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#BlogTourNYC…The Candid Recap

I'm a woman of few words…I am a listener. But don't get me wrong, I'm also a conversation instigator so that I can listen. I'll inject a few words (some wise, some witty) as needed but often let those around me talk. That all changed during #BlogTourNYC. I don't know what kind of spell Veronika Miller put on me, but by the time we got to our first tour stop, I had an insatiable excitement for all the pending opportunities I was about to experience.  I immediately felt comfortable with my fellow bloggers and knew from our first introductory hug that this was going to be an exceptional group of people experiencing something really special together. Veronika and her daughter Florence were geniuses at putting this group of bloggers together! Someone described the week as being like summer camp. We were strangers who became friends in less than a week and when over, it was an emotional time (at least for me…as Veronika can attest to my watery eyes during our last meal together). IMG_5171The blog tour gang. Photo credit: Debrorah Main I went on a photo-snapping frenzy during the tour with my iPhone and Nikon and wished I had taken a course on photography ahead of time!  These pictures are candid, lightly-edited shots which will make my photographer friends cringe, but I promise to inject professional photos provided by our generous sponsors of their beautiful products when I gush about them in other posts.

My excitement started now.IMG_4725My private slice of heaven at the award winning Sanctuary Hotel.DSC_0225The hotel hallway. Isn't it gorgeous?DSC_0230Mosaic city. The view from my window.DSC_0234Our first night of breaking bread together.IMG_4789Here, there and everywhere.IMG_4798  DSC_0257Veronika Miller (the blonde beauty) and her sweet, talented daughters, who I called "kiddo" and "darling". Hey, I missed my kids.DSC_0417Too much of this…but it's always 11 o'clock somewhere.IMG_4784My take-home stash of  cards, menus and sponsor literature. I promise this is organized chaos!DSC_0223

I was honoured to learn from the some of the best. Please, take a look at their incredible work:  William (photographer) and Susan (art director and stylist) House of Brinson, Raina Kattleson (stylist) A Stylist's Life, Michele Scotto (photographer) Sequined Asphault, Jim Caughman (creative director at McGuire) McGuire, Tess Casey (set and event florist) Aisling Flowers, Neal Beckstedt (architect and Interior Designer) Neal Beckstedt Studio, Bunny Williams (interior designer, author, bespoke store owner) Bunny Williams, and last but not least, our workshop hosts Tina Ramchandani and Sarah Sarna (Interior Designers) Franklin Eighth, Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson (co-founders and show producers) West Edge Design Fair.