Pepperologie // May 2013 Recap

Styling by Rebecca Gallop // Photo by Sara Haile

Helloooooo, my friends!  Did you have a lovely three-day weekend?  We tried to take it easy for the most part (I had to have jaw surgery on Friday - OUCH!), but there are just so many wonderful things going on in NYC in the Spring-time and it felt like one of those times when nothing should be turned down, you know?Speaking of seizing the moment... I'm going to take THIS moment to share the photos of our Pepperologie event from a few weeks ago here with you today, and THEN Thursday, I've got a fun announcement about our next workshop!Keep reading for a slew of lovely snapshots from throughout the day, and find a tip at the bottom about how you can be FIRST to find out about upcoming events...

After morning coffee and mingling, we kicked the things off with our Clean Eating session taught by Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple.

Amie walked us through the nutritionally rich ingredients needed for a gorgeous "Parfait Bar" brunch spread, and then led us through her top favorite healthy kitchen swaps while we munched away on our tasty treats.


Why do I not have one of these permanently set-up in my kitchen?!
The Clean Eating course was sponsored by:

Next was DIY Entertaining with Rebecca Gallop of A Daily Something, and not only did she teach the course at 8 months pregnant, but her tabletop setup was hands-down one of the most gorgeous I have ever seen.

The woman is a complete GENIUS in a thrift shop (she shared her local treasure hunting spots with us!), and we all watched carefully as she so seamlessly used found objects, vintage goodies and beautiful serving pieces from West Elm to create the perfect setting for a bright and airy brunch.  (To see more shots of the tabletop and decor, check out Rebecca's post about the event on her own site!)

As if we weren't inspired enough, the last part of the course had us all painting our own DIY corkboard place-mats that could be made in multiples to set the table or hung on our walls to hold reminders and handy notes.  Genius, and SO fun!

Each work of art was even more clever than the last!
The DIY Entertaining course was sponsored by: 
After lunch, we has a special Style Capsule course taught by Anna Cottrell of Tulip Louise, and her fashion advice never disappoints.


She brilliantly styled up some key seasonal pieces for Summer in several different ways, and we had a fabulous discussion about personal style and how powerfully it can have an impact on our day to day lives.
One of the most exciting parts of Anna's session was that we held a drawing for one of the gorgeous Koret handbags she used in her style capsule, and we all squealed when Susan's name was picked from the hat!  She had been pining for the beautiful black & white patterned clutch since first thing in the morning, and I loved that she got to take home the prize that matched her own outfit perfectly.
The Style Capsule course was sponsored by: 
Clothing provided by OTTE NY

Next, I had the pleasure of sharing my favorite Summer Hair & Beauty tricks with the group, and even had a little help from the guests along the way! :)

For the DIY portion of this session, everyone made their own Coconut Oil Exfoliating Scrub to use before applying my favorite sunless self-tanner from Bare Minerals (everyone went home with a bottle!) - No streaks or lines allowed here! ;)

The Summer Hair & Beauty course was sponsored by:
After stopping for a quick "Sangria Break" and filling our darling new mason jar tumblers with fizzy peach-mango goodness, we topped off the day with the Living Gracefully course taught by Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society.
Hilary walked us through the notion of creating seasons for our lives, and taught us that this concept can be how we offer ourselves the grace we need to alleviate the state of constantly feeling overwhelmed by the expectations projected upon us.
Personally, I learned how to better push past those panic-y feelings that can feel paralyzing, and I know that putting this to practice will be something that continues to help me accomplish more great things.  By the end of our group discussion together, I had laughed, I had cried, and I could not have asked for a better cherry on top of an already-amazing day.
The Living Gracefully Course was sponsored by:
Susan // Emily // Monica // Pamela // Christine // Mae // Janet // Anna // Angela // Erin
Hallie // Hilary // Me! // Perri // Rose

What an honor to have connected with such an incredible group of women!  I still feel so blessed by the experience of having a day where we cultivated new friendships, shared knowledge about living a flavorful life & encouraged one another to feel like the best versions of ourselves possible.If this sounds like an experience that you'd be interested in attending, please check out the Pepperologie website for more information (plus a video!), and sign up for our newsletter to make sure you're one of the first to know when we announce upcoming dates and locations!*All photos in this post by Sara Haile

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