Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Food Fashion Friends (Our In-Store Event at Anthropologie)

Photo credit: Kelly, Blog: Alterations Needed
This past Sunday night, Kathryn and I had the opportunity to host an in-store shopping event for In Pursuit of Pretty Things readers at the Fashion Valley Anthropologie. It was a marvelous time and we had a great turn-out. Over 30 women joined us, donned name tags, chatted, ate, laughed, tried on pretty clothes, shopped, and made friends. I didn't notice it until I saw this photo that Kelly from the blog, Alterations Needed, shared with me - but there were a stack of books next to the row of mugs spelling out "PRETTY," entitled, "Food Fashion Friends." Isn't that the truth? ^_^


Photo credit: Kathryn
These are the name tags Kathryn made for the event - they were super pretty and she thoughtfully hung them on ribbon so as not to damage people's clothes! (If it'd been left to me, I'd have had everyone wearing, "Hello My Name Is" stickers.) 


Photo credit: Kelly, Blog: Alterations Needed
Laura, Fashion Valley Anthro's Personal Shopper had this rolling rack of beautifully styled items out for the event. We were able to peruse them, and if something caught our eye, we were able to ask either Laura or one of the other SAs who were helping us, to pull the items in our sizes. This was such a treat - if you've not ever worked with a Personal Shopper before, I highly recommend it. They help take all the guesswork out of styling an outfit, and even if you're good at styling outfits, they are often able to show you combinations or items you'd never have considered on your own, but find yourself loving. Oh, and the service is totally free - and there's no hard selling involved. Promise. ^_^


Photo credit: Kathryn
Here's our refreshments table! We had cookies and fruit and mini cream puffs and sparkling water and still water with orange and lemon slices and coffee - I have to say, I thought it was all just lovely. When the DH arrived with the kids halfway through the event, Rowan bee-lined it to the table and ate a whole row of those cream puffs while I wasn't looking. Yep, that's my boy.


Photo credit: Kathryn
We were fortunate enough to be able to give out these amazing cookie favors to all of our guests that night, thanks to the talent and generosity of a friend of Kathryn (not me). Isn't she amazing? She cut the cookies into the shape of dresses, and decorated each one by hand - they were all a little bit different, too! We can't thank her enough and hope she knows how much everyone loved them! (One guest even joked that she wished she could find a dress in Anthro that looked like her cookie.)


Photo credit: Kathryn
Here's a detail shot of one of the cookies. Kathryn added the finishing touch by creating the pretty labels and tying them on with ribbon. *Happy Sigh*


Photo Credit: Kathryn
Laura also asked Kathryn and I to submit our favorite current items to her to be styled for the event, ahead of time, and she was able to pull together the most adorable outfits! I loved them! The yellow Take-Action Dress, for instance, which I hadn't been all that impressed with on its own, was transformed when Laura added the Gleaming Intersection Scarf to it - they were fantastic together. I want the whole outfit! (And a couple others besides.) Oh, and I was also sorely tempted to take the little sign home - how cute would it be, hanging on the door of my closet? 


Photo: Carol's iPhone
Here's Kathryn trying on the Hamatreya Skirt with the Cape Tee. Doesn't she look fantastic in this pairing? I tried on that very same outfit a couple months ago, and while I loved the skirt, the blousy top made shorter me look like I'd been attacked by a bolt of fluttery fabric. Sigh...


Photo credit: Kathryn
Here are some of us, hanging out in the fitting room, watching other members of our party try things on and giving our feedback. There was a lot of laughing, squeals, exclamations of delight, murmurs of agreement, and other good stuff going on here. We basically took up a whole half the fitting rooms, and there was a bit of a back up for people waiting to try things on, from time to time. Laura gave an impromptu belt tutorial (which I missed!) that impressed and amazed everyone who saw it. So much fun!

After the shopping wrapped up, we said our goodbyes to the women who were heading home, and the rest of us, 16 in total, headed over to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. It was definitely a fantastic time:

Photo credit: Kathryn

Photo credit: Carol's iPhone
It was a great night and an amazing way to spend an evening. Thanks to all the women who came out to the event - it was really lovely getting to meet all of you - and to Kelly from Alterations Needed for not only attending but taking photos and sharing them with us. Thanks also to Laura, Megan, Lindsay, and Sandra, for offering the opportunity to do an organized in-store event - it was beyond amazing. 

Special thanks go to Laura, who helped me plan, organize, and prepare for the event; to Kathryn for always going along with my crazy ideas and making everything better with her eye for beautiful details; to Maya for inspiring the idea, contributing moral support, and helping coordinate the dinner portion of the evening; and last but not least to my DH for his great forbearance and support - he stood in line for us at Cheesecake Factory, watched the kids for me while I ran errands in preparation for the event, and offered sage advice whenever I needed it (love you, honey!).

Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you at our next get-together. ^_^

30 comments:

  1. It sounds like the event was magical!  Every detail was so thought out.  You both pursued and achieved many pretty things that evening!

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  2. i love that outfit on kathryn!!!  i need it now :)

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  3. So much fun!  I love all the details and love everyone put into this.   The nametags and dress cookies are totally anthro-worthy (I predict a cookie themed dress on the horizon) and how fun for everyone to meet up!

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  4. This was such a fun night! Thank you for including me! I had a great time, I hope that we can do it again soon!

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  5. AnthrogirlonabudgetJune 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I had such a fun time!  I really appreciate all the time that you gals spent into putting the event together!  :)

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  6. Wow, this looks like a fabulous event!  I'm sure all of the little details made it so special for everyone who was able to attend.  How fun!

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  7. how sweet is this! and how lucky are you all for getting to go! :)

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  8. What a fabulous, fabulous evening! I love all of the Pretty Things touches and Anthro's most excellent participation. Wish I could've been there :)

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  9. It was so much fun to spend an evening with you ladies-- we must do it again soon!

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  10. I have wonderful time. I really appreciated you ladies for the organizing such a fabulous event. :)

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  11. Thank you so much for putting the event together! It was so nice to not only meet you lovely ladies, but also all the other stylish ladies who attended.

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  12. Thank you for such a fun get together!!  It was great seeing you again Carol and meeting all of you!! 

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  13. It looked like so much fun! I didn't know events like this took place at fashion valley and I'm there every week! 

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  14. What great evening! Thank you to all who organized the shopping event and to Carol and Kathryn for hosting it. Those cookies were not only cute but they also tasted soo good. I had a great time and look forward to the next event!

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  15. Louise (runningonanthro)June 15, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    What a wonderful event for you girls to host, the favours were beautiful and Kathryn's little touches with the names tags and ribbons were so thoughtful. You definitely SHOULD have taken the Carol/Kathryns Favourite signs home, they would have been fantastic hanging from the wardrobe door handles!! If the BA ever gets to host one of these in London I am definitely going, they look SUCH fun :-D x

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  16. Wish I could have come :( Looked like a fab night.

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  17. It was a wonderful night and all of the the little details made it even more special!  Thank you all of the ladies that helped and also to DH who helped with dinner reservations.  We'd probably still be waiting if not for him!

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  18. I love all the stuff you two did to really personalize the event and make it special for the Anthro fans and your readers. Looks like it was a fantastic time!

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  19. Wow, looks incredible!!  I wish I was nearby so I could have made the journey out to such a special event :)  The cookies were too cute and it looked like an amazing evening.  I have to say, all of your readers are so stylish and beautiful, and I am insanely jealous that one lovely lady was wearing the Slice of Summer skirt (with the watermelon print)!  I've been looking for that for ages!

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  20. What a fantastic event! Congrats!

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  21. It was a total blast!  It was such a treat meeting everyone.  Thank you both so much for setting everything up.  I can't wait for the next one!

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  22. DiamondsandtulleJune 15, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Oh how much fun Carol and Kathryn!  Tara did one of these events recently too right?  I'm so jealous!  how to get myself invited to one of there...hrmmm...
    Sooo...what did you guys get?

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  23. Looks fun! Can't wait for InPursuitofPrettyThings to come to OC.

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  24. Oh man, I am so, so sad that I missed this! I had to work and I convinced myself that it was better to make money than to spend it... but I think I made the wrong decision. It looks like it was a wonderful time! Congrats on such a lovely, successful event. :) 

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  25. Oh my goodness, I want to go to one of these!!! I need to investigate this for Toronto Anthro lovers. In any case, it looks like everyone had a great time. I love all of the little details and what a great idea to enjoy dinner with eachother afterwards. Great job! And props to the DH too :)

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  26. Looks like so much fun! 

    FYI, I am not getting an updated feed in Google for your blog. I don't know if others are having this issue as well. The last feed was June 5th. I've had this problem with Roxy's and Gigi's blog as well. Looks like Gigi figured it out. Just thought I'd mention it in case you notice your visits going down (it's only because we don't see that there's a new post!).

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  27. Oh my funness!!! You ladies did an amazing job prepping, and the event sounds like so much fun. I wish I could have been there. Hopefully sometime in the future. Love the pretty photos.

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  28. Thanks again for hosting such a fun event Carol and Kathryn. I had a blast meeting the other ladies!  It was  a very fun, and unique experience. The name tags and little cookies were so inspired. I definitely noticed the extra effort you both put in!  I blogged about it here too: http://squarepegforanthro.blogspot.com/2011/06/blogger-meetup-review.html

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  29. So so lovely ladies! It seems like a beautiful event and everything looks delicately and thoughtfully prepared with everyone in mind. It's all about that unique touch with Anthro! Everyone looks so happy to be there, and stylish as well!

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