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Natural Beauties Floral
212 N Sangamon St, #3C
Chicago , IL  60607
Phone: (312) 243-2690
Tuesday
Feb172015

Flowers + Fashion: A Bouquet Inspired by Giambattista Valli SS15

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.

Wednesday
Jan282015

Winter Chic Wedding


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. 

Wednesday
Jan282015

Floral Thoughts…

Monday
Jan192015

Blushing Chic Beauty at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago

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. 

Monday
Jan192015

Fashion + Flowers: Au naturel inspired florals by Valentino Fall '15

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. 

Saturday
Jan102015

Floral Thoughts…

Saturday
Jan102015

Vintage Romantic Wedding at Salvage One in Chicago

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.

xxoo

NBF

 

Saturday
Jan102015

NBF Lifestyling: Herbs for the Cure

 

 

 

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.

 xxoo,
Natural Beauties  

 

Note:  Please check with your health care provider if you have allergies, are pregnant or nursing, or take medications prior to consuming herbs.

Wednesday
Dec172014

Featured: Spring, Blush Bridal Bouquet and AIC Wedding in Modern Luxury Brides

 

There was no better way to ring in the new year than a press post in Modern Luxury's first 2015 edition featuring bridal fashion and wedding design! We were so excited to not only design the florals for this photo shoot, but to also include our own work from one of our past weddings. Making sure to capture 2015's color trends, we made sure to include blushes and grey tones in both the photo shoot design as well as the wedding we selected to showcase. 
For the Modern Luxury article specifically, we designed a romantic blush bouquet of garden roses, nerine lilies, ranunculus, sweat peas, spray roses, snow berries, white japhet orchids, navy blue privet berries, and slate dusty miller. We created this full arrangement to convey 2015's hottest colors, as to show how large, blooming bouquets are this year's go-to style.
The pictures included from our vintage garden wedding at the Art Institute of Chicago gave readers a completely different idea of what a wedding could be. With stylized, unique bouquets and fun details like bell jars and grape wood-- this wedding showed how even museums can house a garden wedding! Thank you Modern Luxury for including us in your beautiful winter spread, and to our floral followers, definitely pick up this edition of Modern Luxury for can't miss ideas for your own floral designs!

 

Tuesday
Dec162014

Floral Thoughts…

Saturday
Dec132014

Floral + Fashion: Marchesa SS 15 Inspired Floral Halo

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!

Wednesday
Dec102014

Vintage Parisian Romance Wedding at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

With twinkling candles suspended from Manzanita branches, the City of Lights itself seemed to relocate to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This Parisian Wedding tied French romance to high fashion, creating an air of sophistication and elegance. This glamorous wedding used a blush pink, ivory and white palette, reminding us of Paris in the springtime and we were happy to put away our parkas for the night.

For the reception, we used two centerpiece styles to create a French garden feel with lush arrangements, bird cages, and candles. The first style included elevated manzanita branches with hanging candles and strung orchids, surrounded by white hydrangea, dusty miller, pink cymbidium orchids, blush garden roses, ivory spray roses, and white stock. The second design was a collection design of vintage bird cages adorned with florals and petite vintage mercury vases of florals. The bouquets included the same flowers as above, but we swapped white hydrangea for pink astilbe to bring more warmth to the romantic bouquets. On the day of the wedding as we saw the look come to life, all we could think was j'adore!

xxoo,
Natural Beauties Floral 

Tuesday
Dec092014

Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 is…..Marsala

While it seemed pretty hard to outdo Radiant Orchid, Pantone has done it again with 2015's Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala! This color's warmth and versatility makes it the perfect design choice for men and women alike; Marsala is an easily matched interior design base color, and it's perfect for clothes and wearable makeup. The muted smokiness of Marsala is perfect to pair with warm and cool hues, you get the best of both color worlds! Not only can Marsala work with more similar color matchings of umber, amber, golden yellows, and browns, it also looks great with turquoises, teals and blues.

Aside from how well it pairs with other colors, Marsala embraces both feminine and masculine aspects of design. Named after the full bodied wine, Marsala captures the wine's similar richness and earthiness. Pantone states that Marsala, “encourages color creativity and experimentation,” and we couldn't agree more! Feeling inspired ourselves, we made an arrangement of kangaroo paw, snapdragons, callas, spray roses, and pepper berry to capture Marsala's drama and warmth. We love how Marsala can be both vibrant and subtle-- can't wait to see more of Marsala as we ring in 2015!

xxoo,
Natural Beauties Floral 

Monday
Nov172014

Floral Thoughts…

Monday
Nov172014

Romantic Wedding Flowers at the Rookery Building 

The iconic Rookery building, located at 209 South LaSalle Street, is the perfect venue for a wedding that feels both chic and classic. With gold accented table décor, and lush floral designs, this wedding brought intimacy to the intricacy of the Rookery's design. The primarily black and white styled wedding brought a pop of color in its use of gold decorations, as well as blush and buttercream in the flowers. 

For the centerpieces, we used three styles to bring some variety to each table. For the first style, we used pillar candles surrounded by petite designs of hydrangea, stock, garden roses, succulents, eucalyptus, and cymbidium orchids. For the second style, we designed a single short lush arrangement of hydrangea, stock, garden roses, succulents, eucalyptus, and cymbidium orchids. We kept it simple for the third style-- a deconstructed trio of vases containing hydrangea, stock, and garden roses.

The perfect way to compliment a black and white styled wedding is to bring color and warmth to your floral arrangements. The green of the eucalyptus and the pinks of the garden roses add a touch of romance to any chic wedding. The Rookery setting only brought more elegance to this already sophisticated and stylish wedding. Congrats to the bride and groom from all of us at Natural Beauties Floral!

Photos: Robb Davidson

Monday
Nov172014

Fashion + Flowers: Valentino Resort '15

We can't talk enough about Valentino. As one of the premier fashion houses, Valentino balances innovation with tradition each season, and Valentino's Resort 2015 collection didn't disappoint. Often using patterning and color to create fun, bright styles, resortwear collections bring a country club, cruise boat, vacation feel to runways.

Valentino's Resort 2015 collection paired light fabrics and flowy silhouettes with intricate, bold patterns. In the dress above, Valentino contrasts a chic high neckline with a whimsical floral design, a perfect mesh of work and play. While the solid banding of orange, green, and black along the bottom of the dress, sleeves, neckline, and waist provides weight, Valentino plays with contrast yet again, as the sheer fabric and loose skirt of the dress feel etherial and light.

At Natural Beauties, we wanted to design an arrangement that captured Valentino's Resort 2015 feel. We arranged succulents, fern, scabiosa, stephanotis, ranunculus, tulips, hydrangea, and trachelium in a copper urn to emulate how Valentino uses opposing fashion styles such cool and warm colors, light fabric and heavy design, intricate designs with simple silhouette. It may be in the 30s here in Chicago, but with Valentino's Resort 2015 collection, it's a nice reminder that summer isn't too far away! 

xxoo,
Natural Beauties Floral 

Thursday
Nov132014

Fall Inspiration Shoot

We got the privilege to design a fall/winter wedding floral arrangement for a photo shoot for Rachael Osborn Photography, and we adored the “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” feel!

This shoot combined a rustic theme with a winter vibe to bring a perfect marriage (pun intended!) of warm and cool colors. With the floral hues, the bride's fur, and the groom's navy blue suit, this photo shoot embraced warm colors to provide an intimate feel. The crisp, shimmering lace of the bride's dress, paired with the woodsy environment brought a wintery elegance to this photo shoot.

When creating the bouquet and boutonniere, we wanted to balance both warm colored florals (think coral, magenta, orange) with cooler, darker colors for a full, bright design. We used succulents, chinese laterns, hanging amaranths, rises, navy berries, eucalyptus, cockscomb, and pin cushion protea wrapped in a navy ribbon for the bridal bouquet. We created a warm, lush bouquet for the bride to compliment the cool, stylized design of her dress. For the groom, we used a single orange rose wrapped in a navy ribbon to bring out the orange in his paisley tie, as well as blend with the navy blue suit.

Designing for this photo shoot was a treat- we love fall weddings here at Natural Beauties Floral. After all, if love is all year round, shouldn't weddings be too? 

xxoo,
Natural Beauties  

All images by Rachael Osborn Photography

This shoot was featured on the Every Last Detail

Friday
Oct312014

Floral Thoughts…

 

Tuesday
Oct212014

Bridal Fashion Week NYC Spring and Fall 2015

The beauty of fashion week is that the second one ends, another begins for a new season. We're definitely not complaining- bring on the brides! For Spring/Fall 2015 Bridal Fashion Week, it's all about the T's: texture and tulle. The wedding dress keeps evolving every fashion season, and we are seeing a lot of innovative designs this fashion week.

The Victoria Kyriakides collection showcase not only bold color choices, but also intricate design work and a new interpretation of the bridal silhouette. On the left, Kyriakides combines a soft ivory, with a cool silver, banded together with black. This dress combines soft lace with a high thigh slit, creating a perfect balance of sultry and sophisticated. The texture and shape of the dress on the right is notable; the peplum style feels fashion forward, as does the blocky, geometric top, but the lace detailing of the bottom dress softens the look. Both dresses use delicate colors and romantic silhouettes to bring a sense of femininity and we're loving the floral patterned accents.

As the weather warms up in Spring, then evolves into a crisp Fall, we're seeing champagnes and blushes in dresses. These colors are warm enough to not look washed out on a Fall day, but don't overpower the bride on a bright Spring day. With pink and yellow undertones, these bridal colors fit perfectly for a bride who wants to stay close to classic wedding style, but is so over the “white wedding.” Similarly, with these warmer colors, brides are less likely to look pale in their dresses. We always enjoy unique takes on bridal dresses, more champagne please!

Delphine Manivet's runway is for the edgy bride who is completely bored with convention. Manivet's emphasis on separates, hats, white booties, and unusual dress designs bring a freshness to any bridal look. While it may require a mustering of courage to try, Manivet's look is relaxing yet styled, understated and cool. For a chic bride who doesn't want to try too hard, Delphine Manivet's dresses are the ones for you. These dresses look simple and easy to wear, and isn't that what any bride hopes for on the big day?

We're always loving Houghton's designs, and this fashion week was no different. Houghton emphasized texture this season, with knit separates and full, tulle skirts, giving depth to these looks. Contrasting chunky knits or plain white tops with intricately designed skirts already mixes hard and soft with these dresses. On top of that, you have the dimension that tulle brings, and the dress really pops with the variety of color and material. Judging by the sleeves and sweater material, Houghton has the Chicago bride in mind this Fall-- warm AND chic? We'll take two.

With her Spring/Fall 2015 collection, Galia Lahav emphasizes femininity and sleek silhouettes above all else. Using brocade in many of her design, Lahav outfits her dresses with delicate laces, smooth satin, and sheer panelling. These dresses do not waste fabric, with most of the designs gripping the bride's curves and focusing on the body's natural shape. Building of the dresses' natural definition of the female body, Lahav focuses on the soft, elegant bride-- you won't find any hard lines or geometric shapes here.

Inbar Dror's latest collection was simply breathtaking. Pairing sensual shapes and dress styles with romantic detailing and flowing skirts, Dror captured our favorite trend of 2015: the ethereal dress. With numerous necklines to choose from, these dresses shimmer with extraordinary beadwork against lace overlays. Like Kyriakides, Dror also includes floral images, ranging from small, barely there patterns, to bolder, more distinctive designs along the bottom of the dress. The soft tulle seems to float and glide as the bride walks, and this color palette effects an angelic appearance. Inbar Dror seems to have a look for every bride, what is there possibly not to like?

With a variety of bridal looks that spanned from vintage to futuristic, Fall/Spring 2015 Bridal Fashion Week did not disappoint. It seems that the two polar silhouette trends were the slinky, yet soft dresses, or the full skirted, tulle romantic dresses. Color-wise, if you're looking to spice up white, we're seeing champagne and blush as this season's trend. All and all, we gave this Bridal Fashion Week four thumbs up. Aside from the fact that Winter in Chicago is unpleasant, these Spring/Fall 2015 fashions are making us want to speed up time! 

 xxoo,

Natural Beauties Floral

Sunday
Oct052014

Romantic "Gossip Girl" Wedding at The Wit Hotel

When we think “Gossip Girl,” we think of New York's most fabulous socialites and beautiful people. Tapping into Gossip Girl's fashion forward costumes and chic representation of New York's elite, this September wedding at the Wit hotel in downtown Chicago was perfectly reminiscent of Blair's almost nuptials. With skyscrapers surrounding the Wit and the banquet room, this wedding was a page right out of Gossip Girl's book, and we loved it!

Softening the cityscape was the backdrop for this romantic wedding, the ceremony featured a sheer canopy with a romantic crystal chandelier. Bringing a modern twist, lucite podiums adorned the aisle way with elevated centerpieces and low centerpieces with candles. The contrast of white canopy, white aisle runner, and white seats for the guests created perfect pops of cool color, in the mostly warm hued room. The glittering candles paired with faint fuchsia lighting and lush floral arrangements reflected a romantic ambiance; the sheer canopy providing a beautiful white background to the bride and groom's vows.

Lining the aisle, and making their way to the reception as well, full floral arrangements brought a warmth to the affair. The reception featured romantic centerpiece designs of fuchsia and blush beauties; we used hydrangea, dahlias, phalaenopsis orchids, tulips, mokara orchids, dendrobium orchids, and garden roses for this wedding. With bright, attention grabbing arrangements, we designed for the cool, fashionable vibe of this Gossip Girl wedding. This wedding certainly would make any New York trend-setter jealous, as it balanced romantic and chic styles perfectly. You know you love it!

 xxoo,

Natural Beauties Floral