I have a love affair with flowers, involving gardening magazines, e-books and putting together my own bridal bouquet (#TrueStory). So at Happy Skin's launch of their Beauty in Bloom collection at Le Jardin, the budding florist in me was excited to see a make-your-own-bouquet booth. Faster than you could say 'Shut Up & Kiss Me!' (the brand's line of chubby lip pencils, and now Lip & Cheek Mousses - I love), I went straight to the “flower market,” picked some 15 stems of statice in different shades of violet, and tied them together with a check ribbon.
For the uninitiated, statice flowers are dried, lavender flora often used as filler to bouquets because, though delicate-looking, it’s long-lasting and very affordable. However, I happen to think that these so-called fillers, when pulled together, already make for a beautiful bouquet. Forget a dozen roses choked with Baby's Breath. Much like beachy, unkempt hair, there is something charming about straightforward, uncomplicated “gathered” bouquets—simple fillers, creeping foliages and dainty blooms that look freshly picked from a field. Its beauty comes from its inconsistencies and lack of complexity. And the best part? It can instantly prettify your home or work desk without you having to spend a fortune.
If you’re looking for some wild inspiration, here are a few florist's accounts - amateur and professional - that we always double-tap on Instagram. Go on, stop and smell the flowers. Don't tell us you didn't see that coming...
Nary a day goes by that Los Angeles-based floral designer Yasmine Khatib's Instagram doesn't blossom with her impressive arrangements. She dabbles mostly in freeform design that has that ethereal, understated beauty.
Surprised? Though Taylor Tomasi Hill is more known for her work for Moda Operandi or Marie Claire (and her flaming red hair in front of Tommy Ton's camera), her style sensilbilities extend to her home and workspaces where you'll see an eclectic mix of quiet and loud flowers. Her philosophy? “A little bit of everything,” she told Vogue. “Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s what makes it fun. I just try again.”
Jardine is a florist based in Australia whose ardent love of plants began in her childhood, traipsing through gardens with her grandmother. She revels in creating loose arrangements, which retain the sense of spontaneity and romance found in the garden.
Sarah Winward is a destination wedding florist who has traveled around the world plucking stems to create unique floral arrangements for all kinds of couples. Her philosophy is that flowers should feel natural in the environment that they are going to be viewed in.
Jenni Epperson, stylist, award-winning lifestyle blogger, style curator and author, doesn't come as a surprise on this list. She's had us hooked on her site for hours on end, taking notes on fashion trends, table setting and hosting parties. She happened to be at the launch, too.