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Positively loving peonies

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Yesterday I walked into my office building past the beautiful garden of tulips and realized tulip season was officially done. All the beautiful green stalks had officially lost their blooms. Sadness. While I love living in an apartment and am an opt-of-house suburbanite, spring is when I have slight jealousy for those who have a yard and can enjoy just a touch of nature outside of their front door. Maybe even plant something. But that takes effort. Never mind. #lazy

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So over the last few weeks I’ve been putting tulips everywhere for a little hint of color and nature but it’s time to move on to peonies. Just like tulips they can easily make up a bouquet all by themselves and be cut to be in whatever container happens to be on hand. Set out either a couple at a time or in a huge bunch – they are so beautiful. While not quite as predictable in shape as my beloved tulips, they are so wonderfully rotund that it makes me happy. Clearly I’m easily amused.

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Tweaking about tulips

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The two seasons I love the most are the ones that go by so fast. Spring and fall. You take a deep breath and blink and it’s done. So sad. I love that point at the end of the winter when it’s sunnier but still cold but you’re excited for the season to change. I just crave wearing a different wardrobe and having things feel alive again. That’s the time when I start getting flowers to keep on the dining table and kitchen counter. If I’m feeling indulgent then in the bedroom too.

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My flowers of choice are without a doubt tulips. They are flowers that have the same aesthetic as I do. They are tidy and orderly but feminine. They don’t have unruly leaves or unpredictable shapes. They have a strong stem. They come in a bounty of different bright colors. They don’t need to be accessorized with fluff, filler flowers. They are direct and to the point. We’re pretty. Boom.

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Attached at the Hip | Flowers in bloom

{ Monday Blog Series: We’re going to start the week from now on with a little tidbit that will lovingly be titled Attached at the Hip. It’s going to be the day of the week that we bring you reports of things we did together or our different takes on things. It will be a day of sisterhood, adventures and a general state of ridiculousness. Why not celebrate how much we love one another and how different yet the same we are?! }

It finally feels like spring, despite the fact that winter didn’t really happen this year to begin with. We didn’t spend the weekend together but we both felt the need to take a walk and totally indulge ourselves in the gorgeous weather, think about what we want to wear (and buy) during the upcoming warm season and eat some delicious food. The sun was out, the breeze was warm, flowers were in bloom, boats were being brought out for the season, we both were inspired to wear sandals for the first time. It’s officially time to take a look at your toes and assess the situation.

Flower power

One of my favorite little weekend treats is to buy some flowers from a 9th Ave. flower bodega on my way home on Friday night and have a pretty living thing in the apartment. The odd NYC roach most definitely does not count.

Flowers beautifying the sidewalks Hell’s Kitchen (and, affectionately, that neighborhood really needs it).

This time around I got two hydrangea stems and decided to put them in a ceramic pitcher my host family from Alsace brought me on a Stateside visit. Note to (blonde) self: a good hostess checks if the vessel holding liquid is cracked before adding water. Because this little weekend idea to use a new vase was a fail. Water seeped through the vicious little crack and got all over my coffee table book stack. Luckily the handy dandy The Ritz London Book of Afternoon Tea‘s  laminated cover saved me from damage on a more epic scale. Easy clean up courtesy of the Brits. Keep Calm and Get the Dishtowel.

Soufflenheim pottery pitcher from Alsace got a crack in its travels to the US unbeknownst to me. Turns out, you can actually already see the water seeping out in Take 1. Blind hostess!!

Tip on hydragnea care – cut the stems to have a fresh end and then cut vertically into the stem so it splits a little bit. Helps the flower drink more water. These blooms are going into week two. Thank you, Sir Bodega for that pointer.

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