Friday, June 10, 2011

Apartment Therapy Design Evening {Pics}

I told you guys about the Apartment Therapy Design Evening I was able to participate in a couple of days ago. It was a lovely evening and I enjoyed getting to meet such inspiring people!

I don't exactly remember how I got asked to be a presenter but I'm happy I was because it was a lot of fun! Of course, David was a sweetheart and came along for the ride. I know I've told you all a time or two that he's the greatest. I stand by my word.


I had him snap a pic of my outfit because I am in love with this dress! Please don't mind the puppy toy, laptop bag, binders, and Scoutie Bear in the background. I obviously didn't take too much time to clean up--whoops!


I first spotted it on Bryn's blog {I tried to find her original post where she talked about it, but I can't...weird!} and went straight to Target to pick it up. It was in the Juniors' section and I was unsure of its length and fit, but it actually fits perfectly! I strongly suggest picking one up for yourself; they even come in more colors.

Once we had our wardrobe pic out of the way, we headed out to The Map Room in St. Louis.


This little cafe was beyond cute. I joked earlier in the day to David that this place would be full of maps when he asked what it was, and turns out, I wasn't too far off.




The inside was totally swanky and fun {and full of maps!} and the outside was a garden patio like what you'd see in a European movie. It was quite lovely.



Before we started the evening I casually ordered some iced tea to cool me off. When the lady proclaimed that they only had cinnamon tea I was kinda bummed. While I adore tea, I'm really not a fan of flavored teas.

I decided to give it a whirl anyway because it was blazing hot and boy am I ELATED {yes, it deserves all caps} that I did. It was the best thing I have ever tasted. I marched myself right back inside and asked the owner what brand it was and she said it was plain black tea brewed with two cinnamon sticks. Score! Something I could possibly recreate at home. Throughout the evening I had two carafes of that heavenly tea all by myself. It was just so darn delicious. Addicted much? Oh yeah. We even stopped on the way home to buy cinnamon sticks. Thanks, David. : )


When the evening got started, Jenny {in the boots} of Perennial gave her talk about transforming discarded goods into products people can love and keep! Go green, baby. I could take a lot of pointers from her. She was fabulously sweet, intelligent, and kind! It was wonderful to meet her.


Next up Amanda of Sprouted Designs, gave her presentation on her popular homemade designs and successful Etsy business. She was delightful just like Jenny! I am so glad to have met her!



I rounded out the evening's presentations by highlighting my design style and craigslisting adventures. I hope to stay involved with these evenings and look forward to the next get together soon. I hope some of you St. Louis people will consider coming out for the fun!



Unknown said...

how fun! that's awesome your husband will go to things like that with you... don't think that will happen EVER in my marriage lol.. and ps I LOVE your bangs, so cute!

Kerry said...

Sounds like a great evening! :)

Sharstin said...

Wow how fantastic!! You look gorgeous, and I adore your dress....and the map room:)

Karen said...

It sounds like a wonderful evening Joi, love your outfit.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Looks like such fun! And your dress is too cute on you!

I gotta try cinnamon iced tea. We brew sun tea constantly. So, I guess I need to add cinnamon sticks.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

As an aside, I've also heard that cinnamon is a metabolism booster, so that's a good thing.

Blanca A. said...

Your outfit is cute! Love the sandals :)

Paige said...

Sorry I couldn't make it because this sounds like a great evening. Girl you look GREAT!! Love the dress and really love the straight bangs. Glad it was a fab night for you.

Jennifer said...

What a fun thing to be a part of! The pics of the cafe are too cute!!

jonalynn said...

You are so adorable! Love the dress! Maybe a future throw pillow down the road? ;)

It looks like you had such a good time! Those peeps were lucky to get some Joi knowledge dropped on them in person!

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Elsa said...

Look like you had a great time! I love your new bangs, so cute!

Two Thirty Five Designs said...

Totally digging the's fabulous!! And yes, you are quite the lucky gal with your mister, mine can't even work my camera!

Mandy Ford Art & Illustration said...

What a fun event! I would love to be able to attend something like that. What an honor to be asked to present! :) Love your dress and I'm going to have to give that cinnamon tea a try for sure!

I like it, I love it! said...

You look adorable and I am loving your bangs. New right? Wow, totally sound like a stalker but it's ok if I am hairstylist right? Anyway, what a fun night!

Coletta (Rhymes With Velveeta) said...

Spotted this yellow sofa on my local craigslist and thought of you.

Marissa Waddell said...

It's always fun to meet up with like-minded, creative people, isn't it? Your dress is great and I dig the heels! And your bangs look so beautiful.

Julie S. said...

What an awesome gathering! And I love that dress- so cute!

Roeshel said...

What fun, Joi! I'm attending my first blogger event tomorrow. Excited and nervous but hope it's just the beginning of getting together to meet those who share a passion for DIY and meeting those I "e-know" face-to-face! Thanks for sharing your experience ~ looks like SO much fun! Hope to meet you in the future too! ;)


Freckles Chick said...

I am soooo digging your dress AND your chic bangs (& those shoes)!!!! You ROCK them. So glad the event was a fab time.

Could D give Mr. FC some perfect husband tips please..... =]

(Thx for keeping it real--on any given day you'll find crap all over my house w/ Hiro mixed in there. It's a wonder we can find him sometimes.)


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