Saturday, 25 February 2012

The Jane Packer Flower School with Yardley London

Last Saturday I decided to take an afternoon off from the total organised chaos that was London Fashion Week to head over to the Jane Packer Flower School for a flower arranging lesson with a couple of my fellow bloggers, and to hear about Yardley London's new skincare range and advertising campaign. 
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The new Yardley range of a body wash, body lotion and hand cream come in all of their core fragrances; Peony, English Lavender, English Rose and Royal English Daisy. They are all very reasonably priced (all under £6) and come in sleek and simple packaging. 
We were taught how to make a hat box flower arrangement from scratch, as shown in this picture. I was very worried about how mine would turn out!
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I was still rather worried half way through that there was awful balance to my arrangement, but thankfully things started to look up when I added the dried lavender and the foliage. 
The finished result, and it was so easy to make! I'm going to keep all of the non floral components so I can hopefully shoot a step by step guide to recreating this at home for a later blog post!
After talking us through their new print ad campaign (they are pretty amazing ads, look out for them in your favourite fashion monthlies) the ladies at Yardley were kind enough to give me a set of the Peony scented products to take away with me. Yardley are a brand that are usually associated with the older market (they do have lovelies such as Q10 and vitamins that help out older skin), but all their scents are beautiful and floral, and I at 18 after trying these will certainly be using them more often. 

The body wash leaves a lovely scent on your skin which is long lasting but not too overpowering, as does the lotion. I am especially impressed with the hand cream, and while I don't think wild horses could drag me away from the tube of L'Occitaine hand cream I carry in my handbag, this Yardley tube is just as good, and has already taken up pride of place on my bedside table. 

Have you tried any Yardley products before? And has anyone here ever been to any flower arranging classes, or do I have any florists among my readers?


  1. What a great way to spend the afternoon! I'd love to take such class to get out of my current rut. The English Lavender looks very promising, I loved the bottles as well.

  2. I would of loved to do this! I think I've had a sample of Yardley before and it smelt amazing. Looks like a lovely afternoon. xx

  3. What?! Oh my goodness, this sounds so incredibly beautiful! I would adore something like this-- a flower arranging lesson? This sounds like such a perfect thing, gah! I love the way the long, thing stems look on certain flowers-- they're so beautiful.

  4. I went to a flower arranging course at The Judith Blacklock school and LOVED it! So much fun..
    George |

  5. Love L'occitaine, it's my life saver. xx

  6. Inês Pacheco de Castro26 February 2012 at 00:19

    I'd love to go to a workshop like the one you went to. It must be fun and quite useful :)

  7. Oh I love flowers! they always make me happy!

  8. Such beautiful photographs. The flowers look so pretty.

  9. Your arrangement looks amazing! Congrats on learning so fast :)

  10. This is such a lovely idea, it looks so chilled out! I always get my grandma Yardley stuff so I am quite fond of the brand!

    Maria xxx