My Date with Nate…oh, and 100 or so Design Bloggers

I decided to hold off on publishing by blog posting highlighting my date with Nate Berkus and 100+ Design Bloggers on September 21st until the actual show aired….and here it is…airing on Monday, October 4th!!!  So let’s revisit that fun-filled day!!!

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As many of you know…and if you are on Twitter, then I’m sure you couldn’t help but read all the design blogs describing their day on The Nate Berkus Show as an audience member —  this great day was the brainchild of Janet & Joy from The Moggit Girls and Julieann of  Create Girl…so my hats off to you ladies!!

So as quickly as those show invites to be audience members were sent out…(we only had one week’s notice) that’s how quick Vanessa Francis (from Decor Happy Blog) and I booked our flights and hotel to NYC!!!  Like Hello???…who would give up a chance to see Nate Berkus live AND finally meet all these wonderful design bloggers that we spend endless hours tweeting with!!  🙂  Not me!!!

Just call me a Happy Go Lucky kinda gal…..yea that’s me…Sept 21st, at 5am in the the airport with my Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte…which I desperately needed at that moment!!

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Then in a New York minute, Vanessa and I were all fancied up and ready to meet a bunch of the Design Bloggers at the Bouchon Bakery.  Upon arrival, it was magical…I recognized so many “famous” faces from their Twitter avatar….AND I finally got to meet a bunch of Canadian bloggers that are also on Twitter…aren’t we a pretty group of Good Canadian Girls!!

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Vanessa, Sarah (@lovelaughshop), Michelle (hollyandgill), Kerry (firsttimefancy), Me and Lisa (@designspotting)

And here are a few more design bloggers all happy to finally be meeting one another…

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On route to the CBS studios, Vanessa and I hooked up with one super lady from NYC…Tamara from nestnestnest who smartly recommended that we take a cab…and after some frantic waving and bit of skirt hiking (just kidding) we zoomed off.  And this is what we encountered…throes and throes of design bloggers all lined up eagerly waiting to see the Nate and his hair!!

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I’ve got my ticket, I’ve got my ticket!!!!  How excited was I???

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And I just had to get a picture with the Moggit Girls….Joy and Janet.  Believe it or not, it was our first time meeting — even though they too are good Canadian girls..and we’ve tweeted so often it felt like I had known them for years!!  Can you tell that leopard is hot for fall this year!!!!

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Upon entering the CBS studios, we were guided into the Green Room…although it looked kinda beige and after staring at those walls for almost 2 hours a few of us were ready to scream!  But at least we were able to meet and chat with  more design bloggers!!

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Vanessa, Rachel (labellabungalow), Me and Roslyn (rarooms) — top right picture

At around 3pm, we were finally ushered into the studio and the Canucks made a mad rush for front row centre seats in the main section…and there we preened while we were coached on how to clap enthusiastically for the arrival of Nate Berkus!!!  In this picture (far right) is our honorary Canuck for the day, Chanee from melongings, another fabulous woman that I do not want to lose touch with!!

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Since you will be watching the show today I won’t get into the details but watch for a few glimpses of a leopard print jacket…tee hee!!  Oh and at one point Nate was addressing an audience question right in front of us….I literally could have reached out and grabbed his butt a few hundred times…was I tempted???  YES!!  But I didn’t want to embarrass Vanessa by getting escorted out by security so I kept my hands in check!  🙂

Nate Berkus was kind enough to come out after the show and do 20 minute Q&A with us.  And yes, he does have fantastic hair…..swoon-worthy hair.  Just take a peek at these pics.

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And here is his set…

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 Anyway, after the show we all gathered outside the studios to chat about the show…and there was certainly alot of dismay and anger.  Watch the show and you will notice that sadly, a) there is no mention that 90% of the audience is made up of design bloggers who dropped everything to attend this show taping and b) although Nate recognized the Moggit Girls and CreateGirl for planning this event, it was only during a commercial break —  not on camera! 

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OK, that is all I have to say about this because now I have to tell you all about the After Party!!!  So let’s go….

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Oh yea..check out these fierce looking chicks…that is Megan from Modern_Bird in the middle — off to hail a cab!!

The after-party was quickly organized by Camila Pavone from High Heel Foot and the good folks from the nest magazine in the VIP Cellar Lounge of the super-cool Restaurant Bar “The Collective” situated in the Meat-Packing District in NYC.  Which was super exciting for me because I had never been to the meat-packing district with all its trendy restaurants.  The decor of the Collective was very hip and super cool!  Take a look below!!

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Photos by Trent Bailey

Here is everyone gathering in the VIP Cellar Lounge and chatting it up!!

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Photos by Trent Bailey

There was tons of Champagne and delectable sweets!!

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Photos by Trent Bailey

 And there was a ton of great laughter too!!!!

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Photos by Trent Bailey

Vanessa and I also got a chance to meet the uber-talented ladies of Rue Magazine, Crystal Gentilello and Anne Sage. You really should go online and check out their premiere issue of Rue…it’s a stunning online magazine!!

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Caitlin, Anne, Me, Crystal, Vanessa and Alaina

During dinner, I had the opportunity of meeting two other design bloggers, Tammy from BG Custom Windows and Catherine from Avery Design  — dinner was a total hoot and we all got a little silly after many glasses of champagne and wine.  We also had a lot of fun teasing our sweet waiter “mohawk” / “hot chocolate” — our nicknames for him that night…and yes, I got a teensy bit sillier than the other ladies!!

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All in all, I had a fabulous time in NYC attending the Nate Berkus Show…but in retrospect, my date was really with all  these wonderful design bloggers I met in a short span of 24 hours.  Hope we do it again next year…with or with out Nate!

xoxo GlamaMama

P.S.  Thanks to my wonderful room-mate Vanessa!!  I had a ton of fun with you!!

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13 Responses

  • Love your recap, Christine. Dinner was so much fun, our waiter was fierce ! It was a pleasure meeting you and all the fabulous bloggers at the after party/dinner. I have a great pic of you I need to send.

    • Thanks Tammy..dinner was so much fun!! I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictues of us during dinner so I didn’t have any pictures of us to post ;-( Please email me the picture…
      Take care and let’s stay in touch!!

  • Your post was well worth waiting for and a great idea to post today! Thanks for going with me – you made it so much fun! Yes, wish we had photos from dinner. I guess we were so tired of taking our cameras out all day. We will have to make it an annual event!

    You looked great in the show today. It looked like I was staring at his butt when he was standing right in front of us – I’m pretty sure I wasn’t:)

    See you soon!

  • Love it! The whole experience was even more fun than I had hoped. I am thinking we need to do it again. Especially the champagne.

  • Tammy,
    It was so great to meet you and spend some real time post-Nate Show chatting over dinner. Hope you can come to the city again soon for round two on champagne, laughter and crazy dancing!

    • Hi Catharine and Rachel,
      Thanks for your comments! Great to hear from you again!! And my name is Christine, silly girls — not Tammy!!!

    • Thanks Regina….still can’t believe we didn’t get to chat in NYC…I might be going to Florida again during march break…if so, will let you know so we can finally meet — if not sooner!! 😉

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