Monday, October 6, 2008

Out and about

Time to play catch-up on a busy week. Usually I’m in the office working, but last week my calendar was stuffed with three events, two of which I was speaking at.

First Fashion Friday finally arrived—a day I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I was giving a presentation on home style as part of Aloha Tower Marketplace’s final FFF of the year. Friends came out, but there were many more new faces. Truthfully, it was one of the toughest speaking gigs I’ve ever done. Don’t get me wrong, in no way was it bad, it was just a different challenge to hold focus and attention (including my own) in the open-air environment of ATM’s beautiful atrium, where shoppers and diners are walking by and talking. At one point during my segment, a store’s siren went off. I tried to shake it off, but as I’m talking I’m thinking, when are they going to shut that d--- thing off?!

Fortunately the audience was great and responsive and people came up afterward and told me they got a lot out of it. I wanted to make it visual and interesting, so I brought up some props to illustrate how by learning a few simple tricks and techniques and adding a few pieces, you can blend styles to create a space that’s more eclectic and personal, and it’s not hard and doesn’t take long. If I can do that onstage in the middle of Aloha Tower Marketplace, you can certainly do it in your home!

Melissa from our office helped me onstage with my props, my cute little Vanna White, while Lissa and Kara manned our table. The man of the hour, James, videotaped the whole thing for us. The video will be up on tomorrow—watch it and tell me what you think!

After my segment, FFF ended with a fashion show, and by the time that was over I was starving. Together with a nice-size group of old and new friends, we capped off the evening at Gordon Biersch with garlic fries, pizzas and one or two mojitos. Thanks Jason for the pics.

But we couldn’t stay out too late—we had to be up early for an 8 a.m. gig on Saturday. Tell you more about that later!



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