March 6, 2015

If you build it, they will come ***

It snowed a lot yesterday. I didn't even realize it was supposed to snow until all of a sudden about a foot of snow was engulfing my car. Like a dutiful car owner, I grabbed my shovel and broom and went to rescue my poor beach car (a '97 cabriolet convertible. Yes, I use this car for flower jobs. No, I have no idea how I do it.) She was sad. Ice around the tires, fluffy snow encasing her. After an hour of sweeping and shoveling, I got her free and drove her in the heart of the blizzard to get an oil change after the light started flashing and incessant beeping followed suit.

A week ago, I woke up wide awake at 5am to go surfing with my friend in Costa Rica. Caught some of the best waves of my trip. Head high, no wind. Riding green waves till there's no more wave to ride. I think i'm living a double life. Bikini clad - freely using the word "stoked" and talking about "5 rhythms" as if everyone has danced their way through a sunset on a mountain with 50 hippies via "flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness" dances. (guys, i'm not joking. I did this and you all HAVE TO!) And then boom - wearing soooooo many layers of fabric the next day, bouncing down 28th street, hailing taxis with a mission, and generally hustling.

The thing is - i'm into it - this double life.  And i'm willingly (eagerly) digging deeper into it. Starting to take on more projects in Costa Rica which is thrilling, nerve wracking, and hilarious.

When I was in CR this year, I kept idiotically reciting that Field of Dreams quote to myself "if you build it, they will come." It just kept popping in my head.

(photo by Karen Wise)

Thing is, good stuff keeps happening (please click on that link!!) and it's as complicated as: if you build it, they will come. Intention (work, drive, more work) is key. Of course. It's just so surreal that I started talking about doing events in CR a few years back and now it's happening. Placing flower orders, figuring out logistics, skyping (so much skyping!), and bringing my friends along for the ride. We're plotting a workshop/retreat for November filled with flowering, macrame, sunrise yoga, and sunset surfing. I'm titling it: "your best week ever."

(that's me in the middle, photo by Eric Kurzbard)

So thank you, Kevin Costner (or rather, the mystery voice) for being my self help book while I rode waves, plotted flower escapades, and generally decided this is the year.

***i think the original quote is "if you build it, he will come" but lets be gender neutral here. ;)

November 4, 2014


All i can say is - I'm so sorry. This blog, which probably 17 people look at (6 of them being family members), has always been a place where I can pause for a few minutes, strip away the professional hats I sometimes wear, and write a few dumb things, post a few too many photos of the same arrangement, and relax a bit.

I suppose since I imagine there are only 17 people viewing this here blog, it allows me to be a less hashtag, adjective heavy, and a little more clumsily me. So, I apologize to myself, as well, for hiding behind the busy schedules, personal dramas and resolve/welcome the opportunity to get back to basics. I hope you'll join me as I get back on track here.

March 20, 2014


Oh, hey there. How are you? I'm great, thanks.  My 2 posts a month plan fell by the wayside when the new year hit, my flight to Costa Rica took off, and then it snowed for a year. I'm back. Flowers are back. This shit is about to start moving at the exact opposite pace it's been moving the last couple months. I'm ready. Looking forward to coffee highs and adrenaline pushes. Being lazy was fun but then it's boring and it's time to hustle again. Here we gooooooo!

January 18, 2014


First post of this new year. Does this make it more important? I guess so. New beginnings. Clean slate. Sort of. Not much has really changed in the first 18 days of twothousandfourteen. I have been going to yoga somewhat obsessively, but I think that always happens when work slows down. I have to put my energy somewhere if I'm not running around the city playing flower games.

I decided not to make any resolutions this year. Any real resolutions, that is. But I do have one looming under the surface. More of a declaration than a resolution. (Wait, is that disguised as the same thing?) I want to do really great work this year. Like REALLYYYYYY great work. Like whoa I can't believe we made that kind of work. And not just pretty arrangements but expanding to more challenging projects, different avenues, more awareness, and on and on.

I have a hard time thinking I'm any good at this stuff (which I know sounds like i'm fishing). I probably rely on the feedback from others too heavily to give me a clue as to whether i'm "good" "great" "average" or "dumb" (cue instagram). But this year, I want to do more work that I know deep down is closer to great. Which brings me back to the obsessive yoga (hadn't planned on this circle.) I took a class a couple weeks ago and the instructor asked us to pick one word to come back to during class. Just a word. Not a mission or a problem to solve. Without dwelling, the word "trust" came to mine and I found myself saying it in my head throughout the class like a TOTAL hippie.

It's about trusting a lot of parts with earnest, I'm learning. So yeah, it's a biggy. I guess for 2014, I want to go with the flow a bit more and trust I'm heading in that positive direction of interesting work, amazing flowers, diversified projects, etc. without needing to control every ounce of the happenings. Ha! Yeah, good luck with that.

December 27, 2013

an updated look

Since it's the end of the year and one of my new years resolutions for 2013 was to get a little revamp going on the 'ol website, I justtttt managed to sneak this in under the wire to avoid epic disappointment with myself. I only kept about 10 images from the previous gallery so there's a nice assortment of new photos to look through.

Now that I've been starting at these images for weeks, I'm already ready for another update. BUT, I'll let you take a good look before I threaten to redo it all again. Happy New Year, everyone! I think for 2014's resolution, I'm going to start smoking and work on gaining 10 pounds. Gotta aim high, you  know?!

December 4, 2013

Let's talk about pin spotting

Ok, we don't really have to talk about pin spotting. But it is an "interesting" topic in the world of event design. Without it, the flowers on the table get completely lost. Pretty candlelight only does so much. Pin spotting, though, pretty much wrecks the perfectly curated color game. It washes everything out and there is absolutely zero nuance (*favorite word I like to overuse right now) in the tones anymore. But at least you can see the flowers? And their is a glow? I'm torn. Ok, this is boring.

Thanksgiving was the best. I ate it all, drank it all, slept a few hours and went to the flower market far too early the next day to prep for this here event.

We can all agree nothing trumps natural light. Right!? The pin spotted photos next to the tones in this bouquet are pretty laughable. What can you do. I recommend everyone get married on the summer solstice. 

November 18, 2013

Giving Thanks for Centerpieces

We're taking a limited number of flower orders this year for Thanksgiving centerpieces. $285 plus $25 for delivery anywhere in the NYC. Deliveries will be sent out Wednesday afternoon/evening via Vantasia. A real thing! (My friend Josh originally advised me to name my flower business Plantasia. I considered it, ultimately didn't go for it, but he was on to something there. Now he's living his business name dream.) The point is: Flowers! Thanksgiving! Place your order at: