meet make do is my fave

March 14, 2014

I’m just going to put it out there that in this post I’m going to gush. I’m going to gush about lovely hosts. I’m going to gush about Palm Springs. I’m going to gush about roomies. I’m going to gush about Bing. I’m going to gush about meeting, making, and doing.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a couple weeks ago that the usual scenery of my home and Beck was replaced by sunny Palm Springs. I was lucky enough to be invited to a small diy blogger retreat, Meet Make Do, which was hosted by three of my faves – Kelly of Studio DIY, Brittni of Paper & Stitch, and Chelsea of Lovely Indeed and sponsored by Bing. If you’re wondering how in the world I got an invitation, I have no explanation. The entire weekend I was thinking, “I must have done at least one thing right to be here.”

Let me start with the gushing I promised.

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Gush #1: The Accommodations
The mid-century dream house we vacated greeted us with yellow doors, a giant swan, heart totes filled with the goods, and a cheese and jam spread worthy of a magazine spread. Heck yes.

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Gush #2: The Meet
Hands down, my favorite part of the event was chatting and laughing with each of the ladies. I’m an awkward hugger and the second I walked in the door I was embracing each one like it was my job. You would be too if this is who you were with:

me (naturally), Danni of Oh Hello Friend, Chelsea of Lovely Indeed, Brittni of Paper & Stitch, Kelly of Studio DIY, Ashley of Sugar and Cloth, Erin of House of Earnest, Jenn of Scout, Chelsey of The Paper Mama, Brittany of The House That Lars Built, Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel, Mary Costa (taking the photo)

I had met them all on previous occasions but the laid back setting of the event was conducive to long (late into the night) conversations and honest questioning and answers that we don’t normally get as stay-at-home bloggers who usually work solo. It was so refreshing and honestly made me cry of happiness. There were so many a-ha moments you would have thought I was on Oprah.

We also had quite a few laughs, like when I convinced Brittany to do this.

By the end of the 2 1/2 days, I was trying to convince them all it would be a great idea to start a commune together. Oh, how I love them all so.

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Gush #3: The Making
The hosts made sure we were well stocked with supplies (even the stash was styled) so for one day we just spent time making together. I loved seeing everyone’s creative processes and seeing how we pooled our talents to pull off some amazing projects (another reason the commune would be so great).

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Gush #4: Bing
I’d never been to Palm Springs before the trip but knew (thanks Instagram) that it was the colorful place where bloggers go for all their dreams to come true. And that it was my friends, that it was. To plan my trip to the unknown (since I had an entire day to myself, wheee!), I used Bing Travel app. I honestly had never used Bing regularly but since they were sponsoring the event, I made an effort to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised by the results. I especially loved that I could see when was the best time to buy my plane ticket, I was able to see panoramic views of where I was headed, and map all my destinations out. It made for a good day of exploring (and a delicious eggs benedict). And I’m a complete convert to their image search.

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Gush #5: The (Second) Accommodations
Due to a slight hiccup, we had to switch over to The Saguaro. It’s a rainbow-hued hotel, need I say more? Okay, I will say more. The hotel restaurant, El Jefe, served the best french toast I have ever eaten. I would make a special trip back to Palm Springs just to partake of the citrus-vanilla, deep fried goodness again.

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Gush #6: The Doing (And Lesson Learned)
As I mentioned, a lot of the time was spent dishing with the ladies. I came into things thinking I was going to learn some tricks from these admirable bloggers that would help me (selfish, I know). We did indeed share tips/stories/rates etc but when I was trying to decipher the secret formula to success it all came back to this simple phrase we’ve all heard before. Work hard and be nice. This was universal, all of these women work extremely hard (their content proves that) but they wouldn’t be where they are without being nice. One of my favorite conversations was about power-houses we admire who didn’t give up being nice to be on top. It seems too simple but no phrase could be more true. Ah, I’m turning all Oprah on you now.

I’m done with the gushing for now but if you ever want to ask me for more details in person, be prepared for waterworks because if there ever was a fave – Meet Make Do is it.

Photography: Mary Costa
no one belongs here blanket from Coveted Things, work hard print from Minted

PS You can win a bag of goods just like I posted! Enter on Paper & Stitch, Studio DIY, and/or Lovely Indeed

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