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What I love about how technologically advanced we are today is how everything is so readily available online at a simple click of a button! And that includes flower arranging services.

There’s no longer a need to rush down to a florist or nursery located in the middle of nowhere to fulfill your needs for a special occasion.

Started out by two friends with a love for flowers, succulents and all things green, Mosstachio is a small online florist. Specialised in handling succulents, Mosstachio can tailor a bouquet or terrarium to suit to whatever specifications your heart so desires!

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Just hop onto Carousell and do a quick user search for ‘Mosstachio’ and presto! There you have it, you are now in touch with experienced florists who can help with arranging the perfect floral bouquet or terrarium. So easy!

Mosstachio also does terrarium workshops, so if you wanna make your event unforgettable, don’t forget to give them a ring. They’ll be happy to accommodate and be a part of the special day.

Mosstachio recently shared with me how much they enjoyed doing a workshop for little kids at a church event, and I could see how enthusiastic they were about it, and how much they enjoyed watching the imagination of the kids being turned into reality in their exciting terrarium creations.

But more about the succulent bouquets. These are perfect for anyone and everyone and for any occasion. Wedding bouquets, engagement proposals, birthday gifts, graduations, Mother’s Day, the list goes on!

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What I love about the succulent bouquets is that unlike ordinary floral bouquets, there’s something really special and unique about it.

I just love the contrast between the firm, hardy texture of the succulents and the feminine, delicate rose petals.

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And on top of that, while flowers in bouquets rarely last that long, the succulents in these bouquets can be re-potted. With proper care, the succulents will be able to survive for a long time! Personally, succulents are so adorable and I just like looking at them and admiring their beauty.

These succulents bouquets so perfect for everyone. Guy or girl, BFF, colleague, mother, boyfriend, future wife.

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As for my very own bouquet, what can I say? It was perfect, featuring bright red flowers, peachy romantic roses, and lovely succulents of different varieties!

Just look at the amazing colours and textures! I had so much fun taking photos and admiring how beautiful and fresh my bouquet from Mosstachio smelled! Plus, I can’t wait to start my very own succulent garden with all of these cute succulents.

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To pick up your very own succulent bouquet or terrarium for your loved ones, check out Mosstachio on Carousell or Instagram.

Just search for their handle, @mosstachio and trust me, you’ll be in good (green-thumbed) hands!

[Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Mosstachio, all opinions reflected in this post are my own.]

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I have always found terrariums to be a really interesting and novel concept. Just imagine that, a miniature, tagelf-sufficient ecosystem living inside a jar!

Making terrariums is the perfect DIY project to try, and you don’t need a green thumb to succeed at it. In this post today, I’ll be telling you how to build a terrarium, as well as providing you information on terrarium classes you can attend in Singapore! So let’s get started, shall we?



Terrariums require little attention to flourish and they make the perfect decorative piece for one’s home and office. All your terrarium needs is at least 6 hours of sunshine a day, and a weekly spray of water.

Making your own terrarium allows you to express your own individuality! Be as creative and zany as you want, or just keep it modest and zen.

Not only does a terrarium make an adorable gift, it’s also a very unconventional and meaningful present you can make for someone!

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Personalise your terrarium to reflect your own personality and sense of style, or design your terrarium for a special occasion to give to a friend or family member.

Terrariums come in all shapes and sizes, enclosed or open-aired, small or large, single plant or thriving jungle. It’s ultimately really up to you to decide what your terrarium will look like!

Personally I think terrariums are perfect for those looking for a low-maintenance, yet long-lasting plant to take care of and grow.

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I recently attended a terrarium class at Marche Aux Fleur, a florist located on Upper Thomson Road. After attending, I learnt how to build a terrarium with a friend whom I invited along. We spent the weekend building our own terrariums. So if you are interested in learning how to build a terrarium, do sign up with a friend for a fun class at Marche Aux Fleur’s website, www.marcheauxfleur.com!

The terrarium class provided an insightful experience into the world of terrariums. It also gave me a brand new skill to take home – how to build a terrarium. I loved how everything was inclusive of the class and was provided to us – glass jars, special cactus soil, pebbles, mini plants, and so much more!

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I found the terrarium class very useful because it meant that all the tools and ingredients to making a terrarium were provided by Marche Aux Fleur! So I’ll definitely recommend attending their terrarium class so that you’re guaranteed to have all the necessary things to make a terrarium. Plus, you don’t need to go hunting all over Singapore for cactus soil!

So why not start filling up your calendar for 2016 and take part in a terrarium class this year? :)

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To make a terrarium, you will need:

  • a Glass jar
  • a variety of Pebbles in different sizes/colours
  • Succulents
  • Cacti
  • Sweetheart Hoya Plant
  • Cactus Soil
  • Small shovel (for transporting soil and pebbles)
  • Newspaper or rough paper (to avoid making a mess everywhere!)
  • Sphagnum Moss
  • Small Decorative Figurines
  • Spray Bottle with Water
  • Tweezers
  • A narrow tool (for digging)

Last but not least, plenty of sunshine!

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First, visualise what kind of terrarium you’ll be building! We’ll be using plants like succulent and cacti which require minimal watering, so this how-to guide is for open-aired terrariums! NOTE: If you wanna learn how to make a closed terrarium, I suggest signing up for the terrarium class (www.marcheauxfleur.com). Picture how the different layers of soil, pebbles, moss, are going to look. And make sure that your jar has enough space to accommodate all your plants! You don’t want your terrarium to be overcrowded.

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Fill the bottom of the jar with pebbles. Don’t put too thick a layer of pebbles because remember, you need room for soil, moss, and your plants and any decorations. Bring your jar to eye-level, rotate the jar and check that your first layer of pebbles is nice and levelled! This is to ensure the terrarium looks aesthetically pleasing and that it has proper drainage – important for plants that don’t need too much water to thrive (i.e. your cacti and succulents).

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Grab some spaghnum moss! Make sure it’s not too wet and clumpy, squeeze the moss dry and arrange it neatly and evenly over your first layer of pebbles.

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Next, you can add more pebbles in to create another layer to your terrarium. Here we’ve used some delicate and small white pebbles to bring some brightness to our terrarium. Alternate the pebbles with an array of colours and sizes to add vibrancy and so your terrarium won’t look too repetitive!

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Add more sphagnum moss to create another layer and add dimension to your terrarium.
Like the previous steps, ensure the moss is dry and flat.

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This step is very important – add soil! Make sure there’s sufficient soil and be generous! You need plenty of soil so your plants have space and depth to grow their roots. Like before, make sure the layer of cactus soil is nice and even :)

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Your terrarium should start to look almost complete! Remove your new succulents and cacti from their pots and re-home them into your new terrarium. Gently remove any soil clumping around the plant, and be careful not to break any roots or crush any fragile succulent leaves.If you’re working with a succulent, it’s good to remove any dead or dying leaves still attached or coming off the plant – this is to ensure the dying leaves don’t end up absorbing all the moisture from the succulent. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the dead leaves quickly and effectively. You may need to do this once in a while when you see dead or dying leaves. Also remember to handle your cactus carefully, you don’t want to prick yourself accidentally.

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Using a narrow tool, dig a narrow space in the soil for your plants. you don’t want to uproot your plants and move them about too many times or they might not grow! Make sure the hole in the soil is deep enough to accommodate your plants’ roots, and for your plant to sit happily without falling over.It’s important that your succulents and cacti feel firmly planted and snug.

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Pat and even out the cactus soil and add more soil if necessary! Spray some water evenly on the soil and ensure you don’t get water on the plants. You’ll need to water your succulents/cacti once a week, and the terrarium will need about 6 hours or more of sunlight, so keep your terrarium alive by putting it in a place that receives sunshine.

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Now you can decorate the space! Fill it up with figurines, decorations, whatever you like! Make it personal and don’t be afraid of getting creative.

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Marche Aux Fleur
215P Upper Thomson Road,
Singapore 574349
Opening Hours: 11am – 8 pm daily
Website: www.marcheauxfleur.com
Tel: 6481 0828

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[Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the terrarium class by Marche Aux Fleur. I was not asked to write this post. All personal opinions are mine.]

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How quickly time has flown! As 2015 draws to a close, the holiday season is upon us once again. To help with your shopping woes and with the festive times just around the corner, I’ve compiled a list of 15 perfect Christmas gift ideas for each and every important person in your life! I’ve already done the window shopping for you. Without having to brave the shopping mall crowds and never-ending Christmas music, all you’ll need to do is sit back, relax, scroll, and click check-out.

1. FOR THE FASHIONISTA IN YOUR LIFE



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Tularosa Amelia Romper, from Revolve Clothing, $224.72

 

2. FOR THE SOPHISTICATED ACQUAINTANCE

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Tacit Eau de Parfum, from Aesop (unisex), $135.00

3. FOR THE FRIEND WHO IS ALWAYS LATE

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Lader | Black watch, from Larsson and Jennings (unisex), $253.00

4. FOR THE WOMAN YOU LOVE

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Sac De Jour small leather tote, from Saint Laurent
, $2,820.00

5. FOR THE PERSON TO WHOM YOU SAY, “I CAN’T DRAW.”

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The Slate Skin in Indian Summer, from Roxxlyn, $145.00

6. FOR THE BATH-HATING ANIMAL COMPANION

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Animal from Aesop (fur cleanser), $53.00

7. FOR THAT WORLDLY, BOHEMIAN HIPSTER FRIEND

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Vaara Eau de Parfum, from Penhaligon’s, $269.00

8. FOR THE ONE WITH A SWEET TOOTH

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Speculoos Cookie Butter, from Poppy & Co., $13.00

9. FOR THE FRIEND WHO CAN’T PUT THEIR PHONE DOWN DURING DINNER

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Black Marble iPhone Case, from Dear Maison, $39.00 

10. FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN IN YOUR LIFE

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Pebble-Grain Leather Holdall, from Michael Kors, $1,016.00

11. FOR YOUR LEAST ANNOYING COLLEAGUE AT WORK

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USB Desk Fan, from Muji, $39.00

12. FOR THE MINIMALIST

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Kinfolk Issue Eighteen, from Kinfolk, $26.00

13. FOR THE BOOK HOARDER

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The Kinfolk Home, from Kinfolk, $31.80

14. FOR THE OVERSEAS SINGAPOREAN

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15. FOR THE STRONG, INDEPENDENT WOMAN IN YOUR LIFE

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#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso, from Book Depository (paperback), $24.57

[Disclaimer:
1. These gift ideas are non-gender specific, and can be for anyone, regardless of gender.
2. These pictures do not belong to me. If you wish for me to remove one of these images which may belong to yourself or your company, please drop me an email and I will rectify it.
3. I strongly encourage and advocate donating (whatever you can afford) to charities, to the homeless and to those in need, especially during the Christmas season.]

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