We get a lot of questions. Here’s a list of the ones we hear a lot. If you don’t see yours here, no problem – shoot us an email.
What is Fellow Flowers?
We get this question a lot – and really, there is a lot to explain. We always encourage women to speak from the heart and answer the question based on how Fellow Flowers has changed their lives. But for those that would appreciate a few zippy lines, try this:
We are a women’s running movement that honors, shares and celebrates the reasons behind why women run…because we believe that every woman has a story and every woman runs with a purpose. We offer running flowers, apparel and products for women putting one foot in front of the other, whether that’s in running or in life. We have built an amazing community for women to share their stories, build friendships and collectively, realize their true greatness and self worth.
OR the fun answer:
We are a kick ass group of phenomenal women with strong quads, big hearts and stellar sports bra tan lines. We run with flowers in our hair – not because we’re girly – but because we’re united.
Why the flower?
Read our story. It’ll make perfect sense.
Um, do I need to know a secret handshake or something to become a Fellow Flower?
No. Never. There are no requirements to become a Fellow Flower. If you’ve read our story and understand what the flower represents, we hope you’ve realized that everyone is welcome. Always. We aren’t an exclusive running group with a list of intimidating expectations or rules. Becoming a Fellow Flower is actually 100% up to you. If you can answer this one question, you’re totally in.
Can you: Give yourself a chance? Tell yourself you’re worth it? Love yourself enough to take the journey?
Is there an age requirement to be a Fellow Flower?
Nope. Flowers in Training and Late Bloomers are welcome. Always.
I just placed an order – when should I expect it to arrive?
We process every order ourselves and do our best to get them out quickly. All packages are shipped via USPS first-class mail and you should expect your package within seven business days from the time of purchase. Also, we cannot rush or overnight packages so plan ahead and order early!
There is something wrong with my order – who do I contact to get it fixed?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the issue.
I don’t see my favorite color. Can you make me a custom flower?
Right now, the answer is probably not. We’ve come to honor the process of how our flower colors are chosen and the words are written. Truthfully, the meanings speak to us when they’re ready – it sounds funny, but that is how all of them have been created. We’re really careful not to veer from this process – so far it’s worked pretty well. That said – we LOVE hearing your ideas. Throw em’ out there. It might just be the creative spark and inspiration we need.
If you had Oprah Winfrey in the elevator with you for 30 seconds, what would you tell her about Fellow Flowers?
After Mel and Tori scrape themselves off the ceiling, it would probably go something like this.
“Hi Oprah. Remember when you trained for that marathon a few years back? And remember that amazing feeling when you crossed the finish line? Well, our company inspires other women all across the country to celebrate, honor and reflect on their own personal journeys to the finish line. We’re about friendship more than we are about running – we want women to feel connected. We believe the best way to train is amongst other women who get you and inspire you. And, here’s the fun part – when we run, we all wear flowers in our hair. It’s our symbol of unity. There are ten different colors; all uniquely reflecting different the reasons ‘why’ women run.
And you like the color purple right? Oh girl, you have got to see our purple statement card. It’s the universal ‘no excuses’ statement…we’ve gotta get you one of these. Oh look, we happen to have one in our bag. Oh, you want us to put it in your hair – right now? Sure thing. Oh, you want us to get off the elevator so we can discuss a show segment? Yeah, we can do that.”
(And then Mel would spontaneously sound off her obnoxious Oprah impersonation. Things would get weird for about 15 seconds until Tori complimented Oprah on her fabulous shoes. And…we’re back. Whew.)
Are you guys based in the Midwest? Will you come to my neck of the woods anytime soon?
We are a company dedicated to inspiring and connecting with women all over the country. You can view our events calendar to see all of our upcoming races and expos – we’re doing our best to reach various parts of the country this year. If you don’t see a race near you, let us know – we’re always interested in hearing about great opportunities. Most importantly, we don’t actually have to be at the race for YOU to be there as a Fellow Flower. Represent girl! Get your flower, inspire your friends and get a crew signed up! Who knows – if you start gathering a small army of Flowers for your race, we just might have to show up!
I’m a dude, but I’m digging what’s happening here. And I want to support some rock star women I know – will alarms sound if I wear some flower gear?
We love when our Flower Fellas get out and support the amazing women in their lives! Very often, it’s men who purchase a flower for their wife, sister, daughter or friend as a gift – letting those women know they are supporting their journey. We also have some awesome friends who just want to support the purpose behind Fellow Flowers – there is no alarm that will sound off for that, ever.
Can’t I just go to Target or Michael’s and buy myself a flower?
Don’t make Tori hunt you down and steal your glue gun.
Just buy the damn flower. You are worth it. Think of all the things you spend money on. Now think of all the things you spend money on for other people. This is for you – you deserve it. And plus, Michael’s doesn’t have a sweet Statement Card for your bathroom mirror. There, we said it.
I’d love to buy a ton of flowers for my (insert group name, organization, cause-related race team here.) Do you have special offers for large groups?
Good question. Depending on group size, this may be a possibility, but no guarantees. When you email us, please include your organization or group, how many flowers you’ll need, if you have specific dates for an event and also why you are interested in Fellow Flowers. From there, we’ll get in touch. You start the convo by emailing us at email@example.com.
I’ll be wearing my flower for an upcoming race, is there anything special I should be doing pre or post race?
Hydrate. Go to the bathroom. Stretch. Wear your chip.
Ha. Just kidding.
We’d love for you to share your photo from race day. If you post race day pics on Facebook, tag us – please! If you have a sweet picture for our website’s photo gallery – send it to us. We don’t want to miss the party! There is an easy option on our website to ‘share your photo & story’ – take us up on it. It might just be our favorite part of this whole crazy adventure – seeing photos from women from all over the country on their race days, smiling, glowing and wearing their flowers.
I kind of want to rock my flower out on the town tonight? Are they reserved for just running or can I add it as a permanent accessory for my wardrobe?
Take one look at our photo gallery and that should answer your question!
I’m looking for a group of women to run with – can Fellow Flowers help me find some runners in my area?
Gosh we hope so! Our goal is to connect women who run – online and on the pavement. We hope that our race/expo schedule will help to inspire women in various parts of the country to start running together. We’re working on some other fun ways to make this happen, including a log-in community within our website. That’ll be the sweet spot for women who want to connect, share, schedule runs, plan race meet-ups, etc. In the mean time, put yourself out there on our Facebook page! Sometimes that is all it takes.
It’s intimidating – the idea of walking out in public with a flower in my hair on race day. Will people laugh at me? Will I look silly?
Okay, say it with us: Put yourself out there.
Now, try saying this: Who the hell cares what other people think. I look freakin fabulous.
Oh, and this one always works too: Tackle them, steal their water bottle, run and yell, “Who’s laughing now!” Ha – just kidding – we’ve never done that.
Do I have to be a runner to wear a flower?
No. No. No! It’s a question we get a lot, and we answer it the same every time. “Run, walk, cartwheel, tuck-n-roll – it doesn’t matter.” We just want women to be on the move – going from one place to another. Maybe it’s a physical journey like signing up for a race, starting to walk with friends or getting to the gym once a week. Or, perhaps it’s a journey of a different kind. Self-realization, empowerment, strength, courage, finding your passion. The journey of a flower has no parameters, rules or restrictions. It’s all up to you.
How do I wear the flower?
Great question. First, it’s not limited to a ponytail. Here’s a short list of how we’ve seen it worn:
- In a ponytail – big, small, short, long – all sizes
- Tucked in a visor or hat
- Snugged into a headband or barrette
- Clipped to a race bib
- Clipped to a race tank or sleeve
- Woven into shoelaces
- Snugged into running belts
- And after race day, the flowers look great hanging near your bathroom mirror, in your office, in your car…anywhere you need a little inspiration.
- And the list goes on and on…
Group discounts on flowers – do you give them? And how can you hook me up?
Okay, here’s the deal. If you have a large group and you are hoping for a discount, you can’t do it via our online store. We’re working on a new snazzy shopping cart system that will allow for that, but for now, it’s not an option. If you have a large group and would like to inquire about a group discount (on flowers only – this doesn’t apply to apparel), please email us and we’ll see what’s possible. Typically, we only offer group discounts for groups of 25 or more women, but we’re also suckers for a great story…try us anyway.
I’m seeing a lot of flowers on your website that don’t look like the ones you’re currently selling in the online shop – what gives?
Oh boy – if you guys knew how many flower styles, clips, glue, petals and dazzles we’ve combed through these past months, your head would spin. Many of the women on our site have been part of our group for quite some time – as such, they’ve been our guinea pigs on new styles. The chances are pretty good that in many of our photos, they are wearing flowers from the ‘early days.’ But, you’re getting a fine tuned, tried and true, sweet ass flower that has the best of everything – we promise.
My organization is interested in partnering with Fellow Flowers for an upcoming race/community event? Is this something you guys do?
We’re always interested in partnering with community causes. Shoot us an email.
Wait – I’m confused. If you guys are all running, then who the hell is taking all these pictures?
Oh, you want to know our little secret do you? Well, let’s start with this…
If you’re ever running a race with your flower…
and you see a guy suddenly stalking and chasing you…
and he’s wearing a Paul Frank shirt…
AND he’s got a camera in his hand…don’t run…POSE!
It’s our beloved friend and official Flower Fella Dave Mari. During our May 2011 race, one of our Original Flowers, Monica, fell at mile one. Dave, the good soul he is, stopped to help. And as he yelled, ‘Flower Down!’ he also snapped photos of her bloody chin, which now conjures up all sorts of hilarious memories. If you know Dave, you know photography is among his greatest loves, along with celebrating his joy and appreciation for running with his friends. His camera has captured more of our memories than we can count, and our website has his photos (and heart) strewn all over it. He runs WITH his camera, all in the hopes of spotting a flower – and if it’s you…hug him, thank him and make sure to show off that flower!