Flower Power Baby Names Inspired by Blake Lively
It’s been fab watching Blake Lively’s pregnancy (that bump, that baby shower and that style!). We’ve actually loved it so much we kinda wish she’d stay pregnant. Just kidding, after we heard the Preserve founder gave birth before the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, we’ve been waiting on pins and needles for all the deets on Blake and Ryan Reynolds’ bound-to-be beautiful little girl.
While it’s been all but confirmed that the couple added a fashionista to their glam fam (imagine her rocking Blake’s babywear line!), the big mystery swirling around the web is exactly what the little lady’s name is. This is totally like Gossip Girl, you guys! It’s been rumored the newborn was named Violet, but that little piece of gossip is far from confirmed. Either way, we love the idea of floral-themed baby names so much, we’re going to let the flower power inspire a roundup of floral-centric baby names. Because why not. We hope Blake approves <3
Azalea: This floral name is fresh, as it just entered the Social Security list in 2012. The newcomer is rising in popularity — just like female rapper Iggy with the same last name. How fancy ;)
Blossom: We think this throwback (which was last hugely popular during the run of the ’90s sitcom of the same name) should come back in full bloom.
Bluebell: Delicious ice cream, pretty flower — what’s not to love? Geri Halliwell (yes, that’s Ginger Spice!) even named her daughter Bluebell Madonna.
Briar Rose: This pretty petaled name might be coming back from Princess Aurora’s time thanks to Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen plucking the fairytale name for their daughter born last year.
Calla: This name is elegant and beautiful, which totally make sense seeing as that’s literally the meaning behind this one.
Daisy: Picture it: Your baby in the car seat. You Instagram it. Write a caption about driving Miss Daisy. Boom.
Fleur: Flora is a gorgeous name, but give this budding trend (we’re calling it!) a French twist. We won’t tell if you’re secretly naming your little one after the Harry Potter character.
Heather: This botanical moniker hit its peak in the ’80s with the release of the iconic film.
Iris: A really popular floral name with celebs, this colorful pick lives up to its meaning — rainbow.
Ivy: This one has seen a surge in popularity ever since Beyoncé and Jay Z dropped their best release yet.
Jacinta: The Spanish word for hyacinth turns into a sweet name for a girl.
Jasmine: Who among us didn’t want to be Aladdin’s lady at one point growing up?! Live vicariously through your daughter and give her this royal name.
Lily: This has been one of the most popular floral names forever and it’s understandable as it’s simple, yet beautiful.
Padma: Meaning lotus and made popular by the Top Chef host, this moniker is the embodiment of beauty.
Poppy: A spunky Latin flower, this name has never really caught on stateside, but it is a big hit in Scotland, England and Wales.
Primrose: Ever since The Hunger Games, this classic British name has gotten a second life.
Rose: The standby in flowers and floral names, this gorgeous name can also go as Rosa or Rosie.
Violet: This speculated name for Blake and Ryan’s baby is a soft and sweet purple flower IRL. Already popular in Hollywood (hey, Violet Affleck) and literature (currently flipping through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), this one is a classic stunner.
Yolanda: A Greek version of Violet, this one gives your little lady a step up in the exotic name department.
Zahara: The Hebrew name meaning “to shine” went front and center after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt dubbed their daughter this.
Boy Names (That’s Right!)
Aster: Meaning star and standing for a pretty purple bud, this unisex name is perfect for either gender in the garden of names.
Florian: This name is making a comeback. Fun fact: It’s also the singer Dido’s real name!
Ren: The hero in Footloose, this water lily is popular for boys and is gaining traction for girls.
Jarred: The name means rose in Hebrew and we think it would make any boy even more handsome.
Kunal: This Hindi boy’s name means lotus. Rise up, lotus, rise.
Which floral baby name would you give your child? Are you feeling the trend? Let us know in the comments — and share any fresh baby names you’ve picked ;)
(Featured Photo via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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