Fleur Friday

Interesting Links I’ve come across this week while surfing the good ‘ole World Wide Web ..

A quick, somewhat easy and more cost effective than most ‘flower walls’, check out this post on how to create a rose petal backdrop by Jodi Duncan AIFD.

Don’t let “You’re fired” put out the flame by Sue of White Magnolia Designs — Sage advice on not letting one client make you doubt yourself!

Interesting video to watch by Jasmine Star, she may be a photographer, but her words of wisdom pertain to us flower people, as well!

And … back at Flirty Fleurs World Headquarters – ūüėČ

9.27.14-Alicia-and-DahliasFlirty Fleurs turns FIVE years old this month! And to celebrate the 5 year mark I actually updated the About Page !! Included a bit more about my flower journey and why I started Flirty Fleurs. :)

Upcoming Workshops that I‚Äôll be teaching ‚Äď
Tomorrow is the Peony Workshop, sign up quick there are still spaces left!
May 30 is the Arch & Chuppah Workshop — this workshop is going to be AWESOME! We will be working together on a few chuppahs and arches. Learning mechanics will be a big part of this workshop. I hope you join us!!
Register for these workshops here

The Comparison Game

Where ‘o Where do I even start with this post?!
Do you all know what I mean when I say The Comparison Game? It’s when we look at other people’s facebook, instagram, pinterest, twitter, websites, blogs, etc and convince ourselves that someone else is doing it better than we are. Oh, it’s an ugly downward spiral and it can all go out of control very quickly. Deep down we all know it is silly and a waste of time, nevertheless there are times where just about everyone can get sucked in — right?!
So I’m not going to go on about why/how we go down the trap of the comparison game. Instead, let’s talk about ways to get ourselves out of the trap, and quickly! The quicker you can get out of it the better it is for your mental health!

1) Call someone. Pick up the phone and call. Not text, not email. TALK .. outloud.
2) Call someone who is NOT in the event industry. Call someone who will want to talk about something other than flowers and event design; someone who doesn’t give a damn about Instagram.
3) Go for a walk. During this walk do not pick up your phone to look at social media. Instead say hello to other people who are also out walking. Stop to pet a dog. Stop to admire a flower. Stop to feel the sun on your face. Leave your phone in your pocket.
4) Go shopping. Retail therapy does a body good! Don’t pick up your phone and instagram the store you are currently shopping at.
5) Meet up with a friend for lunch, coffee, dinner — something fun and relaxing. Do not talk about the industry!
6) Go get a pedicure and read a magazine (put that phone away!) .. magazines are distracting and can even give you new inspiration.
7) Have a brainstorming session about what you can do with social media to make yourself feel better — work on your business and don’t worry about what others are up to!
8) Write a blog post for your business, you know you need to…
9) Exercise! It’ll help release any pent-up stress!
10) Clean your office, work space, basement, garage, shop, etc — you’ll be productive with work and completely distracted from social media.
11) Write a list of things you like about yourself! Yes, a list of things you like about YOU! List out 5 things right now. Why? Because it is so easy to pick on ourselves when comparing ourselves to others.
12) Write a list of things you are thankful for! List out 5 things that you are thankful for in your life!!

How’s that for a list of suggestions of how to re-focus your attention??
Share your suggestions in the comments section!

Wedding Wednesday :: Coral & Peach Bouquets

Kasia Keith

Designer Unknown

Fabulous Florist :: Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

Your name:‚Ä® Julia Rose
Your Business name:‚Ä® Flowers by Julia Rose
Your Location: Gold Coast/Byron Bay, Australia

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

How did you start your business?‚Ä®
I started in a room in my house. Just little old me along side a floral fridge, a bench and a bucket full of creativity. Oh & an enormous amount of Passion for flowers. I truly just LOVE working with flowers, passion is my driving force.

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

How many years have you been in business?‚Ä®
My business has been running for roughly 10 years now.
It is an absolute joy to be able to say that it has reached the point where clients approach me with a budget & a colour palette and trust in my creativity skills to transform their events, bring their media campaign to life or Wow their Runways & Red carpets.

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?‚Ä®
Working with flowers I would have to say my #1 influence would have to be Nature really, it’s that plan & simple. Who can create anything more perfect then mother nature herself?
So I am inspired by walking through the bush, seeing a tree with vines twisting to the skies, moss growing in shadowed branches, fields of fresh flowers, driftwood along our beautiful shorelines & sunsets painted into the evening skies.
As far as influences in ‘mankind’ go, I love ‘Albert Einstein’ as his words inspire me. I must say I do also take inspiration from ‘old world art’ the greats, paintings that are classic & evoke emotion, tell a story and have a certain romance to them.
….and colour, I love colour! Color can create a stunning visual impact & stir emotion.

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?‚Ä®
Wedding wise I find that a natural organic look with a designers edge, so ‘Bohemian Luxe’, Natural with a sense of antiquity and Romance.
I find the flowers are a very personal aspect to my brides and we design them to suit their overall feel to the day, happy, free, vintage, rustic, formal, romantic however LUSH and full with lots of texture and movement seems to be the one design aspect that flows strong.
Designer and Runway wise – Bold & Glamourous. Statement pieces.

Fresh floral installations!! They are in trend in every aspect…Weddings, Events, Media Campaigns, Fashion photoshoots.. Fresh flower Installations are all the trend.

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

Which Social Media platform is your favorite and why?
I find I enjoy different platforms at different times. I would say Facebook and Instagram probably are my top 2.
With Facebook my followers like to hear “The Story” behind the creation, I always tend to post cleaner professional photos on Facebook.
Where as Instagram its more so just the photo that does the talking. So a lot of onsite behind the scenes shots followed up with the final piece.

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
The simple answer is “I just love playing with flowers!” More in-depth answer would be ..
..Weddings – The pleasure of Bringing to life the overall look and feel of a couple to their family and loved ones through flowers, transforming the space to represent them. Tailoring designs to each bride in every aspect, I LOVE all the nitty gritty details to bring her vision to life. I really do love being part of someones special day in such a wonderful way.
Campaigns – The Pride of representing someones brand with the utmost designer care, people are very protective of their ‘branding’ so I love the fact that I have been commissioned to create something unique to launch new season labels, campaigns etc. Again its the details and the freedom to create wild visual pieces that impact people!
Runways & Avante garde- The chance to let my imagination run wild and create astonishing pieces, having people look into the piece and be able to see my passion and share the Joy of the floral creation.

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
Create with passion and people will see it in your designs.
I am a teacher of floral design, I find the basics never fail, basic design aspects run strong through all levels of floristry.
Never be too proud to stop taking on new skills, I learn all of the time from not only accomplished designers but beginners in the field. New little tricks or better ways of doing something, Evolve with the trade.

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?‚Ä®
My Floral scissors, I literally have a pair in my car, my dads car, my partners car and my hand bag at most times, you just never know when they might come in handy.

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

What’s your favorite flower?‚Ä®
Asking my favourite flower would be like asking a parent to choose their favourite child, I just love them all. Each one is beautiful in their own way.

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?‚Ä®
Here is a link to the build of my fresh floral gown they may enjoy. It brings me joy to look back on it-

Your contact information:
www.flowersbyjuliarose.com
www.facebook.com/weddingflowersbyjuliarose
INSTAGRAM @flowersbyjuliarose

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

Flowers by Julia Rose, Australia

Flora Fête

Flora Fête is visual poetry as an ode to spring’s beauty and wonder. It is a statement about awakening and rebirth Рa realization that by consuming the positive we prosper in confidence! This full, feminine narrative is the debut collaboration of Laura Buck, Karen Weber, and Arina Bléiman.

 

Laura Buck:¬†She had the original vision and pulled in the collaborators (including me!) She is a fashion make up artist. She, Arina, and I wanted to create a whimsical, inspiring, and feminine piece that deviated from the typical “sexually saturated” fashion material. We wanted to create a timeless work of beauty and optimism.
Arina Bléiman: She was our Director of Photography/Cinematographer. She is strong and motivated and pulled together a great crew of friends to tackle lighting & camera.
Karen Weber (me): I work in Art Direction in NYC Рcurrently in food & wine. I adore flowers and they are frequently in my work. Laura found me via Instagram; we hit it off and agreed to collaborate. I collected all the props and flowers and directed their incorporation into the story on set.
Jana Knauerová: Our model, she is a friend and a wonderful person. She is Czech and you can see her on the cover of a few Czech Elle magazines.
Kate Carnegie: She was our stylist and hunted down a vintage Dolce & Gabbana dress and Yves Saint Laurent shoes for Jana.
Sammi Bateman: She was the design assistant, focusing mostly on florals. She is such a powerhouse! We are mates from college. She works in display at an Anthropologie. And previously was a floral stylist at Sullivan Owen in Philly. She did the flowers for my wedding. The day was so demanding as a director and I knew I could cast my general vision and she would blow me away with her compositions (ex: the salad and soup dishes). We worked side by side on the table centerpiece, and she worked with the hairstylist Mara on the headdress.
INTERESTING FACTS
The original score as created by Eric Mendelsohn of electric-pop band Ghost Beach and Justin Weber (my husband), a yoyo/circus performance artist
The decorative backdrop you see in the film is a permanent mural by artist Dana Tanamachi at Trinity Grace Church.
The 2 sets of hands that appear in the film alongside Jana are dancers that my ballet instructor Dianna Warren connected me to.

CAST & CREW 

MODEL: Jana Knauerová, DIRECTORS: Laura Buck, Karen Weber DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Arina Bléiman, STYLIST: Kate Carnegie, PRODUCTION DESIGN: Karen Weber, MAKEUP: Laura Buck, HAIR: Mara Schiavetti, MANICURE: Eri Narita, POST PRODUCTION: Alex Noble, COLORIST: Arina Bléiman, SCORE: Eric Mendelsohn, Justin Weber, SOUND MIX: Dave Weingarten, VIOLINIST: Laura Hutton, AC: Tsubasa Matsumoto, GAFFER: Pablo Burn, GRIP: Laura Hilliard, DESIGN ASSISTANT: Sammi Bateman, TABLE GUESTS: Lea Clay, Mariah Halkett, SPECIAL THANKS: Trinity Grace Tribeca, Dianna Warren

Fleur Friday

Interesting Links I’ve come across this week while surfing the good ‘ole World Wide Web ..

How Poppies and Posies Went From Part-Time Startup to Martha Stewart – On American Express Open Forum

Because the World Needs Beauty by Sinclair & Moore – This blog post struck a chord with me, there have been plenty of times when I question why I’m in this business and should I be doing something more meaningful with my life than designing flowers for weddings?

I did share this article on Facebook last week, but in case you missed it there be sure to check out this article – How hipster florists borrowed from 16th century paintings and made flower arranging cool
 
Oh, and check out Robbie Honey’s account on Instagram. Be sure to look at it on the Smart Phone App, as it’ll make more sense then going to the website on your computer. Robbie is creating the coolest displays, here’s a glimpse –
Robbie Honey on Instagram
 

Lovely bouquet designed by my sweet friend, Laurie of Fleurie

Fleurie of Reedley, California. Wedding Florist.

Upcoming Workshops that I‚Äôll be teaching ‚Äď

Compote Floral Centerpieces featuring PEONIES! ‚Äď Saturday, May 23, 2015
Hands-On Floral Arch & Chuppah Workshop ‚Äď Saturday, May 30, 2015
Register for these workshops here

Q&A :: Independent Shop vs Grocery Store

Hello Flower Friends,
I have a question for all of you today from a business owner. Please leave your suggestions, comments, thoughts and advice in the comments section of the blog.
Thank you in advance!
Alicia

…………………………….

I purchased a small flower shop in a small rural community (the county has a population of approximately 17,000 people) in September and have been open since October. The community is great, but also hosts the highest unemployment rate in the state, so there isn’t a whole lot of extra spending that happens here, as you may find in an urban community. I’m the only florist, so folks have to drive over an hour to find another¬†florist. According to the previous owner’s records, the business made less than $100,000 a year with a profit of only $20,000. I’m working hard to reduce overhead and increase profits through quality, with some success so far (it’s really too early to tell). Needless to say, it’s tough doing business in this town.

My shop is next to the town’s grocery store, who frequently gets fresh flowers and plants in stock. Much like other grocery stores, they sell the flowers super cheap, making it hard for me to compete with them. I’ve been trying to figure out who they get their flowers and plants from and just realized today that they receive them from my primary supplier. The other tough part about running a flower shop up here is that there isn’t a marketplace to purchase flowers and only 2 distributors deliver up here. Recently, I’ve been ordering flowers from growers online, but shipping is pricey, so I limit my orders and try to offset costs by ordering from the distributors. I’m tempted to eliminate my business relations with this particular distributor altogether and go strictly online and only order flowers from the other distributor on an as-needed-basis.

What would you do? Confront the grocery store and/or the distributor and tell them that they’re making it harder for my business to succeed? Or am I being selfish and should roll with the punches…. chock it up as a part of doing business?

Thanks for any input.

Wedding Wednesday :: Anemones

Designer Unknown

Designer Unknown

Designer Unknown

Designer Unknown

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Looking for Peonies?? Check out Peony Acres website & Facebook page. Peony Acres is a wholesale cut flower peony farm centrally located in the U.S. — Salina, Kansas.
Peony Acres produces approximately 70,000 stems of peonies each growing season — 70,000 stems! They offer Pinks, Reds, Whites and Coral Peonies, plus, the Anemone style of Peony. Harvest starts this week and lasts for approximately 3 weeks, we all know harvest is dependent on the weather.
They offer a selection of very interesting and old-fashioned peonies like Goldilocks, Mons Jules Elie, and Rasberry Sundae, to name a few. Check out the list of peonies they offer on their website, click on “Peonies” in the menu bar. I also found the pages about the farm’s history and about peonies to be very interesting. Also, I’d recommend signing up for the Harvest Notification email.

Contact Information:
website – www.peonyacres.com
facebook – https://www.facebook.com/peonyacres
email – info@peonyacres.com
phone – 785-819-5474

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Pink Peonies

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Designing with Herbs

I don’t know about all of you, but I sure am ready for summertime and gardens filled with herbs! Mint, Oregano, Basil, Thyme and Sage – oh, the sweet smell of summer.
Here are a few beauties which I hope will inspire you!

Florals by Lovely Little Details  Photo by Jessica Burke Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Tomatoes

Florals by Lovely Little Details
Photo by Jessica Burke
Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Tomatoes

Lynn Easton of Easton Events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events in Scottsville, Virginia. Genovese basil gone to seed and cinnamon basil.

Lynn Easton of Easton Events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events in Scottsville, Virginia.
Genovese basil gone to seed and cinnamon basil.

Succulents (in varying sizes), scabiosa plants and pods (for their globular shape and long stems), saracenias (for some extra texture), and purple basil (for extra color)

Designed by Meghan Guthrie, in-house stylist for One Kings Lane
Purple Basil

Saipua

Saipua
Rosemary

Francoise Weeks

Francoise Weeks
Rosemary and Oregano

Laboratorio Floreale Aiello In Love In Italy Photography

Laboratorio Floreale Aiello
In Love In Italy Photography