If you have been following this blog for a while, you know I have a thing for flamingos. Christmas flamingos in particular. It might be a pink thing, or a feather thing, but our love grows deeper and stronger every passing year. Last year my collection exploded thanks to The Great Hand-made Flamingo Swap of 2013, but even still, the collection grows a bit every few weeks. Just yesterday I was in the Christmas market here in DC and found the loveliest hand-pounded tin flamingo from Mexico. Score! I can’t wait to take it back and get it on the tree!
Last year I hung all the flamingos on my pink flocked tree, which is pretty swell, but the flocking fall-out is a major pain. When Treetopia offered to send me their lipstick red tree, I jumped at the chance. Pink and red? Oh hell yes.
This is my first tree from Treetopia, though I had read about them from some other bloggers over the years. My experience with faux trees is pretty darn extensive, and honestly, this is a great tree. The lights are strung from trunk to tips in a way that all the branches can easily expand or be fluffed to your heart’s content. My favorite part though, the hallmark of a good tree, is a stomper plug. No bending over behind the tree to plug it in each night — just put your foot on the stomper switch and that’s it.
Pardon my weird pinky shot here — I’m trying to throw the lens focus so I can demonstrate how awesome it looks to mix lights. The lights on the tree are red, which, is A LOT to handle. I tempered them a bit with a string of colored lights of my own, but there is no mistaking, this a statement tree. I know there are some people who are WHITE LIGHTS ONLY purists, same with colored lights, but if you ask me, the best lights are mixed. One color strand paired with a rainbow strand is rad. I’m sure someone just read that and is feeling horrified right now, but you know what? It’s Christmas. Variety is the spice of life!