On September 19-20, we jammed packed over 50 people (students, our interns, & the staff) in our Phoenix studio. It was our biggest workshop EVER and we could not have been happier with the outcome! We jazzed up the place with colorful rugs, live plants, and of course, the prettiest of florals from Prim Rentals. Having bright hues of vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows added a special pop to every table while the leafy backdrop on the front wall ended up being the main attraction!
The florals went along seamlessly with the chairs provided by our dear friends at Tremaine Ranch. Candy-colored seating sprinkled throughout the room was the perfect way to add a funky feel to the studio!
Students from all walks of life & all around the country (major kudos to the people who came from LA, Sedona, Virginia, & Canada!) strolled into our office to see a giant chalkboard with a #bloguettesPHX hashtag. Picture props including this handcrafted wooden sign from Paige Poppe & LetterCraft definitely made its way into pictures!
Breakfast was provided by one of our favorite spots in Phoenix—La Grande Orange! Muffins, pastries, and gourmet cookies (we died over the sea salt chocolate cookies!) beautifully decorated the breakfast table.
Savory pastries and desserts by Pistol Whipped Pastry were also snagged by everyone at the workshop. The Tres Leches cake was “one of the best she’s ever had” according to our co-founder Lorena and our editor, Shanna, couldn’t stop raving about the blueberry rosemary sables!
Once everyone settled down with their breakfast, we listened to founder of Origami Owl, Bella Weems. She started her business at 14 years old because her parents wouldn’t buy her a car. From there, she sky-rocketed! At 19 years old right now, she’s one of the most successful and hard-working business owners out there!
Bella inspired everyone with her story, showed us her upcoming projects, & explained how her mother was her biggest supporter. We laughed, we cried (seriously…people cried!), and in the middle of her presentation, she surprised everyone with an Origami Owl necklace!
After lessons about social media, marketing, photography, and the business of blogging from our co-founders, we broke for lunch provided by Diego Pops on Day 1 and The Original Chop Shop Co. on Day 2! The build your own taco bar, fresh salads, and sammies had everyone smiling from ear to ear as they ate and talked with their fellow tablemates!
At the end of the day, students got to take home goody bags from Be You Jewelry filled with necklaces from The Silver Wren, sterling silver cuffs from Zenned Out Jewelry, driving gloves from Happy Hands, mini dry shampoos from Eva NYC, earrings from Kendra Scott, and munchies from Justin’s and Pistol Whipped Pastry!
A HUGE thanks to everyone who came out to learn & hang out with us all weekend! We loved every minute!