BHG Style Maker Event + What It Means To Me
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Better Homes & Gardens Style Maker event in Brooklyn, NY. This was my 4th time attending, I am always grateful for the opportunity and for the recognition of being a Style Maker. This year the event was at Hotel 1, a picturesque location right next to the Brooklyn Bridge. This hotel was A-MAZING!!! It was a great spot to spend the day learning, networking and catching up with friends.
These images were taken by David Keith Photography.
As I drove in that morning with John from Long Island I was preparing for an interview with the BHG video crew. One of the questions was….what does it mean to be a Style Maker. Ahh…what? Do you know each time I attended this event, not one time did I ever think that they were referring to me.
I am not sure why I never thought of myself as one. Maybe it was the comparison game I chose to play for many years or my very humble beginnings with this blog.
As I sat in the car I wrote down what a “Style Maker” meant to me. It is a person who creates their own path when it comes to design. It is an individual who honors themselves by telling the truth of who they are, what they see and what they create.
As odd as it sounds, this year was probably the first year I honored myself in this way. It is so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing, making, designing and creating and fall short of your intended creative purpose.
So I think this year the honor feels a little sweeter^^.
You can see by all the incredible details what a stylish event this was.
This year I got to see so many ladies I love like Jen from House of Wood & Charlotte from At Charlotte’s House.
Being comfortable with who you are and the kind of creativity you posses is such a blessing because you are then able to embrace others in the same light and truly appreciate them.
I got to catch up with my friend Jamie from So Much Better With Age. She is the sweetest person, I adore her and all these ladies!!!
A little networking over coffee…
This was session 1 and these are the editors, Stephen Orr, Oma Ford and Nancy Hopkins.
As I was watching this television prompter I saw my makeover project pop up on the screen. My face was beat red. I had no idea they would even talk about the project but it was nice for RT to get some recognition!
The rest of the afternoon was so much fun!
And the food, OMG!
This session was awesome with the CEO of Havenly and Editor Amy Panos.
This day was sponsored by Bertoli, FTD, Gymboree & Torani.
This is me with Leslie from The Leslie Files and Erica from Designing Vibes.
They had a soda bar too!
We learned to hand knit!
Then came cocktail hour!!
And the swag bags!
I am beyond grateful to attend this event! Thank you BHG for hosting such a wonderful day!!!
What a wonderful job. It’s very inspirational. Thanks for the detailed post
Thank you for your sweet comment;)!
Hi Jen! Congrats to you on this event! I have followed your blog for a while now (total fan girl) and love when you post on this BHG Stylemaker event. It looks like an absolute great time! I wanted to ask you how do you become a Style Maker? Did BHG invite you and seek you out? Or did you apply. Thanks for any feedback, I most appreciate it.
I wish you so much more success in the future with your blog, you are awesome!
Hi Amber, thank you so very much, I appreciate your kind words! Yes, its an invite from BHG. You too!! Have a great day! Jen
Your recap is perfect! I know exactly what you mean as I always find myself looking to my left and then right at the mention of “stylemaker” but this time I thought, joke’s on them! Ha! Your makeover was truly amazing and I’m so happy we got to visit in the city! xx
Thanks Charlotte! Its been so nice hanging out with you lately! You are an incredible talent and such a genuine person, a true SM:)! xoxo Jen
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