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.

Lidia

“You all right? his eyes asked.
I’m all right, hers answered.”

– LaVyrle Spencer, Morning Glory

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On a recent weekend away to Bath me and my boyfriend popped into a second-hand bookshop, a small shop with shelves stacked high with hundreds of different genres of books.

My favourite types of books are romance novels, so it will come as no surprise that my boyfriend ended up buying me Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer.

The book is about ex-con Will Parker who answers the ad of Elly, a pregnant widow looking for a husband. As Will helps Elly work on her homestead and care for her young children, they develop mutual respect and love.

This is what I call historical romance. It’s realistic, down to earth and absolutely beautiful. It’s a definite must read!

Lidia

I am absolutely loving Enhancing Your Mind, Body, Spirt a new weekly magazine by De Agostini. It gives weekly tips and tricks on health, herbal remedies, stress relief and spiritual experiences.

The thing I enjoyed reading about this week has been ways to create an ideal sleeping area. Simple changes to the way we use our bedrooms will help us into the habit of drifting off to sleep easily. E.g. the room temperature to the right mattress.

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The use of a dream catcher can have a positive effect on the way we dream. Dream catchers protect us from harm while we rest, catching good dreams as they pass by and getting rid of any bad dreams as they drop through the hole in the middle.

I’ve also enjoyed learning about dream pillows. A dream pillow is a herbal sachet filled with aromatic herbs. When squeezed, the dream pillow emits the fragrances of the herbs within to help you drift into a restful sleep.

I have just purchased a herbal sachet that I will be using as a dream pillow from Lu’s Hands.

Lu’s Hands make hand crafted herbal beauty goods. You should check out Lu’s shop, there are so many wonderful handmade products to pick from!

‘Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.’

Sweet dreams,

Lidia

The 74th Golden Globes took place yesterday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The stars strutted their stuff down the red carpet before the start of the annual awards event honouring the best of film and television.

The red carpet was pretty incredible (as expected), but then came the hard part: choosing my favourite look.

I personally think the best dressed goes to Jessica Chastain who hit the red carpet in a custom powder blue Prada floor length embellished dress. She finished up her look with a side parted slick bun, pink lips and a statement necklace.

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Jessica Chastain in Prada.

I also loved Emma Stone in a twinkly embellished Valentino gown, heavily pregnant Natalie Portman stunning in a Prada dress cut for the 1960’s and Michelle Williams in a strapless Louis Vuitton lace gown.

Who wore your favourite look?

Lidia

‘A bad day in New York is still better then a good day anywhere else.’

It’s been over a month since my last blog post as I haven’t been able to put into words all the chaos thats been going through my head. 

With a few days away from work, I have been able to have some time to myself doing things I don’t always get the chance to do and enjoying spending time with loved ones.

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So far today I’ve been busy arranging my Christmas flowers, enjoying a home cooked meal and exchanging gifts. I am now sitting here with a cup of tea and reading New York: Through a Fashion Eye by Megan Hess a illustrated guide to one of the world’s most-loved fashion cities, showing you the hottest places to eat, sleep and play.

There is mention of many thrift shops where you can find great vintage pieces and various boutique hotels and restaurants to have a spot of afternoon tea, all added to my to do list ready for my next visit to the city that never sleeps. 

It’s a definite read for any girl who’s heart belongs to New York. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Lidia