Mae and I grabbed coffee at Trouble this morning (it’s like a block from her apartment) and then headed to the Oakland Flower Market to see what it was like. I’ve stopped in at the San Francisco Flower Market before, but only on a whim and it was way too late in the day. By approximately 11am, everybody was already packing up and heading home.
The Oakland Flower Market is a completely different feel. It’s just one building and one shop and getting there super early didn’t matter (at least on a Friday). We grabbed coffee at 10:30 and headed to the market shortly after where we browsed the two rooms of flowers, picked a few things, and easily checked out.
There’s a large refrigerated room of roses, but no garden roses and I thought only one color was my style. We skipped on the roses. The other room has tons of greenery, pretty flowers, and some good specialty flowers. Even though it’s early February, they had peonies, if you were willing to shell out $25/5 blooms! There’s also a room for flower “things” – glass jars and assorted fake flowers and plenty of ribbon.
They wrapped our flowers up and we headed outside to snap a few photos. I’m partial to this image of Mae with the Oakland graffiti… but I also love the one I snapped with her in front of the orange brick wall that somehow matches her dress and the flowers.
All the photos in this post were taken on my iPhone though! Just an FYI. It was a lovely, relaxed morning and I didn’t want anything fancy.
Here’s a lovely snap that Mae took and posted on Instagram of me! <3
We headed back to Mae’s apartment and laid out all our pretty flowers on the table. We picked three kinds of flowers for about $25 and turned them into four bouquets. One large one that I took home in Mae’s vase (should have brought one! I didn’t even think of it!) and then three smaller ish ones that she kept scattered about the apartment. I wish I’d snapped some photos of her bloom arrangements, too!
Neither of us know much about flower arranging, but we did our best, drank some coffee, and had fun with it.
Here’s my bouquet on her credenza. Love that photo print!
And mine again in front of the brick wall outside…
And again… on my dining room table in the sunshine.
(Incidentally the same kitchen table my parents bought when they first had me. And also the same dining room table that graced my college apartment. Good memories with this table. xo)
Anyways! Totally recommend this kind of morning playdate. I’m trying to do more things with friends than just eat food or drink drinks. Not that I want to stop that, but come on. We are all more interesting than only eating for entertainment! xo
Thanks for a great Friday morning, Mae! xo