Category Archives: Flowers

Market Blooms: Valentines Day Edition

Oh, that’s right.  How could we not acknowledge Valentines Day – one of the biggest holidays that involves flowers!  We have to let you in on a little secret.  We’re not a big fan of this holiday.  It’s become a holiday for lovers where sometimes we go overboard measuring our self worth by the amount of gifts we receive or don’t receive.  Even worse the gifts we receive is a measurement of how much our significant others love us.  Ick!  But let’s leave this topic for a whole other blog.

Market Blooms series - V-day gram, www.stylethisshindig.com

We can’t rule out showing our thoughts, love, and kindness towards one another though.  It’s the perfect day for it (just don’t go measuring yourself).  So how can one show their thoughtfulness towards another person for this Valentines Day?  In today’s Market Blooms series, we want to help you make a stem of flowers go a long way, literally.

Inspired by the V-day gram** and the April Fools prank*, we thought, hey, why not make another person’s day a bit brighter!  Go ahead, we’ll wait for you to finish rolling your eyes.  :).  Look, you get to make your thoughtfulness go viral.

Identify who makes a difference in your day, your work, or your life.  To this person, pass along a stem of flowers with a note attached.  The message should just show them that somewhere, at some point, you appreciate their existence.  When you leave the note on their desk, don’t get caught.

This idea could work well in your workplace, school, or heck, if you can’t do it secretly, then pass it along to a stranger.  Make them smile.

For this project, you’ll need:

Market Blooms series - V-day gram, www.stylethisshindig.com

  • 1 Stem of flower (we chose a hardy one, the carnations), from your local market.
  • Ribbons, any color, or skip it completely.
  • A tag – or simply cut them out from a piece of paper.  Don’t skip this item.  You’ll need to write a message.
  • A pen (not shown).

Market Blooms series - V-day gram, www.stylethisshindig.com

When you write your note, it should be thoughtful, but generic enough that the next person could continue to pass it along.  So don’t forget to include, “pass it along” in that message.  Give them a chance to pay it forward.  Above, we wrote it on the other side of the tag.

Keep the rest of the bouquet for yourself or make plenty more of these to pass along.  We hope you like it!

Market Blooms series - V-day gram, www.stylethisshindig.com

How are you planning to share your thoughtfulness?

Backstory

* Long before we broke out into design, we meddled in what was the corporate world where everyone had a computer, used a mouse to move their pointers, and typed on keyboards.  Do people still do these things?  Every April Fools day we pull a prank.  Simply place a sticky note underneath a computer mouse.  This causes it to “malfunction” (not really), the sensor can’t sense anything (it works perfectly well with a roller mouse).  By the time the person figures it out, they’ll find the sticky note that instructs them to pass it along to the next person, without getting caught.  Yes, it’s a chain prank.

** Back in high school, the International Club that we were a part of runs a fundraiser called the Valentines Day Gram.  Students buy carnations for a buck and get it sent to their significant other, their crushes, or their group of friends.  We can imagine how sweet it is to receive one.  Somewhere, at some point, someone is thinking of us.  Isn’t that special?

EDIT: Today Style This Shindig turns 1!  We’re super excited to share this with you.

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Market Blooms: Flower art

We love flowers and that’s a big given.  From time to time, we treat ourselves by buying the blooms when we’re out grocery shopping.  Once unpacked, they instantly add life to a room.  Notice the immediate effect on your mood the next time you unpack your bouquet.

Whether you buy occasionally or weekly, we want to share some ideas through our Market Blooms series.  Sometimes plopping them into a container of water is all it takes.  But what if you wanted to shake things up a bit?  Well, you can!

The unfortunate thing is that life comes and goes.  Flowers, they bloom and wilt away.  So how do we preserve the prettiness of the blooms then?

Get out your camera and start snapping away.  Take pictures of your flowers.  Capture their living moments so you can enjoy them for a long long time.  Frame them to show off your floral arranging skills.  Or place them on a lonely wall.  Floral art for your space, look at that!

Market Blooms Series: Floral Art ranunculus - Style This Shindig

To get started, arrange the flower heads into something that looks good to you.  Play around with placement.  Snap the pictures when you’re happy with it.

Market Blooms Series: Floral Art ranunculus - Style This Shindig

When you can tell that the flowers have just a little bit of life left in them, get on it!

We’d love to see pictures of arrangements.  Hope you’d share!

Cheers!

 

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Styling: Maternity Photo Shoot

Being pregnant, working full time, and feeling exhausted all the time didn’t stop this expecting parent from capturing her progress.   How smart!  Because we all know that time flies especially when it has wings.  In the blink of an eye, pregnancy turns into new born turns into teenager.  Rightfully, she took every opportunity to document how special her experience has been.  What better way to slow it all down than to capture and savor the moments?

We’re fortunate to have this opportunity to style the photos, a small collection from a series of their maternity photo sessions.  Can you guess the theme?

Styling and Blooms: Style This Shindig; Photography: SV PhotographyWith a subdued backdrop, the pops of blue and pink make this photo smile.  There’s no question that color makes a big difference.  To make the gallery of frames multi-dimensional, we added the deer head and details of flowers.  Secret: the greens were freshly picked weeds from their lawn.  Why not?  (Photos: LV & Sitha Vorn)

Styling and Blooms: Style This Shindig; Photography: SV PhotographyWe thought it’d be cute to have a blooms for the young and the younger. (Photos: LV & Sitha Vorn)

Styling and Blooms: Style This Shindig; Photography: SV PhotographyThis bouquet includes dahlias, peonies, protea, and wax flowers.  The color is amazing.  (Photos: LV & Sitha Vorn)

Styling and floral design: Style This Shindig; Photography: LV & Sitha Vorn(Photos: LV & Sitha Vorn)

Styling and floral design: Style This Shindig; Photography: LV & Sitha Vorn(Photos: LV & Sitha Vorn)

Here are some mobile phone outtakes:

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Now we’d like to know, how are you capturing your special experiences?

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Photo prop styling and floral design: Style This Shindig

Photography & makeup: LV & Sitha Vorn

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{Styling} {Floral Design} Backdrops

Photos, people will always take photos at events says Captain Obvious!

If you score a wonderful venue for your wedding, photo backdrops wouldn’t be a challenge to spot.  Sometimes, you have to create that special photo spot for your guests.  You can have your stylist create a space that’s not only the designated photo backdrop but a spot that flows with the entire space.   It’s an element that can add to the event’s aesthetic for sure.

Styled backdrop - Stylist/Floral Designer: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornEvent stylists can create these backdrops to add to the decor of your event.  (You might have seen our model Linda in our previous post. =)).

Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornShowing off a simply styled prop.

Wearable Blooms: Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Floral design piece that adorns the hair.

Wearable Blooms - Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornAnd it could be used to dress your outfit.

Thanks to Sitha and Linda for all your help with this concept shoot.

~ Enjoy

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Photography: Sitha Vorn

Model: Linda Moore

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{Styling} Special Occasions

You may or may not have a special event to host anytime soon.  But maybe you’re anxious about making that engagement proposal, that  anniversary dinner, or that sweet homecoming extra special.  All of these occasions warrant its own little touches and thoughtfulness.  One of the ways we can help is to design and style them.  It can range from simple to elaborate.  Wouldn’t it be nice to make that moment extra memorable for your loved one?

Picnic - Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig, Photography: Sitha Vorn

From that casual-but-special picnic to that elaborate proposal dinner, adding a little style makes all the difference.

Picnic - Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Flowers add wonder to almost anything!

Picnic/Wedding: Stylist/Floral Designer: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Is there a special occasion that you wish you’d like some styling help?  We’d love to hear about it!

~ Enjoy!

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Styling & Floral Design: Style This Shindig

Photography: Sitha Vorn

Model: Linda Moore

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STS News: Official Website

An official website?  Yes, we’re working on it.  But in the meantime, visit our Facebook page or stay tune here.  And wait, yes come by our  STS Pinterest boards for inspiration.

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We can’t wait to bring in some more content for you.  In the meantime, message us!  What kinds of things would you like to see on this blog?

~ enjoy!

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New Year Garland

This.

garland and pitcher

We experimented with hyacinths to mimic the jasmine garlands that are generally made throughout Southeast Asia.  This is just the right time to experiment because the Southeast Asian new year is upon us.  Wouldn’t it be nice to make offerings with these pretty garlands?  We’d think so.

Oh, you aren’t celebrating the new year?  What about adorning that special Mother’s Day gift with one of these?  It’s coming up next month!

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Note though, hyacinths don’t last as long as jasmine do without water.

Happy Burmese, Cambodian, Lao, Thai new year!

~ enjoy

 

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STS News: Sandbox Pitch

When we learned of the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, we couldn’t help but to jump in and play.  It’s an organization that really helps entrepreneurs, especially those in the beginning stages, jump start their ideas and business.  Style This Shindig was one of the 8 participants out of 64 who were chosen to present at the Creative Economy Pitch contest for cash prizes.

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While prepping for the pitch, it wasn’t hard to notice how connections make a huge difference when we work on a project.  Starting a business is a big one!  That’s why we feel that pulling people in with you is key.  It’s an important part of the creative process.  Often times we suck it up do things alone.  And sometimes we just don’t know how to reach out, especially as artists.  It’s less lonely to not work in isolation.

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Seven participants were chosen in advance to present in front of a group of around 100 people.  Michelle Grewal, from Invite Dazzle had a table at the pitch event but little did she know that she’d be the 8th presenter.  She did such a great job presenting given the circumstance.  She was the 8th presenter whose name was chosen out of a hat that very night.  Other entrepreneurs were invited to have a table to pitch their ideas.  Did we have a great time learning what others do?  You bet!

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Les Jus Beverage.  Light and natural tasting juice.

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My Crowning Jewel.  Adorn your head with their collection of head wrap!

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MHM Printmaking Studio. UPDATE: They took home the first prize at the second SandBox Pitch!!!  Amazing!

Congratulations to the winners and presenters of Creative Economy Pitch Contest!

They are: Veronica Chapman – My Crowning Jewel – 1st place, Marquis Victor- Elevated Thought Foundation – 2nd place and fan fave, Diane DeMarco – The Cupcakory – 3rd place, Invite DazzleNew VesturesLes Jus Beverage, and Mill City Glassworks.

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Before the contest, we asked our fans on Facebook to help us design a floral piece for our pitch table.  Our fan chose the pear and tulips as the design elements and we came up with this.  Note, if you decide to create an arrangement with fruits, just remember that while ethelyne gas – the ripening gas from fruits, can ripen your avocado to creamy softness, it damages the flowers faster.  Therefore these types of arrangements can’t be kept for too long.

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Vintage Tea Party Shoot

Warning, trick question approaching.  What should you do after you collect a set of vintage bone china tea cups?  Drink tea from it of course.  Perhaps throw a little tea shindig for a few special friends, especially for the ones who could appreciate these cups.  Here, inspired by tea and friends, we brought a mini garden tea party indoor.

Vintage Tea Tablescape

Vintage tea cup collection.

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Don’t forget the blooms.

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Oh your party will look to the indoor sky, so dress that chandelier up!

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Here’s a little garden love.

The most fun we had at this shoot was when the guests arrived.  They were treated to some really tasty tea!

When was your last tea party?  Do you have a tea tradition to share?

~ enjoy!

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Art direction (styling and floral design): Chhavy Sinuon

Photos: Sitha Vorn

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