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Learn + Grow: Fall Floral Styling

Florals, Cocktails & your girlfriends - who wouldn't like this combo?! With a new season in full gear, we had the pleasure of kicking off our Fall-inspired workshops with our Floral Styling + Mixology workshop a fews ago! We loved how simple these arrangements were to make, yet make such a statement in a room. Read on for a step-by-step guide on making your own arrangement!

Fall Styling Design Tips

Color | It can be overwhelming where you begin planning an arrangement, using color as your first filter is a great way to narrow your selection. If you’re shopping for an event, make sure you have a color scheme first so you can shop accordingly. It’s best to design with one to two focal colors in mind to give you a direction to move towards. So, how do you choose parings?

You can opt for analogous colors, which means the colors located close to each other on the color wheel, such as purples and blues or red and pinks. Alternatively, you can pick opposing colors, such as burgundy and yellow blooms.                                          

Find Your Focus | Hone in on either one or several prominent blossoms to anchor your design and give a dramatic presence. Any bloom can be your focal point, but seasonal varieties never disappoint since they are their peak. Ranunculus, dahlias, peonies, protea and roses are great choices. 

Texture + Size | Contrast is an essential to creating your arrangement. Think of playing with different shapes, such as the spiky look of a dahlia with a soft anemone. Seek beauty in the juxtaposition of the rough and smooth!

Design With Foliage | Many often forget that arrangements are not just flowers, but also foliage. Add vines, leafy greens, berries, vines, and even fern cutting to  design around your focal florals. Foliage creates which adds character, texture and shape without distracting from your floral focal points. In many cases, you can even make foliage the focal point of your pieces.

Source Locally | Lucky for us LA natives, the Los Angeles Flower Mart located in DTLA is an amazing place with no shortage of a variety of florals and foliage. If you haven’t been, take a walk around the entire mart to get a sense of which vendors provide certain types of flowers. Chat with vendors to make connections and become familiar with what is in season! Bringing cash is highly recommended. 

Essential Techniques + Tips

Vessels | You can use just about any container for florals, which can be very fun! However, not every container is waterproof nor are they designed to hold water. In this case, make sure to find a smaller waterproof container or plastic liner to slip inside the vessel

Don’t Rush It Don't rush while putting your arrangement together, this is the fun part! If you;re not achieving the look you want, just start again. Take your time and let natures bloom guide you.

Arrange by Size Work from large at small. Anchor your large pieces first and then work around them. Focal flowers should be placed so you can see from every angle. 

Stripping | Most make the mistake of taking florals straight to vessels without any maintenance. You do need to strip your flowers however! Stripping is the process of removing any leaves on the stems of your florals that will be submerged in your water. You can leave some leaves at the base of your floral to add volume, as you can remove all. If you skip this step, your florals will not last as long, since the leaves will make your water moldy fairly quickly. 

Water | The key ingredient for good floral maintenance is water! Make sure your florals are supplied with plenty o water, and that starts right at the mart and stretches through prep and ten the final product. 

Fine-Tune Blossoms While natural beauty is more appealing than anything, not every bloom is perfect. This is where pruning comes in. If there are buds that distract from the overall arrangement, don’t be afraid to remove them. Eliminate petals that are broken or borrowing and trim any leaves competing for water. 

Keep ‘em  cool | Always place finished arrangements in a cool space. Check the water frequently — you would be surprised how much flowers can drink! 

Essential Tools

Buckets | To hold your florals while you work and keep them hydrated

Pruning Shears and scissors | To strip florals, trip leaves and petals and cut thicker stems 

Floral Wire & Floral Tape To help secure any florals. You can use wire to help wrap and arrange smaller stems as well as create structured pieces, like boutonnieres. Floral tape is self sealing tape and can be used to wrap stems or create bouquets.

Clear Floral Tape | If you’re using the grid technique, this tape is great since it is transparent and sticks to a variety of vessels.

Oasis Floral Foam | If you’re creating arrangements for an event, this floral foam is your friend! Just dunk in water and it will absorb. Stick fresh florals in and the foram will keep them hydrated and in place throughout any event. It also comes in a variety of size allowing you to create floral wreaths, hearts, and 3D shapes. 

Our Fall workshops + events are just getting started! Check out our Pairing + Styling Wine & Cheese workshops here and save your spot!

Learn + Grow: Fall Floral Styling + Mixology

You can never go wrong with cocktails and florals! At our Learn + Grow: Fall Floral Styling + Mixology workshop this past weekend, we got together to learn the tips and tricks to achieve the perfect Fall pairings. We had such an amazing and cozy afternoon of cocktail mixing and floral styling with everyone at our Los Angeles location. This workshop was a hostess' dream, complete with one-on-one instructions on how to create two seasonal drinks and a beautiful floral arrangement, just in time for Fall! These cocktails and floral arrangements are the ultimate duo for a Fall inspired dinner party or a dinner date for two. Read on for a step-by-step guide on making your own cocktails, and check out some photos from this fun workshop with Eden of Sugar & Charm and Marissa of The Editoralist LA.

Cranberry Apple Cider Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice, strained
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 4 oz bottle hard cider, chilled
  • 4 oz ginger ale
  • apple slice for garnish

Directions: 

Fill glass and cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, orange juice and vodka to the cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into ice filled glass. Top off the glass with the hard cider and ginger ale, then garnish with apple slice. Sip and enjoy!

Blackberry Bourbon Smash Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 5 blackberries
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 4 oz ginger ale
  • To garnish: blackberries, mint, lime + peach wedge

Directions:

In a glass, muddle together honey, torn mint leaves, blackberries and lemon juice then add bourbon. Fill glass with ice and top with ginger ale. Stir to combine. Garnish with a pluot wedge, additional blackberries, mint leaves and lemon/lime wedges. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Our first Fall workshop was the perfect way to ring in the start of a new season with delicious hand crafted cocktails and easy floral arrangements that are sure to impress any guests. With the fall season in full swing, we're excited to share our seasonal workshops with you! Reserve your spot at our next learn + grow workshop - here!

Welcome Fall: Rolling Greens Harvest Event

Alright Los Angeles, maybe you didn't get the memo since it's currently 80 degrees and sunny, but Autumn is HERE and that means one thing: PUMPKINS. Also, sweaters and candles and cozy indoor plants and Fall decor; but most importantly, pumpkins. We love this time of year and always look forward to when this beautiful inventory arrives! To celebrate the arrival of this glorious season, we're throwing a Harvest bash with all your Fall essentials and we can't wait to see you there.

We're so excited to host our Harvest Event at our LA location in just a few weeks! Put on your favorite sweater, grab your girls and join us on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00am - 6:00pm to shop our pumpkin patch, browse our brand new Fall displays and check out a on of amazing curated vendors that we've partnered with to bring you the ultimate Autumn experience. 

Yeah, we're already drooling just looking at this list. From ice cream to jams to stunning henna tattoos, we'll have a bit of everything. Get ready for a beautifully curated pop-up experience, and in the meantime, check out our wonderful vendors:

Simply Brigadeiro - bite sized gourmet chocolate desserts.
Shivani Mirpuri - Henna artist + henna pumpkins

Zlicious Confections - salted caramel corn and savory popcorn

Sweet & Divine by Emmaline - gourmet boutique bakery

M Greenwood Jams - gourmet jams
Semolina Pasta - artisanal, handmade pasta
T.A.R. Works - handmade wooden goods
Sweet Rose Creamery (1pm-5pm) - handmade ice cream

In addition to the pumpkin patch and pop-up shops, we'll also be hosting our signature Pumpkin Succulent Arrangement workshops at 11:00am and 2:00pm. These arrangements are a fun twist on the traditional pumpkin and are the perfect addition to your Fall Decor! 50% of the proceeds from these workshops will be donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Sign up online to reserve your spot - we can't wait for these!

As you can see, we're heading into Fall full force, even if the LA weather hasn't gotten it together yet. Celebrate the season with us on October 15th! 

Q&A with Marloe Founder Analisa Jimenez

Have we mentioned how much we love getting to collaborate with local creatives + makers? We're surrounded by such artistic people in the Los Angeles community, and one of our favorite ways to collaborate with our creative friends is to host a learn + grow workshop together. We're especially excited for September's workshop, where we'll be sharing how to make a unique Hanging Leather Plant Duo with MARLOE founder Analisa Jimenez!

Marloe is "the perfect marriage of simplistic, timeless designs and durable, functional leather goods." Handmade in Long Beach, CA, each bag is beautifully minimalist and we can't lie, we want one for every day of the week. We think Marloe leather and Analisa's skills are going to pair perfectly with Rolling Greens vessels and plants, and we can't wait to see all of our workshop guests' pieces!

We will also be hosting a fun Marloe pop-up shop at our Beverly location on September 11th before and during the workshop! The pop up starts at 11:00am and concludes at close, 6:00pm. Analisa will be selling her amazing handbags and leather goods as well as some planters so that everyone can shop her product throughout the day, too! Check out the Marloe Instagram in the meantime and get ready to shop! 

We're so inspired by the Marloe aesthetic, and wanted to share a little more about Analisa and her process with you. Read on to learn more in a fun Q&A!

Photo by  Raychel Walton

Q: What is your design process? Where do you find inspiration?

A: There isn't a concrete way that I go about designing. Every time is different. Sometimes I get inspiration from vintage bags and wonder, "how can I make that modern and my own?" Other times, its a design that I conjure up in my head. I try to let it happen naturally, I feel that that works for me in my design process. 

Once I have a design or a sketch ready, I do seek inspiration for colors or textures of the design from pretty much anywhere the inspiration hits me. It could be a classic film, magazine, nature, or even looking through Pinterest, yes, I do sometime use Pinterest for inspiration! It can pretty much come from anywhere. 


Q: How do you go about sourcing materials for ethically crafted goods?

A: All of our hides and hardware come from a small, family owned and operated leather supply company in Los Angeles. We try to source as much as we can locally to help other small businesses grow. All of our designs are hand cut, prepped and sewed in house at our studio. Some of our designs are even hand stitched for precision and detail. 

We manufacture our designs in small batches to ensure quality. In making our design we use as much of a hide as we can which is why you will find that a lot of our styles are made with the same type of leather. We don't think of extra leather as "scrap". Nothing goes to waste!


Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

A: I would say that Marloe is a reflection of my personal style or at least what I would like it to be. Marloe is minimal and classic. I love designing simple, constructed looks but I also enjoy designing versatile and functional pieces from soft leathers. Our designs are made for everyday use. We want it to be the comfiest bag that you resist switching it out for months! The key factor in my designs is creating a piece that can be carried on through ever changing and evolving styles or trends.  

Photo by  Raychel Walton

Q: When did you first hear about Rolling Greens? 

A: I first heard of Rolling Greens from Angela, who is a long time design expert (as I would say) at Rolling Greens. She was one of my instructors at design school and offered me an internship at the store. I gladly accepted and came to Rolling Greens as an intern to help merchandise the store. 

Which is why it's so surreal to be invited back as a business owner and designer. Not to mention being given the honor to teach a workshop!


Q: We're so excited to collaborate on our upcoming learn + grow workshop! How would you describe the relationship between Marloe goods and Rolling Greens greenery?

A: I am very excited to teach this workshop! I obviously work with leather everyday and its something I love so much and to be able to share that is amazing. 

What's more "green" than using leftover leather for hanging plants?! I think that people are realizing, now more than ever, that we have got to start doing more to help prolong the life of planet, and re-purposing what we can. These planters are a beautiful way to re-purpose leather and bring greens plants into your home! I think our workshop students will enjoy seeing their plants grown over time using a long lasting planter that they made themselves!

Photo by  Raychel Walton

Thanks to Analisa for sharing more about your artistic process with us! Make sure to sign up now for our upcoming workshop on Sunday, September 11th while spaces are left! 

learn + grow: Desert Terrarium

It may be obvious by now that we are all for combining our love of DIY with our love of beautiful cocktails. You can try to come up with a better recipe for a Sunday afternoon in LA, but it's going to be difficult! We're so excited to share this month's learn + grow workshop, where we will be creating beautiful desert terrariums AND sipping gorgeously unique cocktails from mixologist Matthew Biancaniello!

We're thrilled to have Matthew join us to share his cocktail expertise and a short demo from his new book Eat Your Drink! These cocktails are inventive and vibrant, and you'll probably want to host a summer part immediately so you can wow your guests with these concoctions!

Summer is far from over, and we're celebrating it in full force with botanical cocktails and desert terrariums that will fit perfectly in any Southern California aesthetic. A few spots remain, so sign up now for next Sunday's workshop!