· ·

Life Happenings: The Southern Coterie Summit Recap

Hi friends! I hope you guys are well!

I had a lovely, relaxing Mother’s Day and as you can see I’m a bit behind on my blogging. I wanted to share with you some fun pictures of my time in Charleston at The Southern Coterie Summit conference last week!

**Disclaimer: my iPhone is on the fritz so sorry for the low quality images AND if you know of a cheap way for me to buy an iPhone 6 + please do tell!!**


The Southern Coterie Summit is a creative conference for small business entrepreneurs and we had the pleasure of hearing from quite a few pioneers in the field. The founders Whitney long and Cheri Leavy did an amazing job organizing and executing the whole thing! It was truly top notch ladies!

The gorgeous stage in the American Theater was set and furnished by the lovely Taylor Burke Home.

Below is Laura Vinroot Poole, Charlotte native and owner of the high-end boutiques Capital and Poole Shop.

Laura Vinroot Poole
Life Happenings: The Southern Coterie Summit Recap

The lovely ladies, Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd, of The Laundress.

The Laundress
Life Happenings: The Southern Coterie Summit Recap

And the wonderful magazine editors: Eddie Ross, Better Homes & Gardens; Tori Mellott, Traditional Home; and Robert Leleux of Domino Magazine.

magazine editors

Of course my partner in crime and one of my blog besties, Beth Barden of designPOST Interiors and I had to share a couple #ootd’s!

Life Happenings: The Southern Coterie Summit Recap


And if the William Aiken House wasn’t charming enough by itself, the event decorations knocked it out of the park. Is this not the coolest chandelier ever?!?!

William Aiken Houses Decor

And the Lily Pulitzer/Kate Spade lunch.

Lily Pulitzer Kate Spade Lunch

Oh and the snacks…

Life Happenings: The Southern Coterie Summit Recap
William Aiken House
Life Happenings: The Southern Coterie Summit Recap

At the finale of the conference we got to enjoy a brunch at the Le Creuset headquarters overlooking the gorgeous Ashley River. The offices and conference rooms were phenomenal and the setting could not be beat!

Le Creuset

And here I am in my new favorite Shabby Apple skirt!

Shabby Apple skirt

Sometimes you do what you gotta to do to get the perfect shot


Of the cutest bicycle ever!

Le Creuset Bicycle

We made tassels with Land of Nod and the sweet Joni of Lay Baby Lay!

Land of Nod Tassels

Mandy of the blog and shop, Waiting on Martha, is a huge inspiration to me and I was so excited to meet her in person!

Summer & Beth with Waiting on Martha

Carrie of the infamous Callie’s Charleston Biscuits served us the most heavenly cheddar biscuits! If you’re ever in Charleston you need to check them out!

Callie's Charleston Biscuits

It was lovely to chat with Eddie Ross again after meeting in High Point. He is one of the most humble and down-to-earth people I’ve ever met!


Our sunglasses are hiding our tired eyes because at this point Beth and I were on brain overload and just plain pooped!


Le Creuset grounds

And this may be my favorite part of all! Coming home and diving into to all the business cards and friends we met along the way! I can’t wait to stay in touch with so many amazing creative entrepreneurs!

Needless to say I’ll be buying my ticket the minute they go on sale for next year’s conference! Oh, and I will not be leaving Charleston on a sunny Friday afternoon…that was cruel and unusual punishment :)

Biz cards


And I’ve got to share the Mother’s Day gift my sweet boy made me! He did such a great job and it fits perfectly with my love of art!

Mother's Day

I’m headed to NYC on Wednesday for a fun event so stay tuned on Instagram for some really great crappy iPhone pics of the trip! Seriously though, I NEED a new iPhone by 7am on Wednesday morning! Help please #kiddingnotkidding!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!



[show_shopthepost_widget id=”725525″]




Similar Posts


  1. So great to meet you!! And I agree – leaving in the middle of a gorgeous Friday was torture!:) Have so much fun in NYC!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.