Postcard from Lisbon: February Fruit

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I had the best walk in the sunshine yesterday. I ditched work and wandered the city with my “real” camera, wanting to get lost down back alleys and curving streets like I used to when I first came here. Much to my surprise, I couldn’t really got lost if I tried! I guess Lisbon is slowly becoming my city. And of course, whether it’s a big market like Ribeira or a tiny bodega, I am always drawn in by fresh produce and their displays. These little baskets on the Rua da Rosa caught my eye.

Photo: Chelsea Fuss.

New Year, New Websites!

prop styling chelsea fuss
I am excited to share my two new websites! One for my commercial prop styling work (above). I still take a few jobs a year when the match is right, and my schedule allows. It feels great to have the work in one place and I’ll be updating it with new work. You can check it out at
flowers chelsea fuss
I’ve also launched my new flower website! Here you can see my latest floral designs as well as all the information on classes. I don’t currently take floral clients but love teaching flower classes. Read more here. And a big thank you to Grace at the incredible, Design Sponge for the mention last week! I’ve really been enjoying her site lately.

I am starting my new year this week and it feels great to have this fresh start! I am so thankful for all those around me- including you all- who are such huge supports! Running a business with multiple facets takes a lot of strength sometimes, and without the crutch of family, friends, and enthusiastic cheerleaders, readers, mentors, clients who challenge me to be better, etc.., I couldn’t do it. Merci! xoxo
Flower photos: Chelsea Fuss. Prop photos: Lisa Warninger. A shout out to Amber and Jennifer who assist on a good portion of the prop shoots!

Winter Rituals I Can’t Live Without

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I think we can all agree January is the worst month! After the hype of the holidays, the next month is a bit of a let down and personally I struggle with the darkness even though I know lighter days are on their way. I’ve learned to be kind to myself and be intentional about comforting rituals and details this time of year to make the days cozier. Here are a few of my favorites.
1. Tea time. Every morning, I brew a cup of jasmine green tea. It’s something I look forward to that gets me out of bed.

2. Candles. I light them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and sometimes have one lit all day long. It’s crazy how much a difference in my mood it makes!

3. Speaking of breakfast, I try to take a bit longer with my breakfast ritual each morning, whether it’s making baked eggs or a bowl of porridge. I appreciate the meditative act of chopping vegetables and lighting the stove, all while the kettle is whirring, first thing in the morning.

4. Getting as much light as much as possible. First thing in the morning I love opening the drapes, and alternately, closing them as it gets dark. I try to be more intentional about getting out when it’s sunny and taking advantage of as much light as possible.

5. Walking. It’s sometimes tough to get myself out the door, but always rewarding, and soothes the mind.

6. Cooking comfort foods. I love indulging in cooking and baking. The comfort is also in the process. I light the candles in the kitchen, give it a nice cleaning, before getting started. Filling the house with delicious aromas, and just hearing something simmering on the stove feels special!

7. Fika time!

8. Lighting lanterns if you have a porch or a balcony!

9. Surrounding myself with the color pink. I notice I am drawn to this color a lot, especially during winter. It’s supposed to be nurturing.

10. I tend to hibernate a lot in the winter but forcing myself out to socialize always makes me feel better. I adore having indoor picnics with friends or having a set pub date!

11. Wearing florals!

12. Wearing bright socks.

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Flowery Notes No. 1

india vervain flowers

I can’t help but want to share super inspirational flowery links from across the web when I find them. Flowers can be so cliche sometimes, though to me they never get old! However, it’s exciting when I see artists interpreting flowers in new and surprising ways. My eyes widened when I happened upon these new discoveries:

Last year, while apprenticing for some flower farmers, I had the chance to work with India of Vervain Flowers. She’s just launched a new website. I am super inspired by her paint + flowers series as well as her flower bin series! While farming last year, I was often Instagramming my compost buckets. I adore her images along the same sentiment!

alexandra moura

Portuguese fashion designer, Alexandra Moura’s spring collection, “The Miracle of Roses,” uses an old Portuguese tale as a starting point for the new line and the result is an incredible mix of intense rose patterns and solids of draping/tied fabrics, sheer voiles over silk flowers, and black sparkles presented in an understated way. I can’t help but see a slight nod to 90’s grunge and I am loving it.

the flowers lisa cooper

I can’t wait to get my hands on this new book, The Flowers, by Lisa Cooper, an Australian fine artist and florist. She delves into the flower farms responsible for supplying all the beautiful stems to florists. I find flower farming is viewed as something super romantic these days but her take is more familiar to me. I already love their stories in the excerpt here and can’t wait to read more!

Images courtesy of India/Vervain Flowers, Alexandra Moura, and Financial Times.