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Maurice Harris  Flowers are one of nature's biggest complements and I just like to add my two cents...

Well it’s happening y’all my flower sculptures titled Protect my Opulence will be featured in the new Manny Farber Show One Day at a Time @mocalosangeles in the form of weekly arrangements delivered throughout the duration of the show. My grandmother’s church hats are a huge source of inspiration for me and my creative process so each arrangement will pay tribute to the ways my grandmother manifested her dreams via domestic and decorative means. This show was mastermind by the amazing curator @hmolesworth thank you for this magical opportunity I am very humbled and grateful. I have always wanted my work to be translated in the context of the gallery, but bitch I made it in a museum #howboutthat , now my ass is about to show up and show out!!! #blessed #nationalcomingoutday🌈 I’m gay, I’m black, I’m a florist, and a validated artist! Out and Proud
Come check out the show it is pretty amazing I have to say! Open to the public this Sunday oct 14th

Honey, I can barely handle Azul Liana Alvarez right now, serving up all the Latinx gender neutral realness. Talking bout nothing to see here just a bad bitch being bad, get in my way and I’ll cut dat ass with my thistle bangs, i dare you to say somethin dumb cause my double masters degree in Human Resources will slay a bitch with a six hour health and safety seminar on gender equality CPR practices in the workplace. I’m sick and tired of telling people that my name was Azul Liana 22 years before Blue Ivy damnit, and if you look back at me one more got damn time I’m gonna rip this stunningly sophisticated heirloom air plant fascinator off my head and beat the shit out of you. Well damn Azul, you are not very approachable with that attitude... I’m not trying to be, that is your problem not mine. My big beautiful ass is over here serving major masc for masc but a little fem, lookin dope AF but y’all bitches treatin me like baking soda, so no I’m not havin it!I’m not in the business of making sense so that is for you to deal with. Woah Azul you feelin some type of way, feeling kinda blue? First of all i hate that phrase. Can you not clearly articulate your feelings? And if you must know I recently got kinda dumped before anything even started and my name is fucking Azul... no habla español? Of course I got a little Daria in me, got ah baby goth vibe, but I also got that tropical Bluejay cranes in the sky on holiday in Jamaica sans the sun thing going on too. Look I’m going to tell you like I told them other bitches, don’t come for me unless I send for you cause I am not the one Kim, I will flip you over the couch. Azul you are so angry tho... Bitch I don’t give a fuck what you think or say cause I met Beyonce and if you can’t stand for something you will fall for anything #justdoit #micdrop #donttrymebitch #youtriedit #hardheaded #hard #blueivy #azulhiendra #latinx #putxs

Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody does it like Rosa Lee or me for that matter. Serving up all the sweet decadence of a jelly filled pumpkin Turkish delight topped with a lovely tahini sauce, to the flakiness of a fresh warm French biscuit with butter, cherry jam and a few wasps flying around because apparently they like ah French biscuit too, rolling into the full robust all natural dark chocolate of my skin after soaking in a lavender and @lelabofragrances oil bubble bath in my Paris hotel while chomping on other chocolate treats, and to finish with a side of Esther Williams in a low-budget no water having Busby Berkeley production of “Gold Diggers of Echo Park Adjacent Because An Evening Bag is A Must, No Lady is Sure at Night”. In this opening scene we find Rosa Lee and Maria are attempting to hide from the cops in plain sight by blending in with the landscape as an urban Greek goddess sculpture that been kissed by the sun ever so slightly atop a bolt of @hommeplisse_isseymiyake millennial pink fabric next to a raggedy ass lamp post and a bike rack (off screen)... Question is do you think the cops will find them or are they serving up enough passing realness? #whatjusthappened #whereisshetho #vacationrecap #howisshetho #blessedanfhighlyfavored #bookedandblessed #backtowork #backtoschool #backtoblack #backtoback #backfat #putyourbackintoit #feelingthefantasy #blackboymagic

Gurl Keisha Sweats (Keith Sweat’s bastard child that he don’t claim) and I are just trying to piece it together in this damn here heat... this global warming situation is real AF. Y’all out here thinking that banning straws is going to solve the problem, when you need to stawp drinking almond milk as your dairy alternative because they use more water to grow them little bitches than all of us combined... why am I so mad? Why the straws? Gurl I’m FUCKING HOT and I ain’t in the business of making sense and I can’t escape it, it feels like hell, it smells like hell, so naturally it brings the hell devil out in me and the fact of the matter is, I just really like straws damnit and I’m allergic to nuts so i don’t give a shit about them, even tho i miss peanut butter and make an exception for male nuts... #canyoukeepup #babyboymakemelosemybreath cause it’s fucking HOT... Anyway I digress, Keisha out here lookin like my plus size daddy going for a workout in one of them make ya sweat sweatsuits in the middle of this heat wave in an effort to burn extra calories to get his last minute summer body before it’s over, but instead he’s at urgent care with an IV in his arm recovering from passing out after dehydration because this wasn’t even a good idea in theory, but the heat will have you making some very questionable decisions. Keisha’s Hair on the other hand stayed all the way on Fleek while that lower lip was serving up a little Whitney Houston performing the national anthem at the new Ebeneezer Baptist Church Little League picnic fellowship with her beads of sweat dripping from it kind of realness. Meanwhile I’m over here trying to write this post with titty sweat stains on my shirt 🤦🏾‍♀️ #hotproblems #hotpeopleproblems #hotandbothered #captainsaveahoe #hellonearth #globalwarming #peacebewithyou #mahatmagandhi #keishadoyouloveme #no #itskiki

We call this a #minimoment with a tall ass #minipartner in a signature matching set with a glittered shoe, getting into the @miniusa electric blue topless flower fantasy. Thank Gawd it was overcast cause the lighting and temperature made for a delightful time surprising people with a unexpected flower installation @melrosetradingpost and handing out mini bouquets (ba dum dum ching) get it Mini bouquets because they were tiny and because @miniusa paid for them. What cracked me up the most was trying to give them away at first people were like you ain’t tricking me with no free bouquet cause ain’t nothin free in America, well the gag was they were actually free and once people figured that out there was a line around the car... lol people are somethin else... and don’t get me started on the picky people picking out they free bouquet... okay girl I see you... lol
All jokes aside I really enjoyed being able to share the type of work that we love to do with the general public. It is so rare that we get this opportunity. Thank you to my amazing team, the RQ team and @miniusa for allowing us to create a moment were everyone could literally #stopandsmelltheroses #preciousmoments #themomentthatcounts #thisisyourmoments #thankyoumariahforcreatingamoment #livingmybestlife #kindamoment #cashmeoutside #howboutdat #didyoumissthemoment #sorrynotsorry #newmoment #ontheway

Throwing it back to the beginning of pride month where I’m serving up a full moon of chocolate gay ass in front of Trianna Tropix, the paradise pride princess for the Mayor’s annual pride kick off party. Trianna is looking good in her painted fantasy and I look aight with my new large and in charge back rolled body... lol. It has taken me a minute to post about this because I have very complicated feelings about pride that I don’t know how to articulate fully, but that has never stopped me from trying... I figured we will figure it out together so here we go. I do my best to live my best life both online and in real life, but it ain’t always cute. It is very difficult being an out and proud black man in this country where everyone loves you for being bold and unique but don’t get the sense that you are offered the same love romantically. The performance of kumbaya in our community is sometimes hard to reconcile when you feel alone and not seen. By no means am I a victim but I also feel like I am not the only person having this experience so I wanted to put it out there... I mean look @andreltalley a man that dedicated his life to Fashion and making others look and be great and he says he has never been in love that gives me pause... also the idea that pride month is becoming a commodity is very strange (i mean i bought some pride Nike’s so I’m not above it) why is it that we have to buy our pride or our pride can be purchased? The people that really spoke out for our rights were the folks that were super marginalized and the people that seem to benefit the most from it are main stream... Anyway there are a lot of thoughts here that are still being rendered but i thought it was important to put it out there maybe to inspire some dialog and I haven’t been able to kick these thoughts to the curb making it difficult to work on other more fun posts out because i needed to start to address this in my own way... #thoughts #happypride #blacklivesmatter #blackgaylivesmatter #youmatter #backrollsmatter #triannamatters #beingseenmatters #beinglovedmatters #feelinglovereallymatter #shititallmatters #lifeiswork #getintoit

I am just over the rainbow with this installation lol that we did for @barneysny for #thedropLA event that they are having this weekend! My excitement is multi layered... Barneys was my first job out of college i started the Monday after Mother’s Day in 2005 working in the home department, but i quickly found my calling in the display department where I really learned how start applying my creativity and using my expensive ass art degree. I then went on to work for @juicycouture for a long time in the display dept where I ran the art department. Juicy went thru a lot of changes and I no longer made the cut and got laid off. I took my severance package and started @bloomandplume . So now the crazy part (aside from that dog standing on his hind legs for 20 secs just lookin cute AF) The lady that laid me off at juicy (one of the nicest things a person could have done for me because I couldn’t make the leap myself) is the person that brought me Back to Barneys to do this installation! I mean the full circle of it all is just too much! I had such a blast working on this project, it really meant a lot to me! If you are around go check it out (but most likely when this shows up in your feed it will be long gone #whyinstagram.
Shout out to my amazing team that keeps me grounded and lookin good #killedit #theflowersweregoingtodieanyway #nailedit #noonewasingured #pussysteppedallthewayup #blessed #readingrainbow #icandoanything #itsinabook #takealook #blackboymagic

Ok I see you Pomona lookin fly AF in your pastel puma palm fantasy fascinator situation you are serving up #imlovinit just like i like a Big Mac every few months, whaaa don’t judge me the shit is good even tho my stomach disagrees. I digress, I am stunned and utterly surprised that your elaganza was not at the royal wedding this weekend. I mean I know my girl Megan was finally bringing some color to the royal family, but frankly not this level of color hunty, although I will say her mamas locs, nose ring and mint suit with the side swoop bang fascinator situation was really doing it for me tbh, not that you asked me to lie... lol anyway I was just really feelin this project we did with our peeps over @agenc #pastelprincess #colormatters #getitgurl #youlikeitiloveit #fascinator #prettyinpink #royalweddingwithcolor #comethrumegan

This is what happens when a dad calls in and says “I’ve tried getting flowers from other places, but my wife will only accept flowers from @bloomandplume...” Fam say no more we got you!
Love creating for people that appreciate the love, time, and energy that we put into our work and helping husbands understand why wives feel this way, not to mention maybe strongly encouraging baby making activities with the overwhelming amount of beauty that shows up at there doorstep... lol
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there, you are all doing the most important work on the planet. I am sorry that you are not honored for what you do everyday, but trust and believe i see you and appreciate you!! Shout out to my Mom! We don’t see eye to eye, however I deeply respect her journey and love her so much! #happymothersday #prettyinpink #peonies #backinseason #spreadinglove #spreadingflowers #latinosonladders #latinosmatter #latinoswithflowers #naturalopulence #bloominandplumin #babymakingflowers #😘

And last we have a shout out to Cousin Carolina...
Dear Cousin Carolina,
Happy Mother’s Day. I can’t wait to hear about your trip to India to see your friend. He has such a funny name. Bhagwan. I like the videos of you dancing. But why don’t the girls have shirts on? And why do you only wear warm colors? Mom says it’s because you are full of hot air and need to cool it. You can borrow my fan if you’re too hot. If you stand in front of it and sing, it sounds like a creepy old man telling you what to do. You should try it!
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Dear Mama Coco,
Thank you for being he best Mom, even though you’re always sick. Who is Taylor Swift and why does she make you sick? And why do “all the white people and their business” make you sick? And why did you get sick when Dad said Stormy Daniels seems nice? Dad says you just need to chill, but I think you might have a fever from being sick all the time so I got you some ice cream, hopefully you won’t be so sick and tired all the time. Feel better soon
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Dear Grandma Vera,
I’m sorry I played in your bathroom and mixed up your pills. The little blue diamond ones are my favorite but Mom says they’re for Grandpa. Is he sick too? And also why do all your chairs have plastic on them? And why do you have a bowl of candies we can’t touch? And why does Mom call you a shady bee? Do bees like shade? I got you an umbrella just in case. That way you can be shady all day long!
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