local grown bouquet and girly things gift basket La Femme by Gorgeous and Green

Valentines is just around the corner...

A nice sampling of some new gift basket offerings in the online store as well as a few examples of the Valentines Day offerings for delivery February 14th to Berkeley Oakland and Emeryville.

Revival's flowers July 20th 2011

This week at Revival bar and kitchen, the flower arrangements Gorgeous and Green created included some bright protea and local berries.  Here are a few pictures of the week's arrangements.

 

The host table has one yellow pincusion in a vintage candlewick drinking glass.

 

The Large French bucket in the back is stacked with bushy branches and some bright organic and local sunflowers.

 

The vintage vase (my favorite vase) has some pink protea and lovely local amaranth, organic bells of ireland and local branches and berries.  

  In green and health, G&G

An Earth Friendly and Vegan Earth Day, and Everyday

As you know, every day is Earth Day.  Especially here at Gorgeous and Green! A local and green certified Event Planner, Karine Brighten, also treats each day as earth day.  Apart from being green certified and having connections with local green vendors, she is also committed to education as we are.  This past April 22nd, the traditional Earth Day, she put on an event in Berkeley that highlighted her commitment to the environment and her belief in eating and living as a vegan.

 

gorgeous and green's earth day arrangement

I asked her to share more about her event: 1. What was your vision in creating a vegan earth day in Berkeley? My vision for the event was to start a new tradition, and that new tradition was to celebrate the link between veganism and a healthy environment in honor of Earth Day. There are many events in the San Francisco Bay Area that take place on this day, but none that focus specifically on the positive effects of veganism on the environment. My goal was to have people leave the event feeling inspired, and with tools that they can use to help the planet.

2. Please describe the event and who you chose to include in the day? The event consisted of the screening of an award-winning feature documentary, “Call of Life, Facing the Mass Extinction” by Species Alliances. The film investigates the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems as a result of dwindling biodiversity.  Following the film there was a panel discussion of 4 experts in vegan lifestyle, nutrition, and sustainability. After the panel discussion there was a catered vegan reception that everyone loved!

3. Do you feel like your vision was achieved?  What else would you like to include in up and coming vegan earth days? I couldn’t be happier with the ways things turned out! The event sold out and people walked away feeling motivated to make changes in their lifestyle. The tradition will indeed continue next year, and I hope to make it a full day event.

 

Gorgeous and Green was hired to provide the cute edible baskets for the event:

Gorgeous and Green's edible baskets for Vegan Earth Day

in Green and Health, G&G

Flowers at Revival Bar and Kitchen June 29th 2011

Another week of Gorgeous and Green arrangements for a local restaurant.  This last week at Revival, I brought in some lovely japanese maple branches and some wispy asparagus branches.  The asparagus added a lovely texture and soft lines.

I added a few hydgrangea inside the branches, so they could peak out as people see it from different angles.

Here you can see wisps of asparagus leaves  and kale trailing from a simple bouquet of roses and gerbera that were left over from a past event.

We are getting some great local birds of paradise (summertime is a good time to get my hands on more "tropical" flowers that are locally grown) so I added in a couple to this vintage vase arrangement of local organic bells of ireland and celosia that will open in the next few days. Here's a little arrangement I made for the front host table, some lovely maple leaves, local and organic scabiosa pods and organic scabiosa flowers and local crespedia.  I love their shapes. In Green and Health, G&G

Flowering Kale at Revival last week

Last week at Revival  Gorgeous and Green reused this chemical glass vase.  Since the opening is so narrow, I can only put a couple of stems in.  This time a little local flowering kale and a nice flowering branch.   I love using flowering kale or cabbage, not only because it's hardy and has lovely petals and color, but because it is tied to a good friend of mine. My flowering kale comes from a local grower and wholesaler in Half Moon Bay, Dave Repetto.  I have developed a great rapport with him and he is always clear with me about his flowers and his more sustainable practices, including not spraying pesticides on most flowers.  Besides the fact that he's local, I know he employs a good amount of local people and he is kind and fair.  My local business of selling local and sustainable flowers (and gifts and cards, and...)  in turn supports so many other local businesses and people, and the ripples go on and on.  

 

In the big vase I had some lovely flowering branches that had such great movement up and out, I just added a few greens and hanging amaranth as well as one large flowering kale right near the middle.

And for the entrance, one more kale in a short vase with some sprigs and branches.

In Green and Health, G&G

Our Restaurant clients last week

Gorgeous and Green does the weekly arrangements for the restaurant Paisan, in Berkeley.  We usually do just a few pieces, they have a small space and just a few touches of color brighten it up.  These were created by my assistant Ryan.

 

some small arrangements for a few tables

Last week at Revival I used a lot of green for the arrangements.  I love all the different textures and strange looking living things that show up in these arrangements.

Recent deliveries

Here are some deliveries Gorgeous and Green did on Friday. The first arrangement was a specific request for no more than two types of flowers, no roses and somewhat unusual and striking.  The pincushion protea steal the show, but not for long as those parrot tulips will open up and look beautiful in a day or two.  The vase is of course made of recycled glass. The second arrangement was also a specific request for something non traditional, wild and exotic.  I love the protea, as they seem to be prolific this time of year and the cloudy larkspur and blue thistle  add a special wild touch. In local green and health, G&G

First week of June at Revival

Here's Gorgeous and Green's arrangements for Revival in Berkeley this week.  I got a hold of some great branches and hot pink leptospermum.  I love hot fuchsia pink with orange and yellow....

Here's a crawling arrangement I did with thimble berry bush.  It seems to be crawling around the corner of the wall.

This arrangement features the spindly branches and fuchsia lepto with thimble berry and orange juice roses from a local grower in Petaluma.  I love the vase because of it's shape and character.  It's a wide v shaped vintage vase with touches of gold.  It's probably from the 40's although has a hint of 20's charm.

Here's the hot pink lepto with the big branches.  It's hard to tell but this thing was probably 7 feet tall with those branches.  The lepto itself was 5 feet tall.  It was a local bush, probably getting out of hand before it was trimmed down.  The pictures don't do these arrangements justice, because you lose the dimensionality of it.  Those branches are kind of creeping and winding around the branches.

small entrance arrangement, kind of wild with curling equisetum and kangaroo paw

and the ominous but fun big metal, here filled with scallop kale and flowering kale and some thimble berry and kangaroo paw

In local Green and Health,

G&G

Some deliveries from Gorgeous and Green

Here are some old pics of deliveries Gorgeous and Green did sometime last year.  They were on my old phone, so I'm thinking summer and fall.  I had more recent pics on my newer phone, but sadly that phone is no longer...   I hope to continue to share more pics as I remember to take them. Pilar G&G

restaurant flower decor from last fall

So I mentioned recently that I would be uploading Gorgeous and Green's weekly pics of Revival's decor, and maybe some of the other business and restaurant decor we do each week.  I happen to have a bunch of pics left on my old broken phone (the one that didn't get stolen) that I wanted to share from last year.  It's kind of fun to see what we've done in the past and how my styles change.  We usually do a small arrangement for the door, and some medium sized arrangements for around the room, and then one large 4 to 6 foot tall arrangement for the back of the room.  I really like lines and clusters, and really avoid a totally round bouquet when I can.

Small arrangement of chestnuts and amaranth, probably fall

 

small arrangement of organic jade sunflowers, gerbera and amaranth, late fall

 

Dimly lit, but you can see more chestnuts and amaranth with gerbera.  This one looks like it's got it's claws out and is ready to grab you.

Definitely fall, with the red and yellow changing leaves on branches

Dimly lit again but you can see more fall leaves, organic sunflowers and organic hanging amaranth

 

Here I've paired the arrangement with local pumpkins and squash.  And that is a big iron pot I've got the flowers in.  Revival is a kitchen after all.

more fall colors and squash

some belladonna paired with reds and oranges.  Love that organic broom corn.

Pilar Gorgeous and Green