Flowers teach me so many things. Today as I'm inspired with a rush of creative energy by changing fall flowers, autumnal tones and new berries and textures I think about how life would be so much fuller if in my own life I could embrace the changing seasons with renewed energy and excitement for change and new opportunity. As the colors and textures of my life change I hope to be able to embrace them with joy and an eye turned to the beauty of change rather than resistance.
As each Holiday season approaches my mind starts to brainstorm and plan the PERFECT gift for each of my family members and friends. Gift giving is a joy, especially when you thoughtfully seek the perfect personal, meaningful gift that stirs a sweet response, a shriek of excitement or my favorite response- a quiet sentimental tear shed. Its my goal every year to spark the love and joy of the Holidays in those around me.
My Dad was the best example of this growing up. He is the ultimate Magic Maker of the Holidays. Christmas morning memories are made up of his contagious joy and excitement for glowing ambiance of Christmas. Cutting down a tree, decorating together and of course the most important Christmas morning. First, and most importantly, a family cheers of freshly squeezed orange juice in vintage Santa mugs and a survey around the house to ensure that Santa did indeed visit. Then and only then could we proceed into the family room that was lit already with candles, music playing and treasures laid out in piles for each family member. Watching the joy that illuminated my Father's face as we soaked in all the festivities is where my joy for gift giving was born. He always had a surprise to top the year before and you can tell that he absolutely cannot wait to see the look of sheer excitement on your face when you see it. THAT is how I want to make people feel. Full of life and love and joy and cheer.
So this year I thought why not carry that magic over to business? Wouldn't the world be a little sweeter if we took that warmth of the Holidays and shared it with those we work day to day, to those that make our careers and businesses strive and grow? I believe the only way to gift is thoughtfully and beautifully. Share with your clients and colleagues a hand picked gift crate that inspires joy, cheer and Holiday warmth. Create stronger relationships and express your gratitude with a beautiful gift crate. Whether its to be shared at the office, enjoyed at home or to shower one person with love, Blooms has you covered. Collaborate with our gift designers to create the perfect present that is full of goodies and artfully wrapped and packaged.
Delivery is available to make your Holiday load a little lighter and a lot less hectic. Crates starting at $50 ea or individual gifts are available upon request.
"The manner of giving is worth more than the gift"
“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.”
― Frida Kahlo
If you know me, you know that I have an unquenchable love for Frida Kahlo. Her story, her strength despite her broken body and broken heart, her talent, her view point and her unapologetic attitude and personality. Frida is just that... Frida. She shares through her portraits a vulnerability that most of us aren't brave enough to explore about ourselves let alone share it with the world. Her story has inspired me to embrace all the parts of myself -- even the weird, dark or scary.
"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you."
Its nice to know there are other women out there that feel a little bit cracked from the inside out, that have a few weird quirks and unibrows that grow wild and free. Women that find love, loose love, suffer loss, health problems and discouragement and yet continue to press forward, to make the world around them more beautiful and stand as a beacon of strength for others around them. Lets be bizarre and flawed and beautiful together. Lets let the light enter our cracks, lets beautify the world around us and let our unibrows grow wild (just kidding that's going too far, keep those brows on fleek ladies)
A few years ago I found a few other ladies in the biz that felt love for Frida as well, to collaborate on a shoot in conjunction with her birthday. I wanted to share a few again as her birthday is fast approaching.
- Photo- Miesh Photography
- Model- Misty Lucero
- Hair and Make up: Elise Harris @beautyonthebrain:
- Wardrobe: Mary Ann Horne @muchachamary
If you're anything like me, you love a good art print combining bones, skulls and flowers. I am thrilled to include these art prints to the shop. Now available online and in the retail shop in multiple sizes as well as in greeting card form. Take a look!
Ladies. Is there a Dad, Husband or Father in your life that could use a little recognition for Father's Day? I am sure there is a man or two in your life that you call when you need a spider killed, light bulbs changed, or if you're like me, a Dad you call when you blow a tire on the freeway. These hard working, bread winning, rough on the outside-- teddy bear on the inside men need a little pampering. They need a slap on the back that says "You are all man and I appreciate it" We have the perfect gifts picked out to help you say just that.
Duke Cannon soaps, shave creams and bloody knuckles hand repair for example, Big Ass bars of American soap that "smell like accomplishment" and share proceeds with veterans all around the country are the perfect gift to pamper those hard working man bodies.
All Guys like Pie-- We are working with Sprinkle & Dash to bring you Mini Pies in 5 delicious flavors that can be ordered alone or paired with a man crate of your choice. Apple, Coconut Cream, Banana Cream, Chocolate Cream and Key Lime are all sure to win over your Man's heart thru his stomach.
Stay tuned to see full crates as well as GOLF CRATES that will be in stock soon.
Kids. Have you heard of the Salt & Honey Market?! Because if you haven't you need to. Local vendors and craftsman of all types come together to provide you with the greatest shopping experience. Its like shopping all the lovely, amazing, wonderful things you see on your Instagram feed all day BUT you get to look and touch in real life AND you don't have to wait for it to ship to you. We feel so lucky to join these talented folks this weekend at the market. It runs April 28th- 30th and May 5-8th. Its right in time for Mother's Day!
Here's a little teaser of what we will have at the market
" Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is as sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love" -- Stevie Wonder
If your mom is anything like mine, or like Stevie's, you know that there is no better cheerleader, no better listener, no better woman in the world. In each of my life moments, each quiet failure, each moment of triumph and all the moments in between my Mother is there with words of encouragement, excitement, love and reassurance. It feels a little unfair that there is only one day set aside to celebrate the beauty, strength and selflessness of Motherhood. Let us shower our Mothers with goodness and gratitude and love.
We take gift giving seriously. Its an art to find that special something that speaks to the soul of the recipient, that reflects the beauty of their person and that conveys the fullness of your gratitude. We would love to help you spread LOVE to the Mother's, Aunts, Wives, Sisters and beloved women in your life. We have the perfect treasures in store for you to gift the ones you love.
Today at my flowers shop I put together an arrangement for a man that had finally found his way. With tattoos on his arm, wild facial hair and large stature he cried tears of joy that landed on my work desk as he explained that his kids after years of hardship and struggle, want to see him. He had been on the street for years and had lost touch with his children. Finally, after getting himself together his son agreed to see him, so they met here in Salt Lake City. Soon after he arrived here his daughter had her first baby. He described to me with tears in his eyes how their relationship had been a struggle for many years and how he was overjoyed that she wanted to see him. It was so endearing to see a gruff man shed tears of joy and hope after turning his life around in the rawest, sincerest moment, realizing he soon would reconnect with his children after many years. He shared with me, a stranger, his story. Crazy as it may seem. He shared it with me. A girl that makes flowers, that is all he knows me as. We made an arrangement with ‘Free Spirit’ roses for his daughter who has the middle name “Rose”. After he left I thought about how those tender mercies hold more meaning that we ever could have expected. His free spirit was now a beautiful gift to his daughter. He had found his way home and the joy it brought him was more that he could contain. Life has a funny way of working out.
As I went back to work I thought about how grateful I was that he shared that with me. Most of us are too afraid to embrace our story, let alone share it with someone else. Those are the moments that true connection is formed, that we realize our stories are worth telling. If he had been too afraid of his own path he wouldn’t have inspired me to embrace my own. I was reminded in that moment that what I truly love about others is their triumph over strife, victory over darkness and the strength of their spirit. Why have I been afraid to share my journey with others? I was thankful all day long for his candid, raw emotion and the exposure of his soul. It’s a beautiful thing to witness the turning point of another soul, the moment that their new life begins. It may still be full of hills to climb but they lead to even more joy, light and elevation of the soul. Moments like that are the moments that make my job magical, moments that inspire me.
Today I own my story. I will not be afraid of what people may think, most of all I will try to not be afraid of my own thoughts. It is mine and mine alone. It’s me. It has created the scars that remain, the wisdom I could have never found otherwise and the compassion I could have never understood without it. It has brought me back to myself
I want to connect with others, to feel, to share, to cheer them on their journey and to have them embrace my struggles and triumphs in return. The only way to do that, truthfully, is to speak your truth, live and love your story and most importantly share it with others. Nothing feels warmer than being understood and embraced by someone knows your struggle and loves you still, more importantly, loves you for it.
So Thank you to the man whose tears touched my heart, thank you for sharing you story and allowing courage to be contagious that day. You shed a little light on my dark journey. You reminded me of the power of flowers, the power of a FREE SPIRIT and its wonderful journey.
Pains, aches and discomfort, what we usually associate with change and growth while we forget about the good it brings. Change often is accompanied by feelings of fear, stress and usually involves a bit of heel dragging and mostly for me, a heavy weight on my chest that keeps me up throughout the night. It also comes with a sense of optimism, renewed vision and hope for new possibilities. All of these feelings and fears balance carefully as you crack open what has been, what is safe and what you know to expose a whole new idea, a new plan.
This move has been surrounded and full of all these feelings. Apprehension, stress, excitement, vision, creative moments, hope and its all fueled by the Adrenalin that all of these emotions bring. As I have loved the tall ceilings and downtown walls that the little seed of my business was planted, cultivated and sprouted in, its time to re-pot.. to grow .. to break out of the seed shell and grow. If you had looked inside the shop a week ago this is what you would have seen, our insides were turned out and all was in disarray as we moved locations and reinvented ourselves in Millcreek. Once the ribbon was sorted, the vases and vessels straightened and I got my hands in some fresh flowers in my new work space the feelings of joy, excitement and visions of new goals took place of my heart and mind and this space immediately felt like a space of new possibilities.
Its funny how we fear the ability to improve, to hold ourselves to new standards and how just being inside out of what we know can make us so uncomfortable. Yet as we look back we are thankful for the growing pains, for stretching beyond what we thought were our limits and to standing on our tippy toes to increase our reach. As I look at the new shop I feel grateful for the ability we have to continue to grow and bend and become more refined not only in our individual crafts but also our relationships, goals and the very essence of ourselves. So let me introduce you to my new space where I hope to continue to GROW
Once again Im reminded, Let the process evolve, don't be afraid to let all come undone so that something wonderful can grow in its place.
"I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.”
― Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo is one of my most favorite women and artists. She has inspired me over the years to see, explore and appreciate the hardships in my own life and to find beauty in them, to share them with other and to find common ground in quirks, differences and strangeness. Her grit, honesty and beauty always fuel my creative fire and increase my interest in the human experience. She brings color into life and every year I celebrate that, and her, on her birthday. Last year we decided it was time to capture a little Frida essence on film during one of those dinner parties. I am THRILLED to share some of those images this year to celebrate her birthday. Here's to creating our reality just as we'd want it.
Thanks to the dream team for making this a reality Misty Lucero @misty_riosa: model, Elise Harris @beautyonthebrain: Hair and Make up, Mary Ann Horne @muchachamary Wardrobe Styling and the always amazing Michelle Frampton @mieshphotography for the great images.
Blooms has been in a great space in the heart of downtown for 4 years and its time to expand! We will be moving in July so we are having a HUGE MOVING SALE!
Everything is on sale with savings up to 70% off! Join us to give this great space a deserving farewell and hope to see you soon in the new space which will be
1586 E 3900 S
Opening date to be announced in the coming days
A Night of Sisterhood, of Soul Searching and Taking Care of YOU
I don't know if you feel the same way, but sometimes, most times really, I have felt selfish taking a little time for myself. I have felt guilty or even lazy when I take time to replenish my soul and my creative energies. In turn I end up feeling depleted, tired and a little empty. The last month or so I have seen this pattern resurface in my life and I feel a little worn out and without much to offer. Through having my business I have learned the importance of self care and when its time to take a moment for myself to build back my reserves and in return I have more to give back to the world. Part of my revelation and my journey back to a healthy mind, body and soul has been through my discovery of yoga. I am for sure the least flexible, least graceful one in class but it has been life changing and most of the time it does more for my heart and mind than my physical body.
One of my most favorite times during the week is a Wednesday night class that is quiet, meditative and full of wisdom from a beautiful soul named Carly. When thinking about this series I just knew that I wanted to share her enthusiasm for life with you. She continues to remind me that I should not be afraid to be vulnerable and that ALL OF US are enough exactly as we are. Her class has reminded me to open my heart and to share it with the world without reservation. Her words have had a major impact on my life this year, I have cried through class as I have felt stress leave my body, as I have felt empowered to continue on my path, as I am reminded that on and off my mat I can be exactly as I am and it is enough.
I am THRILLED to have Carly in the shop to share this same wisdom with you. Its a night to not be missed. Come ready to be reminded that you are wonderful, beautiful beings and that you have much to offer the world and MOST of all that it is essential to take care of yourself so that you can offer much more to the world and those around you. Cant wait to see you all that night for a little bonding, soul searching and of course a treat or two.
A little background about Carly Rasner.
I have practiced yoga for well over a decade. With my athletic background, I gravitated to yoga to satisfy some deep physical needs and in the midst of doing so, I discovered an exercise that embraced the beauty of difference and strength in a safe and non-competitive atmosphere.
The practice was intimately and rapidly evolving as a means to tap more deeply into my truth while making amends with the most important relationship there is, the relationship within my soul. We all encounter trauma in different ways and on many levels. Living what we learn of who we are on the mat and then taking our identity off the mat is where the ultimate practice for me has been experienced. I have participated in several yoga and Pilates trainings over many years and forever plan to expand my knowledge of life so I can continue to love and participate as free and open as I desire. For me, there is no limit, so that's where I intend to direct my passion for life.
When away from my mat practice and teaching, you can find me playing with my doggies and connecting with my infinite soulmate, Chris Snow. I am passionate about hiking, teaching and practicing Pilates, rock climbing, skiing, jogging, reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family. I promise to always share my deep connection of the mind, body and soul with as many individuals as possible. If you come to my class, you'll see I portray a combo of spunk and play while holding an intense, intimate passion that comes through in deep and thoughtful meditation. Together we can learn to love the comfort and discomfort equally while cushioning our minds with a stable pillow to soften around any struggle. I say, Smile and be beautiful, because you are. Namaste
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection. -Buddha
In life we find ways to fulfill self-love by throwing ourselves into work, children, relationships or "projects", that merely keep us from finding what is really most important within ourselves. Our society has taught us to invest into things that often offer us no genuine value. Yes, we may have the new car, the newest technology, those great red bottom heels but the question remains, what value does it really offer us, and by having these things does it mean we love ourselves?
In this workshop we will take a journey to learn the value of self-love and explore ways in which we can reteach ourselves to garner what is most important in our lives. We will share in an intimate discussion on love and loss and how to rekindle your inner spirit to overcome self-doubt, self-loathing, self-esteem issues and find your own SELF-LOVE!
We will be lead by the lovely Anita Watson who I am so thrilled to have gotten to know through this series. She walked into the shop at the most perfect moment as if the Universe had a great orchestration in place to make this workshop become a reality rather than just an idea in my head. Here is a little history to help get to know the fabulous Anita.
Anita Watson has spent much of her carrier working in the public and private sectors. Anita's career began working as a Treatment Counselor with female youth offenders with the State of Utah Juvenile Justice Division and then continued her career with the Utah State Office of Hispanic Affairs, University of Utah and with Vox Creative a Latina owned Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising Firm. Her love for the community has allowed her to serve on various community boards including the YWCA, Young Women's Leadership Board, Utah Coalition of La Raza, Weber State University Multi-Cultural Advisory Board, Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention Planning Committee and various other organizations near and dear to heart.
A year ago a personal family loss changed the perception of what was important. Although In the midst of feeling completely loss, Anita states she found herself. Anita's mission is to help rekindle the inner spirit of all women facing challenges in their lives and helping others to see the blessings and beauty of what life has to offer.
Anita is a mother of two beautiful children, and 4 lb chihuahua. Anita is a lifelong learner, loves reading, is a music enthusiast, and aspires to sing Jazz music and to run marathons someday.
Join us Friday the 27th
Blooms & Co.
357 S 200 E
Women In BLOOM
There's a New Women's Series starting at Blooms that I could not be MORE EXCITED about. This month we will be learning about Self LOVE. Come and be empowered and learn from other beautiful, wise women. Each month we will learn a skill or hear inspiring stories. Put Feb 27th on your calendar to join us for WOMEN IN BLOOM.
How do you #SPREADLOVE??
SHOW US! Post a picture on Instagram showing how you like to SPREAD LOVE, share a quote, a photo, and act of LOVE and TAG US @bloomsandco. During a dreary January we could all use a little lift, a little love, joy and relief. Ask yourself how can you spread a little LOVE this week?
Share, tag us and you'll be entered to win $100 Valentines arrangement.
"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in"
There is no truer statement. How often are we on the search for the feeling of love, for ourselves, for those around us and for us to give back out? We have an innate desire to feel loved for exactly who we are, the parts of us that we are afraid to share, our insecurities, our lonely times and for our triumphs and successes. Sometimes its easy to forget that those around us are hoping and wanting to feel a little bit loved themselves. Valentine's Day is often thought of as only a day of romance but love has so many other layers that are often overlooked on this day.
I have spent many Valentine's feeling sad and lonely and lets be honest, worked to the bone. I have often forgotten that its a special day that I can show my friends and family how much I love them. Its a day that I can watch as my clients plan with great care how they can show their love to those special people in their lives. What a special job I have to be a part of that process, sending love and joy with flowers. I am often touched by the amount of thought and emotion that goes into the arrangements that leave the shop everyday, Valentines especially.
Last year I geared up for a busy few days around the Holiday I was full of dread for the long hours and hurting hands that come with the craziness. I am always quickly reminded of the joy that flowers bring people, that love really is quite a magical thing and that it IS something to be celebrated. Spend the day reminding your family that you love them, embrace your friends and thank them for years of friendship and love, kiss your babies and snuggle your nieces and nephews. Love and family is the heartbeat of my life. Without their love and support and comfort my life would be quite empty and cold. What a great blessing this day is to have an opportunity to
We would love to help you this year!
Last summer Michelle of Miesh Photography and I met with Valerie the Editor of Utah Bride and Groom to brainstorm this crazy, awesome, off the wall, slightly terrifying close to tacky shoot over breakfast. We felt like it could be INCREDIBLE if we played it right. As we chose different elements during planning we wondered which side of the fence we teetered on with each wild choice.
Inspired by old school video games, rubik's cubes and 80's punk, this shoot came together with magic I couldn't have anticipated. We couldn't have done it without amazing vendors and stunning models. I am so thrilled to be able to finally show how this came together!
Michelle and I had this wild idea for the Bride's dress that we crudely sketched out and never thought we would be able to get our hands on the real deal but LOW AND BEHOLD Hart of the Mountain brilliantly caught our vision and produced this killer dress. The bridesmaid's clothes came from Chalk Garden Co-op and all the ladies shoes came from Solestruck. I am still mad at myself for not stealing the bride's heels. Our handsome groom's suit came from Beckett and Robb.
Everything in the wedding world has been soft, peach, romantic and ultra feminine. We wanted to find a balance between stunning and edgy for a Bride that wants something a little different than you find on every pinterest wedding board. Branch out! Personalize your wedding, think outside the box, find inspiration from your past and make it your own. Everyone will remember the wedding of the season that was different.
Peter Loves Jane NAILED these invitations!
Fun fact: the day of the shoot was Rubik's cube 40th anniversary
RIng by O.C. Tanner and necklace from Chalk Garden Co-op
Photography: Miesh Photography
Bridal Gown: Hart of the Mountain
Wedding Ring: O.C. Tanner, Jewelers
Signature Cocktail: Bar-x
Paper and Invitations: Peter Loves Jane
Location: Mod a-go-go
Hair and Make up: Studio Enizio
Fall flowers, oh how they have stolen my heart. They are the most beautiful flowers of any season with lush blooms, fabulous textures and berries in rich, warm tones. The leaves turn from green to golden and fire red and remind us to enjoy the beauty before they disappear and make way for snow, cold and barren branches. Its a time to remember to savor what we have and the splendor of beauty that surrounds us.
Weddings during this time of year have a warmth that is hard to capture during other seasons, for those reasons I absolutely loved this wedding at La Caille. The autumn tones ranging from blush to burnt orange were a great way to transition from summer to fall.
The Bridal bouquet was full of lush full petaled blooms like garden roses, ranunculas, dahlias and accented with fall berries like snow berry and bittersweet vine.
I couldn't help but snap this picture when I saw how the light hit these petals while we waited for Diet Coke (The only thing that gets me through wedding day set up) in the drive thru on the way to the venue. I could almost eat this bouquet.
The centerpieces were tall glass vases with hydrangea, roses and snow berries made a great statement in the pavilion since there was a light of height to work with in this fabulous room. I love how the color really pops in this room.
The Bride and Groom added so many personal touches which really made this wedding special, like hand written notes and carmel apples for each guest. Personalizing a wedding like adding table names after significant places to the couple really add a memorable touch and warmth to the event.