03.05.13

BENEFIT COSMETICS / DREAM JOB 03

last week i featured two of my dream jobs with benefit cosmetics (jazz singer & detective) and today is our third look…the florist! i’ve always admired this profession. i love the way they pair various flowers together to create a completely different vibe each time. in a lot of ways florists are similar to a graphic designer or an interior designer…you have to understand balance, color theory, textures, and scale. it’s fascinating to watch artists work in different mediums with the same guidelines.

and flowers are such mood changers. when i have fresh flowers next to my bed, i wake up in a better mood. i have been making a lot of efforts this year to keep fresh flowers and plants in the house. they make the space inviting and somehow put your mind at ease a bit. don’t you think? we have an LA flower mart that has a huge selection at really awesome prices. it’s a fun weekend activity to just stroll around there.

those peonies are ridiculous, right? my floral contributor, kristen from moon canyon design co, actually flew those in from holland for the shoot! we wanted the makeup for this look to feel light, bright and cheerful. i’m a big fan of benefit’s brightening powder to make the skin have that glowy look.

shop the benefit look: hello flawless oxygen wow brightening makeup, boi-ing concealer, stay don’t stray primer, powder shadow brush, longwear powder shadow, they’re real! mascara, posietint lip & cheek stain, dandelion brightening face powder, ultra plush lip gloss (shade: lollibop)

there’s one more look on thursday (and the video!) also keep your eyes open for a big giveaway with all the products used in the 4 looks. your comments about the project have really made me smile. thanks for being so awesome. -bri

partnership: benefit cosmetics and designlovefest
photography by:
 angela+ithyle
styling by: sarah and sunshine
hair by: nicole gehweiler
makeup by: rachel desimone
florals by: moon canyon design co. 

see the past looks here!

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  • 1. Lauren  |  March 5th, 2013 at 4:42 am

    These pictures are so lovely: floaty & dreamlike, and of course the florals are gorgeous! Looks like so much fun :)
    x

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  • 2. Meg - De quelle planète es-tu?  |  March 5th, 2013 at 4:42 am

    This is to die for.

  • 3. Asilosofy  |  March 5th, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Amazaing photos!

  • 4. rachael  |  March 5th, 2013 at 6:06 am

    hehe this must have been such a fun shoot. i especially love the one of you surrounded in flowers. i think it would be awesome to be a florist! being around my gramma, mom and auntie gardening has given me a special feeling regarding working with flowers. :)

  • 5. Marta  |  March 5th, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Whose the dress? It’s beautiful!

  • 6. rachel  |  March 5th, 2013 at 6:49 am

    You should totally bring The Language of Flowers with you on your next plane trip. The novel totally made me want to be a florist and to learn about what all the different flowers mean.

  • 7. Alessandra  |  March 5th, 2013 at 6:51 am

    And what about the dress?!

  • 8. Daniela  |  March 5th, 2013 at 6:52 am

    beautiful series!

  • 9. Rachael B  |  March 5th, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I used to work in a floral shop – by far one of my most favorite jobs. I am crazy in love with those peonies! But yes, the pretty dress + a trench & boots is totally how those designer girls were. Always a bit off the beaten path but classy underneath.

  • 10. stephanie @BabaSouk  |  March 5th, 2013 at 7:03 am

    This is absolutely adorable :) loooove the last picture with the flower angel pose! I agree being a florist must be so fun, I would love to be surrounded by beautiful flowers all day long!

  • 11. Cristina Marie  |  March 5th, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Awesome project, Bri! I need to make the effort to keep fresh flowers around the house too. xx

  • 12. Molly {Dreams in HD}  |  March 5th, 2013 at 7:10 am

    totally hit it out of the park again bri!
    just loving this series :)

  • 13. Ergo-Blog  |  March 5th, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I’m just loving this series! You can tell how much you had with this!! =) Your makeup and outfits are too pretty!

  • 14. The New Diplomats Wife  |  March 5th, 2013 at 7:16 am

    this one is darling! very ethereal and love the concepts behind it. think if this were eliza doolittle’s life as a florist how different her path would have been…

  • 15. Drew @ Catfish & Caviar  |  March 5th, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Look forward to these “Dream Job” photos each week!

  • 16. charlotte  |  March 5th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Oh this is my favourite of your benefit shoots so far! The make-up is so light and pretty. Love love love! Plus your hair looks nice too ;)

  • 17. Maureen  |  March 5th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    LOVE the fishtail braids! I wish my hair could look that cool!

  • 18. Sarolta  |  March 5th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    That last pic made me laugh! And I loooooooove that headpiece! This shoot is just perfect, the light, the dress, the make-up, everything.

  • 19. Shawnee  |  March 5th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    ohmygosh!! I’ve always wanted to be a florist too!! I think “Love Happens” contributed to that as well as other films… Such a light, pretty look!

  • 20. Joy | Frock Files  |  March 5th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Ohh those peonies are drool-worthy! I wait and wait all year for it to be peony season. When I lived in Portland, I had a few bushes planted around my house, and it was heaven. These photos are gorgeous, of course. I absolutely love this series, not simply because it’s fun to look at but because it’s inspired me to think about what my dream jobs. What a gift!

  • 21. Tara Victoria  |  March 5th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I love this! It is so true this is an art – i’ve seen some of the stuff my mom comes up with being a wedding planner it is unreal!

    PS your hair looks awesome! I too was blessed with crazy long/thick hair!

  • 22. alicia  |  March 5th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Awesome. I agree with the different artists using the same guidelines in different environments with different materials, it always fascinates me and makes me smile because although I may not know anything about that different art form I can totally see little connections and development processes :)

  • 23. Naomi A  |  March 5th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Haha the last pic is the best!

    The Occasional Indulgence

  • 24. nicole  |  March 5th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    please share!! where do we find that dress?

  • 25. Ana  |  March 5th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Ok, I thought I will love the detective most, but now I’m in love with the florist. Detective saw something for the 7 years old, now as a grown up, I go with some relaxed jobs. :)

    Great photos.

  • 26. Molly Sarah  |  March 5th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    This is my favorite by far. I want to make a ranuncula head piece for myself some day.

  • 27. fawn  |  March 5th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    This gives me spring fever.

  • 28. Allison  |  March 5th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    so adorable! this is definitely my favorite so far <3

  • 29. Trish  |  March 5th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    OMG those boots! This is a very gorgeous post.

  • 30. LARY@ Inspiration Nook  |  March 5th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Such a nice project. Love flowers and this post :)

  • 31. Kerry Scott Grolle  |  March 5th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Bri – I think you’ve captured a lot of the creativity that {I think} it takes to be a florist in your ensemble and makeup alone… I don’t have a knack for floral arranging myself, so I’m thankful that your brain comes up with concepts like these. Hunter boots + real peony poof + fishtail braids = keepers.

  • 32. Hannah  |  March 5th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Those peonies are immense!

    I’m actually retraining to become a florist. I was looking for a new, happier career direction and flowers make me happy, so it suddenly seemed like the obvious choice!

    It is much harder work than many people realise but so worth it. The creativity inspires me most, particularly working with natures own shapes and colours.

  • 33. Sarah  |  March 5th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I love my job as a blogger and designer, but florist is near the top of the list of other things I’d love to try, either in a different life or later in this one! You chose some of my very favorite flowers for this shoot!

  • 34. Chelsea  |  March 5th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Bri, I didn’t think it could get more amazing than the last two looks but you proved me wrong today. This dream job is my favorite so far! The styling on this shoot is bananas, can’t wait to see what you have in store for us Thursday!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City
    Be sure to check out my Stella & Dot trunk show + giveaway!

  • 35. Sophie M.  |  March 5th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    This look is so pretty, Bri! I love your makeup, and that outfit is super cute! The florist is definitely my favorite! Plus, it would be so much fun to create art with beautiful flowers! Love!

  • 36. Sierra  |  March 5th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Sooo…are you a model too? I guess I don’t get what you do. I know you’re a blogger & you do blogshop too, but what are these pictures for?

  • 37. Jane  |  March 5th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Ugh I thought I had decided that the Jazz singer is the best of the series. I stand corrected!

    Best,
    Jane

  • 38. Brianna  |  March 5th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Florist is one of my dream jobs too!

  • 39. blair  |  March 5th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Who makes the jacket?

  • 40. Marisa Mangum  |  March 5th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Gosh, Bri, these turned out to be STUNNING! I love it. Can’t wait for the next one :)

  • 41. Patti  |  March 5th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Love this so much Bri! So gorgeous : )

  • 42. Chick Tyler  |  March 5th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    This is a beautiful post! Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland!

  • 43. yourstrulydear  |  March 5th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    you are adorable! i love this :)

  • 44. Victoria Smith  |  March 5th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    i think this is my favorite! so cute. xo

  • 45. Angela  |  March 5th, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, Bri! This shoot is absolutely perfect. My grandma owned her own floral shop. She always had a way of putting together the most unique & beautiful pieces every order. I used to dream about the day of putting flowers together the way she did..I just love, love, looove this! Thank you for the constant inspiration & keeping the blog world fresh!
    xxo

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  • 47. Lisa | Happy By  |  March 6th, 2013 at 6:55 am

    This one is my favorite from the series. You are just gorgeous Bri and the flowers absorb your warmth looking like a dream!

  • 48. Katie  |  March 6th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I love this! What a dream.

  • 49. Al  |  March 6th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Ok, I was pretty sure these couldn’t get any cuter. I was wrong.

  • 50. Liliana  |  March 6th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be florist – I loved the fresh smell at the flowershops and I couldn’t imagine anything better than playing around with flowers the whole day! :) I really love the peonies, they are great! I’m very curious now what your 4th look will be!

  • 51. Danie at Pasadya  |  March 6th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Can’t express how much I LOVE this!!! Awesome, awesome work!

  • 52. Anonymous  |  March 6th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    These “dream job” posts have been the so inspirational for me! I have been doing a lot of design work lately and am trying to really bring my A game and this kind of inspiration is just what I need to keep my eyes open for other fresh ideas! thank you for working so hard on putting them together and thank you to all of your wonderful team members who worked on them with you!!

  • 53. Emily  |  March 6th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    This one has to be my favorite. Definitely been dreaming of being a florist some days, and loving the outfit you had! Could the stylist give us information of the outfits you have been wearing too?

  • 54. Style Tutor  |  March 6th, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Love, love, love this post. That dress is divine! Is it vintage?

  • 55. Ainsley  |  March 12th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Oh my! You look fantastic! I wish I was a florist too!
    – Also, I must have good taste because I have the same fab ASOS dress in my closet!

  • 56. angel // loveandsplendor  |  April 11th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    just dying over these shots. you look absolutely gorgeous + ethereal. perfection. and i think i need some peonies perched on my head right now.

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  • 58. Carolyn  |  December 26th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I have been a floral designer and stylist for a long time. Not only do we not dress like this, but it takes years of education and experience to actually be good at it.

    If Fantasy is what youre going for, youve hit the nail on the head. What is portrayed in this images is definitely not reality based! =O It’s a difficult, physically demanding job, with LONG hours, standing on concrete floors.

    p.s. We sure as heck dont wear gorgeous peonies on our head. LOL!

    Thanks for letting me share this reality check with you all! Now back to your regularly scheduled FANTASY! ;)

  • 59. Jess  |  December 26th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Photography is beautiful… however I agree with Carolyn’s comments. I’m a designer. And trust me, this job ain’t for the faint of heart. Long hours, back breaking floors, 1-2am or longer nights, manicure impossible, glue in your hair, thorn in your thumb grueling. Not to mention the multiple personality juggling of brides , mother of the bride & planners. We give up time with our families to retrieve centerpiece containers at midnight and miss our kids soccer games to deliver weddings. We don’t play with flowers or wear peonies in our hair. Thx.

  • 60. Janet Frye AIFD, CFD  |  December 27th, 2013 at 1:44 am

    While Carolyn & Jess are absolutely correct about the hard work, physical, mental & emotional demands of being a florist and years of training to be good, it was one of my dream jobs also. I’ve been a floral designer since 1975 and still give thanks for my job. The soul-joy of; opening a box of Ca. flowers, standing in the midst of a local mountain top flower farm, or cutting an unusual bloom from my garden is simply beyond compare. For me that simple joy makes up for the ruined hands, tired brain-feet-back and demanding clients.

    When I stand at my design table it’s me and the flower. We commune to create designs greater than the sum of its parts. For that moment I forget hauling those 15 buckets weighing 35 lb. each. I forget the pain caused by hundreds of thorns nicking my skin. I forget the aggravation of the bride wanting $5000 worth of flowers for $1500. I forget the panic at being told by 2 suppliers that flowers for this weekends weddings aren’t coming. I forget ruining my clothing with dripped glue, stem/pollen stains, & bleach splashing from bucket cleaning. I forget the hours spent sitting at the computer typing, figuring, re-figuring and changing proposals.

    So, if it’s your dream go for it! I couldn’t imagine a more rewarding profession. Yes, it’s hard. The hours are unpredictable, the pay’s not great, but the rewards are wonderful! Be realistic in your expectations and enjoy the ride!

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