Now what could be better than spending a magical evening getting inspired by Condé Nast Brides the Show – Where Stylish Weddings Start? Everything from flowers, gowns, stationery, cakes, venues, classic cars and honeymoon destinations are presented to the plenty at the fair which began this evening and runs until 4pm on October 5th at Business Design Center, Islington. The stunning wedding dresses featured above, which look as though they might have come straight from the set of a lavish party as seen on Downton Abbey are by designer Vicky Rowe.Luxury event styling and design by Platinum Raspberry. So whether you have a groom or not, stop by and get some inspiration and contacts for your next big fête. I’m seriously tempted to pick up a big, beautiful bridal cake to celebrate that it’s Friday, who’s with me? Have a great weekend!
I’ve recently begun the journey towards honing the skill and art of Japanese いけばな (ikebana) flower arranging. In my journey I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by some of the best ikebana artists here in Tokyo to help instruct and inspire me.
As I’m just starting out my first lesson is to create a basic upright style moribana arrangement where the stems need to be precision cut and precision placed at fixed angles on a spiky kenzan. There are three main parts to the arrangement which are the shin placed at a 10˚~15˚ angle, soe at 45˚, and hikae at 75˚. After the three main stems are perfectly placed it’s time to accessorize with jushi subordinate stems that add volume and depth to the arrangement as the kenzan is not supposed to be visible.
The studio is filled with interesting add-ons that can make fabulous arrangements truly spectacular despite what they might look like carelessly piled in the studio corner. But I’m far from the stage where I get to go off textbook so it’ll have to be something to look forward to in the future as I progress.
There are also many interesting vases in the studio but again those will have to wait until I get a little further along.
Here’s my first ikebana arrangement in its completed stage. What do you think?
Here in Tokyo spring has arrived. The weather is warm and the flowers have begun to blossom as you can see with this stunning pink camellia. So what better way to enjoy than with a plate of fresh berries. Indulgent yet healthy if you ignore the pile of waffles and cream that will accompany it. What a treat!
When the weather is as gorgeous as this, there’s nothing quite as nice as taking advantage of it by being outdoors. Therefore, I chose to spend my day in the beautiful Uppsala Botanical Garden exploring the park, orangery and tropical greenhouse.
The botanical garden also offered a very flattering vantage point for viewing the 16th-century royal castle.
Apart from exotic plants and beautiful landscapes there was also a series of stunning photographs on exhibit that took its inspiration from plants such as linnaea or linnéa.
In the orangery there was an art exhibition by artist Ulla Viotti entitled brick garden and also a terrific cacti house that made me want add a few cacti to my otherwise only orchid collection.
I’ve now escaped the cold, dull, rainy weather of London by trading it in for a bright and sunny Tokyo. Hurrah, I’d begun to forget what actual sunlight felt like!
The plum and cherry blossoms are in full bloom here and couldn’t be lovelier. One of my missions while being back home is to secure myself a さくら (cherry blossom) frappuccino which will officially mark my transition into spring. They’re absolutely delicious!
I stopped by 目黒雅叙園 (Meguro Gajoen) to catch a stunning いけばな (ikebana) flower arrangement exhibition that featured the impressive work of what can only be described as absolute masters. Above arrangement by the Sogetsu school iemoto, Akane Teshigahara.
The exhibition was held in the old Gajoen that was originally established in 1931 as a Japanese restaurant/banqueting annex that is marked as one of Japan’s cultural assets. What makes the building unique is not only the stairway of 100 steps that one has to climb in order to gradually be exposed to a number of rooms located on different levels but the incredible traditional paintings, lacquer work and tatami mats that create a historic atmosphere. Then, combined with the amazing flower arrangements it made for an unbeatable atmosphere.