The local event and wedding maven dishes on her latest inspirations and go-to places.
Published Apr 15, 2015, 1:13pm
By Olivia Tinsley
Our Crushing On series highlights Seattle designers, tastemakers, and off-the-beaten-path boutique owners to ask what chic coiffures, budding blogs, and local eateries are making them tick right now.
Sara Jane Camacho has always been one with nature. She grew up working alongside her family in the tobacco fields and looked on as her mother turned a passion for botanicals into a successful career as a florist. With a knack for bouquets and business acumen in her blood, it seems only logical that Camacho would go on to launch a flower business of her own at the age of 18.
After college, she took a pause from petals, working as a human rights educator and serving on the U.S. attorney’s anti–human trafficking task force for five years. Now, in addition to heading her event-styling biz, Camacho combines her passion for blooms and labor justice as the manager and wedding coordinator of Terra Bella Flowers—the first flower shop in the country to source organic flowers from local farms with fair-trade and sustainable practices.
Image: Sonja Lyon Photography
Favorite source of fashion inspiration? Lately I’ve been obsessed with the Fog Linen site and every item they create. I just bought a Grainline Studio pattern and some linen to start making shirts for summer. Seattle’s Velouria also is a regular go-to for inspiration and shopping.
Best Instagram feed? Father John Misty and St. Vincent keep me laughing and a little more grounded in Instaworld. Also, Emily Katz, creator of Modern Macrame inspires me with her interiors, macramé, and plant-based designs.
Who does your hair? Sara March at Seven Salon Downtown. We talk pastries, pups, and dark-and-moody flower and hair collabs.
Image: Alton Strupp
One of Camacho's captivating creations
What item of clothing or accessory has been in heavy rotation this month? My Taylor Stitch washed Irish linen project jacket has this Old World couturier shopkeeper vibe that I love. Also, I sport my well-worn rusty ochre colored Wolverine 1000 Mile boots almost every day.
What item of clothing or accessory would you buy right now if you could? The Day Tripper totemade by Teranishi Studio out on Vashon would be the perfect work bag for hauling all the tools I need for a floral installation.
Favorite coffee shop or cafe? Honoré Bakery. My coffee experience isn’t complete without a pastry. Honoré’s kouign-amanns sell out early for a reason. Their back patio is an idyllic spot to spend a morning working, chatting, or just people watching. Also, the barista keeps me current on my daily horoscope.
Best restaurant you’ve tried lately? Westward on the water in Wallingford. I can spend hours outside on the gorgeous patio curled up by the fire in wool blankets after a long meal.
Soundtrack for a Sunday afternoon? Some new faces to my Sunday mix are Mac DeMarco, the Budos Band, Jherek Bischoff, and Tinariwen. Some more familiar folks I return to on lazy days are Gillian Welch, Edith Piaf, and Yann Tiersen.
Seattleite you’d most like to meet? Lindy West for sure. That woman says it ALL, well and fearlessly.
Next travel destination? The Philippines. My husband’s family is from Manila. We want to spend some time with them, get to know the culture, food, and do some island hopping and scuba diving together.