|couldn't have done it without Elijah's help (per usual)|
|Eleonore + Rafa, guardians of En Soie|
|these two xx . . . sigh|
meanwhile over at Dream Collective. . .
and then over to our friends at Tomboy. . .
|I made some hanging Christmas tree kokedamas for Tomboy!|
Last night, my Silver Lake neighborhood had a festive holiday block party : Micheltorena Block Party to be exact. It was so much fun, seeing everyone, eating home-baked Swiss cookies (thanks Eleonore!) and drinking wine while visiting friends and neighboring stores including En Soie, Clare Vivier, Dream Collective and Tomboy.
The lovely couple Eleonore and Rafa of En Soie asked me to do a floral installation in celebration of the big event and gave me free reins. It was really great seeing my vision come to fruition under the parameter of 'holiday' yet without the usual holiday suspects (cedar, amaryllis, holly, etc...). My inspiration was a winter's forest with a kiss of California desert. I went with fresh seeded ivy, wild sumac, pineapple, magnolia, protea and banksia, white hellebores, eucalyptus pods and hot pink poinsettias! I included some of my gold-leafed jars to hang from a giant branch along with various wreaths to create illuminated floating mobiles and other hanging forest ephemera. Overall it was a really fun evening, and it felt really great seeing everyone while the mariachis serenaded us. It makes me (and Elijah) feel very fortunate to have such a strong community that supports the arts and creatives alike.
A great heartfelt thanks to Eleonore and Rafa and the entire staff at En Soie (you too Mete + Camille!) for granting me the honor. I had so much fun! If you need some Christmas gifts may I suggest you stop by En Soie for a dose of holiday spirit and magic - the store has some of the most beautiful goods I have yet seen here in LA. Truly superb taste.
Merci En Soie x