Outdoor Date Ideas

The end of summer and beginning of fall bring a feeling of nostalgia and excitement! Time to enjoy the outdoors while you can! We have put together a list of fun outdoor date ideas to enjoy with your special someone ;)!

 

Go camping and star gaze. 

 

Have a picnic in the park.

 

Go on a road trip to somewhere neither of you have been before. 

 

Rent canoes. And don't forget to bring blankets to snuggle! 

 

Go on a bicycle ride through a new city!

xx Firefly

Industry Spotlight // Tinge Floral

It is very easy sometimes to get carried away in a whirlwind during the busy months of the year, but is also very important to give credit to those who truly enhance our community. Today, we want to take a quick break from the madness and appreciate one of our industry favorites, Tinge Floral

Based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, Tinge is a Firefly all-time favorite. Ashley Beyer, Founder and CEO, has such a unique and in depth understanding for the wants and visions of her clients and offers a service that truly elevates her from others in our industry. With well placed pops of color and perfect use of vines and leaves, Tinge’s masterpieces are undeniably one of a kind, focusing on showcasing the natural beauty of every type of blossom. We had the opportunity to learn more about how Ashley got started and wanted to share with you all! 

Photographed by: Tec Petaja

Photographed by: Tec Petaja

Growing up I always felt connected to the arts. Even from a young age I spent most of my time creating and knew that when I grew up I wanted to be able to explore those gifts as a profession. In high school I got a part time job at a flower shop. I really loved it, despite the fact that I was usually scrubbing buckets, processing flowers or taking phone orders, I just loved the energy of being around flowers. 

As the years went on and I moved on to college I left and took a job at a call center to help pay for school. I spent too many years there, and kept dreaming of leaving and pursing my creative passion. Little did I know that the direction I needed to go was flowers. At the time I was helping my friend Sarah Winward with some of her events at the beginning of her business, and while I was generally just there on event days, I still loved the energy of being around flowers and weddings.

As I continually asked myself what it was I wanted to do, I think flowers had been waiting all along. As soon as I had made the decision to start my company I never looked back. I refused to have plan B and worked tirelessly to make sure the consistency of my brand was strong from the start. With every arrangement or bouquet I worked on, I pushed for it to be better than the last. After about a year of balancing both that cubicle job and Tinge, I finally got to a place where I could focus all of my efforts on my business. 

Since doing so I've been fortuned with many opportunities traveling doing weddings, teaching, and connecting with people I would have never had the chance to meet otherwise, which ultimately has been my favorite part of this job. There is an incredible community of people in this creative world, and to be able to connect with them on a personal level has been so fulfilling. 

My work is greatly inspired by nature, color and the blooms themselves. I really feel that negative space and dimension give the greatest impact in composition. Whenever I start building an arrangement my focus always starts with color, finding the connections between blooms and arranging them so that the eye can travel naturally through the palette. 

My husband and I currently reside in Salt Lake City, Utah renovating our "new" old home. My husband is quite handy and has been doing most of the work himself. We are also expecting our first baby! She is due in mid September, and couldn't be more excited! 

xx Ashley

Photographed by: Michael Radford Photography

xx Firefly

Smile Brilliant

We rarely do things like this, but we know how important it is to love your smile, so we wanted to give you a chance to participate in our favorite teeth whitening program, Smile Brilliant. Prior to Smile Brilliant the custom fitted tray was only available at the dentist office for $500+. Yet, their teeth whitening kit is only  $139.95! Check out their reviews/testimonials page here! And see the details for our giveaway contest below!

The prize is $139.95 store credit which is equal to Smile Brilliant's Teeth Whitening Trays + 3 whitening gel syringes and 3 desensitizing gel syringes or the Teeth Whitening Trays + 6 whitening gel syringes. The winner will be given a code which they can use at checkout.

Click on the link below to enter into the contest! And good luck! 

http://www.smilebrilliant.com/contest#firefly

xx Firefly