Vera Bradley has come a long way from their stint in Hallmark stores with a couple of quilted paisley duffel bags. In addition to their iconic prints they have grown into some pretty awesome luggage pieces and amazing leather totes and back packs.
At first glance their flagship store, located in Soho New York, appears to be a brightly lit, exciting new brand. Look a little closer and a the pleasant surprise of recognizing something familiar takes over.
This space is open, airy and welcoming, filled with hundreds of amazing retail items to choose from. Not only do they have a huge first floor of shopping, but they also have an amazing lower level where they hold monthly events of all sorts.
What better place to hold a Blogging and networking event!
What was the reason for this event? My amazing friend, Liz Eidelman of Indigo Heights Blog (there’s her beautiful mug pictured above)
Liz was the planner, curator, networker and host of this amazing event. Liz is the creator of an amazing new Life + Style blog named Indigo Heights. Her blog launched in January and has been growing quickly everyday since the start. Her space is filled with beautiful imagery of affordable outfits, awesome cities and drool worthy brunch.
Liz and I met a little over a year ago when I had the pleasure of doing her hair for her wedding and we have been close friends ever since. When liz asked me to be a part of this event and hold a braid bar, it was a no brainer!
- All of the beautiful imagery on this post was photographed by the talented Jacob Golderberg. You can check out some more of his work on his instagram @J.Goldberg_Photography
Ok so hairstyling is my life and all but before we get to that, lets talk about what’s really important, the food.
Liz being Liz, scored some delicious vendors to take part in this event.
1. Adoro Lei
This restaurant is crazy, stupid, good. With a modern and trendy take on Italian food, this establishment wows my taste buds every damn time. Their food menu is not the only thing to go crazy over, their drink menu, curated expertly by their in house mixologists, is reason alone to visit. They took on the honored responsibility of getting us all buzzed 🙂 with their generous mimosa bar.
Check out their instagram at @adorolei
2. Brits Batch
Brit herself is just as sweet as her treats and it was an absolute pleasure meeting her. For this event she was kind enough to bring some of her AMAZING rose and pistachio macarons. In addition to macarons she also bakes pies, cookies and cakes. (all of which I can not wait to try!)
Be sure to check out her instagram at @itsbritsbatch
I’m not really how to refer to this delectable donuts. If cookie butter, donuts, and sugar cookies had a child…that would deliver this hybrid of a dessert. These bite sized bits are bound to put you in a sugar coma real quick, and it is totally worth it.
See all of their mouthwatering photos on their instagram @sweetstuffednyc
The Braid Bar
Personally, I could braid all day. I find it therapeutic and doing a lot of quick hairstyles in a small amount of time is a great way to let out some creative energy. I had so much fun working with everyone on this event and had the honor of meeting some amazing people.
Above I am creating simple french braid that was repeated on the opposite side and then secured at the nape of the neck in a “milk maid braid” way.
On the right is the half up braided style I did for Liz for this event.
To achieve this style, (1) leave about an inch section out at the hair line and (2) braid a two inch wide section right behind that in a crown. Stop adding hair to your braids right behind the ear and continue with a 3 strand braid down to the end and secure with elastics. (3) After creating your braids, Add some back combing to the crown of the head for some fullness and secure with bobby pins. (4) Pass your completed braids over your bobby pins and pin them to your desired placement. (5) Curl any loose hair away from the face and add some small flowers from a little extra detail.
To left is a long fishtail braid that I shifted to the bottom left area of her nape so that she can wear it to the side. To execute the fishtail braid, (1) start with a two large sections of hair and (2) take a small piece from one side and pass it to the opposite section. (3) Repeat on each side, alternating until to reach the end of the hair. (4) Secure with an elastic, pull some of the braid out to make it fuller, and if you want a little extra whimsy, add some flowers all over the braid!
Be sure to follow @SymposiaNYC and my person hair page @Ginar2
Stay Tuned for step by step photos on how to achieve these looks and more!
To everyone involved in this event and everyone who attended, Thank you so much! It was an amazing day!
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