While I design, I love to listen to history podcasts. One of my favs is The History Chicks, and they just released their Audrey Hepburn episodes Part 1 & 2.
I knew that Audrey had been fond of gardening and I just love her (even more) for it... but I did not know the 3 month world tour she had while filming of Gardens of the World and the fact that it won an Emmy! You can buy the DVD on Amazon but there are a few clips also on YouTube (see video below).
I have been testing natural deodorants for the past two years and this fall I purchased KOPARI Coconut Oil deodorant after listening to the Almost 30 Podcast. But funny enough, I also listen to The Skinny Confidential podcast and Lauryn also talks this deo up! I had to test it myself!
This deodorant is a game changer. Living in AZ, we zonies need some serious b.o. control due to the heat waves we can always expect. Not only does it smell amazing, it is a great texture... and most of all it WORKS! Other natural deodorants actually caused me to begin to rash in my underarm area (too much info?). But KOPARI is purely plant based... which of course is a favorite here at The Flori.Culture. Also, I love it so much that I gave it to my mother in her Christmas stocking!
It is available at the KOPARI website, Amazon, and I just saw it at Ulta today :) Try it yourself!
For this spring, I am dreaming concepts for my collection.... and it will be so, totally 90's. Being a 90's kid myself (well technically the 80's but let's remove a few years, shall we?) I am pumped to explore how this muse can be showcased with the medium of botanicals.
Here are my on-going concepts:
Music: The Spice Girls
While compiling research and books for the course I will be teaching this spring, Wellness in Floral Art, I stumbled across the botanical artist Christian Tortu. The former USA White House florist, Laura Dowling, studied in his Parisian floral school L'ecole des Fleurs. He now is teaching at FlowerSchool NY and has opened studios in Asia.
On his website he has the word FLORIST with a big ? I agree with him, the term florist has an trade-like connotation when we are really artists whom are working with botanicals, using a muse, and forming sculpture. I think the term florist is outdated and under Christian's FLORIST? he should write BOTANICAL ARTIST. Anyone agree with me?
I love listening to podcasts while I design, cook, or enjoy a bubble bath!
It is such an easy way to learn about all things history, fashion, beauty, wellness, and of course...
I began listening to In Defense of Plants this morning. Such a find!
The concept of the podcast is to increase awareness about the importance of plants and help our society to recover from plant blindness.
Listen & Learn HERE
This autumn season has turned into such a delight of various opportunities.
From fantastic events, to drop dead gorgeous brides (and their bouquets), teaching classes, and a book published (coming soon!)... I am so excited to share what I have accomplished and where I am going.
But for now, I must take a quick break in posting for the month of November... to finish this crazy 2018 fall season in flowerland.
*take a peak at Instagram for November to see my current happenings!*
I just binge watched all four episodes of Salt. Fat. Acid. Heat.
The chef, Samin Nosrat, that created the Netflix series also has a cook book (see link below to purchase).
What I love about this documentary is the cultural component as well as her passion for fresh ingredients (including produce/plants of course).
Additionally, in the last episode she invites all of her friends over for a dinner party.
When they arrived, she intentionally invited them to help complete the dinner (adding garish, setting table, etc.) to involve her guests in the experience of cooking/preparing their meal a bit more before they dined.
I just LOVE that!
Buy the cook book on Amazon.
This fall there is a ton of taupe happening in floral. Here are two species that I am obsessed with using... Rose & Pampas Grass.. and note that their tints and tones are different! Everyone has their own perspective on what color taupe is...so here are two versions (images below).
Also, Pantone is a great resource for any designer or artist of any medium to stay in vogue but I encourage all creatives to look beyond the trends and see other influences of color, texture, and form that are worthy of being noted in their industry. For example, Pantone says that Ultra Violet is the 2018 color of the year. But maybe purple isn't your jam..... then diversify your color story. Use taupe!
Pampas Grass Image: Charity Maurer
When colder weather hits, I begin dreaming of the Thai dish tom kha soup. My former flower boss and a major mentor in my life, Tam Ashworth, introduced me to this amazing meal when my husband and I lived in San Diego.
Side Story: I managed Tam's floral business [Isari Flower Studio] for a few years and it was such an influential period in my life. Tam has a background as a haute couture model in Thailand, interior designer in Paris, and lived in England for many years. She seriously is not only an amazing person, but she has an eye for absolutely everything... fashion, flowers, & food :) Also, she loves to travel and hearing her stories from abroad was always thoroughly entertaining.
So back to the soup. After being on-site all day with Tam for a major event or wedding installation, we would grab some food. Tam is Thai and she always knew the best Thai places in San Diego... and she introduced me to tom kha. Foggy, rainy days in San Diego just called for this savory dish! Now, whenever it rains... I get the craving.
Check out the recipe for tom kha here!
Image by Bon Appetit