Plannerizer Report: Phoenix, Arizona

Can I explain how wonderful it is to travel to a warm place from a cold place? I don’t think I can put this into words. So, a couple of days of being on the West Coast, I fly back across country for another meeting. This is a meeting that I had a lot more ownership over since I’ve been handling the logsitics from the beginning. Everything went wonderfully. It probably helped because I landed and saw palm trees. That always lightens my disposition.

Greeness? Eh…yeah. They’re working on. It’s just interesting because I usually go to cities that are battling it out to be the greenest city in the country(Chicago, Boston, Seattle vs. Portland), and I don’t even know is Phoenix is aware that race is going on. Talk about urban spawl. Of course, the facilites we used had to upgrade on the green factor for us to even consider going to meet with them, just as our hotels do when we take our show to a city. That’s one of the things I really enjoy about what I do, is that I feel like you can see a difference in the way that a city words during the entire process of taking the show to their town.

Phoenix itself is a lovely place. I don’t know…I may be extremely bias because I got to walk around in flip flops. It’s possible ; )

Hmm…warm…

Vintage Fashion

Why do I love retro fashion? Because men and women used to take time to dress. None of this throw on clothes like it doesn’t matter. Clothing was an extension of the person themselves, it still is, though this idea is less recognized. Clothes also fit whoever was wearing it, we’ve also gotten away from that in this age of mass production. Most of us can’t afford to have our entire waredobe tailored to our specific bodies. I’m sure I’m a little bias on this one, but I feel like many people don’t think about petite women! Especially ones that have any kind of figure. Let’s be honestly, flood pants are no longer in! Why does petite have to equal way too short?

In the age of Edith Head and Adrian, everyday fashion was an art. Thought was put in to each piece of clothing. I relish that!

Look at this scene from How to Marry a Millionaire her shoes match her dress and everything fits!

purple-dress

Then look at Marilyn’s gown. I love it.

pink-dress

Plannerizer Report: Seattle, Washington

This trip was quite an adventure. Not only did I find out that I was going just a few days before I left, but it was also my first time on the West Coast. I was worried that I’d be sooo bored during the flight, but delightfully, I wasn’t. This was also adventure because I wasn’t quite sure about the event space that I was going to be using. Outside of running out of food or losing power, I feel like this is something that’s VERY scary for an event planner. Especially when you’re dealing with a high level meeting like I was.

The first day….we have no audio/visual. This means there’s no projector, the screen is broken, the telephone isn’t working. Basically, all that IS working is the power. Oh, did I also add that it was like 12 degrees in the meeting space as well? Oy. Luckily, everything went well with food so at least they were able to eat. Amazingly, I wasn’t in a panic mostly because of the fact that I had spent so much time before I left having minor freak outs ; )

Eventually, I moved the meeting down to another floor and the meeting run exceedingly smoothly. Seattle was a great city to work in reference to greenness. I don’t know what their overall “rating” is from the meeting’s industry, but I found it easy for the caterer and the meeting space to meet all of our greening needs. I stayed in a Kimpton, so of course my needs were met there.

I did also get a chance to spend some time walking around the city which is something I love doing. I definitely have the gene to explore in my. I always want to get out and see what’s going on. I have a lot of trips coming up in the next few months, so I hope to have a chance to explore those cities, too!

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