Day 2 of TSOS Austin: Part 2

February 26, 2015


It’s time for Part 2 of our second day together! After we wrapped up the first half of the day, Natalie talked about identifying strengths and how to delegate. Such a great talk for us boss ladies who love to do it all! We had a little surprise up our sleeves, so once Natalie finished we asked everyone to head outside. This is what they saw…


Lucky Lab Coffee Co. is an amazing coffee truck and a sponsor of this workshop! We were all in desperate need of a caffeine fix, and I’m happy to say that Lucky Lab exceeded our expectations. I had my favorite – iced dirty chai latte with skim! They even had yummy lemon bars and Valentine’s Day inspired cupcakes for us. We were happy, happy, happy!

Once we were energized, we jumped into a brush calligraphy class with Jenny! It was such a relaxing and different creative outlet for most of us. Jenny is so talented and learning from her was amazing.


We ended the day with a very important talk by Melanie about the value of your work. It was the perfect way to wrap up our second day! Soon we will do a recap of our third and final day. Stay tuned!


Photography by Love, The Nelsons


Day 2 of TSOS Austin: Part 1

February 25, 2015

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So much happened in day two that we have to blog about it in two separate posts! This is Part 1, which only takes us up until lunch. Again, we used the gorgeous marble place cards at each seat that Paper Birch Designs engraved for us. The attendees were also gifted a beautiful tote from Parris Chic Boutique, a packet of gold confetti-filled balloons from Lola’s Confetti Shop, an inspiring print from Graceline, and an assortment of mugs and tumblers from The Everygirl. We also had the most beautiful furniture brought in from Loot Vintage Rentals. Seriously – I want every single ounce of it to magically appear in my living room.


We kicked off the day with Danielle + Alaina’s talk on creating and editing content for social media. This talk is so important because for many of us small business owners social media is key! It’s how we market ourselves, gain exposure, and book clients. After their talk, the attendees had time to style a variety of props and paper goods to practice. We had beautiful invitation suites provided by Paper Birch Designs, Graceline, and Ply and awesome textiles from Stone Textile Studio.


Once our attendees wrapped up their styling and finished their critique sessions, Michelle spoke on collaborating with other creatives. Her message was so powerful and it changed the way we all look at our work! Next up – break out sessions! It was so fun to hear from three women who are all so gifted and talented. Bonnie Bakhtiari of B is for Bonnie Design spoke on creating an intentional brand, Caroline Rector of Unfancy talked about confidence through fashion and her approach to a capsule wardrobe, and Danielle Locklear of Forage and Fodder led an amazing food styling session!


Yes, I spoke correctly – that was only half of our day! Part 2 will be shared tomorrow!

Photography by Love, The Nelsons


Day 1 of TSOS Austin!

February 24, 2015

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It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago we were prepping the Union on Eighth for the arrival of twenty-seven beautiful attendees. I can barely put into words the power of a week like this one. You have women from all over the country (and world!) eager and excited to learn, grown, and basically kick butt when it comes to business + styling.  Shalyn of Love, The Nelsons perfectly captured the entire event, but today we are going to start with a recap of day one!


Jenny of Graceline teamed up with Paperbirch Designs to bring my vision of marble place cards to life! Y’all – I can’t get over how talented this pair is. Rifle Paper Co. was so generous to provide our attendees with the perfect notebooks to keep track of all the information that we squeezed into three days. B is for Bonnie Design provided the “Choose Joy” pencils and the “Never Settle” prints, both such sweet reminders for our attendees. And Natalie whipped up the gorgeous flower arrangements that were sprinkled around the space!

It’s so important to us that the speakers, attendees, and staff know and invest in one another. Our workshops are intimate, meaning one-on-one conversations between speakers and attendees is the norm. We started the event with some introductions and it was such an exciting moment for me! Getting to hear the hearts of all these women got all of us so excited for the rest of the workshop.


After we wrapped up introductions, I began the workshop with a talk on the Fundamentals of Design. Coming from an art background, it’s really important to me that our students have a solid foundation to build off of the remainder of the week. Jenny followed me by discussing how to brand from your core. This talk was so crucial for our students to hear the first day, as so much of what they created the rest of the week was informed by the idea of creating a consistent, heartfelt brand.


After getting our toes wet with a few talks, it was time to relax and continue to build relationships. We had a yummy cocktail hour that was catered by Pink Avocado Catering. I seriously can’t say enough great things about them! I’m not sure which was my favorite – the Blackberry Smash or Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita. It’s still up for debate.


Once everyone had a full tummy, we started a fun game of “Speed Dating.” This was seriously one of my favorite parts of the whole week! It was all I could do to quiet everyone down to read the next question. So many sweet friendships were formed around the table that night – and it was only the first day!


Day one was full of so much laughter, so many real conversations, and it set the tone for the rest of the week. As the staff and speakers left the venue that night we all knew we were in for something really, really special with this group of ladies. Day two + three will be coming soon!

Photography by Love, The Nelsons