On January 28th, I was 1 of 38 guests welcomed to the beautiful Dos Peublos Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the 1st Annual Inspirational Design Days sponsored by Florabundance. The speakers were Holly Heider Chapple (www.thefullbouquetblog.com), Ian Prosser, AIFD (www.botanicaflorist.com); Alicia Schwede and Chuck Graham (www.flirtyfleurs.com), Tricia Fountaine (www.triciafountaine.com).
My journey began on Sunday, January 27th. I flew into LAX, rented a car and started my drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Barbara.
It was quite an experience negotiating through Los Angeles traffic. I felt like a tight ball of nerves with a death grip on the steering wheel. Once I was done playing Speed Racer, I exited the highway at the Santa Monica Mountains. It was just like being in Big Bend. Amazing. When I finally reached the Pacific Ocean, I couldn’t believe the beauty. What I saw was just like in every picture that I’ve ever seen of this area. Rugged mountain cliffs sliding on to graveled medians connected to paved highway and just on the other side, cliffs that drop off into deep blue seas, waves crashing against them. I didn’t believe it existed until that very moment.
The sides of the Pacific Coast Highway were packed with cars.. stacked on top of each other. All wanting to get to the pristine beaches. I didn’t blame them.
I stopped in Carpinteria for my first night. Carpinteria is a quaint little city right outside of Santa Barbara that reminded me so much of Port Aransas. I stopped at a beach side café and had my first beer. Life didn’t get any better than that at that moment.
The next day I headed off to Santa Barbara, and landed at the Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel… it was to be my home base for the next few days.
It was a pretty amazing place. It was hard to leave when my visit came to an end.
It was finally time for the purpose of my trip… The 1st Annual Inspirational Design Days.
Day one greeted us with a tour of Florabundance’s Carpinteria based location. After a tour of their location the participants boarded a trolley and headed out to Dos Pueblos Ranch.
This is what greeted us upon arrival:
Makeup – Adrienne Esposito