Birthstone Collection – Citrine (November)

Citrine, which comes from the French word “citron”, means lemon. While the Citrine birthstone is seen as a little darker than a lemon, its color is more of a honey color. This is why Breen’s Florist uses an array of yellow tones in our Citrine birthstone arrangement.

The yellow stardust roses we use in this arrangement are a true yellow while the alstromeria creates the honey coloring throughout the arrangement.

When looking at the healing properties of the Citrine stone, happiness, prosperity, and strength are all visible in our design. The brightness of the arrangement brings out the happiness; prosperity is seen within the roses as they were once considered the flower of luxury; and the accents like alstromeria are hearty and long lasting florals to empower the strength of the gemstone.

Besides being November’s birthstone, it is also the 13th anniversary gemstone. During the art deco period between the world wars, the Citrine was sought after and many were used in many of the large display pieces. Even Hollywood starlets like Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo wore citrines as a sign of society.

Nowadays, citrine is more common. In fact, it is so common that it is now a popular stone for budget-minded women. As shoppers are being drawn to what is “retro”, citrine is getting a resurgence of popularity.

At Breen’s Florist, we love that this stone goes hand in hand with the autumn season. It allows us to use copper-birch leaves as accents to bring the warmth of autumn to this month of birthdays. Don’t forget about new babies being born this month too. The citrine babies will be motivated, creative, and self-expressed. Let’s celebrate those qualities with our Citrine Birthstone arrangement.

The Citrine will only be available through November 30th. Order today for everyone you know who is having a birthday this month.

Flowers In Film :: Flowers on The Silver Screen

Welcome to our new monthly blog post discussing flowers in film. We hope you have as much fun with it as we will. Now, on with the show….

Dining room scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca.

It’s kind of funny how you never realize how many times you see flowers in a film and just not “see” them. I am new to the floral industry, and since I’ve started, I notice flowers everywhere. Flowers can be shown as part of the script or part of the scene itself.

Poppy fields in The Wizard Of Oz

Filmmakers have long shown flowers and floral arrangements in films. From the poppy fields of “The Wizard of Oz” to the now iconic “American Beauty” to movies that revolve around a florist like “I Hate Valentine’s Day”. The examples are endless.

Seen here, Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham fantasizing about Angela Hayes on a bed of red rose petals. Credit: © 1999 DreamWorks

Since I’ve started working in the floral industry, I’ve noticed more and more the actual flowers and arrangements throughout the history of movies. Did you know that during the mid-century, a good amount of arrangements were made with gladiolas, roses, and carnations? I didn’t either until I recently watched a lot of older movies that spanned the 30’s through the 60’s. The arrangements themselves were rather large too. I guess they really did say it with flowers!

Kim Novak starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Everywhere you look in movies and television, there are flowers around most scenes in one way, shape, or form. The next time you watch a film or a tv show, just look and see. Whether they are integral to the scene or just in the background, they’re there…sometimes lurking in the background, sometimes prominently featured. It’s pretty amazing just how much flowers play a part, just like actors.

Blog by: Elisabeth Stover (Dispatcher)

Fashion Up Floral Wearables

Flowers and fashion have gone hand in hand since the beginning of time. Ladies with big bonnets of flowers to floral print patterns for dresses and blouses; flowers are a staple when it comes to fashion. During the 60’s, “Flower Power” was an iconic term used celebrate the use of flowers with fashion. No matter what Fashion Week runway you are watching, there will be inspiration coming from flowers.

Photo: Google Image Search

Breen’s Florist may not be designing your next prom dress in floral patterns, but we are here to accent it with floral accessories.

One of the most popular trends was made popular in the 50’s and 60’s with the floral headbands has come back into style. Celebrities are accenting their red carpet looks with subtle floral accents like headbands. It means stop and look at my face and not just my dress.

Photo: Breen’s Florist

Another interesting way to accent your dress without limiting your hand and arm movements is to bring your corsage down and wear it on your ankle. This new trend has been quite popular lately as girls have been wearing more bracelets but still want to show off flowers.

Even two guys from Portland, Oregon have gotten into Flowers & Fashion with an odd sort of trend that is actually catching on around the world. If women can put flowers in their hair, so can men. These two gents have captured a huge audience with their beard decorating.

Photo: The Gay Beards

As you can see, flowers play an important role in fashion and Breen’s Florist has you covered for all those needs. From headbands to ankle corsages to even decorating your boyfriend’s beard, let Breen’s Florist help you bring flowers into your fashion choices.

Blog by: Jenny Morgan (Buyer/Design Center Manager)

Patriotic Tributes for Memorial Day

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

There are few days of the calendar year that carry more significance than Memorial Day.  And although many see the holiday as a day off for barbecues and get-togethers, taking the time to honor the sacrifices of brave patriots who have gone before us is a great way to begin the day. Whether to adorn a grave site – or to send a floral arrangement to a family still mourning a loss – you can rely on the experts at Breen’s Florist to design and deliver Memorial Day flowers and patriotic tributes which properly recognize and honor them.  Continue reading

International Women’s Day, Local & Global

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For over a century, International Women’s Day has celebrated the social, cultural, political, and economic contributions and achievements of women. Recognized in 20 countries, the initiative has borne witness to a lot of victorious moments but has also confronted heartbreaking challenge and injustice. Looking ahead with bold confidence, the groups that make up the collective effort continue to work towards gender parity, social justice, equality for everyone. Those intimately involved with the movement are very aware that the responsibility for fighting for these rights doesn’t fall on the shoulders of one entity – be it a non-profit, a corporation, a social action committee, or a government. Rather, true advancements are made when all band together with others around the globe.

On March 8th, join the movement by posting your activities with the hashtag #BeBoldForChange.

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Inspire Happiness with Random Acts of Kindness

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Every year, the popularity of Random Acts of Kindness Day, observed on February 17th, grows a little stronger. Celebrated by organizations, groups, and individuals, this is a day that encourages everyone to simply sow a little kindness into someone else’s life. We at Breen’s Florist strive for this every day, and we want to help you be as successful as possible in spreading joy and kindness.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  – Winston Churchill Continue reading

Jewish New Year- Rosh Hashanah

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Rosh Hashanah is one of the high holy days of the Jewish calendar. Observed the first and second days of Tishri, the holiday is also referred to as the Jewish New Year. It is marked by prayers of self-reflection and festivities with loved ones. Because many of the Rosh Hashanah customs are faith-based, and many have to do with celebrating with family and friends, the holiday is rightly described as a combination of the weighty and the joyful. If you are away from loved ones on Rosh Hashanah, send a heartfelt bouquet fromBreen’s Florist to tell them you are thinking of them.

Rosh Hashanah is traditionally an opportunity to look back at the past, confess, and pray penitent prayers. While the holiday does not have an official color associated with it, white is considered appropriate symbolically, as it represents new beginnings, purity, and innocence. For thoughtful floral accents, blue blooms such as delphinium or hydrangea signify divinity and a reverence for the deity of God.

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Here are some customary Rosh Hashanah traditions:

  • The Yamim Nora’im include the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The month leading up to this period is meant for contemplation and contrition, and penitential prayers are recited.
  • The shofar, played like a trumpet, is made from a ram’s horn and is used to produce 100 different tones during this period. It is blown each morning for the month preceding, as well as during Rosh Hashanah. The sound of the shofar is meant to rouse the faithful from their sleep and remind them to the coming judgment.
  • Rosh Hashanah is also the day of “Yom Hadin”, known as Judgment day.
  • On Rosh Hashanah, families share challah bread and apple slices, dipped in honey.

If you want to wish your friends and family L’Shanah Tovah (a good year), simply call Breen’s Florist for a meaningful floral design. Send flowers across the miles, or bring an arrangement to dinner. In Houston and Belleaire, we are your best choice for holiday florals.

Inspiring Romance with Flowers

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August is National Romance Month. And while we understand that some people are naturally more romantic than others, this month gives everyone the chance to express their feelings to the person they love. At Breen’s Florist, we know that inspiring romance is as easy as having a bouquet of flowers delivered, but what should you send? If you live in Houston or Bellaire, our professional floral designers have many ideas for you. After all, we have seen many acts of true love over the years!

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Breen’s Florist has some creative customers, and they have inspired ideas guaranteed to keep the romance alive. In honor of National Romance Month, we’d like to share some of the love stories we have heard over the years.

  • Bring a single rose home to your wife once a week. This will guarantee she always has a reminder of your love, freshly cut and in bloom.
  • Have our professionals design a bouquet of flowers that is meaningful to you as a couple – for instance, spoil her with the same flowers you brought to her on your first date, to prove that the memory is special to you.

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  • Show us your wedding photos, and our designers will create a replica of her bridal flowers. Bring to a romantic dinner, and surprise her with your thoughtfulness.
  • Work with Breen’s Florist to deliver flowers to an unexpected place – during dinner at your favorite restaurant, or to a park bench as you talk. The surprise delivery is sure to melt her heart, and shouts your love for her to the world.

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Flowers inspiring romance are just a call away. During the month of August, celebrate National Romance Month with roses, orchids or lilies from Breen’s Florist.