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A Rose is a Rose… Or Is It?

January 16, 2015

The rose has been a symbol of love for thousands of years. And even though giving roses to someone to express your love is an age-old tradition it has never lost its power to touch the heart of the recipient. But does it always have to be given in the same age-old traditional way – a dozen red roses in a bouquet or in a vase? Do they always have to be red or a dozen? And can you or should you give roses to a guy?

I posed these questions to some of my co-workers at and found their answers both surprising and delightful! I hope sharing a few of them with you will inspire you to be creative in how you tell someone that you love them with roses this Valentine’s Day. If you aren’t up for a DIY, share your ideas with your local florist. Florists are talented artisans and will be more than happy to create a one of a kind expression of your love.

carly-rose-shirtCarly, who is a Fine Arts major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, works part-time in our photo studio. She said that she actually has given roses to her boyfriend in the past – she left the bouquet on the hood of his car for a sweet unexpected surprise! This time she was ready to kick it up a notch!

DIY Heart Top Made of Roses

Carly’s heart tube top was created with the petals of a dozen fresh red roses and glued right onto her red shirt! Of course this arrangement of roses won’t last for a week but then again it doesn’t have to! Another option is using fake petals should you wish to go that route.
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Setting the Mood with Food, Flowers, and Candles

January 13, 2015

Set The Mood on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about love and expressing your feelings, so I prefer to keep the event itself low key and comfortable. At the same time the mood should be sensual, encouraging contact and communication. There are a few key elements that definitely help you to create this vibe: flowers, candles, and food that can be eaten (and fed to each other) with your fingers!

long stem red roses in glass vase

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How To Create a Love Altar

August 16, 2012

Dog-able made out of flowers getting married

Did you ever want to tell someone just how much they mean to you and how much joy, comfort, and passion they have brought into your life? Sometimes it’s easier to show someone how much you love them than to try to put it into words. A love altar is a wonderful space for manifesting this desire, passion and adoration. Continue Reading…


Simple Ways To Say I Love You

April 14, 2012

Show Your Love And Appreciation To Your Special Someone

As summer comes to a close and we look towards the holiday rush, it is easy to get engulfed in the everyday “routine.” There are many simple ways to say I love you to your loved one. This September do not forget to take time to show your appreciation to the one you love in Celebration of Pleasure Your Mate Month!

According to Chase’s Calendar of Events, Pleasure Your Mate Month is the perfect time to think about the one you love most and what they mean to you. Remember to celebrate them on a regular basis to find new ways to bring happiness together.

Here are a few quick and easy ways to show your love and appreciation to your special someone:

Picture Perfect Place Settings
For simple ways to say I love you, set the mood with a beautiful, simple table setting. For an easy floral arrangement, place a single rose in a petite colored bottle for a splash of elegance and color. For a truly personal touch attach a special note to each bottle telling that person what you appreciate most about them. Add a copy of a photo of you children or even a pet to enhance this truly sentimental gesture.

Elegant Rose Place Setting With Photo Attached

Oysters on the Half Shell
How’s this for a romantic way to serve oysters?! Simply fill a tray with crushed ice and line the sides with red roses – the flower of love and passion. Cut the stems very short and place them right into the crushed ice and lay the oysters over the “bed” of ice. A beautiful way to serve these delicious appetizers!

Romantic Rose Oyster Tray

Chocolate Strawberries and Champagne
Enjoy strawberries dipped in rich dark chocolate with a light bubbly glass of champagne – this is a sweet and sensual way to end the night.

Campagne and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries


Great Ideas For a Romantic Valentine’s Weekend

February 12, 2012

With the craziness of Valentine’s Day officially over and a holiday weekend quickly approaching, I thought it might be a great time to do a round up of some of my favorite romantic ideas for those of us who may be celebrating their love for each other this long weekend!

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Create Your Own Unique Valentine Love Note

February 4, 2012

Flowers have a magical way of saying what words sometimes cannot. The words that accompany the flowers can have a power all their own. Those words can be heart wrenching or funny, a simple “I love you” or something a bit more complex such as those the great Irish writer and poet James Joyce wrote to his wife:

“You are my only love. You have me completely in your power. I know and feel that if I am to write anything fine and noble in the future I shall do so only by listening at the doors of your heart. I would like to go through life side by side with you, telling you more and more until we grew to be one being together until the hour should come for us to die”. Continue Reading…