NYC Recap

By Kate Riley October 5, 2015

New York City has such a fantastic vibe, so much to see and do, I love the energy, the sights and sounds, so it’s always exciting to return. My most recent trip was for two purposes, to attend the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event and to meet up with my little sister for a long weekend of fun!

First up, a quick recap of the Stylemaker event, I had never attended before but was delighted to be on the list this year, they are a welcoming bunch of people and very kind to host this event each year for design and food bloggers.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

I’m reminded when I attend an event of creative bloggers like this that behind each design or decorating or food blog is a real person, and it’s so nice to see their faces, hear their voices, and connect in person! It started out with breakfast at the hotel so we could all meet and greet.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

I got a chance to chat with Cassie and Megan and Gwen and Emily, such fabulous ladies!

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

I spent time with Jen from Rambling Renovators, she must have said something funny (can’t remember what) – it was delightful to hug her and see her again!

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

We had workshops to attend all day on building your brand, also flower arranging and tablescaping, all the things we love about BHG. That is Stephen Orr on the far right, the new Editor in Chief of BHG, and full of energy and humor, it will be exciting to watch where he takes the magazine.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley October 3, 2015

Weekend hellos! It’s shaping up to be a fun one, last night I went out for dinner and wine with some girlfriends, how nice it was to relax and talk, no one picked up their phone, the wine flowed, the food was delish, the dessert was divine, simply the best kind of evening! This afternoon I’m off to the Sonoma Music Festival to listen to music under the stars then Sunday I’m babysitting my little nephew, it will be nice to have the pitter patter of toddler feet in the house even if it’s only for a day. :)

gray and white laundry room

Here’s the list of favorite links . . .

Well isn’t this just the prettiest multi-tasking laundry room space.

This carefully edited elegant home.

The ultimate dream home, according to Pinterest.

This is the best looking television ever.

Iconic film roles that almost went to another actor.

Oh wow, these pumpkin spice carmelita bars look sooooo good.

I enjoyed this interview with Nancy Meyers on story writing and set design.

For the moms: they will not remember.

You should define what success looks like for you.

Fear is boring and other tips for creative living.

Five things you may regret from a nurse who works with the dying.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

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