Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Definitely In My Zone

I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!  As someone who immerses myself in fashion & interior design, the word luxury usually brings to mind designer clothing & accessories & sumptuous fabrics & home furnishings, i.e. expensive & beautiful material things.  This Memorial Day weekend reminded me that freedom & time with our loved ones is the ULTIMATE luxury & I was happy to spend it doing just that.  In our often times materialistic & fame obsessed culture let us never forget the sacrifices made by so many others so we could be free to prosper, express our opinions & creativity & enjoy our time with family, friends & pets.  I am truly proud & grateful to live in the diverse, entrepreneurial & yes, sometimes crazy, America the beautiful. 

Continuing on the note of gratitude, this past week I was so thankful & fortunate to attend Blogfest 2013, a conference in NYC for interior design bloggers graciously sponsored by Kravet.  I realized that it was the first time in my interior design career that I was surrounded by so many of my amazing peers & the positive energy was palpable.  There was a time in my life where this was all a pipe dream & I truly felt grateful to spend time with so many kindred spirits that are passionate about what they do, i.e. bringing more beauty & comfort to the world through their unique visions as designers :).  I was delighted to see some old friends & make some new ones.  Here are some highlights....

A "Bubbly & Bites" cocktail party at Jonathan Adler's "Happy Chic" shop on Madison Ave....
Fellow design bloggers Sarah Sarna, Lisa Ehrlich, Laurie Gorelick & me
My favorite room in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House - a sassy & sophisticated lounge by garcia maldonado inc. ......
HGTV Magazine hosted a beautiful lunch with presentations by HGTV Magazine Editor in Chief Sara Peterson & renowned interior designers Alexa Hampton & Thom Filicia at the Norman Foster designed Hearst Tower (one of my favorite architects & buildings in NYC)...
Me & the super talented (& rip roaringly funny) Thom Filicia (you might remember my dress from here).  One of my all time favorite things in life is hearing a person's success story & I loved Thom's advice....Put yourself out there & JUST SHOW UP!  It's all about being in the right place at the right time.  And also be fair, be open to listening to others' opinions & then assess them for yourself.
And as the perfect ending to an unbelievably inspiring day I had a glass of Sancerre & the oyster pan roast (aka heaven in a bowl) with tarragon butter crostini at The John Dory.

Stay tuned, more to follow tomorrow! 


  1. Colleen, it was wonderful meeting you at Blogfest! Thank you for including me in your awesome recap!! I looking forward to meeting up with you for a drink this summer ;-).

  2. So wonderful to meet you too Sarah & would absolutely love to continue the fun & meet for cocktails this summer!! Xoxo