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“Borrocan Wedding” — Photo Courtesy Accent DecorWhen it comes to inspiration for 2017 weddings, there is one trend that is not just retro but also has a global influence. This growing “Boroccan” trend is the combination of the alternative lifestyle of Bohemian, which has been around for several years, with the rich ornate Moroccan culture. The modern Boho and the retro ’70s influence mix with this romantic Mediterranean culture and creates an explosion of eclectic patterns, textural glass and votive collections that are influenced by the rich vibrant culture of Morocco.  Read More

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Homecoming Couple - — Floral design by Joyce Mason-Monheim, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, AzMFWith autumn comes football, bonfires and homecoming. These traditions have been passed down for years. The presentation of the Homecoming royalty with a king and queen, the hometown parades and of course the dances have all withstood the test of time. So with all of this tradition, how do you choose flowers that make your total look epic?

It’s all about fashion and applying the newest trends to those traditions. Fashion drives the colors, the themes and the accessories of homecoming and prom. The fall chill may be in the air, but no keeping warm with the trendy style of shorter cocktail dresses. These dresses have unique shoulders with cutouts, asymmetrical lines and the retro halter style necklines. Now apply sequins, layers of lace or tulle, and you can add fun and creativity with floral adornments.

These homecoming party dresses might be a two-piece midriff style, show textural embellishments or be the traditional long formal gown. They are available in wide varieties of floral prints, sheer fabrics, lace and illusion in just about any color palette that complements your taste. Created especially for you in colors that complement you best, from reds and blues to pastel shades of pink and lavender, and of course the traditional black. Read More

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Being the Envy of Prom

by Joyce Mason-Monheim on March 28, 2016 at 5:13 am

PromBack2-FlowersAnd-JoyceMasonMonheimWith prom season in full force, the first thought of any girl is, of course, the dress. Do you choose a two-piece or a high-low cut? A classic elegant style or the trendy color blocking design? Or is there sparkle and shine? So many choices and will you make the right one?

When choosing the right look, you ask yourself: What color best fits my complexion? Which perfect shoe accents the dress style? And next come the jewelry, flowers, hairstyle and makeup. Hold it. How about simplifying this by combining your accessories, such as jewelry with flowers or your hairstyle with flowers?

This can be a simple process by visiting your local professional florist and requesting floral accessories that best complement your dress. Think about the style and cut of your dress to determine how flowers, just like jewelry, can accentuate the perfect point on your neckline, shoulder, waist or even back. Flower accessories can be placed anywhere you choose, and with the incredible products your local florist has, the options are endless. From clips to magnets, nothing is out of reach or out of place.

One of the trendy styles is beautiful illusion or deep detailed backs of the dress. Accentuate the back of your dress by using floral clips that have flowers attached. Bling adds attention and creativity to the dress back. Complete the look with coordinating wristlets for a front detail.

PromHair-FlowersAnd-JoyceMasonMonheimUsing flowers to create a one-of-a-kind statement piece for your necklace can enhance any neckline and back of the dress also.  Your florist can use zippers, garlands or even decorative wire to create these incredible art pieces that know one else will have. Don’t stop there —add a floral ring or earrings to coordinate with your statement piece.

Last but not least, don’t forget to enhance your hair. Any updo style can be accented with flowers, halos or even hairpieces that bring your look totally together. It’s all up to you and your creative floral designer to accessorize your style and your look.

Your florist can also help you coordinate your date’s boutonniere with the same style and look you have just created. You will be the “star of the show” and the envy of all your friends. Want to see more prom flowers? Check out this Flickr Gallery for unique corsages and boutonnieres. The possibilities are endless.

Want to know which prom flower best fits your personality? Check out this fun quiz: www.aboutflowers.com/promquiz. Have fun on this very special night of your high school experience!

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Floral Couture

by Joyce Mason-Monheim on November 16, 2013 at 8:52 am

Floral Couture - Butterfly CloseupOne of the leading trendsetters in the fashion world was Alexander McQueen. He is best known for low-rise “bumster” jeans, skull scarves, and for his cleverness of cutting clothes and the use of shape and proportion. Even after his untimely death in 2010, the Alexander McQueen label, now owned by Gucci, has become known for its controversy and shock tactics. From extreme silhouettes and technology to outrageous models, McQueen made people take notice. His talent was to take people out of their comfort zones, to make them think, and be uncomfortable, thus turning the fashion runway upside down.

Inspired by McQueen, floral designers created the following “Savage Botanicals,” a transformation of the fashion icon’s influences using permanent botanical materials and repurposed dresses. This unique collection of dresses features three galleries representing nature, industry, and life (breath). Enjoy!

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Symbiosis Serenity: The contrast of life and death

Symbiosis Serenity: The contrast of life and death

Mosses, lush soft carpets covering the serenity of the forest floor, are symbiotic, living off other living materials. Forming the bodice of this dress are layers of Spanish moss and ferns with delicate lavender flowers tucked among the softness. Water lettuce leaves petal around the skirt. In nature, as water lettuce lives on water surfaces, its dense growth suffocates the life of the fish and plant materials below.

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