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POSTED October 26, 2016 3:03 pm IN:

img_1428We were delighted to host our first Wreath Making Masterclass of the year this week, in London’s iconic Liberty of London. With the beautifully wood paneled Heritage Suite as our backdrop, guests were treated to a glass of champagne and canapes whilst Wild at Heart’s Head Florist, Ruth Warren, talked guests through how to make the perfect Autumnal Wreath using  seasonal foliage, garden hydrangea and preserved fruit. The ambient evening, heavily scented with notes of orange and lavender could be smelt down the halls of the famous department store and left the group feeling every bit in the festive spirit.

The next wreath class at Liberty of London will be held on the 15th of November, email: marketing@wildatheart.com to find out more info.

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POSTED October 11, 2016 1:02 pm IN:

Annual Gynaecological Cancer Fund Ladies' Lunch At Fortnum & MasonAfter the success of the recent, risque shoot with Cara Delevigne and a few delicately positioned Wild at Heart flowers, the Gynecological Fund returned with a luncheon to continue their efforts in raising awareness and funding for female cancers. The afternoon fundraiser held at Fortnum and Mason was of course dressed by Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart as we continue to vigorously support this amazing cause.

The event was attended by a host of celebrities including Tamara Beckwith and the founder of the organisation Mika Simmons, both pictured below.

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POSTED October 11, 2016 12:56 pm IN: ,

Wild at Heart recently showcased the creative talents of our events team at Kensington Palace alongside Rhubarb Catering and HRP Events. We dressed the Orangery in an elaborate array of autumnal flowers to achieve a relaxed ‘gentleman’s club feel’ within the vast space. The unique dining experience was created using detailed table centers containing the perfect mix of garden hydrangea, rose hips,  vuvuzela roses and  dahlias. Large urns and hand-made trees created focal points in the Orangery, both dressed with trailing amaranthus to complete the autumnal opulence of the evening.

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POSTED October 11, 2016 12:34 pm IN:

The Wild at Heart Foundation have launched their first awareness campaign – #pawsforthought. The foundation’s initiatives aim to get people  to take a moment, to pause and reflect on the stray dog problem. A global issue that is worsening, the stray dog population is something that impacts all of our lives.

One female dog and her offspring can produce up to 67,000 puppies in just 6 years, this has resulted in the stray dog population reaching alarming highs of 600 million. Over 15 million people globally are affected by rabies from the stray population. This has resulted in many countries retaliating and ordering the mass culling of dogs in their country. Over 60 countries in the world have no laws against animal cruelty – resulting in the inhumane deaths of thousands of dogs.

The foundation are asking you to:

1. Share a photo of you and your dog with the #pawsforthought sign on your hand

2. Donate by texting WAHF16£2 to 70070 or donate online.

3. And help spread the message and raise awareness of the 600 million stray dog population.

Please #Pawsforthought and help The Wild at Heart Foundation in our efforts to end this problem by developing  humane ways to reduce the stray dog population – birth control formulas and neuter/spay campaigns…!

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Pictured above the team at Wild at Heart HQ, CO-Founder’s of the foundation Nikki Tibbles and Nadine Kayser

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POSTED October 10, 2016 5:51 pm IN:

14533568_1789683234612427_7959174908930424832_n Last week we caught up with Siobhan Ferguson, better known for her Instagram handles @prettycitylondon, @prettycities or @siobhaise. A former banker with little photography experience, Siobhan has managed to create three of the most successful Instagram accounts in Europe, with a combined following of 368, 000 followers. To get to know the woman behind the feed we headed down to our Turquoise Island shop on Westbourne Grove for a morning of coffee, photography and flowers.

Tell us a bit about you/ what do you do?

I am originally from Ireland living in West London with my husband and three young boys. I am a former Banker but now work as a social media photographer. I discovered my love for photography around 5 years ago after joining Instagram. Save for a couple of short photography courses I am largely self- taught. I run three Instagram hubs my own feed @siobhaise where I typically share lifestyle shots from my everyday adventures around the pretty neighbourhoods of London. My most popular account is @prettycitylondon, a curated collection of London centric shots all with a pretty classic London vibe. There I showcase other peoples photos as tagged to prettycitylondon.@theprettycities is an extension of the latter to incorporate pretty cities from all over the world.  

What is a typical day for you?

‘Mom duties aside’ – my days vary tremendously. My youngest boy is only two so I have child cover for him three half days a week. It’s then I work on my photography. Each day is different. I create content and collaborate for many brands in London so I am often working on those projects. Most of the clients I work with have lifestyle feeds so they like to use my London content be it a pretty street scene, a visit to a museum, brunch in a lovely neighborhood cafe or afternoon tea in a luxurious hotel. Often I gather content by just exploring the neighborhoods of London. I often get to travel with my work and I am just back from an exciting trip to Tuscany. I am currently working on launching a website for Prettycity London so that has been taking up much of my time of late.

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How did you get into the world of photography?

I started sharing snapshots of London on Instagram soon after it launched. I was instantly hooked and it truly is a constant source of inspiration. I built up a loyal following and in the last year or so Brands have started t reach out for me to create content for the social feeds.

What camera do you use?

Up until last week I used 100% iPhone but I have just bought an Olympus Pen.. I haven’t fully transitioned yet but so far loving it. Its so light and its interchangeable lenses give you a little room to play. I still reach for my Iphone all the time.

What are your favourite photography spots in London?

Ooh there are so many- honestly North, South, East and West London all have wonderful photo pockets but if I had to chose two it would have to be firstly Notting Hill. I visit time and time again and never tire of it. It is the perfect “pretty city’ neighbourhood. It has everything from flawless pastel houses to well placed bikes. Of course it is also home to Wild at Heart one of my favourite corners of London. Secondly I think it would have to be Hampstead. I love the fact that visiting there makes me feel like I have escaped to the country. It also has some of the best English pubs and cafes and I absolutely love to visit Kenwood House. 14474533_1111020982318630_6040651612383346688_n

Have you always been a fan of Wild at Heart?

oh yes I was lucky to live in Notting Hill for a short while around 12/ 13 years ago it was then I discovered it. I used to walk past every day on my way to work always lingering a little to long admiring the simply stunning bouquets. I fell hard for Wild at Heart when I started photographing London- the concession store at Liberty in Central London is my all time favourite spot to capture.

What kind of flowers do you like to photograph?

Ooh I definitely prefer the paler more antique colour palette and I love peonies in Spring and hydrangea in late summer/ Autumn with Roses being a winner all year round.

Advice when photographing flowers?

I guess the best advice I ever got was to avoid red and deep pinks – they absorb all the light – I tend to chose pale pink hues instead. After that I guess I try and find the best natural light. What flowers do you like to have in your own home? I do always try and have fresh flowers in my home, even if a small selection from my garden – I am a huge fan of eucylyptus leaves I love their tone. After that it depends on the season. My favourite would be spring time peonies.

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Tips fort the perfect Instagram?

I think finding a cohesive tone to my imagery helped me create a better feed. I try and mix up the subjects but keep the edits similar. I try and engage my followers with more meaningful captions, simple things which help give the pictures more depth. I plan my gallery ahead and try not to over post, only sharing the photos I feel are my absolute best but most of all I have fun with it all.

Any exciting projects ahead?

I am heading to Copenhagen in a couple of weeks and very excited about that. I am also preparing a little interview with New York Magazine which will be published mid November. I am very excited to be working on my website to add more dialogue to the images I share on Instagram. This is in early planning stages with a view to launching by the end of the year.

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POSTED September 30, 2016 4:50 pm IN: ,

Last night Wild at Heart was kindly invited to an inspirational evening at Spencer House, London. The resplendent venue played host to ‘Macmillan Celebrates’ – a celebration of the worlds biggest coffee morning. Experiential entertainment curated by the wonderful Sophie Conran, consisted of demonstrations, workshops, silent auctions and inspirational talks.

Supporting Macmillan with their efforts to raise funds for those affected by cancer; Wild at Heart donated the arrangements for the evening as well as a years supply of flowers for a lucky auction winner. Nikki and our head florist, Ruth, were also on hand to offer flower arranging tips and hold demonstrations.

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POSTED September 13, 2016 1:47 pm IN: , ,

Lamp productions recently invited Wild at Heart to create the flowers for a one of a kind bridal shoot. Taking place across various historical locations within the Cotswold’s, the three day shoot was captured perfectly on film by talented photographer Hilary Chan.

Taking inspiration from the beautiful settings of the shoot, the team hand selected a bounty of the freshest seasonal flowers including; secret garden roses, delphinium, ivy and volumes of wildflower. The chosen palette for the three shoots was a combination of pastel tones, white and light grey, which created a magnificently natural and feminine look to the arrangements.

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POSTED September 8, 2016 4:39 pm IN: ,

Cara-Delevingne-style-lady-garden-1Last year Wild at Heart transformed the window of Topshop’s flagship store in support of the Gynaecological Cancer Fund’s Lady Garden campaign. The Lady Garden charity which is run by a group of British women aims to raise awareness and money for the treatment of gynecological cancer. Returning this year with Cara Delevigne fronting the campaign, the charity has launched a new Lady Garden fashion range, designed by illustrator Simeon Farrar and sold in Topshop’s stores nationwide and online.

To promote the campaign, ahead of Septembers’ Gynae cancer awareness month, Cara was recently featured on the front cover of The Sunday Times Style Magazine, wearing just a ‘Lady Garden’ sweater and a perfectly placed Wild at Heart sunflower. 

In a statement from the brand “This year’s campaign will continue to raise awareness among young women about gynaecological cancer and its symptoms,”

You can show your support and get involved with the #ladygardencampaign here.

 

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POSTED September 8, 2016 3:30 pm IN: ,

It has been a fabulous few months for Bicester Village and Wild at Heart, with Nikki and the events team creating a botanical wonderland at the luxury shopping destination.

The latest tree install comes with the changing season. Wild at Heart have transformed the ‘Instagram famous’ Wild at Heart rose tree into an autumn delight!bicester-1bicester-3

 

 

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