PENNY CHOO TALKS ABOUT HOW TO SHARE BOTH A MARRIAGE AND A BUSINESS WITH YOUR SPOUSE


This February, we will have two huge occasions that celebrates
two different kinds of love - the Chinese New Year
holidays and two and a half weeks later, Valentine’s Day.
While Chinese New Year celebrates family love in general,
many would associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love.
With this in mind, it’s easy to admire couples who have
managed to stick together through thick and thin for decades.
It makes you wonder: How did they do it? What’s
their secret to a lasting relationship?
In my case, my marriage is still considered a young one
- Giden and I only just tied the knot last year. Naturally,
whenever I post a joyful moment with my husband on social
media, most people easily assume that we are still in the socalled
‘honeymoon stage’ of our marriage. It could be the
case for most couples, but if I have to be completely honest
with you: beneath the surface of our ‘glamourous’ social
media posts online, marriage is about hard work. Marriage
takes not one, but two hands to clap.
Our business has its high and low moments, and so does my
relationship with Giden after office hours. Giden and I have
different personalities and beliefs that have made us who we
are today. Our differences complement each other overall. But
we have our fair share of relationship trials and tribulations,
just like all couples do.
So, how do we overcome those sour moments in our lives as a
couple and as business partners? If I have to sum it up in three
words, it would be this: Balance. Set Boundaries.
Here’s some of our true situations and lessons on balancing
and setting boundaries so that our relationship flourishes,
both during and after working hours:

HAVE CLEARLY-DEFINED BUT COMPLEMENTARY ROLES

When we first started BloomThis, Giden and I did not have
clearly-defined roles as there were only the two of us. At
home, we were supposed to be in our ‘husband-and-wife’
roles but instead, more business ideas to grow BloomThis
flowed into our personal time. Giden even woke me up once
when I was drifting to sleep to chatter excitedly on about
something new and exciting for BloomThis. I remember that
episode resulted in a pillow fight with him in an effort to get
him to let me sleep in peace.
From then onwards, when we do spend time together as a
couple, we make it a point that our focus is on each other once
we return home from office.


BALANCE WORK-LIFE AS EVENLY AS POSSIBLE
From time to time, Giden and I toy with the idea that we should
go for a vacation to spend more time together as a couple. At
first, I was not sure I understood that concept myself at that
time. Vacations seem like a foreign notion. You see, we have
not gone on a trip together as a couple, not even for our honeymoon
one year after our wedding. Perhaps we have not
come to that burnt-out stage where vacations are needed to
rejuvenate our frazzled selves. There is a persistent fire burning
in us that drives us to pour our everything into our chosen
life purpose that was BloomThis.
It came to a point where we had to admit that separating work
and couple time was getting too hard. Because work was couple
time for us. Since taking a holiday was too much hassle
for us, we instead tried bite-size goals we both can achieve
as a couple. We initially tried not to discuss work at all every
Sunday but it was to no avail. We just couldn’t stop talking
about it! So, we changed our approach and set a more realistic
goal, which requires us to pause talking about work for four
hours on a Sunday. This time, it worked better for us.
To add to the abovementioned point, we also made it a point
to bring less work home, and only bring it with us when there
are urgent deadlines to beat.

SET ASIDE ‘BUSINESS TIME’, ‘COUPLE TIME’ AND
‘ALONE’ TIME
When you are married to your business partner, it can be easy to
go days without spending time as a couple or as an individual.
Don’t get me wrong - Giden and I undoubtedly give our best
to each other every moment we can. But there are times we can
unintentionally be our worse enemy when we over-involve
or over-give ourselves to the other, exhausting ourselves in
the process.
Hence, the importance of ‘couple time’ and ‘alone time’. And I
would say, in order of priority, I suggest you do ‘alone time’ first.
If I don’t love myself enough, how am I to love my husband?
So, we discipline ourselves to set aside time to watch a movie
together at home, or to eat out on a Saturday for breakfast. We
also enjoy our own hobbies without the other. I’ll leave him
to play football with his friends and he’ll leave me to practise
yoga during weekends.

LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL,
IF YOU BELIEVE IT AND ALLOW IT

There are some people I have met who have given up on love,
unfortunately. I believe that once a person has made their decision
about something, they will make life choices surrounding
that belief, whether they are conscious or not of the actions
they have undertaken.
Giden and I believe that people deserve to be happy, and that
includes not giving up on love. We always remind ourselves
that the principle of BloomThis is to create moments of love,
joy, hope and happiness. In order to create a positive impact
and translate happy moments to our customers, we must first
be able to relate happiness and joy with and to each other.
Would I advise other couples to work together? One must be
really mature, and objective enough to not let emotions rule
every aspect of your life.
Running a business together means seeing your significant
other a lot, so enjoying each other’s company is crucial. Though
faced with a lot of heartache, tears and sometimes watching
the same moonlight from a different bed, the best decision is
still to work with someone your gut feeling tells you, ‘this is
the someone you can’t live without and is worth fighting for’.
There is nothing like working with someone you know you
can trust completely and sleep soundly with in the same bed.
BloomThis wouldn’t grow in manpower size, or be where it
is today, if I didn’t have Giden.

We've got to say our first flower workshop of 2017 was a blooming blast! Held in collaboration with Benefit Malaysia, this workshop featured TWO of woman's best friends; Flower and Makeup! 

Held at Benefit's Boutique, it was awesome, pink vibes everywhere. Just the right place to get the girls' creative juices going! Even the snack corner had pink goodies and was decorated in a great pink shade. 

When you think of flower workshops, what comes to mind is flowers arranged in a vase. However here's the highlight of this workshop, participants will arrange their flowers into the Benefit Cosmetics Girl Pop can! 

 Led by our co-founder, Penny the girls went straight to work on their flowers after a brief intro to the flowers to be used and techniques of arranging flowers.

The flowers coming to live with guidance from Penny. Our participants certainly had good talent and an eye for flower designing!

Besides the Girl Pop flowers, the girls also got makeup tips from the Benefit Cosmetics team. They got to take home their Girl Pop flowers, valuable flower arrangement and makeup tips plus the make up kit in the Girl Pop! Certainly a very fulfilling workshop.

Would you like to join our next flower workshop? Let us know in the comments!

At BloomThis, we have always been firm believers that every second of your life is a great opportunity to create a special moment. So it was a great pleasure for us to partner up with the renowned cosmetics brand, SK-II in their journey to help women change their destiny. 


Pergola deco done up by our designer florist

Every SK-II event is well-thought out and keeps it relevancy in encouraging women to continue to pursue their dreams. This is what keeps us passionate in blooming up their events with our handcrafted flowers.

 Vase arrangements for table seating

Our florists colour coordinated the vase arrangements to match SK-II's corporate colours and theme. Loving the personalised touches made by the SK-II team for their Beauty Circle ladies!



Look out for more on our partnership with SK-II in this coming year. We are excited to be creating more extraordinary moments together with SK-II!

'Kiss me underneath the mistletoe
Show me baby that you love me so-oh-oh'

The mistletoe is one of the most popular plants during the holiday season. Even Justin Bieber dedicated a song to this legendary plant. However in reality, the mistletoe is a flowering plant that obtain their nutrition by living on and parasitizing other plants. In other words, they don't seem that romantic at all as they basically rob the nutrients of other plants to survive.

So how did this nutrient robbing plant turn into a symbol related to as beautiful as Christmas? 
Legend goes that, the goddess Frigg who is the goddess of love, marriage and fertility has a son named Baldr who she loved deeply. One day, he was killed by an arrow made of mistletoe and as a result, Frigg was deeply saddened. As she wept tears of sorrow, her tears became the white pearls on the mistletoe. The other gods who were touched by her love decided to bring Baldr back to life. Frigg was overjoyed and so she blessed the mistletoe and declared that it was a symbol of love and peace. 
So what do you think of this legend? Does it justify the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe?

Pantone has recently released their colour of the year for 2017 and it's called 'Greenery'. No brownie point for guessing that colour because its name clearly suggests it's a shade of green. 

 

A video posted by PANTONE (@pantone) on

 

As Pantone describes it, Greenery is; a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. With Greenery as the 2017 colour of the year, it would be no surprise as florists start to move towards utilising more foliage, leaves and greenery in their curations.


Picture credit: @therubystreet via Instagram

We are also excited to work with more greeneries in our own products as it has a peaceful and refreshing effect to those who receive it. Using the right greeneries with your flowers can certainly make it stand out more and eye-catching. It'll also certainly make a comforting gift amidst the turbulent times we may have in the next year.

So what do you think about 2017's new colour of the year? Would you like to see more greenery used in our flower arrangements for 2017? Let us know your thoughts!

It's the most wonderful time of the year again. As we marvel at the many intricate Christmas decorations mushrooming around us, won't we would love to decorate our living spaces in the same way?

We have heard your heart's desire and came up with a simple tutorial to help you create the best festive deco fit for this holiday season! 

First up, just gather the following materials:
- BloomThis Merry Blooms Long Box flowers of your choice 
- Pair of sharp scissors
- Donut shaped floral foam
- Sharp knife or blade
- 30cm twine 

Now you are all set to go on your own flower adventure! Just click on the video to learn how to make an all time Christmas favourite deco. 

 

Have you heard of Poinsettias?You probably have seen them when the holiday season comes around but didn't know what these beautiful flowers are called.

These fire red flowers are synonym to Christmas festivities due to their fire-red colour which instantly brightens the space it occupies. Although they are most popular for their bright red variant, there are actually more than 100 varieties of Poinsettias. 

The Poinsettia will be the perfect flowers to spruce up your festive celebrations as they are need little maintenance. Just ensure the soil of the Poinsettia is damp and it will be a happy plant. They are also known to be very long lasting plants so you can even use them all year round to bring cheer to any space!

Get this holiday staple today to spice up the most wonderful time of the year HERE!

 

Baby's Breath has taken the floral industry by storm in this year with lots of adoring fans hinting their loved ones to buy them these adorable flowers.

The Baby's Breath may have shot to a superstar status, but how much do you know about them? Here are some quick facts about this awesome flower!

1. Baby's breath come from the family of Caryophyllaceae which is the family of Carnations! Who would have thought these little flowers were related to Carnations?

2. The scientific name for Baby's Breath is Gypsophila which comes from the Greek words 'gypsum' and 'loving'. No wonder we feel loved when we receive these flowers.

 

3. Baby's breath are natively found in Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.

4. They can be found in white, pink, or violet. However, pink and violet Baby's Breath come at a very premium price!

 

Did you learned anything new about baby's breath today? We certainly hope you did! 

This is part 2 of our flat lay tutorial by guest blogger, Kaylee Lim of Luxella.
If you missed part 1, you can read it here.

Here comes the fun part of  flat lay photography, taking the photo!

5) Snap away! Be creative with your arrangements and don’t be afraid to try something new. When in doubt, just add more petals!

 
6) Other than editing with instagram filters, try touching up your snaps with these popular and free editing apps:
7) Plan ahead for your Instagram grid and theme. Before posting, you could use VSCO’s grid to preview and plan how your overall feed would look like. Consistency with colours and your filters is key. So pick a favourite colour theme and stick with it. For the  @luxella feed, I usually alternate coloured images with flatlays and I always prettify my pictures with flowers.
 
8) Spend some time browsing other instagram feeds for inspiration. Some of my favourites are @sophoclesblog’s travel account has a boho chic theme & @lizzie_oren has very clean, white background flatlays.  

If you are interested in any of the adorable products used in the tutorial, just click on the plus sign on the item you desire to shop it!
 
 
We would like to thank Kaylee for taking time out to give us these awesome tips!

Hi all, I’m Kaylee from Luxella and today I’ll be taking over the BloomThis blog (Thanks guys) to share some Instagram flatlay tips. Luxella is a website that sells Japanese beauty products directly from Japan, and I do spend a lot of time on Instagram.

1. Pick a camera what you’re comfortable with - any phone camera would work well.

We’ll be snapping some flatlays with confetti rose petals, BloomThis blooms and some Japanese beauty products.

2. Natural light is the easiest to work with. So pick a sunny / semi-cloudy day and set up by a window. Lighting can make or break your picture, so do some test shots to find the perfect lighting

 

3. Pick flowers or petals that match the overall colour scheme. For example if the beauty products have pink packaging or tones, try using some pink petals. If you are photographing a bouquet of red roses, pick some stronger coloured items that will complement the rose petals. Gold goes with red quite well . Also, there’s water in the BloomThis box, so make sure you drain it first if you do want to lie it on the side.

4. Invest in some backgrounds. These waterproof, cleanable backgrounds come in many colours and textures. You don’t need to spend thousands for a marble countertop - just get some marble contact paper for less than $20. But make sure the backgrounds are matte - shiny ones won’t photograph well. 

Watch out for part 2 of Kaylee's flat lay tutorial on our blog coming to you on the 28th of October!

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