Why You Should Buy a Woman Flowers & How to Do it Properly

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If you check out my Pinterest or Instagram, it’s pretty obvious that I’m kind of obsessed with flowers – especially now that so many of them are in bloom around here! When it comes to me & flowers, the brighter, the more vivid, the better.

Over the years I’ve learned exactly what kinds of flowers I do and don’t like – especially when it comes to romance. I love peonies, camellias, orchids and anything bright & tropical. I despise carnations and daisies have never been my thing. I love roses, but prefer the brightly coloured ones (deep red roses have always seemed kind of morbid to me.) I used to think it would be super romantic if a guy scattered rose petals on my bed, however the two times someone has done this for me I haven’t enjoyed either experience because it just seemed contrived and forced (hence, my aversion to rose petals.) However, pick me a single camellia while we’re out for an evening walk and I’m yours.

Although I have my preferences when it comes to flowers, I still believe any kind of flower is better than no flower. Here’s a few reasons why I think we should all send and receive more flowers in general.

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Seriously though, I don’t know why people don’t send more flowers. It’s such an easy way to make your loved one feel special and thought of. Any guy who takes the initiative to bring me flowers – even if they’re wild ones he’s picked himself – wins major points. Because, #ROMANCE.

Since Easter and Mother’s Day are coming up, I thought I would consult with Ola Balas, owner of EuroFlowers – one of my favourite florists located in Mississauga, Ontario. Here are a few of her flower giving tips. I’ve also piped in with a few of mine!

FLOWERS 2As you have probably surmised, flowers can be a very personal thing. Although I’m always happy when I receive any kind of flowers, it’s always nice when you can tell that the person took the time to choose something that suits me. For example, I think it’s pretty obvious from my blog that I love bold, bright colours like fuchsia and pink, and all things tropical. My personal style is classic with a bit of edge. Even if you don’t know what kind of flowers she likes, if you have a general idea of her favourite colours or her personal style, that’s always a good place to start. Also keep in mind that your florist is there to help!

FLOWERS 3If you don’t want disappointing flowers, Balas suggests sticking with a local florist. As she explains, the trick is to avoid using a large, discount, flower service like 1-800-flowers and the like.  “These flowers come in a box, dry, with a vase and a set of instructions. The recipient has to set it up herself. It’s awkward and cheap, and the flowers themselves look like they’ve been through a war. Never do this” says Balas. By cutting out the middle man and going directly to a local florist like EuroFlowers, you not only get to support a small business in your community, you’re also more likely to get an arrangement that’s high quality, unique and artful – in other words, you’re going to get a lot more bang for your buck.

FLOWERS 4Still not sure what kind of flowers to send the object of your affection? Fear not, that’s what your florist is there for! As Balas advises, if you can’t find something perfect on the website, don’t hesitate to call the store directly. As she explains, “always offer a few guidelines but let them use their judgment and expertise. “Something really spectacular”, “something different and edgy”, “romantic but not roses” “as unique and beautiful as she is” and trust that your florist will put together something awesome based on the budget you’ve provided and what’s in stock. As Balas likes to remind us, “florists are artists! Let them show off their talent!”

PS. If you think you might need a vase or container of sorts, make sure you let your florist know. Nothing kills the romance like a gorgeous bouquet that ends up slowly dying on her desk. 

FLOWERS 5And by personalized message, I don’t mean writing something like “Nice boobs, lol” (true story, unfortunately.) However, a sweet, thoughtful, personalized message goes a long way. As Balas explains, “Do NOT just have them add your name to the card. Say something. Imagine the state she’s going to be in when she opens the card after receiving the flowers–take advantage of it.” Also, it  never hurts to include a funny inside joke that only she’ll get. Keep it short and sweet. Be cool. Be appropriate. You’ve got this! 

FLOWERS 6When is a good time to send flowers? Any time! Although flowers are always nice on birthdays, Valentine’s Day and other special holidays or anniversaries, you don’t need it to be a special day to send flowers. Want to make a memorable impression? Send your special person flowers during the day if you know you’re going to see them that night. I asked a couple of my girlfriends what their most memorable flower experience said and unsurprisingly, most of them said that it was when they received them “just because.” However, there is such a thing as overkill. As Balas reminds us, send flowers whenever “but not too often. Don’t spoil her too much!” 

Do you like sending and/or receiving flowers? 

*This post was brought to you by EuroFlowers, a Mississauga florist and flower shop that has been serving Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington and Toronto for over 20 years. All opinions are my own. Thanks for reading posts that support Skinny Dip

An Unexpected Reunion with “Charlie” from GIRLS

I wasn’t planning on posting today, but I thought I’d stop by to share this with you. One of my favourite bloggers, the lovely Jessica of Blog with Benefits posted this video the other day and it’s been on my mind ever since.

It’s a must-watch!

Although this is an advertisement for clothing company Free People  it’s a beautiful and mesmerizing short about a budding love story featuring GIRLS star Christopher Abbott (aka “Charlie” on the show)

 

“A touring band member and a bohemian beauty are unexpectedly reunited on a Brooklyn street, and they spend a short time together in the city’s boroughs.”

I know this is part of a marketing campaign, but this video gives me butterflies. Enjoy the show!

Is it just me, or is Christopher Abbott so much sexier in this video than as Charlie on GIRLS?! I mean, damn. The stills from the video are almost as charming as the video itself –

Happy Weekend! xox

Review | Spicy Subscriptions Box

February is a really great time to be a sex and relationship blogger. Although it’s TBD as to whether I’ll have a Valentine  to spend the 14th with this year, the fab companies I work with have been awesome at making me feel like a spoiled princess. Between all the condoms, lingerie & cool massage-y stuff I’ve received recently, if something romantic does go down on V-day, you better believe I’ll be ready.

Last week, the ladies over at Spicy Subcriptions sent me a Premium Spice Box to sample. Spicy Subscriptions works similarly to other subscription box services that are all the rage right now. Once you’ve signed up, every month you’ll receive a curated collection of Romance, Intimacy & Beauty products hand-picked from their Spice Shop. The Spice Box contains Romantic Gifts and an assortment of Intimate Toys, Massage Oils, Sexy Lingerie, Romantic Fragrances and more!

Here’s a peak inside the February Premium Spice Box:

The Premium Spice Box arrives in a beautiful printed, glossy black box filled with bright coloured tissue & lots of sexy goodies! It’s also shipped discretely so you don’t have to worry about the UPS guy knowing what you’re up to.

Inside the box I found a variety of different samples, including a couple of different kinds of lubricant from Jo, Frolic lubricant (“A Specialty Toy Lubricant for Women”), Aloe Cadabra Peppermint Tingle Lube and Almost Naked lube by Good Clean Love. There was also a condom sampler from one of my favourite condom brands Glyde which you may remember from the infamous Skinny Dip condoms!

The samples are all things I will use however, the real stars of the box were the larger items. Inside I found a Heart’s Desire Warming Body Massager, a full sized bottle of Dona’s Aphrodisiac Infused “Sensual Chromotherapy” bath treatment, a set of golden Ben-Wa balls and a jar of edible “Body Icing: Edible Finger Art for Lovers”

The Warming Body Massager is a heart shaped, jelly filled little contraption designed to be used during massage to provide “tantalizing warm excitement.” All you have to do is bend the little disc on the inside of the massager and it activates it’s built in heat source. Sounds kind of perfect for a romantic massage, or in my case using on my stiff neck or shoulder muscles while I re-watch Season 1 of Homeland with my cat.

The Ben Wa balls on the other hand are unmistakably sexy. If you’re not familiar with what they are all about – it’s worth reading my review of the Lelo Pleasure Beads for a full explanation. Designed to be inserted inside you, these smooth metallic balls (approx. 1.5 cm in diameter) help you do your Kegel exercises, strengthening your vaginal wall and PC muscles, which in turn positively impacts sexual arousal and the ability to enjoy intercourse. I haven’t tried these yet, however I love the slick, cool, metallic feel of the Ben-Wa balls.

Thirdly, included in the box was a jar of Edible Body Icing and an applicator brush. Looking to do some “adult finger painting” with your partner? This is the stuff. The best part? It’s totally edible which means you can lick it off later. Just make sure you refrigerate it after using it because it’s made from natural ingredients. The “Sensual Strawberry” flavor has the taste and consistency of strawberry jam, minus the extreme sweetness and stickiness. This is awesome because if I find myself alone on Valentine’s Day and run out of chocolate, I can always spread some of this on a piece of toast. I’m only partially kidding.

The only thing I wasn’t totally crazy about in my Spicy Subscription box was the Dona Chromotherapy bath product. Although I think using colour and pheromones to create a sensual experience is a really cool idea, the intense mango and mandarin orange smell of the bath treatment was just way too much for me – especially since I’m not a huge fan of things that smell like orange. The smell of this one brought me back to Junior High when girls used to douse themselves in Bodyshop Satsuma & Fuzzy Peach perfume. Although I usually love Dona products, this one just didn’t do it for me, but it might for someone else.

With that said, overall I really liked my Spicy Subscriptions box. The premium box retails at $22.95 per month. Considering I got 4 full sized products and a bunch of useful samples, I feel that the price is good value for what you get. If spicing things up in the bedroom is something that’s on your list for 2013, this subscription service allows you to explore different products each month without breaking the bank.

The question is with all these great romantic, massage-y products coming my way, does this mean The Universe has plans to send me someone for me to use them with?! I hope so 🙂

I received these goodies from Spicy Subscriptions free of charge in exchange for my honest assessment of the product. All opinions are my own because that’s how I roll. 

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