This is my friend Justine:
Some people see things through rose colored glasses, I prefer Champagne.
Justine is all about Pucci. She’s been collecting vintage Pucci pieces for almost a decade. So while we mommies are running thru the pickup line at school in black yoga pants, Justine is sporting something fabulous, bright and well, Pucci. She’s such a fun contradiction—a no nonsense Iowa girl trapped in Barbie’s body. You want to hate her, but instead you totally fall in love with her, she’s just one of those people.
For Justine’s recent birthday I thought I’d try to arrange a bouquet of flowers inspired by her favorite designer.
The operative word is try. Work with me, folks.
To get me started I referenced this amazing Pucci coffee table book from Taschen that my husband gave me for Christmas a few years ago.
With more involved arrangements it really helps me to have a particular direction and inspiration or I can get off track.
When working with a large amount of flowers it helps to clump multiples of the same type together. This keeps the blooms from getting lost and really shows off the personality and color of each flower.
It took me a couple of tries, but eventually the arrangement came together. Justine loved them, in a way only the co-founder of my alter blog eat-drunk-garden could. Happy Birthday, Justine. Cheers!
I had to include these shots because my boobs don't normally ever look this big and I wanted it officially on the record.
Don’t let the term “preserved” scare you; this is much easier and quicker (really, only minutes) than traditional canning.
A practice session, no bees involved.
Back in the fall when we moved, we inherited the next best thing to a chicken coop!
Photo by Elizabeth Messina
Be sure to check-out Elizabeth Colling’s Chocolate Pop-Up Shop in Montecito this week.
I only planted these David Austin's roses one-year ago following these tips and they just keep getting bigger and better.
Follow these tips and your roses won’t only feel the love, they will bloom to be the most beautiful roses on the block.
Our favorite discovery of the day was this wonderful little garden and home boutique, Molly Wood Garden Design in Costa Mesa.
My plan is to make this salmon for Easter. It’s the perfect addition to any buffet because it’s healthy, fresh, delicious and best served at room temperature.
Japanese gardens possess four main elements
Santa Barbara is blessed with talented floral stylists all over town; this picky recipient was blown-away and totally impressed by the variety, beauty and talent in these arrangements.
A dry white wine that is fresh, bright, and at roughly $20 a bottle, is just about the most perfect thing for chugging or sipping (your choice) in summer.