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Telephone Flower Illustration by Madeline Trait

2345 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States



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This year, I lot of my work has been inspired by Hawaii. The tropical flowers, the colors and the culture are all things that intrigue me about these unique islands. Part of the reason that Hawaii has become an inspiration is that I am getting married in Maui in April! I am super excited and will be bringing you loads of fun DIY posts and ideas for your own wedding or party. However, today, I wanted to talk about Hawaiian shirts. Hawaiian or Aloha shirts are an iconic fashion statement as well as a representation of island culture. There are a variety of styles and most have a bold graphic quality to them which I have grown to appreciate and look to for inspiration. 

So, I wanted to share with you a couple of my favorites finds in the world of Aloha shirts. 

Hawaii Aloha Fashion Hawaii Shirts Dress
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Beautiful Bouquets

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January is that transition month from last year to the new year. So all this month I am going to reflect on the last year as well as look new adventures in 2014. Today will be a look back at the bouquets from 2013. I love making bouquets and each one is always unique from one another. I look forward to what 2014 will bring in flowers. 

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A guys guide to flowers

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Valentine's day is around the corner and what do women (and some men) love? Flowers.

Below are a few tips for those guys who need a little help. 

  1. Flowers are not practical.....but they are beautiful and thoughtful. The fact that they are not a practical gift makes them all that more special to the recipient. 
  2. Flowers lift your mood, it's a proven fact. Why do you think flowers are the universal sign for "I'm sorry, please forgive me."
  3. Roses are not created equal. Most roses are imported from South America, choose local and seasonal blooms and show that you can think outside the box.
  4. The bigger the bouquet the better. See #1, shows how much you can let go on this non practical gift. 
  5. If you really want to look like a steller boyfriend, husband or friend. Get flowers for no occasion at all, just because you care. Believe me, it will be worth it.
  6. When selecting flowers, choose a color and request seasonal. This way your florist can choose the best quality flowers of the season but the color gives her/him a place to start. 

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