06 October, 2013

Floral masterclass at Vintage Bloom

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Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend a floristry masterclass at Vintage Bloom, the leading floral studio in the UAE. The Vintage Bloom studio is a haven of vintage-style decor and quaint little goodies - think lace, old books, photo frames and bird cages. The first thing that hits you when you first walk through the door, though, is the almost overwhelming smell of fresh flowers, which were piled into buckets, ready for our lesson. To top it all off, and make the setting even more perfect, was the offering of homemade lemonade, cupcakes, fruit and sandwiches (with no crusts!). As you can imagine, I was in absolute heaven - I honestly can't think of a better way to end a Wednesday!

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The lovely Nada Gokal, founder of the company and floral goddess, taught us how to make two arrangements: a classic hand bouquet and a ring arrangement. Never having done anything like this before, there are two aspects of floristry that surprised me: how heavy flowers are and how therapeutic it can be to just sit and create something so lovely. My arrangements turned out a little more wild than I had hoped (there is a serious art to getting all of the blooms to sit at the exact right level) but overall I couldn't have been happier with the outcome. I mean, please, how could flowers this beautiful not look good!

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I think I can safely say that everyone in our little group of journalists, bloggers and PR girls left feeling a whole lot happier after this delightful afternoon away from our laptops, and being able to take our gorgeous bouquets home was just the cherry on top. My messy desk has never looked so wonderful.


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