When I was a kid, I was primarily obsessed with two things: rollerblading and the Disney Channel. Oh and gushers. But I think that sounds even worse than being obsessed with the previously said items so I'm sticking with the first two.
In particular, Disney Channel Original Movies were my jam. (Children of the '90s, I found this list of the best ones so you can stroll down memory lane with me. You're welcome). One of my favorites was the movie Rip Girls, a movie about a girl that visits Hawaii, feels uncool amongst her new surfer friends, and then eventually falls in love with the sport of surfing (in the midst of learning the moral lesson of doing what's right, of course). All this to say, when I met San Diego Florists, Emily and Angie of the Bloom Babes, at Angie's home/floral studio in Oceanside, CA, I felt like I popped into that Disney movie. The new girl that feels way too uncoordinated amongst her cool, new surfer friends.
Alas, Emily and Angie are anything, but "too-cool-for-school." This entire Rip-Girls-in-Real-Life scenario was only playing out in my head as Kelsey and I met them at Angie's at 7am to start our day. They are goofy, warm, creative, and hilarious. Exactly the type of girls you want to be best friends with and laugh with until your abs hurt. First up on our day-in-the-life? A morning surf session at a spot just blocks from Angie's house. The water was frigid and the waves were tiny, but it's an amazing morning ritual nonetheless. I love that these girls are obsessed with and respect nature in every aspect of their life.
Next up was a visit to the flower market in Carlsbad to tag along as the 'Babes made their floral selections for the week. Holy florals! Kelsey and I could have easily spent 14 hours in the refrigerated market. Flower heaven, for sure. One thing I was strongly reminded of was just how much of an art floral design is. Flowers and greenery are naturally beautiful so we assume it's easy to construct a bouquet, arrangement or installation. But there's an immense amount of thought, intention, and respect that goes into what these ladies do.
After the flower market, Emily and Angie set up shop on their living room floor to process the flowers and create. It's messy and takes a lot of time, but you can tell these girls wouldn't want to be doing anything else. For our full, hilarious interview with the Bloom Babes, check out their tour on Style Me Pretty!
I wish I could say that by the end of this I learned how to ride some waves, but alas, the only thing I took away from this was that Emily and Angie are two of the most creative and kind souls on the planet and that I could photograph their work all day, every day.
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