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!!![singlepic id=162 w=320 h=240 float=center]
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 morning..at the airport with my Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte…which I desperately needed at that moment!![singlepic id=150 w=320 h=240 float=center]
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!![singlepic id=151 w=320 h=240 float=center]
And here are a few more design bloggers all happy to finally be meeting one another…[singlepic id=155 w=320 h=240 float=center]
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!![singlepic id=156 w=320 h=240 float=center]
I’ve got my ticket, I’ve got my ticket!!!! How excited was I???[singlepic id=153 w=320 h=240 float=center]
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!!!![singlepic id=154 w=320 h=240 float=center]
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!![singlepic id=157 w=320 h=240 float=center]
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!![singlepic id=159 w=380 h=300 float=center]
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.[singlepic id=160 w=320 h=240 float=center]
And here is his set…[singlepic id=161 w=320 h=240 float=center]
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![singlepic id=164 w=320 h=240 float=center]
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….[singlepic id=163 w=320 h=240 float=center]
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!
P.S. Thanks to my wonderful room-mate Vanessa!! I had a ton of fun with you!!
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