The Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker Event

Thank you guys so much for your enthusiasm yesterday! I’m thrilled you’re fawning all over the wallpaper and art as much as me. Now please send me all the rug-choosing-mojo you’ve got…this decision is turning out to be a tricky one! And decisions aren’t typically my strong suit. #ruhroh

But I’ll worry about that later, today it’s girlfriend time! I recently had the privilege of attending Better Homes & Gardens’ annual Stylemaker Event, held in New York City. It’s an exciting day-long workshop that brings together home, food, fashion, and lifestyle bloggers from around the country, to share with each other, and learn from the BH&G editors and top stylists. (See last year’s recap here.)

It was a whirlwind day, with loads of helpful information and creative ideas flying. I love these blogger events (this one was especially top-notch), but for me, they are a mix of being motivated, and also feeling overwhelmed. There are so many things pertaining to blogging and social media that I don’t know, and certainly don’t do!

So instead of concentrating on the mind-boggling number of things I’m doing wrong, I focus on the fun and fellowship of spending time with such creative, inspiring, like-minded women! I blog because I want to…because I love it. I do this because I’m passionate about creating, writing, inspiring, and connecting with people. And events like these are icing on the cake!

There were a lot of cheers and hugging over breakfast, as we greeted old friends, and met others we’d ‘known’ online for years. Then we spent the day in sessions about making videos, flower arranging, blogging, and food, along with informative panel discussions and Q&As with top editors, stylists, and authors. #whew! There were kind, talented, beautiful women everywhere you looked.

It’s easy to get twisted-up when deciding what to wear to stylish events…my strategy is to pick the outfit I feel most comfortable, confident, and more importantly, myself in…regardless of the trends.

Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge kicked the day off at the Gramercy Park Hotel, and was just as darling, kind, and grounded as you’d expect.

It’s always a joy to see the talented, Eddie Ross.

The day wrapped with Top Chef host, Padma Lakshmi, sharing her love of food and life experiences with us. She was really down-to-earth, engaging, and possibly the most stunning woman I’ve seen in real-life.

Then it was a quick-change, and back to the rooftop for a sunset cocktail party with Padma.

It’s always a fun time with my forever-roomie, Megan  No one has a sweeter heart than this gorgeous girl, and I love traveling with her. (See the recap of the rest of our NYC weekend here.)

It was a perfect day spent laughing and learning with good friends, making new ones, and meeting those I’ve admired for years.

I was honored to be included amongst the small group of talented bloggers, and I know it’s because of you…my darling, clever, generous readers…and your enthusiastic support of this little blog, that makes these opportunities possible. I can’t thank you enough.

And a huge thank you to Better Homes & Gardens for including me in this spectacular event!

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  1. Jenny wrote:

    That looks like so much fun! What an honor to be selected to attend!

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  2. Thanks for sharing! Looks like an amazing event!

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  3. Christina wrote:

    Looks like so much fun. And the tables full of food arranged on pretty platters makes me hungry! Love that skirt on you!

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  4. Beautiful pics. The shot of the city through the windows, with the twinkling lights makes me want to run to the airport this minute and hop on the first flight to NYC. I most certainly heart NYC!!

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  5. Another great post! What I'm dying to know though is, what kind of bra do you wear with all your adorable camisole tops? I am similarly on the less endowed side. Thanks!

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  6. Cassie, these pictures are stunning! Absolutely gorgeous friend!

    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
  7. Will wrote:

    It looks like you all had SO much fun! I love the colorful skirt you wore, too! 🙂

    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
  8. It was SO FUN getting to know your more Cassie! You are such a doll and a sweetheart too. I'm buying up your whole outfit! I hope we can meet up again in the next year sweet friend!

    Posted 11.1.16 Reply