new connections

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Last night I spent a lovely evening at my friend Cathy’s, in the company of some seriously talented — and equally sweet and warm — local folks to learn about an exciting fashion event we’re putting together in September (stay tuned, more on that later). As we sipped cocktails and enjoyed dinner at Cathy’s beautiful home, I learned about their businesses, their families, and these beautiful handcrafted farm tables that I’m coveting for the flower shop. How lovely would one of those babies be as a design table?! I digress…

Before last night, I was familiar with most of the group through mutual friends or stalking their creative work through social media, but I hadn’t had the opportunity to officially connect with all of them face-to-face. I was a little nervous on the drive over; meeting new people always gives me butterflies, and they flutter more ferociously when I’m awestruck by their talent. Everyone was so gracious and welcoming, and I soaked up their creative energy throughout the night like a sponge. Before driving home, I called Chad and chattered away about all these new friends. And now I’m going to tell you about a few of them, too.

Ashley & Andy of Indie Atlantic Films: These are the folks behind the poor porker video I shared last week. They’re a full-service video production company, and you can check out their other videos here.

Andrea of SweetCakes Bakery: Ohhhemgee, what this sweet woman can do with homemade fondant. Her cake designs are impeccable, and equally delicious. Last night she made a flourless chocolate cake that was to.die. And she’ll probably kill me for throwing this out, but she’s going to be on Sugar Dome this Saturday at 1PM EST on Food Network!

Courtney of Style by Courtney: Cathy introduced us a couple years ago, and we’ve stayed connected through Facebook. Courtney has a great eye for style, and can turn the most basic of outfits into stunners with well-placed accessories. Her latest venture is with The Lakelander magazine.

Laura of Ashton Events: Laura takes wedding planning and event design to a whole other level. I’ve been lurking around her blog for a while now, so I was really excited to meet her. Just look at her gallery!

I also met Trisha, a lady of many artistic talents that I hear has mad restyling skills (perhaps a future blog collabo is in order?!)

Cathy is the driving force behind getting us all together, and I’m so grateful that she brought me on board to work on this exciting project. Thank you, Cathy!

Stay tuned for details about the event, and ways you local readers can get involved…

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Top – Marshall’s, $16.99 | Skinnies – Simply Vera Vera Wang | Sandals – Seychelles via Hautelook |  Bag – JustFab | Necklace – c/o LydellNYC | drugstore sunnies