On Champagne and Cake, I love to feature amazing entrepreneurs with inspiring stories. And the entrepreneur that I am featuring this week has an amazing story to share. Brandi Charlot is a talented florist located in the beautiful city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Brandi is the owner and the amazing floral talent behind Blucid Floral, a modern, stylish event floral boutique. Recently I had a chance to chat with Brandi about her journey as a young, African American florist on the Champagne and Cake Happy Hour and she shared tips on how she keeps her brand authentic, what inspired her name for her floral shop and what inspired her to become an entrepreneur. Brandi is also launching something new with her brand so be sure to tune into the podcast to learn more.
CC: When did you start your business?
BC: I started Blucid Floral about three years ago.
CC: What inspired you to become a florist:
BC: I started off an event planner, and I felt like that field was overly statured. So I ventured into the floral side of event planning, and I loved every minute of it. I grew up with my grandmother who was into planting flowers, and I learned a vast of knowledge about flowers that help me to discover my passion in the floral industry.
After I discovered my love for flowers, I went to New York City and worked with Floral Design Extraordinaire Preston Bailey. I learned so much from Preston Bailey. I took all my knowledge and techniques that I learned from Preston back home and turned my passion into a reality.
CC: What are some lessons you learned as an entrepreneur?
BC: I have learned so many. One of the most important lessons I have learned is to when and how to say No. Also, I have learned to make sure your contracts are in order when working with clients. Another valuable lesson I have learned is experiences make you a stronger person in the business world. You’re going to go through some trials and errors, but they will build your character and make you stronger. Never give up!
CC: What is your floral style?
BC: I love vintage chic. I love the creating elegant, but simple floral designs that are statement pieces.
CC; What are some tips you would like to share with a person who wants to become a florist?
BC: First thing I would tell them to go for it and don’t let fear stop you. Fear exposes you to things that will make you stronger at the end of the day. Also, go shadow someone who is doing what you want to do. Also, build you a strong support team.
CC: Tips you would like to share with brides?
BC: Go with flowers that are in season for your wedding. Think about your wedding elements, for example, is your wedding outside then you need to find flowers that work well in those elements.
CC: Tips you would like to share with entrepreneurs?
BC: You have to believe in yourself. Also, trust in God’s plan for your life and follow it no matter the storms you may encounter along the way. Those storms will only make you a stronger person at the end of the day.
Check Out some of Brandi’s amazing work below:
Thanks so much to Brandi for taking the time to join us on the Champagne and Cake Happy Hour. If you’re in the New Orleans Area be sure to connect and contact Brandi for all your floral needs. You can connect with Blucid Floral on Instagram @Blucidfloral on Facebook @BlucidFloral. You can also contact her by email firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 504-957-6357. Check Out her podcast interview episode below…