DIY Flower Arranging Tutorial

Here is my go-to way of flower arranging at home, be the result either for myself, my daughters wedding (in the picture!) or a gift for a friend.

  1. Think about what colour theme you would like your arrangement to have. The colour green should be included in this decision. I do try to make jokes sometimes.
  2. Gather your flowers! I like to use flowers from markets and supermarkets (Aldi has the best flowers).
  3. Find a vase and clean it thoroughly with bleach or something similar. Bacteria is not good for your flowers.
  4. If you’re using florist foam to keep your flower arrangement even more in place and even more hydrated, make sure you soak the foam for 15 mins before cutting it into shape for your vase. Also remember to water the foam every few days.
  5. Pop 10% of the stem of each flower in boiling water for 30 seconds (longer for woody stems). If the stem is short, make sure to keep the flower shielded from the hot steam by wrapping it gently in newspaper. The hot water helps them spring back to life (almost as if they were still in the ground), and also helps tightly closed flower heads to fully open up.
  6. Cut an inch off each stem diagonally (around a 45 degree angle) with ideally some florist scissors, as these are simply made for the job! The fresh cut will ensure the flowers absorb water better, and the diagonal cut allows for a better surface area for soaking up the water. Did you know that shorter flowers have less stem for the water to travel up, and so they tend to last the longest?!
  7. Remove the leaves from the bottom-part of the stems, as you don’t want them in the water.
  8. Fill your vase ⅓ of the way up with tepid water and add flower food. If you don’t have any on hand, make your own by combining water with sugar and a teeny weeny drop of bleach.
  9. Pop your foliage into the vase.
  10. Next, place your big flowers in the middle
  11. Add your little ‘filler’ flowers around the big flowers, using the odd number rule.
  12. Secure your final arrangement with a rubber band (clear looks the best) or some floral tape. Don’t tie to low down or too tightly.
  13. Cut the stem to suit the height of the vase. Many florists use the rule of making the height of the bouquet taller than the vase by one and a half times. Often though, this can’t be done and so just make sure the flowers sit just above the top of the vase.
  14. To keep the flowers looking gorgeous and alive, change the water every day.
  15. If you are planning on giving them to a friend, keep them in the fridge overnight and in water.

I hope you’ve enjoyed! Please hashtag me into your flower arrangements using the hashtag #fiftyfashionandyou  xxx

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Do you have minimalist or maximalist style?


Are you a Minimalist?

Do you stick to a limited colour palette?

Do you prefer wearing more simple cuts of clothing?

Do you keep accessories to a minimum?

Do you not own anything you don’t actually like or wear?

Minimalists tend to wear timeless pieces, not trends. Some use the more monochromatic colours, and often only have around 50 pieces of clothing in their timeless, capsule wardrobe. They also invest in quality, comfortable and stylish clothes that they adore and will wear for years. Their classic style doesn’t mean boring, often minimalists enjoy a style that is ‘classic with a twist’, mixing fabrics and shades, such as a white blouse tucked into well-fitted straight leg jeans and ballet flats.


Are you a Maximalist?

Do you love to wear bright colours?

Do you consider neutrals boring?

Do you wear a lot of loud prints?

Do you mis-match and layer anything you can?

Maximalism is an approach to fashion that really, only the style conscious individuals can truly master, otherwise you could end up looking clowney. Self-expression is at its core with the maximalist style, with ruffles, embroidery and embellishments within their over-the-top pieces hanging in her wardrobe – it’s all about defying any style rules and just have fun with fashion.

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The Secrets of Classic Style…


Having classic style involves the use of simple, sophisticated and timeless outfits.

Firstly, remember this:

Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it. Fashion fades, however style is timeless.


So! Without further ado, please read on to learn my tips of the elegance of classic style!


Invest in good quality clothing that can be mixed and matched with each other.

For example, a warm but light trench coat, the perfect pair of jeans, a fitted white shirt, a structured blazer, monochrome jumpers, tailored trousers, a basic knee-length pencil skirt, the little black dress, a pair of crisp cream chinos… the list is endless!


Use neutral, monochrome colours.

Black, grey, beige, brown, navy, white and cream. These colours are the most versatile for mixing and matching.


Classic style is modest.

Classic style is not a showy-off way of dressing, it is actually very modest! Just like the style of clothes, whereby no bra, bottom or belly should be on show. The style also includes wearing clothes that fit well, which means a quick (and inexpensive) trip to the tailor or seamstress is occasionally needed after shopping or after time.


Invest in quality.

Invest in clothing made of classic materials, which are: cotton, wool, linen and silk. Clothing made of these materials will last decades if looked after properly by keeping them neat and clean. When wearing, make sure they are free of wrinkles, holes, loose threads and missing buttons.


Simplicity is key.

Classic style is unfussy. Shoes should be practical and comfortable, alongside being stylish! Wear delicate jewelry and have neat, natural-inspired hair, nails and makeup. Above all: never over-accessorize.

The most elegant woman to live, Coco Chanel, was said to have advised the following in regards to accessories: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”


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