We often hear that Carnations are a must have during the period of Mother's Day. Carnations are already popular all around the year with their fringed petals and myriad of colurs but they seem to have a mysterious tie to mothers.
Carnations have been the traditional choice to be given to Mothers and here's the story behind it. The first ever Mother's Day was celebrated when Miss Anna Jarvis wanted to recognise the love and sacrifices of mothers.
She carefully picked out 500 stalks of Carnations to be given out to all the mothers who were at a service. Miss Anna Jarvis specially chose Carnations out of the many popular flowers because her own mother was particularly fond of them.
Thus the celebration of mothers came to be and Carnations became the symbol of Mother's Day. It's no surprise that the Carnation is still recognised as the symbol of Mother's Day. Carnations are thought to embody some virtues of motherhood. Carnations are known to last longer that other flowers which brings out the quality of faithfulness. The fragrance and beauty it emanates alludes to the love of a mother.
So if you are unsure of what flowers to get for your beloved mom, Carnations will always be your best bet!
We all would like to have a life free of pain to enjoy doing the things we love. However in our modern life, we spend large amounts of time crouching over our laptop causing us to have tense necks and backs. Over long period of time, our muscles become weak and overcompensate for our poor postures.
So when our friends over at the pslove company approached us with samples from their pain relief products, we were more than happy to try them out. The pslove company specialises in using heat to relieve discomfort in your muscles. The patches are non-medicated so you wouldn't have to worry about being allergic to the ingredients used and the patches heat up to a temperature of 45-60 degrees.
We gave the samples to our team mates to try and here are their opinions after testing the products.
Gladys, Head Florist
As I spend a lot of my time working on my feet, I tend to get back aches sometimes. So when I got the BackHeat patch, I decided to use it while working. I simply stuck it on my lower back and went on doing my daily job. I found the constant but not too strong heat comforting to my back and helped my muscles relax.
Beatrice, Business Development Manager
I am always on the go, meeting clients and driving for appointments. The BackHeat patch was very discreet so I didn't have to worry about my clients seeing it. At the same time I could enjoy the warming effect of the patch. The heat from the patch lasted the whole day and it was very soothing.
Sandy, Business Support Executive
Coincidentally, I was having a stiff neck the very day I got the pslove company NechHeat pack. It was quite a lifesaver! It gave me relief from the stiffness of my neck and the heat helped my muscles to relax. I think I would get more of them since I always get a stiff neck from looking at the computer day in day out.
Niti, Assistant Florist
Menstrual cramps and pain are no strangers to me. Whilst I have tried painkillers, I really don't like to rely on them. The pslove company's MenstruHeat helps me do just that. As the patch heats up, the warmth gives me reliefs from my cramps and just soothes my pain. I think this is really good alternative to hot water pouches which are cumbersome because the MenstruHeat patches are very convenient and easy to use.
If you are interested to get these awesome, pain-relieving patches, just head on to the pslove company's website HERE!
In conjunction of International Women's Day, we talk to one of the most inspiring women on our team and probably the key person in BloomThis who ensures you get the most gorgeous flowers every time.
Meet Gladys! Our head florist who just as her name suggests, is a bubble of joy. She's always energetic and cheerful, which translates into the beautiful flowers she curates on a daily basis. After a few failed attempts to grab hold of her, we finally got her to sit down and tell us more about her colourful life experiences.
How did you start off in the floral industry?
I’ve always had an affinity for the creative field with a particular interest for flowers. Although I never thought of being a florist at that point of time, I was always good with my hands. So when I graduated from high school, my relative introduced me to a job as a display artist at Batu Road supermarket at Chow Kit (now closed down). I had no educational or work experience in this field but I loved learning how to decorate the supermarket according to the festive seasons.
After 2 years as a display artist, one day a childhood friend of mine invited to go for a flower workshop with her. Honestly I was a 20 year old who did not have a strong passion for anything in particular. In those days, we were more occupied with making a living then living our passions. But since I had always loved flowers and being able to create beautiful pieces with my hands, I decided to give it a shot. And as the saying goes, the rest was history.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your curations?
I simply draw inspiration from holding the flowers in my hand. I will usually start with the flowers I would like to use for my curation. I believe flowers are beautiful and powerful, they are able to evoke emotions and also bring you a fresh perspective. So as I gaze upon the flowers, I will start to visualize how I can arrange them into a beautiful piece of art that is able to speak for itself.
What motivates you to work on in this field?
To make a living? (laughs) Obviously we all need to make a living, it just so happens that I have made a living out of something I really love. Being in the flower industry and being able to work with flowers every day has turned into a passion for me. Whilst I was clueless about what I really wanted to do in life back then, flowers have given a direction I want to work towards in life. This certainly has given me the motivation to continue to create beautiful flowers that can bring delight to everyone.
What would you say to someone who is interested to be a florist?
The team at BloomThis is pretty young and often than not I am an aunty/motherly figure to them. If you ask them what’s one advice I always give them, it would be “pay utmost attention to the details”. I think it would be the same to someone who has an interest in diving into the floral industry. Flowers have been used to express feeling and emotions for hundreds of years and your customers alway appreciates a well-crafted curation of flowers. That’s why it’s always important to ensure every detail of the flowers have been looked after and to anticipate what your customer wants.
This post is part 2 of our Fashion & Flower series. In our efforts to support our local fashion talents, we are glad to have aspiring fashion designer, Elaine New on our blog!
We were GRACEd by some gorgeous flowers from BloomThis!
These amazing ‘GRACE’ comprises red or pink gerbera and white ping pong flowers. These cuties were to be given to the winners, accompanied by the trophies.
These custom tiffany blue BloomThis boxes were filled with Madonna lily, yellow spray rose, white baby's breath, and eucalyptus leaf. Aren’t they gorgeous? They were each given to the judges as a token of appreciation.
From left : Ang Tong Yin (Dean of INTI Centre of Art & Design), Dr. Jane Lim (Chief Executive of INTI International College) & Yun Wen Lai (General Marketing Manager of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur)
Here are some of our designs :
(La Gaieté by Anis Sofhea Widuri)
(Le Pitre Triste by Lily Farisha)
(The Antoinette by Elaine New)
(Left : Blumarine by Brenda Chua; Right : The Boundless Shades of the Sky by Bethany Ku)
(Left : Golden Myth by Elaine Wong; Right : Joged by Febrina Kowih)
(Left : Skin by Thepa Anne; Right : Under Mask by Teh Li Yuen)
After the 15 of us showcased our collections and took our bows, the judges deliberated while we waited patiently backstage. The Best Design Award for Creative & Innovative Design was won by Anis Sofhea Widuri, 21; Best Design Award for Ready to wear collection by Lily Farisha, 22; and Best Crafted Design award went to Elaine New, 27.
Yes, I won!
(Second from left : Anis Sofhea Widuri; Fourth from left : Elaine New; Sixth from left : Lily Farisha)
Not only I had my very first fashion show with my friends and families in present, I also managed to bag myself an award and the beautiful flowers from BloomThis!
The day could not have ended in a better way. Thank you, everyone! <3
Photo credit : EO Studio (www.facebook.com/eostudio.co)
This post is part 1 of our Fashion & Flower series. In our efforts to support our local fashion talents, we are glad to have aspiring fashion designer, Elaine New on our blog this week!
Hi, I’m Elaine New, a fashion design graduate from INTI International College Subang. Today, I would like to share with you my graduate fashion show experience with BloomThis!
17th February 2017 was a momentous day for the fashion design graduates of INTI International College Subang! Titled Unravel, the INTICHANGE 03 Fashion Show featured the works of chosen 15 students, including myself, to present a collection of 4 original outfits designed under our chosen concepts.
To ‘Unravel’ means to disentangle, both a literal process with threads and a metaphorical one in our journey towards becoming fashion designers. The fashion show was about both the unpacking and union of ideas, perspectives, and culture – an unravelling.
The fashion show was held in Pavilion Elite, sponsored by Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, and it was attended by public, media, fashion industry elites such as Khoon Hooi and Amir Luqman, as well as our friends and families.
We were also GRACEd by some gorgeous flowers from BloomThis!
(Custom BloomThis boxes on the left and ‘GRACE’ BloomThis boxes on the right)
It was a nervous day for me because even though it was a graduation show and we were already graded previously, an additional judging will be done for 3 categories - The Best Design Award for Creative & Innovative Design, Best Design Award for Ready-to-wear collection, and Best Crafted Design award. It was judged by Justin Yap, a Malaysian Fashion Designer with his own brand called Justin Yap Atelier for bespoke bridal, evening wear, menswear, shoes and accessories; Nurita Harith, a ready to wear and bridal wear Designer and Yun Wen Lai, General Marketing Manager of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
(to be continued in Part 2...)
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!
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.
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.
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!