Friday, May 22, 2015

Ah, the weekend!


Time to catch up on much needed sleep, connect with friends. explore some new places and spend time with my favorite veteran, my Dad.

I will post soon about a daytrip to a place I have never blogged about. It's been years since I've visited this seaport in New England and I am looking forward to it!

Can anyone guess where I will visit on my daytrip?  There may be a prize involved.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Shoot and Style- an Edible Flower event


I saw a post on the Boston Bloggers Facebook page for an Edible Flower event. A shoot and style workshop from 9-12 on Saturday morning. Right away I knew I wanted to go. This was right up my alley. But then I talked myself out of it.

The location was the South End of Boston, a very trendy neighborhood. In my mind, I imagined there would be all those young, beautiful, fashion and beauty bloggers in attendance. I wouldn't fit in, I would be old enough to be their mother, I am not a successful blogger. What a pity party, right?


Well, I sucked it up and went to the event and I am so glad I did. I had such a great time.

We enjoyed rose scones and lavender lemonade mimosas and had a little meet and greet.


We learned how to set a beautiful tablescape using flowers and props. A professional photographer gave us tips on photography and styling  Each attendee was given time to photograph the tablescape.

 
The event was held at a gift shop called Olives and Grace. The storefront is simply gorgeous.
 
 
Well, I was right.  Those who attended the workshop were young and beautiful and there were beauty bloggers there. Despite our age difference, I was conversing with many of them. After all, we had a common interest in blogging, photography, styling and flowers.
 

Betty Liu, a wedding photographer and blogger at Le Jus d'Orange, told us to use a foot stool and to shoot over the table for our best shots.

Meg Dubina, blogger at Bread + Barrow, gave us tips on styling the table. She was also Betty's hand model as she held the tray of scones.


I think Meg has a future as a hand model don't you? She got quite the workout holding perfectly still for several minutes.


Sofi, owner of Olives and Grace, tried her hand at modeling too. She was wearing lavender nail polish so of course she made the perfect model for the shoot. I just love the joy on her face.


Luckily, the weather cooperated. It was the most perfect day for an outside event.


We were told it is a good idea to use cutting boards if you don't have a rustic table.


Later, we photographed ice cream made with edible flowers. How did they get that ice cream to melt so perfectly?



Oh my, strawberry hibiscus and cardamom rose ice cream. We also had white chocolate lavender ice cream.


Thank you Chloe from Scoopsies. I tasted two of the three flavors and they were phenomenal.

I read on Meg's blog that there will be more collaborations with Betty. I can't wait to see what they come up with!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Guest Blogging- Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism


The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism was recently looking for guest bloggers for their blog on the Mass Vacation website. I thought it might be fun to share my knowledge of cool things to do so I submitted my name and blog.

A rep from their PR agency emailed back and forth with me. I thought it would be fun to blog about some of the historic events in the area. He preferred a post that was not time sensitive so the Old North Church Lantern Lighting was not an option.


We decided I should write a post about Rockport. This was a great choice for me as I adore the town and I go there several times a year. Yes, I will show all the would be tourists the best of Rockport. I will take them with me to the strudel shop with the fantastic oceanside deck in the back of the building.


I will show them all the cool boutiques on Bearskin Neck and Main Street.  On the day I was in Rockport Eight Bells had recycled plastic chandeliers in their window. I visited many shops on my visit.

Anyway, here's the link to the Mass Vacation blog. My post went live on April 28th. Please click over to the blog and read some other posts too. Perhaps you will want to plan a trip here too.

As for me, I am already planning a daytrip for my next assignment, I will be guest blogging about a day in historic Concord.

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