Balmain's designer Olivier Rousteing has been noted for his keen diverse style, while keeping true to his Parisian roots. Paris is a city filled with many different faces and styles, making it a marvelous melting pot. Balmain's Fall/Winter 2015 collection was inspired by the diversity we see throughout the decades in fashion, and the edge and chic style we see on the streets today. Different pieces took different elements of style from various decades, from 80's style shoulder pads and ruffled skirts, to a 90's style flared out "Cant Touch This" pant. One of the most notable aspects of Balmain's design is the color choices and placements. Keeping black as a major player, deep rich jewel tones take these designs to the next level, as well as hints of shimmer and gold taking these designs to a unique sophistication.
Balmain's F/W 2015 collection had us inspired to create a bouquet that felt true to this modern yet elegant aesthetic. Starting with a slender black vase, black schwartzwalder calla lilies embody the dark rich element while the gilded eucalyptus intertwines to bring elegance to this bouquet. The bright green stems of the calla lilies also captures that pop of color while wrapped together with a black ribbon. Both the collection and arrangement are current yet timeless and would have any woman feeling strong in her stride.
To be a princess! To have all eyes on you, to feel your beauty radiate throughout a room, a dress so stunning one could imagine it was not so much constructed but magically designed just for you. This bride's day will be one not easy to forget, and will forever be the epitome of the princess fantasy. The early sunlight catches this dress in all its beauty and the halo of lace hangs beautifully on this wonderful day. And although it looks beautiful in through the light of day, it is ravishing against the backdrop of an idyllic willow tree, who's ashy green arms hang gracefully over. Millions of thoughts run through her head as this day proceeds to pass at an unrecognizable pace, but as she looks over her shoulder the thought that soon her prince will vow forever with her is the only thought that matters. A tickle pink shawl caresses her shoulders and a enchanted bouquet of blush dahlias, white lisianthus, jasmine, white snapdragon, white garden roses, white ranunculus, white spray roses and blush stock rests in her hands delicately accenting her surroundings. He kisses her and this scene is truly romantic. Him, and her, the bridge that brings the two of them together is one of excitement and the most sincere love.
The laughter and smile of friends engulf the bride and groom. To have all their loved ones together, tossing confetti in the air as the couple walks through. For a moment this instance is slow mo, everything else is background noise and together everyone shares this glorious moment. The bridesmaid's are accompanied with bouquets of snapdragons, ranunculus and roses to accompany their romantic pink dresses. There are traces of floral beauty all throughout this wedding, from the centerpieces to the elegant hand-ties that adorn each chair. The centerpieces include white hydrangeas, blush snapdragons, blush secret garden roses, blush ohara garden roses, fuchsia supernova, spray roses, jasmine, blush stock, and white lisianthus. Every bit of this wedding embodies true romance. The princess throws her bouquet in the air, knowing this moment will forever be one of the happiest.
Winter weddings are so gracefully elegant. From snow covered trees to twinkling skyskraper lights, the peaceful winter nights of the city are breathtaking. There is an elegance about the winter time, and when it is captured in something so joyous as a wedding it truly radiates. The bride's Oscar de la Renta gown was accompanied by a ravishing arrangement of ruby and burgundy garden roses and ranunculus. The different tones of red created a beautiful depth and riche texture.
For the ceremony, the couple chose a sheer chuppah that was chic, yet sophisticated for their romantic vows. The bridesmaids' bouquets reflected a chic look of luxurious white roses. The designs on the place-card table were the perfect touch, flourishing with white hydrangea accented by mercury candles, who's dim but glistening light set a wonderful tone at Spiaggia. At the reception, the lower, luxe centerpieces which included white hydrangea, garden roses, spray roses and traditional roses had the slightest hint of ivory, just enough to create dimension. The elevated centerpieces were simply magnificent and the star of the night at this wintry wedding. The blooming white cherry blossoms were designed to be delicate and whimsy emulating Chicago's wintry snow fall making them undeniably captivating.
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Rich vibrant colors can go a long way when it comes to a wedding. To complement deep violet tones, warm hues were incorporated in this bouquet to bring an exotic look to this modern wedding. The brides cream colored beaded strapless gown had this bouquet radiating. The bridesmaid's wore a variety of colors to accompany these bundles of color attributing to this unique wedding style. The bridal bouquet features magenta phalaenopsis orchids, red anemones, orange spray roses, yellow cattleeya orchids, green trick, navy berries, green cymbidium orchids, persimmon orange roses, calypso fuchsia mokara orchids, and orange freesia. The contrast between the cities grey glow and these bright colors is a wonderful example of bringing exotic colors to an environment that is more structured, and can represent of Chicago's playfulness. The groomsmen's boutonniere also added a special flare to the total ambience with plum calla lily, orange freesia and blueberries.
The centerpieces varied from a mini manzanita branch with calypso fuchsia mokara orchids wrapped around with paved persimmon roses at the base, to shorter centerpiece with a paved design of yellow cymbidium orchids, plum dianthus, plum calla lilies, persimmon roses, fuchsia gloriosa lily and green succulents. These shorter designs were placed close together all accenting one another beautifully. The anemones are particularly notable, as the navy center contrasts brightly with the red petals. These arrangements helped embody the fun that comes with such an elegant such as a wedding.
Thank you to Jaclyn Simpson for these lovely images.
The brides bouquet popped with color against the grey sky and roaming hills with crisp leaves scattered throughout. The bride's flower arrangements were brought together to create a garden like feel, incorporating green hypericum berries, green lady's mantle, fuchsia Kate garden roses, purple tulips, purple stock, blue hyacinth, blue veronica, blueberry purple roses, fuchsia supernova spray roses and purple lisianthus giving the bride a gentle vibrancy. The bridesmaids wore jewel toned shawls that accented the bouquet's they held which in combination with the bride's bouquet and beaded strapless dress added an effortless elegance. The groom and groomsmen wore blueberry purple roses with green hypericum berries and blue veronica, which in contrast with a moody sky and peaceful pond brought a beautiful image of happiness.
The first arrangement shown has lavender hydrangea, Kate fuchsia garden rose, blue veronica, green hypericum berries, lady's mantle, lavender belle spray roses, purple stock, blueberry purple roses, and plum dianthus. The lavender hydrangea fans its way through the arrangement evoking a sense of playfulness in combination with the darker pink color of the single rose at the bottom of the arrangement. These worked perfectly in combination with the dark jewel toned napkins placed inside the glasses, almost appearing to be flowers themselves. The smaller arrangements shown consist of same florals in the large floral centerpieces. The submerged water arrangements work perfectly with the tone and ambience of this wedding, with the purple mokara orchid's submerged underneath candles with their firey tips so close to the top embodying warmth and happiness that comes with such a joyous occasion.
Thanks for Woodnote Photography for providing these images.
Giambattista Valli SS15 line was elegantly inspired by the free spirit women gallivanting through the gardens of Tuileries on a spring eve. Fresh delicate blossoms and layers of ruffles inspired by the ultra-famous French dessert mille-feuille capture the effortless state of femininity. The dreamy creme ballet skirts with black net framing the face for exquisite contrast in delight.
To craft our floral bouquet, we choose this lovely floral frock from the runway collection for our inspired creativity. For the base of the design, we choose a black glass vase. The composite consisted of white jumbo annabelle hydrangeas, white ranunculus, ballet pink butterfuly dendrobium orchids, blush parrot tulips, noir berries, coral charming babe spray roses and blanc dyed plumosa fern.
And now..off to Paris we go to indulge in a lovely pastry sitting in the gardens on this lovely spring day.
What a beautiful winter white wedding! Our bride, Jaclyn, has the most infectious smile. You instantly want to smile when looking at her in these beautiful images on her wedding day. We created a stunning all white composite designed with peonies, spray roses, double bloom tulips, ranunculus, hypericum berries, lisianthus and roses to compliment her romantic lace gown. Jaclyn always envisioned her bridemaids carrying white baby's breath to capture the wintry snow this time year against their evergreen gowns. Off to the reception, guests entered the ballroom with visual of wintry white branches and warm candlelight. The low centerpieces were designed white hydrangeas, white double tulips and white roses in a chic trio. The tall centerpieces featured white branches and jumbo white hydrangeas around the lip of the glass vase.
Our bride wore the most perfect blush wedding gown complimented by a wintry bridal bouquet this past January. In the brisk Chicago winter, the blush tones brought warmth to the celebration as Kristen and Ryan tied the knot at the Waldorf Astoria. Kristen carried a bouquet designed with luxurious ohara garden roses, baby blush peonies, ivory majolica spray roses, light pink ranunculus, lacey dusty miller and ivory vendela roses. The bouquet was wrapped in ivory sateen ribbon to complete the elegant romantic bouquet. Her lovely bridesmaids carried all blush beauties of secret garden roses embellished with slate lacey dusty miller to compliment their platinum gowns. Into the evening, Kristen choose two style centerpieces for the reception. The tall centerpieces featuring jumbo annabelle white hydrangeas, majolica spray roses, secret garden roses, and ohara garden roses. The short centerpieces were designed with majolica spray roses, secret garden roses and ohara garden roses. All of the floral designs at the wedding captured her chic romantic style by selecting round headed blooms designed in a clean composition.
Thank you to Gerber+Scarpelli for providing these lovely images.
Valentino's Fall '15 runway collection is absolutely beyond stunning. Each piece is hand crafted with floral prints and embroideries to capture the eye of the beholder as one moves in stride. The collection was inspired by the ever so famous painting, La Primavera (aka Allegory of Spring), by Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. The painting resembles figures in a garden during the lush growth of spring. It features a lady wearing a floral crown and floral-patterned gown, spreading flower petals on the ground that she has captured within her dress. Another fascinating component in this historical painting is that it features over 500 species of plants and 190 different flowers. Its every horticulturist dream to own a copy of this painting.
Being amused by Valentino's collection, we designed a lovely bouquet to compliment our favorite gown from his Fall '15 runway show. Our design features blue slate succulents, resembling star-like body, and silver brunia, which compliments Valentino's stars and planets also featured in his latest sheer collection. Keeping things on a muted scale, we incorporated dusty miller and kochia. The two slate greenery are lovely to work with when wanting to create volume in a composite.
It was intoxicating to design Leslie and Tom's wedding this winter. The soft ivory and blush tones paired with elegant black detailing captured a vintage essence to a Parisian bohemian motif. We selected various shades of roses to create depth within her bouquet and centerpieces. The delicate airy accents of black plumosa fern and berries give the designs a bit of contrast by highlighting the softness of the blooms. Designing in mercury vessels adds to the overall vintage concept for a bit of worldly theme. Can we say Ooh la la?
Flowers used throughout the wedding: champagne roses, ivory spray roses, viburnum berries, plumosa fern, white peonies, lacey dusty miller, gardenias, blush roses, white ranunculus and white lisianthus.
Thanks to Lilly Photography for providing us with these beautiful images.
While herbal remedies are well known in eastern medicine, it hasn't had quite the impact on western medicinal practices. America is wrapped up in the quick fix of pharmaceutical drugs, keeping society blind to the power of natural herbal remedies. While we aren't against pharm drugs for urgent care situations; we do believe in the long term power of herbs in keeping one healthy. In fact, neither my self nor my sister have been to the doctor with a cold or flu virus in over 7 years (that's when we embarked on this herbal adventure)....and no, we don't get the flu shot either. How is that you might say?
Everyday we take a numerous amount of herbal/vitamin supplements that naturally strengthen our immune systems to fight of bacteria and viruses. The list is long, yet each one holds a beneficial purpose to our health. Here we go!
- Pau D' Arco: is from the inner root of the South American Tabebuia tree. Its benefits are quite extensive. To name a few: anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancerous. For more information on this herb, click here: paudarco.org This is one herb we would never live without!
- Astragalus: is from the root of the Asian Astragalus plant. Its considered one of the most popular Chinese medicinal herbs. The benefits of this herb are typically known for boosting one's immune system.
- Oil of Oregano at 70% carvacrol: this herb is known for its antibiotic like properties. The herb is literally a cure all. Click here for additional info: Organic Facts.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. We'll warn you now, it isn't exactly pleasant to one's taste buds. Typically, we mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with warm water, 3 to 1 ratio, and drink it each day. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best ways to rid your body of unwanted toxins. This home remedy is truly powerful and its benefits are endless, Organic Facts.
- Lemon: Our kitchen is never without lemons. Each morning we drink a warm glass of lemon water. Again, this little baby will do wonders on ridding your body of toxins. Check out more benefits on lemons here, Organic Facts.
- Turmeric: is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial properties....and a million more which you can find listed here. This stuff is golden (no pun intended).
- Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C 1,000 mg: This type of vitamin C is created with sophisticated technology which allows the vitamins to absorb fully into your bloodstream giving our bodies the boost they need. Its best consumed on an empty stomach for full effect.
- Organic Coconut Oil: Yes, we've all heard of it. Do you know the countless perks of this fruit? Well, its pretty nutty how many benefits this tropical wonder provides, from skin care to anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, we literally ought to be eating and bathing in the stuff daily. We take one teaspoon of this white goop daily....oh, and did we mention it even whitens your teeth. Every entrepreneur needs a killer smile and our teeth are an essential part of that.
- Beet/Carrot/Apple Juice: We are addicted to this miracle juice and drink it daily. This juice concoction is unique in that is possesses anti-cancer properties, promotes a healthy heart, lungs and brain functioning and keeps one's digestion system running smoothly.
- Red Reishi Mushroom: a Chinese herbal immune booster.
One might be overwhelmed by the amount of remedies we take daily and think "wow, that's a lot of work" or "that sounds expensive" and as entrepreneurs we say "our health is priceless". When working over 80 hours a week, we don't have the time to fall ill; thus, our ten minute routine in the morning to take all these herbal remedies is a no-brainer. And, if you are wondering what our daily routine financially computes to, well all we can say it's more cost efficient then yearly doctor visits.
Note: Please check with your health care provider if you have allergies, are pregnant or nursing, or take medications prior to consuming herbs.
As we count down 2014, designers are ramping up their Spring/Summer collections for 2015. Marchesa skipped winter's chilly, cool colors for London Fashion Week's runway, giving a fun, flirty vibe that still remained styled and sophisticated. Marchesa's collection brought us a gorgeous display of hippy, bohemian dresses and flowing silhouettes that we can't get enough of!
We thought the skirt and top combination in the picture above was to die for; the combination of warm greens and pinks gave this outfit a floral feel without feeling fresh out of the jungle. With the cut of the sleeves mirroring the cut of the skirt, the symmetry of this look is a designer's dream, and we loved the stylized yet relaxed feel of this design. Using this outfit as a jumping off point, we created a floral halo that would complete the look. Keeping in touch with the free, bohemian vibe, we used phaleanopsis orchids, privet berries, fuchsia spray roses, camelia greens, and white astilbe for a floral crown fit for a queen. All hail Marchesa's Spring/Summer 2015 collection!