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This bouquet from FTD and Vera Wang is "Luxe" looking for sure.

In Marketplace Commentary

Blowing up all those balloons can get old quick. This pump is the solution you need.

In Marketplace Commentary

Simple with a silver trim, these new Gordon Rush shoes should be added to your closet soon too.

#WeWant: Electric balloon pumps, flowers and more

Welcome to #WeWant, a weekly selection of the stuff OnMilwaukee editors and staffers love.

Order them: The FTD Luxe Looks Bouquet by Vera Wang
Of the numerous bouquets designed by Vera Wang – and all available via any FTD florist around the world – this one particularly caught my eye and it seems perfect for Mother's Day, which is fast approaching. Though the focus is on the orange Asiatic lilies – and the roses – there are also gorgeous greens, perach hypericum berries that offer a distinctive balance and super fragrant yellow stock. The arrangement, which has a different vibe when it arrives if the lilies haven't popped yet, comes in a cut-glass vase and, of course, you can add a message, too. It's available in three sizes, starting at $69.95 and when I got one, it was in pristine condition, with nary a wilted petal or brown edge. Find them online at –Bobby Tanzilo

Pump with it: Electric balloon pump
Here's an example of something I never in a zillion years thought I would want. An electric balloon pump? Really? It's true. After hand pumping air into 1,000 balloons for my kids – who have chosen the art of balloon twisting as their focus of the season – I would appreciate something like this to make my participation a little easier. Parenting takes you down such strange and unexpected paths. Poodle-shaped balloon, anyone? –Molly Snyder

Wear them: Gordon Rush Douglass Black
I'm a big fan of Gordon Rush shoes. They are well made, timeless, cost-effective and fashionable. I own several, and have purchased most of them at Shoo in the Third Ward. The latest pair I have my eye on? The Douglass Black. They are simple with metal trim, it's a great-looking shoe. Sure, the metal trim is a bit showy but I like it and hope to snag a pair of these cool looking shoes very soon. You can order them here. –Jeff Sherman


Support Your Local Florist! | April 29, 2014 at 3:16 p.m. (report)

In regards to your article, DO NOT purchase flowers from the big box floral companies such as FTD or Teleflora. Contact your local flower shop and work with them directly to ensure that you get what you want for Mother's Day and throughout the year. PLEASE support your local florist and keep that money in your community. When it comes to flowers, you get what you pay for so if you are getting a big discount from an Online Big Box Flower Company, that will be reflected in your design and you will be disappointed. Remember that they take a commission from each order and that will dramatically bring down the value of your fresh flower design. ***Shop Smart & Buy Local! ***

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