It all started with a text. Patty had this idea of organizing a summer soiree for our blogs where we can invite our close friends and sponsors and give away our favorite things, just how Oprah or Ellen does it. How could I say no to Patty?!! It sounded like A LOT OF FUN. I mean, what was there to think about? It was an intimate gathering with our girlfriends, and our main purpose was to make our blogs to come to life. Like if our blog posts weren’t a static thing on a screen, what would it look like? The answer: SPRING FLING! It was pure genius, and I was definitely in! Also in was Patty’s longtime BFF, talented artist Alessa. So our three blogs: lifeafterbreakfast.com, pattylaurel.com and kellymisa.com organized this fun, girly event where we could be ourselves and talk about things we love. For Alessa, its arts and crafts, creating beautiful things and decorating; for Patty, its talking about food and travel and a bit of fashion; and for me, its all about fashion and beauty. But more than anything you have to understand that Spring Fling was created as a platform to push for positive blogging. Its a happy event by happy people to push for happiness! Also we wanted our guests to feel super special and kind of go crazy (Oprah/Ellen crazy haha)–and we are happy to announce that we were able to do just that!
Now, I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by this event. Patty has been blogging since 2005 and has thousands of loyal readers and so does Alessa who has been blogging since 2011. Also their blogs are pretty amazing, when I scroll down their blogs (and that’s often) I am seriously proud to be their friends. They have such wonderful personalities and are so talented, you just want to keep on reading what they have to say. I, on the other hand, started my blog a little late (2012) and I admit I am still “finding myself” through my blog. Haha it sounds so cliche, I know–finding myself! But I guess since this initially started as a beauty blog which turned into a lifestyle blog, and finally a personal lifestyle blog, I don’t really see where this is going. But hey, that’s life I guess. In a way I blog about the things I love! And so let me just clarify that the feeling of intimidation lasted for less than a minute, because Patty and Alessa are really the nicest, most welcoming, most generous people you’ll ever meet. And so I got over it almost IMMEDIATELY haha.
Of course, to make this event a success (which I am happy and proud to say, IT WAS), we needed the help of our good friends. First of all, we wouldn’t have been able to put up this event without the help of SUPER EVENTS PLANNER Marge Montemayor. She was seriously the glue that held everything together. Her efficiency, quick action and O.C.ness brought the event to life and we can all agree, she did an amazing job! Early Bird Breakfast Club also played a huge part in this, because their food is just so good and their restaurant so pretty, we didn’t need to decorate! Thank you, Early Bird for closing the restaurant for us on a Saturday and serving us a five-course lunch, with appetizers, drinks and tea (complete with yummy pastries). We love your restaurant (its at Century City Mall in Makati, in case you were wondering)! Photography on that day was by Chris Clemente, and having her was a big help! We were so preoccupied with getting the event running in tiptop shape we seriously didn’t have time to take photos or even Instagram. Thanks Clems, for helping us out! To our wonderful SPONSORS who believed in the event from the start–thank you so much for being a part of Spring Fling! You’ll be happy to know that everyone loved the things you gave them (us especially) and the grand prizes were SUPER! Everyone got excited about them, and of course, the winners loved their prizes! And lastly, to our lovely guests who didn’t really understand what Spring Fling was about but still came to support us, THANK YOU!!! We are happy that you were part of the first ever Spring Fling! Hope to see you all in the next one!
I know, I know. I could already read your minds. You guys, my readers, should be in the next Spring Fling! Patty, Alessa and I are working on this. We seriously want you all to be part of this happy event, as a way to thank you for your continuous support. I will be announcing something at the end of this post so keep scrolling. This is a pretty long blog post!
The three blogs behind Spring Fling: kellymisa.com, pattylaurel.com and lifeafterbreakfast.com.
Our logos on the window, to make it all official hehehe.
We even created our own hashtag!
I arrived a little early to fix my “presentation”–the best of GUESS Spring-Summer 2014.
Our lovely guests have arrived!
Rica brought her adorable newborn Philip and her husband. And with her are Early Bird Breakfast Club owners Ellen and her hubby.
Pretty girls all around. That’s Marge on the far left btw!
Sam and Nikki.
Patty and Stef.
Happy, pretty women (and kiddos).
Full support from these ladies. So happy they came.
Thrilled these girls made it!
The yummy menu made just for us! Note: these are ALL Patty’s favorite dishes from Early Bird!
Ellen and her husband.
Early Bird Breakfast Club’s incredible chefs.
Spring Fling 2014!
We start the event by explaining what Spring Fling is all about.
Patty welcomes everyone to http://www.pattylaurel.com, and talks about her love for food and travel.
She invites Ellen to talk about Early Bird Breakfast Club and their best-selling dishes.
Bacon Jam & Breakfast Pate. Their own bacon jam specially made for bacon lovers! Their breakfast pate is deliciously made with chicken, sausage and mushrooms! A duo of dips will get you hooked!
Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato Soup. Cheddar, mozzarella and Gruyere between slices of toasted bread with sweet and spicy onion relish served with roasted tomato soup on the side.
Poached Salmon Aioli. Light poached salmon fillet on crispy wholegrain toast topped with a poached egg and served with garlic aioli.
Yin and Yang Champorado. Rich Belgian dark chocolate and Belgian white chocolate Champorado served with sweet toasted dilis on the side.
Nutella Banana French Toasties. A trio of mini french toasts with Nutella, banana and a hint of orange. A must try for Nutella lovers!
French Toast Fondue. Served with cinnamon sugar, maple syrup and melted chocolate. (This is my favorite!!!)
Then, it was my turn to explain what kellymisa.com is about.
I showed our guests my favorite pieces from GUESS. And surprise, surprise!!! After my little talk I gave everyone summer survival kits from GUESS! Thank you, GUESS!!!
Since I also write a lot about beauty on my blog, we invited Happy Skin’s Rissa Trillo to the event. She gave us the lowdown on their best products, and of course, gave everyone their own personalized kits from Happy Skin! Thank you, Happy Skin!!!
Patty and I taking a quick break/bite to eat between our segments.
On to Alessa’s blog: lifeafterbreakfast.com! She gave a mini craft workshop in Brush Calligraphy. Everyone was excited to join!
It was so nice to see Cat at the event. Her blog is amazing too–go visit it: http://www.catjuan.com.
Alessa and her Sharpies! She gave 3 rolls of these away as prizes. Thank you, Sharpie!!!
The girls obviously loved their Sharpies as well!
Some of the calligraphy art by the guests. Alessa awarded 3 of the best works with that roll of Sharpie you saw earlier.
Patty talks about the ultimate beach accessory–sand-repelling beach blanket: Lagu. Thank you, Lagu!!!
Yes, everyone got one!
These pretty canvas and leather bags from Joan & Klaire were a hit. Thank you, Joan & Klaire!!!
And everyone also got these pretty kimonos / coverups from La Tercera! Thank you, La Tercera!!!
Not to forget my favorite cupcakes in the whole world: My Little Buttercup! Everyone took home these Spring Fling themed ones! Yummy! Thank you, My Little Buttercup!!!
Also yummy vegan treats from Pipino! Everyone got Taro Chips with Puttanesca and Pesto dips. Thank you, Pipino!!!
That’s not all, we each took home our own Lulu Swing sandals. Haha at this point everyone was soooo happy. Thank you, Lulu Swing!!!
The ladies different styles each in their sizes, of course!
Cat was happy to get this stylish pair.
Next, Alessa announced three of the best calligraphy art from her crafternoon. They each won a roll of Sharpies!!!
So, okay, if you think that was it, well, you better think again. We gave away the BIG PRIZES after!
Rica won this super coffee machine from Caffe Cagliari!!! Thank you, Caffe Cagliari!!!
And for the grand prize, we gave away a photo printer from Canon! Thank you, Canon!!!
Cat took home this baby! Check it out–it prints, copies and scans! Winner!
Our grand prize winners! We also gave away a t-shirt, a gold charm bracelet and a pair of nude strappy heels, all from GUESS!
Is your head spinning yet?! We are so lucky to have such wonderful, generous sponsors! Thank you again for being part of Spring Fling! And in case you missed it, here’s what everyone took home.
TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner, TRESemme Travel Size Salon Finish Hairspray and Pond’s Age Miracle BB+ Cream. Thank you, TRESemme and Pond’s!!!
Happy Skin makeup kit with foundation, blusher, eyeliner and lippie!
Joan & Klaire travel bag.
Lulu Swing sandals.
La Tercera beach coverup.
Sunnies from Icon Eyewear. Thank you, Icon Eyewear!!!
L’Indochine mini travel/makeup bag (they’re inside the paper bags). Thank you, L’Indochine!!!
Pretty clip-ins from Goody–these are perfect for the beach! Everyone got one! Thank you, Goody!!!
Notebook from Early Bird Breakfast Club.
Spring Fling cupcakes from My Little Buttercup.
Notebook from Enlivo. Thank you, Enlivo!!!
Colorful markers from Sharpie, pencil from Mongol. Thank you, Mongol!!!
Photo printouts from the event by Canon.
Two months unlimited yoga/pilates at One Life Studio. Thank you, One Life Studio!!!
And now–THE EXCITING PART (I’m sorry you had to scroll all the way down to read this)! I will be giving away ALL THESE AMAZING THINGS to one (1) lucky reader!!! Yes, everything our Spring Fling guests took home, EVERYTHING except the food and grand prizes, of course! Here’s what you have to do:
(1) SHARE this blog post on your Twitter and/or Facebook.
(2) LEAVE A COMMENT and share your interesting idea on how to make the next Spring Fling even better than it was this year. Be creative, but make sure its do-able!
The best answer wins all this loot! (Again, except the food.)
The winner will be announced on April 28, 2014 (Monday)!