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Thursday, August 20, 2015

create + cultivate

Today, I am sharing a recap of the Create & Cultivate Conference in Chicago that I attended this past weekend. Create & Cultivate is a conference for female entrepreneurs in the digital space. The day was filled with workshops, panels, mentor sessions, a beauty bar, pop-up shops with plenty of opportunities to share fabulous pictures on all social media platforms.  It was such a great opportunity to hear some of the most influential bloggers in the industry, including Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies and Emily Jackson of Ivory Lane, speak and meet other like-minded bloggers from all over the world! As a side note, for all the other bloggers out there, I would definitely recommend checking out the conference if it ever comes to your area! 

Serious consideration went into the outfit for conference day. The day started at 8am and lasted until 8pm, so something that was cute, yet comfortable, was a necessity! Although I did opt for heels, at least they were my new favorite pair with the shorter heel :) 





Dress: J.Crew {on sale & comes in more colors!} | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Chanel {found a cute alternative for under $40!} | Necklace: J.Crew | Ring: David Yurman | Watch: Kate Spade | Bracelet: here & here | Earrings: similar here | Sunglasses: Prada | Lips: Liner {boldly bare}, Lipstick {creme cup}, Lipgloss {turkish delight}

Here are a few snaps from the day...

A wall of donuts. YUM!!







  1. Obsessed with this look! Love those leopard pumps!

    XO Jessi

  2. You picked the perfect outfit! So classy!

  3. You can never go wrong with pearls, Chanel and a LBD. so Audrey!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. Sounds amazing! Love the outfit too. Definitely hope this comes to Orange County soon!


  5. Lovely look!

  6. Such a classic look! Love those leopard pumps!
    xoxo Danielle
    For the Love of Leopard

  7. Fun recap - you got some great pictures. I just did one on my blog today, too! Great look! I captured one outfit photo - I was so consumed with everything else - I forgot about pictures - oops!

    Daily Style Finds

  8. I would have loved to have heard what they had to say! Did you learn any valuable tips?

  9. How amazing do you look?! Sounds like you had so much fun!

  10. So fun! I so wish I could have gone! You look so chic! Love the pop of leopard too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  11. I am SO sad I couldn't get there. I bet it was amazing!


  12. Oh this sounds like so much fun!! You look adorable!


  13. Hi Rachel, you look fabulous and I cannot believe that I missed you! You were in my city!! I didn't attend the event since I had other obligations but hopefully next time! So happy that you had a great time, and got to meet Rach Parcell, etc. It is definitely very inspiring!
    Keep up the good work, Rach! Love your blog!
    I truly hope this day is as beautiful as you are, my dear friend!
    Sending you much love & have a great weekend!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  14. Sounds like such a great event!! I'm sure you learned so much!! What do you think your key takeaways were!! Love what you wore to the event!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  15. Looks like an absolutely fantastic event - I'm loving that wall of donuts!!! xoxo B | The Sequin Notebook

  16. Hey Rachel!
    This is the first time I'm visiting your blog and I'd like to tell you that the blog design is beautiful. I really like the concept of Create + Cultivate, and I am a little bit jealous of you, but, not for the wrong reasons. i'm a blogger based in India and we don't get these kind of opportunities, which kind of sucks. I would give anything to get this kind of exposure and experience!
    I really like the dress that you're wearing, it looks so good on you! But, what I LOVE are those shoes <3 Can we take a moment to appreciate their beauty?

    Take care.

  17. Sounds like this was such a great conference, I'm so bummed I didn't get to attend!

    Wishes & Reality

  18. what a cool conference. give me all the donuts, lol. love those shoes--you looked great!!

  19. I love the classic look and the Chicago atmosphere!


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