I have big, big news. This year, Mighty Girl is teaming up with a couple of very smart publishers, Laura Mayes and Helen Jane Hearn, to bring you the Mighty Life Events Series. I have happy, fluttery, enthusiastic feelings about it.
Here’s what’s coming up:
September 17-20, 2010: Mighty Summit in Russian River Wine Country, CA
“Create your Mighty Life.”
The Mighty Summit is an annual retreat weekend for a small group of industry leaders in social and mainstream media. We’ll gather in the wine country to work on life lists, relax, and talk about what’s next. This event is an offshoot of the Broad Summit, a retreat for bloggers hosted in the same spot last year. This year, we’ve left some spots open to applicants, so if you think you’re a good fit, head to MightySummit.com for more information.
February 4, 2011: Mighty Jobs in San Francisco, CA
“Do what you want.”
Ever wonder how someone scored such a sweet gig? So have we! We decided to round up them up and ask them. Join us, and several hundred of our closest friends, as we talk to some of the coolest job havers around, and learn how to pursue our dream professions. We’ll fill you in on details as they become available.
Mighty Socials, Across the USA
“Hello there, Internet.”
We’re planning lots of meet-ups across the country, and the first one is in New York City this August. Stay tuned for the gathering list, and let us know if you have a suggestion for a sweet spot near you!
We can’t wait to see you.
Here are Day One and Day Two, if you’re looking for them. Spoiler alert: Today’s post is sponsor heavy, as our partners made the weekend far cooler than it would have been without them. Thanks, sponsors. You are nice.
Our last day at Broad Summit was a spa day, so we started things off with a yoga session led by Gwen Bell.
Gwen was an attendee who also happens to own a yoga studio in Japan. She said this was the only yoga session she’d ever led where she received applause afterward.
Zicam sponsored our yoga, and their representative Kelly has quite an eye. She knew it was a designy crowd, so she brought the yoga mats, set up the towels and pre-filled water bottles, and made everything look so pretty. I brought the Buddha head from home, and Kelly found a cute place for him. (More about the pretty yoga session over on Design Mom, by the way.)
Throughout the weekend, DDF Skincare asked if they could set up personalized facial consultations for everyone.
They had us fill out forms in advance so they could bring specialized products, and then had an aesthetician go through a skincare regimen for each woman. DDF’s products are really high end, so we all tended to gather around when each girl came back with her bag.
My sister Raina is a masseuse at the Fairmont Mission Sonoma Inn & Day Spa, so she brought along a few co-workers to give massages in the Boon Hotel spa rooms. Lots of the guests had never had massages before. As you might imagine, they were a hit.
Boon catered our breakfasts and lunches for the weekend, and everything was as tasty as it was attractive. They made things really easy for us.
We asked Boon to set out a lunch buffet just before everyone left so girls could enjoy lunch outside or take a boxed lunch along for the drive to the airport.
(Photo by Jenny Lawson.)
With Toyota’s help, all the attendees had access to cars all weekend, so we were able to set up carpools on the way to and from the airport instead of having a million separate vehicles.
(Photo by Jenny Lawson.)
I like to think that everyone felt so pampered that by the time they left, they had more energy than when they arrived. I love these girls. They deserve good stuff.
A few months after posting her Red Dahlia Earrings, I ran into Leslie at the Renegade Craft Fair and told her I was planning the Broad Summit. I asked if she’d like to include her work in the gift bags, and gave her my mailing address. A few months later a gorgeous package showed up at the office.
Leslie had made wooden, laser-cut versions of her earrings, painted them gold, and used thin black elastic to secure them to craft paper boxes. The result was so chic, don’t you think? I think they’d make great packages for wedding favors, and I’ve had mine propped up on my desk since it arrived.
The packaging was so cool, we used them as turn-down favors at the retreat, and several of the girls even wore their earrings the next day, which is the ultimate endorsement.
Go Leslie! Thanks so much for the lovelies.
If you’re looking for it, Day 1 is here.
The afternoon before everyone arrived, we arranged posies of Dahlias, orange tea roses, and green hypericum berries. We used pint-sized Mason jars as vases, and made a few dozen small arrangements so we could move them around to decorate various event spaces.
I love working with Dahlias because they’re pretty tough, easy to arrange, and stay fresh for quite awhile — even if you’re transporting them from place to place. We had a full day of wine tasting planned on Saturday, so we kicked off right after breakfast with a tasting class at 10:30 a.m., which was… ambitious.
Our team rose to the challenge.
The Wine Sisterhood brought in Leslie Sbrocco, author of The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide to walk us through some food pairings and offer some wine education. My favorite tip was to freeze leftover sparkling wine to use as ice cubes in orange juice. Insta-mimosa.
Moshin Vineyards helped us set up lunch and a tasting in the cask room, which was the most romantic lunch I’ve ever had with thirty other women.
Boon’s restaurant catered our lunch, including their signature homemade parmesan potato chips, which haunt my dreams.
At Arista Winery, we tasted outside with a view of the vineyards.
We wanted to leave the Broad Summit prints on the ladies pillows, but realized belatedly that guests would need a way to get them home safely. Guerneville doesn’t exactly have an Office Max, so we clipped some prints to boards and left others in pretty office folders on guests pillows. I especially loved how the clipboards looked.
Eric made us these lovely limited edition linocut prints to commemorate the weekend, and took a few photos of the process for me.
California iconography is a running theme for 3 Fish Studios:
(Update: Oops. My original upload contained some similar work by Annie, these are Eric’s prints.)
When I told Eric we were staying in a redwood forest, he already had a few photos of redwoods he’d taken as inspiration. He even surprised us by hand coloring the prints.
They were so lovely, we decided to use them as favors instead of adding them to the gift bag. If you’d like to learn to make your own and you’re near the Bay Area, 3 Fish Studios offers linocut printmaking classes pretty regularly, so drop them a note and they’ll notify you when space opens up. Thanks again, Eric!
This is what bloggers look like when you drag us, mewling, from the soft glow of our computer screens and into the light of day. The Broad Summit was ludicrous fun.