Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sin City, here I come!

I’ll keep this one short and sweet because I’m packing my bags—yeah baby, I’m off to Vegas!

No, it’s not what you think! I’m not there to roll the dice or bet on the Super Bowl. Even better, I’m going to World Market Center for the Home Furnishings Las Vegas Market.

What’s that? It is an industry convention and trade show for designers, buyers and retailers, but mainly it’s an opportunity to buy furniture. It can be overwhelming because the show occupies floor upon floor in building after building. There are thousands upon thousands of people, and the displays of furniture and accessories and lighting just go on and on and on!

So it can be overwhelming, but for anyone in the industry, it’s beyond fabulous! I can’t wait, it’s so much fun, like being a kid in a candy store.

I know you’re going to want to take a peek too, so I’ll be sure to send you some pics from Vegas! And who knows, maybe I’ll have a go at the slot machines! Ciao, baby!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

What's Hot: A one-of-a-kind fashion show!

I’m getting hot just thinking about it! What, you ask? Our What’s Hot in 2010 Home and Business Trend Fashion Show that we had at our business mixer last week.

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We had our first Mix It Up! event of the year at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii last Thursday, and it was smoking! Almost 300 people showed up to mix business with fun. There were delicious pupus, and as always, fun networking games to get the crowd mingling and getting people to meet our online experts.

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We even had booths where companies could display their products and services—the biggest and the best belonging to Central Pacific Bank and Central Pacific HomeLoans, our presenting sponsors for the night.

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The big winner of the night was Chuck Allen, who won a $1500 diamond and blue topaz pendant from Dale Cripps and Mihye Cortese of Dale Cripps Antiques and Treasures, longtime sponsors of RSVPstyle events.

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But the highlight of the evening was our What’s Hot in 2010 fashion show. You know me, I like to do creative, out-of-the box, crazy things, and this was no exception! I emceed as our participating experts worked the runway, showcasing what’s going to be hot in their fields in the coming year. And boy, did they rock the stage!

mix cathyThere was all kinds of action, from Jeff Fox of Kahala Associates throwing money into the crowd to show how he can put money back into your pocket, to Tracy Wright Corvo, who brought out adorable models to illustrate how to adorn your walls with giant art photographs of your child. They were so cute as they paraded onto the stage with their photos in front of their faces.

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One of the most creative was American Carpet One, showing why Karndine flooring is hot: It can withstand pets, spike heels and babies, and on top of all that, it’s water-resistant! Very clever.

So if you missed out on all the fun and excitement of this Mix It Up!, be sure to make time for the next. As I always say, Who says you can’t mix business with fun?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy (belated) 2010!

Where has the time gone? It almost seems too late to say happy new year—but Happy New Year!

2010 is already going by way too fast. My apologies for not posting sooner. To give you an idea of why, it’s almost 10:00 at night, and we’re still here at the office preparing for Thursday night’s event.

It’s our first big one of the year, a new feature for us, our Mix It Up! business-to-business event. It’s to get businesspeople together to network and do some business in this tough economy. There’s going to be pupus, cocktails—and you know me and games, love ‘em!—and networking games to make sure people are circulating and having a good time.

I’m very excited because we’re doing a first-of-its-kind home and business trend fashion show. What is that? I’m glad you asked. Being that it’s the first month of the year, I’ve asked some of our online experts for their predictions of what’s going to be hot in 2010. I’m going to give you a sneak peek of what’s coming down the catwalk on Thursday.

Color Me Devine is going to strut their predictions for the hottest colors of 2010. I can’t give it all away, but 2010’s accent colors will include apricots, turquoises and aquas.

American Carpet One is going to feature their ever-popular Karndine flooring. I heard that to show how durable it is, they’re even going to have a dog walk down the Karndine runway. How cute is that?

Central Pacific Bank and Central Pacific HomeLoans are the presenting sponsors. Here’s a hint at what they’ll be doing: CPB is cooking up a recipe for success, and their HomeLoans Division is doing double-duty as superheroes!

It’s going to be fun, I can’t wait, but right now I’m totally stressed out. My next blog, I’ll show you all the highlight photos and let you in on all the fun. We’ll have fabulous prizes—I’ll show you those pics too. But for now, back to work!