Happy Flower Friday! Today I’m sharing a simple but impactful arrangement of orchids. I use a trimmed hydrangea as the base of the arrangement to help weave and hold the flower stems in place. If you want to see a quick video of the DIY check it out on my Instagram @LateAfternoon. My neighbor’s puppy, aka my favorite little nugget Busby, made a cameo in the post and video.
Happy Friday! I hope you enjoy the pretty arrangement and make sure to check out the quick tutorial video.
Last weekend Sam and I visited Seattle for my speaking engagement at Create & Cultivate. My panel went well and the conference was as inspirational as it was beautiful. After my all of my commitments were wrapped up we decided to stay an extra day to explore the city and catch up with some friends. We stayed at the Thompson Hotel where out of the 4 people we know in Seattle 2 of them were working at the property. Derek, one of our favorite chefs who we used to visit in Santa Barbara, is now the executive chef of both Scout and The Nest at the hotel. Our friend Alex, a musician from London, was working the valet as we pulled up. It was a bit of a trip but also really wonderful to run into people we knew. It made the city feel instantly familiar. It doesn’t hurt that Seattle reminded Sam and I of the years we spent living in San Francisco. We loved once again to be able to walk around, exploring the city without a car. We made our way to Pike Place Market where I couldn’t resist picking up fresh flowers. We checked out the original Starbucks, ate overpriced oysters, and did all the necessary touristy things. Once we got the prerequisite must sees out of the way, we made our way over to Fremont to meet up with our friends from our El Cuyo adventure. They are currently in the process of setting up their houseboat in Lake Union. Living on a houseboat is the most Pacific North West thing I can imagine. It’s totally fitting for our friends, and I adore the sense of wonder that encapsulates living on the water. Fremont felt similar to Silverlake in Los Angeles, or the Mission in San Francisco. We wandered around with our friends as they showed us their favorite spots. One of their musts was the Fremont Brewing Company for locally brewed craft beer. The atmosphere was merry and the beer was fantastic. For dinner we went with Chef Derek’s suggestion, The Whale Wins. Our dinner was so good we each ordered our own desserts, which rarely happens. For a late night snack I found a little hole in the wall by our hotel that happened to have an amazing wonton soup.
A quick and easy outfit from last week. Even though we’ve entered into September, LA is literally on fire. There are fires raging in the canyons and the heat wave is breaking records again. Sam and I spent our weekend hosting family and playing tourists with our guests. We took them to Grand Central Market and The Last Book Store downtown, explored Venice, vintage shopped in Silverlake, had dinner at Gratitude in Beverly Hills, and watched Sunset Blvd at the Hollywood Cemetery. It was a perfect LA weekend.
I’m excited to let you guys know that I’ll be speaking at Create & Cultivate in Seattle this Saturday. Wish me luck.
Happy Flower Friday. Here’s another arrangement of some of my favorite flowers with a little DIY video. I love using fresh mint as the greenery. It gives the arrangement a pop of color and makes the house smell heavenly fresh.
I hope everyone is enjoying the last bits of summer. While I’m loving the slow pace of August, I’m also getting ready to jet to Australia before the month of September. As always I’m a little nervous about flying. I’m not a good sleeper on planes so I’m not sure what I’m going to do to occupy my time. Regardless of the flight I’m really excited to explore Melbourne and the surrounding regions of Victoria.
What are your tricks for getting through long flights? Any suggestions for shows, books, or podcasts I should queue up for my trip?