It’s been quite the trip so far, OMG. First, we miss our flight to Las Vegas (it was a domino effect from the beginning of the day). Then we try to get onto the last flight on standby and barely made it on. My assistant, Katie, made it on pretty quickly. We thought she was going to have to get everything together alone if we didn’t make it onto the flight. They actually closed the gate already before seating us on the same flight. Praise the Lawd we made it!
Once we arrived everything went pretty smoothly. We’ve been setting up since Thursday afternoon. Things didn’t go exactly according to my agenda but I allotted plenty of time in case. I knew it, nothing ever goes the way you plan it.
Planning and deciding what to do for my booth was really tough. Since it was my trade show debut I had no idea what to expect except my experience at craft shows. I decided early on that I wanted hard walls so I knew I only had 2 options, ask the hubby to make my walls or hire out to have it done. I knew that for my first show I wanted to just focus on my products and making my booth look professional. I’m pretty sure it’s more compared to doing it ourselves (can’t say with certainty cuz I haven’t done the math to compare) but I didn’t want to stress about shipping, a crate, storage, etc.
We set up for about 3 hours on Thursday and about 5 hours on Friday. When we arrived the walls were up, I was SO excited!!
I wanted to add some visual interest as well as incorporate my brand colors in a big way so I decided to paint the lower third of my booth in navy blue. I was actually really nervous to do it, worried I would make my booth look small and dark. But I think it turned out really good!
Stay tuned part 2 of our Las Vegas Market recap! I’ll be posting our finished booth pics there 😜
This is going to be an interesting ride! Let’s go!
I can’t believe I have a 4 short weeks until we leave for Las Vegas for Las Vegas Market!
We’re sooooo behind lol.
In the next coming weeks we’re going to be finishing (and starting lol) the catalog, send out mailers to retailers, and finalizing the details for the booth design.
I just wanted to share that some days I’m really excited to go and finally do my first trade show for CO Creative Cartel. Other days I’m really scared that this investment in my business is going to be a complete waste of money.
And to me, that’s okay!
In my life experiences I’ve learned that I’m okay with life being messy sometimes. Okay, most of the the time. It takes a lot to try something, especially when it’s not a for sure thing.
At least you tried right? My dad always used to say that.
So I’m going to try and grow my business at Las Vegas Market. If I fail, it’ll be okay. If I succeed, even better!
I’m still recovering from my eventful weekend in the LBC cuz it was too much fun! It was definitely a short but memorable trip with one of my besties, Celleny. This trip really gave me an opportunity to check out some really cool places so I thought I’d share because I’d definitely visit these establishments again!
We left on Saturday afternoon, it was a super hectic day for me. I always didn’t want to go, but there was obviously no turning back. I was complaining in my head about how exhausted I was. But when Celleny got to my place, I was reenergized and ready to roll!
We stayed at the most adorable Airbnb in Long Beach, right in the middle of everything. The thing I really like about Long Beach is that everything is a short walk, bike ride, or Lyft ride away. Parking may be tough, but once you park you don’t really need to move your car again! Well, as long as the parking signs let you 😉
Once we put our stuff down we immediately hit the streets to wander the city. Our first stop was one of Celleny’s bucket list coffee shops which was just a couple blocks from where we were staying – Lord Windsor Coffee. We both got their cold brew and it was unlike any cold brew I’ve had before. Really fruity, almost like a tea with coffee notes. Really really interesting!
From Lord Windsor we stopped at an awesome boutique called Make Collectives. Celleny found the most adorable earrings and I found this awesome briefcase that looked exactly like one my mom had. I knew I had to get it! The owner, Kat, was there and it was such a pleasure to meet her. We exchanged information and might be doing business together in the future! Word of advice kids, you never know where opportunities may arise so always be your most authentic and best self!
After that impromptu pit stop we landed at our destination, BO-Beau Kitchen + Roof Tap. We just made the last leg of happy hour so we split a pulled pork flat bread and a sangria, yum! It was the perfect snack to get us through until dinner. We were so tempted to get the brussel sprouts cuz they looked sooooo good, but we knew we’d be too full. Definitely want to try that next time I’m in town!
On our way back to our Airbnb we stopped to get a cheap bottle of wine and some snacks, watched a little Grace and Frankie on Netflix, and got ready for dinner.
We took a Lyft ride to the Attic on Broadway for dinner. We had a great experience! The thing I really liked about traveling with Celleny was we were so in sync with our food choices. We shared almost everything and the Attic was no exception! The star of our meal (it was unanimous) was the deviled eggs lol. It was on the sampler but we both really wished we ordered a full order. Really tasty!
We had to get up early the next morning to get ready for Patchwork so we headed back to our Airbnb and called it a night. Plus, we wanted to hit up another food stop for breakfast and grab some coffee at another one of Celleny’s bucket list spots.
We woke up, got ready, and headed out for clearly our favorite thing to do – EAT! We decided to go to Restauration for breakfast specifically because of this…
Mah wurd, it was so good! Probably the best thing I had all weekend.
After breakfast we walked a couple blocks (it started to drizzle, WTF?) to grab a couple of latte’s before we had a long day at Patchwork. Their sweetened latte was perfection! The coffee was nice and smooth, milk was creamy, and it wasn’t to sweet.
From there we headed straight to Marine Stadium for Patchwork Show to set up. More on Patchwork later 🙂
While we were there my best friend from elementary school, Heather, came by since we were in her hood. It’s always good to see her! She’s a fellow entrepreneur and Youtuber so make sure you check her out!
All in all it was a fabulous weekend! Long Beach, I think you’ll be seeing more of me!