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Top Flower Factor Blog Posts of 2016

by Jenny Scala on January 1, 2017 at 3:56 am

What a year! We had a blast showing the country how good it feels to give and receive flowers through “Petal It Forward.” We showed how flowers are a small, yet powerful gesture for recognizing achievements. We celebrated exciting wedding and event party trends, a long romantic Valentine’s Day weekend and even Super Bowl Sunday. Thank you to our contributors for sharing their expertise. And a great big thanks to YOU for reading and sharing our ideas on all things floral.

And now, please enjoy this trip down memory lane as we look back at the top Flower Factor posts of 2016:

Flowers Create Connection: In response to new data reaffirming the science behind flowers’ ability to improve moods and lessen anxiety, the Society of American Florists and florists nationwide hit the streets on October 19 in 234 cities in all 50 states to hand out tens of thousands of flower bouquets to busy commuters. This “Petal It Forward” effort was meant to not only brighten the day of those receiving the bouquets, but recipients were also given a second bouquet to share with someone who needed a lift.

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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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How Do I Know My Style?

by Ardith Beveridge on July 18, 2016 at 4:03 pm

shutterstock_103453673-lowresWe begin to develop personal style in early childhood. As soon as we start showing signs of individuality, we demonstrate preferences for particular colors, patterns, design styles and flowers. Give ourselves some room to engage with those natural affinities, and our style further evolves. Since the time you began dressing yourself, you have begun to develop a sense of style, with color as your foundation. You have already mastered the basics.

Don’t worry if you are already past the point of really being aware when you first set out to identify your sense of style; just start where you are.

Set the stage for style success. What is your favorite color? Look in your closet at the colors you like to wear. Do you like glitter, casual or dressy clothes, or both? You do have a preference for one. Look around your house. What are the colors and style of your bedroom? What helps you feel peaceful? Is your kitchen painted with energetic colors and country decorative accents, or industrial? Look around your world and make note; your style is in front of you, you will learn how to identify it. Read More

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Bridal Bouquet … in a Clutch

by J. Robbin Yelverton on July 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Clutch Bouquet — Photo Courtesy Blumz by…JRDesigns in metro DetroitLike a Broadway show or fashion, bridal bouquet styles sometime end a run of popularity and then are “rediscovered” and enjoy a revival. Such is the case of the clutch bouquet.

A true clutch is an elongated bouquet that is carried on the arm, like you would an infant, or carried to the side clutched in the hand with the tip of the bouquet downward. Its name “clutch” implies that it is a gathering of casually arranged stems clutched or bound together with ribbon, twine or some other binding material.

However, in the world of Pinterest, and other social media platforms, the term “clutch bouquet” is being used to describe everything from a true clutch to what is more accurately called a nosegay or round hand-tied bouquet. These definitions are incorrect and could lead to a disappointed bride on her big day. On the other hand, the clutch bouquet can also, at times, be called a presentation, pageant, or arm bouquet.

The clutch bouquet is a casual, informal yet graceful bouquet that typically has a lot of movement as the materials are not tightly controlled. It is perfect for an afternoon ceremony, an outdoor garden setting or an intimate gathering of a friends and family. Read More

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Three Hot Prom Accessories

by Shelby Shy on April 27, 2016 at 11:30 am

It is prom season, which means it’s time to partaaaay! Before the party starts, you have to first find the right dress — and then the accessories. And the best accessory is always flowers. Your florist can create the perfect floral accessory for you to match your prom dress and unique style. You’ll be surprised at the options. Below are a few to get you started.

Floral necklaces make a beautifully sophisticated statement, perfect for the trendy personality. Ask your florist to create one for you with your favorite flowers. This floral necklace features eggplant dendrobium orchids, waxflowers and lily grass. Your date can wear a matching boutonnière.

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Floral jewelry doesn’t have to be metallic. This colorful bracelet mixes braided ribbon with yellow craspedia and kangaroo paws. If your style is on the artsy side, this may be just for you.

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Playful green wire balls and funky sticks give a modern update to the traditional cymbidium orchid boutonnière and corsage. Classic style with a twist.

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For more prom flower ideas, check out this Flickr gallery and more blogs. Also, take this fun quiz to find out your prom flower personality.

How will you wear flowers to prom?