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Benetton Florals: Flower Arranging At Jaime Aston


One of my secret passions is flower arranging, in another life I would love to be a florist, so when Benetton invited me down to a workshop at Jamie Aston’s flower school to make a hand-tied bouquet I couldn’t say no.

So armed with seasonal flowers from sweet peas to spray roses, ranunculus, hydrangea, hyacinths, and delicate forget-me-nots, as well as gorgeous green foliage I attempt to wrap and combine my blooms to create the perfect arrangement. My thinking was to have pops of baby pink standing out against the vibrant pink and purple-blue hyacinths – I think it worked to a point but I have to tell you it is a lot harder than it looks.

Sharnie at Jaime Aston’s floristry school was amazing, it was really interesting to learn about stripping down the flowers, the wrapping technique to secure the flowers together while making the hand-tie, the use of foliage to break up the bouquet, as well as having her helping out when the flowers became so big I could barely hold them. As well as arranging the flowers we also wrapped our bouquets with layers of tissue paper – I have to be honest I was pretty impressed with my floral creation after just an hour of trial and error.

As well as coming away with a gorgeous bloom, which I might add is still going strong a week later, I also got to pick one of Benetton’s ‘perfect printed shirts’ with their micro and macro floral patterns in shades of pink, lilac, blue and white. Of course I had to go for the hot pink one and I can’t wait to style it up in a future outfit post.

Have you tried out the art of flower arranging? I really enjoyed it and would love to learn a few more tricks to deck my house out in gorgeous blooms.

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My Style: Yellow print skirt, Peter Pilotto for Target via Net-A-Porter.com // Jumper, Primark // Necklace, Primark // Glasses, Retro54 //

Sunday Fun: Columbia Road Flower Market


An area of London that I have only recently over the past year or so really started to appreciate has to be East London – the Shoreditch, Spitalfields, and Brick Lane area, I think it is because I have had more time to wander, take in the cute shops, snap pictures of the incredible architecture and street art, and mainly because I have such great friends who rave about the area.

While my mum was down I really wanted to check out the Columbia Road Flower Market that takes place every Sunday, I have seen the flower market used for many a style post location, well why not a floral backdrop is pretty, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and see all the pretty flowers.

I love flowers, I love arranging them in all my pretty vases, I love giving a great bouquet they always make friends and family smile, and I just love looking at them – whether that is in a garden, a book, or on a flower market and I just adored the eclectic mix of flowers and people at the Columbia Road flower market.

Luckily my mum and I went last week, when it was fairly mild, sunny and definitely not snowing like today, and I think the sun shining even if a little cold makes the flower market a more pleasant experience, if not a little/a lot busier.columbia-road-flower-6 columbia-road-flower-5

The market is open from 8am until 3ish, we got there around 11am and it was busy, but if you are after a bargain or two I would suggest heading over around 2pm as the traders drop their prices and you can pick up some gorgeous flowers. The market basically has everything you could want from bucketfuls of tulips in every colour imaginable to roses and daffodils, to tropical flowers and even mini trees, shrubs, herbs and bedding plants. I basically wanted to leave with a truck load full!!!

As well as the sweet-scented market there are also a host of independent shops, galleries and vintage shops on Columbia Road alongside the market as well as on the surrounding streets – think pottery, incredible artworks, vintage clothes, jewellery, as well as a retro sweet shop called ‘Suck and Chew’ I am still working my way through my alphabet sweets.

The only thing that I wasn’t thrilled with was the lack of cafes, the ones there are tiny, were packed and I like to sit and enjoy my cup of tea – but trust me this is the tiniest of gripes. If you love flowers, have always dreamed of being a flower arranger like me, just for the inspiration you will love this market.

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The other thing I love about East London has to be the street art, there are so many talented artists that really do make the streets vibrant. I instagram a lot of pieces, so if you love street art as much as I do make sure you follow me on there – but here are a few of my favourites near Columbia Road flower market.street-art-east-london street-art-london street-art-london-street-art-london-dove**All pictures taken by me, Fashionista Barbie**


My Style: A Pop Of Colour & A Gorgeous Cambridge Garden


I have lived in the Cambridge area for just over five years now and for years I have driven past the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens on my way into town and wondered what was behind the magnificent gates, so when my Mum came to stay we decided to do something a little quieter, a bit more relaxed than our tourist day trip to London and take in the scenery of the heritage gardens.

Boasting more than 40 acres – this is one hell of a garden – filled with gorgeous flowers, huge trees, a water lily inspired fountain and a rock garden to envy – as well as one of the most gorgeous collection of cactuses – the only plant I can seem to keep alive!!!

Well as it was a garden I decided to add a pop of colour to my casual look – well it would be rude not to in such a beautiful place wouldn’t it!!! You will have seen this Primark knit before, I am obsessed with the Barbie pink colour as well as the blue fleck that runs through it, which never seems to come in pictures, but that is why I decided to team it with my blue spotty dog scarf I picked up from New Look.

My favourite aspect of this look though has to be all the gorgeous arm candy. I am working my new black and gold flowerball bracelet from Folli Follie, a fairly new brand to me but since I went for afternoon tea at their store last year I have been obsessed with all their pretty jewellery.

I also wore my new bracelets that I bought at Urban Outfitters for the first time – two gold initial bracelets with ‘D’ and ‘P’ in love hearts highlighting mine and my boyfriends first names – I wanted to do ‘DWS’ for my name but they were all out of ‘W’ so I thought a soppy declaration of love would be more fitting!!!

Also at Urban Outfitters my Mum bought me this super cute Gemini friendship bracelet – I love the colours and the charm and it can basically be worn with anything and it was less than £10 – my sort of bracelet.

My final piece of arm candy is the exquiste and delicate evil eye friendship bracelet from Astley Clarke, which has become my new jewellery brand to lust over – I am obsessed with their ring stacks. This is my first and only piece from the brand, but it sure wont be the last!!!

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As well as striking a pose it was nice to have a wander around this magnificent garden, especially the Winter Garden, filled with burnt oranges, deep reds and gorgeous snow drops. My other favourite spot had to be the lake, seeing the reflections of the trees flickering across the water was so relaxing, and I wanted all the brightly coloured flowers from inside the greenhouse – especially this powderpuff flower.

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My Style: Neon pink jumper, Primark // Top with double collar, Primark // Dark grey skinny jeans, Uniqlo // Kimmi black studded Biker Boots (c/o Tribeca Shoes) // Evil eye friendship bracelet, Astley Clarke // Gemini bracelet and the ‘D’ and ‘P’ initial gold bracelets, all Urban Outfitters // Black and rose gold flowerball bracelet and a match and dazzle ring, both from Folli Follie // Blue scarf, New Look // Parka, Barbour // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o Specsavers) // WAH Nails manicure //

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**Pics snapped by my Mum and me and belong to Fashionista Barbie**

If I Had A Bike: It Would So Have An Adorable Petal Basket

I am being to appreciate living near Cambridge more and more, I have to admit at first I found the city a little small, jam-packed full of tourists, and a pain in the arse to park **it is still that**, however lately over the past year since I went freelance I have really loved having such a beautiful place to recharge my batteries.

What I love is that you generally always see something pretty, whether it is the cows that roam freely in the fields near the river in the centre of town, or the traditional dress of the college stewards, or the gorgeous flowers on the market, and today I spied the most adorable flower petal embellished bike basket. I love this so much I want a bike to do the same!!!