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Grandiflora Fall 14 Collection is live!

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It’s here, it’s here!!  Finally, after so much waiting and anticipation (at least from my end), the Fall 2014 Grandiflora collection is live! Of course you all have seen the ‘behind’ the scenes photos of me preparing the product for this day since I showed you my photoshoot prep, the photoshoot in action, and some peeks from the shoot just last week.

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We have TWENTY new products which are all so special to me in their own ways. We have one more which is just late to the game and will be debuting later this week (there is always a straggler, right?).

Aside from the new styles, there are a couple of other new things this season (you’ll love these):  Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 8.29

 

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ONE our Imogene Mirror is made of white washed wood and a calm neutral accent with loads of style for $188.  TWO the Margot Globe Lantern is fabulous with both a candle inside or some flowers.  We’re gonna love using it this fall to fill with acorns and pinecones! $48 THREE our Rosey Preserved Boxwood topiaries are real, preserved greenery and will look gorgeous from fall into winter.  the small is $44 and medium is $48.  FOUR Let’s Have Another!! This simple lucite tray has a gold glitter message urging friends to, well, have another! $34.  FIVE this simple white washed stool or side table comes dipped in gorgeous silver leaf to give it an extra does of cool for $220.  SIX my absolute favorite piece from the new collection is our Claudia Silver Weave bench.  It’s perfect for an entryway, the foot of the bed, or even as a coffee table.  The price is just right at $368.

 

We keep getting closer and closer to the full launch of our Grandiflora Fall 2014 Collection with each passing day!  Today, I wanted to share with you guys a few of the things I’m really excited about!  Not only will we keep piling on more new peeks as we get closer to the launch (follow on insta @shopgrandiflora for other updates) but we’ll also continue to carry some of what I consider to be our ‘Signature Collection’ from last holiday. AND we’ll have even more new stuff coming up for this holiday.  It’s all quite exciting.

I’m gonna ask one big big favor of you guys! If you have a blog and would like to share the image above, you are definitely encouraged to do so! I have a large format image available here that you can use if you’d like!  If you do share, be sure to let us know by mentioning us on social!!

In other news. I have wedding flowers that I’ll be doing this weekend for the wedding I shared a couple of weeks ago!  It’s going to be a long weekend in more way than one over here at the H of E headquarters!!

Have a good one, guys!

 

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Grandiflora Fall Preview!

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It’s almost here!!  Our new fall collection launches next week and I can’t be more excited to share it with you!  We’ve finished the photoshoot and are now getting all of the little details worked out like how to ship each item and what to highlight in our launch!

There are a few new things we’re doing for this season which are really exciting. We are introducing some one-of-a-kind items including marbled textiles and original acrylic art by one of my favorite artists and tripling the number of products we have!  AND this season we’ll be  offering FREE SHIPPING on loads of new products!

This is just a little sneak peek, but we’ll have more to show tomorrow in the ‘grandiflora exclusive’ Friday Faves!

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See anything you like?

I can’t wait to reveal the full line next TUESDAY!  You better rest up on Labor day so you can catch the launch because we’ll have a few super exciting deals just for House of Earnest readers!  I can’t wait…

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Salt Crusted Whole Branzino

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Last night I got back from LA (4 hours, a missed flight and a rebooking later than planned) but regardless, I made it.  I barely made it in time for a dinner I’d had planned for a good friends birthday, but Matt saved the day when he ran to the market for me to grab everything I needed for the meal.

My friend loves salt crusted baked branzino which we’ve had the pleasure of eating together at a fabulous Italian restaurant in Hong Kong several times. I did a practice run a few weeks ago to be sure that I could successfully pull this off and I’m here to tell you that the hardest part of this dish is ordering the fish from the seafood counter.  Luckily, the men a whole foods really know their stuff and when we told them what we were making with the fish, they were able to point me in the right direction.

Truth be told, this photo isn’t a depiction of my actual fish.  When it came out of the oven last night (it was beautiful!) but we were all so excited to see it, in all of it’s fish glory, and we were pretty hungry, so I broke rule #1 of food blogging and that is I ate the dish before photographing it.  When researching recipes a few weeks ago, however, I’d stumbled upon this one from Skye over at From My Dining Table and it’s a great alternative to mine as it doesn’t use egg if you’re not an egg person. (also, Skye’s blog is gorgeous, so snoop around over there too!)

Like I said, when researching this fish, I meshed together multiple different recipes and the one I landed on is pretty wonderful.  Matt, who didn’t eat fish when I met him, said it was phenomenal.  And he doesn’t really use words like phenomenal, so maybe it was the wine speaking!   Continue Reading…

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LA in a Day

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With all of the rigamarole for the Emmy event, I had yesterday totally empty and I was determined not to do an ounce of work and to spend the entire day soaking in what I could of LA.  Not only was I determined to not open my mail or computer, but I also challenged myself to not make a plan for the day and just to go where it took me.  For someone who usually maps out each day by the half hour, that was a big challenge. I was talking to my husband on Sunday night and told him that I was going to relax and not make any plans for myself and he laughed doubtingly.

So, of course I had to do my best, right?  I have photo overload documenting what I did in 12 hours (just wait to you see where I had dinner)! Continue Reading…

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A different kind of Beautiful

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I’m not gonna lie, I don’t consider myself a California girl.  Of the handful of times I’ve been here, I just haven’t felt like I really mesh with the culture.  I’m going to have to retract that now.  Yesterday I went to lunch at A-Frame with some friends, Kelly and Danni and we spent a few hours chatting and catching up.  After lunch, they guided me toward a couple of neighborhoods where I could wander and relax and I was in absolute heaven.

It wasn’t just the shopping and eating however (even though both were amazing). I actually wandered around in the residential streets and just house gawked. Since I’d spent all day (like 14 hours) on Saturday setting up and participating in the Pre-Emmy party (more on that later) I needed to get outside and breathe some non-club air and think about something other than the Emmy party for the first time in weeks.

I headed to the Venice area and wandered down Abbot Kinney.  Everything in the area was so close, I could wander aimlessly and not feel like I was getting lost.  As I was walking around, getting the cobwebs out of my brain I started to actually think, “I could live here!”

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Here is the thing… I have a penchant for white farmhouses and open fields, and while every region in our country has it’s own normal, I wasn’t super sold on the LA life until yesterday.  The little bungalows were so charming, their fences and gates only added to the whimsey.  There was such a beauty to the life I was wandering through that I couldn’t help but smile.  It reminded me of a very upscale hippy lifestyle which, if you know me in person, you’ll know that’s pretty much my dream.  This feeling only only compounded when I popped out of an alley in front of a natural foods store and popped in to get some milk to use in my hotel coffee this morning.

I just have to say that looking at those beautiful houses was just so lovely and calming.  It’s not the big barns and white fences that I’m used to, but it was just as gorgeous… just in a totally different way.

 

 

p.s. Ok, so the show.  I will detail the day on a later post!  I hired a photographer to capture all of the moments since I was busy rubbing elbows with Hollywood folk, I haven’t gotten my photos yet, but I’ll be sharing photos soon here and even sooner on Insta throughout the week as they’re given to me!

 

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Friday Faves 8.22

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ONE how cute are these diamond paperclips from Oh Hello Friend? Even more cute is the owner of the shop, Danni, who I am so excited to see this weekend while I’m in LA.  The clips are $3.25 for 10. TWO I rose with double my shine today to get on a plane to Cali!  I could have still used this darling ‘Rise with double shine’ art from belles and ghosts, however, to act as a kind reminder at 4:30am, ouch! Prints range from $8 – $25. THREE I love minimal keychains and this natural leather key fob is no exception. $12 from Scout & Lilly.  FOUR I spent hours last weekend scouring the web for bathroom vanities that would work in our super tiny bathroom.  (this is how I spend saturday mornings while watching HGTV). This rustic vanity is small on size, but look how gorg!! $930 (with free shipping!) from Decor Planet. FIVE This fall, I’m looking to upgrade my charger situation for all of my holiday entertaining and these classic white chargers have a minimal farmy vibe which I love! $30 for 4 from Jay Companies. SIX gold and glass vases so chic and super well priced at $9 and $12 from H&M Home.

 

I’m in the air as we speak and I am looking forward to 4 uninterrupted hours of peace! Once I touch down in LA, I’ll have to hit the ground running to get ready for my Pre-EMMY party where I’ll be showcasing Grandiflora to media, press, and celebs. As soon as I arrive, I need to source fixtures for tomorrow’s show, the faux walls that I use for my booth, and all of the props that I couldn’t shove into my suitcase.

I will admit, this will be my first time hanging out in LA… SO if you have any recommendations of things I should do or see, hit me up!

ALSO!  If you want to follow along with the Emmy Party, follow Grandiflora on Instagram at @shopgrandiflora!  I look forward to sharing with you all!!

 

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Grandiflora is Emmy (party!) Bound

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I have a super exciting secret to share with you today!  I’m preparing for a trip to LA!  I leave bright and early tomorrow AM and will hit the ground running preparing for – get this – a pre-Emmy party.  Grandiflora has been invited to attend the party and have the opportunity to add some of our product to the celebrity swag bags!

Have you fallen off your chair yet?  I have had just a couple weeks for the news to sink in, but I’m still a little in awe of what I’m going to be doing there.  I’ll be setting up a booth, much like the one I set up at a trade show in Atlanta, and rubbing elbows with celebs, their publicists, and the media who attends the event.

So, I mentioned swag bags, right?  I will have a product to gift to the celebs who come through, so I’ve chosen to give a little set of our Malena Appetizer Utensils in a cute clear pillow box.  I’ll include my business card and a beautiful giant postcard with details about our company as well.

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I’m a little terrified about how I’ll manage to get a good representation of my line and brand all of the way to LA in just two suitcases, but I have a plan and hopefully it will work!

While out there, I’ll be instagramming up a storm, so be sure that you follow @shopgrandiflora to catch the Emmy-worthy details.  I’m also keeping my options open in case I happen to get an invite to the actual Emmy’s.  You know, if one of the celebs is like, “oh, hey you, come be my guest”.  I’ll pack a ball gown just in case.

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Gold Initial Mug Gifts

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Sometimes the best things are the simplest, right?  While initial mugs are everywhere right now and certainly aren’t a novelty, I had a few birthday’s this week and thought that I would take a stab at my own version of the ‘anthro-inspired’ initial mug for some little lavender gifts for two of my girlfriends.

True to my mantra that a DIY needs to be cuter or cheaper than a store purchase these rolled in at just $3 each, or $5 each once you add the lovely lavender.

Anthro Inspired DIY Initial Mug

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I began this project just for the sole purpose of the gift – no blog intentions – but they just turned out so darn cute that I remade one to show the steps.  The things I do for you guys… just kidding!  Continue Reading…

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Homemade Garden Salsa

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I promised you guys yesterday that I had an amazing salsa recipe today and boy, do I! Let me start out by saying that I could make chips & salsa my entire meal.  When I go to a mexican restaurant, I really don’t need a meal, I’ll just have the chips & salsa and a sweet simple marg. And although I love some salty crunchy chips, I really could just eat this salsa on it’s own.  I put in on eggs and mix it into rice for a little south of the border flare for every meal.

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Most homemade salsa’s I try are a little lack-luster and very very acidic. For this reason, I haven’t made homemade salsa in quite some time because it was honestly just never as good as store-bought.  But, this year we have an overabundance of tomatoes, so I need to do something with them and set out to create a better salsa. I’ve balanced this recipe out with one wonderful little addition that will have you singing the praises of the salsa gods.  Continue Reading…

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