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learn + grow: Desert Terrarium

It may be obvious by now that we are all for combining our love of DIY with our love of beautiful cocktails. You can try to come up with a better recipe for a Sunday afternoon in LA, but it's going to be difficult! We're so excited to share this month's learn + grow workshop, where we will be creating beautiful desert terrariums AND sipping gorgeously unique cocktails from mixologist Matthew Biancaniello!

We're thrilled to have Matthew join us to share his cocktail expertise and a short demo from his new book Eat Your Drink! These cocktails are inventive and vibrant, and you'll probably want to host a summer part immediately so you can wow your guests with these concoctions!

Summer is far from over, and we're celebrating it in full force with botanical cocktails and desert terrariums that will fit perfectly in any Southern California aesthetic. A few spots remain, so sign up now for next Sunday's workshop! 

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

IMG_1841 Let's be real: a holiday that is all about love, flowers, chocolate, and champagne? Whether you've got a Valentine or not, there's nothing to dislike in that list. We love Valentine's Day because it's the perfect chance to show your loved ones, romantic or not, how much you care about them! Don't have a boo right now? Then it's Galentine's Day, which may be even better.

We'll be celebrating the day at our LA location with a Darling Duo Arrangement workshop including champagne and treats from Sweet and Divine by Emmaline  - there are a few spots left, so join today and spend the day with us! Sweet & Divine will also be selling sweets at the shop all weekend, and we're offering fresh cut bouquets Friday-Sunday as well. Let's just say it: it's going to be a fabulous weekend.

If you're looking for the perfect gift to surprise your Valentine with, check out our Gift Guide for our recommendations and shop in-store all week! From your bae to your bff, we've got you covered.

1.For the Green Thumb:

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For the gift that keeps on giving, skip the bouquet and give them beautiful living plants that they can keep long past the weekend! Pick out a special pot and let our baristas plant it for you, or give them all the materials separately for the perfect afternoon in the garden.

2. For the hostess:

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For that friend who loves all things domestic, shop our selection of cookbooks, candles, air plants, and other home decor! Think about their color scheme and aesthetic and we'll help you pick the perfect piece to accent their space - so thoughtful!

3. For the adventurer:

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Valentine's gifts don't have to be pink & red. These flasks are just begging for a night in front of the campfire or an adventure through the mountains! With camping season right around the corner, we've got the perfect outdoor accessories for the adventurer in your life.

4. For the handmade lovers:

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If you want to give a handmade gift but don't have the skills to make it yourself, we can help! From handmade soaps to uniquely crafted terrariums and arrangements, our stores are full of one-of-a-kind pieces that are truly unforgettable. Go with something just a little bit out of the ordinary this year & we guarantee a positive reaction!

How are you celebrating Valentine's Day this year? Anything to add to our gift guide? Let us know in the comments!

Our Learn + Grow Workshops have returned!
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They're back! Our Learn and Grow Workshops have returned to our new and improved Arrangement Bar at our Los Angeles store on Beverly Blvd.

SFgirlbybay's Victoria Smith helped us launch the new bar last Friday along with some of her friends like HGTV's Laurie March, How You Glow blogger Tara Sowlaty, and Love and Loathing LA's Caroline Juen. Other attendees included Buzzfeed writer Ira Madison III, blogger Jihan Zencirli, set designer Natalie Shriver, Kara Elise, Press Pass LA, and editor-in-cheif of Brides CA Laura Eckstein Jones.

 Check out SFgirlbybay's take on the night here!

Our Learn + Grow Workshops have returned! | Our Aesthetic blog
Our Learn + Grow Workshops have returned! | Our Aesthetic blog
Our Learn + Grow Workshops have returned! | Our Aesthetic blog

All guests made their own stunning desert terrariums which you can now do also!

Our Learn + Grow Workshops have returned! | Our Aesthetic blog

Our Learn + Grow Workshops have returned! | Our Aesthetic blog

The first classes open to the public will be on Saturday September 26th! You can come at 11am before brunch or after at 3pm. The DIY Desert Terrarium Workshop will be led by one of our talented Rolling Greens Baristas. Sign up today by calling or emailing our Los Angeles store at 323.934.4500 or losangeles@rg-ca.com to guarantee your spot! This event requires preregistration of $60 which includes a terrarium, one 4' succulent, two 2' succulents, soil, gravel, and decorative sand.

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Here's a sneak peak at our upcoming holiday themed workshops:

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How to properly care for your terrarium
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Optimized-arrangement_bar_image1Terrariums are one of the hottest trends of home decor. They’re unique shapes and neat appearance make them extremely appealing. You can hang them from patios, put them on a coffee table, or in a bathroom. They can be filled with all sorts of different plants. Although these trendy arrangements are beautiful you have to know how to properly care for them or they won’t be beautiful for long. So we asked our expert baristas at The Arrangement Bar for some tips. Watering and lighting

Watering and the type of light your terrarium needs will obviously depend on the plants that are inside of it. With that said:

When watering remember that because terrariums do not have a drainage system it’s easier to put too much water in them, which can end up causing the plants to rot and die. Continuing…

 

The desert terrarium:

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If your terrarium is filled with plants of the desert species such as cacti and succulents then they will need to be watered every 2-3 weeks, this also depends on the heat of where they are living. Check the soil before watering, if it is completely dry make sure to lightly saturate the roots with water, but do not flood the terrain. Our barista Jeaneth recommends watering them once every 8 days if they are placed where they receive little light. However,  These do best on a kitchen windowsills and bright rooms.

Tillandsia terrariums:

Usually, we do not recommend spraying your terrarium with a spray bottle because that will only wet the flowering top and not get into the soil. However, it is recommended to spray a terrarium if it is filled with the air plant, tillandsia. If you have a tillandsia filled terrarium water it once a week with a spray bottle. To avoid leaving residue on the glass of a tillandsia terrarium take the tillandsia out of the glass to spray it, let dry, and place back into the container. These plants live longest in the bathroom or kitchen were they can get some humidity and the proper amount of light.

f99d19b07d979d612147821b52555f7cA few more tips and tricks:

If you would like to place your terrariums outside they must be in complete shade, under a well covered patio would be best.

A 10 inch water dropper is also a great way to water your terrariums, they get into the root and will not leave residue on the glass.

Have a pair of long-tip scissors to trim dead leaves, it's important to trim your plant so it can continue to grow.

 

We hope this has been helpful, if you have any more questions or concerns regarding the care of your terrarium comment below!

How to Arrange Your Silks!

Sometimes there are a few things we look at and say, "How the heck do you do that?!" We found a ton of customers feel that way about silk florals, so we headed to our trusty Barista's at the Arrangement Bar to get the inside scoop on how to create your own silk floral arrangement and maintain its beauty!

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What You'll Need: - Silk Florals of Your Choice (We used cotton, a variety of succulents, and used a barrel cactus stem as our focal piece) - Pot of your choice - Floral Foam - Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks - Heavy Duty Wire Cutters

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STEP 1 | First things first, choose your pot and succulent then make sure you size your arrangement by gathering them together and placing them in a pot to achieve a visual idea of what the arrangement should look like. Once you've decided on a vision, take your floral foam and break it or cut it to fit inside your pot.  Start arranging by placing in your focal piece first!

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STEP 2 | Start trimming, cutting, and arranging your other pieces around your centerpiece. Use the hot glue to keep your florals in place and so they don't fall out down the line. Once you're happy with your arrangement, you're all done! Too easy, right!?

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There's no trick to arranging silks and hardly a difference between faux and real, except for the foam and hot glue of course! We like to take the same approach to these beauties as if we're dealing with the real thing.

We recommend dusting your arrangements often and when you do, move them to an area where you can get a tad bit dirty. This keeps them looking as pretty as the day you bought them. Oh, don't forget to water them twice daily.. Just kidding! Do not water your silks! This will definitely ruin them (and is the most common mistake many make!)

We hope you learned a thing or two about arranging these lovely silks. Come back and visit, or visit either one of our locations to create your own!