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An Icon’s Birthday. Celebrating Ranell Brown.

An iconic woman of warmth, style and grace. That’s how I would describe her.
And while my heavy heart acknowledges she’s not here to celebrate her birthday today, I will forever celebrate every incredible influence she’s had on my life.

Ranell was…

Daughter to my sweet (and sassy) Mema who affectionately longs to be with her daughter every day,
My father’s sister (and biggest cheerleader),
Wife to my incredible uncle Steve,
Mother to Matt and Meredith,
Lulu to her grandchildren,
The favorite aunt to her nieces and nephews,
The Family quarterback, gracefully calling all the plays,
A friend to everyone she met,
And among many other things, she was an icon to me.

Always there, listening and giving the best advice, my aunt Ranell made me feel exclusively special. Since moving back to Oklahoma, many people have shared their memories and stories about Ranell that ultimately revealed how special she made them feel. I quickly noticed the common thread.”Exclusively special” was the way Ranell made everyone feel. It was one of her countless gifts and she shared it – unconditionally.

In Ranell’s absence, The Fleuriste is lucky enough to now host the Crafty Crafters. This fabulous group of ladies historically met at Ranell’s house two Thursdays a month, for years and years. Inevitably, crafts transpired, as did lunch and lots of laughter and catching up. No one had to be particularly “crafty”; because at its core, this was really just a group friends who genuinely loved each other and wanted to spend time together. No technology, social media, texting, blogging or FaceTime, just friends connecting in real life. I must confess, Crafters are my guilty pleasure because they carry on that “exclusively special” feeling. These ladies fill my heart and wrap me in the spirit of Ranell every time they come to The Fleuriste. I’m so thankful that they’ve allowed me to join their friendship circle.

Ranell was so much more than I could ever aspire to be…she was Ranell… iconic, true and good.

So today, I say to my Aunt Ranell…

Happy Birthday dear!
You are celebrated, cherished, loved
and most certainly missed.
xoxo… Allison

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Challenge Accepted

I’m sure by now you’ve heard all about the latest internet sensation…the Mannequin Challenge. While prepping for Flower School last week, Team Fleuriste had some fun and got in on the mannequin action! { I have a feeling the whole world will participate in this challenge when everyone is sitting in a turkey coma on Thanksgiving day }

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Rosé, all day

In the dog days of summer, a crisp cocktail is the perfect way to cool off! Here at the Team Fleuriste headquarters, we love all things Rosé. Inspired By This put together two different cocktails using our favorite summer wine that we will definitely be trying out. { what better way to celebrate wedding season than a His & Hers version? } Cheers to the weekend and cheers to you, friends!Rose His & Hers Cocktails

P.S. for an extra dose of fun, #TeamFleuristeLoves these shoes!Rose All Day Shoes

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{ Team Fleuriste Loves } Brit+Co

Today we’re talking about one of Team Fleuriste’s favorite websites: Brit+Co! Are you as hooked as we are? If you haven’t heard about it, make sure you carve out at least an hour for your first visit. Once you fall down the rabbit hole, you’ll have a tough time coming out! Our Event Manager, Ashley, got us all obsessed and now there’s no turning back from our daily oohing and ahhing. Check out some of our favorites below…

Brit+Co DIY

Looking to spice up your wedding? Brit+Co has a ton of DIY projects to help customize your day! We love this shoe hack to bring in a little something blue. Also something needed for your wedding day? Emergency supplies! Be sure to check out their list of must-haves.

Brit+Co DIY

We love a good party and Brit+Co has plenty of great inspiration for tips, tricks and favors. These awesome DIY Confetti Trays would be a great hostess gift or party favor! { Confetti, glitter…we could go on and on about how fabulous details like these are… } What goes with the perfect party? The perfect cocktail, of course. Check out their whole section dedicated to great ones!

Brit+Co DIY

Something else we love is online shopping – you won’t want to miss Brit+Co Shop! We love their kits for making really cool products at home. Some of our favorites include these agate coasters which are perfect for our champagne…we mean water…each day! We also love jewelry and himmeli – this kit combines them both.

We could ramble for hours about our favorites but we’ll let you find yours first. Comment below and let us know what you’re currently loving! It could be featured in a future blog post.

{ the fine print…this post was in no way sponsored by Brit+Co but we wouldn’t be mad if they wanted to partner on a really cool project… }