0Flowerona Tips: Tweeting on behalf of a company? Here’s how to personalise it…

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Behind every Twitter account, there’s a real person, just like you and me! And this Flowerona Tips blog post was prompted by a conversation I had with a company earlier in the week. Three people were responsible for their Twitter account. As personal service and building relationships with their clients was very important to them, I recommended that they let their followers know who was actually behind the account by adding the names of each person to the Twitter Bio.

In Settings/Profile/Bio, simply enter the names of who’s tweeting on behalf of your company, by including the text ‘Tweets by…’  The Garden Museum above is a great example. They’ve included the Twitter usernames of the people behind the account. But you could also use your first name or initials. And you could even put the your initials at the end of each tweet.

Whether it’s just one person or several people looking after a Twitter account, why not personalise it and make it more human by adding people’s names…

(Image : Twitter/The Garden Museum)

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0Florist Friday: Wild at Heart’s new range of bouquets for late summer/autumn 2014

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London florist Wild at Heart has recently launched a beautiful new range of bouquets, inspired by the late summer sunlight. I love the Dusky Skies design above featuring pale pink and lilac flowers.  It includes dahlias, ‘Ocean Song’ and ‘Bombastic’ roses, hydrangeas, snowberries, astrantia and mimosa foliage.

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With a pale orange and white colour theme is this bouquet called Morning Sunlight. It features Quicksand roses, hydrangeas, Japanese anemones, snowberries, asclepias, and hypericum berries.

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The final bouquet in this new collection, Red Sky at Night, has a darker colour palette of red and pink. You’ll find dahlias, astrantia, ‘Cheerio’ roses, hydrangeas, hypericum berries, asclepias and cotinus foliage in this design.

Also, with London Fashion Week starting today, Wild at Heart have created a special bouquet to celebrate the occasion. With a green and white theme, it includes roses, hydrangeas, ammi, guelder rose and hypericum berries.

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Aren’t they beautiful?! I love the different combinations of textures. All the bouquets can be ordered online for nationwide next day delivery. Simply visit the Wild at Heart website for further details.

(Images : Wild at Heart)

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0Beautiful new vases from LSA International – Umberto, Loft, Light & Flower Texture and Molten

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LSA International has brought out some beautiful news vases for Autumn/Winter 2014. And today I thought I’d share with you my favourites, starting with Umberto above in a new pine green colour. I love their shape and in particular, their jar-like necks.

Next up is Loft, a brand new range, which is inspired by everyday bottles and jars. There are clear glass vases and also a selection of cased colours that fade towards the base.

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Vases and lanterns with new textures have been added to their Light & Flower Texture collection.

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And the Molten collection, which for me has a touch of a lovely retro vibe, is also brand new for AW14. It features oval, flared and cube shaped vases in a range of colours including amber, smoke and pale sapphire.

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If you’d like to see more of LSA International’s beautiful vases, simply pop over to their website. Social media-wise, you’ll find the company on Facebook and Twitter.

My favourite collection is Loft…which is yours?

(Images : LSA International)

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0Wedding Wednesday: 3 ways to decorate your aisle

aisle-decor-Style-Me-Pretty-3 Have you heard of petal carpets before? Here’s an example above and they’re one utterly amazing way of decorating the aisle for your wedding! Below are two other aisle decor ideas, which I thought may inspire you if you’re planning to add a real statement to your special day. aisle-decor-Style-Me-Pretty-2 aisle-decor-Style-Me-Pretty-4 Can you imagine what the scent would be like with so many fragrant rose petals? (Images : 1. Style Me Pretty/Onelove Photography, 2. Style Me Pretty/Michele M Waite Photography, 3. Style Me Pretty/Joshua Aull Photography)

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7Flowerona travels…to Sardinia

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Hello Flowerona readers! I hope you’re all well? If you’re wondering why there haven’t been any blog posts over the last week, it’s because I’ve been away. My husband Matt and I returned yesterday afternoon from a wonderful holiday on the beautiful island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea. Today, I thought I’d share with you some photos of our time there, including (of course!) photos of the flora which I spotted.

Kokka Beach, near Baia Sardinia in the north of the island, is where we spent the majority of our stay. This was our first beach holiday abroad in over five years and we really wanted to simply chill, relax and ‘recharge our batteries’. We were so lucky with the weather…every day there was wall-to-wall sunshine and 80-85°F temperatures.

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I had a complete digital detox…no emails and no social media. For the first two days, I just read books and magazines, whilst catching some sun rays. But then, once I’d had chance to unwind, I couldn’t resist making the most of my clear headspace to think about my plans for Flowerona over the coming months and even drafted some blog posts too. One evening, we went to nearby Porto Cervo in the Costa Smeralda.

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The main pedestrian areas were adorned with lots of colourful flowering plants and succulents.

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I did look out for florist shops but unfortunately didn’t discover any. The flowers in the public areas in our hotel though were either roses, chrysanthemums or delphiniums, massed on their own with leather leaf as foliage.

A biennial sailing regatta called The Rolex Swan Cup was taking place whilst we were in Sardinia. We’d seen the magnificent yachts sailing by our beach and here are some of them in one of the marinas in Porto Cervo, together with a plethora of glamorous super yachts.

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And here are a couple of general shots of Porto Cervo…

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This photo below was taken at the start of the holiday, whilst I was enjoying a pre-dinner Prosecco at our hotel. We’d booked just B&B, so that every evening we could try a different restaurant. And by far our favourite was Il Guscio in Baia Sardinia…delicious, freshly cooked and simple Italian cuisine.

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One of the best parts of each day was watching the sun set, from our hotel and from the nearby Phi Beach…both pictured below.

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Our holiday was the perfect tonic and I’ve come back completely revitalised! I look forward to sharing with you shortly the results of all my planning and my new blog posts.

P.S. There’s something else that I’d like to share with you…I used to LOVE flying and in the late 1980s after I’d finished university, I worked for a year for tour operator Thomson in Mallorca and Fuerteventura. Back then, I wouldn’t bat an eyelid about jumping on a flight. But since I had labyrinthitis and BPPV (ear disorders) over 10 years ago, I’ve really not enjoyed flying…at all! The cabin pressure meant that I sometimes felt extremely dizzy and had ear pain. Plus, not surprisingly, I’d be a little anxious (slight understatement!). To be honest, I’ve actively avoided flying. I realised though that I needed to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’! So, here are my remedies, which I hope help you if you experience similar symptoms: Bach Rescue Remedy Spray (to calm your nerves), FlyFit Ear Plugs (to rid yourself of ear pain…they are amazing!) and Travel Bands. It may seem a bit excessive, but it works for me. And I’m very pleased to say that I’m starting to (gingerly) fall back in love with flying again…

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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