2.19.2018

The Southern C Summit 2018


Photo by Kelli Boyd Photography

Spending three days in Sea Island two weeks ago for the 2018 The Southern Coterie Summit was all I envisioned it would be and way more.  I always look forward to the Summit for so many reasons and I always take so many things away but this year was even more special to me. I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish and I knew what I wanted to take away but what I didn't realize was how much of a family The Southern C family had become to me and how much being with them would feed my heart and my soul.   I came home with a scratched off to do list ... but I also came home with a happy heart and some amazing time with people who mean a lot to me.  I would call that major WIN. ❤



Jacket || Shirt || Jeans || Shoes || Jewelry (vintage)
Photo by Krystine Edwards

If you have never attended a Summit I can tell you its a whirl wind ... three days with a packed schedule with only a small bit of down time. It begins about 9 each morning and ends about 10 pm each night with an incredible schedule of to sees, to dos, mingling, eating, drinking and connecting.  Lots and lots of nothing but goodness. There is not one evening I don't go to bed without a handful of features to schedule, business cards to follow up on and new memories and photos to document them.


Photo by Kristen Hechler

This is the second year the Summit has taken place in Sea Island, Georgia in one of my favorite places to be.  Since moving to Georgia I have grown so found of the Georgia coast and Savannah and the Golden Isles are one of my favorite places to visit. The moment you pass over the bridge from Brunswick to St. Simons your blood pressure instantly drops and you feel immediately relaxed.  Sea Island is home to the five start Cloister resort and every single thing about the resort, the grounds, the people is nothing short of top notch.  Even in the rain and the colder months it remains beautiful and full of magic.  I was so excited to pack my bags and give my heart to Sea Island for three days, in fact I may have packed more than a week in advance.



Top || Jeans || Necklace || Sunnies (sold out) || Shoes
Photo by Kristen Hechler

One of my favorite part of the Summit is attending with Krystine Edwards.  This girl is so special to me and she has become one of my favorite travel partners.  We start laughing and squealing from the moment we arrive and we always leave with tears when it is time to separate.  I love this girl.  She is a cheerleader, she is fierce and strong and nothing short of brilliant.  She is incredibly charming and talented and truly beautiful inside and out. At the moment she is renovating one home while living in a second and all the while blogging, selling real estate and serving as a power wife and mama.  She inspires me daily to live outside my box and to turn every no into a HELL YES!


Photo by Kelli Boyd Photography

I truly loved every single thing at the Summit this year but I will say the evening festivities were my favorite.  Wednesday night was a fabulous event, The Summit Soiree at The Vine's Greenhouse (this brand new space is over the top fabulous) with my friend Libbie Summers sharing her new sprinkles with the world.  Only Libbie could entice me to throw sprinkles in the air (repeatedly) from a large lit bowl as I hear "NO, higher" (also repeatedly). I think I went home that evening with sprinkles in my shoes as well as everywhere else! I also ate a Prom Queen sundae with more of her sprinkles on top of Leopold's ice cream and I may have eaten it in a prom sash with a vintage tiara.  Libbie is truly one of a kind and nothing short of a brand powerhouse.  When I left her that evening she handed me a gift ... a ceramic pig I named Harold and a darling one of a kind necklace I am madly in love with.  🐖


 Photo by Kelli Boyd Photography


Photo by Kelli Boyd Photography


Top || Jeans || Earrings || Shoes || Mink Stole (vintage)
Photo by Kelli Boyd Photography


Sprinkles Cocktail by Libbie Summers + Cocktail Clutch by Dress for Cocktails
Photo by Kristen Hechler


Photo by Kristen Hechler


Photo by Kristen Hechler

We had a blast Wednesday evening ... the location is so fabulous and the music and the food and drinks were so very yummy.  I spent time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones and in the middle of it all I pulled my darling friend Kristen aside to capture the photo above.  I have long desired to eat my Chinese food from the take out box as you see so many do in movies.  Every single time we order Chinese in comes in plastic boxes and my disappointment is instantly detected.  I spotted this darling box and chop sticks and my excitement was out of control.  It is the little things folks ... and I didn't even freak out when I realized I had accidentally taken the wrong box to photograph.  My happiness level couldn't even be destroyed with that little detail. 😉


Photo by Kristen Hechler

Thursday night I was invited to a lovely sit down dinner also at The Vine's Greenhouse.  We sat outside and the area was dressed with twinkle lights, Vietri Melagrana, beautiful flowers and an endless amount of votive candles.  It was a beautiful evening with wonderful music, delicious food prepared by the incredible Very Vera all the while being surrounded by so many talented people.   It was absolutely magical.  The food was truly one of the best I have eaten, you must order Vera's cookbook.  It will be amazing just as she is and if you ever get the chance to meet her you must.  Her story is incredibly inspiring!!


Photo by Kelli Boyd Photography

From the delicious chicken salad and BLTs being passed when we arrived to the incredible Pecan Pie bread pudding to finish the meal it was one amazing bite after another.  I had not had the pleasure of meeting Vera previously and when she greeted us at the door I was instantly in awe of her energy and her zest for life.  She shared her story with us after dinner and I was completely blown away by her ability to change course so many times when she needed to make a change.  Her last thought she shared was this ... "be bigger than you are, be bigger than you are and someone will believe you are that big." 


Photo by Kelli Boyd Photography


Photo by Kelli Boyd Photography


Photo by Krystine Edwards


The people that you meet while you are attending are absolutely the best of the best.  I had the pleasure of speaking to so many people that inspire me daily and had so many conversations that will become features this year on the blog.  I always find myself at the end of the creative path in January struggling to get a handle on how to tackle the year.  It is the Summit each year which dusts me off and sets me back on the creative path in the best way possible, with the best introductions and ready to tackle a whole new year. 


As always thank you Whitney, Cheri and Domique for the opportunity to attend each year.  Thank you for your support, your friendship and the love you always pour on me.  It is a privilege and honor to be called a Southern Coterie Summit alum!

Happy Monday!!

 

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