Do you ever daydream? Visions that float around in your mind and don't seem real but keep growing and growing? This is much like the beginning of every Artistic Affaire for me. The dreams most always begin with an idea, a theme, an inspiration. Often a whisper from a friend, a picture in a magazine, a window display in a favorite shop, a famed movie. Then it happens ~ I begin to see it and feel it. There is a moment when I know it's in my heart and then it sets sail. . .
Perhaps seeing those initial dreams unfold through the eyes of friends that you hold dear is the best part when the day finally arrives. Although, I'll tell you a secret ~ I love the ride from the beginning to the end. I adore it all and there was so much to savor this time. I know I say it over and over. So come along and feast in the fun.
So what does happen when you suggest to over 70 women the iconic style of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's as their muse? A lovely sea of little black dresses, show stopping fashion and fabulousness.
It has become a tradition to begin every Affaire with an imprompto cocktail party (in my hotel room of all places ~ bless The Belamar). Our festive Soiree this year was hosted by Cheryl Stoneham and Terry Frias. There were sparkling glasses of pink champagne and the most darling cupcakes ever from Julie Weller.
While ladies sipped champagne (and some took over an entire bottle ~ please note artistic filter added to protect the innocent, ahem) and shared fashion tips, downstairs the ballroom was a fluster with vendors getting prepared for our marketplace and Strike a Pose with Tiffany photo opt. There were so many lovely original art pieces it made an Audrey girl's head spin.
and we were so honored to have Jenny Doh join us for a booksigning, featuring one of the books that included my events, Creative Pilgrimage.
A beautiful tiara adorned mason jars filled with yummy scented body cream awaited each Audrey girl to take back to the room with her ~ those heels can wreck havoc on a girl's feet you know.
and some cool shades cause you can't strike a pose without them. . .
Speaking of that pose, I was beyond thrilled to reveal to everyone a fabulous special treat for this year's Affaire. The talented Karla Nathan painted (yes, she is amazing) an incredible wall hanging (merely 8' x 13' HUGE) for our photo opts that evening.
It was the perfect backdrop for girls to get their Audrey on and that they did. . .
and we had the most lovely friend and photographer, Tiffany Kirchner Dixon, behind the lens making us all feel like a million dollars. How lucky can an Audrey girl get?
But alas, the evening had to end because the weekend had just begun. So there were many kisses. . .
and nods of the shades as we sauntered back to our rooms to get ready for the next day. . .
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