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What to Wear Wednesday: Spring Florals

Spring Floral 2017 Runway

If the runways are any indication of what’s to be hot this spring, we’ll continue to see a lot of stripes and graphic prints and metallic, but what’s back with a vengeance? Yup, spring florals!  And it couldn’t happen at a better time.  Nothing says spring like a feminine floral print.  The 2017 runways had all kinds of spring florals this year, both bold and daring ones and pretty and delicate ones.

Spring 2017 Runway Floral Prints

 

Lord knows nobody but celebrities can get away with wearing the whacky stuff straight off the runway, so here’s a few of my picks for how to do floral right this spring all of which are VERY accessible and all under $100.

Floral Tops

2017 spring floral tops

 

  1.  J Crew Silk Top in Vintage Floral     $60
  2.  Old Navy Floral Pintuck Swing Blouse      $24
  3.   Banana Republic Easy Care Off the Shoulder Floral Top   $88
  4.  Guess Dylan Blouse     $69 
  5.  ASOS Blouse in Floral Print with Ruffle Front        $55  

Floral Bottoms

spring 2017 floral pants and skirts

 

  1. Closet London Prom Satin Midi-Skirt     $91
  2.  Avery-Fit Bold Floral Crop      $59
  3.  Samara Floral Print Maxi Skirt       $54
  4.  White House Black Market Floral Wide-Leg Pants      $70
  5.  Who What Wear Pleat Back Pencil Skirt       $28

And I’m not sure we all need 5 pairs of floral shoes, but I saw these and had to share – one pair in our closet is ok, right?  Okay, maybe two, one for dressy one for casual.

Floral Shoes

spring 2017 floral shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1.  Nicole Miller Artelier Bardot Sandal    $90
  2.  Volley Australia Mid Cut    $70
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DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Last week we talked about Thanksgiving tablescapes.  One of the key elements of many of those gorgeous tables was a glorious centerpiece or floral arrangement, or even several floral moments on one table.  Lots of people are intimidated by arranging flowers.  I get it.  Truthfully it does take a little more finesse than just removing the cellophane and plopping them in a vase.   Understandably, lots of people shy away from DIY’ing it and just call up FTD and order a centerpiece.  While convenient, the problem with this is twofold.  One, they are sooo expensive and two, they never look like they do in the “representative” online photo.  They are usually crammed with cheap greens, foregoing the proper number of expensive flowers that you were supposed to get.  I’ll bet that if you try making your own arrangement once, you may never buy that expensive garbage ever again.  Here’s how you can DIY your Thanksgiving centerpiece!  I made 2 medium and 2 small arrangements, plus a leftover scrap arrangement for just $46 in flowers.  We have a flower wholesaler nearby where one can get virtually any flower, and their prices are pretty reasonable.  If you don’t have a wholesaler open to the public near you, you could do something similar with about 5 bunches of flowers from Costco or the grocery store, it may cost just a few more dollars.  For this arrangement, I picked up a bunch of orange spray roses (those are the mini-ones), a bunch of peach carnations (which, sadly, get a bad rap), a bunch of seeded eucalyptus, and a deep burgundy solidago (i.e. goldenrod).

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I already had a few random containers that would work well for a fall centerpiece, a wooden pumpkin, a pumpkin basket and 2 small pedestal candle holders that became vases and my leftovers went in an old Patron tequila bottle (hint – they make great stem vases once you finish with the tequila).

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Other supplies I used were 2 containers to fit inside my pumpkins (since they weren’t watertight), garden snips/shears, and a few pieces of oasis floral foam and some clear floral tape.

I started by inserting a good size chunk of oasis into the inside containers and drenching them in water.  Oasis needs to be wet in order to insert the stems into it.  Next each flower stem as you insert it (don’t do them all at once) so that they stand only two or three inches above your container and make the first 5 or so flowers symmetrically placed.  Here you can see that I placed one in the middle and 4 others sideways at each corner of the oasis.

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Then add your secondary flower, in this case I kept a lot of greenery on the spray roses, the leaves looked nice and it meant that there was one less green I had to buy.  Alternatively, if you’re using flowers that don’t have nice leaves you can snip in your garden or trim your house plants.

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Next I filled in holes with the solidago and the seeded eucalyptus which both had a nice contrast in deep burgundy and soft green.

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I still thought there wasn’t enough contrast so I went out in my garden and clipped a few stems of dusty miller which added a nice frosty mint green contrast.

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After making the two pumpkin arrangements I noticed that I still had a ton of flowers left, so I took these two small candle holders and made a grid pattern on the top with clear floral tape.  Why the grid, you ask?  This is a trick florists use to keep their arrangements standing in their clear glass vases perfectly.  Without the tape the flowers would flop around and not stay put where you actually wanted them.

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I then repeated the process of inserting main flowers first symmetrically around the vase, then adding in secondary flowers, and finally greens. Even after completing these I had a good bit of eucalyptus remaining which I simply stuck in an old Patron bottle with a few feathers.  I haven’t decided how I’m going to display them yet with my set table but here is the group of the 4 flower arrangements completed.  Will you take on the DIY centerpiece challenge?  We’d love to see them.  Add a comment and show us your work!

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