Happy Friday folks!
This past May I was able to cross off a huge goal of mine for Southern Fried. Exhibit at the New York National Stationery Show! My entire experience in New York was one for the books! I did the impossible for this show, I prepped in less than 4 months. Around mid January Whitney English presented the idea to all the Stationery Academy alumnae that she and Natalie Chang were going to have a Stationery Academy booth at this year’s show and would any of us be interested. This opportunity really couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me. I felt like Southern Fried was at a point where it needed to take a leap, to really get the wheels turning, and I felt this was God’s way of telling me to jump. I knew I was going to have 2 of the most knowledgeable women in the business to help guide me and advise me through the process and I wasn’t going to be alone. 5 other alumnae would be presenting with me too. It was kinda a no-brainer that this was THE perfect opportunity for me to exhibit at the show.
So I designed, I prepped, I researched, I lost sleep… a lot of sleep, I prayed, I packed and I left little ole’ middle Tennessee for the Big Apple and took a huge leap of faith…
… and boy am I glad I did. From retailers, to fellow designers, to even press the feedback was all around positive. I felt like my long hours of prepping for the show were finally paying off. I exhibited my new Southern Sayings Greeting Card Collection, Southern Sayings 8”x10” Print Collection, the new Everyday Notepad Collection and a unique one-of-a-kind Personalized Tea Packet Favor for any occasion. By the afternoon of day 4, I boarded my flight home a happy camper with a handful of orders and another handful of awesome future possibilities.
My trip in the city was nothing short of amazing. My 25th birthday was on day 3 (Tuesday) of my trip and little did I know I would be swept away in a limo that afternoon to attend the grand opening of the new Kate Spade flagship store on Madison Ave. I must say a HUGE thank you to Natalie Chang for the invitation! While at the event, I had the pleasure to meet the President of Kate Spade, Deborah Lloyd.
After browsing the super colorful store and making a few small purchases I soon found myself at dinner in the Chelsea area with the girls. We had dinner outside, the weather was perfect, my heart was happy and I felt incredibility blessed. I don’t know what it was about that night, but this country girl fell in love with the city. I don’t think I’ll be moving there anytime soon, I need my wide open spaces, but my 25th birthday had just surprising become one of THE best birthdays I had ever had!
(Yes, I had confetti thrown in celebration of my birthday)
Like I said earlier, this trip was one for the books. It was a trip that I’m SO incredibly blessed to have experienced and an event that I hope has a reoccurring spot on my yearly calendar.
Huge thanks to Whitney English (pictured below) and Natalie Chang for … well EVERYTHING! These ladies are the real deal and I’m SO happy to call them my friends.
I encourage you to take a look at the other 5 mighty fine talented designers that exhibited alongside me.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Take care folks,