March is here and with it comes longer days, sunshine, and the promise of fresh herbs finding their way from your yard or windowsill to you salads and side dishes! For those of us who are lucky enough to have their own little patch of dirt; whether community garden, rooftop or backyard space; here are a few pointers to help you decided if it’s time to begin dinging into your soil:
-Take a very small handful of soil in the palm of your hand and begin forming a ball out of the soil by squeezing your hand into a fist around the soil
-Once a solid ball has formed take a finger and lightly tap the ball OR drop the ball from a height of three feet
-If the ball breaks apart easily into a pile of loose dirt, then you are ready to being digging into and working the soil…
-If the soil, however, slowly falls apart in large clumps then the soil is still retaining too much moisture to begin working it
-Another helpful way to check if you’re still unsure is to assess the color of your soil; dark soil is still retaining water, while lighter or ashy soil is most likely ready to be worked
It is important to be the early bird in gardening, but if you are the too early bird you’ll be out hunting before the worms are even up… What I mean is, if you begin working your soil before it is ready you’ll do more damage than good. Heavy, wet soil doesn’t break up into the light and airy texture best for breathing plants… plus, all those large clods you’ll create by digging when the soil is too wet will end up drying into awful rock-like clumps that become nightmares to break up when your soil really is ready. So take your time, and be thankful for the outdoor space awaiting your perfect little city garden!!
This is part one of a series on planting and growing herbs in NYC! Check back for the next installment on how to find or create the perfect in home or windowsill herb garden!!
Robert “Bobby” Hold, Jr., is a nationally registered and certified Physician Assistant (MPAS, PA-C), currently based out of New York City. Bobby has recently written and published a new book entitled “It’s Not You, It’s Me: The Most Important Break Up Of Your Life… Ending Your Relationship With Obesity.” His book is the candid and honest story of how he lost over one hundred pounds, through good old fashioned diet and exercise. By personally accepting himself and his homosexuality, Bobby was able to face himself and face his fat.
In the book, Bobby boldly tackles a prevailing misconception about obesity that has long stigmatized a broad cross section of the population. “Popular logic will have us believing if a person is overweight, they should just stop overeating and they would lose the weight, but it’s not quite that simple,” he explains. “People who have never dealt with eating issues fail to realize that you can’t stop overeating until you figure out why you’re doing it in the first place. They don’t comprehend that there may be something else going on.”
Bobby’s book skillfully digs beneath the psychological underpinnings of obesity with a genuine look at his own struggle with being overweight, unabashed truthfulness, and meticulous medical training. “My own story was one of trying to battle my personal issues,” he admits. With his powerfully resonant motto “Lose weight, find yourself”™ Robert is poised to make an impact on an industry that often issues out band-aid fixes for wounds requiring a more intense healing process.
For more information, such as before-and-after pictures and how to buy the book, head over to It’s Not You, It’s Me The Book or if you’re ready to read Bobby Hold’s transformative book (buy the book).
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The average person spends nearly 350 days worth of time in the shower, and that is only if you’re in there for less than fifteen minutes a day!!
Today I realized just how wonderful that time can be spent. You see, I love spring… winter is nice sometimes, but nothing beats the smell of fresh flowers blooming all over the city. So, I created my own little springtime with scent tailored Lavender & Oak products. Not only are they good for me; paraben, petrochemical and sulfate-free; but by choosing from over twelve different essential oils I was able to tailor my hair products to remind me of the small pleasures in life! My choice? Lemongrass, lavender and geranium. So don’t just let the moments pass you by, instead make every moment an experience that is all you own.
Lavender & Oak Cleanse ($27.99); Lavender & Oak Moisturize ($22.99); Lavender & Oak Leave-In ($22.99), Lavender & Oak Curl Cream ($22.99)
Your best bud for life just fills you with unconditional happiness… maybe you’ve even found the person who makes your heart skip a beat… either way Valentine’s Day has just given you the perfect excuse to give your someone special a little something special!! Now for that part that gets a bit tricky, because whether you’ve been together a month, a year or a decade you still seem to find yourself pondering the great gift giving question, “What should I get them?”. No worries, come in to Bloom Shop and let us help you navigate the waters of gift giving gold and leave you feeling confident as the wraps come off… and we have you covered there, too, because we put them on for free!
1. Rifle Paper Co. “Valentine’s Balloon Card” ($5); 2. Butter London Nail Lacquer “La Moss” ($15); 3. Linnea’s Lights Candle “Vanilla Noir” ($16-$30); 4. Tilly Doro Gold Plated Studs “Hearts” ($20); 5. Joya: FvsS Parfum in handcrafted porcelain bottle with 22k gold dipped wand “No. 1″, “No.6″ ($112); 6. Lauren Wolf Necklaces: Silver Amazona Bone ($190), Silver Stingray Goddess Pendent ($348), Silver Stingray Crescent ($248), Blackened Silver Talisman ($138)
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Bloom Beauty Lounge
Our permanent hair straightening specialist, Sal LoGerfo, was featured on Jada Beauty!! Read his interview and learn great tips from a man who has been in the business long enough to garner incredible straightening, smoothing and styling knowledge!
…And if you’ve got unmanageable, curly hair that you’d like to get permanently straightened without using harsh keratin chemicals, remember to book an appointment with Sal and walk out with straight, silky smooth hair! He offers Full Japanese Straightening, Smooth Control, Straight Variations and Protein Treatment. A consultation with Sal will help you both decide which treatment is best for the style you’d like to achieve!!
It’s not quite time to kiss the summer sun goodbye, and yet Starbucks is advertising the return of their Pumpkin Spice Latte, the leaves are beginning to loose their vibrancy and, most importantly, the weather is giving over to a crispness that won a tough fight with humidity this past week… I must say, its beginning to look a lot like Fall. The time of year when rich colors fill your wardrobe as you place layer upon layer over your chilly body to stay toasty warm, and still looking effortlessly lived in. The time of year that makes you forget your true love is Spring, as you begin channeling your inner wood nymph and what better way than with Samantha Pleet’s Fall 2013 Collection? In my opinion, there is just absolutely none. With a pallet that will make you feel like you’ve got wings, and an incredible Samantha Pleet for Wolverine shoe collection that will keep your feet feeling nestled and warm… I believe I’m falling hard this fall!
Love x Cyndee
Our petrochemical, sulfate, and paraben free hair care line
One year ago the staff at Bloom started working on creating an organic “Scent Your Own” sustainable hair care line and it’s finally ready! Made locally in Westchester, New York, we created a petrochemical, sulfate, and paraben free hair care line called Lavender & Oak.
The products are 100% scent-free and we can scent your products just for you with certified organic essential oils from our apothecary. For those of you who prefer scent free products, you can order the unscented version.
We’ve worked long and hard to create products that not only work great on curly hair but also feels great in straight and wavy hair as well! Certified Organic Sugar Cane, JoJoba, and Carageenan extract give the hair intense shine and moisture making this product perfect for dehydrated, lackluster locks.
To learn more about the products visit Lavenderandoak.com or come into Bloom! We are offering special deals with this very special launch!
- Buy all 3 products and get 15% off plus a complimentary L&O tote
- Book a blowdry by September 21st and receive a complimentary 8oz Moisturize conditioner!
If you’ve tried out Lavender & Oak already, send us an e-mail and let us know what you think! We’re constantly looking to improve and would love to hear from you.
So, the other day I was shopping at Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg, and I found this wonderful necklace. I’ve always been a fan of vintage costume bobbles and miniatures, and that is exactly what drew me to this piece. I couldn’t wait to get it home. Upon further inspection, I realized it had a tag that read “Madame Fortuna,” the name (intriguing in itself), struck my curiosity. It turns out that Madame Fortuna is a local company that makes wonderfully whimsical jewelry. Each piece is well crafted and unique. The website is totally worth checking out and just as cute as her jewelry.
They also do custom jewelry, for accessories as unique as you are! There are a few stores around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find her beautiful treasures, and she even has an Etsy store! Take a look.