How to Build a Tabletop Terrarium

How to Build a Tabletop Terrarium

Whenever Spring comes around, I automatically want to fill the house with green plants. They make a space feel alive and as I mentioned when I put together my kitchen window plant (which is still going strong), I love the idea of bringing the outdoors inside. I have a tray on top of my coffee table where I put the remotes and photo/coffee table books so they’re tidy, and usually have a candle sitting on top. I decided to build a happy little tabletop terrarium (Bob Ross fan here) to take the place of the candle, but knew it had to be small because of where I was putting it. I have been seeing a lot of terrariums lately, and there are so many possibilities with how you set this up that you can really customize to fit your taste. Here’s the few easy steps it takes to build a tabletop terrarium no matter what jar you decide on.

First, you’ll need a container. I found my container at Home Goods which actually had a tag as being from their terrarium line, but you can really use any kind of clear glass container to house your little garden. I picked up my jar just yesterday which motivated me to get started ASAP, and here’s everything I used for my DIY tabletop terrarium.

How to Build a Tabletop Terrarium Supplies

I was worried I would make a mess because of the soil, so I went outside to put together the terrarium. I started by putting a layer of rocks or pebbles at the bottom of the jar to help with drainage, which I found at Lowe’s. You could probably use fish tank rocks if you prefer too. I thought the pebbles were pretty, so I put a little more than what was probably needed, filling about an inch or two in my jar. I specifically went a little pebble happy because I didn’t want them to get lost when I added everything else, which they almost did. If you’re like me and want to see the pebbles more in your bottom layer for aesthetic appeal and not just function, I recommend going a little heavier.

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Next, you’ll want to add a layer of activated charcoal. This helps filter the air and keep it fresh in a closed environment, since I planned on closing the lid to my terrarium when finished. I just did a light layer to where you couldn’t see the pebbles anymore, about a 1/2 inch or so. I surprisingly couldn’t find this at Lowe’s, but the nice cashier recommended I try a pet store since activated charcoal is often used for fish filters. She was correct! I found it at Petsmart for about $6.

After the charcoal, I added a very thin layer of moss. I just wanted a little bit to prevent the soil from falling into any cracks below. Next, you’ll add your soil and put in plants as desired.

How to Build a Tabletop Terrarium 4I used a variety of succulents, including a cactus, so that I would have different heights and textures. I think ferns would have been pretty too, but succulents are supposedly very hard to kill and do no require a lot of attention or watering. In fact, they can die by over-watering them because they are desert plants and like dry, hot places. I purchased a water bottle which I’ll use to lightly spray my garden every few weeks. They also like sunlight, so put them in a spot where they can see the sun….I’m hoping my coffee table is sunny enough.

How to Build a Tabletop Terrarium 5I actually wanted to go lighter on the soil layer so everything sat a little lower, but I wasn’t able to because of the size of the root base the plants had. Maybe that’s something you’ll want to consider when selecting your plants, container, and determining the thickness of your layers..

I found a few bigger rocks outside in my yard (free!) and placed them on top for decoration, along with a little more moss.

Finally, add the top and you’re done!

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How to DIY a Terrarium

How to DIY a Terrarium 2So here’s my final mini garden.

Do you like the idea of bringing the outdoors inside? How are you embracing Spring?


Spring Trend 2014: Mexico Inspiration

This post brought to you by Majestical Jewelry. All opinions are 100% mine.

Spring is finally here! And I’m loving the Mexican inspired looks that were all over the runway for Spring 2014. This ranges from prints/colors such as oranges, reds, and turquoise, to pretty embroidery, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and ruffles. Depending on how you wear this trend, it could range from cool and a little boho to soft and feminine like this.

mexican inspired outfit runway

Mara Hoffman’s Mara Mexicana
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Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 Mexico Tee
Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 Mexico Tee
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christian siriano runway mexico inspiration

Christian Siriano runway Mexico inspiration.
Photo Credit: http://www.stylecaster.com

Here’s how I pulled off the look with items already in my closet.

Style Trials OOTD Spring 2014 Mexican inspired topLiving Doll top from Macy’s. This top says it all, but honestly it was hard to style. I went with high-waisted shorts from Urban Outfitters (theirs are THE BEST), and casual wedges that had a natural straw sole and fun wrap around ankle feature.

Also, my friends at Majestical Jewelry sent me these fun dangly earrings from their fashion jewelry collection. I like that you can dress them up or wear them with a casual outfit like this. I love pairing gold accessories with a Mexican inspired look, as well as natural stones.  On the Edge Cluster Earrings Majestical JewelryThese On the Edge Cluster earrings are actually really affordable at only $13.50, and Majestical Jewelry has a TON of other awesome accessories ranging from silver to pearls. If you feel like picking up a pair yourself, Style Trialers can use promo code: TWENTYOFFNOW to take 20% off any order or promo code: 15DOLLARSOFF to take $15.00 off any order of $55 or more. There’s also free returns, free exchanges, and free gift packaging with every order.

Style Trials Majestical Jewelry on the edge cluster earrings Style Trials OOTD Spring 2014 Mexican InspirationMaterial Girl dress from Macy’s. I like the flirty little cutouts in the dress and shoes, along with the bold print.

Style Trials Milo Longhaired Chihuahua

In his true chihuahua fashion, Milo fittingly decided to make an appearance during the photoshoot. 🙂

How will you wear this Mexican inspired Spring trend? What other Spring trends are you loving?


OOTD 5: Transitioning from Winter to Spring

Florida weather has been really fickle throughout this time (like everywhere else except without snow – I promise I’m not complaining!), but lately it’s been b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. In this OOTD, I wanted to inspire with looks that can help transition you from Winter to Spring. I was heading out and about to run errands with my hubby and pooch (long-haired chihuahua named Milo) on this beautiful weekend day.

Style Trials OOTD winter to spring 2Although sunny and warm, there was a bit of a wind chill in the air, so I pulled together this outfit with short, flat boots, a burgundy felt hat, and a holy knit sweater. The holy sweater gives a lighter look for Spring because of the holes (when compared to a solid knits), and it adds an interest of texture. The open knit also pulls together the suede on my shoes and the felt in the hat, which are warmer materials. The floral lightweight shorts of course give this a cooler, relaxed look that all together is a great transition into Spring.

Style Trials OOTD winter to springI added the purse for a fun pop of color. However, if I had a fringe purse, I think that would have worked as well.

We came across an abandoned soccer field, and stopped to let Milo run around and play in the grass.

Style Trials OOTD winter to spring 4 Style Trials Felt Hat Burgendy

I am in love with this hat, and looked long and hard for one that was perfect. I found this online at Tobi. I knew I wanted a burgundy hat, and also one that wasn’t too floppy. I’m also obsessed with my Alex and Ani bracelets, and like to stack them. Style Trials Alex and Ani stacked bracelets love jewels and sister Style Trials OOTD winter to spring 3 I paired the outfit with simple “adult” pigtails, which were really easy to do. I simply did a loose braid on either side, then pulled out strands so it had a messier, boho-chic vibe.

Boots: Vince Camuto Tricera booties in taupe | Floral Shorts: Tobi, similar, similar| Holy Sweater: Old, similar, similar | Felt Hat:  Tobi, similar (I may even like Forever 21 wool hat better!) | Purse: Tory Burch cross-body bags | Bracelets: Alex & Ani bangle bracelets

What tips and tricks do you have for transitioning your style from Winter to Spring?


Candy Colors, Pastel, and Snakeskin Print

Spring is here, and that means pastels and candy colors are sweetening up the stores! Try mixing candy colors/pastels with a snakeskin print accessory (or piece of clothing) to balance out the sweetness a bit. Limit it to one snakeskin printed item per outfit so you don’t overkill it.

I especially like this look mixed with coral, mint green, pale blues, lavender, or even lace texture! Here’s the Style Trials inspiration board:

Snakeskin, Pastels, and Candy Combos

Astr lace cocktail dress / Metropolis mint dress / Joie sweater / Blue jacket / Rare London sequin bodycon skirt, $51 / Tulle skirt, $26 / American Eagle Outfitters / Pour La Victoire pumps / Rachel Zoe / Blink platform shoes, $76 / Dolce & Gabbana colorful handbag, $1,445 / Clutch / UNEARTHED imitation jewelry / GUESS bracelet / Coach bracelet jewelry / Mint earrings / Tory Burch stud earrings / Essie nail polish, $12 / Mint Green Stripe Short Paper Milkshake Straws | Milkshake Straws |… / Maxi colar ovais candy colors / Essie Camera, $15
You may have noticed me posting on instagram a few key pieces I picked up myself!

style trials mint, coral, snakeskin, and lace

Style Trials Kate Spade Round Black and Coral Sunglasses

Recent shopping and browsing only further backed up how on-trend this look is.
Mint Pastel and Snakeskin Shoes
snakeskin and pastel outfit glamour magazine
(Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine, April 2013 pg 92 “The Month in Outfits”)
Pastel nails of course are still really popular too, and tend to look great on all skin tones.
This style combo is a fresh take for Spring, and especially for upcoming Easter. But remember, you don’t want to look like an Easter egg, so limit yourself to a few key pieces, mix in some neutrals (nude, white, black, and/or metallics), and toughen it up with a print like snakeskin.

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