Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Life Lately: Atlanta

I'm back from Atlanta with lots of fun memories from Mom 2.0, which took place at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead over the weekend. Our vision for this thankfully conference culminated into a really cool space. It's always nice to see months of hard work pay off.

Here's a quick recap:

We kicked off the conference at a "garden" party hosted by Dove at The Estate, which is a beautiful, historical estate situated right in the middle of the city. You literally drive down an Atlanta highway full of chain restaurants and then turn onto a gated, tree-lined driveway that magically leads up to this gorgeous home. It was strange, but absolutely stunning nonetheless. It is no wonder that it is one of Atlanta's top wedding venues. While at the Estate, we enjoyed a delicious southern dinner (I loved the fried green tomatoes!), sampled some goodies from the other sponsors, and bumped into lots of familiar blogger faces.
After dinner we asked our concierge for a recommendation on a place to grab a drink, and were pointed to Whiskey Blue, a hip rooftop bar around the corner from our hotel. After coming from chilly Boston, I can't tell you how nice it was to sit outside, in a dress, and be perfectly comfortable. I would highly recommend checking this bar out if you are in Atlanta! I don't think a single place like this exists in Boston. But I really wish it did.
The next day was our main event! After a day of setting up and wrangling all of our 40+ boxes from the hotel's storage space, our suite began to come together just in time for our 6pm party. One of our main goals in designing these spaces is to create a photo-worthy focal point that bloggers want to both look at and relax in. So, we configured the room in such a way that you were welcomed in by the cozy sitting area below, which we chose and shipped items for based on a grey and emerald 1920s theme. The only non-Wayfair item in the space was the custom "Shh" sign I had made on Etsy, which definitely stole the show! Luckily, the curtains and rug in the Ritz conference rooms didn't totally clash either. I don't have many photos of the rest of the room because it was packed the whole time, but it had two bars serving our custom "Momjito" cocktails (get it??) and lots of high top tables for chatting and mingling. Our team all wore matching peacock feather hair clips, and I finally had the perfect chance to wear the vintage silk dress I scored at the Sowa Market last summer.
 ^The team with Handmade Charlotte, our new best friend
^And the shoes finally come off!

Then, after getting a few last minute things done on Saturday morning, we finally had some time to relax - and took full advantage of it. I ordered room service and ate french toast in bed and then headed to the pool to get some much needed Hotlanta sun before flying back to cloudy Boston!
So all in all, Mom 2.0 was a big success. Thanks for the hospitality, Atlanta. I'll be back!

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