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How to create a classic bud vase arrangement with the Hibiscus Bud Vase from Vietri.

STEP 1- Create a Base

It’s really easy, start with a base of some simple airy greenery. Here we are using some bupleurum that we picked up in a bouquet of greens at Trader Joe’s. But you could get adventurous and use herbs or other greenery you might have growing around the house. 


Hint- As you put your glower in keep turning the vase to make sure it looks good from all sides. 



STEP 2 - Select A Focal Point Flower

Here we are using a fantastic orange rose as our focal point flower. Make sure to cut all your elements short when working with a bud vase. You want a tight, compact display.


STEP 3 - Fill In

Once you have your green layer and focal flower in place, start filling in with smaller flowers and other textures. Here we are using coleus and rose hips as an interesting texture and color. 

Hint - Your longest stem should not be more than 1-1/2 times the height of the vase.



STEP 4 - Sit Back And Admire!

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She can light up a room. --Kate Spade

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 5:30 PM

She can light up a room. --Kate Spade

Today, we remember Kate Spade for the spirited refinement that she brought to her namesake brand that inspired us to immerse our lives in color.  

She will forever be associated with the spirit of celebrations, both big and small.

With her designs and her words, she taught us to appreciate all parts of ourselves, even the quirky parts, and at the same time, permit ourselves to feel empowered and beautiful. 

For many young women, their first Kate Spade bag is a rite of passage to adulthood.

She leaves behind a legacy and vision of creativity that will surely inspire young, emerging artists and designers to carry forth.

Here at Outside Inspirations, we remember her family and loved ones at this difficult time.

Rest easy, Kate.

"In order to lead a fascinating life, one brimming with art, music, intrigue, and romance, you must surround yourself with precisely those things."...KATE SPADE


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Bring the Beach to Your Bath

Monday, June 4, 2018 9:31 AM

Bring the Beach to Your Bath

Dear Summer,

We missed you....

Yes, the long warm days are back. It's time to spend more time outdoors in the sunshine, and with that, it's time to give our skin a little more TLC.

If you haven't tried Musee's Bath Balms, these will take your baths beyond basic leaving you feeling rewarded, relaxed, and refreshed.

These hand pressed gems are created with natural ingredients, along with a variety of fragrances and skin conditioning oils that make bath time better for all ages.  

Summer Breeze is our new and favorite addition to Musee's line of bath balms and it's going to bring the beach to your bath time.  Feel the summer vibes with its natural olive oil, aloe vera, lime essential oil, and a dolphin surprise, . 

Add this fizzy balm to a warm bath, sit back, relax, and dream of the sunny, fun filled days ahead this summer!

"Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something..."   Regina Brett

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"Beautiful Skin Requires Commitment, Not a Miracle"

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:40 PM

I've always been pretty loyal to my own skin care regimen.

I'm talking 10 years loyal!

Enter Erbario Toscano's Olive Complex skin care line of products.  These products contain organic Tuscan olive oil that works to nourish and restore your skin.

Dialing in a good skin care routine isn't just an overnight process so I've tried this new line of products over a period of seven weeks so far.

IMG_2316Here are some of the highlights:

Daily Face Washing:  The Refreshing Cleansing Milk  left my face feeling so very clean and moisturized. I would follow up about once a week with the Gentle Face Scrub to exfoliate dead cells and impurities.

Toning:  The Purifying Tonic Lotion, with its blend of botanical waters really toned and soothed my face.

Eyes:  I used the Eye Serum on my eyelids to combat dark circles and puffiness.  I liked it because eye products, in the past, have left my eyes feeling irritated.

Anti-Aging: Using the Lift Serum on my face and neck, I saw a difference as it left my skin feeling more supple and pliable. *NOTE: As a warning to those with nut alleriges, the Lift Serum does include a walnut extract.

An alternative to the Lift Serum is the water based anti-aging Pure Rose Face Cream.

Face Mask:  To round out my new routine, The Regenerating Face Mask revitalized my face and provided the much needed hydration that my dry skin was begging for.  For me, this was the star of the show and a must have!

We are now carrying this line of products in our store.  If you're looking to try something new with your skin care regimen, stop in and give it a try!

"Invest in your skin. It's going to be with you for a long time."

**All available to for purchase online! 

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Rose' All Day!

Friday, March 16, 2018 10:50 AM

Rose' All Day!

Spring is here! Flowers will be blooming, birds will be singing, and Rose' we'll be drinking!

Rose' wine is a forecast of warm, sunny days, with a chance of day drinking. 

Originating in the south of France, it has reached new heights here in the U.S. thanks to it becoming the "Hamptons' Gatorade".

It pairs with just about anything you're eating and any occasion you're planning.

If you like a crisp, dry, and bright rose', find one from the Provence region.

If you enjoy a fruitier rose', go for a California one where the grapes grow bigger and juicier.

What also pairs nice with rose'? Why, our Mariposa "Rose' All Day" Beaded Wine Plate, of course!  Great for serving your guests as well as the perfect gift for wine lovers.  It's a lovely resting place for your bottle and is made of 100% recycled materials.

So, let's raise a glass and say our "Goodbyes" to Winter, because everything's coming up Rose'!

"Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's Party!'"

.....Robin Williams

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