Humans with Bouquets: Ellen

Today's wonderful human is Ellen Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett! Ellen is a successful entrepreneur/business woman who makes beautiful made-in-America (Los Angeles, to be exact) aprons. While, she started making aprons for the food industry, if you are a person of any craft whatsoever, one of her aprons will make a great addition to your standard "toolset". I first came across H&B when I was in the market for a new apron and just happened upon the website - and loved what I saw. After I read more about the company and found out that the founder/owner is a woman - I knew that I had to have Ellen as a Human.

On one of our recent trips to Southern California, we stopped by H&B headquarters in the Los Angeles Fashion District and did this shoot with Ellen. I loved how colorful and well-lit their offices were, and these shots reflect the amazing vibe that Ellen has built with H&B. Ellen told us that all of her aprons were made in the building, and as we walked through, sure enough we saw some of the lovely tailors who were sawing them and putting them together. I am always so excited to see another woman's success in business - and Ellen's passion was very evident. Thank you for participating in my series Ellen - you definitely have an another member of the apron squad!

You can learn more about H&B on the website, as well as follow along with the Bonafide Apron Squad Adventures!

Flowers: euphorbia, orchid, milkweed, astilbe, freesia, grapevine, ranunculus, blueberry, geranium, smoke Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

The Last Vestiges of Spring

Spring starts early in California, which means all the cherry blossoms start blooming in late February and are finished by mid-April. It's not quite like the East Coast where Spring is really in full swing right now. However, once in a while I still find late blooming (for California) blossoms here and there in areas where they haven't been too exposed to the sun. A week a go I discovered a very pretty cherry tree in full bloom. It was not in anyone's yard, so I didn't feel too badly about clipping a couple of small branches (shhh - don't tell anyone!). There are a number of great elements about what is going on in this arrangement. 1) is that I really like the vase that I have used, 2) are the cherry blossoms, and 3) is the agrostemma (aka corncockle – the white flowers) that I purchased from Bi-Rite market.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: peony, ranunculus, freesia, poppy, smoke, cherry blossom, agrostemma (corncockle) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Couldn't be happier with what I do for a living...it is the greatest gift in life to love your job! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Early Spring Inspiration

I know I have said this before, but a walk in spring is so full of inspiration for me. Last week I gathered some branches and foliage from trees and bushes around my neighborhood and mixed them with some flowers from the flower mart and the results were just lovely. It is always amazing how different floral varieties can be paired with different leaves and foliage for unique results. Quince is one of my favorites this time of year, and much like everything else in California, it is in bloom early. For this arrangement I picked some geranium and jasmine from my garden, and arranged them with anemone, lisianthus, rose, ranunculus and parrot tulip. Wouldn't this make a beautiful spring wedding centerpiece?

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Here I used some blooms from a bush in my neighborhood with sweet little white flowers. I also found these pretty double colored leaves, (the back side of these leaves are a metallic gold shade, as if they were sprayed with fairy dust). I mixed these leaves with hyacinth, tulip, lilac, freesia, and dates. This piece would make a prefect statement piece at a wedding.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And finally, this simple union of quince, spray rose, and loropetalum (fringe flower) foliage makes for an exquisite arrangement for any occasion.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood