Greenridge is so special to us. The views, the scenery and it allows us to bring our dog, Lohpi! It's honestly our go to place any time we get. After shop, before shop, weekends. Honestly people in the neighborhood think we live there. We totally wish! Picture above is in front of the most beautiful agaves right when you drive up to the top. I have always wanted to do a fashion inspired shoot here. See below for the rest of the photos from the shoot. Greenridge is located at 6108 Greenridge Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546 and is open sunrise to sunset everyday.

All photos are by my amazing and super talented friend Karina.  


Outfit details:

Dress/tunic: Free People

Leggings: a.n.d eawy 

Earrings: Anthropologie

Boots: Gap

Coat: Forever 21

Leather jacket: BLANKNYC

Fluffy coat: H&M


DIY: How To Make A Dried Flower Crown

Hi! I'm Dasha and I am all things creative for our small town shop called shelf! I have been thinking for awhile that I would love to start a blog and instead of starting my own website I have finally decided to merge my love for plants+coffee+fashion in one and blog right here for you. Stay tuned for diy's, insta-worthy spots, my picks for indoor foliage and fashion finds. I am here to bridge the gap between our retail shop and the online world. Hello you lovely people.

I get a lot of requests from people asking me to make them flower crowns for either
photo shoots or showers and since I have been very inspired by all the blooming
flowers around town recently and with all of this sunny weather in California and
Coachella coming up, I thought my first blog post should be all about how to make a floral crown. It's not a typical fresh flowers kind of crown but it's purely made from dried flowers! I've always loved leaving a bouquet from that special someone until it completely dries but it was always hard to part with it especially if it was for a special occasion so I thought this diy should be a little bit different and use the dried flowers. Keep reading if you would like to learn how to make one and tag us on Instagram. We have this exact crown for sale now at the shop.

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blooming mimosa tree.

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Blooming bushes by the Castro Valley BART Station.

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Lohpi near of field of blooming flowers at Earl Warren Park.

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Blooming daisy's in the Greenridge neighborhood.



For flower crowns, I always use wired twine. 

Wired twine

Floral wire



Start with measuring your head and twisting the wire to form a circle.


Organize your dried flowers by type.


Always start with the greenery first. Dried florals have such a beauty in their own unique way!


Before you start using the floral wire to attach the greenery, know that there is never a wrong way to make a flower crown! I usually go with what catches my eye first. Precut a small piece, maybe 1-2 inches of the floral wire and wrap the branch. You can precut the branch now or later.


Repeating this process until you are happy with what it looks like. No pressure to use everything. This is all up to you! that is the beauty in making something by hand.

Anyone else been into clear and baby pink polishes? So into the natural look! I am wearing the nail polish from Zoya. You can purchase the polishes at Whole Foods.


Is it just me or it gets pretty exciting at this part. I love greenery in general and most times prefer minimal decor with just eucalyptus branches! Eucalyptus is very versatile and with just a spray of gold spray paint can elevate your dining table in a very unexpected way. I will have to do a separate post on just my love for eucalyptus. 


Since the florals are dried, it's totally normal for them to start to fall as you work with them. Looks like a pretty mess to me! At this stage you can customize it by intentionally cutting off certain parts and maybe flowers that have not aged so beautifully. A lot of extra leaves can come off as well.


Here it is! Feel free to tie a ribbon in the back. For this purpose I have decided to leave it as is.

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Tag us @shopcalledshelf in your creations.

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