My heart was racing, I was trying to catch my head when it was about to fall off my neck, and then I could finally breathe. It was 5:30 p.m. I heard the bell ring inside AR Workshop and people started to trickle in. One, two, three… 30! I had to take an even deeper breath because I was so overwhelmed with joy. Our hard work had come to fruition. A vision come to life – the ultimate girl crawl, a fun and chill networking event without the boredom and pressure.
The #SIPANDMINGLE Naples Edition was held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 and showcased various local brands located in The Shoppes of Vanderbilt. The night started off at AR Workshop Naples with wine, take home arts and crafts, admire the beautiful flowers by Forever Fiore and plenty of mingling between like minded Instagram babes.
As the guests were getting to know each other while sipping on wine provided by Anna from Direct Cellars which was then poured into our gifted Tervis stemless wine glasses, there was a sense of warmth in the room because of the connections that were forming.
#SIPANDMINGLE as a brand was inspired by my friendship with my business partner Tara of Tara Met Blog. We quickly realized that we both can support each other in our independent projects but we are stronger when we work on projects together. We took my first #SIPANDMINGLE St. Pete Edition and scaled it to a new level. Without her strong skillset, Naples would never have exceeded my expectations. This is our primary goal for brining these events to local bloggers and content creators; to show how collaboration can create something bigger than yourself. Babes supporting babes!
When we started the DIY portion, each guest was able to paint, trace and make a wood block design to take home after. Creativity filled the air because the outcome of these pieces was magical. From ombre designs, to two designs blended together for absolutely stunning projects and creativity. At the end, each person looked so proud that they created something that they will be able to use and showcase in their homes during the holidays.
Next stop! The group headed to Angelic Desserts, which offered us decadent flowerless treats. Then, we ended the night with more sipping and shopping at Pretty Is Pink Boutique. After each babe received a gift bag that included some amazing brands inlcuding: Basq NYC, Goody Hair, Moroccan Magic, Love Handle, Easy Cute Nail by Tracey Malone, La Cle Refocus Bands, Bubly, Paul Mitchell styling products, and Vienne Milano.
Watching friends connect and new friendships being formed made the last three months of planning worth it. Thank you to everyone who came and supported #SIPANDMINGLE and I cannot wait for our next one, the Tampa Edition.
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