After receiving a few mysterious emails from the team at DVF and an actual puzzle piece clue in the mail, the bloggers involved got to kick off the night with some pampering and champagne at the adorable and ridiculously fun Wonderland Beauty Parlor in the Meatpacking District.
From there we were whisked away to the Diane von Furstenberg Headquarters, and were all so excited to be able to view the upcoming fall collection in DVF’s personal offices amidst the place where all of the action happens. I was pre-occupied with ogling the gorgeous accessories (particularly this little number) and snapping pics of the stunning interiors, when I looked up to see Diane herself come breezing into the room. I’m pretty sure my mouth dropped open immediately, and the entire room of a dozen chatty bloggers fell completely silent.
She then invited us to take a seat around her massive desk for a “little chat” and we listened intently as she talked about what makes her tick, where her priorities lie & how she gets that signature halo-like crown of hair that I’m so very envious of.
One of the things that struck me most about Diane was the generous and earnest encouragement she bestowed upon us, both as women and as entrepreneurs. She asked for feedback from us several times, and I was touched by her genuine interest in each our sites and our outlook on the industry as a whole.
My favorite part was when she was kissing each of us goodbye, and I’m not even kidding you when I say that she gave me one of the best hugs I’ve ever received in my entire life. If you know me in real life, you know I LOVE to hug, and I can only hope that a little smidgen of the strength and warmth that she radiates rubbed off on me each time she sweetly touched my arm or back.
The night didn’t end there, though… After saying goodbye, we all slipped over to the roof of The Standard where the DVF team gave us beautiful gifts from the collection, and treated us to cocktails and delicious crepes on the rooftop. The perfect end to a magical night spent with dear friends amidst a true legend. I can still hardly believe that it even happened, and it was definitely one of those NYC evenings that I will never forget.
Another exciting little snippet I wanted to tell you is that YOU can be a part of the fun as well: If you’d like to have a shot at winning a $1000 DVF gift card, you can enter the fun Instagram contest that ties in to our magical evening. All you have to do is share your own “rendezvous-inspired” moments and use the hashtag #DVFNIGHTISYOUNG (contest ends October 12th). Feel free to also tag me (@styleandpepper), because I’d love to see so them, as well!
Thanks for letting me share a little recap of the experience here with you, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with your own magical moments and lots of warm hugs. :)
XOXO – Jessie