flower lovers' holiday gift guide

Chances are you or someone you know has a mild or full-blown obsession with all things botanical. I can certainly relate! That's why I put some of my favorite floral finds together in one place for you to shop or share with your loved ones. Even more, many of them are made by my favorite small businesses and they're all under $100. Happy Holidays!

festive holiday party wardrobe

Teal and cranberry are two of my favorite color combinations, which is why I love this cool and warm tone pairing for a special holiday party. These teal fringe booties perfectly dress up this ivory silk tank and cranberry smocked shorts. Just add black tights and the sweet william choker with teal and gold glass beads and you’re good to go!

holiday boutique hopping outfit

One of my favorite times to do holiday shopping is on select evenings when my neighborhood stores keep their doors open just a little later and offer refreshments, it’s so festive! The neutral basics in this outfit pair easily with the rich cranberry boots and double-chevron cranberry and cream hydrangea necklace--perfect for a cool evening of boutique hopping. Here’s a list of Bay Area neighborhood events that are fun for your holiday excursions.

fall florals for thanksgiving

Grab your PSL (or make your own) and head to the Thanksgiving table with this floral long-sleeved mini dress and ochre suede knee-high boots. Don’t forget your luscious cranberry wool coat and limited edition dogwood pressed flower petal earrings to complete this entirely autumn outfit.

sweater weather is here

Even though it’s officially sweater season, there’s always room to accessorize your favorite knitwear with a little floral fun. Pair these dainty baby’s breath dangles with your cool weather wardrobe to add a hint of sun and warmth.

new! fall+winter designs are ready to shop

This season's designs exude the rich warmth of autumn and cool calm of winter. There's a number of new floral additions, including delphinium, baby's breath, sweet william, plus some limited edition dogwood pieces. I hope you'll find something to suit your fall and winter wardrobe!

fall + winter lookbook is here!

I'm beyond excited to share this sneak peek at the new Fall + Winter 2017 jewelry designs with you! I worked with Ella Sophie to create this natural, autumn photoshoot in the Oakland Hills. Belle Sophie and Chelsea Dier are the beautiful and sweet models. Click below to view the lookbook and stay tuned for the full collection release in September!

fall inspiration

August is totally the Sunday of summer BUT! While you're soaking up these last long, warm days, rest assured that there's so much more beauty to come in Fall! Here's a glimpse at my color inspiration for the new jewelry collection--isn't it pretty? The brand new designs are almost ready to reveal so stay tuned for sneak peeks

flower DIY project: edible flower ice cubes

As you plan for your warm weather events--spring flings, backyard barbecues and the like--consider adding a little floral fun to your party drinks! This quick and easy tutorial will leave your guests impressed by nature ;)

I made these edible flower ice cubes for my backyard birthday party and they were a huge hit! They only took a bit of preparation and added so much to all of the drinks my guests enjoyed. After all, who doesn't love a little botanical pick me up?

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Materials:

  • edible flowers -- You can usually find a selection of edible flowers at your local grocery store in the herbs section. If you want to harvest your own, click here for a list of flowers you can eat.
  • ice cube trays -- Click here for the brand I used to make square cubes.
  • water

Steps:

1. Collect your flowers and make sure to wash them--look out for bugs if you harvested your own. You might choose a specific color palette or a confetti of flower fun, like I did! Each flower has a different flavor, so you might try some flavor pairings. I noticed that once the cubes melted, some guests were adventurous enough to eat the petals, but a lot of guests simply enjoyed them floating in the drink as a garnish.

IMPRESSED by nature Blog - edible flower ice cubes spring party

2. Fill each compartment of the ice tray halfway with water. Sprinkle some flower petals in each space and then fill the rest of the way with water. I found it helpful to use a pitcher to top off each compartment so that they didn't overflow. Many of the petals will float to the top. I recommend pushing them down to make sure they're wet, which will help them sink a bit. If you have time, you can double freeze them to disperse the flowers more evenly. Fill the compartments halfway with water and flowers, freeze them, and then add more petals and water to top off the cubes and freeze again. I used this method for half of my cubes and loved adding these lovely chamomile flowers to the top! 

IMPRESSED by nature Blog - edible flower cocktail party

4. Leave the cubes to freeze overnight. If you're making multiple batches, store them in paper bags in the freezer to avoid sticking together.

IMPRESSED by nature Blog - flower power party cocktails

5. Add them to your favorite beverage and enjoy!

If you try this project, I'd love to hear what flowers you used! Share in the comments below.

happy birthday sale through memorial day

Since I was a young girl, I've felt a strong connection to flowers. My dad likes to tell a story that when I was around seven years old, I played as a defender onmy local soccer team and instead of guarding the goal, you could usually find me picking flowers in an empty area of the field.

Lately, I've been reflecting on the evolution of my flower obsession and how it's grown into this creative endeavor. I feel more connected to the natural world than ever and so passionate about sharing it with others through my pressed flower jewelry.

So, today, as I celebrate my 33rd year on this flower-filled earth, I want to send a special offer your way. If you're interested in bringing some flowers into yours or your loved one's lives, please enjoy 33% off today through Memorial Day :)

1988: Flower love blooms early (check the pocket stash!) 

1988: Flower love blooms early (check the pocket stash!) 

Take 33% off everything in the online shop this weekend (excludes gift certificates). Use code: HAPPYBIRTHDAY at checkout. Valid now through 11:59pm PST on Monday 5/29.

earth day giveaway

Earth Week is here and I hope you're finding ways to celebrate our beautiful planet! If you're not sure what to do or think 'I don't have time for that!'--trust me, there are some VERY easy actions you can take today. PLUS we're giving away something special!

In honor of Earth Week, we've got a special giveaway happening--this lovely necklace from the new spring collection uses green sage leaves from my own garden (as local as it gets!) and could be all yours.

All you have to do is participate in Earth Day Network's Billion Acts of Green campaign in order to help them reach 3 billion acts of green by 2020, and then share it with us on Instagram. From using reusable bags to eating less meat (Meatless Mondays!), there's something for every budget and lifestyle. The giveaway is happening over on Instagram.

Here's how you can enter to win:
1. Follow @impressedbynature on Instagram
2. Like this post
3. Comment on the post with your act of green + tag a friend
Bonus! Get an extra entry if you post a photo of your act of green on IG + tag @impressedbynature

Rules: One entry per person. Complete all steps by 11:59pm PST on 4/21. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Instagram on Earth Day 4/22.

flower DIY project: pressed flower luminaries

The natural world has always been a source of calm and creativity throughout my life. As a child, my siblings and I would spend hours exploring the outdoors, including a real-life batcave! Years later as a teacher, my kindergarten students and I spent months creating elaborate fairy dwellings using natural found objects. Now, in my current life’s passion, I spend my days fawning over pressed flowers and leaves to create my natural jewelry designs. Running a business is not always relaxing, so in moments of stress and busyness, I continue to find ease and joy in the natural world around me--quite literally, stopping to smell the flowers. I think it’s safe to say that nature is my self-care muse!

As we celebrate the earth this month, I'd like to share a floral DIY project with you: pressed flower luminaries. If you aren't familiar with how to press flowers, pick up a mini flower pressing kit in the shop--it's affordable and easy to learn! Flower pressing is a tradition that dates back to ancient Egypt. It's a simple process that dries plant materials in a natural manner that maintains much of the color and integrity of the plant. The careful process encourages mindfulness of action as well as a deep connection to the natural world, and the end results leaves the door open for numerous creative projects. This is just one option for you to try out.

Pressed Flower Luminaries

Materials:

  • Pressed flowers and leaves (use thin plant materials for this project)

  • Wax paper

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Iron

  • Ironing board

  • Washi or clear tape

Steps:

1. Cut four 5”x10” wax paper rectangles.

2. Fold each rectangle in half to create 5”x5” squares.

pressed flowers DIY project - click through to make this project!

3. Open up each folded piece and place dried flowers or leaves on one side of the fold. Fold the top layer back down with flowers inside.

pressed flower DIY luminaries tutorial - click through to make this project!

4. Briefly run the iron (on medium setting) over the top layer to seal the two layers together. Do not leave the iron on the wax paper for too long or it will melt! Repeat with all four squares.

dry flower luminaries step by step project - click through to make this project!

5. Line up all four sealed squares in a row. Use the washi tape to connect them on the seams where they meet.

6. Fold along each seam to create a square box and tape the final seam together.

natural floral luminary do it yourself project - click through to make this project!

7. Place the luminary near a bright window and let the natural daylight outline the beautiful colors and shapes of the plants or add a small tealight or battery-operated candle in the center and watch the petals illuminate at night.

TIP: Make a set of differently sized luminaries by playing with the dimensions of the wax paper walls.

weekend wardrobe: sunny spring florals

Get in the mood for your sunny spring weekend with something bright and floral, like this summer peach top and floral print shoes. Accessorize with the yellow coreopsis hoop necklace and some round shades.

sunny spring florals for weekend wardrobe - click through for outfit details

art deco spring fling garden party outfit

Perfect for a night on the town or an afternoon garden party, this floral-embellished top with scalloped edges recalls the glamorous 1920s. Pair it with grass-green trousers and vintage leather mules, plus creamy layered white rose earrings for a complete spring outfit.

art deco spring fling outfit for spring garden party - click through for outfit details

spring day date outfit

Who says dates always have to happen at night? Stroll through the park, hit the museum or do some wine tasting with your lovely in this ultra-springy ensemble. A pastel top with a high neckline is my favorite canvas for a unique necklace like the purple hydrangea hoop necklace.

pink floral spring date day outfit - click through for outfit details

beautiful botanicals + subtle greens for spring

I'm ready for spring and looking forward to incorporating more floral pieces into my daily wardrobe! I especially love this ruffled combination with these brilliant red leather sandals. The bold pieces are perfectly complemented by a pair of subtle green sage leaf earrings.

beautiful botanical print outfit for spring day - click through for outfit details

get a free gift this spring!

Over the last few months, we've shipped out hundreds of DIY flower pressing kits to stores and individuals all over the country. As I reflected on that, I remarked to my assistant that it's amazing to think about how many people are now using their kits to engage with the botanical world. I get so much out of my relationship with nature and delight in thinking about others developing theirs.

In honor of the botanical season upon us, I'll be including a free pressing kit with each shipment that includes a piece of jewelry from the new spring collection. This special offer will last through March 31st--no coupon code needed!

the spring shop is open!

I'm beyond excited to share the brand new Spring~Summer 2017 jewelry collection with you, so I'll get straight to the point.

The new spring collection is comprised of new flowers and old favorites. Inspired by the cyclical nature of all living things, many of the new designs incorporate beautiful, earthy copper hoops. Won't you have a look?

flower events to celebrate spring

It's been quite a week for flowers! They've been celebrated near and far in so many ways that spring must be around the corner. From elaborate floral displays at the de Young Museum's Bouquets to Art exhibit in San Francisco to a wide range of floral fun at the Canada Blooms Festival in Toronto, you can find botanical beauty in nearly each corner of the globe this month.

Find one near you:

I had the opportunity to experience the very special Bouquets to Art exhibit in San Francisco this week. This is the third year I've attended and what a treat it continues to be! Floral designers from the Bay Area and elsewhere are selected to choose their top three pieces from the de Young Museum's permanent collection. Three weeks before the exhibit opens, the designers are given their assignment and get to work crafting incredibly involved works of floral art inspired by their assigned piece. Some of the same artwork gets chosen each year, so it's fun to see the differences in interpretation from year to year. While some designs are literal representations, others are quite abstract. This year, I particularly loved the linear pieces--we're so accustomed to seeing flowers in their organic shapes, it's neat to see this different design orientation. Here are a few of my favorites:

10 Tips to Pick Your Wedding Flowers

Being flower-obsessed, I looked forward to planning my wedding flowers. As I started into the planning, though, I realized how many things there were to consider. I learned a lot along the way, so I thought I'd share it with you! Disclaimer: I'm not a wedding florist or floral designer, so some of this information might vary based on where you live and who you work with.

When you start considering your wedding details, flowers can be incorporated in a number of areas. They can make a big difference in the overall feel of your day, which is all the more reason to get clear on how you want to use them and how they should look.

Here are 10 tips to consider when making plans for your wedding flowers--I'll sprinkle in some photos from my wedding too ;) :

+ What's your budget? This is a big one, I know! The Knot estimates that couples spend an average of 8% of their budget on flowers. Obviously, each couples' priorities are different, so the following tips should help you narrow down what this could look like.

+ How do you want to use flowers? Here are some ways couples incorporate flowers into their day (click on each for ideas, and remember, these are only options!):

We decided to order flowers for everyone who walked down the aisle--our siblings (11 in total!) plus our parents and our officiant. It was pricey, so we decided to save money by creating our own table arrangements--keep reading to see what we did! Flowers: Gorgeous & Green Photo: Kristian Melom

We decided to order flowers for everyone who walked down the aisle--our siblings (11 in total!) plus our parents and our officiant. It was pricey, so we decided to save money by creating our own table arrangements--keep reading to see what we did! Flowers: Gorgeous & Green Photo: Kristian Melom

+ What are your wedding colors? Even if you have specific flowers in mind, it’s helpful to have a color palette so that your florist can incorporate other flowers within your aesthetic. Sometimes this can help lower the cost, especially if your favorite flower is pricey or hard to find.

+ What problem do the flowers solve? A neutral or dim venue might call for large, colorful flowers to brighten up the space; whereas, small, subdued arrangements will complement an already-ornate setting. An indoor summer wedding might benefit from large, wild arrangements to invoke the nature outside. And for a fancy affair, consider elevating the glam with tight, formal or elegant, cascading arrangements.

+ Are there flowers you don't want? Now, I'm a flower freak, but when my floral designer asked me this question, I knew that I didn’t want roses in my arrangements--I thought they looked too formal for my outdoor, garden wedding. She prompted me about spray or garden roses and I decided that they would work--to me, they had a more wild and loose feeling. I’m so glad she did because they were a beautiful addition to my bouquets. Roses can be a great option because they come in so many colors and varieties. Fragrance and meaning is another reason some couples exclude certain flowers from their arrangements.

+ What is your arrangement style? The way your flowers are arranged can convey a lot about your aesthetic--tight and formal, big and bold, colorful and fun, loose and ethereal, green and woodsy, cascading and romantic. Here's a visual guide to the most common bouquet shapes. 

For my bridal bouquet, I chose a cascading style with coral, peach, and succulent greens, including eucalyptus, dahlias, roses, and passion vine wrapped in natural burlap. Flowers: Gorgeous & Green Photo: Kristian Melom

For my bridal bouquet, I chose a cascading style with coral, peach, and succulent greens, including eucalyptus, dahlias, roses, and passion vine wrapped in natural burlap. Flowers: Gorgeous & Green Photo: Kristian Melom

+ How do you want them wrapped? For bouquets and boutonnières, you can choose how they are wrapped. Traditionally, bouquets are wrapped with ribbon and pearl pins down the stems, which leaves you to choose the ribbon color. There are so many other options, though, so it's worth spending a little time on this. Burlap-wrapped bouquets have become very popular and complement summer, boho-chic, and outdoor weddings. An option that I totally love is minimal, leaving the stems long and natural with a simple twine wrap--fyi, this option doesn't always work, especially if you have a large arrangement or varying stem lengths. Typically, the boutonnières will be wrapped to match the bouquets, but you can also make specific choices for them.

+ Are you open to what's in season? Using local, seasonal flowers is a sustainable option and can be more affordable. This can also be an easy way to leave many of the choices up to your florist--give her some parameters and she'll fill your floral needs with seasonal blooms. If you're interested in learning more about what's in season during your wedding in your location, there are lots of resources online. For my local California folks, Gorgeous & Green (my wedding flower designer!) and Farmgirl Flowers are great resources. If you want specific flowers and they're not in season, keep in mind that they can be pricey.

+ What containers do you want to hold your table arrangements? Many floral designers will provide options for containers, typically glass vases, but you can also get creative and DIY your own--think: jars, baskets, jugs, bottles, tubs, hanging pots. For my wedding, we collected nearly 100 glass bottles and jars for table arrangements. We wanted a natural, flower field look, so the organic arrangements in different containers worked well. You might even skip the traditional container altogether and go with table wreaths or garlands instead. $ Money-saving tip: Get bulk flowers at your local wholesale flower market and fill your own containers. Keep in mind that this will require extra hands and space to store the flowers the night before (ideally in a refrigerator).

We wanted casual centerpieces that were inexpensive and had a wild look. We collected dozens of different bottles and jars (check your local bar/restaurant!) and filled them with small collections of bulk flowers in our wedding colors--coral, peach, and succulent greens. Flowers: Gorgeous & Green Photo: Kristian Melom

We wanted casual centerpieces that were inexpensive and had a wild look. We collected dozens of different bottles and jars (check your local bar/restaurant!) and filled them with small collections of bulk flowers in our wedding colors--coral, peach, and succulent greens. Flowers: Gorgeous & Green Photo: Kristian Melom

+ Are you looking for alternatives to cut flowers? There are plenty of alternatives to cut flowers that can be affordable and complementary to your aesthetic. Living plants are a great option and can double as living mementos of your special day. A friend of mine had a tree at her wedding that guests hung messages on--the tree is now thriving in their yard. My husband and I planted the succulents from my bouquet and his boutonnière in a beautiful planter that lives on our front porch. You might even incorporate living plants into your wedding favors. Dried flowers are also an option that can replace many of the traditional flower uses. Lavender, thistle, hydrangea, flax, billy balls, sea oats, poppy pods, yarrow, and globe amaranth are some of my favorites. Be careful using dried flowers in bouquets and boutonnières as they can be very delicate. A final alternative to cut flowers is to go with fake flowers. There are some artists out there creating A-mazing floral representations in paper and felt. Here are some of my favorites: Fiber Florist (felt), The Cobra Lily (paper), Tiffanie Turner/Papel SF (paper). It looks like these paper flower-making ladies aren't taking custom orders right now, but Lia Griffith provides great options for DIY paper flowers.

Did I miss something? Feel free to add a tip in the comments!