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In Character: Yasmine Khatib

The floral designer shares her favorite spots for botanical inspiration in L.A.

By Michael Juliano

Photograph: Courtesy Connie Widdison

The fresh, pressed and dried floral creations blooming all over Yasmine Khatib’s Instagram feed will make you green with envy. Her sophisticated designs recall the pastoral French countryside as much as Southern California (think garlands and wreaths wrapped with dehydrated citrus slices). But as Khatib’s process photos show, her elegant arrangements are anything but effortless. What began as a teenage job at a Laguna Beach flower stand has become a refined endeavor of pop-ups and workshops. We caught up with Khatib to find out where she shops for flowers, her favorite gardens and her thoughts on floral-infused fare.

Find her floral creations today during a Valentine’s pop-up at Individual Medley.

Photograph: Courtesy Original LA Flower Market

For fresh flowers: Original Los Angeles Flower Market

Things to do Downtown Fashion District

“It’s vast—the largest flower market in North America—and stretches to both sides of Wall Street, between 7th and 8th Streets.There, I can find a mix of locally grown and imported flowers. It’s also open to the public, so anybody reading this can pay it a visit!”

Individual Medley
Photograph: Courtesy Individual Medley

Go-to Boutique: Individual Medley

Shopping Boutiques Atwater Village

“Even if it weren’t owned by two of my dearest friends, I’d still go there every time I wanted to buy a gift for a friend—or myself.”

Photograph: Courtesy Triniti

For Botanical Bites: Triniti

Restaurants Cafés Echo Park

“I like the way Triniti incorporates flowers in its food, as it’s well thought-out. Using them as garnish without considering how it will affect the flavor of the dish is a pet peeve of mine. Just because sage flowers look beautiful doesn’t mean you should put them on a chocolate cake! The chef there will sprinkle a salad with allium or top a stew with some floating nasturtiums, but the flavors always pair beautifully.”

Photograph: Michael Juliano

To Rest and Refresh: Angeles National Forest

Things to do Angeles National Forest

“When I can, I take little road trips to get out of the city and cleanse my mind from the congestion of L.A. in nature. Even if I just drive 40 minutes to Angeles Crest for a two-hour break, I always come back refreshed and inspired.The forest is the most compelling and inspiring for me, but the desert is a close second.”


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