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.
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.