Back in LA, Tumbleweeds & Buenos Aires Inspired

Jan 26, 2015

Back in Los Angeles and things are way greener than when I left. It's a little magical. This wild cucumber vine is growing all over the hills. It smells so fresh and a little sweet. And this drawing. It appeared in my apartment-- it's one of the many random things that my dad has dropped off without notice. Once a week or so I receive a food or plant related item, usually. Sometimes it's a cookie, or a bunch of Eucalyptus, or a left over octopus ceviche in a styrofoam cup; sometimes an economy or business related newspaper article, entirely crumpled, and maybe it has chocolate stains all over it. Like many things in his car. And there are many things in his car. This drawing looks a bit like my mom and it's my muse right now. 

This tumbleweed is inspired by the hills of Los Angeles, since they are something amazing this time of year. 

Summer Gardenia's in December

I went to Argentina & Uruguay to visit my family for the holidays, and it was amazing. I will get into stories and thoughts about Buenos Aires soon enough, but until then, a collection of Gardenia photographs, since they are sold all over the streets of Buenos Aires, $1.50 per bunch. They smell amazing, and as they age they smell even better. One bundle and your room will smell like a Gardenia greenhouse for days.

Hollyflora Market & Courtyard

Dec 7, 2014

I've never really worked in flowers in LA until this last week. The landscape is sooooo different from New York; a completely different vibe and aesthetic, and getting used to it is weird. New York has that lushness and greenness that really inspires me; there's an abundance that I love. LA is very dry at the moment. While it's lacking in that lush abundance, it has some really amazing plants- like the camellia's I showed you last, and the garden roses that you find here and there. Wild castor on the side of the road, giant graphic leaves whose names I don't know; agave's, spikey plants, and daturas. Of course the bougainvillea is what dreams are made of. But, the feeling is very different. The hikes here are bone dry, and all brown and crunchy because of the drought. I've been in such a different landscape for the last three years, and now all of a sudden, there's a completely different backdrop and environment, and it'll be interesting to see how that affects what I make.

It's rained a few times since I've been here and it's so insane to see how quickly plants and trees sprout new green with the first drop of water. My dad tells me it's because all the plants are like "water! life! Gotta grow and flower, and spread our seed now, in 4 days since it just rained and we have no idea when the next rain will come." Duuuuh?! I didn't quiiiite know that-- I'm no plant expert, though hopefully one day I will be!

One highlight of the last couple weeks here has been meeting the ladies of Hollyflora, Becky and Holly. I've been stalking their work over the last year or so; they've been doing this flower thing for a long time- real deal florists with an amazing aesthetic. And they are soooooooo AWESOME. !!!

I wrote about them and their newly opened shop for Gardenista last week. Below are some photos from my visit; you can see more here.

On another note. This website has some really amazing mixes to listen to. Very California, somehow.


This bleeding heart vine. I had never heard about it until now. LOOK UP IMAGES OF THIS AMAZING THING. 

Autumn Two Ways

Nov 29, 2014

New England and California autumns are quite different. Branchy, leafless rose hips in Connecticut and rose bushes in full bloom in Los Angeles.


A few things: 
People don't change unless they want to; don't waste your energy. I've learned this lesson a million times. 
That car up there- the baby pink mustang- has a license plate that says "TULIPS." Yes.
Los Angeles is 80 degrees in November.
Camellia's are the most.
So is making lists of what you want your life to look like.
If you put vetiver essential oil on hair, your locks will smell so good for days and you'll feel a little bit like a gold dust woman witch.

Bundle Dyeing

Nov 3, 2014

As you all probably know, I am addicted to flower bundle dyeing. If you see me in head to toe silk fabric that looks like its been tie-dyed in some crazy way, you'll know why. We recently hosted a natural dye (and tea) workshop at ETF with Cara and Jessa. WHOA. I won't say more, because the photos below speak for themselves! 


Cara's amazing silks:


Oct 29, 2014

I live in a world of neutrals; I like my apartments to have lots of white, tan, wood, and maybe some French inspired stripes here and there. (Ok, maybe a crazy textile once in a while.) On a daily basis, I wear a lot of black, jean, and grey. But when it comes to flowers, I love color. Bright, bold, saturated. I can't help it. There are just so many amazing flowers and different hues-- having to work solely with a minimalist palette would be unfortunate.

I recently did a Belgian Masters inspired still life DIY for Gardenista. I went all out color-wise. Below are some outtakes.

For the full DIY and final arrangement, go here.

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