Monday, January 24, 2011

{Martha} Our trip to NYC for the Dreamers into Doers event!

Whew! What a whirlwind of a week. We spent this past week in NYC attending the Martha Stewart Dreamers into Doers event. 75 talented women entrepreneurs in one room - along with fabulous speakers (one being MARTHA herself!).

As you saw from Adria's previous post - we got there in 1 piece... after a flight of me getting ill :-(

Here is our NYC trip journal:

Day 1 of the trip:
8:30 am Taping of a LIVE Martha Stewart Show
Lunch presentation
12:30 Workshops
Dinner w/ some party girls

While we were waiting for The Martha Stewart show to start, we met the most fabulous girl - Lindi of Love The Day. She is the sweetest thing and we totally hit it off. We have a lot in common and she was a blast to be with during the trip.

(above) Lindi, Adria and me in the Martha Studio ready for taping!

(Above) Adria and Maureen waiting for the show
LOVE seeing that Martha sign.... SO COOL!

We were in the front row of the seating!

Here Martha is with Joey after the show. Joey is seriously funny!

Isn't this SO cool!? We would LOVE to be on the Martha Stewart show someday!

After the show....
We headed over to Martha's offices and hung in the hallways of Martha's design offices. Here we are with the fabulous Caitlin Losey. Thanks to Caitlin, this event was a success!

(Below) Here we are with Danielle of A Few of My Favorite Things. She was one of our favorite things of this trip ;-). SUCH a sweet girl and we just love her!

Lindi of Love the Day is in the yellow - we TOTALLY hit it off with her.

We got to have a fabulous lunch and meet some of the other party girls that we know from online. Then we got to attend some great presentations in Martha's Photo Studio.

At the end of the day, we got to sit and listen to a talk with MARTHA herself and Susan Solomon.

Below is Martha with Susan L. Solomon, Co-founder of NY Stem Cell Foundation.

After the discussion, we got to have a photo taken with Martha.
My favorite photo is below...the one of us with Martha! (Thanks to Stacy of Scrumptious Swirls for having this fab pic taken - we are all SOOO happy)

Martha only took ONE photo before she left. I think the swarm of people scared her off (as it should have!) We were so lucky to get in the shot!

Then we headed off to dinner at the Oyster Bar with Courtney of Pizzazzerie. We then met up with some of the other fabulous girls....

We hung out at ACE - (Adria kept telling everyone to meet at AXE.... DUH!)
Here are some of the fabulous women business owners that we met and connected with while at the event....
(above - Left to right- Front) Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio, Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations, Stacy of Scrumptious Swirls, (us) Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff of Anders Ruff
(above - Left to right - Back) Andrea Alley, Courtney of Pizzazzerie, Andrea of Dolce Drive

Love those girls!

Day 2 of the Event:
10:15 am - Workshops
More workshops

Here we are outside the entrance to Martha's design offices and test kitchens...

Pinch us - we got to meet some of the (amazing!) talent from Martha Stewart Living....
(above) Hannah Milman (SVP Exec Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Crafts)
(above) Terri Trespicio - Senior features editor for Whole Living Magazine

(Above) Sarah Carey of Martha Stewart Food...

Before we left, we made sure to get photos with some of the girls that we connected with.

(above) Maureen, Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio, Jill of Modern Cupcake, Adria.
Jill and Rebecca were SO cute. I just love how playful and fun they are. I just wish we were closer (They are all the way in AZ!) Dying to try one of Jill's fabulous cupcakes. We are determined to get her to ship us some! ;-) Stay tuned for that!

(above) Rebecca of the Fresh Chick Design Studio!
Rebecca has an amazing personality (so funny) and has a great sense of fashion. She is a "real" person who is all about helping others. I could just tell from meeting her that we would get along great. Just seeing her put a smile on our face!

(above) Kim of The Celebration Shoppe.
Kim is SUCH a thoughtful and kind person. She is the type of person we would consider a "true friend". She is also a genius business women with a really good head on her shoulders.

(above) Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations
Nancy seriously always had a smile on her face. She seemed truly grateful for this opportunity and was a lot of fun to talk to.

(above) Courtney of Pizzazzerie.
This girl has energy! I can see why her blog and facebook posts are so exciting and lively! Courtney is seriously full of pizzazz and she is a SUPER fun person to talk to! Her mom was attending as well and is the SWEETest lady ever!

(above) Stacy of Scrumptious Swirls
Stacy is a ball of fun. She is so enthusiastic and fun to be around. She is super passionate about her work and meeting new people. We just LOVE her (and her cookies!)

3 Favorite things about this trip:
1) Being able to tour Martha's corporate headquarters/design offices. I loved just "taking in" all of the creativity from her office building. It was so awesome to see the different sections of her office where people from every aspect of Martha's brand design and create. REALLY cool to see the designer's desks and what they have up on their bulletin boards. We got to walk by the test kitchens, stock rooms and prop areas... SO amazing! I was like a kid in a candy store, seriously.

2) Attending a live taping of Martha's show! It is so neat to see the "behind the scenes" from her studio and what happens to make a show successful. Got to meet JOEY and her production staff were so friendly and "together!" What a great team she has.

3) Meeting other women entrepreneurs that we have networked with online for months! I loved meeting them all in person and figuring out if their "online personality" matches them in person. Most of them were exactly as I would expect. A few were Totally different from what I expected! Pretty interesting! We build some relationships that will last and we are forever thankful for this opportunity.

Thank you to the Martha Stewart team for hosting us. We had the most fabulous time!
Hope to be back soon!



Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

Wow, clearly a fabulous experience! Can't wait to see all the great inspiring ideas and projects that will be sparked by all this!

Rowaida said...

Beautiful photos of your amazing trip! Thanks for sharing! Love

Kristy {the purple pug} said...

Looked like such an extraordinary experience! Thank you for sharing. After I see these pictures, I just adore you ladies even more:)

Kerry {Impromptu Parties} said...

Looked like so much fun! Thank you so much for sharing, especially for those of us who couldn't make it this year :)

Laura *You Stir Me* said...

Oh to be you ladies! It looks like such an inspiring trip! I watched that Martha show (twice)- I couldn't get over all the details. Thanks for sharing!

A Vintage Industry said...

Love, Love, and LOVE! <--- All the outfits! Everyone looks so well put together, comfortable, and professional. Seriouly, it would be great if everyone listed where they purchased their yummy-goodness!

Emily said...

SO fun to go along for the ride with you! Thanks for sharing. What an incredible time you ladies must have had!

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