Two of our favourite things come together for a holistic sensory experience in the June edition of When Fashion And Nature Collide. On Darren’s visit to Montreal, we had the fortune and pleasure of indulging in quite a few types of edible flowers. I had heard that begonias taste like apples, but experiencing it is —well, it’s just a next level kind of treat! We ended up playing with our food and creating some interesting salads. And we also made for you a guide to edible flower flavours.
A few words about the begonias. Yes, they do taste like apples, but their savors are different according to their colours. The red begonias taste like McIntosh. The pink ones have a sour crab apple flavour and the yellow begonias have the delicious tart taste of the Granny Smith apple.
With all these lovely flowers and their leafs, we made this delectable salad dressed in a light vinaigrette with a few pansies and begonias thrown on top. Sure, the pansies had negligible flavour, but their rich purple, yellow and orange were beautiful to look at. We encourage you to try these blooms as they provide not only a great visual element to any salad but many are actually yummy!
The edible flowers come from Les Jardins Sauvages at the Jean-Talon Market (a must see if you ever visit Montreal).
Photography of Edible Flowers and Salad photography by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Stylist for the Guide to Edible Flower Flavours and Salad photography: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Photo collage of the Guide to Edible Flowers Flavours by 3C Style and The Arty Plantsman.
After sending our absent partner Lisa a few photos to make her jealous 😀, Darren and I captured the inspiration of the moment to create five outfits for five flowers. One includes a bit of critter-inspiration (critteration, if you will) from a duck (a duckfit, if you will).
No edible flower is complete without the garnishment of a tasty beverage, so we found matching drinks for our flowers as well and made some fancy pics of them. A few words of description follow, but they can hardly do the look and feel of these floral creations justice!
Note: In case you’ve not seen these capsules before, the When Fashion and Nature Collide project is a monthly collaboration with two of my WP friends: Lisa of Lismore Paper and Darren of The Arty Plantsman. Artwork Copyright ©Fashioned by Nature.
The third Wednesday of each month you can see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa and Darren, that were inspired by Darren’s flower and critter pictures, and sometimes Lisa or other photographers who collaborate with the team. With the spirit of protecting nature I pull together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe. When purchases are to be made, these come from vintage boutiques and thrift stores or from socio-eco-friendly brands. Our team also create designs for our shop at Fashionedbynature.threadless.com
Enjoy the issue and cheers!
The lively backdrop of the McCord Museum in downtown Montreal perfectly sets off this set of sunshine vintage yellow coat and cropped jeans.
Apparently, dandelion wine is worth the wait. I’m actually curious to find out. If anyone of you have tasted it before, let me know in the comments below. For obvious reasons, we couldn’t do our picture with dandelion wine. We used alcohol-free sparkling pear juice instead and it did the job. Taste good too!
Photography of 3C Style by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Dandelion with bee photography & wine glass artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Dandelion grass & dandelion wine in a bottle photography by Darren Sleep –– Stylist for outfit and dandelion wine photography: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Photo collages by 3C Style.
A casual but trendy look to match the lovely blue starflower. The vintage jewelry and straw bag give a hint of class without getting too kitschy with it.
Eating flowers is not a new thing. I remember the sugared violets on top of my mother’s cakes. While searching about the topic, I found out that one of the oldest references to consuming flowers referred to the Borage. Celtic warriors were familiar with the properties of the plant as they used to let Borage petals floating in their wine to generate courage before battle. Nowadays, its anti-inflammatory properties are known, and the plant is infused in tea to help reduce pain. Its sweet cucumber, honey taste makes it a good pairing with cool drinks mix with lemon. See Darren’s cute artwork below.
Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Borage photography by Pixabay –– Cocktail photography by The Spruce Eats, Recipe of the Sparkling Borage Cocktail available on their site –– Borage and Lemon artwork by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Stylist & Photo collages by Dominique Nancy, 3C Style.
Rust has always been one of my fave colours. I’m super stoked that it is still in style this year, and I celebrated with an earthy colour mix featuring a vintage Fendi bag. The backdrop comes from the Montreal BAnQ Archives Library. Not many people know about this place, but the architecture interior design is to die for. Your Instagram will thank you.
Photography of 3C Style by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Let’s get crafty logo artwork and Craft Beer collage by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Beer photography by Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Hops photo by Emilian Robert Vicol, Pixabay –– Stylist & Photo collages by 3C Style.
Bonus: Funny video of Darren getting drunk.
The Apple Blossom
Photography of 3C Style by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Fruit Grower’s Guide artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Stylist for outfit and Food photography & Photo collages by Dominique Nancy, 3C Style.
The beautiful apple trees in St-Joseph field is about 30 minutes from Montreal, in case you wanted to know.
This food pic was taken by Darren and styled by me. It looks like a painting and we both love it. I tried to match it with a simple, classic outfit – jeans and a silk blouse with vintage earrings. The blouse and earrings match the Apple Blossom flower, the belt’s colour reminds the glass of juice and the decor fits perfectly with the hues of the food photography. We took the fashion photos at the Marché Central. Many thanks to Denis Wilson for letting us do the shoot in his shop.
The Fiddlehead Fern & Duck
After the beer tasting, Darren was VERY relax, but we both needed to recharge our batteries. So, I took him to a spa. He was a Spa Virgin 😉 and wasn’t sure if he would like it. Apparently, he did enjoy his first experience —and, very quickly, he was ready to take some more awesome photos.
This forest green ruffles one-piece swimsuit is by Everyday Sunday. The eco-friendly brand focus on feminine yet comfortable designs, which are distributed by Nasri International, a company founded in Montreal. The inspirational photos were taken at the Strom Spa in Nun’s Island near downtown Montreal. Thanks for letting us take pictures! More about this spa on Friday’s blog post.
3cups fresh fiddlehead ferns, ends trimmed / 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil / 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced / 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Feel free to take as much inspiration as you can from this month’s offerings! I certainly had a grand time finding and translating it into spring/summer wear for you.
New designs available on our shop
As the icing on the cake for this month, we have some new designs, including a wooden spoons design inspired by one of my doodles, and a Beer crafty logo, which I love too.
These designs are available on many different products through our shop at fashionedbynature.threadless.com.
Note: We will be on vacation in July, but we’ll be back in August with another edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide.
Don’t forget to visit LismorePaper and The Arty Plantsman to get an overall view of our monthly collaboration.
Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: August 21st
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