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Monday, September 24, 2007

It really was a weekend of Bliss!!

OK sweet girls.

I know you're dying to know . . .


The weekend was just amazing.
Beautiful hotels, empowering speakers, exquisite food, one-on-one conversations with the managing editor and other staff members, beautiful gifts at every meeting and best of all . . .
enjoying the company of sweet, new friends Tracey of
Notes from A Cottage Industry, her co-worker and best friend Rae, and Deb of Deco Diva Deb.

I believe that you will all be so very pleased with this new staff at Victoria magazine.
They really do have our interests in mind! As I approached the table to receive my name tag and to let them know I had arrived, Katie Hoffman (Phyllis Hoffman's daughter-in-law) mentioned the "notebook" to me, with all of your wonderful comments, first thing!

The cover of the first issue and a few of the inner pages that we were allowed to see, were just beautiful. A lot of the same sections will remain and also women entrepreneurs will be featured on a regular basis. And I know, if you're like me, that was such an important part of the old Victoria to me. To see women doing what they love, what they are the best at, for a living!

I love the fact that they said the website will be growing and be a place where we can visit, be inspired, share our ideas with the staff and possibly be able to share photos with Victoria and with other readers! What a great way for the magazine to find gorgeous homes and wonderful little shops to possibly be featured in their magazine that would normally never be seen.
Now for a few photographs:

This photo looks a little Twilight Zone looking to me!!

(Can you tell I haven't flown in over 26 years!)

The outskirts of Heaven!

Our hotel lobby!

and room with such comfy beds

This was our view outside of our hotel window. You can see an edge of downtown Dallas to the left and the massive building you see in the middle is the Hilton Anatole, where the Bliss meetings and meals were held.

A wonderful tea Saturday afternoon . . . with five courses!!

(Click to enlarge to read the amazing menu)

Alexandra Stoddard was one of our guest speakers. She was absolutely wonderful! I now want to own all of her books ~ this dynamic woman really speaks to your heart.

This photo below is of the beautiful Wedgewood Ballroom at the Hilton where we had an incredible desert reception. We were able to sit and talk at length with the managing editor to really get the feel of her passion and goals for the new Victoria.

Beautiful antique gowns collected by Steven Porterfield, another of the guest speakers . . .

This is one of the breathtaking chandeliers at the Hilton Anatole ~

A beautiful bouquet peppered with tiny crabapples resting in a silver vase on our table ~

Alda's booth at the Shopping Emporium

The first Victoria cover from Hoffman Media!

It's so late but I had to show you a few photos. I will share some tomorrow of the beautiful gifts they gave us also. Well I must go off to sleep . . . I'm beginning to nod off! xxoo, Dawn


Storybook Woods said...

How exciting. It sounds like an amazing event. I am so glad they will be keeping the magazine in the same tradition but maybe even better. Thank you again for for makeing the bliss book and taking it. Clarice

Lori said...

Dawn, how exciting! i am so happy for you that you got to go and be a part of this event...i just cannot wait for my first issue of the fabulous did they like your notebook ?

BECKY said...

Dawn, this is so exciting for you. WOW, what fun you must have had.
I hope to see your store featured as one of their first.
Good job girl. And thanks so much for sharing, I have been checking in to see if you've gotten back and what "Bliss" you will share.
Thank you,

Junk 2 Jewels said...

It sounds like you all had a wonderful and inspiring time. I bet you came home with your head spinning. Im sure I would have. LOL. I cant wait to hear more about it. Tracy

whimseycreations said...

It sounds like you had an even more wonderful time than you expected...I'm so glad! Thanks for sharing your pics.

Carol Keller Bass said...

Dawn - How exciting. Details! Details! and more Details please!!! It looks like it was wonderful and I'm so glad you went and enjoyed it. Can't wait to hear and see more! Carol

Deb said...

It sounds wonderful! Your pictures are gorgeous ... & how fantastic that Alexandra Stoddard was one of the guest speakers. Thank you for sharing.

wisteriagirl said...

Precious Dawn...even if we couldn't go to this exciting event, it is fun to live vicariously through you! You took some beautiful pictures and you make us feel like we have experienced the whole weekend with you. I for one, can't wait to hear more about it. Hugs, Cindy

Zuzu said...

Thank you so much for sharing all this with us, Dawn! I "met" Tracey and Diva Deb at the forum - they are both very inspiring and talented women! How wonderful that you met them in person!

Can't wait to hear/see more about your wonderful weekend.


Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

WOW! What an amazing trip. Looks like you had it first class. I know I'd love every minute of it. Thanks for sharing... Can't wait for the first issue..


Jill said...

Sounds like we'll be getting our wonderful magazine back! I especially like that they've used the original typeface for "Victoria".

Cindy Riebe said...

Thank you so much for sharing your "Weekend of Bliss" with all of us! Your photos are wonderful; now I'm beside myself with anticipation for the first issue!

Charm & Grace said...

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos and giving us a glimpse inside this event. I am eagerly anticipating the first issue, and seeing these pictures is very reassuring that it will be what we've hoped it would be. So glad you had a wonderful weekend!

PAT said...

Dawn, this looks fabulous! I can hardly wait for the first issue!


Cindy said...

It all looks fabulous. Can't wait to see more.

Leigh said...

So exciting!!! Thanks for posting so many pictures. Alexandra Stoddard's books are all great (and she has so many--on decorating and of the self help sort). I only actually own one, things I want my daughters to know, which my mom gave me, but I've flipped through others and bought them for other people, like choosing happiness--that one is good too. PS. Mom got at job as a flight attendant!! She'll tell you more when she talks to you.

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Wow Dawn, how exciting!!! What a wonderful experience, especially since you haven't flown for so must have been so memorable to you! Everything looks divine and I am so happy to know you were pleased with the way the new Victoria will be presented!

Heather xoxo

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I can hardly wait for that first issue to be in the mail! It sounds like you all had so much fun...I wish I could have been there!

madrekarin said...

Great photos! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time. Wow, everything looks fabulous! I bet you felt totally spoiled. :)
Yay for super-cool you!

Bejeweled said...

I'm so glad you had a good time! It all looks so amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Wow, looks like a wonderful time. Wish I could have been there too :(


Teemie said...

How inspirng! You must be floating.

Thanks for sharing all the great pixs!


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