I’ve just returned from spending a weekend away in Cambridge with my boyfriend and what a great weekend it was.
With the sun shining and lots planned for the day ahead we were eager to get going. Our first stop was Cambridge University Botanic Garden, a botanical Garden located just outside the city centre. We strolled around the gardens taking in the beautiful sites and various plants from all over the world.
We then headed back into town where we got lost down cobbled lanes and stumbled across Harriet’s Cafe Tearooms, a cafe with an old-fashioned feel and pianist playing romantic music. We had brunch and I was treated to a box of Harriet’s famous macarons to take away. Yum!
Next up was a punting tour along the River Cam. Our chauffeur shared his knowledge and insights, while we glided past buildings and ornate bridges, steeped in history and heritage.
Afterwards we went to check in at Rectory Farm a georgian home with gorgeous gardens and luxurious accommodation. We finished off the afternoon by soaking up the last of the sun around the pool.
Once I was showered and changed, I was taken to La Mimosa an Italian restaurant that overlooks the River Cam. With beautiful scenery, delicious food and my love sitting in front of me I couldn’t have been happier.
We took one last walk down the river hand in hand, appreciating the lovely day we had making memories.
“The day I met you my life changed, the way you make me feel is hard to explain. You make me smile in a special kind of way, you make me fall deeper in love everyday.”
I popped along to SHOWstudio to view their Fashion Flora exhibition. Fashion Flora presents a look at the use of flowers as a motif in fashion throughout the decades.
The illustrations showcase an array of bulbs or blooms and play tribute to the many designers who have consistently reworked and reconsidered the flower. Pieces by Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten and John Galliano, alongside many others, are celebrated.
It’s a short but sweet exhibition, with lots of pretty flowers and fashion illustrations.
‘Every seed grows into something amazing.’
Chelsea Flower Show might be well under way, but it isn’t the only place to stop and smell the roses.
I took a stroll around Sloane Square to have a look at this year’s Chelsea In Bloom an annual event held at the same time as Chelsea Flower Show. Chelsea In Bloom sees nearby retailers transfer their shops into horticultural havens.
This year’s theme was ‘floral safari’ inspired by adventure, discovery, exotic animals, savannahs, plains and jungles.
Chelsea in Bloom officially runs until the 27th, but lots of places have used faux flowers this year so there should still be some to see if you can’t make it in time.
‘It’s a jungle out there.’
I spent my Saturday at Town House, an antique shop in an 18th-century house in Spitalfields. I was here to attend a flower arranging workshop with Worm London.
I have followed Terri Chandler and Katie Smyth (the girls behind Worm London) since 2016. I love their unique flower styling and couldn’t wait to learn their techniques.
In this workshop I got to use colourful and seasonal British flowers for a table arrangement. I learnt about choosing and preparing flowers, plus some tricks on how to make an interesting arrangement. I got to take home my arrangements in a vintage, ceramic marmalade jar.
I really enjoyed this workshop, I have taken away many new skills and a beautiful flower arrangement that is currently sitting prettily next to me.
“Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.”
With a basket full of flowers after a trip to New Covent Garden Flower Market, I was ready to start on the dried flower wall installation for Selfridges.
Once I returned from the flower market, I unpacked and divided flowers up into small bunches, I tied string around the stems and left them hanging to dry.
Two weeks later..
I untied all the bunches and cut down the stems and removed any leaves that I didn’t want.
I then started making little bouquets. I made sure to pay attention to height and shape by arranging taller stems near the top and back. I filled in the gaps with smaller blooms.
The display was used for Simone Rocha’s pop-up at Selfridges. The dried flowers worked perfectly for Simone Rocha’s SS17 collection.
I hope you enjoy the dried flower wall install as much as I enjoyed putting it together.