Influencers and bloggers in Southwest Florida came together over the last few months through Instagram just in time for the fall and holiday season. Although we don’t get much of fall weather in SWFL, it won’t stop our local community from bringing fashionable fall vibes to Naples!
The goal of our first large scale meet and greet, in addition to getting to know each other, was to support and share local companies. After all, that’s the ultimate goal of the relationship between companies and influencers. Within a few weeks of promoting the event through stories on Instagram, the event was sold out with 100 attendees. Each guest received a gift bag with several coupons, goodies from local companies and were entered into several raffles worth approximately $1,500 in combined value. At the end of the article you find a list with links for all the businesses that provided collaborations and sponsorship for the first event of this type and magnitude in SWFL.
Juan, with @itsmysocialdiary, provided the space and backdrop for the event at Bistro La Baguette. The restaurant has a chic, elegant yet rustic vineyard feel. The combination of the velvet, deep purple chairs, winery collection of bottles and white brick walls was the perfect backdrop for decorating and a designers dream for an event space. The food was delicious and just thinking about it has me wanting more! They created a special menu for the event that included three entrees to choose from, a fruit tart for dessert and a bottle of champagne to share per 2 people at each table!
Sivys, with @sivysv and her husband Leo @leonardomarquez_fitness, recently launched her clothing line boutique, LS Moda, and provided the entertainment with a glimpse of her clothing line in our cities’ very own first FASHION SHOW! The clothing pieces are super chic, high fashion and yet comfortable for our Florida-hot weather. The models were composed of local bloggers and boss babes from Naples! The boutique had the entire fall and summer collection displayed in a pop-up shop outside the restaurant. All attendees received an amazing 40% discount and an opportunity to feel the amazing quality of all the pieces.
Now we move on to my arena, the decorations! The fall fashion collection from LS Moda was the inspiration for the event decor and the main backdrop piece. I drew my inspiration from these two clothing pieces. The backdrop was a beautiful large 8x8 hedge piece framed with sunflowers and the LS Moda logo. The models walked through the aisles of tables and stoped at the backdrop for all to see and take pictures of the outfits. Of course, this focal backdrop was the center stage where all the influencers took group pictures and shared the event on their social media accounts. See below a full album of pictures from the attendees.
The tables were decorated with a small white-gold rustic pumpkin filled with fall colored flowers. Leaves were scattered throughout the tables and wine corks were used as place holders with the Instagram handles of the attendees. A small sunflower was placed next to each cork to tie in the backdrop look to the fall centerpieces.
The SWFL community is vibrant, stylish, and ready to show its presence in Naples, Florida. The best part is that we are doing it by coming together through amazing collaborations and support from local businesses. Stay tuned for many other events by following us!
Keep scrolling down for a gallery of pictures & click on all the sponsors and companies to visit their profiles.
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Yours truly! - Eli @dashofbluahdesigns
Photography - All photography from this post is by these lovely ladies:
DJ Sleaze @sleaze_dj
Karen with @glowhealthybyk
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