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An Interview with Jason Wu

June 8, 2020
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We’re beyond excited to team up with renowned fashion designer Jason Wu on Wild Beauty, a collection of runway-inspired bouquets that celebrate unique inner beauty.
Jason Wu Wild Beauty, Fashion Inspired Bouquets
Wu is a leading global design talent who’s merged classic American sportswear elements with a refined couture sensibility to create an internationally recognized brand. Since debuting his Ready-to-Wear collection in 2007, he’s been dedicated to making clothes that are beautifully crafted from the inside out. Not to mention, he dresses some of the most influential and stylish women in the world.

We sat down with Jason to get every last detail of this ultimate fashion-meets-floral collaboration.
Jason Wu Wild Beauty
How did this partnership come about?
I actually grew up around flowers (my father was an avid gardener), and I’ve had a deep love for them ever since. As a designer, flowers have come to play a significant role in my Ready-to-Wear collections and have been prominently featured in my shows, including many provided by 1-800-Flowers. So when the team approached me about introducing a fresh, new design aesthetic to their collection, I felt it was the perfect fit. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Administrative Professionals’ Day: What to Give, What to Say, and What to Never Give or Say

April 20, 2020
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Administrative Professionals’ Day, aka Admin Day, celebrates those in the office who keep the wheels turning. Sometimes they’re called executive assistants, administrative secretaries, or office managers. An admin’s responsibilities could range from filing paperwork and coordinating meetings to assisting the CEO and managing the office. Both their title and responsibilities depend on the size and type of office.

One thing they all do is support the office in some way, and today is the day to say, “Thank you and Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day!” So what is the best way to do that?
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What to Give: Good Thank You Gifts

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  • A gift like a plant, flowers, a box of candy, or a gift card to their favorite restaurant or coffee shop. These can all be made to feel personal when paired with a sincere thank you note (more on that below!).
  • Lunch via a food delivery app i.e. Seamless, UberEats, etc. or when social distancing is over, at a favorite restaurant. Let them pick where to go, round up the team, and have fun. Order appetizers and dessert without asking; this is a celebration! Bring a card signed by everyone along with one of the gifts above if it’s in the budget.  If you’d like to send something now, food delivery apps are a great next option.
  • Time off. If it’s within your ability to do so, let them spend the day or afternoon however they’d like.
  • A Social Media Shout Out: Everyone likes to be recognized. Skip the photo (they might not find it flattering) and instead use a picture of the office or a stock “thank you” photo. (Another cute idea is to find and use one of their baby pictures. Make sure it’s tasteful– no nudes.) Say something along the lines of “Whitney rocks! We couldn’t do it without her. Here’s to the best admin an office could ask for.”

How to Give It: Card, Email or Text?

A handwritten card is the best method of delivery. It’s the most personal and doesn’t make the recipient feel like they need to respond as do email and text. Some tips on the message:

  • Exclamation points: Use sparingly. It will depend on the length of your message but you’re probably fine with one or even none.
  • Emojis: Pass. Use your words and save the silly faces for your friends. You know your office best, but generally a well-written thank you won’t need adornment.
  • Make sure you’ve spelled names correctly.
  • Proofread twice.

What NOT to Give: Bad Thank You Gifts

  • No crude joke gifts; no “funny” profane mugs, t-shirts, or other off-color gifts.
  • No alcohol. A bottle of wine is a lovely thing to bring to a dinner party but not the office.
  • Nothing religious.
  • No clothing. Accessories like scarves or gloves may be ok if you know them well, but clothing is generally too personal and intimate.
  • Nothing you wouldn’t give to someone in a position of authority like your boss. For example, no lingerie, beauty products, or self-help books such as how to do your job better.

If you’re wondering if your gift is inappropriate, it probably is. Your best bet is to stick with one of these classics.

What to Write

Keep it short and sweet. Humor is fine but don’t let it get away from you; something that is meant to be funny often comes across insulting or just plain weird.
Here are some samples of what to write:

  • Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day! Thank you for all your hard work keeping the office running smoothly. We truly appreciate you!
  • Thank you for your help this year. You’re a hard worker, you always take the initiative to see what needs to be done, you’re quick to learn and you’re patient with those of us who aren’t. We are lucky to have you.
  • Thank you for your excellent work and positive attitude. Things can get crazy here but you manage to take it all in stride and never lose your cool. Great job.
  • Happy Admin Day! It’s people like you who make work a nicer place to be.
  • I found this quote and thought of you: “The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.” Thank you for being such an amazing admin and making it all look easy.
  • You can run the office without a boss, but you can’t run an office without admins.
    • Thank you for all your incredible contributions. We couldn’t do it without you.

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Written by Contributing Author Kathy Milano

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Christmas Centerpieces: Dress Your Table With Wintry Magic

December 16, 2019
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It’s that magical time of year when families and friends gather to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Guests of all ages converge for the festivities, transporting gifts and exchanging hugs. No doubt, the joyous chatter will eclipse any sound coming from the holiday movie on television. Chaos aside, these are unforgettable moments when memories are chiseled into our minds to be treasured for many generations; they trigger memories of Christmases past and set ablaze a sense of wonder that only happens once a year.

Holiday Centerpieces that delight the senses

Arriving guests will notice a mélange of sights and sounds, but it’s the sense of smell that commands centerstage. Although aromas from the kitchen may be heavenly there is a breathtaking scent from the realm of nature that is unrivaled. Yet, in December with most activities restricted to indoors, engaging with nature requires more effort. The sun wraps itself in a cloak a little earlier each day and slips behind the curtain, taking its shafts of golden beams with it. In these light-deprived days, Mother Nature spends more time painting the night sky with stardust, but she does not neglect ripening her soul-caressing flowers for Christmas. She has adorned them with grandeur and explosive bursts of color, as evidenced by her magnificent crimson Christmas poinsettia. This is the ideal time of year to bring nature’s masterpieces indoors – in a resplendent Christmas centerpiece.

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Color Schemes To Use When Decorating With Flowers This Fall

September 7, 2019

Believe it or not, autumn is already here, and that means it’s time to start getting into the spirit of the season! In addition to spending time partaking in traditional fall activities like apple and pumpkin picking, a popular task on the to-do list of many is to spice up the home with fall decor. However, pumpkin scented candles, garland-like leaves and spooky lights aren’t the only items that can be used to share your love for the season with your home – flowers can be too! Below, we discuss some of the best fall colors & schemes to use when choosing flowers as your fall home decor of choice.

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Though autumn leaves are seen falling from the trees in various shades of yellows, reds, even the occasional browns, the best color to use when decorating for fall with flowers is orange. From light to dark and everything in between, you can’t go wrong with this color in a floral arrangement! Here are some top shades for 2017: Continue Reading…

Romance

Movies and Series to Stream This Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2019

Sometimes staying in and cuddling up with your Valentine to watch a movie, or binge watch a television series, makes for the most romantic holiday.  Whether you’re going out to eat first at a local restaurant, cooking dinner at home, or ordering in, leaving time to watch something you both enjoy (or one of you enjoy :), could help make the night (or day) even more awesome. So sit back and relax as we give you some hand-picked favorites for movies and series to watch this Valentine’s Day.

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Romantic Cinema at Home Tips:

  • Flowers and candles on the coffee table or end tables really help set the mood
  • Don’t forget to get both of your favorite snacks! Popcorn helps for theatre authenticity.
  • Prepare a little and make sure the couch area is ready for hours of comfort and cuddling.

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The Essential Holiday Guide to Chicago

November 21, 2017

There’s nowhere quite like Chicago to spend the holidays. The second city is absolutely buzzing with events, must-sees and must-dos when the season rolls around. Whether you’re spending the winter holidays with family or a significant other, Chicago has no shortage of sights, smells and ways to make this magical time of year even more magical. Pay attention and take notes from our Essential Holiday Guide to Chicago to make the most of your holiday in the windy city.

Ice Skating in Millennium Park

Millennium Park, home of the famous Cloud Gate (“The bean” to locals), transforms into a winter wonderland as the temperatures plunge. In the midst of a myriad of lights lies the famous Millennium Park skating rink, which is set up and torn down at the beginning and end of every winter. Strap on a pair of skates and take a few laps with family, friends or that special someone before warming up with some cocoa or coffee from a nearby cafe.

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The Christmas (Lone) Star Shines Brightest in Dallas

November 21, 2017

If your dreams do not include a white Christmas, Dallas is the place for you to be this holiday season. For the brightest, most extraordinary Christmas you can imagine—from visits to Santa, to gigantic gingerbread houses, to star-studded lighting displays and more—Dallas is the place to find your holiday wishes coming true.

Alliance Française de Dallas – French-Style Christmas Market

Before you head out to enjoy all the breathtaking sights and sounds of the holidays, get your shopping done so you can relax and enjoy the season. Instead of running all over town, head on down to the fourth annual Marché de Noël, an outdoor French-style Christmas market based on the tradition of Strasbourg, France. Local artisans and businesses fill their booths with all kinds of holiday goods and invite you to enjoy a cultural, intellectual and artistic experience sans égal. This multicultural, family-oriented event happens for one day only, but that’s all you’ll need to finish your jolly gifting!

December 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Dallas International School. Free and open to the public (activity fees may apply).

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Holiday City Guide in Los Angeles

November 21, 2017

Whether you’re a native Angeleno, or transplant from elsewhere, celebrating the winter holidays in Los Angeles—among palm trees and warm weather—may seem a bit hollow. How do you get into the holiday spirit when there’s no possibility of a white Christmas? Surprisingly, holiday events in Los Angeles are plentiful, presenting many festive opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends. As you prep for the holiday havoc in the next few weeks, gathering ideas for things to do around Christmas and New Year’s, take a minute to refer to our Holiday City Guide in Los Angeles.

Do All Your Christmas Shopping at a Local Holiday Market

If you have eclectic taste—or just want to give unique, one of a kind presents this year—consider shopping at one of the many holiday markets in Los Angeles. With shows in both New York and Los Angeles, the Renegade Craft Fair is one of the most popular artisan markets around. If you don’t mind paying for entry, the Unique LA Holiday Market gives you access to over four hundred independent designers and artists for only $15. Aside from checking off everyone on your list, you’ll enjoy festive music, seasonal food and drinks, family portraits, and even DIY workshops.

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Capture the Magic this Holiday Season in Houston

November 21, 2017

It’s that magical time of year when Houston is transformed into a holiday light extravaganza! Take a break from baking and decorating, reschedule shopping and wrapping, and treat yourself to some Texas-sized holiday cheer in Houston. It’s the season when the Sugar Plum Fairy takes centerstage and dances to celestial music, and Elves and gingerbread villages almost seem real. The holiday tradition stirs up civic pride in Houstonians who are ready to be dazzled again with a sleigh full of events, sights and sounds. The City blends art and high tech with tradition to create a winter wonderland – but with a southern twist. Snow is a rarity this far south, but what Houston lacks in snow it makes up for in gestures of goodwill.

Create a Romantic Date Night

A timeless hallmark of the holiday season is a date night consisting of dinner, theater and a surprise Christmas bouquet. Begin your enchanted evening dining at Artista, located on the second floor of The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. A centerpiece in the heart of the Theater District, Artista sets the scene for a magical romantic evening with classic poinsettias and a towering Christmas tree. Floor to ceiling windows offer stunning views of downtown Houston’s glittering display of holiday lights. Savor your favorite wine, sample their trademark plantains chips and dips, and get ready to see her astonished reaction when a breathtaking bouquet of flowers is hand delivered.

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5 Home Decoration Ideas Using Flowers for Mother’s Day

May 9, 2017

A mother’s heart always welcomes hugs and kisses as her greatest gift, but on her special day why not show her how much you care with flowers? Fresh flowers bring new life and energy to any space; these 5 home decoration ideas will both wow mom and dress up her home at the same time.

Personalize Pots

While the flowers you buy may not last forever, why not put them in a pot or vase that she can use all year long to brighten her home with fresh blooms? Purchase several different pots, planters and vases of varying sizes. This will let Mom mix and match around the home later. It will also give you a chance to include a mother’s day plant that will have a little more staying power.

Now cover the exterior of the pots and vases with a layer of chalkboard paint, or black paint specially formulated to give you a flat, mat appearance. Decorate the pots, using either chalk for temporary messages that can be updated, or use paint markers in bright colors that will pop against the black background. You can coordinate the different pots together to create a fun display, or make each one different so Mom can use them throughout her home.

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