5 Spring 2018 Hair Colour Trends – Callingwood Hair Co.

Callingwood Hair Co.’s Favourite Hair Colour Trends for Spring 2018

Christmas and the new year seem like a distant memory…now is the time to start thinking about freshening up your hair colour to take you into Spring! Here are five of our favourite hair colour trends for 2018 that are beautiful and fun, guaranteed to keep you looking on point and feeling confident for Spring!

1. Balayage

Balayage has been in style for awhile and is still a huge trend for 2018. Balayage is a freehand hair coloring technique that creates a sun-kissed look on the hair. Light and shade is blended to give a natural, multi-tone look. It is easy to maintain and a great method if you don’t want to do a bold color overhaul.

 

2. Bronde

When brown meets blonde we get “bronde” and this colour definitely continues to be on trend this year! Bronde is created using the balayage technique but focuses more on fusing the shades of brown in the lengths with a combination of blonde highlights that ‘melt’ down to the tips of the hair. Bronde is a great look for almost everyone from young to old as it really highlights the face and brings out your best features. It’s  also super low maintenance and doesn’t require hours of salon time.

3. Salt and Pepper 

Salt and pepper hair is still huge in 2018 and it’s not just for women who are starting to go grey! People of all ages are embracing grey hair colour which combines black and grey shades to create a smoky, show-stopping look. If you don’t already have grey hair, this look takes some time to achieve. If your hair is dark it is easier, but the hair would still need to be bleached to the lightest ashy/platinum blonde and then dyed grey. This edgy colour looks fantastic but definitely requires a lot of upkeep. Plan on monthly salon visits if you want to keep it fresh. Photo credit: www.allure.com

4. Pinks, Violets, Jewel tones…Oh My!

Adding fun jewel tones or mermaid inspired hues into hair continues to be one of the hottest color trends in 2018. From rose quartz pink and ultra violet to deep purple and dramatic blue, or even melting them together to create a multicolored affect, the key is anything goes when it comes to colour. Being bold or choosing subtle highlights, unique colours can take your hair colour from drab to fab instantly!  Photo credit: www.matrix.com

5. Bright and Fiery

If you’re feeling a little wild, burnt orange hair colour continues to be a hot trend in 2018. Mixing vibrant red and orange tones creates a shade that really works for almost every skin tone. This vivid look will turn heads, but fades easily so plan on more upkeep on your colour to keep it bright and fresh.

Are you ready to freshen up your look? Mention this ad and all new Callingwood Hair Co. clients will receive $15 off colour, highlights or perms and $7 off adult haircuts. Book today by calling 780-444-6409.

 

Natural Immune Boost for Cold and Flu By Dr. Mason-Wood

Start now and protect yourself from the flu with Dr. Mason-Wood and Dr. Haarsma

  • New Patients, 30 minutes, $128.50
  • Existing patients, 10 minutes, $40.00

This Immune Boosting shot incorporates natural medicine used in Europe for decades. This is a great alternative for those who either cannot take the ‘flu shot’ or choose not to.

NEW! Book online for your Immune Boost shot!

Why boost your immunity rather than take a flu shot?

Taking a flu vaccine is an individual choice. Vaccine proponents claim that it protects against influenza infection and if contracted, lessens the severity of the illness. However, there are concerns about this approach, such as:

  1. There are over 500 different viruses that can cause flu-like symptoms and these viruses are constantly changing. The vaccine is formulated from the three most common strains seen in the previous year which may not be specific for the current year’s flu;
  2. Vaccines contain many ingredients including a preservative – either egg protein or Thimersol (a mercury containing compound which is toxic) and formaldehyde. Allergic reactions can occur to these ingredients; and
  3. It takes about two weeks after the flu shot to develop enough antibodies to protect yourself from the influenza virus. These antibodies start to lose their effectiveness within a few months.

I find in today’s society, many people fear getting sick. The reasons they give vary from not having enough time to get sick to looking at any form of illness as an inherent weakness within themselves. What they don’t realize is that getting sick is actually a good thing. Why? Because it gives your immune system a chance to work.

Your immune system is intricately designed as a “policing” system to distinguish between foreign and internal “invaders”. By “invaders” I am referring to bacteria, viruses, fungi, and cells within our body that are no longer functioning properly, such as cancer cells.

If you never get sick, then how will you know that your immune system is working for you as it should?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that you run out and contract deadly forms of viruses just to challenge your immune system. What I am saying, however, is getting a benign cold or flu every couple of years is not a national emergency. It allows your body to form the natural defenses or immunity that it needs so that the next time it comes into contact with the same virus, it knows exactly how to take care of it. Plus, it gives you the added reassurance that your body is working as it should, naturally.

It is important to be aware of whether you have sub-optimal immune function. The table below lists several factors that could put you at risk for having depressed immune function.

  • You frequently (more than 4x/yr) get acute infections (e.g. cold, flu, ear infections)
  • You have a persistent infection (e.g. candida, parasite, athlete’s foot, Epstein-Barr virus, herpes, warts…)
  • You have cancer or you are at risk of cancer
  • Your wounds heal slowly
  • You have unexplained fatigue
  • You eat a lot of sugar
  • You eat foods you are allergic to
  • You are under excessive stress
  • You don’t get enough sleep
  • You are overweight
  • You have silicone implants
  • You exercise excessively
  • You regularly take aspirin or acetaminophen
  • You are on cortisone or chemotherapy
  • You have taken many antibiotics
  • You have had many vaccinations
  • You have recently had an accident or surgery
  • You have been exposed to mercury (dental amalgams, contaminated fish), lead (old paint, copper water pipes), cadmium (cigarettes), and arsenic
  • You are exposed to pesticides (in nonorganic foods, on lawns and houses)
  • You are exposed to organic solvents (paint thinners, petroleum distillates, carpet cleaners)

If several of the above statements ring true for you, then you may be working against your immune system.

The good news is there are many herbs and supplements that you can take to compliment the effectiveness of your natural immune system.

So, how do you protect yourself, naturally?

Firstly, eat a diet that is low in sugar, caffeine, fat and alcohol as these reduce immune system function. Focus on eating 5 – 10 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables daily and include garlic, onions, thyme, cayenne, ginger and oregano in your cooking to boost your immune system and fight off viruses. Balance your activities and work – the effects of stress decrease our immune system’s ability to protect us against bacteria and viruses.

Often, we get sick because we don’t take the time to care for ourselves when we are well. If you develop flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit exposure to others, stay well-hydrated, get plenty of sleep and allow your body time to recover. Lastly, do not touch your mouth, nose or ears without washing your hands, as these are portals of entry for viruses

The cold and flu viruses are constantly mutating and dividing to form new strains. Our bodies have never seen these strains before and as they say in sports – the best offense is a good defense. Therefore, in order for your immune system to operate optimally, it needs certain nutrients that can be provided either from food or food supplements. When you support the natural processes of your body, you bounce back and recover quickly from any cold or flu virus that you may contract. There are many natural treatments available to boost your immune system, such as Vitamin C (with bioflavonoids), Zinc, Vitamin A, garlic, probiotics, essential fatty acids and herbal and homeopathic remedies. Nutritional supplements are important, but are only one aspect of health. A positive mental attitude, healthy diet and managing stress are critical to achieving and maintaining good health in the long run.

Written by Dr. Mason-Wood
www.naturalterrain.com

10 Steps to Improve Mental Health by Dr. Chris Bjorndal

10 Steps to Improve Your Mental Health with Naturopathic Medicine by Dr. Chris Bjorndal

For many, mental illness is fraught with many unanswerable questions. This question has become the central quest of my life’s work as a Naturopathic Doctor. Based on these areas I have developed the 10 steps to improve your mental health and mental wellness.

Note: This is a shortened post from the original, located at Natural Terrain’s website. Read the full version here.

1.) Diet

Conditions like depression and anxiety are commonly seen as a neurotransmitter deficiency. Yet, taking a drug doesn’t fix the root cause of why these chemicals are out of balance. Your body may not be supporting the pathway to make healthy amounts of neurotransmitters in the first place because it may be missing the building blocks or other key biochemical co-factors.

If your diet is poor (highly processed and full of caffeine and sugar) you simply cannot make enough serotonin or other neurotransmitters to feel balanced. Environmental toxins (heavy metals, pesticides and endocrine disruptors) also block nutrient absorption. Key pathways in the brain require proper amounts of essential nutrients. Nutrients such as, There is so much to say about diet that I have written a guide book on this subject: The Essential Diet: Eating for Mental Health.

2.) Sleep

A consistent and regular sleep routine is critical to our mental health. It allows us to rest, detoxify and process what happens to us during the day. Being deprived of sleep decreases energy, increases stress, cortisol, and emotional reactivity, suppresses the immune system, and promotes weight gain. More importantly, doctors now recognize lack of sleep as a direct contributory factor for many chronic and acute mental health conditions like depression, anxiety and episodes of psychosis.

It’s not just about quantity; it’s about quality.

3.) Exercise

I often say that exercise is the most under-prescribed antidepressant treat

ment available. A 2016 meta-analysis focusing on regular aerobic exercise as a treatment for depression shows it is statistically equal to antidepressants as treatment, without the adverse effects. It is also effective in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and OCD. It’s not just aerobic exercise that’s effective; studies have also shown the psychological benefit of other types of activity.

The psychological benefits of exercise are even greater when we do it with others, and especially beneficial when we exercise outdoors. Joining a community sports team that gets you outside and interacting with others regularly is a big step toward improving your mental health.

4.) Stress management

Stress is a psychological experience of feeling like your resources (internal or external) are almost exhausted (or are fully used up), and you are struggling to cope with demands of life.

No matter what the stressful event is, if the mind experiences psychological stress, the body experiences physiological stress. This physiological stress is an ancient survival mechanism built in to our bodies to help us flee harmful situations, but today’s world, it’s less helpful.

With awareness, you can then work to reduce or eliminate stressors. If you can’t reduce stressors, you must learn to manage your reactivity given your current life situation. Working with psychotherapeutic techniques, such as the seven Rs of working with problematic thoughts (that I discuss in my book: Beyond the Label) or systematic relaxation tools you can manage your response to stress.

5.) Exposure to Environmental Toxins

In today’s day-today life, chemicals are everywhere.To understand your toxin load, take our Environmental Quiz which considers exposure you might have to plastics, pesticides, non-stick pans, microwaves, extended cell phone use, artificial colouring and fragrance, make-up and personal care products, genetically modified foods, antibacterial soap, alcohol and pharmaceuticals. Also, what is the air and water quality like in your hometown and do you filter either?

With so many sources it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. The point is not to burden you with the task of immediately changing everything. Be aware of initiatives like the Environmental Working Groups’ list of the most heavily pesticide-sprayed foods (The Dirty Dozen) and the least sprayed foods (Clean Fifteen), and apps like Think Dirty® that lets you scan household products to discover their toxin content and find healthier alternatives.

6.) Thoughts

Every thought we think isn’t necessarily true; thoughts are simply ideas that exist in our heads. However, some thoughts are so powerful that we take them to be fact.

When this spiral happens, the work that needs to be done is breaking the thought-emotion cycle. Using a stepwise practice you can learn to widen the space between thoughts and emotions and learn to separate fact from fiction. You will learn that thoughts and the emotional reaction to thoughts don’t have to run your life. You can learn a more balanced approach to thinking. This practice uses a cognitive model to recognize and work with distorted thought patterns, as well as body-focusing techniques and breathing to harness the parasympathetic nervous system and modulate the physiological stress response.

7.) Emotions

For some, emotions can be elusive and hard to pinpoint, and for others they can be clear, overwhelming and incessant. As well, they can be different to you at different times. The emotional work I do with my patients follows a process of understanding what one is feeling in a very present, honest way, then working towards letting go of resistance and accepting one’s emotions.

Skills I teach along the way are recognizing one’s own emotional sensitivity level, learning to set healthy boundaries, and mindfulness of the present moment.

8.) Behaviors versus Reactions

Often in mental health conditions there are cycles of behaviors that reinforce the illness: isolating, sleeping too much or too little, blowing up or shutting down emotionally, eating too much or too little, etc. To address this, following closely behind the work on thoughts and emotions, comes the practice of behavioral change.

As one learns to lengthen the time between thoughts and reactions, there grows a window of opportunity for one to act in a different manner than simply reacting. We can actually learn to choose a healthy behavior, as opposed to immediately reacting in a protective manner.

An example is if we have a negative thought, we have the ability to pause and say to ourselves, “I am thinking a negative thought”. By doing so, we widen the gap between thought and emotion, and we have practiced recognizing exactly what the emotion is.

9.) Spirituality

Mental health is often viewed as a biochemical imbalance. I have made my life’s work an exploration of the other factors that contribute to mental health concerns beyond biochemistry, including psychology, trauma, physiology and environment, but there is another factor to explore: the spiritual aspect of mental health. Here I define spirituality as believing in, or being connected to, a power greater than yourself.

My view is that mental illness is a way by which our spirit is trying to get our attention because some aspect of our lives (such as school, work or a relationship) is not moving in concert with our spirit.

10.) Love and Compassion for Yourself and for Others

Ultimately, it is our feelings about ourselves and how we treat ourselves that are critical to our mental health and well-being. I ask every patient how they much they love themselves on a scale of 1 to 10, and it is rare for me to get a response over five. It breaks my heart to hear someone speak unkindly of themselves, yet I, too, would once have given a similar response.

Ask yourself: If you talked to your best friend the way you talk to yourself, would they accept it?

We hope you’ve enjoyed the list!

Read more about Dr. Chris and Natural Terrain Naturopathic Clinic on their website at  www.naturalterrain.com.

Academy of Learning: Programs for Immigrants

Are you new to Canada? Wondering where to start? Building a new life in a different country can seem overwhelming at times. Academy of Learning is here to help! We have educated thousands of new immigrants entering Alberta and we are here to make the steps to attaining gainful employment as easy as possible.

When coming with credentials from various countries, finding out what they are equivalent to here can be completed by looking up International Qualifications Assessment Services offered by the Government of Alberta. You can find them at this link: https://www.alberta.ca/iqas.aspx. It is a simple process where you will mail them your original documents and they would send them back to you with a formal letter that explains what your education is equivalent to in Alberta. Make sure to take copies of your originals so that you are not left without a copy while they are completing the assessment. When you receive the assessment, you will know whether you need to find an institution where you can take a short term program in order to find work.

This is where the Academy of Learning can help you. Many new immigrants do not want to go back to university to do another four years of education when they have already have a degree. However, usually they will need some sort of Canadian credential to be employable. At the Academy of Learning, all the programs offered are less than a year and if you are permanent resident, you qualify for funding.

These short term vocational courses will update your skill set and give your resume the content employers are looking for. With various courses in fields such as IT, Healthcare, Legal, Business and much more, we offer the short term training you need to get the job! For those of you without previous post-secondary education, we can help you too. If you do not have a previous high school diploma but need to get working, we have exams that you can write to demonstrate equivalency.

Call Academy of Learning today and book an appointment. We are ready to assist you in creating the future you want for you and your family! Call 780 496-9428.

Academy of Learning: Tips for Writing Emails

How many of you struggle when formatting a letter, email or basic correspondence? You are not alone! Many of us have never had any formal training when it comes to what to say, the information necessary to include and how to make your writing clear, concise and diplomatic. Here are some tips for letter/email writing.

Know your audience. Who are you writing to and why? If you jot this down first, this note to self will keep you on track when providing details, questions, and concerns.

Do not enter the recipient’s email address until you have re-read your email or asked for a second set of eyes to look at your work. This will eliminate the risk of accidentally sending an email before it is complete.

When beginning your letter/email always try to have a specific address and person to direct it to. This means doing your homework. Call the office and ask what the manager’s name is. Also, Google the correct, full mailing address and include this under the date on the left hand side of the page. If you know the manager’s name, include “Att:” and their name under the full mailing address.

Avoid using “To whom it may concern,” as this illustrates you have not taken the time to learn about the company, staff, or person to where the letter/email is directed.

In order to present your ideas clearly, take the notes you jotted down before starting and look at them again. What is it that you need to say in order to make your point clear? Should you provide a couple sentences that demonstrate why you are contacting them and how they can help you? Are you trying to relay necessary information and is this information better if listed in point form?  This is where knowing your audience is important. It will help you determine how to present your information.

Make sure that your paragraphs do not run on. Clear and focused writing is key as you do not want to waste anyone’s time (including your own). Sometimes writing a point form outline of the items you want to get across will help you determine what to write in each paragraph.

Try not to make your letter/email long. The more specific and detailed you can get, the better. “Sum it up in the least amount of words possible,” is what I always say to my students!!

Read your letter/email out loud to yourself. If there is a word or phrase that just doesn’t sit right, re-write it. Look for wording or phrasing that could be offensive even if you don’t mean it that way and again, re-write it.

Don’t use emojis, “LOL,” any short form or acronyms that your audience may not understand. When in doubt, eliminate it.

Conclude your letter/ email by thanking that individual for their time and with the details of how that person can contact you. Including both email and phone number is great as most individuals will have their own preference.

If you are looking for more information on how to increase your writing skills, we would be happy to help you at the Academy of Learning Edmonton West located at The Marketplace at Callingwood. We have many short courses you can take that will teach you the finer points of creating documents, punctuation and writing skills as well as grammar. We are here to see you be successful!

We look forward to seeing you soon. Call us today at 780-496-9428.

Farmers’ Markets Rock!

There are just so many reasons to shop at a farmer’s market, it’s hard to put them all into one list. I’ve done my best to scale it down to a list of 10!

  1. Farm fresh foods: Unlike fruits and veggies in the supermarket, you know that the produce at the farmer’s market is fresh picked – likely within 24 hours!
  2. Organic and non-GMO foods: Farmers’ markets feature the finest of locally grown, fresh, non-GMO, organic produce and meats which is better for the soil, the environment, and your body!
  3. Seasonal foods: Seasonal eating is believed by many scientists and nutritionists to be much better for your body, because the human body is meant to eat foods in season, near where they live as have our ancestors. Also – eating produce in season only makes sense with lighter fruits and vegetables available in the spring and summer, and heartier winter vegetables like squash and parsnips providing sustenance for the cooler fall and winter months.
  4. Ripeness: Farmer’s market produce is generally picked at the height of ripeness when the plants’ natural sugars are at their peak – making the food not only taste better, but it also providing the best nutrition possible.
  5. Affordability: Farmer’s market produce is an excellent value for the nutrition. Supermarkets generally charge a premium for organic fruits and vegetables however at the farmer’s market, they are typically not much more expensive than conventionally grown produce.
  6. Variety: Unlike larger, more industrial farms that supply large supermarket chains, smaller, local farms tend to offer a larger array of produce. Remember what they taught us in school – eat the rainbow!
  7. Support for local economy: Most vendors at a farmer’s market are local and grow their produce within 100 miles of it. This means that the farms are a source of local jobs and likely to spend money they make on their produce in the local economy.
  8. Fuel economy: Most supermarkets receive their produce from hundreds or thousands of miles away which involves significant use of fossil fuels for shipping on refrigerated trucks and rail cars. Farmer’s market produce doesn’t have far to get from the farm to your table which can quite significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels. Since they typically operate in the outdoors thus not requiring electricity or heating, this also lowers the environmental impact. Everyone is talking about reducing their carbon footprint these days – heading to a local farmer’s market is a great way to do just that!
  9. Social: Did you know the famous Canadian children’s singer, Raffi frequents his local farmers market in BC? It’s true – if you follow him on Twitter he often writes about his days spent there. The farmers market is a wonderful way to meet people and engage with neighbors and friends – you just never know who’ll you might run into!
  10. Promotes Fitness: Not only is the farmer’s market an excellent way to engage with and meet new people, but it’s a wonderful way to get moving! Strolling through the market is a great way to add steps into your day! At Callingwood Farmers’ Market, they even have a free fitness program running every Wednesday at 1pm with classes including Zumba and Circuit Bootcamp for all ages and levels. Visit their website for a full list of classes.

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Laura Barr is the owner of BloomWellness. She is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist. Her clinic is based in Leduc, and serves clients from Edmonton, Beaumont, Leduc and Nisku.  She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, animal lover and most importantly, she is a busy mom to her energetic 6 year old daughter!  Visit her blog. 

Connect with Laura Instagram or Twitter! 

 

Free fitness programs promote health and community connection!

Spring is finally here and after such a long, grey, (did I mention long?) winter, I just can’t contain my enthusiasm for warmer weather any longer. I’m guessing many of you are feeling just the same with our glorious upswing in temperatures. Less bundling up equals more reason to get out and get active!

Not only is outdoor physical activity an amazing way to increase your fitness level, but did you know that spending more time outside being active can:

  • Decrease risk of Alzheimer’s’;
  • Promote mental health;
  • Increase community building;
  • Increase energy and possibly immunity;
  • Decrease the risk of certain disease such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer?

Not to mention for kids can:

  • Decrease symptoms of ADHD;
  • Increase vitamin D, helping to prevent certain illness; and,
  • See distances better & reduce risk of nearsightedness?

(Source: Alberta Health Services, www.myhealth.alberta.ca.)

Coupled with the beautiful weather, that is more than enough motivation to get me outside and active with others, not to mention the physical benefits and the socializing (that’s actually my favorite part)!  Community programs can also keep us accountable when trying to achieve a fitness or health goal.

The great news is, you needn’t spend much, if any money as there are many places in our fine City that offer low-cost or no-cost ways to get healthy.

One amazing program, starting May 17 and happening every Wednesday throughout the season, is Fitness at the Farmers’ Market presented by Callingwood Farmers’ Market and Jamie Platz YMCA. A variety of classes such as Zumba and Circuit Training will be held in the covered courtyard area of the Market from 1 to 1:45 pm. These classes will be suitable for all ages and all levels, so even if you are just getting into the swing of things, come on down! Bring the kids to join in the fun and move with you – you can even wear your baby!

Do you need even more motivation? These drop-in classes are free. Yup, that’s right folks, amazing outdoor fitness classes in your favorite Farmers’ Market for zero cost! What’s even better is you’ll be able to stroll the vendors before or after the class as the Market runs from 12-5 pm Wednesdays and features more than 30 vendors! This year marks the 33rd annual Callingwood Farmers’ Market – an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market and one of Edmonton’s most beloved summer markets and its guaranteed to be a great year – so come on out and bring the family to enjoy!

Classes will kick off with a Zumba dance party on May 17 at 1 pm – I hope to see you there!

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Laura Barr is the owner of BloomWellness. She is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist. Her clinic is based in Leduc, and serves clients from Edmonton, Beaumont, Leduc and Nisku.  She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, animal lover and most importantly, she is a busy mom to her energetic 6 year old daughter!  Visit her blog. 

Connect with Laura Instagram or Twitter! 

Becoming an Educational Assistant is a Rewarding Career Choice!

Are you looking for a career that is flexible? Would you like to be free during the summer months and have your evenings and weekends to yourself? Do you love children?

Well, look no further! Working as an Educational Assistant, you will find that this career path is a very rewarding and flexible. Many schools are looking for Educational Assistants that will facilitate student learning and give them the opportunity to have more one-on-one assistance than teachers alone can provide.


Educational Assistants are hired by school boards, early intervention programs, after school care, summer camps and day programs, and various other local community centers. There are numerous opportunities to apply the skills of this program to various job opportunities right here in Callingwood.

At the Academy of Learning, Edmonton West, we offer you short term training to help you secure a position as an Educational Assistant. Our 44 week program offers you the flexibility of training on your terms and during the time of day when it most suits you!

You will cover, in depth, the topics of Child Psychology and Teacher’s Aide Instructions along with the hands on development of your computer skills so that you can assist in the classroom with confidence. We start your program with the basics so you don’t need to worry if you can’t type or know nothing about computers. Getting you started from scratch means that when you graduate, you are fully prepared for your future endeavors. This program also includes a one month practicum, so you will leave here with “real-world” experience, which is a critical part of finding gainful employment.

We offer daytime or evening classes and will work together with you to ensure your success. Our courses are self-paced to ensure that you retain the information and hone the skills most necessary to your personal development. The team here at Edmonton West wants to make that dream you have become a reality.

Call us today at 780-496-9428 or read more about this career opportunity here.

 

 

Callingwood Professional Centre Renovation

Spring is a time for fresh beginnings! We’re excited to announce the Callingwood Professional Centre lobby is getting a well-deserved facelift! Renovations began on April 17 and will take approximately four weeks to complete.  Please note that the north entrance will be completely closed from April 17-May 6, and access is through the east door. After May 6, the north doors will reopen, and the east doors will be closed off.

Please excuse the noise and the dust during this time and we appreciate your patience during construction. Our businesses will be open during the renovations and look forward to seeing you!

 

Top 5 Wedding Flower Trends 2017

The snow is melting, the birds are chirping, and our winter parkas are being rightfully exiled to the far backs of closets… translation in the floral world? Wedding season is near!

If summer 2017 is going to be host to your special day, you may be on the lookout for some floral inspiration. Callingwood Flowers is here to help! Here’s a list of 5 floral trends that are currently burgeoning in the bridal world, with a few pictures of things we’ve done that are along the same lines.

1. Textured Greens

This trend really flips things upside down! The focus here is on all those greens and foliage that would normally be playing the supportive role in your bridal florals. The key for making this counterintuitive design to work is variety: you want to find a mix that offers diverse shapes, textures, and earthy hues to keep all the green stuff from being boring.

Think long and full garlands down your tables made of tied salal, italian ruscus, eucalyptus or ferns. Gnarled pieces of wood, moss, or ivy can take things into a more organic forest feel, or using some funky rounded pieces like poppy seed pods or berzillia can provide a quirky focal point. Some couples may even wish to add a few flowers into the mix, like a small white potted phalaenopsis orchid, for example, to help brighten your tables. Bridal bouquets should look large and loosely structured to reflect this wild but low-key theme.

2. Bohemian Chic

Similar to the textured greens look, this look lacks that tightly structured look of some of the more traditional bridal floral schemes. Dissimilarly, however, this look calls for TONS of colour; it strays far from monochromatism right into bright punches of flowers that seem as if they were haphazardly plucked from the ground and tied together. Bridal bouquets should be as large as they are wild; oversized and bold is the boho goal. The fun thing about this look is its lack of rules. For example, you can use an eclectic assortment of vases; whatever you have hanging around would fit the bill.

If you want something small to tie the look together, use a consistent ribbon accent colour in your bouquets, leaving them long and hanging down low. Gold tends to look great, but really it could be any colour of your choosing, boho chic has no rules!

3. Rustic Farm/Cottage

This third trend is another that seems to be striving for a style that’s more casual than classy. Mason jar vases decorated with twine, chalkboards, jute, and burlap fit this look, along with flower types that you would see growing in your local garden. Sunflowers, delphiniums, lavender, dahlias, blue thistle (eryngium) and various types of branches or moss would all fit the bill. To take the farm look further you could decorate small wooden or faux-rusted metal birdhouses, wheelbarrows, or wooden pick fences with your florals. This theme, of course, is ideal for outdoor weddings.

4. Clean Vintage

This trend reflects the clean retro lines of the 1950s, typically done either in soft pastel tones or corals paired with teals. It’s steps away from the more wild and eclectic previous 3 looks, offering more symmetrical bouquets and arrangements that are clustered, tucked-in, and neat. Short and round flowers like dahlias, roses, ranunculus, and peonies work great with this style, as well as succulents, which can be found with a pinkish tint to their green fleshly leaves that really ties in nicely. Milk glass or hobnail vases work great with this look, as well as pearl or lace accents.

5. Elegant All-White

When most people think wedding florals this is probably the look that comes to mind: few to no greens, just white, white, and more white flowers. It’s a classic for a reason; this look never fails to make a statement. It’s romantic, elegant, and classy as hell, looking best in those kinds of snazzy indoor venues with draping chandeliers.

Flower types that fit would be roses, orchids (phalaenopsis or cymbidium), peonies, and hydrangea. Suited accents are silver or gold, both of which can be displayed by beautifully shimmering mercury glass vases.

A modern tip for tablescaping is to stuff each individual arrangement with only one type of white flower. When you put the different arrangements side-by-side, it will really show off each flower types’ individuality and offer a clean and neat look to the eye.

Visit the talented and professional floral designers at Callingwood Flowers today! Located at The Marketplace at Callingwood shopping centre in West Edmonton, 6655-178 Street.