What Women REALLY Want... for Valentine's Day.

As Valentine's day approaches, some of us start to cringe at the fact that soon all we will see are the main stream baby's breath and red rose combos... *sigh.* Since when is it okay to give your lovely lady something so basic? Studies have shown that women really prefer other flowers than red roses. 

Men are often dummies and take the easy route on Valentine's Day. Sometimes hinting to them what you want isn't always easy. Let's be real, often times we have to be direct and S-P-E-L-L  I-T  O-U-T  for them. But if you're not the direct type, here are a few tips and tricks about letting your sweetheart know what you really want.

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1. Subtle signs on social media:

This is an easy one. We ALL have tagged our sweethearts in a post on Instagram or Facebook before. It's easy... with the touch of your finger you can let him know exactly what pretty flowers you're eyeing.  Just find a photo, tag him and say something like, "Wouldn't these look amazing on our coffee table?" If he doesn't know what the flowers are or where to get them, maybe tag him in a photo specifically from a local florists' social media page. Fingers crossed that this will do the trick!

2. The age old 'magazine' trick:

Women have been doing this for decades... we have seen both our mothers and grandmothers use this tactic. We either leave a magazine open to a particular page somewhere we know it will be seen (by his keys, cell phone or on the countertop where he'll pour himself some coffee), or maybe we'll casually flip through the pages next to our sweetheart and hint, point or flat out shove it in his face. But truth-be-told, men can be a little slowwww and don't always pick up on things, so that's when you move to tip #3...

3. Flat out tell his best friend: 

Okay, so this isn't so subtle, but it will work. Men always listen to their buds way more than they listen to us. I know, it's annoying, but it's also the truth. If you happen to be around your guys bestie, tell them directly what you want. They will probably even take what you say to use for their own bae because their in the same position. You can say something like, "I rather [name] not waste his money on red roses this year and get me what I really love... gorgeous peonies!" His buddy probably won't say that you told him because he wants to seem like he knows what he is doing and has all the great ideas. Or maybe he'll say you mentioned that you like purple flowers instead of red. Anything BUT the red. 

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As women, we know how to get men to see it our way, it just usually takes a little extra effort. Why except the traditional "blah" of the lazy-man's Valentine's flowers? Let them know what you really want and maybe someday we can change the traditions of this Hallmark Holiday!

 

DOLLS

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“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.”

―Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Photography: Sandy Goldstein ❖ Flowers: 1209 Creative  ❖ Location: Tremaine Ranch
Makeup: Lillian Fogel ❖ Hair Styling: Zach Glielmi ❖ Styling: Caroline Jackson + How Sweet It Was Vintage  Models: Bryce Gressley, Gwen Lindvig + Maddy Welch from The Agency Arizona

San Francisco City Hall | Lisa + Jess

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We were asked to fly out to San Francisco this past March for the awaited wedding of Lisa and Jess. These two women are insanely remarkable. They dedicate their lives to the medical field, to their loving families and friends, and of course, to one another. We stayed with them for four days, and in that short amount of time, we were quickly welcomed in as part of the family (sort of). I mean, how often do the florists bunk up next to the sweet grandmother, or get to after-party with the bridal party? Almost never. So we were living it up.

We stayed in the coolest 4-storey, purple and pink house (like what one would imagine a gypsy princess to live in with her pet unicorn). It was seriously the best. Everyone was so excited, alive, giggly and genuinely enjoying each and every moment. San Franciso does that to people. There's just something in air (besides the smell of weed) that makes people happy to be there. It's S-A-N  F-R-A-N-C-I-S-C-O... no one ever complains about the city. And if they do, they are probably no fun. Congratulations, Lisa and Jess, on officially becoming Winton-Li. Yay!


Pre-Wedding

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When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
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San Francisco City Hall

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THE AFTER PARTY

Photography: Cellar Door Photography ❖ Flowers: 1209 Creative  ❖ Venue: Tank 18 
Makeup: Artistry by Azure ❖ Hair Styling: Jaime Voelz

7 Ways to Not Lose Your Cool As a Small Business Owner

You'll always hear how owning your own business can be "awesome," "amazing," "the best thing ever" ... but, come on; it's still an extreme challenge, even when you are doing something you truly love. Creating flower arrangements and working on events & weddings are not our only responsibilities behind 1209. We have part-time jobs (plural... jobs), on top of motherhood, personal obligations, random life events that come out of nowhere... all while juggling a very real and important career path in this industry.  I literally LOL if the term "work-life balance" is tossed our way. Work-life balance?? Bahahaha! We laugh in the face of it. Learning to master that would just be another thing "to-do" on the already never-ending "to-do" list. 

Never-the-less, when you're a small business owner, you just gotta keep it together. Don't let the people see you sweat because no matter what, you got this. It's what you signed up for... it's what WE signed up for. No one told us it was going to be a cakewalk. In all honesty, I don't think I fully thought it was going to be as difficult as it has been. I've learned that when you start something of your own, you don't get to pay yourself right away... you work harder than you have ever worked, and you most certainly do not have an abundance of free time for yourself. Did someone say vacation? Nope. No one did. I think they said over time... all the time. Time is of the essence, and time is probably one of our most valued possessions. We do what we can in our time because after all, it's OUR time. It belongs to everyone, yet each individual has the choice to use it how he or she chooses. Well, here are 7 ways to use your time while running a business so that you can stay mostly sane and (almost) never lose your cool.


7 Ways to Not Lose Your Cool As a Small Business Owner

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  1. Creative Outlets: Do something creative when you have the chance. Bored? Build something, write something, draw something, cook something, plant something... DO SOMETHING. And whatever it is, make sure it's for fun. For example, when we're bored we tablescape and play with leftover flowers. We are humans and need to find healthy ways to express ourselves other than working. 
  2. Keep Up on Communication: Ummmm... it's everything to us. It's what makes the world go round! Don't get behind on emails, follow-ups or phone calls with clients and colleagues. It will all catch up with you, and even if you hide under your bed, it's allllllllll still going to be there when you eventually crawl out. An email a day keeps the headaches away! Just sayin'.
  3. Coffee Breaks: Caffeine? Foam? The smell of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting in the air? We're there... first in line. Oh, but have you tried spicey coldbrew?? If you haven't, you've been living under a ridiculously heavy rock... literally, in the depths of an undiscovered crater. You'll find this amazing bad habit at Be Coffee. Life is not the same without it.
  4. Schedule In Finances: Ok, it's not exactly fun or glamorous, but "Finance Day" is the best day because once it's over, there's an over-sized glass of wine filled to the brim waiting for you... *clouds parting* and *rays of sunshine* happening. There's a light at the end of the tunnel... until the next month when it starts all over and you want to run away. Just keep up on your expenses, taxes and all things dollar bill related. It's important to get better at that boring stuff because you learn the ins-and-outs of what's going on within your own business. Organized spreadsheets will (may I repeat, WILL) become your besties.
  5. Networking: Chances are there are people out there just like you... trying to make a dollar doing what they love. And chances are there is a possibility that you can work together and somehow help one another out. AND chances are they love alcohol as much as you do. So we say go out, have a drink and make sh*t happen!
  6. Pet Therapy Sessions: At the end of the day, no matter what, hanging out with your pet is pretty chill. They don't judge, they don't talk back, and they think that you're the best ever. Don't have a pet? Go buy (or better yet, adopt) one. You'll have something to vent to 24/7, and they always think you're right. And the best part is you don't have to pay for them to listen (because you'll probably be broke for awhile being an entrepreneur). It's a win-win!
  7. Netflix Binges: Sometimes we need to escape reality and give our overworked brains a rest... soooooo, what better way to do that other than to find a new show on Netflix to binge watch until 4am?! YAY! It's the only way to keep some sanity and partly escape dealing with the outside world. Shameless, Blacklist, Peaky Blinders, American Dad, Stranger Things... give us all of the shows!

About the photos above: We did a styled photo shoot with BTS Event Management this past April (photos soon to come), but had a ton of leftover flowers from it. We hate to see flowers tossed away when they are still so beautiful, so we decided to do something with these super cool carnations. We will be the first to say that carnations definitely get a bad rap (seen as the sad grocery store flowers) BUT carnations are making a comeback. We've been seeing a variety of them coming in from our wholesalers in these amazing colors... plus, they last forever  and are easy to work with. As florists, we're into all of that. So for fun (and #1 on our list above) we chose to partake in a creative outlet and create a Southwest-inspired tablescape with these carnations, a vintage China and crystal set, Crate & Barrel napkins and silverware, copper mugs, and a few decorative pieces from our 1209 decor collection. Ta-da!

 

photos by Nicolas Alexander

It Was All A Dream :: Erin + Patrick

There is a special connection we have with each and every wedding we are a part of. Every bride and groom's personalities, styles and overall visions for their wedding day are always different, which is why our job is far from dull. Each wedding we do never looks the same as the last, and each team of creatives and vendors we get to work with changes. A couple's wedding day seldom goes forgotten, and we make it a mission to provide flowers and decor that is fitting to who our clients are as individuals.


On the day of December 31, 2016, Erin and Patrick were married at The monOrchid... where they also rang in the New Year with their loved ones by their side. These two worked closely with a team of people who came together to create a wedding to be remembered. One of the reasons why this wedding came together seamlessly was because of the quality relationships the vendors already established with one another. With the help of Kris and Tyler from Konsider It Done, a dream team was literally created. When you are working alongside your friends (those who just understand your style and trust in your work) it makes the process that much more amazing. We admire the efforts that every single vendor put into this wedding, especially Kym Ventola. We go wild for her work! She pays attention to the details, the moments, the light, the emotions.... to everything that truly matters in a photograph. She has been featured in countless print and online publications, and once again her work (and the team behind Erin + Patrick's wedding) was highlighted on Junebug Weddings this week! It's always an honor to know that one's work is being seen by people across the world... it's a trippy feeling.

It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine
Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine

We’ll never forget looking out at our friends and family between laughs during the ceremony. It’s humbling to feel the love from so many people rooting for your success with every ounce of their hearts. And then when looking back at each other, we were so filled with undying love, excitement, and pure contentment. We could live in that moment forever.


Photography: Kym Ventola Photography ❖ Event Planning: Konsider It Done
Venue: The monOrchid ❖ Floral Design: 1209 Creative
Catering: Conceptually Social ❖ Donuts: Welcome Chicken & Donuts
DJ: Ingram Entertainment ❖ Videography: Love Story Films ❖ Invitations: idieh designs
Makeup: SN Makeup Artist ❖ Hair Styling: Vanessa Yvonne Hair ❖ Nail Art: Chica Artista Nails
Wedding Dress: Rime Arodaky via LOHO Bride ❖ Bride’s Ear Cuff: Ryan Storer
Bride’s Shoes: Free People ❖ Custom Leather Jackets: Bananna Bones
Flower Girl Apparel: Carken Design (Leotard), Design by Erica T (Skirt)
Groom’s Apparel: Brothers Tailors
Rings: Hamra (Engagement), House of Diamonds AZ (Hers), Shane Co. (His)
Rentals: Tremaine Ranch (Ceremony Backdrop + Benches), Courtesy CoinAZ Pro Rents