The taste makers and style setters are starting to descend upon New York City and no, I am not talking about the swarms arriving for New York Fashion Week. I am speaking of the WifeStyle Conference being held in the Big Apple on September 17, 2011!
I know you must be asking-what is this WifeStyle business you are babbling about?
'If Carrie Bradshaw took a home economics class, this would be it. Single, married, other, The WifeStyle Conference is a full day experience of celebrating domestic living and entertaining for everyone passionate about living a stylish home life. The conference includes cooking lessons, an etiquette luncheon, a panel discussion with editors from Better Homes and Gardens, floral design skills from H Bloom, entertaining inspirations from Kelly L Moore, Gluten Free cooking tips from Lisa Thiele and mixology tips from the Cocktail Deeva, not to mention a mountain of SWAG from some fabulous sources worth over a $100. The event has very little to do with being a wife, and more to do with loving where you live. WifeStyle is set up to allow everyone from the expert domestic to the novice to gain new insights and inspirations in to modern living.'
Due to a matter I must attend to next week, I am absolutely all torn up that I can not attend what I am positive will be the event of the year so I beseech you my friends to travel by plane, buggy, steamer or unicycle to NYC for WSC and tell me all about the fun and excitement I will most definitely be missing!!
Now before I whip myself into a frenzy and have to reach for the smelling salts, a few introductions are in order. In the next few days, we will be virtually meeting three of the lovely ladies that will be entertaining and educating the masses at WSC and we start with none other than nationally recognized Etiquette doyenne Mindy Lockard, the 'girl' behind The Gracious Girl, our guide to gracious living!
Through her work, Mindy strives to uphold the values of gracious living in today’s modern world. Her daily blog, , covers a wide variety of topics and ways to incorporate living graciously into our daily lives. Mindy teaches workshops on dining, personal branding and networking to colleges and universities, government agencies and private companies. Mindy has partnered with such brands as Crane And Company, TLC and Microsoft’s Hotmail Share the Love Campaign. She is a regular television segment contributor for FOX 12 Oregon and hosts a quarterly column in Stationery Trends Magazine “What’s Write”.
How do you describe your personal style: traditional with a modern day twist.
Style Icon: Jackie O
Modern day style crush: Kate Spade
Go-to outfit: pencil skirt and a crisp white blouse
Accessory you can’t live without: pearls... surprised?
Current weekend uniform: skirt, t-shirt and sandals
Signature scent: Quelques Fleurs
Most coveted item in your wardrobe: collection of vintage skirts
Must-have beauty/grooming essential: Tide-to-Go and floss
Best beauty/grooming advice you have ever heard: always have clean, filed and painted nails.
You can never have too many: cocktail rings
Style “Don’t”/Pet Peeve: socks and sandals
Favourite style era: late 50s early 60s
Trend you could do without: mom jeans... not sure it was a trend.
What will never go out of style: sweater sets
East coast or West coast: Live on the West coast, Love the east coast
Currently obsessed with: scarves
Favorite night out: Friday night cocktails with friends.
Favorite city/vacation destination: The one I’m in. I love exploring new local shops and restaurants... and living and loving the moment.
Never travel without: laptop
Favorite film: Run Lola Run
Favorite quote: "I like to have a martini, two at the very most. After three I'm under the table, after four I'm under my host." — Dorothy Parker
Always searching for the perfect: cuff bracelet
Greatest extravagance hanging in your closet/wardrobe: Although it might not seem like it now, my Kate Spade basket handbag. When I bought it in my early twenties it was quite the extravagance.
Never leave home without: a handbag and lipstick
Signature cocktail: extra dirty, three olive martini
Go-to gift: Stationery
Currently reading: The Help... I’ve been working on it for a year and I’m a little late.
Ultimate luxury splurge: Day at the Spa
Dream dinner guest: Letitia Baldrige
What inspires you: My family
Hobby/pastime you could not live without: running
It wouldn’t be ‘my’ party without: figs, goat cheese, vodka. not in that order
Life would be grand if I could start every day....with a lakeside walk and cup of coffee
If I could bring back one thing it would be: Sunday drives
Stranded on a desert island, what 5 things could you not live without:
my husband, two children, pair of heels, iPhone
Why Don’t You... when buying your morning coffee pay for the person behind you and give an extra tip! A great and gracious way to pay it forward... literally.
5. cuff bracelet (Grey Gardens collection) 6. basket handbag (Kate Spade) 7. cocktail ring (Max & Chloe) 8. The Help 9. Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Don't forget to come back tomorrow when we will learn a few more style secrets from the delightful Lisa Thiele from 'With Style & Grace'!