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.’

Lidia

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.’

Lidia

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