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Come and Pin with us

 

We know you  are talented, creative souls
who love beautiful things as much as we do.

How about joining us for a Pinterest
 adventure?

We have just rolled out a contest to all our customers to make a
 Pinterest M
ood Board 
labeled "Inspired by flora and henri". 

The board you create on Pinterest must include
one or more items from our children's collection
which you can find on our website
www.florahenri.com

The winning board will receive their favorite flora and henri item
(featuring on the board) for free.
 

 

Start pinning and remember to share your board with us on Pinterest.
The winning board will be announced on May 21st!  

Yes!

It's just natural that our bodies rhythm changes with the seasons. we "earn" a few pounds to help us through the winter months and "misplace" (hopefully a similar amount) come summer.

 

Fashion magazines however will stress and remind us that we need to get our bodies summer ready, and with it comes the anxiety, the hunger and, yes, the guilt.

 

That is why, Amy, Jane and I were so happy to read this article by Veronique Hayland, "How to Get Your Body Caftan-Ready for Summer". Now that's a feeling we can look forward to! Beautiful and comfortable.

 

 

 

I love the Cut's steps to getting your body ready, (specially number 5):

1. Select a caftan of your chosen gauge and length. Stroke its gauzy fabric and whisper into its folds.
2. Let your flesh settle into the crevices of your comfortable, comfortable caftan.
3. Crumbs? Let them fall where they may, swaddled in your caftan.
4. Throw out your razor.
5. Throw out your bra.
6. Throw out the aloe vera lotion you bought last summer. You will not be getting sunburned this summer.
7. Release your inhibitions. Feel the rain on your skin.

 

 

For our own tunics and lovely clothes for women, click here: flora femme collection

Read the whole article here and let us know your thoughts! 

 

- Alessandra

flora and henri at goop pop in chicago! Join us from april 25th - May 10th

You've heard of it, you've seen our posts!

We are excited to join 3.1 Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney, HATCH Maternity and other wonderful brands at the latest goop pop! 

We are truly honored to be the only children brand at the event and we look forward to meeting anyone coming to visit us in Chicago.

 

 

So, yes, come see us if you happen to be in the area. We'd love for you to say hi!

the flora and henri team!

Civility, a thing of the past? (we hope not)

Peter Miller, author, inspired cook and owner of Peter Miller books in Seattle wrote an article back in 2010 that we just can't seem to stop revisiting.  His take on the changes our society is experiencing and its impact on our own civil manners is worth it's weight in gold.

 

" ... Today, there is the technological sophistication to watch a first run movie on one’s phone, yet to have only the merest notion of manners and no sense that you should have sense. One complexity has overwhelmed another; distraction has deleted consciousness and form..."

 

Miller goes to explain in more detail a few of the rules he hopes are maintained by our society. Through his humor and seriousness we get to see that sadly some of these ideals are on their way out, unless we decide that they should stay and help us all remain more civil.

 

You can find Millers full article here http://crosscut.com/2010/01/how-did-we-forget-civility/

And for those looking for ideas on how to do lunch properly, Miller's book Lunch at the Shop, gives us a number of recipes that can be made without a kitchen. As Jane Hall, from Remodelista, highlights on her article about Miller's book, it is a moment set aside, away from the computer and the clock.

How deliciously indulgent.

 

Our thoughts ... our destiny

Somedays we look back and see what we have become. We look back and ask ourselves, how did we get here? 

 

Jane shared this quote with us recently and I thought, how beautifully and simply put ... We are truly the masters of our destiny. 

  

Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

 

(Attributed to Lao - Tzu)

That BUSY word

Jane recently received  this article from her friend Mary Ann.   Take a moment to read it and consider just how "busy" you are...

 

 

... This disease of being “busy” (and let’s call it what it is, the dis-ease of being busy, when we are never at ease) is spiritually destructive to our health and wellbeing. It saps our ability to be fully present with those we love the most in our families, and keeps us from forming the kind of community that we all so desperately crave..."

 

...I am not asking how many items are on your to-do list, nor asking how many items are in your inbox. I want to know how your heart is doing, at this very moment. Tell me. Tell me your heart is joyous, tell me your heart is aching, tell me your heart is sad, tell me your heart craves a human touch. Examine your own heart, explore your soul, and then tell me something about your heart and your soul...

 

Here is the link to the full story http://www.onbeing.org/blog/the-disease-of-being-busy/7023

 

Tell us what you think. Enjoy today! and every time that you are tempted to say "I am so busy" think again ... tell us about your heart.

a poem

We carry a beautiful book of poems by Mary Oliver in the store called “A Thousand Mornings”. Below is another of Oliver’s poems, not included in the edition we carry. Amy sent it to me a few years ago, at a moment where I needed comfort, grounding and a connection. I think it is a poem that all women should carry in our back pocket.--Jane 

 

You do not have to be good
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver 

 

" ... I was trying to do a certain kind of construction. Nevertheless, once I started writing the poem, it was the poem. And I knew the construction well enough that I didn't have to think about, just if I need an end-stopped line here or... It just worked itself out the way I wanted for the exercise. That's kind of a secret. But it's the truth. It was there in me. Yes. Once I heard those geese, and said that line about anguish. Where that came from, I don't know... "

As told to Trent Gillis from On Being www.onbeing.org