Runway Lessons in Floral Arrangements

WOW were the Spring 2017 shows a doozy! Fashion will always be a little part of me, and I couldn't help but get a little inspiration pairing them back to some of my favorite flower arrangements. Which were your favorite shows this season?

Lesson in violets: There's nothing like using the ol' color circle method to pair colors, in this case: purple and gold. (Thank you, Color Theory 101 from fashion school!) Ruffles were everywhere at Rodarte Spring 17, so a little leaf action for foliage doesn't hurt. Flowers used: ranunculus, anemones, eucalyptus and a mix of medium and small proteas.

Lesson in violets: There's nothing like using the ol' color circle method to pair colors, in this case: purple and gold. (Thank you, Color Theory 101 from fashion school!) Ruffles were everywhere at Rodarte Spring 17, so a little leaf action for foliage doesn't hurt. Flowers used: ranunculus, anemones, eucalyptus and a mix of medium and small proteas.

Chartreuse muse: Valentino was my #1 favorite Spring 17 show, which really wasn't hard considering the wide range of juicy colors added to classic feminine cuts. What really stood out were a few pieces in this lovely chartreuse, which is the perfect shade of yellowish green. While it's a rare color for flowers, I used yellow ranunculus, chrysanthemums and the greens from the un-bloomed lisianthus to create the illusion.

Chartreuse muse: Valentino was my #1 favorite Spring 17 show, which really wasn't hard considering the wide range of juicy colors added to classic feminine cuts. What really stood out were a few pieces in this lovely chartreuse, which is the perfect shade of yellowish green. While it's a rare color for flowers, I used yellow ranunculus, chrysanthemums and the greens from the un-bloomed lisianthus to create the illusion.

Red, bold and anything goes: Gucci Spring 17 hands-down has to be the most talked about, most pinterest-ed show right? Colors were deeply saturated and there wasn't a single look that wasn't completely over the top (in a good way) with embellishment! I love the idea of maximizing a floral arrangement the same way: throw all of the goodness in. Dahlias in multiple colors, garden roses, astilbes, and the foliage. Never forget the foliage.

Red, bold and anything goes: Gucci Spring 17 hands-down has to be the most talked about, most pinterest-ed show right? Colors were deeply saturated and there wasn't a single look that wasn't completely over the top (in a good way) with embellishment! I love the idea of maximizing a floral arrangement the same way: throw all of the goodness in. Dahlias in multiple colors, garden roses, astilbes, and the foliage. Never forget the foliage.

Feather weather: Prada Spring 17 broke some of the rules this season by using feathers almost everywhere, usually such adornments aren't seen until Fall or Holiday, but boy does it add a breezy light look to each outfit. I loved the feathers on the muted army greens in particular, a nice update to a trend that's somehow still going strong. I used a mix of dusty millers and seeded eucalyptus to evoke the color and threw in some blushing brides and a mix of proteas to capture the brighter accessories.

Feather weather: Prada Spring 17 broke some of the rules this season by using feathers almost everywhere, usually such adornments aren't seen until Fall or Holiday, but boy does it add a breezy light look to each outfit. I loved the feathers on the muted army greens in particular, a nice update to a trend that's somehow still going strong. I used a mix of dusty millers and seeded eucalyptus to evoke the color and threw in some blushing brides and a mix of proteas to capture the brighter accessories.

Bouquet Inspired by Maisie Williams in a Custom Markus Lupfer for The Emmys 2016

Maisie Williams showed up at the Emmys on Sunday wearing a custom Markus Lupfer. I love her and her style. She always looks so refreshing and daring, taking risks that are beyond the typical showing-a-lot-of-skin that most young celebrities have taken to. Anyway, this beautiful number with embroidered flowers was my inspiration for this week's bouquet. I don't think I've ever used such random and bold colors in one arrangement before but I think I may need to start doing more often. What do you think?

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong should be on everyones bucket list! Being the Yankee American that I am, I never quite understood the idea of "high tea" or "afternoon tea." Heck, I don't really even like tea. I'm loyal to coffee. But this is a one not to miss.

The Ritz has their signature tea at 2 locations: Cafe 103, The Ritz's more modern restaurant on the 103rd floor from 3:30pm-5:30pm, or at The Lounge & Bar on the 102nd floor from 2:15pm-4:15pm or 4:30pm-6:30pm. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation online and request a seat by the window to get the full view.

Perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Prior to tea I was cleaning up, realizing these flowers had lasted 2 weeks and matched my dress perfectly. Thanks to my instagram husband for this photo.

Prior to tea I was cleaning up, realizing these flowers had lasted 2 weeks and matched my dress perfectly. Thanks to my instagram husband for this photo.

The tea for 2 is served with 2 drinks (TWG Tea) and a set of savory, sweet treats, scones and a view of Hong Kong, 102 stories up.

The tea for 2 is served with 2 drinks (TWG Tea) and a set of savory, sweet treats, scones and a view of Hong Kong, 102 stories up.

DIY Embroidery in Hong Kong

In case you've been blind for most of 2016, embroidery is everywhere and in so many forms. From designers, to street style to Zara, it doesn't look like it's going away. I was on a mission to re-create this look. The first place I headed was Sham Shui Po (check out Sassy HK's guide to this area) and came across Nan Fong Embroidery. This place is embroidery heaven! 

Some of my inspiration pins.

Some of my inspiration pins.

This tiny little store has thousands and thousands of embroidery patches, taking up floor to ceiling. Anything you can think of, this place has it: Army patches, letters, flowers, animals, dragons, music patches, words, names... if you can think of it, they have it!

This tiny little store has thousands and thousands of embroidery patches, taking up floor to ceiling. Anything you can think of, this place has it: Army patches, letters, flowers, animals, dragons, music patches, words, names... if you can think of it, they have it!

Playing around with options. Give yourself a good hour or two to even look around. Prices start from HKD $5 to $200+ on some of the larger more intricate patterns.

Playing around with options. Give yourself a good hour or two to even look around. Prices start from HKD $5 to $200+ on some of the larger more intricate patterns.

More patches and the instruction manual - taped onto the cash wrap. 

More patches and the instruction manual - taped onto the cash wrap. 

Store front.

Store front.

The 90's girl in me settled on a daisy, 2 stars, and cherries. Got all 4 for HKD $40.

The 90's girl in me settled on a daisy, 2 stars, and cherries. Got all 4 for HKD $40.

I added my little finds to my maternity jeans - figured the trend should last through the next trimester!

I added my little finds to my maternity jeans - figured the trend should last through the next trimester!

If you're looking to make your own DIY embroidery and live in Hong Kong, go check out this store. You will not be disappointed!

Nam Fong Embroidery

245 Ki Lung Street G/F 

Sham Shui Po MTR exit A2

Kowloon, Hong Kong

Throwback Thursday: Wedding Flowers!

#TBT time to November of 2012, New York City. Venue: Public. Event: My wedding, the day that inspired it all. I DIY'ed these flowers and still, almost 4 years later, and I'm so happy I decided to take the plunge. Oh, and I'm happy about the marriage too! All photos by the incredibly talented JennyJ.

Me and my bouquet in front of my Soho brownstone. Just kidding. Bouquet's still mine though.

Me and my bouquet in front of my Soho brownstone. Just kidding. Bouquet's still mine though.

Close up. The only downside to a bouquet filled with peonies is that it was heavy! But worth it!

Close up. The only downside to a bouquet filled with peonies is that it was heavy! But worth it!

Small vases scattered throughout long tables. I wanted the guests to talk and see each other, not have to look through giant centerpieces. But looking through multiple glasses of wine is totally ok.

Small vases scattered throughout long tables. I wanted the guests to talk and see each other, not have to look through giant centerpieces. But looking through multiple glasses of wine is totally ok.

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One more of my bouquet & my bridesmaids bouquets. And their sexy legs. 

One more of my bouquet & my bridesmaids bouquets. And their sexy legs.