I almost missed going to the Brizo Event. I received an email on a Sunday, which I cast aside for later and did not open. Thankfully, I was called early in the week by the Brizo team, and had to have them repeat what I was hearing:
Me: “Um, excuse me, did you just say I was invited to learn about your products and to see the Jason Wu Fashion Show, all fees included? Hotel and trip?”
The rest is history. I breathlessly figured out logistics to escape my clients and family life, and then shopped desperately for New York worthy outfits.
D Day started with bare toes in the sunshine, driving back home with sticky nails, and imploring my husband to drive me to the airport:
He said yes, Whew! And, no, for the record, I’ve never bared my toes in 35 degree temperature before. This was an “EMERGENCY”! Photo Elza B. Design.
I landed to New York and was pleasantly picked up by a chauffeur and zoomed to the Eventi Hotel (read more about the hotel here)
This is what my room looked like when I first came in:
A glamorous little nest for sure. Photo Elza B. Design.
Drinks followed with the Brizo team that evening and we all got to mingle:
Brian Nobbe, Brizo Marketing Director with fellow bloggers Todd Vendituoli and Marilyn Russell. Photo Elza B. Design.
From left to right: Fellow designers and bloggers Marilyn Russell, Yvonne Blacker, Adele Young and the one and only, Judd Lord, director of Industrial Design for Brizo. Photo Elza B. Design.
Bright and early the next day we attended a presentation of the Brizo lines:
The lovely Laura Brooks, Senior Brand Manager for Brizo. Photo courtesy Jayme Thornton.
Designers and bloggers hard at work. Obviously good students, seeing from the level of participation! Photo courtesy Jayme Thornton.
Later that day we went on a tour of the Hearst Tower and attended a presentation by ELLE DECOR‘s editor Amy Preiser:
Sorry for the fuzzy photo, Amy. You were extremely charming and bubbly. Note to self: take photos with a regular camera once in a while. I-Phone not always optimum.
Beautiful Hearst Tower view:
Photo Elza B. Design.
Did you know the Hearst tower is not not only the heart of numerous famous magazines, it also hosts the Good Housekeeping Institute Office!
Famous Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval is delivered here, in the heart of New York city! Photo Elza B. Design.
The tower offers an ideally sound proofed auditorium, its own Cafe, an art gallery space, a sculpted water fountain, and a 70 feet high fresco hand painted by artist Richard Long with mud and water.
Fabulous architecture inside the building. Photo Elza B. Design.
But what I found most fascinating about the tower’s recent addition is its exemplary environmentally conscious and breathtaking diagonal grid construction. Designed by British architect Norman Foster, it features among many things: the fastest elevators of New York, high efficient glass construction, rain water collection and recycling, and it is made of 90% recycled steel. Click here to view a video and learn more.
The day was topped off with a fast speed and mouth watering cooking class at Sur La Table with the Brizo team and guests. We cooked three main courses and then sat down to eat
My fabulous teammates, Brian Nobbe and Judd Lord of Brizo and designer and cooking buddy Susan Jamieson. Photo credit Jayme Thornton for Brizo.
The art of folding pasta…Photo courtesy Jayme Thornton.
My teammates and I made this pasta!!! I love this photo. It makes me happy! Photo Elza B. Design.
The whole Brizo group before dinner:
Above and directly below, photos courtesy Jayme Thornton for Brizo.One of our delicious creations, fresh tomato pappardelle with ground beef and scallions. Photo Elza B. Design.
I will share the Jason Wu Fashion Show later this week. In the meantime, I leave you with this telling photo of how everything came to an end:
Landing at Boston Logan Airport with Yvonne Blacker, we had to come back to reality! Hello, Nemo! Goodbye fairytale!