Bonjour, mes amies! Currently I’m home and settled back into daily life, after a nearly month long visit to France to prepare for, teach, and host – The Academy. At the moment, I’m finding it somewhat difficult to express how I feel about my experience without using words that make me sound like a simpleton – amazing, memorable, and truly inspiring come to mind. But then, they do accurately describe the time I spent with those who attended, as well as my friends and team that help me pull off such an enormous event. Something remarkable happens when you bring a diverse group of creative women together. Friendships are born, creativity sparked, dreams and goals revealed, and authentic encouragement envelopes the group as a whole.
In my next few posts, I’m going to touch on our incredible week together and hope that you are able to get a sense of what it’s like to experience the little bit of the “magic” that is – The Academy!
I’m circling back to our adventures in Italy and sharing some of the memorable places we found in Florence. Our apartment located near the San Lorenzo Leather Market was also just steps from Mercato Centrale where I had the best vegan “burger” of my life. Even my carnivorous loving husband thought it was amazing. Veg & Veg is located on the second floor where there are dozens of other scrumptious and tempting places to grab a bite. If you’re traveling in a group, the Mercato is a great place to suit everyones taste.
Another favorite (read: most favorite) was La Menagere – a beautifully decorated and relaxing bistro, coffee bar, and flower shop that also hosts jazz musicians and other events in the evening hours. I could have gone here every morning. Their coffee was perfection, affordable, and the staff with their hip beards and dapper aprons were quite friendly. We enjoyed sitting among the locals reading their novels, clicking away on their laptops, and visiting with friends. It did not feel touristy in the least bit. I hope you stop by if you get the chance. You won’t regret it. See how inspiring the interior is…
It’s nearly impossible to describe the experience I shared with the incredible group of women who attended The Academy in Dordogne, France. Words like amazing and wonderful don’t quite encapsulate how I feel, nor do they adequately describe the memories I’ll have for a lifetime. What I envisioned when I began planning my first workshop far surpassed what I expected and that belongs mostly in part to the wonderful attendees who gathered with me to learn about creative and editorial styling. Here’s a few highlights from our time together in the French countryside and the new 2017 workshop dates for The Academy in Dordogne, France Available Now!