La Esmeralda x Florality: 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Around the World Textures

Spotting out beautifully-made interior decoration is something that eases my mind. It's even better when I get to take some of my favorite pieces home. Because my room, my space is something precious and intimate. So decorating it with the decor that brings me joy is important.
Fiesta Braided Fringe Rug
Spice Patchwork Rug
 Though the floor is some place we rarely favor, it is a feature of our rooms that we subconsciously take in. The colors that catch our eyes energizes us and can play a key role in how we react to stress and handle our daily activities.
Old Bengali Patch Pouf Ottoman
Elements of the world can be seen in many different places. This beautiful pouf ottoman from Pier 1 imports is a beautiful and comfortable addition to any dorm, room, or household. Not to mention it's handmade in India.

Keru Embossed 2-Tier Table
Starburst Mosaic Accent Table
Elaborate desks and tables give you inspiration when studying or working from home. Pick a design that fits you.

Surround yourself with pretty things, make it unique but always keep it you.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Thriving Terrariums

I can't help but be drawn to the baby plants sitting in the corner of my local hardware store's nursery. For eighteen years in a desert, you think I'd get tired of them.

Though these tender succulents are foreign to many states they are wonderful to tend to as a house plant in any home, apartment, or dorm. Here's a couple eye-catching hints when planting your new baby succulents.

  1. Purchase a unique pot from Anthropologie here. Their pots start at $4 and are perfectly chic for any windowsill. I purchased the small pot from their Basket-Weave Garden Pot Collection for one of my cactus.
  2. Use a classy glass bowl. It's earthy, elegant, and bound to get compliments! Most craft stores have them in stock for a great price.

Plants help give life and energy to your space, so make sure you take care of them by following the instructions that come with them! Succulents and cactus don't need much water but they do need fast-draining formula soil and a sunny perch. Give them loads of love and they will in turn fill your life with down-to-earth vibes and a natural peace of mind.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Eat Your Heart Out

There is nothing better (or more fulfilling) then the perfect entrée. When it has the perfect aroma, an exotic display, and a satisfyingly delicious lingering taste in your mouth your taste buds and your body just know how good it is for you. Take breakfast, for example:

 "The most important meal of the day." Why? Well, if a health-conscious gal would get up early enough on a beautifully cool summer morning and dish out something appealing and wholly healthy. She would see.
It doesn't have to be sugar-free or carb-free or only a hundred calories. As long as a regular exercise is involved, there's no stopping a girl who eats right to prepare for the day!

...But let's talk about those good supper eats.
Fresh produce, like shrimp, pork, or sausage, and crisp veggies, such as roasted bell peppers, jalepenos, garlic, or micro greens (for an enticing touch of color), can go a long way on a taco night. Try a new type of tortilla. Green Chile or black corn tortillas can spice up any Mexican dish.

Shoot for nutritious not dietary. Enjoy the new inspiration. Go. Eat your heart out.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summertime Smoothies

Ever wondered why you can't get up in the morning and you don't want to stomach a giant breakfast? A simple smoothie is a simple solution to a lasting morning boost.
I love smoothies because I get to decide what goes in and what flavors will satisfy my cravings for the day. Take my word for it: a little experimentation can go a long way. A whole banana, an espresso shot, coconut milk, almond butter; strawberries bananas, blueberries, raspberries; mangos, ice cream, shredded coconut, semi-sweet chocolate really can't go wrong.
Try it. It's worth the risk.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Just The Beginning

Moms always seem to know just what we need. And my mother, well, she knows what I love! I have big dreams for Lavender Wood. And now with the support of my mom, verified and guaranteed by a recent enlightening candle gift, this whole summer will be filled with awesome giveaways and sweet summer posts.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Summer Heat Is Cause For Cool Refreshments

If healthy and happy is what you're looking for, you don't have to go much further. Grapefruits have not only been a great help for those losing weight but they have many other benefits, like curving your hunger, smoothing skin, and boosting metabolism. Head to the Recipe page to check out the instructions for the first recipe of the summer.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Contribution to Young Artists

As many know, the youth of today is the future of our communities! That's why I volunteer often and participate at many local theater art and music events to remind people how important it is to inspire and encourage young kids to pursue their dreams in the art.

If you're a willing contributor, The Universal Trilogy is a great campaign to donate to. No amount is too small and you always get things in return (like Starbucks gift cards!).

Check it out:

-Amanda Nuri R

Monday, May 12, 2014

Florality Is Back! (And BIGGER than ever!)

Springtime has ended, but the flowers never really fade from our minds. Flowers inspire and forced our minds to reflect on all the ways nature impacts us. With spring and summer comes good vibes and good news.  Not to mention, The Heart Of A Painter has a new name: Lavender Wood by Florality. Inspired by all the things that remind me of the dreams fabricated from my relentless ambition (Lavender) and of the resilient boundaries that keep my feet embedded in reality (Wood).

I'm so excited for this summer because it includes tons of new inspiration and DIY tutorials, including food recipes and room decor. Not only is Florality coming back to offer you beautiful floral headbands, but there's so many more products being offered too! Take a look:

Inspire Me Rings by Florality
Decorative Candle Jars

Check out all the items on the Florality Merchandise tab here. You can pay via PayPal or Vinted.

Summer is literally upon us and the beach is calling! More phenomenal posts to come.

-Amanda Nuri R.