One of the amazing parts about running The School of Styling and the McAlister-Leftwich House is that the two go hand-in-hand so nicely. Case in point: we get to host The School of Styling twice a year at the venue! It’s not only infinitely easier than traveling because of my growing family, but the venue truly is the perfect setting for the workshop. McAlister-Leftwich embodies so much of what we want our students to feel at The School of Styling. Its Southern charm, the abundance of natural light, and character make it the ideal location for the workshops.
If you aren’t familiar with The School of Styling, it’s a three-day hands-on workshop where female entrepreneurs build business and creative confidence. It is a super inspiring and beautiful three days and to be honest, the houses feel so empty once it’s over!
The first day the students got acquainted with one another and we began laying foundational work for what they continued to learn the rest of the week. I always teach my hands-on flat lay styling session the first day, and it was so fun to see the creative designs everyone comes up with! We ended the night with a cocktail party catered by 1618 On Location and it was delicious – as always!
Day two consisted of floral design (this time led by Andraya Northrup of Flora Wedding & Events Flowers located here in Greensboro), tabletop design, breakout sessions including a self-care by Some Call Me Crunchy and a vignette styling workshop by Greenhouse Picker Sisters, and more business/marketing sessions. It’s a full day!
Day three began with a mimosa bar, hair and makeup with Tease & Blush, and headshots with Ally & Bobby Photography. We then had more teaching (this time on website & SEO) and finished our day with calligraphy with Simply Jessica Marie. We always do a beautiful final dinner to wrap up the week and I can’t wait to share photos of that with you! We set up an intimate and feminine design in the Gant Room and it was perfection.
This was the first of the 2019 workshops and we’re loving the sneak peeks we received from one of our sweet attendees, Kate Elizabeth Photography: