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Flower Inspired Gifts: Egyptian Jasmine

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Love flowers but the person you would love to send a big, gorgeous bouquet to doesn’t seem to be enthralled by fresh flowers? It’s hard for us to imagine such a scenario, but we’ve been assured it happens. Thus we’ve ventured out to find unique gifts that are flower inspired! Your recipient gets a naturally beautiful present and you’re still adding the personal touch of flowers to the special occasion.

This fall season we introduced the Egyptian Jasmine Candle & Soap Gift Set from k. hall designs at CalyxFlowers.com. We love everything that comes from Kelly Hall-Barr and John Barr. This husband and wife team produces unbelievably great bath, body and home care products from their factory in Brentwood, Missouri. We fell in love with their aromatic candles and soaps.

Love fragrance? Egyptian Jasmine has a very sensual scent  The soap and candle are made with rare, absolute jasmine oil which gives it long-lasting power. For a final touch of luxury, the gift set arrives in a fabulous keepsake satin hatbox. It makes for an interesting, long-lasting, floral-inspired delivery!

Egyptian Jasmine Candle & Soap Gift Set

 

It’s National Boss Day!

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Remember it’s National Boss Day where we take the opportunity to show your boss how much you appreciate them. So where did this holiday originate? It dates back to 1958 when a woman named Patricia Haroski who was a secretary in Deerfield, Illinois organized a special day in honor of her white-collar father, who helped all of his children with good advice throughout their careers.

A mere four years later, National Boss Day was backed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner. He officially proclaimed the day in 1962. National Boss Day quickly gained favor across the country and is now even observed in England, Australia and South Africa.

Take the time to acknowledge your boss today. I can’t believe it but I just received a text from a former employee wishing me a “Happy Boss’s Day”. It meant alot.

Floral Inspiration with Single Stem Blooms

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

If you look around your home you’re sure to find lots of glassware, small bud vases or empty yet decorative bottles that can serve as the perfect vessel for a single flower stem. I made a quick trip around our photo studio and gathered a few interesting ones for my display.  When clustered together the look is gorgeous and I’ve only used 7 stems. (Left to right: Babe orange spray roses, pink phalaenopsis orchid, blue hydrangea, Hot Princess pink rose, yellow alstroemeria)

The look is is casual and airy and will look great in a home’s entryway or on your kitchen table. Creating this multi-blossomed display is not only super easy, but is very inexpensive. In fact, if you’re planning an event or party use any left over or broken stems for this project. You can make the look more formal by utilizing silver vases or mercury glass bottles. I’ve even added short blooms to interesting votive candleholders.

Have fun with it and let the flowers and your vessels provide the inspiration!

 

National Grandparents Day is Approaching!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Happy Monday Flower Lovers!

As you may or may not know, National Grandparents Day is on September 8th.  That means it’s time to start preparing to show your love for the most loving and comforting people!  If you can’t be with your grandparents, send a beautiful bouquet from Calyx Flowers like the Lavender Love Bouquet (shown) Summer Melody Bouquet or Delphiniums & Lilies.  They’ll be sure to feel the love, regardless of how far apart you are.

If you’ve lost grandparents along the way, send flowers to your parents or your spouses parents!  All parents, grand and not, love flowers and love being appreciated even more.

Maybe your Grandmother made you homemade cookies or taught you how to play cards – say thank you with something beautiful!  And don’t forget Grandpa, all those games of catch and trips to the candy store certainly deserve to be rewarded.

Send a little love with Calyx and let the people in your life know how much you care.

Anthuriums!

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

How much do you know about Anthuriums?  Well, let us fill you in!

Gorgeous Red Anthurium Plants

Pistachio Anthurium Bouquet

Common names for the Anthurium are Flamingo flower, Tail Flower, Oilcloth Flower, and Painters palette. Anthurium leaves are actually waxy bracts called ‘spaths’ and are heart shaped.  While most known for being red, Anthuriums come in burgundy, pink, hot pink, dark pink, red-orange, orange, salmon, yellow, green, purple, cream, white, brown, and multi-colored!

These tropical flowers can last in your home from 8 to 21 days.  Surprisingly, the longer the stem the longer the stem life.

Anthuriums really are a taste of the tropics – they are only native to tropical rain forests of Central and South America.

So, as the weather starts to cool down – bring a real piece of the tropics into your home with an Anthurium bouquet!  You’ll be able to tell all of your guests who comment how beautiful they are all of the fun facts you learned here!

Close-up of an Anthurium bloom

Sunflowers!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

 

August is the month of the Sunflower – beautiful sunshine and sunny skies!  We’re proud to offer several bouquets featuring the late summer flower such as Tuscan Sunflower Bouquet.

Did you know? These native American flowers were originally grown more for their usefulness than their beauty, as the oil from sunflower seeds is used for food, soap, paint and cosmetics.

Radiant sunflowers!

Check out Calyx Flower’s selection and bring some sunshine into your home today!

Flower Photo Shoot for Holiday 2013

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Over the past week the Calyx Flowers team (with the help of the photographic genius of John Goodman) created fabulous floral sensations for our 2013 holiday catalogs.  Here is a little look around the studio. We may be cramped for space but that doesn’t offset the brilliant bouquets that came to life on set.

Our Holiday catalogs will be in home beginning in November. Are you on our mailing list yet? If not, click here!

Happy Parents Day!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Happy Monday Flower Lovers!  As you may or may not know, Parents Day is this Sunday!  A special day in July to honor both your mother and father for all of the wonderful things they’ve done for you and to thank them for bringing you into this world.  We love an excuse to send flowers and this seems like a pretty great one.  If you can’t be with your family this weekend, let Calyx send your love for you!

Our Summer collection is beyond gorgeous and is guaranteed to convey your gratitude and appreciation – bloom after bloom!  We have gifts for both Mom and Dad so make sure to check out our “For Him” Gallery.

Send some Calyx love and tweet us pictures of your parents and their bouquets @CalyxFlowers

To all you parents out there – keep sharing your love and we hope you get something special on Sunday!

Atlanta Gift Show – Southern Shopping

Friday, July 19th, 2013

AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta, Georgia

The “High Design” Floor

Well I have wrapped up another successful buying and sourcing trip to AmericasMart in Atlanta where lots of great products were found. I saw some wonderful showrooms filled with designer vases and cachepots that I know will look absolutely exquisite when paired with an exclusive Calyx “look.”

The show was definitely busier this time than it has been the past five seasons. Hopefully it is a good indicator that the retail economy is on an upswing.

Bright & colorful creations at the Fringe Studio showroom

The color palette was across the board at the show. Blues are definitely trending but there was not a dominant color theme in the showrooms as I walked the floor after floor. There’s still a lot of sparkle and bling out there as well as an “earthy” feel to many products so it really runs the gamut. Holiday patterns and tones were vivid and strong.

On Friday, the temporaries open and I find myself swept away by the offerings in the High Design section. I also love to walk the Gourmet floor and taste the many samples the different vendors offer. This is how we were introduced to our current truffles and carmel supplier, Mary Ann’s Chocolates. One bite was pure bliss!

I look forward to the next show in 2014. I’ll catch the MARTA once again and head to downtown Atlanta, ready for more treasure hunting.

MARTA

…if you like Honey

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The Queen’s Honey Collection

CHECK OUT The Queen’s Honey Collection by Pre de Provence we debuted in April at CalyxFlowers.com. I will tell you that I am very picky with my bath products because I am so sensitive to fragrances. However, this collection met the mark and then exceeded it with these three products.

First, I’m already out of the Queen’s Honey Butter. It’s touted as being harvested from the honey bees that pollinate the Provencal lavender in France. “Uh-oh”, I thought initially as I love the smell of lavender but cannot have it anywhere near me for a long time much less on my skin.  I tried it out after a morning shower and thought it to be refreshing on my skin, the fragrance was light and I smelled more honey than lavender. I figured in the next hour I would know and I’m excited to report that a migraine headache never came.

I’ve used the butter now for over two months daily and have grown to love it and my skin loves it as well. I find the fragrance to be quite comforting but best of all not overpowering. The Honey Shea Butter Soap is much the same. You can almost feel it nourishing your skin. And finally, the Body Scrub exfoliant does its job with large crystals to slough away dead skin but not leave you feeling too oily. It reminded me of honeycomb when I opened the jar.

The Queen’s Honey Scrub…Looks like honey!

Needless to say, I am very impressed with the quality and my overall use of the collection. I can certainly understand why it won “Best New Product” at the 2012 New York Gift Show. It has my stamp of approval.

-Brittany Streufert, Brand Director