Whimsical Floral Tutorial for Style Me Pretty Living

During a recent trip to LA, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Primary Petals, a talented floral design studio based in Southern California. We wanted to create an editorial piece focused on a whimsical styled centerpiece, full of rich, wild greens, gorgeous blooms and pops of deep colour. 

Special thanks to Style Me Pretty Living for running this piece as a feature. You can head over there to read the full tutorial on how to design one of these beautiful arrangements yourself! 



Kinfolk Dinner | A Messy Meal


A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending and photographing the latest Kinfolk Dinner, A Messy Meal,  in San Francisco. The dinner was inspired by the theme wabi-sabi, a Japanese word centered on the acceptance of imperfection.


Chef Stephen Beaumier thoughtfully prepared our dinner and also taught the techniques for making gnocchi. The room was beautifully brought together by a talented group of women including Katy Elizabeth, Natasha Kolenko and Elle Luna, who created the lunar mural as a backdrop for the event.  


Dining for One

There is often a negative connotation to the act of eating alone. As if being alone, makes one lonely. But, to eat with oneself can be a rich, sensory experience when you slow down and create a space that is nourishing to your body, mind and soul.

To compensate for the lack of verbal dialogue, create a table setting that engages your senses. To begin, go outside and forage a bouquet of something unexpected. Not only does this provide an opportunity to spend time outdoors, but allows you to bring a bit of the outdoors back into your home.

Break routine and pick a place in your home that you don't normally eat at, preferably one with a great view. Add a pillow or blanket to your chair to invite the feeling of relaxation. Next, get out your best napkins, the ones you never bring out for fear of a red wine demise. Layer different patterns and textures to create something both visually and tangibly intriguing.

When the table is set with intention, you create a heightened awareness that adds to the meal. Without any other distractions, you can let your guard down and let the experience take over. Don't be afraid to try something different, use fancy cutlery, chopsticks, make something messy, clean, simple. Don't be afraid to eat alone. Embrace it.

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