Hey all! I am so happy to have a nice uneventful weekend under my belt. The last couple of weeks have been so busy and full that it was nice to just chill out this past weekend. Especially since I was gone last week attending the The Southern C’s Summit conference. I wanted to go last year but the tickets sold out so this time around I made sure I got registered early. I have never attended a conference and, truthfully, wasn’t really sure that they are all that beneficial, but I am so glad that I went to the Summit and have totally changed my tune. I can’t speak for all conferences but this one is truly special. I traveled down with Summer and we had a blast!
We arrived at the American Theater and I immediately loved the vibe, right down to the retro pink bathroom…
The whole week was so full of great decor and styling. It’s a pitfall of this job to be obsessed with your surroundings and these people totally understand. The main room was furnished by Taylor Burke Home and Lacefield Designs…
The Summit was held in Charleston, SC which is my most favorite city on earth! I never tire of the architecture, charm, or food! I felt like I was in a Summit bubble each day because we were so catered to but they did such a good job of capturing the things I love most about Charleston and just the south in general…
And then there were the sessions. I was never a great student because I have a short attention span but each session kept me glued right through the end. I jotted down so many notes throughout the conference and wanted to share some of my highlights…
Laura Vinroot Poole
Capitol and Poole Shop
You have to be able to live through your fear
Talk to your friends and family about what you want.
You never know what connection may lie there.
Eddie Ross & Tori Mellott
BHG & Traditional Home
Pitch to a specific part of a magazine and things can slowly evolve.
Narrative can’t be stressed enough…
a person is more important than a brand.
There were so many other great speakers…Mandy Rye Kellogg, Erika Ward, Jamie Meares, Haile McCollum, and many more. I have notes and notes of advice that I can’t wait to implement.
When the days ended I was definitely ready for a little down time.
Summer and I restaurant-hopped so we could hit several of the great spots.
And we couldn’t help but go into Mitchell Hill and drool…
The week was capped off at the Le Creuset offices overlooking the Ashley River…
Land of Nod hosted a craft table where we could make tassels so y’all know I was in heaven!
It was a great way to end such a fun three days. We had bloody mary’s and chatted one last time with old and new friends. I was so happy to see Eddie again since we were just with him in High Point. He is so down to earth and genuine and I just can’t say enough about his sweet personality.
I was also super-impressed with Mandy of Waiting on Martha.
She is a no-BS, fun, and incredibly savvy girl!
And I was able to finally meet some blogging friends in person.
I came away so excited and inspired. Blogging can often feel like such a bubble with few people other than blogging friends really understanding. Blogging is not my career but it certainly is a whole world in itself and can be a vehicle to so many exciting possibilities. Although I have a pretty clear picture in my head of where I want things to go this year it is always nice to talk out loud to other people who get it and really focus in on how to make those things happen. The conference provided that and so much more. I am doing my best to logically move to the next few steps without just barreling towards all the things in my head right now. Patience, organization, and focus are my three key words at the moment. And the relationships I have gained are the most exciting part. I love being around like-minded people and I cannot wait to see what can come of the new network I have gained.
Thank you to The Southern C for a great few days!
I cannot wait to nab a ticket as soon as they go on sale for 2016!