When women come together to have a seat at the table and celebrate each other, beautiful things can happen. Last week, in the midst of Austin's SXSW madness, we took a breather from all the chaos and parties to host an intimate brunch with our friends at Central Standard. We were joined by some of our favorite boss women in Austin to celebrate the launch of our new affiliate network StyleLink.it! Simply put, it was the perfect way to kick off a busy SXSW week, and what better place to start than South Congress Hotel?
Our guests sipped on mimosas and coffee while taking pictures of the beautiful table setting at Central Standard's lovely outdoor area. Each seat was beautifully decorated with a gorgeous, handcrafted keepsake plaque by A Fabulous Fete, which read 'Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.' With florals provided by the talented Stephanie Jensen of Bricolage Florals, and the sweet aroma of Otherland's candles lingering in the air, the atmosphere was set for a perfect brunch. We also had deliciously curated bites from Central Standard including fresh fruit with honey curd and pastries. The main entrees included a choice of Irish oats with bacon, fried chicken and jalapeno biscuits, and prime rib hash with Yukon gold potatoes and a poached egg. YUM.
This event wouldn't have been the same without the fabulous illustrator, Vogue Vignette. In between courses and bottomless mimosas being poured, she effortlessly sketched our guests and brought them to life on paper. It was by far one of our favorite parts of the brunch and allowed our guests to have a personalized party favor to take home! Our brunch was special not only for the lovely environment our friends at Central Standard helped us put together but also for the uplifting and supportive atmosphere of women for women. Some ladies were already fond friends, but we're so glad that the brunch helped cultivate plenty of new connections and a great environment to share stories. It's one thing to give each other a like on Instagram, but when you can come together at a table with amazing women you admire online and celebrate each other's successes and various strengths offline - it definitely makes for a memorable experience. We're so glad to have had the opportunity to team up with Central Standard to help provide this intimate experience for our guests to celebrate them and the launch of StyleLink.it. A big thank you to our generous friends at Otherland, NYX Cosmetics, Primally Pure, and Maggie Louise Confections for offering some of their amazing treats to gift our guests as an additional pick me up during the SXSW chaos. Special thanks to Kristen Lee Photography for the gorgeous snaps! To learn more about StyleLink.it and how to start monetizing your content on Instagram and your digital channels now, make sure to click here! Also, take a peep at our previous StyleLink.it Launch Brunch in NYC - check it out here!