For the most part, I’m not really a fan of Pinterest-perfect scenes. Life often doesn’t mirror Pinterest, and I have a hard time showing off aspects of my life that seem too good to be true. When the Lexington cohort began discussing this idea of hosting a massive brunch for the bloggers and creatives, that initial reservation crept in. A) I didn’t want to create something that exuded “better than you” vibes and B) I wanted to be as inclusive as possible, despite knowing it’s difficult to reach everyone. I was overwhelming pleased with how the event turned out, but my heart was made full in seeing how creative and selfless my community was in contributing their skills and services to create a beautiful event. Makers of all types came together to create the decor, the food, the drinks, the photography, the videography, and more. Showcasing our strengths, with the support of local businesses, made this event possible and affordable! I can’t stress enough the cliche phrase of “finding your tribe”. Whatever your craft, linking up with individuals in your community who share similar passions and bring new talents to the table will only stand to enrich your experiences and growth. Through the Lexington blogger community, I’ve not only met mentors and colleagues, but friends who I thoroughly enjoy learning about and getting to know deeper. Despite how isolated you can sometimes feel in your creative processes, there is always someone out there ready to help you learn and stay inspired.
My responsibility at the blogger brunch concerned food and music. I made a playlist for the event titled “Gal Pal Brunch” on Spotify that will last from set-up through clean-up. I took a poll of the guests and requested their favorite artists to try and get a feel for their interests. Ultimately, I selected 70 tracks that created a relaxed morning brunch vibe. Some of the artists include Haim, Maggie Rogers, Electric Guest, The 1975, Paperwhite, and Lorde. Even though our blogger cohort isn’t fully women, I tried to support some up and coming female artists in my selections. Check out the playlist below!
From left to right in the top photo, I’m sharing the brunch guests and their blogs. Be sure to check out their sites for more information on how we put this event together and everyone’s individual crafts!
Taylor Camacho | The Stylish Tales of Tay
Kelsey Bauer | KabKitchen
Emily Ho | Authentically Emmie
Sarah Caton | Space, Place & Southern Grace
Courtney Hastings | Kentucky Girl Ramblings
Tif Fannin | Bright on a Budget
Anna Towle & Katie Mullen | Hartley Social
Francis Lee Baker | Lee’s Lookbook
Kayla Nord | Kayla Weber Art
Whitney Scheibel | Fabulous in Fayette
Ella Rutledge | Girl Meets Lex
Bronwyn Butler | Basically Bronwyn
Stephanie Hargis | This Lexington Life
Leela Foley | Lex Eats
Emily Riddle | Miss Molly Vintage
Lisa Coe | Candor and Rose
Amanda Zopp | Salt & Life Blog
Special thanks to all the vendors who contributed to our perfect goodie bags: Shop Local KY, Miss Molly Vintage, AJ Apothecary, Shop Twenty, Morton James, Springhouse Gardens, Whole Foods Lexington, and Kentucky Yarnbirds. Our brunch was held at The Barn at Springhouse in Nicholasville, Kentucky. All photos taken by Kirstie Dunston Photography.
Want to check out the video recap? See the video below!