November 26th, 2013 § § permalink
Recently I was interviewed by local flower movement leader Debra Prinzing for her Slow Flowers podcast.
It was a fun question and answer discussion. We talked about the development of my business Gorgeous and Green (for events) and in turn the Gorgeous and Green boutique on College. Since I’ve always been concerned with staying local and sustainable, we shared ideas and the necessary truths of staying local and eco-friendly when it comes to flower design.
And we talked a lot about Floral Foam, and how I don’t use it! Hopefully you all know it’s not eco-friendly because it contains materials that are hazardous to your health and the health of other living things, and is neither biodegradable, compostable or recyclable at this time.
Hopefully you take a minute to listen to the podcast and learn a little more about me, Gorgeous and Green and the local flower movement.
Here’s a link to her: web article
And a link to download the Podcast.
In gorgeous and green health,
August 23rd, 2013 § § permalink
Here is a lovely bouquet and boutonnieres for a wedding at San Francisco City Hall. The bouquet shows off some lovely jewel tone dahlias, ranunculus and thistle and the boutonnieres have similar colors and cool textures.
And from the top:
Locally grown and made,
Gorgeous and Green
August 21st, 2013 § § permalink
I was asked to provide a tabletop design for a special event this summer in SF, and I love anything even slightly sailor themed, so I decided to include some nautical feeling to the design. The linen is a new rental from Napa Valley Linens, a cut out navy blue fabric that I felt like really goes well with the white and greens in the flowers.
It’s the small things that make a the design so fun:
Message in a bottle by G&G and crossed knot silverware rented from Classic
Sailor at heart,
Gorgeous and Green
May 24th, 2013 § § permalink
We’ve been really busy making beautiful locally grown flower arrangements (using organic when available)! And if you didn’t know, we offer local bicycle gift delivery via our friends at Pedal Express!
Did I mention we were awarded the Best of Berkeley 2013 Award?
Here are a few samples of what’s been coming out of the boutique:
The new “April Blooms” available for a limited time from the online store for local delivery
Some beautiful and bright arrangements for an event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley
A fun local calla and tulip bouquet for a local delivery
Pedal Express doing the local delivery thing!
A sampling of some of our flowers at the boutique
In Local Green Beauty, bikes and health,
May 20th, 2013 § § permalink
It’s been a fun few months here at the new boutique, and as we settle into the new location, I have gotten back into blogging. I’d like to just share a few pics from the new location of Gorgeous and Green at 2946 College Ave in Berkeley’s Elmwood. In case you haven’t been there yet, we are smack dab in between Ici Ice Cream and Summer Kitchen, so come by for some unique local gifts/plant/flower bouquets and grab a snack at our neighbor’s.
Here’s our locally hand-painted sign:
And the shop from the front:
And the boutique inside, notice the reclaimed chandeliers and the G’s filled with airplants:
We hope to see you soon!
Pilar and the G&G team
February 8th, 2013 § § permalink
Heather hearts $25 or $30 each
It’s the loving time of year, whether you have a valentine or not, you can always find something fun at Gorgeous and Green that makes you or someone else feel loved!
We will be showcasing a locally made and organic french macaron by local artisans Le Dix Sept. They will be $15 for a box of 6. If you are interested, please call and reserve a box today: 510 665 7974.
Chocolate and Espelette (french chili) Tcho Milk Chocolate
Ginger Apple + Ginger Compote
Coconut and Coconut Cream Dark Tcho Chocolate
They are also selling a Tcho Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pecan Tart in a 6″ size for $30. But orders have to be in by end of day today.
Look at all the lovey and friendly cards we have in stock, all printed on recycled paper:
Some fun bangles and bracelets made from recycled wood:
We have a large selection of the lovely Local Tangleweeds jewelry that is so popular among the ladies:
Locally made jewelry by Tangleweeds, using recycled leather and materials when available.
And Smiling Cat, reworked vintage pieces made locally:
La Chat Souriant vintage pieces reworked in bracelets (shown here) earrings and necklaces
And don’t forget a locally grown flower bouquet!
A mixed bouquet of locally grown roses and other blooms is available online starting at $40.95 plus delivery (by bicycle to most places in Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville).
In Green love, G&G
January 25th, 2013 § § permalink
This past fall we had quite a few lovely weddings, and that means many boutonnieres!
Here are a few pics of my favorite boutonnieres:
from a fun fall wedding in Sausalito
french garden bouts for a shoot with A&B Creative
20 Boutonnieres and every boutonniere was different!
mossy boutonnieres for a local wedding
spanish moss boutonnieres for a wedding in Moss Beach!
Boutonnieres are fun, and can be a creative way to add color and texture.
In Locally Grown and Green,
PS: If you are in the market for Wedding floral decor this year and still haven’t booked, please contact us ASAP! We are doing a limited number of weddings this year, so don’t delay. We are having a booking special for remaining dates in 2013. No delivery fee on local wedding decor budgets over $3,000. (within a 75 mile radius)
October 19th, 2012 § § permalink
Today at Gorgeous and Green I made a beautiful blush bouquet for an out of town bride, featuring all locally grown flowers: garden roses, spray roses, stock, dahlias and seeded eucalyptus. Hints of champagne, off white, and blushes of pink and peach.