Timeless Beauty


Audrey Hepburn, wearing Givenchy photographed at “La Vigna,” a charming villa in Albano Laziale in the Provicia di Roma, Photography by Norman Parkinson for Glamour Magazine, August 1955, © Norman Parkinson Ltd./Courtesy of Norman Parkinson Archive.

The “Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon” exhibition is on view now through 18 October, 2015, at the National Portrait Gallery London. This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn -who continues to inspire editorials today. The exhibit will chart Hepburn’s early life in London, to the pinnacle of her international stardom, to her later philanthropic work, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars. A selection of more than seventy images will define Hepburn’s iconography, including classic and rarely seen prints from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn.

The BBC’s Francine Stock takes a look at this boutique exhibition. Film by Northern Town, 2015.

Alongside these, an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material will complete her captivating story. Richard Avedon once said, having worked with her on countless shoots. “I can only record. I cannot interpret her … She has achieved in herself her ultimate portrait.” Even when Hepburn is staring squarely at the camera, there is the suggestion of secrecy, a thought withheld. The face is almost always half-turned. The smile is almost always a half-smile. Privacy is always somewhere out of the frame.

Travel Light Carry On


Summer is finally here. The days are longer and brighter. And the travel itch begins to set in. Here are a few useful and brilliant things to bring along for the journey. Hit the road with these sensible to the sensational curated essentials. Travel Light and Carry On! #firstclasstips


Dr. Alkaitis Organics Travel Kit, Great skincare that keeps skin clean, balanced and glowing is equally important at home and when traveling -when stressors abound. Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Food is made with edible living ingredients, certified organic/biodynamic and wild-crafted herbs, fruits, sea vegetables and virgin cold-pressed pressed plant oils. Effective therapeutic raw health food for the skin. Founder Dr. Alkaitis is a world-renowned physical chemist, research scientist and molecular biologist, whose scientific expertise and extensive research in the healing properties of living plants has resulted in the creation of one the most dynamic holistic personal care lines available to date. The Organic Travel Kit, packed with 8 essential products -almost the entire line, is a results oriented travel necessity. Included is the fabulous Nourishing Treatment Oil for face, hair & body that feels like silk and smells divine. Give your skin the attention it deserves. #therapeuticskinfood


Jane Iredale Dream Tint, Sample Color Kit & Pure Gloss, The definitive year round tinted moisturizer, Dream Tint, works to hydrate, protect and correct your complexion in one step. With a lightweight texture, it creates a soft focus while calming and soothing inflammation and providing UV sun protection, with gentle ingredients for sensitive skin. A favorite amongst Jane Iredale fans for years, this stellar petroleum-free lip gloss with Moringa Butter and Avocado & Sunflower Seed Oils makes lips feel conditioned, moisturized, quenched and nourished. Long-lasting, gorgeous Tangerine is that just right pop of sheer color for a fresh, polished look. With a lovely sampling of some of Iredale’s best-selling makeup, the Color Sample Kit is smart and travel-friendly. An icon in the industry, Berkshires-based Jane Iredale founded Iredale Mineral Cosmetics in the 90’s and was the first to supply the aesthetics industry and physicians with a full makeup-line based on minerals that was good for the skin. #lookgoodfeelgood


Shankara Aromatherapy, Promote wellness, stability and vitality on the go with Shankara Relaxing, De-stressing and Reviving Essential Oil Blends. Three 5ml Aromatherapy Essences in a rollerball for convenient application, beautifully boxed. RELAXING to help ground and calm the mind. DE-STRESSING to soothe and cool intense emotions. REVIVING to wake up and invigorate. Apply to pulse points as needed. Just right for treating stress, anxiety and restlessness, which may arise while traveling. Alchemy of East and West, Shankara Ayurvedic skin care products embody an East-West concept mirrored in their Lotus-Rose logo. The Rose, a symbol of pure beauty and love in the West. The Lotus, a symbol of wisdom and light in the East, embraces the rose. Behind everything they do is a strong intent to serve humanity, from producing fine, energetic products to the donation of 100% of the net profits to global humanitarian work. #scienceoflife


Kaufmann Mercantile Briefcase Backpack, This handmade leather briefcase backpack is well-suited to carrying essentials on adventures near and abroad. The design was inspired by the pouch-like bags that can be spotted in Ecuador which leather craftsman Andrew McAteer combined with a pattern adapted from a 1901 British Navy Ammunition pouch. An inner divider keeps documents safe, and an interior pocket is sized to hold passport or mobile phone. The adjustable belt-style straps are attached with brass rivets that allow movement, so the bag can be custom fit to your body, while ensuring that the weight you carry is evenly balanced. A handle at the top of the bag makes it easy to grab from a plane’s overhead storage or to carry by your side if you wish. New York-based Kaufmann Mercantile carries a tightly edited collection of goods from 300 makers from 20 countries, chosen for making the finest products in their class. #oldschoolstyle


OfAntique Yoga Mat Bag, An artisan leather yoga bag lined with 100% Thai silk with gorgeous embroidered textile design was inspired by the baby carrier used by the baby carrier used by the Hill-tribe people from Southern China 40-80 years ago. Conceived in 2011 during a voyage to South East Asia with her children, designer Rita Bastos fell in love with the amazing antique textiles and its legacy techniques. As such, the hand-blended, naturally concocted dyes, exquisite woven silks and outstanding embroideries, ignited her imagination to create a limited portfolio of one-off high-end artisan bags. Fusing exceptional craftsmanship with timelessly stylish designs, the portfolio appeals to the chicest global nomad, a person who seeks elegance, inspiration and authenticity, to house their beloved wares. All pieces from OfAntique are meticulously crafted by hand in Bali. Weave a story of tradition and culture and bring a luxe edge to your practice and travel. #artfularticulation


Emilia Travel Set by Sofiacashmere, Traverse the globe in luxurious style and unparalleled comfort with this three-piece cashmere travel set which includes blanket, sleep mask and zip bag set, that will make even the most tedious layover or long flight feel manageable and restful for the sensitive traveler. What started as a family business over sixty years ago, Sofiacashmere is one of the most notable purveyors of luxury goods in the cashmere industry. Specializing in sweaters, coats, home goods and travel sets, this distinctive knitwear brand only sources the finest cashmere from Mongolia and China. #superchic


Rachel Brown Kabbalah Dog Tag Necklace, Gold Vermeil plated Stainless Steel Dog Tag with Swarovski Crystals and Ana Bekoach (creating miracles) prayer engraving -Kabbalah prayer that connects our soul to the forces of creation, purifying our physical and spiritual life for the creation of miracles. In today’s society, spiritual jewelry offers a sense of serenity in a hectic world. I like to travel with just one striking and talismanic piece. Spirituality and style merge beautifully in the artisan Kabbalah jewelry collection of New York-based gemologist Rachel Brown. Well-crafted pieces that are etched with prayers, meditations, sacred messages, and symbolic meaning that emanate elegance and good energy. Blessed jewels for the journey. #ancientspiritualwisdom


Jiva-Apoha Amma Body Oil, ‘Amma’ is ‘The Divine Mother in Sanskrit.’ This feminine spirit is the part in us all that is generous and extraordinary, and the breathtaking beauty and simplicity of Amma Body Oil brings that into focus. Herbaceous, Rosy Palmarosa marries with smooth Sandalwood and hypnotic Indian White Jasmine for the perfect meditative body treatment oil. This blend is a blues-chaser of the highest order, and places euphoria squarely within your grasp. Always carry your signature scent with you to keep grounded and balanced. Amma is one of the truly sacred oils created by ‘Rolling Stone Shaman’ Angela Shore of Jiva-Apoha. Masterfully combining Native American techniques with Ayurvedic knowledge and throwing in a touch of swagger, Shore blends and infuses her oils with intention, healing and grace. Anoint your body with the extraordinary healing powers of these oils and get ready to be transformed, and become a fan. #sacredselflove


Aromaflage Wild Botanical Fragrance & Insect Repellant, Aromaflage is an ingenious fragrance that also repels insects. Wild is the perfect healthy alternative, plant-based travel fragrance that lets you live your outdoor lifestyle and keep the bugs at bay while caring for your skin -free of DEET, parabens, and sulfates. From the Southeast Asian jungle, Aromaflage Wild combines notes of Cardamom, Cedarwood, and Spruce. An earthy, Green, sophisticated, seasonal must-have. Also available in the signature Aromaflage botanical scent that combines notes of Citrus, Cedarwood and Vanilla for an aroma that too is perfect for Summer.  Aromaflage was founded by husband and wife entrepreneurial team Michael & Melissa Fensterstock to create a sustainable, innovative company focused on delivering value to customers while also supporting the developing world. Don’t leave home without one of their botanical aromatic multi-taskers which take form in purser, flagship bottle, bracelet, or soy candle. #botanicalbugsbegone


101 Places in Italy: A Private Grand Tour: 1001 Unforgettable Works of Art by Francis Russell, This well-informed selection of the most rewarding towns, cities, villages, and individual monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning traveler. The author has been visiting Italy for over fifty years, and is the perfect companion for those who want to know about more than the obvious attractions. As well as covering the finest sights in the major tourist centers of Rome, Florence, Venice, and elsewhere, Francis Russell discusses and describes the neglected, or little-known, masterpieces that are still to be found across the Italian peninsula.

The author chooses and explores palaces and gardens, city squares and lonely churches, frescoes and altarpieces, great museums and tiny ruins that together provide a richly textured portrait of a country where the history and patterns of civilization lie more thickly than anywhere else on earth. This book will enhance and enrich the visitor’s experience of the most visited country in the world, by virtue of its sensitivity, its wisdom, and its deep knowledge, and by means of its vivid, eloquent, and entertaining exposition. A must-squeeze-into-hand-baggage or backpack. #bravissimo

Day Of Yoga


International Day of Yoga. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as International Yoga Day. International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Soothing Solstice


Herbal Facial Steam, As the seasons transition, helping the skin find balance is key. Skin often needs a little damage control. Celebrate the Summer Solstice this weekend by treating yourself to a home-spa facial to help mitigate the changing seasons. An easy at-home facial can help keep skin happy and balanced. Start with a light exfoliating cleanser, followed by a hydrating facial steam made from remedying, astringent herbs. This herbal steam -with soothing Chamomile, antibacterial Lavender and healing Rose, will help to gently purge the pores of accumulated toxins and buildup. Restore the skin and soothe the senses!


  • ¼ cup dried lavender flowers
  • ½ cup dried chamomile flowers
  • ¾ cup dried rose petals
  • ½ cup dried comfrey leaves


  • Place all of the herbs in a mixing bowl and toss until you have a uniform blend. Transfer to a jar, label and cap tightly. Store jar in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight -will keep up to two years.
  • Boil four cups of water, then remove from heat. Stir 2 tablespoons of herbs into the water. Cover and let stand for five minutes.
  • Clean your face. Bring the pot to a table, and make a tent over the pot and the back of your head with a towel to create a mini-steam room.
  • Hover over the steaming pot at least eight inches away with your eyes closed. If the steam is too hot, let some of the steam out and move your face a bit farther away from the steam.
  • Breathe deeply, relaxing for five to 15 minutes. Restoration!

Cartier Panthère


Cartier Panthère, by Vivienne Becker, Berenice Geoffroy Schneiter, Joanna Hardy, André Leon Talley, 11×14 in, 300 pages, 150 illustrations, Linen Hardcover in a luxury slipcase.

Silently stalking its way through Cartier iconography for a century, the Panther is the proud leader of the pack of precious animals that make up the famous Cartier menagerie. Cartier Panthère illustrates the panther throughout art history and popular culture, chronicles the creative evolution and technical expertise behind Cartier’s exquisite Panther jewelry, and recounts anecdotes of legendary Cartier personalities and patrons from Jeanne Toussaint and Daisy Fellowes to María Félix and the Duchess of Windsor. Featuring stunning imagery, including rarely seen preparatory drawings from the Cartier archives and the most recent haute joaillerie creations unveiled at the 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, this beautiful volume is the definitive collection of 100 years of Cartier Panther jewels. New release special edition available from Assouline -publisher of the most sophisticated books in the world. I ♥ Cartier

Sunflower Sunshine


Sunflowers. The cheerful symbol of nature’s purity and wholesome goodness. With their exuberant beauty, sunflowers are among the most enthusiastic and steadfast blossoms, standing tall in the fields as they turn their faces gracefully toward the sun. Delivering a positive message of renewal and strength. Regal and awe-inspiring, yet down to earth. Connect with the beautiful and beneficial properties of the Sunflower to inspire optimism and light, and to nourish and vitalize the mind, body, spirit, heart and home this Summer. #sunflowerlove.


White & Elm Sunflower Deep Pore Cleansing Oil, This simple beauty oil ritual is a great way to end the day this season. Gently massage a quarter-sized amount onto slightly damp face for 30 seconds to 2 minutes allowing the cleanser to deeply penetrate pores. With a warm cloth gently steam face until cloth cools. Then wipe away for a smooth clean face. Leaves skin dewy with a hint of aroma from calming Neroli, Chamomile & Lavender. From White & Elm -an eco artisanal line that is cruelty free, vegan, organic, plant-powered, and handcrafted in small batches in Colorado. Made with 8 ingredients -the superstar ingredients being Sunflower & Avocado Oils, this powerful organic cleanser can be used on all skin types. #lessismore


Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak, A silicone and paraben-free hair mask infused with nutrient-enriched conditioning Sunflower Oil, a fortifying blend of Vitamins and a UV-protective filter. Helps repair hair by restoring moisture, and extends color vibrancy and prevents future damage from environmental stresses and other external abuses. Providing an extra boost of healthy shine and radiance! Founded as a family owned apothecary in New York’s East Village more than 160 years ago, Kiehl’s products blend the herbal, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic knowledge that’s been passed down through generations. Always formulated with sensitive skin in mind, Kiehl’s nourishing skin, hair, and body care collections use the optimal concentration of botanical extracts mixed with minimal preservatives to restore the look, feel, and health of your skin. #smellslikesunshine


Woodstock Farms Organic Raw Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, a native plant to North America, has become a staple to cultures worldwide. Despite their small size, Sunflower Seeds are a dense source of vitamins and minerals and essential oils. Not only are they a great snack -appetizing in their own right, they also lend a little crunch to salad, soup, yogurt, or oatmeal. Sunflower Seeds offer several extraordinary health benefits that include: vitamin E to promote cardiovascular health, phytosterol to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, a potent source of magnesium for heart, muscles and healthy mood support, and selenium which is a powerful antioxidant. Be sure to choose organic and non-GMO-free seeds. #happyhealthysnacking


Once Again Organic Sunflower Seed Butter, Organically grown roasted Sunflower Seeds are milled smooth with organic Sunflower Oil… and that’s it! Once Again -organic and natural nut butter manufacturer, makes this popular  Organic Sunflower Seed Butter, which is a natural unsweetened, unsalted, peanut butter alternative that can be used in a variety of recipes ranging from breakfast to dessert. Wonderfully made organic Sunflower Seed Butter that satisfies. Simply delicious! #spreadintegrity


Jes MaHarry Sunflower Sculpture, Jewelry artisan Jes MaHarry and her husband, Patrick Henderson, created this glowing Sunflower of reclaimed metal and painted it on both sides so its artfulness shines from every angle. Beautifully constructed in the USA and signed by the artists. Exclusive to Sundance. Hung outside within view, this humble flower will swing and sway in the wind and be a day brightener for sure! #artisanalsunshine


Hudson Valley Seed Library Seeds, Velvet Queen Sunflower & Teddy Bear Sunflower Seeds -favorites from the Art PackHudson Valley Seed Library is an accessible, affordable source of regionally adapted seeds that are packaged in gift-quality seed packets, available individually and as seed collections. Each variety of seed packet features original artwork that celebrates the beauty and diversity of heirloom gardening varieties. Every year they commission diverse art works to put on their seed packets by issuing a public call for art, and then choose about twenty applicants to design and produce a unique work for a new variety. The Hudson Valley Seed Library helps farmers and gardeners to “understand where seeds come from, how they are grown, who grows them, and why seed saving is more important than ever.” #growyourown


Farmer’s Market Sunflowers, There’s no better way to start your weekend than to stop by the Farmers’ Market for locally grown fruits and vegetables, handmade bakery goods, artisan apothecary skincare, fresh honey, flowers and garden herbs. At these Markets expect to get the freshest produce, in fact, it is often just picked! In Summertime, Farmers Markets are overflowing with deliciousness, and Sunflowers! When you buy locally grown produce, consumers can connect directly with local farmers and support their hard work, and your dollars remain in your community. Farmers Markets help build the community, and they also help local farmers stay in business. Find locally grown produce anywhere in the country at Local Harvest #celebratelocallygrown


Sunflower Theme Wedding, There’s nothing quite as cheerful as the sunny blooms of Sunflowers. A beautiful choice for a Summer rustic country chic themed wedding. If you can plan your event near a field of sunflowers, then even better! They make such an unforgettable nature at its best setting for photos. These sturdy blooms represent not only happiness, but also loyalty, longevity, and warmth. Great symbol to grace your wedding day and carry in your bouquet! For inspiration see Floret -the flower farm of Erin Benzakein specializing in weddings and events using sustainably grown plant materials. #symbolicsweetness


The Sunflowers Are Mine: The Story of Van Gogh’s Masterpiece by Martin Bailey, Is the story of one of the world’s most iconic images. Martin Bailey -the leading UK specialist on Van Gogh, explains why Van Gogh painted a series of sunflower still lifes in Provence. He then explores the subsequent adventures of the seven pictures, and their influence on modern art. Through the Sunflowers, we gain fresh insights into Van Gogh’s life and his path to fame. Bailey conjectures convincingly about Van Gogh’s likely inspirations and influences and offers an extended explication of his techniques as well as the works themselves. Insightful, informative and engaging. #fascinatingfineartlore

Chive Blossoms


Spring Garden, Wild Chives are the first to appear in the Spring garden, with beautiful purple flowering blossoms, they are one of my favourite herbs, and couldn’t be easier to grow. Plant some in the garden and they will reappear every Spring without any tending, spreading and becoming more hardy and abundant each year.


Chive Blossoms, The Green Chive stems can be used in a number of dishes and make a great garnish, but their pretty purple blossoms are edible as well, adding a delicate onion flavor and unique flair to many culinary endeavors. As with all edible flowers, Chives are best eaten raw. Simply pick and rinse with water. Flowers will taste and look their best right after they have opened, rather than after they have been open for a few days.


Freshly Picked Chive Blossoms, Nothing says “gourmet” like a sprinkling of fresh flower blossoms or petals in a salad, a tiny bouquet of Johnny Jump-Ups in lemon-aid or on a birthday cake, or a sautéed Daylily bud in a stir fry. Edible flowers are a fun and easy way to add color and flavor, especially when you can pick them right from your own garden. Other flowers that taste as good as they look include: Nasturtiums, Marigolds, Calendula, Honeysuckle, Borage, Bee Balm, Chamomile, Anise Hyssop, Mint, Squash Blossoms, and Scarlet Runner Beans. With flavors ranging from bold and peppery to subtle and delicate.


Chive Blossom Vinegar, Cut Chive Blossoms just as they are beginning to open, wash and pat dry, then stuff them into a jar. Fill with white vinegar to cover the Blossoms. Allow to seep in a cool dark place for 1-2 weeks. Strain and then refrigerate. It makes the prettiest pink Chive Blossom Vinegar that’s great for salads and marinades.


Chive Blossom Tempura, Try some culinary creativity and gather a handful of Chive Blossoms, separate the individual petals at the base of the flower, and stir them into some melted coconut oil, then add to mashed potatoes or freshly popped popcorn, to add beauty and taste. For a special occasion, this Chive Blossom Tempura appetizer served over freshly picked salad greens, drizzled with some Chive Blossom Vinegar is a real treat. Simply yum!


  • 1 bundle of chive blossoms
  • 1/2 cup of fine rice flour
  • 1/2 cup of ice-cold seltzer water
  • lite oil of choice for frying
  • sea salt to taste

For Dipping Sauce

  • soy sauce (naturally fermented)
  • rice vinegar
  • chillies (optional)
  • some chive blossoms & chopped chives


  1. Make sure chive blossoms are dry. Prepare the dipping sauce beforehand so the chive flavor can infuse. Make the tempura batter by gently mixing together ingredients.
  2. Heat oil for frying. Dip a chive blossom into the batter and shallow fry a few seconds till crisp and golden on all sides. Repeat with all chive blossoms, a few at a time. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Arrange tempura blossoms over salad leaves. Drizzle with chive blossom vinegar. Garnish with chopped chive stems. Serve with tempura dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Garden Notes 

  • Check a reference guide in your area as to what is and is not edible.
  • Consider any allergies or medical issues you have. Eat sparingly at first.
  • Make sure what you are eating has not been treated with pesticides.
  • Only eat the petals. Remove the pistol and stamen from the flower.

Flower Power Beauty


Flowers are luxurious and feminine, they make you smile, help you feel grounded and beautiful, they smell good and are great for your skin. Spring through Summer Flower Power Beauty. Bloom!


Maiyet Hand Embroidered Midi Halter Dress, 100% Silk, Uniquely handcrafted piece -numbered edition: 1/20, With a flowing silhouette in caviar Scarlett, this Midi Halter Dress features intricately hand embroidered floral relief on the front, and a Scarlett crepe petticoat that trails beneath the dress for embellishment. Developed in India during the Mughal era, “Aari” is an intricate and labor-intensive embroidery technique, in which fabric is stretched taut over an adda or frame. Artisans use a tiny, awl-like hook to pull loops of thread through the fabric’s surface. Aari craftspeople have an immense repertoire of stitches, which Maiyet incorporates into designs to add depth and richness to distinctly clean, modern aesthetic garments. New York-based Maiyet is an inspired design driven fashion brand that celebrates rare artisanal skills, and revives ancient techniques to elevate the next generation of master craftsmen from places such as India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, and Peru. Authentic Artisan Style!


Caresse d’orchidées par Cartier Pink Gold & Diamond Ring, The Cartier Orchid, in 18K Rose Gold set with 1 Diamond, demonstrates an elegant feminine fragility. This queen of flowers is meticulously sculpted of the finest precious metals by Cartier’s skillful craftsmanship, first used by the jeweler in 1925, the Orchid is now a classic motif in Cartier jewelry. Always inspired by its rich archives, this latest offering from the Cartier ateliers is rich in history yet contemporary -a delicate balance that Cartier prides itself on maintaining. Everyday Always and Forever Classic Flower Power Appeal!


Floral Headpiece Dolce & Gabbana, Stunning floral headpieces blossomed on many fashion runways this year, representing a fresh and prospering Spring 2015 season. A floral crown or a large bloom is the perfect way to top off a bohemian look, or to add a touch of feminine sophistication. Dolce & Gabbana took inspiration from the modern-day Spanish woman for their Spring show. The carnations pinned in the model’s hair soften the sleek bun, and add natural romantic appeal. Tip: To wear a large bloom, like the carnation above, cut stem to one inch, pierce it with a U-shape hairpin, and insert the pin into the thickest part of the hairstyle. Other great flowers to wear include: Spray Rose, Freesia, Daisy, Cymbidium Orchid, Asiatic Lily, Stephanotis, Sunflower & Peony. For a special occasion, Floret design studio and specialty cut flower farm of Erin Benzakein, specializes in growing unique, uncommon and old-fashioned flower varieties gathered from around the world. Flower Heaven!


Byredo Flowerhead Eau De Parfum, This intoxicating Rose, Wild Jasmine, Sambac, and Tuberose parfum by Byredo -is the Stockholm, Sweden-based brand’s first classically floral fragrance to date. Created in collaboration with perfumers Olivia Giacobetti and Jérôme Epinette, the idea for the lush, atmospheric fragrance was born out of the memory of a cousin’s wedding in Jaipur, India. There, recalls Gorham, fresh blooms were strung together in jaimala garlands, the mandap wedding canopy, and even the bride’s hair, transforming her into a living embodiment of the word flowerhead. Petals are showered on the couple for spiritual protection in an explosion of color wildly celebratory and sublimely scented. Flowerhead is a perfect perfume for new beginnings. Everything is in Bloom!


aroma M Camellia Hair Oil & Face Oil, An artisanal alchemy of tradition, ritual, natural beauty, allure and aesthetics. Designed to be beautiful, and simultaneously enchant the mind, the soul, the senses, and the skin. Camellia Oil features prominently in the collection, which means all types of skin and hair will benefit due to its versatility. Derived from the seeds of Camellias, a kind of evergreen shrub with shiny leaves and Rose-like flowers, Camellia Oil is known to be an effective multi-purpose moisturizer, considered a Japanese beauty secret used by women to nourish both their skin and hair for centuries, it penetrates quickly and deeply, providing optimum hydration with a sheer feel. Organic Beauty Elixirs -in Art Nouveau glass bottles adorned with signature patterned Yuzen paper designs handcrafted in Kyoto, blended by the creatrix Maria McElroy, that is New York-based aroma M Beauty. A synthesis of beneficial beauty combining the best of both Eastern and Western traditions. Camellia Love!


Thesis Tender as Petals Floral Facial Cleanser, Truly pure and functional skin care for the discerning beauty purist. Featuring 100% organic ingredients including Oats, premium Clays, and Rose, Chamomile, Calendula & Lavender flowers, to soothe, purify, and deeply hydrate sensitive skin, leaving it soft, healthy and smelling of luscious florals. Simply add 1 teaspoon of powder and a few drops of pure water to a small bowl to customize the consistency, for a fresh cleanser every time. Tip: This cleanser doubles as a soothing floral mask if you leave it on the skin for 15-20 minutes. Made in Massachusetts by Thesis -a family run business dedicated to the development of truly pure, vegan, affordable and eco-friendly products that really work. Responsible in Every Way!


Chantecaille Beauté Rose de Mai Face Oil, This supercharged formula contains 1000 petals of Chantecaille’s iconic Rose de Mai, known for its unique array of healing benefits. Rose de Mai is boosted by a rich bouquet of Roses: Rose Hip, Evening Primrose, Rose Damascena and Rose Geranium in this 100% natural elixir of ultra nourishing plant oils harvested from four corners of the world. A high concentration of pure and active plant ingredients to immediately create supple, dewy skin. Combining the latest in scientific advancement with centuries-old traditional skincare, French beauty brand Chantecaille is a leader in creating high-performing products that help women look amazing. This philanthropic company is also known for creating limited edition products where a portion of the proceeds benefit environmental causes. Modern Classic!


Osmia Organics Flower Body Oil, Incredibly precious floral essential oils such as organic Rose Geranium, organic Linden Blossom, and Zdravets -11 nourishing healing plant oils in all, grace this Flower Oil. Zdravets is a member of the Geranium family, grown at altitude in the Bulgarian mountains, and the word “zdrave” means healthy. Providing ultimate moisture while leaving your skin blanketed in a subtle floral, earthy scent that instantly soothes the senses, creating a feeling of timeless femininity. Osmia Organics emerged from the ambition of Sarah Villafranco -former Colorado-based doctor with a strong belief in the power of plants, who dreamed of creating an artisanal line of skincare products made solely from organic and natural ingredients. Osmia, as used here, means “sense of smell.” Every Osmia product is made with utmost attention to the scent and its aromatherapeutic benefits. In a broader sense, it is also a reminder to sense your life. Inspired Beauty!


FIG + YARROW Floral Milk Bath, An aromatic blend of beautifying florals in skin-softening buttermilk and therapeutic minerals. Pure essential oils of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Geranium and Rosewood provide skin-enhancing and mood calming benefits in this fabulous Floral Milk BathFIG + YARROW -is a certified organic artisanal apothecary line of homeopathic products handcrafted in small batches in Colorado using local ingredients. Former herbalism student, founder Brandy Monique, cherry picks the best of the best organic roots, leaves, flowers, minerals, and oils, then transforms these components into nourishing, non-gender specific creations that contain natural healing elements and absolutely no preservatives, parabens, or toxins. Beauty + Substance!


Flower Seed Library, Lemon Queen Sunflower Seeds, French Marigold Mix, & Zinnia Mix. Each packet includes 100 seeds. The Hudson Valley Seed Library is a small, farm-based seed company that offers organic, heirloom and open-pollinated garden seeds, and celebrates the relationship between art and gardens. Each year, the Library commissions 20 artists to create original illustrations for their seed packets, like these beautiful floral designs by Philadelphia-based illustrator and print designer Kendra Dandy. Make Your Floral Garden Dreams a Beautiful Reality!


In Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow, Farm, Acclaimed garden writer Debra Prinzing challenged herself to create a beautiful, locally-grown bouquet for each of 52 weeks of one year to demonstrate that all four seasons have their own botanical character to be celebrated. She provides extensive design tips, bouquet “recipes” and region-by-region floral ingredient lists that can be found in all climate zones through the year. Slow Flowers is written from a DIY floral designer’s point of view, to inspire anyone to go green and make a beautiful bouquet with what’s at hand, no matter the season. Bella Bouquets!


Bring simple, fresh flower recipes to your kitchen table! Edible flowers are abundant and easy to cook with but are often overlooked as being intimidating or too fancy. Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher is filled with special confections and easy everyday treats that everyone will love, from jewel-toned Violet Jam and pretty pink Lavender Lemonade to Pansy Petal Pancakes and Carrot Sunflower Cake. In this book, you’ll find easy-to-follow recipes and beautiful photographs, as well as the fascinating history and meaning of flowers, plus tips and tricks for finding, cleaning, and preparing edible blossoms. This essential guide covers all the classic uses for farm-fresh, seasonal flowers -whether they’re sourced locally or plucked from your very own garden. Bon Appetit!

Art Of The Garden


Frida Kahlo, Painting Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Banco de México © 2014.

The New York Botanical Garden will present its major 2015 exhibition, “Frida Kahlo’s Garden” which will focus on the iconic artist’s engagement with nature in her native country of Mexico, opening 16 May, 2015, remaining on view through 1 November, 2015. The exhibition will be the first solo presentation of Kahlo’s work in New York City in more than 25 years, and the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Kahlo’s intense interest in the botanical world.


Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Painting, 1940, From the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden.

The exhibition will examine Kahlo’s keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. Featuring a rare display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper, this limited six-month engagement will also reimagine the iconic artist’s famed garden and studio at the Casa Azul, in Mexico City.


Gisèle Freund, Frida in the Garden, Casa Azul, 1951, From the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden.

The landmark Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden will come alive with the colors and textures of Kahlo’s home country of Mexico during the exhibition. Visitors entering the exhibition will view a re-imagined version of Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul -the artist’s childhood home outside of Mexico City where she resided in her later years and where she died in 1954, transforming it with traditional Mexican folk-art objects, colonial-era art, religious ex-voto paintings, and native Mexican plants.


Frida Kahlo’s Garden & Studio, View from courtyard of Casa Azul in Coyoacán, Mexico City.

 A scale version of the cobalt-blue pyramid at Casa Azul -originally created to display pre-Columbian art collected by Kahlo’s husband, famed muralist Diego Rivera-will showcase Mexican terra-cotta pots filled with plants found in her garden. The show will also include a version of a Coyoacán street market, with traditional food and drink for sale during the run of the show.


Frida Kahlo, The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth, Diego, Me, Painting, 1949, From the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden.

Of Kahlo’s approximately 200 paintings, 55 are self-portraits, and many of these portraits incorporate plants and other organic materials. Kahlo’s inclusion of plants and nature in her work spans her entire career but her most intensive dedication to the genre dates to the 1940’s and 1950’s, particularly as her health declined and she was increasingly confined to her home and garden.


Frida Kahlo, Portrait of Luther Burbank, 1931, From the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden.

One of the most important paintings in the show is Kahlo’s portrait of botanist inventor Luther Burbank, who is credited with developing more than 800 varieties of plants. Kahlo paints him sprouting from the ground, a plant in his hand and his bottom half depicted as a tree. Here Kahlo creates an extraordinary human/plant hybrid reflecting her thinking and beliefs in 1931, a time when the mixing of species was taboo in places like Germany.

Accompanying the exhibition will be events to learn about the inspired life lived by this beloved artist and enduring cultural influence through poetry, lectures, Frida al Fresco evenings -Mexican-inspired shopping and dining experiences, music events related to the show, Day of the Dead and Mexican Independence Day celebrations, and hands-on art activities for kids. An immersive art garden life exhibition intended to celebrate not only Kahlo’s work but also the “energy and sophistication of Mexican culture.” Bravo!