In 2012, I took a CFA floral design course. At the time I was reading a lot of romance novels… Enough said right?

Honestly, it was one of the best decisions I made. While I didn’t end up working in a flower shop it gave me a greater appreciation for flowers, as a living and breathing thing. And learning that flowers actually have a psychological effect on people, making them happier and healthier. I also met some really amazing people in the class, some of whom I still stay connected with to this day.

So, sure I didn’t end up using it as a stepping stone towards a career. But, now I can put together a beautiful (yet still amateur) arrangement for holidays like Mother’s day. Or, for my cousin’s bridal shower, I was able to help put together the teapot arrangements for the tables. On top of all that it’s a fun conversational topic.

The class consisted of everything from corsages to funeral arrangements. I learned that for funerals and times of mourning the arrangement should be more vertical, rather than horizontal. And, that the greenery really makes all the difference.

Lately, I have been gravitating towards wildflowers. While I usually have to get them from a store they still have that beautiful earthy feel. I am absolutely in love with chamomile right now.

This adorable straw bag is from Gap.com and comes in a few different colors. They also have a similar bag with sequins for those of you who are feeling adventurous, but I went with the natural one.

The sweatshirt that I have been living in is the Aerie Vintage Beach Fleece in “Faded Raisin,” but they have a ton of other colors. Its super soft and so cozy for chilly summer nights. Plus it’s on sale right now for $15! I’m wearing a size small, but if you have any questions about fit, be sure to reach out to me.

CFA Floral Design has an amazing beginners class. If you’re from CT and interested check them out here!

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