I am very much still on an inspiration high after spending the weekend at Pearl Beach on the Central Coast in the company of 8 incredible women. After what felt like a very short breakfast meet-up with some instagram become real life friends a couple of months back, Nia and I decided that we needed to somehow get these ladies under one roof for an entire weekend. Of course, realising we would have all this talent in one place - we planned some mini workshops throughout the weekend to learn some new things from each other.
Chantal showed us how to mould and paint marzipan to create mini fruit. Feeling a tad competitive, I ganged up with Jasmin and Helen to create an edible terrarium.
Speaking of Chantal, she made us some wicked s'mores for dessert on Friday. Homemade marshmallows and all the trimmings including salted caramel sauce, almond chocolate butter, pretzels on a pillowy cookie from Frozen Dough Co.
We mixed up some refreshing spring drinks using Innocent Bystander moscato and rosé.
Rachael showed us how to make an authentic parisian flan. Which, as a sidenote, kept our energy levels up during an all night round of Monopoly.
My current obsession is temporary tattoos and Pepper Ink generously gave us some pretties for our goodie bags. They didn't stay in there for too long.
Creativity and tea (and cookies) go hand in hand as far as I'm concerned. Kettletown kindly kept us recharged and hydrated.
And just like that the sun came out and it was our last morning together. As one last hoorah we went for a frolic in the sea air. Goodbyes aren't easy at the best of times but it was extra hard on Sunday. I have so much awe and love for these women that the internet brought into my life and have brought back a little something from each of them. My heart is so full it could burst.
Thank you so much to all the girls for the joy (Jasmin/Helen/Rachael/Chantal/Galina/Lindy/Chloe) and especially Nia for being a wonderful co-hostess. Thank you also to all our partners who believed in and supported our event - The Floury Baker, to say your food was an absolute hit would be an understatement, Innocent Bystander, not only were your wines the perfect accompaniment to our meals but the bottles were too beautiful to throw out, Frozen Dough Co and Bahen & Co, omg omg, Kettletown, only the fanciest mugs were worthy, Pepper Ink Tattoo, you made us feel badass and dainty at the same time, Lovebex, *confetti emoji* x 100000, Sportsgirl, our footsies were toastier than the s'mores, West Elm, coolest totes ever, and The Assembly, your salted caramel dripper is a dream come true.