The kids are almost asleep and I am about to get comfy on the couch and watch the Project Runway Season Finale.
This week I got a sweet text from one of my besties (the maid of honor in my wedding) that ended with “I smiled today thinking about our trip to the Project Runway Finale.” Her text reminded me that I had an unfinished blog post sitting in my “draft” box that I wrote last year at this time about our 2010 trip. After reading you will probably understand why I stalled
two years a bit before publishing.
(I updated my old post so the dates worked)
Two years ago at this time I was working hard on a 35th annual fundraiser for the 3 Dallas Independent Schools in my district at the time: the Lakewood Home Festival (“Home Tour”). I was President of the organization and felt a great deal of pressure that the event be a success. The weekend is beloved by the entire community, not just the 350+ members of the group that put on the event. The participants are always blown away by the amount of funds we raised, always surpassing the year before.
A fellow board member looked at me last September and said, “I just hope this goes well so I don’t have to move to Plano.” I laughed at her joke but flinched inside wondering how my husband would feel about a new hour-long commute from Suburbia (in 2010 we were not planning on a move to Miami).
I was so honored to lead this group and anxious for the Home Tour to be a success that I reached far and wide and long and deep down my contact list to ask for help. I needed about $40,000 to underwrite the event and over $150,000 worth of auction items to stack up to the previous years! I called every business owner, artist, leader and blogger that I knew.
The previous May I had been watching one of my favorite shows, Project Runway, and happened to see a familiar name float by in the credits at the start of the show: “Executive Producer: Sara Rea.” I thought how interesting, Heidi Klum has a friend with the same name as one of my old friend’s: Sara Rea.”
I think it took about a day to dawn on me that when I connected with Sara on facebook, she was living in Los Angeles. I imagine my thought process might have looked like a Domino line falling in slow motion…. I had known Sara since highschool, when she visited my home town for tennis matches (she was a state champ and competed against one of my good friends), but I did not remember that she was in broadcasting or production or anything related to television at Ole Miss (we were sorority sisters). I went to facebook for a little cyber stalking and there she was smiling for the camera at the Emmys posed with the one and only Heidi Klum.
I think I might have closed my eyes while I typed the words… it just felt that awkward, I couldn’t witness my own humiliation. Here I was writing to a girl I haven’t spoken to in over 10 years…..
I think the email came back in 2 hours: “Meredith, I would love to help, when is the event?”
Without hesitation, I wrote….”November 11.” The response: “Oh, so sorry, the finale is being filmed on September 12th, before your event. in November and there is no way I could commit to the 2011 show, because we can only hope to be picked back up for next season but have no way of knowing for sure.
Oh no, I couldn’t believe the Executive Producer of Project Runway actually contacted “me” about coming to see her show and the dates didn’t work… I racked my brain on a way the LECPTA could capitalize on this opportunity, and an idea started to grow. If the LECPTA could not benefit from Sara’s generous offer, maybe, I could go see the finale of Project Runway?
I needed to consult my support staff: I rallied together my husband, mom and best friend (who was in Sara’s pledge class in the Alpha Mu chapter of Kappa Delta). “IF I get the nerve up to call Sara and ask her if we could come to New York for the finale, could husband and mom cover the kids… and friend, could you get yourself organized and be ready to go?”
YESS… was the unanimous answer so I again, closed my eyes and began to type…..
In less than 24 hours I had my answer….”let me see what I can do. The show is in 2 weeks… can you be in New York?”
“Well of course,” as if I normally jet-set around the country leaving my 2,4 and 6-year-old children behind. “We’ll be there!”
Airline tickets were booked, hotel reservations were made and Leigh Ann and I were off to New York City. We were just like the girls on Sex in the City, EXCEPT Leigh Ann was 8 months pregnant and I had a killer cold which prevented me from breathing out of my nose, talking (I lost my voice), or tasting! But I am telling you we were the hottest waddling, drippy nose pair of girls Manhattan has ever seen!
We flew in Thursday evening and had to be in cocktail attire, and on the runway by 6:30 am. I think we set the alarm clock for 4:30 to let the beautifying begin. I allowed extra time to put on my fake lashes because I had never actually mastered that feat without help (don’t judge me because I scored below 10% in tool dexterity in my career assessment test- we all have our challenges). Leigh Ann had me take pictures of her in different black maternity dresses so she could compare to determine which one hid baby Vance the best! It is hard to hide a pregnancy belly in the 8th month, but I took the photos to humor her…. It didn’t matter what she wore because she always looks gorgeous (see picture above).
We left the hotel at 6 am in search of a Starbucks with which I downed as much cold medicine as the back of the box would allow and then we were in our seats by 6:30 on the dot. We were told the first show was the “super secret” show where the 3 Project Runway finalist would show their collection and only one camera would be allowed in for taping. Before the finalist were introduced Tim Gunn walked onto the runway with his arm around my sweet friend Sara. This was über cool… I couldn’t believe it!
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Tim began. “Thank you for coming to join us here early on this Thursday morning. I would like to take a moment to introduce you to someone who is very special to me… one of our Executive Producers, Sara Rea.” All of the previous Season’s Cast was in the audience (I wondered if this was a requirement of contract) and they roared with applause…. You could tell Sara was a favorite among the crew. Tim went on, “Sara would like to say a few words before we get started this morning.”
“Good morning,” Sara said in the cutest Meridian, Mississippi drawl you have ever heard. Not Scarlet O’Hara syruping sweet drawl that might grate on some of your nerves, but more like Clarise Starling, a soft twang that is very endearing. She said something like “All of you here are either friends or family of the cast, and you have all signed legal documents promising you will not reveal any part of what you are about to see. Additionally, I would like to make a small plea to you as human beings- please don’t talk about what you see today. These designers have worked so hard over the last 6 weeks and the last thing we want is for the finalists to be revealed before the show is aired, 6 weeks from now.”
After the finalist debuted their lines, we had a little break! Leigh Ann and I stretched our legs, grabbed some water and then mingled with the Season 7 designers! Anthony Williams was my favorite and he told us about the dress he designed for Sara’s mom for the Emmys the previous week… super cool! I gawked over the designers until the very last minutes and the lights were dimmed calling us back to our seats.
For the second show the room was filled with about 500 people and Leigh Ann and I took our seats along the wall of the opening of the runway (where the models came out). When everyone was seated, the camera lights came on and the judges, Micheal, Nina, Heidi and their special guest, Jessica Simpson were ushered to their seats at the end of the runway!
Heidi looked about 8 feet tall in her bright red pants suit and Leigh Ann and I agreed that Jessica’s eyelashes might have been as long as Heidi’s legs. Heidi spoke into the camera a few times (remember, this was not live so we could have retakes) and then the show began! It was such a treat! They actually let all of the designers who were left in the show on TV, about 8 designers, show an entire line…. they were not risking a leak to the press.
We saw so many beautiful clothes my head was spinning. Each designer appeared on the runway to a round of excited applause and then thanked their loved ones and described their inspiration for the next 10 looks we were about to see.
About 30 minutes into this show I began to do a little dance. I just knew I should have taken a trip to the ladies room between shows, but I hated to miss the chance to talk to Anthony, or last year’s winner, Seth Aaron… it seemed too big of a chance to pass up and surely I could hold out….
I think the lights, the glitz and the glam had gone to my head! What was I thinking.. after carrying 3 healthy babies my 36-year-old warning system wasn’t quite what it used to be plus that cold medicine always makes me have to pee… at 35 minutes in my little dance had become an uncomfortable wiggle… and I was starting to panic.
The cameras were on, the lights were out and we were only through about 3 out of 8 designers. I really hated the fact that I was missing some beautiful looks because I was strategizing in my head how to make the alarms now going off in my body stop! I didn’t having many good ideas. I just knew that Sara would not be pleased if I stood up in the middle of her show, fumbled down the row of spectators and then sprinted to the lou with Jessica Simpson and her entourage watching. I started picturing the director (who had one the same pair of boots that were packed in my suitcase at the hotel- super cool!) standing up and yelling “Cut, start over.” As the exit door slammed behind me in my attempt to make it the restroom.
In what might be the most embarrassing event of my life thus far, I decided my only option was to sacrifice my stadium chair, rather than disrupt the 500 others witnessing this special event with. I thought, if I could just find a tiny bit of relief, I could make it through the rest of the show…..
so, that is what I did. The wet seat was much more comfortable than the pressure that had been radiating from my insides.
As I sat in that auditorium in utter humiliation a smile began to form as I started to see the glimmer of opportunity. Over the 20 years I have known Leigh Ann she has pulled some pretty big pranks. Could this be my chance for a little pay back (I hope others that have fallen victim to one of Leigh Ann’s “stories” might find vindication in this blog post’s end)?
Everyone knows that pregnant women cry a lot more than usual, but if you have never been pregnant you may not know that the reverse is also true. Those same hormones that make us weepy also make us giggle at things that those without child might not find so funny.
I leaned over to my friend and whispered something along the lines of, “do you think house keeping will tell Sara that one of the seats was soaked with urine?” At first those big blue eyes looked at me with confusion but in an instant I saw comprehension take-over and her whole body began to shake! The people seated in our row 20 seats down looked-up to see what was going on.
Now the challenge of disrupting the show was her problem…. As tears streamed down her eyes and her body was riddled with wiggles of laughter I just sat back and enjoyed the remainder of the show. When life give you lemons, why not turn the tables on your best friend? After all, Tim Gunn, I was just trying to “make it work.”Read More
When I lived in Dallas I sold a beautiful women’s clothing line called W by Worth. The current line was delivered to my house 4 times a year and anyone interested would come to my house to shop. I really loved doing it but opted not to immediately try to establish a market here in Miami because I thought it might be an awkward way to meet friends: ”Hello, my name is Meredith, would you like to come to my house and try on some leather pants?”
I did, however discuss helping the director of the very successful Miami area (Coral Gables) W by Worth business and after I felt comfortable I asked, “tell me, how do you sell the Fall and Winter lines?,” there are minimums to meet and I was curious, so I assumed, “are most of your customers snowbirds only in for the season then back to New York?”
“Oh no, honey,” (I don’t actually remember if she said honey, but I like the way it sounds in my story) “in Miami, we like to pretend it is Fall.”
I think the bloggers that I follow in Miami have already started doing just that. Last week the temperature dropped from 87 degrees to 86 degrees and half of my favorite Miami bloggers (so 2 of them.. I read 4) commented on how happy they were that “Fall had arrived.” Really?
Then on FB Miami’s favorite crazy-yoga-bending-spunky-fashionista said, “when I was out exercising this morning it was such a beautiful cool morning” and that is when I knew that the pretending had begun. I too had been running that morning, in shorts and a tank top. I was home at 6:20 and dripping with sweat from the humid 75 degree weather. It did not occur to me, not even for an eighth of a second, that it felt cool, nice or Fall like, BUT…
I have always loved a good game ALMOST as much as I love Fall clothes so I unpacked my favorite knee-high boots and aired-out my cute white cords. I thought those of you who also live in warm climates might like to see what I came-up with:
Did you enjoy the glimpse of our “Scarface” bathroom?
For my first book club in Miami (so awesome… mentioned the evening on Saturday’s blog here) I rolled-up my favorite jeans and voila “baggy boyfriend” jeans whose shorter length will help keep me cool. I paired the jeans with the lightest long sleeve shirt that I could find. Instead of full boots, I went with the NOW trend booties, wearing a pair I bought two years ago at Anthropologie with a bit of courdoroy to give them a ”Fallish” feel. The look does not need a necklace because the blouse has a pretty key hole opening (there is also one in the back, but no picture) so I chose to wear my favorite large costume ring and chandelier style metallic earrings. I finished off with my latest favorite bag: a royal blue messenger bag to give it that pop of color that you see in almost every designer’s Fall line.
I saw a precious 30 something mom Faking Fall at dinner Sunday night… her outfit looked something like this. The truth is the twill jacket will probably come off when she is outdoors but will be great over the sleeveless dress in the air conditioning. The short boots are right on trend and won’t be as hot as a knee-high variety
I have the Report boots pictured both above and below and I think the way the top is loose (they foldover for a shorter look) is very flattering/slimming on my leg.
The owner of a cute, well priced boutique in South Miami, The Dressing Room paired a Summer trend, lace shorts, with a long sleeve sheer blouse for a great Fall look. See below where I tried to recreate her great outfit.
Do you have any cool Fall looks that don’t make you too hot? (literally, of course) IF so, please send them my way- I have a feeling I’m going to be faking it for quite a while.Read More
If I wasn’t going to the PTA meeting but rather meeting a few friends at a wine bar that I’ve been dying to visit, I might wear this skirt from the new line at Target, Kima Zabete, with a v-neck white t-shirt, my favorite accessory of the moment, a yellow necklace from Francesca’s and these awesome black booties by Diane Von Furstenberg.
I will, however, be at school; like I was last night and will be again tomorrow. 3 kids, 3 Meet the Teacher Events.
So I am going to wear my old animal print loafers instead, which I believe are Sam Edelman but I can’t be sure because the label has faded.
I am glad to get a glimpse of the class rooms, and think it is cute my daughter can’t wait to send me back to first grade, but a glass of wine with a few girl friends sounds pretty nice… plus, I really love my DVF shoes.
On the bright side, 3 Meet the Teacher Night will definitely be helpful for my quest of new friends… 100 parents, in a captive audience, that I at least have one thing in common: the school. By tomorrow night I hope to have perfected my pick-up line.
I was inspired to write this post because one of my favorite bloggers, Melissa from I Pick Pretty, is hosting a link-up and I finally figured out what that means. I don’t know why, when it comes to computers something has to be explained to me at least 3 times before I can understand… I should have asked my 8-year-old to explain it to me a long time ago…
Anyway, it is pretty fun. Melissa and her friend at Forever 29 (which I haven’t read but look forward to checking-out) invited fellow bloggers to post outfits for a girls night out. I just post this cute button here, and then share my blog link on the Forever 29 website, and you readers can go there and get several ideas. Its fun to see what other ladies around the country might wear when they go out with their friends.
See the “link up” here on Forever 29
Footnote: If you haven’t seen the Kima Zabete line at Target yet I would go check it out! KZ is a boutique in NYC and Target partnered with them as part of their second round of “Shops at Target.” There are also some great dresses.
Second Footnote: Go check out Melissa’s blog, I love her because she (1) is an attorney in Austin and reminds of my cute friend Lisa who is an attorney that went to school in Austin (2) talks about fashion and her two-year old “Master P”- I think the “two” talk makes me feel better about my 3 adorable but somewhat wild kids. They might be difficult sometimes, but when they were two… (3) says things like “Sweet Neiman Marcus, I thought that child would never take a nap” and (4) has a super sassy writing style that reminds me of the Southerners I love that can give someone a tongue lashing without her even realizing it until 20 minutes later. Here is the link to I Pick PrettyRead More
I started to text my friend Kay a “big head alert” but thought there might be a few more of you out there that could benefit from my news.
And what is a “big head alert” you ask? Well, it’s when I find a hat that fits my big ‘ol head and think my friend might want one for her big noggin’ too.
Sciencenetlinks.com reports that Grant Hurlburt, a visiting professor at the University of California ran a study and found that a bigger head does in fact mean that you have a bigger brain. Good to know because that is what I have been telling my sweet daughter and is exactly what my dad (who blessed me with his head circumference) told me. I think I’ll wait to explain to my little lady that Dr. Hurburt did not find any correlation between large brains and intelligence. When her sister’s crown doesn’t fit and I see a tear starting to form, I can just wink and make her smile because we both know: our big heads make us smarter!
It used to be that I did not talk that often about my head size. I just went along my merry way, hoping that no one noticed the gargantuan melon that sat atop my shoulders. I remember one sunny afternoon my boyfriend, now husband, offered me his baseball hat to shield my eyes and I created a diversion so he would not see me adjust the strap larger so that I could slip it on.
But then, about 7 years ago (I remember because it was my first night away from my son who is 8) my book club visited Frederiksberg for a weekend of relaxation and fun that included a hike up Enchanted Rock. During the hike the topic of head size was brought up, not by me of course, and a friend said. “My head is so big,” Really, I thought… I’m not the only one? “My head is big TOO, ” said another, And then, “I bet my head is bigger than your head” and there it was. A challenge. Measurements were soon taken and voila, I had friends with bigger heads than me- 3 of them, to be exact!
I couldn’t believe that there were others that couldn’t wear the Burger King Crown when they were little. Or others that had to learn the hard way that one size most definitely does not fit all (not even sometimes).
Thus, we’ve been sharing our favorite head ware finds ever since, and yesterday I scored big!
About 2 months ago my husband and I saw the cutest girl in all black at the beach: black bikini, black fringed cover-up (not crazy fringe, definitely classy fringe) and black straw fedora. We both loved the look and ever since I have been on the hunt for a black straw fedora that was big enough for me!
And yesterday, I found it… for a whopping $9.99 at H&;M (if you need one it is size Large in the men’s section, but that can be our secret).
I wonder how many big-headed readers I have? Don’t worry, you don’t have to out yourself! From now on I promise that if you will let me know when you find the perfect hat in extra-large, I will always post my big head alerts here!Read More
Can I hear a “Let’s Go Ry-an!” That’s right, I think I can hear you: a faint, “Let’s go Ry-an!”
Did you see that 400 individual medley men’s race? I think Ryan (we’re on a first name basis, you know it’s a Florida thing) could have swum with the gold medal already around his neck, and still have finished first. It was supposed to be a race between two of the greatest swimmers ever, but Micheal Phelps did not show up. Ryan Lochte beat the silver medalist, who was not Michael Phelps, by three body lengths. There’s no stopping Ryan now!
This morning (Sunday July 29, 2012) Ryan qualified for the 200 meter freestyle finals that will happen tonight. Michael Phelps, qualified to swim this event in London by winning first place at the Olympic trials in Omaha, narrowly beating Ryan, but he opted out of the 200 free for the Olympic games. On twitter, Michael’s coach Bob Browman explained that the plan was for this change to allow him to focus more energy on relays for Team USA.” This makes me happy. I CAN NOT wait for Ryan to kill it, but it is hard watching a Giant fall. Maybe the rest will help Phelps gain some composure… come on Michael focus. We’re all pulling for you.
Also today Venus Williams opens the tennis singles competition playing French Open finalist Sara Errani in the first round. AND I CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE WHAT SHE IS WEARING! Did you know this will be the first time ever that players can wear color to Wimbledon, thanks to the Olympic rules? Watch out Kate, our Florida Fashionista is coming for you and I am sure we are going to get a good show! She arrived in London with patriotic braids.
So there are 26 Floridians competing in the 2012 Olympic games. I found the complete list, courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee Department of Communication, on the Tallahassee television channel’s website www.wctv.tv.com.
Chris Colwill, Diving, 3 Meter, Brandon (competed in 2008 Games)
Jared Frayer, Wrestling, Freestyle 66kg, Clearwater (first Olympic Games)
Paige Railey, Sailing, Laser Radial, Clearwater (first Olympic Games)
Zach Railey, Sailing, Finn, Clearwater (silver medalist in 2008)
Ryan Lochte, Swimming, Backstroke, Freestyle Individual Medley, Daytona Beach (competed in 2004 and 2008 games winning six medals, three gold)
Sarah Lihan, Sailing, Women’s two-person dingy, Ft. Lauderdale (first Olympic Games)
Sanya Richards-Ross, Athletics, 400m, Ft. Lauderdale (competed in 2004 and 2008 Games, won two medals at 2008 Games)
Mike Holloway, Athletics, Assistant Coach Sprints and Hurdles, Gainesville (first Olympic Games)
Hunter Kemper, Triathlon, Longwood (competed in 2000, 2004, 2008 Games)
Laura Bennett, Triathlon, North Palm Beach (an alternate on 2004 U.S. Team)
Phil Dalhausser, Volleyball – Beach, Ormond Beach (2008 gold medalist)
Jennifer Simpson, Athletics, Middle Distance (mile, steeplechase), Oviedo (first Olympic Games)
Foluke Akinradewo, Volleyball, Middle Blocker, Plantation (first Olympic Games)
Anna Tunnicliffe, Sailing, Elliott 6m, Plantation (gold medalist in 2008)
Tony McQuay, Athletics, 400m, Riviera Beach (first Olympic Games)
Brian Fatih, Sailing, Men’s Keelboat, Miami (first Olympic Games)
Sylvia Fowles, Basketball, Center, Miami (competed in 2008 Games)
Manuel Huerta, Triathlon, Miami (first Olympic Games)
LeBron James, Basketball, Forward, Miami (competed in 2004 and 2008 Games)
Danell Leyva, Gymnastics, Artistic, Miami (first Olympic Games)
Mark Mendelblatt, Sailing, Men’s Keelboat, Miami (competed in 2004 Games)
Robin Prendes, Rowing, Lightweight Men’s Four, Miami (first Olympic Games)
Trevor Moore, Sailing, 49er, Naples (first Olympic Games
Brittany Viola, Diving, 1 meter, Platform, Orlando (first Olympic Games)
Tina Konyot, Equestrian, Dressage, Palm City (first Olympic Games)
Serena Williams, Tennis, Palm Beach Gardens (competed in 2000 and 2008 Games)
Venus Williams, Tennis, Palm Beach Gardens (competed in 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games)
Justin Gatlin, Athletics, 100m, 200m, Pensacola (gold medalist in 2004 Games)
Lacy Janson, Athletics, Pole Vault, Sarasota (first Olympic Games)
Emil Milev, Shooting, Rapid Fire Pistol, Tampa (fifth Olympic Games appearance, first for U.S.)
A VERY EXCITING FLORIDIAN TO WATCH will be sprinter Justin Gatlin. The now 30-year-old won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but he missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics because he was serving a four-year doping ban.
That’s why there’s plenty of buzz surrounding Gatlin this year as he returns to the Olympics and tries to steal the gold medal away from reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt and reigning world champion Yohan Blake. (Bolt and Blake… funny).
Gatlin is coming after the champions Bolt and Blake (funny!) and they better watch out! He won the 100-meter U.S. Olympic trials final in a career-best 9.80 seconds. I am looking forward to the start of track and field on August 3rd.
There is nothing like the Olympics to bring a country together OR a little jump on the state’s band wagon to make a new Miamian feel more at home. Ryan Lochte’s performance might have even made me dislike the University of Florida a little bit less. It is true what they say you can take the girl out of Oxford (the home to Ole Miss) but you can never take Oxford out of the girl. But come on Rebel fans, don’t you agree, its Ryan Lochte. We can forgive them for that tacky blue and orange, can’t we? At least for today anyway…Read More
Last Friday afternoon, I attended a Bloggers Night Out Event celebrating the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.
Let me stop here and provide a little clarification (thanks dad for reading my blog!)
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim happens only once a year right here in Miami Beach. Designers from around the world unveil their newest collections and buyers, the international press, celebrities and all of the other fashion fabulous come to bask in the glow of the latest designs.
Bloggers Night Out is a company formed by 3 savvy young fashion bloggers. According to their own website they create “special events for the blogging community that offer networking opportunities, encourage an exchange of ideas and provide exposure to the brands we work with.” One of the founders, Caitlin told me that they have had several successful events surrounding New York Fashion week and were excited at the turn out of their first two events held outside of “The City.”
This particular evening out was held on the roof top of The Betsy Hotel on Ocean Drive. The view was incredible.
In collaboration with Plastics Make it Possible, Schick Quattro for Women, The Betsy Hotel and my favorite Orchid Boutique, the BNO girls put on a great event! We had DIY goody bags, foot massages, and discounted shopping but my favorite part of the evening was talking with some of the great Miami Bloggers.
I thought I would take a moment to introduce them to you.
As I waited for the tiny elevator to transport me to the roof (I opted to walk the 4 flights of stairs down… it was a little slow) I met , the Architect of Design. She was beautiful and easy to talk to and it turns out she was new to this scene like me! She is an architect that loves fashion and recently changed the focus of her blog. It will be fun to watch her new fashion blog evolve.
Next, I saw an old friend , at least that is how she made me feel even though I’ve only met her once before, on the sidewalk outside of a fashion show I attended last month. As I looked around the room I could see that Karla Garcia made everyone feel that way. She is a fashion photographer with a beautiful blog. Karla’s blog almost has a self-deprecating vibe that I’m sure makes all of her readers, whether a part of “the industry” or not, feel welcome among her high fashion “snap” shots.
The Bloggers Night Out was not unlike any other networking event I have attended for business or for fun; there were definitely favorite “bloggers” in attendance whose attention others were clamoring to receive. You know what I’m talking about, right? Someone is talking to you, seemingly interested, but then a favorite catches their attention and you lose their eye contact? One new acquaintance interrupted me in mid-sentence, with an “excuse real quick, I need to go talk to Jenny (a quick google of Miami fashion blogger Jenny, revealed she is THE Jenny of I SPY DIY whose blog really is SUPER COOL, see below!).”
If Kristin, with Living In Color Print was there for a networking conquest she did not let on. This gorgeous blonde was so poised. She is a 20-something Florida State grad, living in Pembroke Pines with confidence and intelligence beyond her years. As we were introduced she gave me her complete attention, the kind of focus that would make anyone feel special. Even when I asked if she had children and immediately realized from the flutter of her pretty blue eyes, that kids are not yet on her life’s radar. I think it was her hometown that through me- I don’t know the first thing about Pembroke PInes but doesn’t it sound like the perfect little suburban utopia for the family with 2.2 kids?
On their way out the door Kristin, of Living in Color Print quickly introduced me to her friend Ana Ortuño. I did not get to speak with Ana long but after a tour around her blog, Chic Streets and Eats, I hope I get the chance to spend more time with her soon. She seems to have some great food, fashion and design advice for all of us!
I can’t wait until the next occasion to bring all of the Miami Fashion bloggers together. These gorgeous women really seemed to support each other and there were so many with whom I did not get the chance to speak.
I missed Ginger Harris, whose pictures I follow on Instagram. Ginger has the cutest daughter who appears quite fashionable herself and her Lululemon posts, were A-MAZ-ING…. you have to go see:
WOW, how have I lived without I SPY DIY, for so long? I did not get to meet Jenny (mentioned above) and might not get another opportunity, because her writing career has taken her to New York, but from now on I will not miss her blog posts or contributions to In Style magazine. Click below and see for yourself.
And sadly, I also did not meet Lori with Short Cuts to Fabulous but plan to reach out very soon. After attending the many events surrounding Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013, Lori did not post about swimsuits, but instead was inspired to write about food and I think that this writer and I might just be fast friends.Read More