Houseplant Inspiration

tumblr_ncbd8eiCwy1qzyjdbo1_1280With Earth Day still fresh on our minds, we thought this would be a perfect time to round up some of our favorite past tips and tricks about houseplants, succulents, and herbal remedies. We’re ready to welcome in spring with a bang (no matter how long it takes to finally arrive), and plan to have a boatload of plants to look at in the meantime. Now if only the sun would come out!
If you’re just starting out with plants, you probably don’t want to dive into anything too complicated, like outdoor plants. If you’re absolutely horrified at the prospect of caring for plants, start small. Succulents are virtually impossible to kill and available almost anywhere these days. Air plants are also an option if you’d like some greenery with minimal work; they can survive without dirt, making taking care of them nearly foolproof. If you’d like some true houseplants, there are a ton of leafy greens that are hard to murder. Anything along the lines of aloe, ivy, and ficus plants are all easy to care for.

Sometimes it can be hard to find a plant that will last, but plants with big, waxy leaves are hardier than others, and they’ll do well in the corner of a room, as long as there’s a little bit of light. (Here’s a very complete list of the best kinds of plants to buy.) Lugging home a plant like this is an instant apartment-brightener, and will cheer up any room with super minimal effort. Like instant spring!

If you already have some houseplants in your life, make their day by giving them some extra special fertilizer. There are plenty of ways to make your own special concoction (Google is your friend here), but for houseplants, one we’ve used ourselves is the epsom salt fertilizer. It’s super easy to make at home and encourages a faster growth-rate for indoor plants.

If you have leafy indoor plants, make sure they’re properly watered and get rid of any brown tips on them to keep them looking (and feeling) their freshest. All you need to do to trim dead ends is get a pair of sharp scissors and cut the dead part off close to the edge. Pretty self-explanatory, but make sure to leave a little bit of brown, because otherwise the healthy leaf will be freshly cut and will most likely go brown again. Once you’ve removed any dead leaves, see if you can adjust where your plant sits or how often it’s watered, since something is obviously making the plant unhappy – adjusting something simple like this will ensure that the plant won’t go brown again (or die) anytime soon.

If there’s a corner of your house with great light, setting up a bookcase and filling it with plants is a relatively easy way to fill up the space and make your home feel extra cozy. For the bookcase itself, industrial shelving is generally inexpensive and the contrast between the metal shelves and the green leaves always looks fantastic. (Or, if you want a weekend project, you can even make your own shelves.) Mix up the kinds of plants that you put on the shelves and work in some knick-knacks as well – the end result has a homey, pleasantly cluttered feel.

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If you’re still completely afraid to go out and buy a gigantic plant, afraid it will die in six days, a simple way to get some green into your home is by buying a few bundles of eucalyptus and keeping it in a cute vase or pitcher (with some water, of course). Eucalyptus is inexpensive, easy to replace once it dies, and as a bonus: it smells amazing.
11138061_1591257424424658_1615838123_nIf having indoor plants just makes you want to learn more about them, search your city for a gardening club. (Toronto even has its very own Rock and Hardy Plant Society!) You’ll learn everything you need to know to care for your indoor houseplants, and then once spring fully hits, you might even feel inspired to start spreading your gardening wings in the great outdoors.
10914368_395339767318002_1793965562_nIf all of this is making you rethink your decision to keep houseplants, make yourself a teeny, tiny terrarium instead. Everything will live forever and if you do manage to kill it (hey, it happens), you can buy yourself new plant supplies for less than a new nail polish. Or just make fake plants that will never die.
Please let Rebena know of additional tips, suggestions and tricks you’d like to see on the blog.  We hope this post made you a better-informed plant person. You’re welcome.  😉

Sources: UO Blog, Emily Johnston, Pinterest

Tie Dye Feast


Hot Colored Dress – $32.00 USD

As the temperature rises and vibrant color patterns become the norm, the increasingly popular tie-dye style from the 1990’s is becoming a hot commodity for streetwear enthusiasts.


Batik Mini Dress – $36.00 USD

Filthy Rebena’s shop is bursting with original tie-dye designs from the 1990’s.  Rebena’s tie-dyed stock mainly consists of fashionable, handmade, artwork sundresses that were once sold at high prices in designer boutiques.  These bright, swirling, one-of-kind tie-dye sundresses are awesome for summer and are super easy to accessorize with beads, fringed cardigans and big hobo bags.


Crochet Maxi Dress – $38.00 USD

So go check out Rebena’s stock of brilliant patterns, original Indian designs!  We can guarantee the quality of our tie dye clothes is unsurpassed and we take extra care in processing your orders.  Love, peace and happy shopping!


Winter Skirts

Our shop is bursting at the seams with wooly winter skirts.  Wearing the wrong type of skirt during the cold winter months can leave you feeling more cold than chic. Choosing the right skirt and accompanying accessories will leave you feeling both warm and fashion forward.  Below are three great choices for the winter.


Winter Blues Skirt – $28.00 – 1970’s -Extra Small

Pick a skirt made of a heavier material. Sheer, lightweight fabrics look out of place and will only make you colder.  Opt for heavier materials like wool, velvet and leather.  A maxi-skirt in Winter will give you the least amount of hassle.  Many maxi-skirts can even be worn with minimal to no leg protection.  Pick out a skirt that extends somewhere between your mid-calf and the top of your foot, a few inches above your ankle. The longer the skirt, the warmer you’ll be.


Beige Wrap Skirt – $28.00 – 1970’s – Small

A midi-length (knee-length) skirt will give you the greatest amount of flexibility. Midi skirts can be made to look professional, trendy, or flirty, depending on how you accessorize them. You will need additional leg protection to keep your calves warm, however. Knee-high socks, legging and tall boots are cozy choices for a midi-skirt.  You can really be playful with your leg-wear while wearing a midi-skirt.


Wool Pencil Skirt – $29.00 – 1960’s – Small

Although the narrow shape of a pencil skirt can restrict the movement of the wearer, the pencil skirt will give you the greatest amount warmth due to reduced ventilation.    Pencil skirts are made to look professional as they fall to the knee and are super tailored for a close fit.  Pencil skirts in the winter look cute and will keep you warm with tucked in long-sleeve tops, textured scarves and nylons.  Don’t forget a long winter coat for extra warmth.
How will your wardrobe be keeping warm this winter?  Let us know in the comments below!

East Meets West


Love free flowing, billowy tops and dresses in sheer fabrics?  Hit up Filthy Rebena’s shop for the most voluminous trapeze dresses you’ll ever see.  These dresses twirl and dance with all of your movements.  We *love* hearing from our Rebena’s so feel more than free to ask any questions or even just say hello.