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Kiana Underwood (@tulipinadesign) doesn’t just stop and smell the roses — she looks for foliage, fruit and other wild things to combine them with. “I believe in creating arrangements that have the movement they would have in nature — asymmetrical, wild and organic,” says Kiana, an Iranian-born, San Francisco-based floral designer who combs the city’s flower mart and her own personal garden to create one-of-a-kind bouquets. Kiana attributes her love for fresh cut flowers to her Persian upbringing — “flowers are such a huge part of our culture, they define our new year” — but making a career out of it was an unexpected choice that came after she was married and raising children. “I never took a lesson from anyone. Flowers were just part of the entertaining and people would comment and ask, ‘Can you teach me how to do it?’” Now, Kiana splits her time between weddings, local photo shoots and teaching her craft around the world, in countries including South Korea, Italy and Ukraine. “When I first started in this business, I didn’t have events. It takes a lot of hard work and patience to achieve what you want. I also believe that you are constantly evolving. It’s funny, I once wanted to be a diplomat and here I am, traveling and making so much beauty.” Watch our story now to see how Kiana brings a blossoming bouquet to life. 💐 Photo by @tulipinadesign
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Vicky Graham’s Plan A was to open up a doughnut and coffee shop that was simple and authentic. But then she started experimenting, and people liked what she was coming up with. And then the special requests started pouring in — which quickly turned into Plan B, Vicky’s Donuts (@vickysdonuts), the two-year-old East London doughnut shop that’s already won taste-test awards. “I don’t think people had really seen anything like them before, and it was really working,” says Vicky of her vibrant colors and unique combinations. “I haven’t looked back!” Vicky isn’t content to stick to one flavor or design. While she occasionally dots her doughnuts with edible flowers or gold leaf, she doesn’t shy away from old favorites, like chocolate glaze with sprinkles. And she often dreams up unconventional designs and shapes, such as wedges decorated to look like pepperoni pizza slices or rings dipped in lime icing and striped with white to mimic tennis balls. “They are just really fun to do,” says Vicky of her creations. “And because they are deep-fried, the wait time is two minutes — instant gratification!” Watch our Instagram story now to see Vicky’s doughnut decorating in action. Photo by @vickysdonuts
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