How to Arrange Flowers for Cheap

DIY: a Florist-Worthy Deli Bouquet

Tips from Florisity’s Katsuya Nishimori

Your guests are due in ten, and you’re shoving a fistful of wilty deli flowers into a vase.

Those bodega blooms have more potential than you might think. In today’s video, renowned artist/floral designer Katsuya Nishimori — formerly of Takashimaya Floral and cofounder of the recently opened Florisity in the Flatiron — has tips for making a beautiful French-inspired arrangement for less than $25. Really, you’ll be amazed how good a deli bouquet can look.

Of course, we can’t discount the pros of going to a florist (more variety, bigger blooms, longer flower life, and the magic touch). But if you can fool one or two people in the meantime, consider it a success.

Florisity, 1 West 19th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (212-366-0891 or florisity.com). If this puts a bloom in your bonnet, go to one of Florisity’s beginner’s classes on November 3 or 10, 6-8 p.m., $225.

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Save Yourself from Your Cell

Save Yourself from Your Cell

Video Dedicated E-mail: Windows Phone

You spent a month waiting for your reservation at the latest farm-to-table spot, then proceeded to feast only upon your phone. Needless to say, it was an unsatisfying meal for everyone.

Before suffering through one more course of CrackBerry, whet your appetite on the new Windows Phone. A liberating alternative to life-napping tech, its smartly designed interface contains Live Tiles that deliver everything you need (Facebook, e-mail, appointments, music, etc.) up front, sans frantic scrolling and searching.

Visit The Sweet Shop to win one, along with other quick fixers, including ballet flats, fashion tape, a scarf, and simple cookbook. Or order it between November 8 and December 31 for a free entertainment pack (a game, 30-day Zune trial with ten free song downloads, and 30-day trial of U-verse Mobile Video), perfect for those rare times when distraction is exactly what you crave.*

Available in New York at 3 Times Square, 31 East 17th Street, 209 West 34th Street, 200 East 86th Street, and 532 Broadway; in Los Angeles at 8471 Beverly Boulevard, 3764 Wilshire Boulevard, 5323 West Centinela Boulevard, 2333 South Sepulveda Boulevard, and 1002 Westwood Boulevard; in San Francisco at 701 Market Street, 3521 20th Avenue, 3555 Geary Boulevard, 2410 Mission Street, and 2135 Union Street; in Atlanta at 50 Barrett Parkway, Marietta; 3431 Lenox Road; 136 Perimeter Center West; 3380 Buford Drive, Buford; 2980 Cobb Parkway; in Seattle at 180 Bellevue Square, Bellevue; 16425 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila; 7537 166th Avenue Northeast, Redmond; 600 Pine Street; 1402 Southeast Everett Mall Way, Everett; online at microsoft.com/windowsphone.

*Entertainment pack offer must be activated by 12/31.



Fair Folks & a Goat Opens

Fair Folks & a Goat Opens

Get Your Goat

If you were invisible, you’d attend premieres on Clooney’s arm (unbeknownst to him), carry your dog (so onlookers think he’s flying), and lounge in rich people’s apartments.

At Fair Folks & a Goat, you can do the latter — no superpowers required.

The appointment-only boutique/tea salon/art gallery is in a beautiful, address-undisclosed UES apartment next to the park — and every single thing in it is for sale, from one-of-a-kind antique furnishings to clothes from Archive Vintage.

Cofounder/curator Aurora Stokowski, featured in today’s video, hopes it will become a place for friends to congregate, shop, learn new things, and meet cool people.

All you have to do is e-mail her to get the shop’s address.

And show up in the flesh.

For more information or to make an appointment, go to fairfolksandagoat.com. And take a peek inside the shop.