One look at Krista Fredricks’ blog and it’s easy to see where the name “Pike Petals” came from. She calls Seattle home, hence the “Pike”, and the “Petals”…well that one’s pretty self-explanatory. Krista’s blog is decorated with stunning photographs of dreamy bouquets and flowers in the wild, and we honestly can’t get enough of it. On top of being a talented photographer, Krista has a background in digital design and has worked in the fashion industry for about 5 years. Below, we chatted with her about her daily rituals, her dream of shooting in Marrakech (bring on the tropical botanicals), and a few of her favourite places around the city. And, after hearing about a café where we should order a Seattle Fog, we’re thinking we’re due for a little road trip down south.
How long have you worked in the fashion industry? What do you love most about it?
I’ve worked in the fashion industry for about 5 years now, and worn quite a few hats! I’ve been a print and digital designer, helped with social media and on blogs, assisted on some photoshoots and even been photographed for fun projects! The world of fashion is always evolving—from colors, patterns, styles and even how things are photographed—there’s always a new way to interpret an idea. I love being able to help influence a season based on the color palette I choose or how I design a layout, and it’s really exciting to see what trends are coming up next! It’s such a unique world to be a part of and it’s truly awesome that I get to design (or as some would say, play) for a living.
If you could shoot in any location, where would it be?
I would love to go to Morocco. I think Marrakech is one of the most beautiful cities. The architecture is like a time capsule, capturing centuries of history and cultural evolution. It’s a place where art and history collide: two subjects that I’m completely enamored with. I’d never tire from seeing the endless geometric patterns and bold, vivid colors that appear throughout the city! Plus, it’s home to several beautiful gardens filled with tropical plants. I’d be in photography heaven.
What are some of your daily rituals?
I really enjoy my morning routine and the time spent getting ready each day. It probably goes hand in hand with my love of fashion, but strangely enough I like putting my makeup on, doing my hair and picking out an outfit to wear! When I’ve taken the time to do these things, I feel more prepared for the day (and ready to conquer the world!). Oh, and coffee—I must have my morning caramel macchiato!
What’s in your dream bouquet?
That’s a tough one! I’m constantly falling in love with new arrangements that local florists here in Seattle create for my photoshoots! I’ll often give them a color palette to work with and I’m always so impressed by the variety of flowers they bring to a gathering! I love anticipating the changing of seasons because I know that new flowers will be in season to shoot. I think some tried-and-true favorites of mine have to be blush pink and deep orange roses, dark burgundy dahlias, light pink protea and eucalyptus sprigs.
Can you share a few of your beauty essentials?
I’m a huge fan of a bold lip, I’m currently loving Butter London’s Impulsive and Electra by Kosas. I’ve got more lipsticks than I’d like to admit to! I use Mario Badescu’s Rosewater Facial Spray each evening—I love how soothing it is on my skin. Perfume is another must-have of mine; this fall I’ve been wearing Diptyque’s Florabellio. It’s a unique scent combination of apple blossom, marine accord and coffee!
What are 3 of your favourite places in Seattle?
Lincoln Park is one of Seattle’s largest parks and my favorite location to watch the ferries arrive from a nearby island and see some pretty killer pacific northwest sunsets. You might even get lucky and spot some whales! Mr. West Café is the perfect spot to cozy up a rainy day. Think white marble tabletops, plenty of copper and succulents galore. Be sure to order the Seattle Fog. Last but not least, Pike Place Market! Picking up a bouquet is always at the top of my list. There’s also a place called DeLaurenti’s that has the best cheese, meat and wine selection. It’s where my boyfriend and I go to buy things for an epic at-home cheese and wine date night.
What does your ideal Friday night look like?
If I get super lucky and don’t have any social events to attend, I like to stay in and unwind from the week on Friday night. I love nothing more than coming home from work, changing into a pair of super cozy sweats, lighting a few candles and having a glass of wine with my man! I treasure these nights because they don’t seem to happen as often as I’d like! If I’m feeling like I need an extra layer of relaxation, I’ll put a face mask on!
Favourite essential oil and why?
Eucalyptus is a key essential oil in my arsenal. It’s extremely soothing and oh-so intoxicating! There’s nothing like it. It also reminds me of my mom; it’s one of her favorite scents.
How do you weave essential oil products into your day?
Using essentials oils to help me sleep at night has changed my life. I’m one of those people who tosses and turns for hours while I stress over every detail of my day and prepare myself for tomorrow’s events. Ever since I started using essential oils, I’ve been diffusing a combination of lavender and eucalyptus before I go to bed. It’s the best remedy for a stress-free night’s sleep. I’ve been falling asleep faster and feel so rested in the morning. I’m obsessed with the smell, and the sound of the diffuser is soothing as well. I’m one of those people who needs total and utter silence to fall asleep, so it’s great that the sound doesn’t bother me. I also love to use WAKE Roll-On Oil during my morning cup of coffee, the blend is as energizing as my drink!
I can confidently say I live by the phrase: “I must have flowers, always, and always.” – Claude Monet