of intentional love may be what you or someone else needs to make it through a difficult season.
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 Additional Hydrangea Care tips:
  • Hydrangeas release a sap when cut that can act like a barrier – preventing water from being absorbed. Dipping the stem in boiling water for 30 seconds and placing in cool water assists in removing the sap. I do not do this, however, if my hydrangeas were truly struggling I would jump on this.
  • Hydrangeas thrive in shorter vases – because again water. The stem is shorter, therefore, water can be absorbed quickly.
  • Cut hydrangeas should not be placed in direct sun – and should be kept in a place with some shade
  • When away from home or sleeping – placing the hydrangeas in the fridge helps retain moisture and increases the longevity. This tip goes for all flowers!
Have any of you played with hydrangeas? Do tell!
Peace & Blessings,
Lo Johnson

Overpacked Living & Oversized Jacket

Overpacked Living & Oversized Jacket
Mother celebration month is officially here! When I think of the woman balancing motherhood alongside all her other responsibilities the first word that comes to mind is:

Pressure

This is probably not the word you wanted to see, but I am just being honest. There is always something that a Mother has to do!  Personally, I have this underlying pressure to fit everything in, to make sure everyone under my roof is pleased, and to make sure my individual identity remains in tact. It is a lot & that is before extending to the responsibilities and expectations outside of the home!!! Over the past few weeks I have reflected on this struggle and have determined that some of this pressure may be:

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5 Reasons to attend Posh Party LIVE

5 Reasons to attend Posh Party LIVE
I have officially attended my first Poshmark social shindig (woot woot 😀 )! The Posh Party LIVE event made a stop in Chicago and I had quite the time! If you are new to Poshmark, interested in joining Poshmark, or just like to be surrounded by Go Getter Girls – check this event out! Not convinced? ….
Here are the 5 reasons to register:

1) Everyone is Invited

That’s right! You don’t have to be a seller or a buyer on the platform to partake in this Poshmark fun! Which means if you are simply interested in starting a closet one day – you can register! If you are on the platform and don’t have a Poshmark Bestie (PFF) to attend with you – bring a friend! I brought my sister and she had a great time – even though she isn’t a Posher! My sister fit right in and had a great time! The registration total for the both of us was $25 – super affordable! Grab a friend and go!!! They may just get motivated to start selling on Poshmark and become your next PFF!

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My Sistie & I. ❤ 


2) Poshmark Tips

This is a no brainer reason to attend! There are closet consultations that you can pre-register for to get tips on improving your listings. A portion of the party time is dedicated to a Q&A panel where knowledge is shared from a select group of Poshmark gurus! At Posh Party LIVE Chicago – I learned about the importance of building your closet at your own pace, not being afraid to ask questions, and to look into investing into a Ring Light (apparently it’s life changing for photographing inventory).

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3) Relationship Building

Getting to talk with other like-minded people is such a treat and this event pulls in the fashion finding reseller crowd! Stepping out and talking to people you have never met can feel like a daunting task, but the end result makes it so worth it.  To be honest – I looooove talking but that first conversation with a stranger is such a struggle. Thankfully my sister was with me and encouraged me to leap and learn! I ended up talking with a handful of ladies and getting lots of knowledge! I learned about a new thrift store opening up and that the Goodwill locations in Chicago have a 69 cent sale! Information I never had before was now suddenly mine! Step out and build some relationships peeps.

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Credit: Poshmark Photography (Tammy Vega)


4) Selfies & Usie Safe Haven

Yes, I put that a reason to attend the event! As a blogger and model the struggle to find someone to take your picture at the right angle – is beyond real! Posh Party LIVE had the cutest decor and photography stations. There was a photobooth/GIF maker with a sparkly backdrop! The GIF was instantly text to my phone and I was handed a printed photo collage – it was perfect! There was also an Ivy covered “Posh Party LIVE” wall for taking selfies and usies – & there were plenty of Poshers willing to take your photos so all of your crew could jump in!
NOW, I will say that as much as I love grammable moments – there has got to be balance. If you spend the whole event taking pictures of you looking cute, others looking cute, and you looking cute with cute backdrops – you may just miss out on Posh Tips & Relationship Building. I recommend capturing a few photos, putting the phone away, and engaging. Backdrops can be recreated, the individuals attending the event – not so much. Think on it. 🙂

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This romantic skirt is Anthropologie – $5 thrift find. 

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One of my PFFs! Check out her closet – here.


5) Fashion Inspiration

Don’t let this reason scare you! Some folks were dressed like fabulous fashion bloggers while others looked everyday chic! The whole night I kept thinking “ooh that’s a cute outfit”….wait “that outfit is beyond cute”….and then I realized everyone was just so darn stylish! I left committed to stepping up my game!!! If you are thinking of going – please have fun and style yourself! It will most likely trigger folks to stop and drop the ” Oh, your outfit is amazing – what is your name?” line. I used that methodology and line when striking up conversations. 😀

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Credit: Poshmark Photography (Tammy Vega)

These shoes are just sooo creative & make for a perfect conversation starter! 

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Credit: Poshmark Photography (Tammy Vega)

If you still aren’t convinced… here are two more bonus reasons!
  • Free Drink (with a nice pour 😀 )
  • Free Poshmark Goodies (stickers, cards, balloons)
Go ahead – add all the perks up and you will quickly see that the return on investment (ROI) is pretty darn good! To the Mom’s with young children – grab a jumbo balloon on your way out to take home.  The kids will love punching it and will forget that you ever left (mine did at least 🙂 ).
I hope you leave inspired to attend a Posh Party LIVE near you.
Peace & Blessings,
Lo Johnson

The Must Have Flower with Lasting Power

There is nothing like a vase of fresh flowers! Colorful blooms brighten up any space and if you are living somewhere where it is still snowing in April –

The Flowers Bring Hope!

Ever Saturday my fam bam takes a trip to Trader Joe’s and I sooo look forward to the trip. My husband focuses on getting the food, I ooh and ahh over the floral section, and our kids secure the snacks! My one and only responsibility is to secure the bouquet (maybe 2 or 3 –  if I am willing to sacrifice a snack 😀 )! That is my kind of grocery trip!

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As much as I looooooooove flowers – I refuse to break the bank to secure them and those petals better not fall off for some days!!! The cut flowers have to last. A few weeks back I was soooo “stressed” out about what flowers to select because every bouquet was saying “Take me home”! I would put a bouquet in the cart, wheel it around, see a lady with a different  bouquet, talk to her, switch my bouquet out so we could be twinsies, & repeat! Finally as we were nearing check out I talked to a fellow Mom club member –  who had the flower lover scent all over her and some kids! I asked her 21 questions about the flowers she had in her basket and she gushed about how they were the best in the land! So I got two bouquets of the flowers she had!!!
Let’s just say – I am a forever fan of these budget friendly flowers! If they can survive a photoshoot of being flung to and fro – they are a definite keeper!!! 🙂

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Bam!!! Here are the long lasting blooms and the thrifted Kaftan that better last a lifetime!

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Hanging flowers upside down helps them to open up and last longer !

Just Kidding!

It’s simply an extra AF pose that will cause others to laugh hysterically and question your sanity! & if you’re lucky they may ask you where you snagged your shoes from!

I promise this is not an ad – these clorox white sneakers are Nike and were snatched off the DSW clearance rack. I tip toe around town trying to stay clear from all signs of dirt 😉 

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Do you know what kind of flower this is?

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This is the ” Lily of the Incas”. 

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The scientific name is “Alstroemeria” & they come in a plethora of colors.

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*Abrupt  Pause* 

 The detailed print on this Kaftan needs proper acknowledgement.

Let’s stare and admire the wardrobe art.

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Originally I thought I’d only wear this $4 gem at home, but it makes me feel like royalty – so I’ve ventured out of my palace and into the supermarket with it on!

My new fashion motto is to: Standout & Wear Whatever I Want!

If someone has something to say – I am prepared to slide them my Reseller Stylist business card and offer to hook them up with some royal threads 😀 .

*Back to the Blooms* 

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Alstroemeria “Lily of the Incas” has lasted as long as 3 weeks for me!  I typically pick up 2 different colored bouquets for $8. Once I get them home, I sit down at the kitchen and let my mind drift while I prep them for the vase. The ends get cut and the leaves on the lower portion of the stem get snipped. I also clip off any leaves that look beat up. Then – in the vase they go.

As time goes on – the water will obviously need to be changed and I just keep cutting the stems down.

These flowers are so easy to take care of and truly have a 

“long lasting beauty”.

 

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Be on the lookout for these blooming beauties and a kaftan to elegantly sashay around in!
Do you have a favorite flower with some staying power – do tell!

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Peace & Blessings,
Lo Johnson