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Behind the scenes

Posted on July 5, 2010
Filed Under BlogHer, Daily | 15 Comments

Earlier this year, I was asked to join BlogHer on a special project called “Putting it All Together” sponsored by Macy’s. This five-Webisode series was aimed to cover topics that are important to women — everything from how to help in your community, to the qualities you look for in a man, peppered with more light-hearted topics like decor for your bed and bath, and situational dressing. Each shoot would take place at Ree Drummond’s ranch in Oklahoma who most of you probably know as The Pioneer Woman. If you recall, I met her back in November when she came to L.A. for her cookbook tour.

When the folks at BlogHer contacted me in March, they asked that I treat this invitation as proprietary information, which is why I never blogged about it, or told anyone — with the exception of my family because I wanted their thoughts and advice. After the outpour of encouragement from The Boss and my parents to accept this very generous invitation, I did the love-of-my-life prayer “Salah-tul-Istikhara,” and then committed to this project.

Last Monday, I met up with Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer so we could catch an early-morning flight out of LAX. From there we stopped in Houston, and then headed to Tusla where we met up with Rhoda from Southern Hospitality. We got to Ree’s ranch mid-afternoon, got dinner going, and then the four of us ate, and talked, and laughed until well after dark.


Tomato basil pizza recipe here.

Caramelized onion pizza recipe here.

Cesar salad recipe part 1 here. Part 2 here.

Chocolate sheet cake recipe here.

The lodge was beautiful — tastefully decorated, and meticulously clean. It had the perfect balance of modern and contemporary, meets a mild mid-Western flare. Everything about the lodge was warm, and inspiring, and I made mental notes (and later shared with The Boss) stylistic aspects of Ree’s lodge that I hope to implement in my own home someday.

This was my room and bathroom.

The view from my room as the sun was rising.

In the morning, we met for hair and makeup (courtesy of Elizabeth and Donna who are pictured on Rhoda’s blog) got introduced to the camera crew, and started filming.

Lisa talking logistics with the guys from Ozark Film & Video Productions.


I feel the need to caption this photo to say that I’m changing the batteries in my mic, not playing on my cell phone!

Even though this was a business-related trip, it doubled as a wonderful and relaxing getaway, soaked in much-needed human interaction. Spending time with women who have a few years on me, and were willing to share their wisdom on marriage, career and family was definitely even more than I could have asked for. The video we shot (simple tips on how to decorate your bed and bath) will be up in about a week, and I’ll be sure to post it here when I get it.

More photos from my trip here.

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15 Responses to “Behind the scenes”

  1. Falling Up on July 5th, 2010 11:57 AM

    wow this seems like such a good experience. I’m glad they added a Muslim woman to the mix. I heart you and I heart Pioneer woman. I look forward to the future videos!!

  2. Zpurpleify on July 5th, 2010 12:25 PM

    My two favourite bloggers coming together, what more could a girl ask for?! I love Pioneer woman and your blogs.

  3. samiya on July 5th, 2010 12:53 PM

    I love your style.. the pink outfit and hijab really suites you! You looked classy and chic!
    Your blog gives me some time to laugh and relax while studying for my exams :(

  4. lina on July 5th, 2010 1:33 PM

    Wow it seems a great experience! And your room!!!!!!!! Stunningly gorgeous!!!!

    I’m the kind who notices details, sorry, but in the first pics, you don’t wear make-up, right? Well, what I can say is masha’Allah! You’re a natural beauty, seriously!!! Make-up adds a little bit more of beauty, but the base is already gorgeous :D

    (I thought you were sending messages… hehe)

  5. Panya on July 5th, 2010 2:21 PM

    Ditto Zpurpleify!

    When you posted the ‘country road’ photo the other day I thought to myself, “That looks like Ree’s road.” For some reason I never put that together with the ‘Oklahoma sunrise’ photo…duh. LOL

  6. Sarah S. on July 5th, 2010 2:28 PM

    ah wow congrats Sabrina!

  7. Ayesha on July 5th, 2010 9:07 PM

    Wow, really super! What a wonderful experience Sabrina! Masha Allah.

  8. nadia on July 6th, 2010 2:33 AM

    Assalamu Alaikum, Sabrina! It’s my first time on your blog. I wanted to say that you are doing an amazing job, mashaAllah!

  9. Dust n Roses on July 6th, 2010 3:14 AM

    Congratulations, mashAllah…

  10. sanz fatima on July 6th, 2010 1:56 PM

    lucky lucky you Sabrina !

    WOO- to – the- HOO ! ;-)

  11. Rachel on July 6th, 2010 6:48 PM

    Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous! I love both of you and Ree so much, I squealed a little bit!

  12. 'liya on July 6th, 2010 7:14 PM

    Wow this is really awesome! Good for you, congratulations :D

    The last pic really does look like you’re playing with your phone hehe. Thanks for sharing, this was really nice to read!

  13. Jen on July 7th, 2010 7:33 AM

    What an awesome experience!

    P.S. Love your outfit, too.

  14. MommyTopics.com on July 19th, 2010 5:33 PM

    Wow Sabrina!!! Congratulations! This is soooooo cool! I can’t believe you got to go to the ranch.

    I hope all is well with you and the Boss. ;)

    Rachymommy – MommyTopics.com

  15. Robyn on July 22nd, 2010 9:58 AM

    What a great experience! I love reading Ree’s blog, as well as yours. I had always wondered what it would be like for Ree to have a muslima and/or a person of color in her house. Nice!

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