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My friend Ama asked me to demonstrate how to make a flower crown for her blog L’Effrontée. We had a fun evening putting this together for you.

You will need:

couronne de fleurs1. Floral tape

2. Thin wire

3. Flowers (consider colour combinations and flowers that will happily last without water for a day)

4. Foliage (ivy is great, or whatever you can forage)

STEP 1.

Measure the wire around your head. Keep some length to create a hook to secure as below

STEP 2.

Wrap the floral tape around the wire

STEP 3.

Prepare flowers and foliage – cut to size and work out what you want to go where

STEP 4.

Begin to place flowers and foliage two at a time, securing with more floral tape

couronne de fleursThen it’s as easy as continuing to place two pieces at a time and keep securing with floral tape. Try to place flowers thickly so the wire isn’t seen. Once finished you can store the flower crown in the fridge to keep it fresh.

couronne de fleursAnd here they are!

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All photographs by Amandine Maugy and Sophia Kaplan.

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In June this year my mother and sister visited Turkey. Here are some of their photographs from Istanbul and Ürgüp.

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I visited the High Line in New York for the first time in summer last year and it was top of my list of things to do when I was back in town earlier this month. This rambling walkway park is made from a disused rail line and runs from Chelsea to Meatpacking.

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All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

We are about to venture into the California desert but while I’m still sitting in a nice hotel in my robe in Las Vegas, I can post some pics from New York. As per usual we basically just ate our way through the city. We stayed in a beautiful apartment in Soho with giant palms, caught up with loads of friends, visited Union Square Park Market, went to a few shows at New York Fashion Week, partied on rooftops, and visited a bunch of little gardens.

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Last night at a dinner I met artist Brendon Marczan who kindly shared some of his artworks with me. I love the incredible detail of these painstakingly drawn illustrations. Check out his site for more info.

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This last month I have been on a pretty incredible road trip through The Alps, northern Italy, Corsica and Monaco. For the first post I’ll share some pics from Morzine and Les Laix in The Alps.

Les AlpsOne thing that really struck me about The Alps is the amazing healthiness of the place. Nature is bursting at you everywhere you look and you find yourself being super active and eating well from the land.  I loved the constant buzzing of the insects, the clear streams of water running down the mountains every hundred metres or so, and the deliciously warm sun. Because of all this the plants are absolutely thriving. I was in complete heaven with a smile I could not wipe off my face picking wild flowers and berries which covered the earth.

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Along with picking what seemed like a million wildflowers we also went to the annual méchoui (spit roast) party of a friend, spent a morning summer skiing in Tignes, hiked through the mountains, swam in the glacial streams, went mushroom foraging, fishing (not so successfully), and made delicious salads with goodies picked straight from the portage (organic vegetable garden). This place makes me happy.

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Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Japan. My man and I went to Osaka and Kyoto and in amongst all the shopping and sightseeing we managed to squeeze in a few garden visits.

First cab of the rank is Utsubo Park in Osaka. This garden hosts a rose garden that was originally planted in 2006 for the first World Rose Convention in Asia. There are approximately 160 different species of roses on display. A little man-made creek runs through the area with kids splashing around while parents laze in the sun.

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