A couple weekends ago, I had the great fortune to be able to attend the 2014 Create + Cultivate Conference, hosted by (No Subject) and Darling Magazine. Jaclyn Johnson, (No Subject) and C + C's founder, explains the conference started as a way for all of her creative friends that were stuck behind computers all day to get away from the screen and connect with their creativity and each other. Years down the line, the attendance has swelled but the intent hasn't changed; it's still an opportunity for (mostly!) women to gather to talk, listen, and create.
Photo via Create + Cultivate. Unless otherwise stated, all photos are my own.
The conference hosted one hundred people with 6 speakers, ranging from bloggers and photographers to academics and entrepreneurs. Set in the beautiful Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, it made a remarkable backdrop for the event. Not to mention, having a view of Banksy's swing girl from my room wasn't bad, as far as parking lot views go!
(The Ace Hotel inhabits the old United Artist building, and hosts lots of sweet live shows as well as boasting some great Spanish Gothic architecture.)
Upon arrival, we were greeted with coffee and mimosas... and a photobooth. One of the coolest things about attending the conference was the chance to meet people I had previously connected with on Instagram, including this lovely lady, Ellie!
Good times with our table mates! Photobooth pictures via Create + Cultivate
During our mid-day break, a few of us went to brunch at an awesome downtown brunch spot, called Wood Spoon. Serving a Brazilian brunch and some bomb diggity Sangria in a charming environment, it's definitely a spot to hit if in the area!
There's that Sangria I was talking about. YUM.
That evening, we joined again for a delicious dinner, served family style in long tables, giving us an opportunity to connect and laugh over a shared meal. You know how I'm big on that kind of thing.
We received a lot of awesome goodies from the event sponsors, including a copy of the summer edition of Darling!
Photo via Create + Cultivate
After our dinner and a night out on the town (the next morning...kinda rough! But totally worth it), we woke up in the morning to attend a floral workshop led by Melanie Abrantes. Under the view of the iconic Eastern building, we designed fresh flower combs, heard about each other's evening adventures, sipped and snacked on breakfast goodies. These are definitely my favorite pictures from the weekend!
Here's Melanie demonstrating some techniques for us!
Here are a couple of the creations my talented companions put together!
It's so fun to get to share these images! It was an amazing experience and I hope I get to participate in more events in this vein soon. I hope everyone has an awesome weekend ahead!