Why hey there gorgeous. If you’re here then you’re already all over why you’ve gotta prioritise pleasure and take the occasional time out, so it’s nothing we need to wax lyrical about.
So instead let’s talk flowers! Why they’re an amazing self-care practice and how with just the smallest bit of effort they can help increase your happiness and pleasure by the bucketload!
Flowers are truly nature’s little miracles. They’re an expression of life in all its vibrancy, a sign of renewal, and just damn downright beautiful.
Having fresh flowers around you, whether at home, or on your desk at work, brings you little moments of joy, connection to nature and forces you to be in the present, when a bright petal catches your eye, or you get a whiff of their delicious fragrance.
Yes, they don’t last forever and that momentary beauty makes them even more special. You experience their beauty right at the moment and they pass in and out of your life, leaving behind only happiness and a greater sense of wellbeing – not something you can always say about your latest fast fashion purchase.
So I thought I’d share a couple of my favourite tips on how to get the most out of your flowers and create your own floral sanctuary.
Break it down
Rather than just throw all of your flowers into one big vase for your coffee table or hall, focus on the moments in your day you could brighten up with flowers. Here are a couple of my favourite spots:
Have a bath
A petal bath is not only feels insanely luxurious but is a great way to use flowers that are wilting or on their way out. Why not make a ritual of it? In fact, we’re such big fans of an easy petal bath, we got together with the RY team and put together a quick video tutorial, just for you!
Make a petal mandala
Just like colouring, a petal mandala is a beautiful mindful activity that I totally recommend! Slip into easy concentration and pull apart flowers, leaves and petals pieces to make beautiful repeating mandalas. Also a gorgeous touch for a guest bedroom, and easily swept or vacuumed away. Check out our tutorial here – https://www.bloomboxco.com/feature/how-to-fresh-flower-mandala/
And if mandalas aren’t your vibe, try a fun and creative flower portrait for a fun spin on it.
Nothing gives your wellbeing a boost like getting in touch with your creative spirit, and flowers are the perfect vehicle for getting your DIY on. So scour YouTube and Pinterest for beautiful creative arrangements and flower projects, or freestyle it your way. Pull out some scissors and get creative beautiful bohemian flower crowns, cute floral wall hangings or try your hand at recreating a Dutch Masters painting in real life!
Share the love
If you’re feeling the love – self love that is – then you know you need share it around with the women in your life! If you get into the habit of buying yourself some flowers, split your bunch and make up simple tiny posies for your colleagues, mum, sister or neighbour. Two blooms in a jam jar can truly make someone’s day, so why not give it go!
Do you want to make your life beautiful with flowers? For Retreat Yourself readers and customers we’re offering you $15 off your first box or any prepaid subscription! (you can pause or cancel an ongoing subscription at any time!) Just enter RETREAT15 at the checkout.
About Philomena Kwok: I’m a DIY addict and help women explore their creativity through flowers. I’m the co-founder of BLOOMBOX CO, a flower delivery service that makes having flowers in your home or at your event (without a florist!) fun and easy. G
et in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org Or just say hello on Instagram at @bloomboxco
The absolute superstar behind the beautiful brand that isSea + Clay is Samantha Hallett, and Samantha is responsible for every single element of Sea + Clay - the creation of the products, the beautiful labels, the packaging, the website, the customer service, the social media...the list goes on!
We took our eyes away from Samantha's beautiful looking products for just a few minutes to find out a little bit more about what happens behind the scenes at Sea + Clay.
What does biodegradable mean, and do you know how to ensure biodegradable products are actually breaking down?
Here's your quick, 3 minute snapshot into how to manage and dispose of biodegradable products. And it may just have you outside creating your own compost bin this weekend...