Saturday was way out of my comfort zone, but goodness, what a FUN day. Can we just start by saying something you probably mostly already know….. I am NOT a style blogger, you guys. I am a Mama of 3 who loves her jeans and gym clothes. But gosh you guys, strength building doesn’t happen in our comfort zones.
So, let me share with you about my day in Seattle. Let me encourage you to find a dress you feel beautiful in and eat something you think about for a week after. Let me tell you how good it feels to walk in the middle of the street with flowers in your hands.
Bright and early Saturday morning I woke up, got ready and decided on the dress that my sister had encouraged me to wear. Honestly, I was afraid it was too “bold”, but I guess if you’re going to be bold, Seattle is a great place to get away with it!
I met up with my friend Melody from Honest Chatter and we carpooled to Seattle together.
It was a blind date of sorts for us. We’d met very briefly one time before but never really hung out. This girl. She was so easy to be around, it was like we’d been friends for a long time. She didn’t even make fun of me when I got all giggly in Pike Place.
Here’s a look into the event overview:
8:30 a.m. – Doors open/Registration Begins
9:00 a.m. – Welcome
9:15 a.m. – Panel 1: The Art of Creative Collaborations: How to add value and strategically work with fashion brands (Featuring Jessica Branning of Neiman Marcus, Jess Estrada of Fresh Jess, Sammy Scharg of Julep, Danielle Pepperl of Brooks Running and more)
10:15 a.m. – Panel 2: Beyond the Blog: How to Launch a second concept (Featuring Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies, Moorea Seal, Tiffany Ishiguro of T+J Designs, Brandy Brown of Marabou Design, and more)
11:15 a.m. – Keynote – Alan Gertner, Tokyo Smoke
12:00 p.m. – Fashion Mixer // Photo Opps // Music // Niche Networking
Pictured below: Melody and I. Up on the roof of The Nest, for the after party. If you ever have a chance to visit this rooftop bar when you’re in Seattle, do it. The view is exquisite. I can’t wait to go back. It’s simply incredible!
Just a little glimpse of the gorgeous view. The dress is from Zulily and the brand is Lara Fashion USA.The event was sold out and how fun it was so meet so many people in person that I’ve networked with online. These ladies (and gents!) were all super nice.Portia, Melody and myself!Mini terrarium gardens….thinking I need to plant some of these!
After the event, we were starving so we headed to Scout PNW. Now here’s where you need to pay attention! I am totally kicking myself for not photographing what I ate. Of course, I insta-storied it, but now that’s long gone. Here’s the deal…..our server was SO kind, especially because he recommended the Avocado Toast. Omgosh. BOMB. I can’t stop craving it. So next time you’re starving in Seattle, you need this in your life. And be better than me, take a photo and tell all your friends. I mean come on, how can something so simple be so perfect? It just is, I guess.
As we ate, people kept on walking by the window with huge bouquets of flowers so, of course, we had to head to the market. Clearly, I’m happy about this.A huge thank you to each of the wonderful sponsors who made this event happen. I am in love with my Julep gloss and can’t wait to try the other items (especially the coffee!).
My biggest takeaways from the conference:
- Think about what your biggest success is and always be ready to share it.
- Always be true to yourself. If something doesn’t fit you, say no and recommend someone else. Authenticity is key.
- If you work with a brand, send a recap afterwards and SAY THANK YOU.
- Remember why you started in the first place and stay true to that.
- Be professional and stay positive.
- Create what YOU think is wonderful!
- Do things if they either support the people you love or are things you love.
- Life is way more meaningful if you take on a big challenge, work hard, stretch yourself and cultivate deep relationships.
- And when in Seattle…….buy yourself flowers, where a dress you love and always, eat the avocado toast 😉
If you went, I’d love to hear what your takeaways were!