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Floral Shirts: How To Wear Summer's Trickiest Menswear Piece - FashionBeansTuesday, July 23, 2019
Tencel. As well as being more absorbent than cotton and cooler than linen, the fabric’s draped, louche feel will position you closer to Havana native than the aforementioned ropey relative.When styling any floral shirt, bold colours and statement pieces elsewhere are never advisable. Go for plain neutral T-shirts, inconspicuous straight fit shorts (denim or dark tailored designs will do) and simple minimal sneakers or sandals to cook up a solid summer look.– Luke Sampson, associate editorWith JeansZaraIs there anything you can’t wear with a handsome pair of jeans? Probably not. Well, apart from a leather holster and some metal spurs. But a floral shirt? Most definitely.Despite the versatility of the most worn item of clothing in your wardrobe, it’s important to bear in mind that the wash and fit of your jeans make them more suited to particular looks, and the consequential need to switch your floral pattern.If you’re chasing the colour-popping floral shirt style of Christian Slater in True Romance, then looser, light-wash denim is a better fit for the ’90s vibe. Or for a more classic appeal, black jeans offer the perfect neutral base on which the rest of your look can bloom.– Richa... https://www.fashionbeans.com/article/mens-floral-shirts/
Havana florist and doll shops are among businesses prohibited for American shoppers - Miami HeraldWednesday, March 14, 2018
Inside a small old Havana shop are dolls inspired by Norse fairy tales, Native American dolls with their own teepee, elf dolls, an updated version of the Santeria deity Ochún in a gold dress, and baby dolls in career outfits.The elaborate muñecos seem innocent enough, but this shop is among 180 Cuban businesses that the United States says are tied to the Cuban military and therefore off limits to American visitors. It was placed on the U.S. Department of State’s prohibited list in November in a move designed to keep financial resources out of the hands of enterprises owned or controlled by the Cuban military. Also on the prohibited list are a Mercaderes Street florist shop where buckets of yellow, lavender, pink, coral and red roses and small floral arrangements await customers, and several other picturesque Old Havana stores that were launched by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana to increase Old Havana’s charm factor.Except, Cuban officials say, it’s a mistake. The Muñecos de Leyenda (Le... http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article201834119.html
This is why all of those people have flowers on their heads at Arroyo Seco Weekend - The Pasadena Star-NewsTuesday, November 07, 2017
Baron. “They both look better together.”Ever since that moment, Baron has been putting flowers on people’s head everywhere. Seriously everywhere, from in front of the Louvre in Paris, to Havana, Cuba and to Corona. Oh, and you may have seen “#FlowersOnYourHead” at Coachella too (no, they are not just flower crowns). Arroyo Seco Weekend, however, was the first music festival where Baron was sponsored (by JetBlue) and the project had its own tent. Although, that did not stop them from wandering around the grounds putting flowers on the heads of attendees and even artists. •Related:Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers deliver a set packed with hits on opening night of Arroyo Seco WeekendWant to see some of these creations? Head to Baron’s Instagram or look up the hashtag “#flowersonyourhead” and you will see a plethora. And if you want to get a pristine shot of some flowers on your head, go over to the JetBlue/Muir Ranch tent, although you may just bump into Baron while walking the grounds or bump into him in front of a museum in Europe some day. http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/arts-and-entertainment/20170625/this-is-why-all-of-those-people-have-flowers-on-their-heads-at-arroyo-seco-weekend
Bouquet, boutonnieres and centerpieces don't have to be flowers only - Herald & ReviewMonday, April 18, 2016
Jennifer (Sanders) Beck of Jacksonville has always considered herself a creative person, so when she began planning her Nov. 14, 2015, wedding to her then-fiancé Andrew Beck, 29, of Havana, she knew she wanted to take a hands-on approach to one of the more costly components of their big day: the flowers.“It all kind of started with me making flowers around three or four years ago,” explained Beck, 28, a diet clerk at St. John’s Hospital. “I like to think of myself as a crafty person, so I got bored one night searching the Internet and I ended up finding the idea on YouTube about how to make duct tape flowers.”Intrigued by the idea, Beck began making the flowers for fun, and when Andrew proposed to her in 2013, she had enough flower-making experience under her belt to tackle the construction of the groomsmen’s boutonnieres and the reception centerpieces.“The cost of flowers is kind of pricey,” she said, which made the idea of creating some of her own a little more appealing. “But my mom also helped me decide to do it because she thought that the (centerpieces could also double) as wedding favors.”With a color scheme of light purple, dark purple and camouflage, Beck... http://herald-review.com/lifestyles/bouquet-boutonnieres-and-centerpieces-don-t-have-to-be-flowers/article_80a1b405-8e59-59ce-b57b-978ea55448bc.html
Gifts for the reader on your list - CTV NewsWednesday, December 23, 2015
Sunjeev SahitaThe Giver Quartet by Lois LowryAvenue of Mysteries by John IrvingRoad Trip Rowanda by Will FergusonBooks on BeechwoodMadly by Amy AlwardFifteen Dogs by Andre AlexisWhose Man in Havana? John W. GrahamThe Opinionated Old Cow by Alena SchramPerfect BooksThe Invention of Nature by Andrea WulfBee Time by Mark L. WinstonThe Road to Little Dribbling by Bill BrysonM Train by Patti SmithThe Princess and the Piny by Kate BeatonSidewalk Flowers by Jon Arno Lawson and Sudney SmithFiction and non-fiction:Road Trip Rwanda by Will FergusonAnimorphia (colouring book)Brave Enough by Cheryl StrayedAvenue of Mysteries by John IrvingTwo Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights by Salman RushdieKids and YA:Everything Everything by Nicola YoonThe Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne MichaelsThe Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew DaywaltThe Writer's FestivalPenguin Random House Canada... http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/gifts-for-the-reader-on-your-list-1.2710375
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more firstname.lastname@example.org 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html