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The School of Styling – Raleigh, NC

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October 29, 2014

In August, I had the pleasure of being a speaker and teacher at the School of Styling in Raleigh, North Carolina. Kaitlin Holland started this workshop, to  provide a learning environment for women who have a deep desire to create beauty – whether it’s as an Interior Designer, Photographer, Wedding Planner, Florist, Blogger, Graphic Designer or Shop Owner .

She brought in some super stars to teach what they knew best, I was beyond honored {and a bit intimidated} to speak alongside these smart, creative and insanely talented business women! The teachers for the first School of Styling were…

Caitlin Flemming -an Interior Designer from San Francisco, who spoke on the fundamentals of styling and design.

Natalie Bowen -a Florist from San Francisco, who spoke on identifying your strengths and how to delegate the rest.

Danielle Moss and Alaina Kaczmarsk from the blog, The Every GirlDanielle spoke on blogging and branding and being consistent at both. While Alaina focused on prop styling.

Jessica Rourke – I focused on the the process of Planning & Styling a Wedding

Our days were jammed packed! We started off with a Welcome Dinner, in downtown Raleigh where it was so fun to just sit and enjoy meeting all the attendees and speakers. The next day, we jumped into a full day of teaching from all of the speakers, lunch on the porch and breakout sessions that focused on Dressing for your Brand by Hillary Rushford of Dean Street Society {she is adorable, if you don’t know of her then you are missing out!}, Calligraphy by All She Wrote Notes and Personal Finances for the Left Brain Creative {brilliant!} by Melissa Lennox.followed by another amazing dinner.

The final day was our “hands on day”. Each speaker had a “talk / demo”, where they would be showing examples on how to create something during the talk. Danielle and Alaina focused on an teaching how to create content for Social Media, Natalie showcased on how to create a floral arrangement,  Caitlin styled a tablescape and I had a DIY Project for everyone to create. Kaitlin had also paired one speaker up with four attendees, and throughout the day we would meet with our groups and critique each others work. Critique is such an important step of the creative process, as it pushes you to create your best work, know why something does or doesn’t work and also encourages you go a step further or scale something back.

After each attendee had created a floral arrangement, they were each given a farm table to style and access to a wide selection of linens, table runners, votives, candle stick holders, stemware, plates, chargers, and place cards. After they each styled their table, we got together in our small groups for a final critique, before our photographer came around and documented each table for the attendees portfolios.

Thinking about attending The School of Styling? I highly recommend it! You will leave with a wealth of new knowledge, styling skills, confidence in your work,and a connection to a creative community. Registration is currently open for the next session – in Austin, Texas {February 10 -12th} and registration will open soon for the Summer Session in Charleston, SC {August 4th – 6th}

Here is a little peek into the magic that Kaitlin created….{all photos by Emily March Photography}

Day One….

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Day Two ::

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