i can’t believe the trip is almost over. it’s definitely been nice to escape for a little while. we got to railay beach a few days ago, which isn’t an island but you have to take a small boat to get to it because of the massive rocks surrounding it. it’s much different than where we were previously, koh lanta, but it has a lot of cool things about it. i plan on working on a post with a bunch of thailand photos, hotel info, and travel tips when i get back to the states this weekend. so get ready!
as you may know about me, i’m pretty scared of the ocean. after this crocodile incident in costa rica, i just haven’t felt completely comfortable hanging out in the water past my knees. yesterday at phra nang beach i decided to just say what the hell and get in. we had a lot of fun taking underwater pictures and just relaxing next to this awesome cave. (did you see this?!) it was liberating. tonight is our last night and we booked a sunset cruise with snorkeling and then dinner. it’s a lot further from where i can just run out onto the beach, so let’s see how that goes. there’s actually been a lot of times i’ve had to face my fears on this trip, i think i might write a post about it soon. but for now, this worry wart has gotta go enjoy her last day. have a good one! - bri
This pin lineup really represents the color palette I’m into these days, I like to call them fresh pastels. They are more like sorbet colors. With a touch of yellow neon, they are just perfection. Right? -stephanie
neon legged bed via cotemaison
bubble gum via libertatea
kate tucker shoes via gorman
the travel issue via lucky peach
stella mccartney backpack via svpply
artwork by allyson smith
kyoto sideboard by colonel
pastel cakes via herriot grace
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my usual routine is to wake up and go straight to the couch with my laptop. this morning i stumbled upon a bunch of beautiful things that i thought i’d share with you. it’s going to be a good day.
perfect illustrated floral backdrops by KT Smail.
obsessed with these funky paper sculptures!
from the sketchbook of alex quisite
olympics still life series
van vincent is cool
cute homemade valentine cards
i am really getting addicted to hosting these workshops. they always turn out so pretty and i leave feeling inspired and excited by all of the new energy. the theme behind this series of floral classes was citrus and early spring blooms. kristen selected a beautiful and unique range of florals and each student learned how to create a citrus hued arrangement. spring happens to have some of my favorite flowers; ranunculus, sweet peas, garden roses and poppies. and i loved seeing how kristen combined those with kumquats, ferns and hyacinth to make something truly spectacular.
PS! this workshop was also covered by chalkboard magazine, check out their site here!
amy from moon canyon created these ridiculously awesome color-wheels that depicted the range of citrus tones that the students would be working with, it really helped in understanding how to select a color palette when you are arranging on your own.
those fiberglass chairs have proved to be a great investment. they add the perfect finishing touch to the studio on workshop days.
brittany did such an amazing job with these photos, it made my morning looking through all of the images and it was nearly impossible to narrow down my selects!
kristen taught the students the trick to building a base for your arrangement and how to follow an asymmetrical pattern. i love looking at each students final arrangement because even though they all start with the same ingredients they all look different and unique at the end. everyone takes their own spin on kristen’s instructions and the finished products are always impressive.
pressed juicery supplied the students with juices that were the perfect colors to compliment the flowers. my favorite was the cucumber, pineapple and lemon.
valleybrink road created a stunning spread of citrus themed dishes including grapefruit salad, homemade croissants and lemon shortbread cookies.
i love how simple & fresh the spread looked in the white studio.
floral arranging is a definite skill and it’s crazy to see how one small tip or trick can dramatically alter the bouquet. we had a Q&A at the end of each session where the students could ask kristen questions about florals, anything from how to cut the stem to the ins and outs of the flower mart.
i was particularly fond of the kumquat branches in the arrangement.
the morning set-up before these events is frantic but it is always more than worth it in the end. i love seeing the studio transformed in so many different ways and watching the student’s faces and excitement as they arrive never gets old.
it was great to see all of the elements come together and i can’t imagine a more perfect way to spend a sunny saturday.
we receive a lot of e-mails asking about when our next series of workshops will be. if you’re curious, you can sign up for our workshop newsletter here. we send out announcements for upcoming classes and ticket sales ahead of time so you’ll be able to beat the rush!
p.s. thanks for putting up with the long post, i cut it down as much as possible, i promise!
photos by: brittany wood
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