The ladies of March & April

Saturday night.  Bowl of mac & cheese, super comfy couch, glass of red wine, listening to my Antena LP and crashing on the couch.  This is the life.  The only thing that would make it better is if Davey was sitting next to me.  I miss him.  Our schedules are completely opposite and sometimes it gets to me.

I'm looking forward to planning picnics.  Homemade tuna salad sandwiches (sans the mayo) on a baguette wrapped in waxed paper with twine.  Sitting on a soft blanket in the sunshine.  Living that leisurely, lovely life.  Sunny days like today are invigorating.  Playing with cherry blossoms & hydrangea outside in the crisp fresh air  this afternoon while setting up felt just so right.  March and April are the mack daddy's of the floral months.  Their ladies are the helleborus, the ranunculus, the anemones.

This is a mock up for a wedding in June.  It makes me really happy.  I think you can see why.  I can't wait for it, actually.

Tomorrow I'm waking up & hitting the gym.  And then sharing photos of today's wedding with you.  And then hosting our first Clothing Swap at Fleur.  It's 4-7pm.  Ladies, bring the clothes you want to cast from your closet and pick up something new!  $5 suggested donation to cover snacks.  The leftover dolla's are being donated to One Tail at a Time, AND we're matching the donation.  Leftover clothes are going to a women's shelter.  See you tomorrow!!!

Sunny tea morning

It is a rare morning that I have the chance to work out, eat my toast with peanut butter and actually sit at Letizia's for a cup of tea and a little quiet time.  Today I didn't have to be at the flower market at 8am and thought I'd take a moment to just sit and enjoy the morning.

And these cafe au lait dahlias.  Every florist I know has been gushing and oohing over the dahlias this year.  They're beauties!  As I've mentioned, my love for them is dubious.  They're amazing, and at the same time I don't trust them.  They arrive into the shop glowing and beaming with all their might, and then they recognize someone is looking at them and they immediately begin to wilt or turn brown.  I think they're saying to themselves "We'd rather die than allow you to witness our beauty!!!!"  Jerks.  But even so, I still find myself constantly stopping and talking to them (yes, I know.., I am one of those people that talk to all the flowers...sometimes I make them sing soul songs but that's a video for another day) and admiring their plush beauty.

And I also have been loving our garden roses this year.  The Yves Piaget are stunning and transcend season.  Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter..,  paired with the right color they work beautifully with any time of year.  Lately they've been used in deliveries with deep rubies, saffrons and ambers.  Autumnal romance in a bundle!!

Despite my appearance of moccasins and no socks, my old western shirts and scarves in my hair, my "you can take a girl out the south side but ..." jokes, I am a romantic at heart.  And these garden roses and dahlias speak to me on such a deep level.  I bring just a stem or two home and glow when I catch its beauty.  I take countless photos of them, morning light, evening light.  They're simple, they're sweet and they beautiful.

It's a beautiful Friday morning in Chicago.  I hope you're enjoying the sunshine!!