Extracurricular Cool Women

If these women weren't cool enough, their hobbies just took them over the edge. See what these busy bodies do in their spare time.

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    Flower Girl

    CHRISTA B. ALLEN, 21

    Profession: Actress. She stars as Charlotte Grayson on ABC's Revenge

    Obsession:
    Flower arranging

    What got you into floral design? When I realized that there's a flower market in downtown Los Angeles, 20 minutes from my house. I started going and got hooked. 
    Most-loved flowers: Green-and-white hydrangeas, pink roses, and peonies.
    Ideal display: A simple, billowy bouquet with seasonal flowers. I like arrangements that bring seasonal changes to me. 
    Favorite alternative vase: A pretty water pitcher. 
    Top trick: Using floral foam. It keeps flowers alive longer. 
    Flower arranging is ... Therapeutic. There's something special about bringing life inside.
    Best bouquet you've ever received: On my first day shooting 13 Going on 30, Jennifer Garner had yellow tulips sent to my trailer. I'll never forget them. — Jessica Flint

    GET STARTED!
    Christa's tip: "If you're working with thorny stems, wear protective gloves. Buy them at a flower shop or use rubber dish-washing ones."

    Meredith Jenks
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