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Nights of Wine and Roses

In Design, Drink, Fashion, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on May 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

Lily Lodge Veuve Clicquot Rosé

A few weeks ago I received an invitation from Veuve Clicquot to join for an evening floral arranging class with my friend Ariana Lambert Smeraldo at her ultra-chic floral boutique, Lily Lodge. I knew it would be fun and that I’d learn a thing or two because Ariana has exquisite taste and her floral arrangements are second to none (psst—if you are wondering what we moms really want for Mother’s Day, a big green box from Lily Lodge is a good start). If you’ve ever wondered who does the drop-dead gorgeous arrangements at Bouchon, it’s this girl:

Ariana Lambert Smeraldo

At some point we’ll want to devote another post to Ariana’s hair, but in the meantime back to the flowers. Buckets of orange and pink petals on tables as Ariana instructed us how to arrange, starting with our biggest blooms first and playing around with height and color.

Lily Lodge Veuve Clicquot


lily lodge floral class

There were trays of gorgeous little lobster rolls and ahi on cucumbers. Even the food was pink and orange!

mini lobster roll

I love the idea of using cupcake wrappers for popcorn or crab salad. Wouldn’t they be great for a birthday party?


And there was champagne, lots of it—pretty little coupes of Veuve Clicquot Rosé with candied rose petals were on offer from young gents, also with good hair.


If I can ask you to refocus your attention for just one moment, check out the gorgeous array of vintage vases over his shoulder in the background. Oh, that’s what you were looking at all along? Good. Because one of Ariana’s exquisite arrangements sent in a vintage vase for Mother’s Day would really knock it out of the park.

Christine Natalie Nina

At the end of the evening we got to take home our creations. I love Natalie Martin‘s arrangement, above, but she is a fashion designer after all so of course hers is going to look fabulous! Ditto for the stylings of STYLOOT co-founder, Carlota Espinsoa, below.

carlota espinosa

Even if my own arrangement was, in Ariana’s words “wild and crazy,” I am absolutely wild and crazy about it! Here it is on our kitchen table.

heathers flowers

Cheers and thanks to you, Ariana, for an absolutely beautiful evening.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Reception at Lily Lodge photos courtesy of Veuve Clicquot.

Love is in the Air…

In Design on February 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

garden roses in a 1950's h & co. heinrich bavarian porcelain vase © lily lodge

We are less than a week out from Valentine’s Day, a holiday I hated until I met my husband. This year my friend Alex and I are cooking a Japanese-themed menu for 10 of us, and our Tokyo expat neighbors are bringing the sake. I’m so excited—Alex and I are shopping in Little Tokyo later this week for plates and bowls—we’re going all out.

In the meantime, I’m thinking about flowers for the table for Saturday night’s dinner. Mr Foodinista has exquisite floral taste, and I’m hoping that it leads him to Lily Lodge—a spectacular organic florist on Robertson run by the very chic Ariana Lambert Smeraldo, whose daughter is in music class with Tiny G! She used to work in fashion and it shows (we first met when she was at Bottega Veneta). Ariana hand selects beautiful vases ranging from 1940s Murano to Qing Dynasty Peking Glass, and the flowers are every bit as stunning….Parrot tulips, Dutch hydrangeas, New Zealand peonies and anemones are just a few of the offerings.

parrot tulips © lily lodge