I traded one vice for another, Facebook for Instagram. I got off the Facebook sauce, quit cold turkey, like ripping a band-aid off fast- I clicked deactivate (you can permanently delete your account, but that baby holds more of my pictures than probably the amount I've accumulated during my lifetime on a digital/disposable/polaroid camera) and let me tell you, I was so productive that first day. Well maybe not super duper productive, but you never realize how many moments add up until you're not checking your timeline or profile page every five minutes. I also am less jealous of the illusions from other people, and don't have to hear their political nonsense (automatic defriend in my book).
Anyway, I still do Twitter
and Instagram (flourgal) so I hope you follow along. Send me a tweet or comment and I'll follow back! Stay connected with the Flour LA Facebook
page while you're at it! I love reading the comments and seeing the "likes". I do pay attention to everything (my ego would't have it any other way).
©Carly Cylinder 2012. All Rights Reserved for the photos below.
Above: Me, in my classic striped shirt that's in nearly every photo (embarrassing), and one of my fav bouquets.
Below: For a film clip featuring flowers and herbs. White pitcher as the vase filled with statice, protea, strawflowers, scabiosa pods, and basil.
My good friend Billy's dog Koda. His company Stray Angel Film is the best camera rentals in LA!
Below: Batman flowers - a creative boutonniere. Scabiosa pod, air plant, black basil
Gothic flowers for my friend Meg's stepmom. Meg Hall, owner of Made by Meg, is a badass caterer.
Below: My friend Maya's dog Mimi, of Maya Myers photography. Made this collar for her during the pop-up shop. Can also double as a bracelet. Crafty.
Above: Awesome spray-painted graffiti ti leaves for badass, unique flowers. For the Pop-Up shop.
Above: Footage from my pop-up shop. To be edited a year later.
Below: Phallic flowers. Naughty naughty. Reminds me of watermelon - protea and anthirium.
Cocktail arrangement once described as looking like a turkey. I like it. I like the checkered pattern.
Below: Me at 3am doing flowers. Some would call that being a crackhead. I was sober, promise.
Above: Cut this out of a teen mag when I was, yup, a teen! See? They do teach girls self-confidence. No Madonna did, not the mag. In any case, I still have this on my desk. That's my Pop Bernie. I lost him when I was 16. Really sad. I love him a lot.
Below: My little brother, the great artist, hipster, and sometimes comedian (per him- he told me, I can't write drama. I'm like, um since when did you start writing comedy?!)
Above: My fav centerpiece ever. You know, the one that I wrote the scathing rant about that later got taken down. Yep that one. I love it- so Mid-Summer's Night forrest magical feeling flowers. Too bad it never got to be made.
This is still a popular order from our online ordering
for flower deliveries.
A day late, a dollar short. You know how the saying goes. So today I announce the launch of yesterday's newest venture! Flour LA, Jr!
had our soft launch yesterday, and I'm ecstatic over the response! We throw children's parties where kids play with, arrange, and create flowers. It's already been a big hit, probably because parents love seeing their kiddos happy, and it turns out that flowers do just that! Rock Their World With Flowers
Logo by Moi:) Jane of All Trades, Master of None:) I'm so self-deprecating, right. The main reason I do most things myself before delegating is that I like to get it done fast.
Who doesn't love putting on a head wreath? These sisters are the cutest!
Made this for Flour LA Signature Bouquets (where you'll find them in retail stores along Abbot Kinney in Venice. Check out French Market Cafe and Local 1205). Totally random, but it wasn't- I made this the same day as the party below.
Our Events Manger Sine with the girls. Girls and Glitter. Aww, now that's a cute name. Feel free to steal it.
Each child gets a free cupcake. They reallllllllly like that:)
Me showing 5 year old Ronan how to take leaves off a sunflower. This boy loved flowers. I think society tells us that boys shouldn't like flowers, but when they do arrangements, it's like putting a puzzle together. I'm gonna change the notion of what gender is and means. It's not fair to boys or girls to live in a society and being boxed in.
Sunflowers in a fire truck hat. Okay maybe that is gender specified. But the girls did this one too:)
Brie, who's heading Jr! with the kids, instructing them on how to put candy corn into the vases. I'm sure more went into their mouthes than the vases. You can watch my video on YouTube on how to make a candy arrangement.
Alaina laughed when I asked if I could hire her. She didn't know I was serious!;) Kids have such an imagination- they do things very quickly and with instinct. We lose that as we get older. We weigh actions and consequences. We subtract risk from reward. Sometimes we shouldn't. When I do flowers, I just go for it. That's why I also call myself The Iron Chef.
I'm so lucky that my friends at CCCW invited me to do the florals for their grand opening party. I love everyone that works there. Maybe it's because we've got that east-coast no b.s. vibe going on, or just because they are just so nice- whatever it is, I like it.
My original concept was something off kilter, and Lauren at CCCW said, tone it down. So I toned it down, and our next design was what you see below, but the purple and yellow stems were sticking out like polka dots. So we toned it down again, and voila!
Finally, another good photo by my friend Maya Myers
! Her work is so good, and she really is able to capture the moments. Her specialty is weddings, which is where we actually met - at the vineyard wedding last September. The woman can do it all though, and just finished a gorgeous family portrait session this past week.
Here I am between Maya and another photographer, Cat of Next Exit
. Her hubby is super sweet too. This shooting duo are veterans in the industry, and have the work to prove it. There's definitely no shortage of photographers (and planners) at these functions, but everyone show camaraderie, which is unexpectedly nice! Each also has their own distinct style.
In the pink to the right is another photog friend of mine, Laura Grier of Beautiful Day
. This woman is a renaissance photographer- shooting weddings and travel. We met during the photoshoot she produced for Modele Magazine, at the Hicksville trailer park, which will be out this November. We shot it in April 2012. To the left is the top wedding and event planner Mindy Weiss
. I remember her coming into Mark's Garden frequently when I worked there back in 2006. This woman knows what she's doing! She is sooooooo nice too. Like genuinely nice. I noticed she introduces herself as Mindy Weiss. How often do we say our full name? She says it with unassuming authority, and deservingly so, as she is a top expert. So, from now on, it's not, Hi I'm Carly- it's Hi there, I'm Carly Cylinder, nice to meet you.
Since they are so darn good at sculptural cakes, I decided I would make one of their logo. Welp, lets just say that the three buildings looked more like a tombstone in a grave. When I showed Lauren a picture of the disaster on my phone, she let out the biggest belly laugh.
Maya Myers, David Pressman of David Pressman Events
(and my favorite person to attend an event with, besides my dad), and myself. I hope to be working with him on a huge and extravagant week long birthday party in Santa Barbara for his east coast clients this Fall.
Myself with the amazing and dazzling Kristin Banta
and her associates. I worked with her on the Hicksville photoshoot, and wow- I mean, this woman knows event design. She calls herself an event producer, which she is- she can pump out a million dollar wedding with hundreds of guests, with ease and perfection. She even had a special on Bravo for her out-of-the-box weddings, and I absolutely love talking to her about the whole reality world.
Charm City Cakes West's home on Melrose in Weho. How beautiful is it?! And next door is Cake Mix. Duff has made his mark on this town for sure! He told me they were in three different kitchens working before this space was ready.
An intentionally silly photo with me, and his "Sweet!" straw, Duff, and the new Flour LA Events Manager, Sine. Duff is so down-to-earth, and definitely deserving of all of his success!
Our toned-down arrangements of white hydrangea, white china mums, yellow crespedia, black chili peppers, purple clover, and green dianthus. So looking forwarding to working with the CCCW crew again!
So along with the recycled car part centerpieces, we suggested an 8ft tall checkered flag behind the podium. We headed to Home Depot and used our basic construction knowledge, ie hammer, nails, wood.
After we built the frame, which many will say is one of the greatest architectural creations of the modern era, Kristine climbed to the top and met a friendly giant. Then, we proceeded adding flowers in a checkered pattern while shaping it to look like it's waving. We did this for the next 10 hours. Yes, 10.
Not only was the size a bit of a challenge, but the real challenges were 2 things: 1. how to transport this massive structure and 2. hydrangeas are like fruit flies - they die in a day. It was good that we overbought because half of the hydrangeas that you see in the above picture died by the next day. Miraculously, everything came together in time and it was all worth it!
Jay and the Mayor were being honored at the Clean Air Coalition Awards for their dedication to greening cars and the city. Yes, it was cool that we created arrangements out of auto parts, and yes it was very cool to meet the legend (What did he say about the centerpieces? "Very, um, creative, girls. Interesting- never seen that before!"), but it was even cooler to even the free Johnny Rockets fries since we got to stay for the show.
Hey, turns out there are perks to this gig after all;) Including everything I bartered last week, including: a haircut, many many designer clothes, and new front brakes.
Stay tuned for pics of the EIGHT FOOT by THREE FEET giant flower race-car flag we built, along with going to the junkyard and picking out EIGHTY car parts. And then to flower them up! Oh boy! :) I loved this job. Thanks Dharmata PR for bringing us on!
Marie Antoinette was the inspiration for CCCW. Lauren created these amazing cakes, which Kristine and I then replicated. We loved the creativity and detail. For the opening reception of the Pop-Up Shop, Lauren brought a giant chocolate raspberry cake that all of the guests happily devoured. It was a great success, and I look forward to many collaborations ahead!
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Although her wedding was in October, I just now finally got my dear friend Stacey's wedding photos! View them here
. She was a gorgeous bride, and it was such a moving wedding. Although it was a lot of work, it was definitely worth it! I may have had some tears running down me cheek during her and Steve's speeches. A gorgeous day in Santa Barbara during Halloween weekend at the Rockwood Santa Barbara Women's Club
was a day to remember (even if those memories were a bit foggy after the cupcake dessert bar, champagne, and probably, most likely, okay many, shots).