29 December 2011

reflections

some more images from the gala i wrote about for the huffington post...

we're just a few days out from the year's end and like you, i've been reflecting on my 2011. it's gone by in a flash and all in all, it's been a great one for kat flower.  i booked more weddings and events than previously {thank you again to everyone for choosing to work with us}, met some cool people, worked with and collaborated on some great projects with some very talented designers, artists and photographers with the promise of more opportunities to come, got great press, taught some workshops, launched my website all while doing what i love...creating and designing with flowers.  i am truly blessed.

HUGE thanks to all of you for reading and following my escapades through this floral life. thanks for caring, for following, for commenting, for pinning and for supporting me and my little engine that can. it's been heaps of fun {and tres helpful} sharing my journey with you. 2012 is already going to be bigger and badder than ever so stay tuned for all the shenanigans.  so in the indelible words of michael scott {because i've been streaming episodes of the office}, 'see you on the flippity-flip.' and yes, it's official...i've morphed into that guy that quotes tv and movies. please save me from myself.

i'm going to clean my house now. 
x

{photos by michael seto}

27 December 2011

huffington post

my latest post on being an entrepreneur and running my small business is now live so check it out here.  it's my own personal christmas miracle that i submitted it before the holiday but then again, 'tis the season. 

anyway, because all of you who read le blog are so near and dear to me, i thought i'd share some behind-the-scenes thoughts and inside scoop about my behind-the-scenes article...

first, no b.s. but i got hired 12 days out from the event.  not ideal but clearly doable.  and the email came after midnight from a friend of a friend {who's now my friend too..just go with me on this} who's taken two of my floral workshops.  fancy that.  

the brooklyn floral design community is amazing.  i admire and respect them all and yes, we are friends.  shout out to sarah of blossom and branch, suzanne from coco rosie and sarah from saipua for referring these talented designers because my team was BOSS!  sooz, jen, britt, liza, adriana, linda -- love you all and hope to have lots more work so we can kill it again.  and that's a photo of the 40+ wrist corsages and boutonnieres we were charged to make. wowowowowow.

i've done weddings with bigger budgets.  and so producing all that we had to produce and staying true to my aesthetic was very hard.  and after flowers, supplies, labor, delivery, i had nothing.  so really, why did i say yes?  it really was to test myself and to explore galas and the like as a possible direction for kat flower.  the verdict: definitely can do it so sure, i'll go back to my event roots...in calculated doses.  


finally, the wonderful and talented parris wittingham.  i met parris at an wedding industry event and he was kind enough to not only to check out my work but also called to let me know that he liked it.  that's always nice, right?  so when i decided to approach a photographer about shooting some behind-the-scenes images, he was at the top of my wish list.  luckily for me, he said yes and he committed to the project.  he sent me a questionnaire so he could better understand what i do and what goals i had set for the shoot -- thorough to say the least.  he called it 'love at work' which perfectly summarizes what it is that i do.  and as someone who hates being photographed, he exudes a warmth and calmness that immediately puts even the most camera-shy among us at ease.  and because he was there, i have that beautiful image of team kat flower group hug.

pushing through and making it work indeed...

{photos by parris wittingham studio}

21 December 2011

fierce drummer woman



happy holidays sugar plums.  happened upon this clip via a friend's fb page and it's too brilliant not to share with y'all.  grace jones is everything and her outfit is totally appropriate for a children's christmas special, right?  i can't.  bonus: s. epatha merkerson pre her lieutenant van buren years.  fair warning, this may be a series...
p.s. imagine if this package really went to the 1988 white house? hahahahahaha!

19 December 2011

108 wycoff street



'one day in 2001 i went outside and started gluing things to the front of my house.  i have not stopped yet. my hope was to make a celebratory statement that would cheer and amuse.' 
-- susan gardner, artist

stumbled upon this very cool home in boerum hill yesterday.  reminded me of gaudi's parc guëll.  and yes, i was very much cheered and amused.  i love brooklyn.

15 December 2011

q&a

there i am on front street...
lottie of lotte & bloom, one of my favorite floral design blogs, has got this great q&a series featuring designers from all over.  those brits sure are clever, aren't they?  anyway, this week is my turn.  check it out here and my apologies in advance for the bigness of that photo.  whoa. x



12 December 2011

new york magazine weddings










oh happy day!  kat flower is featured in new york weddings winter 2011 issue!  it was late-breaking news about two months ago {the issue hit newsstands in october} but now that the images are also available online, i thought i'd share them on le blog.   

the feature was all about monotone bouquets and as you can see, i designed two for the occasion. as you may know, magazines print about two months in advance so a floral designer's challenge is to create a bouquet in hot-ass july with flowers that will be available in the fall and winter for brides that may be getting married in the spring/summer.  phew!  but we all did it and i'm honored to be included among such talented designers.  

to see the flowers used, click here and here.  AND check me out in the vendor directory!  


09 December 2011

december so far


happy december and happy friday y'all.   started writing this post yesterday and fully expected to post this morning but been having blogger issues {mine more than theirs} and well, now it's afternoon.  where the hell does the day go?

replying to inquiries, scheduling consultations, cranking out proposals for 2012 weddings, laying out plans for other 2012 activities.  fair warning: get in where you can fit in cause the party doesn't stop.  

got a fancy new printer, still putting away my summer clothes cause i'm totally rudy huxtable and want to wear summer clothes all the time.  with a cozy knit, a tall boot, a scarf...in my mind, it works. recommitting myself to pilates {all the schlepping, standing and lifting takes its toll} and cooking superfoods and am finally learning some photoshop basics.  the latter of which involves me enlisting the help of my bridge-climbing, iron-working, art school-educated friend and neighbor.  photoshop tutorials for food.  salmon and quinoa with kale, sweet potatoes, asparagus, butternut squash and walnuts.  i'm okay with that.  

took some snaps of these still beautiful despite being over a week old anemones on my window sill, which has become hospice for leftover flowers.   resized them in photoshop.  opening a whole new chapter of blogging.  yay...i think.