Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Martha, Martha, Martha...

I was going to make you guys wait for this.
I wasn't going to do this blog until next week.
But I'm so stinking impatient that I couldn't help it!

So here's the deal. I was shocked and thrilled a few weeks ago when I got an invitation to a Martha Stewart blogger cocktail party in NYC.
After much scrambling, begging, and possibly a tear or two, we made it happen.
We were supposed to be at our cabin for vacation last week.
So we just headed East instead of West.

I knew I was getting close when I saw these stripes.

I and a handful of other bloggers got a tour of the building before the party started.
What a treat!!
Photos were strictly off limits, which just about killed me.
It was all so beautiful behind the scenes! The lighting, the kitchens, the props...
But I followed the rules. Matt didn't, fortunately. You can see his pictures here.
(I'm in the middle in the top group photo, but he doesn't have me tagged.)

The party started and the mingling began!

It was supposed to be on the rooftop overlooking the Hudson river but the weather forced them to move it indoors instead.
It was very cramped, and quite warm.

There was a false eyelash station by Paul Labrecque.
One of the makeup artists saw me walk by and said, "Oh! You've already been here and got your lashes!"
I told her I hadn't. She was shocked. "Seriously?! That's all you?"
"Yep. Me and Maybelline."
I'm such a hick.
I should've told her, "They're real and they're spectacular!" (bonus points for you if you know what that's from.)

Glass ping pong table. I need one in our farmhouse.

I didn't eat anything.
I know. A Martha friggin' Stewart party and I didn't eat?!
I am not known to turn down food very often.
But I didn't want to be mingling and have garlic breath, or a piece of spinach in my tooth or something. So I just drank.
And I stuck to non-alcoholic things so I wouldn't end up dancing on that glass ping pong table.
Hey, you never know...
These were ah-ma-zing.

The view -

I had a brief conversation with Martha.
I have to be honest and say that she is not what I expected.
I have heard the stories and fully expected a diva.
What she was instead, was lovely and warm, genuine and kind.
She shared real smiles and real laughs.
Not to mention she's ridiculously beautiful.
She looks as good or better in person than on television.
And she's the proud new owner of a necklace from The Rusted Chain.

Thank you Martha and staff for inviting this small town Kansas girl to such a fabulous event!


Heathahlee said...

I just have two words. Cool. Beans. Now who's the hick? :)

spadazzle said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!how cool is that!

Wendy said...

Still trying to wrap my head around the not eating thing. You know, the garlic breath might have been worth it...

Shawna Del Real said...

WOW! That is sooo awesome! I need to see a pic of those lashes : )

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Whaaaa????? How on earth did you land this invite?!? How fabulous!

I'd probably have been too nervous to eat as well. But probably not. :)


Molly said...

I am loving this partay! How cool are you that you got invited to Martha Stewart! Those drinks looked yummy! So happy for you!!
~Molly P

Unknown said...

Hick or not (I say NOT), you are just too cool for school. I'm not even a big Martha fan (although her scrapping stuff is mahvalous!) and I'm jealous! Congrats and--BASK!

Martha said...

How exciting and wonderful!!!! It sounds amazing!

Lindsay Thomas said...

What an awesome weekend! It's good to hear she was nice...I've heard the diva thing too! Which necklace is she the proud owner of??

Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate said...

Very Cool, Beki...And, I'm still jealous that you were in NYC. I LOVE that city. And, the "Seinfeld" reference was from when Elaine ran into "Terri Hatcher" in the sauna....They are not referring to eyelashes (Ha Ha)

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I completely get the not eating thing. I would have been too excited--and too afraid that I'd choke and the ambulance guys would wreck the whole party! :)

sharin said...

I'm so glad you were able to make this happen. Oh, the regrets if you hadn't....and now, the memories because you could!

I don't think I could have resisted the food; I'd have gone for it -- spinach in the teeth and everything. ;o)


Debra from Bungalow said...

I'd love to see Martha wearing one of your fabulous necklaces. How awesome for you!

You didn't eat...not even a bite..gosh! I would have had a bite of everything.

Amy said...

Very cool. What an awesome memory for you! I'm so glad you were able to make it work!! I wanna know what necklace you gave her!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

We made a necklace specifically for her. :)

Marta @ Haus of Girls said...

What an awesome experience!!!
You are one lucky girl :)
And I love me some Seinfeld too!

Colleen in CO said...

How awesome! Btw, that Seinfeld episode was on late nite tv a week ago here. :-)
I can't believe you didn't eat anything - not even chocolate? Wow - I would have been all over it.
I'm glad you were able to make it happen.

Lisa Holman of XSBaggage and Co. said...

So exciting!! I can't believe you didn't at least nibble on one of those little moon pies! I'd love to hear the story of how/why you were invited.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Wow!! How exciting!! Since you guys are such buddies, tell her that you have another Kansas friend who wants to come and hang next time!

So cool! hey, did you at least fill your pockets with some of those chocolate cookies for later?

Nahema Cherry said...

oh that's so cool, she's so elegant always

Learning Spanish at 41 said...

She is a guru...glad you got to go!

Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

It was an awesome event~ it was great meeting you too;o)


Tara said...

lucky girls - you and Martha
that was terri hatcher on seinfeld
happy for your Martha moment!

Love the Decor! said...

Hooray! I am so glad you got to attend!!
What a great memory!!

jonahbonah said...

like i said before, next time pa-lease shove me in your suitcase!!!


Melinda said...

Wowza--Really a great time for you!
How lucky for you that you were able to get THAT close to her.
Glad to hear that she is personable
and nice to be around.
One has heard sooo may rumors.

Is there more we get to hear.


Elisa Seaba said...

WOW! Impressive!! What an opportunity!

kraftykash said...

You Are AWESOME! That is all. AWESOME!

Anonymous said...

it was such an amazing party wasn't it?
i love your jewelry and am truly grateful for a chance to briefly meet you and exchange cards.

Wendy said...

Must admit, I'm a little jealous! You are amazing...scoring the invite is amazing...Martha with her Rusted Chain necklace is amazing. Wow! Way to go lady!!!

Laura said...

why did I not see you in NYC????????????????

Ruth said...

wow - even i know who she is!! glad you were able to go, superstar!

Rebekah said...

No way!!!! Oh my gosh, I'm a little embarrassed to admit I am a little jealous! Girl, that is so amazing!

Cristy said...

Hi Beki....

So fun! I heard you went this past weekend and had to check your blog to see for myself!

I cannot believe you didn't eat anything! You crazy girl.

Cthings said...

Beki congratulations what an honor to meet her. That is so wonderful and I'm glad you got to go. I also read about your farm. Congrats on buying one!

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

How exciting! Hope you had a great trip.

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

WOW! Neato times infinity!!!