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Follow Your Beer – Las Vegas – 10.20.2017

Last week America’s beer distributors gathered in Las Vegas for the 80th Annual NBWA Convention and Trade Show.

I have long been a fan of beer, but after attending this event, I have a much greater understanding of how and why I am able to enjoy the beers I love.

Let me provide a quick 101. The National Beer Wholesalers Association represents America’s independent beer distributors, these are the 135,000 people who ensure you have access to all of your favorite beers and introduce you to new beers in your local stores and neighborhood haunts.

Out in Vegas I saw firsthand the many aspects of beer distribution, most notably the multiple industries involved.

Beer is innovative. People are working with technology to get things done and make the industry more efficient, which should not have been a surprise, but it was. It was also really cool to see up close.

Some of the latest in beer technology at #NBWAVegas #encompasstechnologies #followyourbeer #colorado

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I wasn’t the only one impressed. People like John, a distributor from California, and many others from all over the country who work in distribution for a living felt the same way.  Here he is checking out how the latest in robots!

I was also surprised by the diversity of the individuals who work in the distribution industry. I met people who have worked in the industry their entire lives; I also met the young leaders who are leading the way for the next generation in beer.

And speaking of diversity, representatives from all over the world showed up in Las Vegas to share the latest beers from their respective regions of the world.

Of course beer is what brought everyone together in Vegas and there was no lack of options to try. How else can you be guaranteed the best make it into your hands? IPAs, Pale Ales, Stouts, beers that have yet to be released and many more. After learning a lot about beer, it was fun to toast the convention by enjoying a few.

Here are a few more highlights and you can follow the hashtag #FollowYourBeer on instagram to see and learn more:

A personal PSA – remember to drink responsibly.

*Thank you to National Beer Wholesalers Association for partnering on this post.



ELLE Magazine – Style Across America, Washington, DC – 04.01.2017

I am honored to have been featured in ELLE’s “Style Across America, Washington, DC” story alongside 3 of my DC fashion muses (Virginia Arrisueno, Desiree Venn Federick and Lena Farouki).  A lot of work, love and support from family, friends and readers helped to make this happen.  So while you saw the story, here is a brief snapshot of how it all happened.

On a cold Monday in early January I went to meet the ELLE fashion team at their mobile fashion HQ in DC.   When I walked in all I could see were SHOES!  Full heart.  Thankfully we had ELLE stylist Yashua on the scene to help me pick my looks and keep me from being sidetracked.  You know I would still be trying those shoes on.While Yashua began to organize some of pieces he thought I would like, I had a serious makeup and hair situation happening. It was time for my favorite part – clothes!Picking 2 looks is easier said than done when a rack of EVERY designer you are in love with is in front of you…  Hello Rosie, Stella, Johanna, Diane, et. al.!But, Gucci.  So #1 was quickly decided.  Roar!And if you read my blog, you know I have never met a piece of Sacai I didn’t love so off to Rose’s Luxury we go – 5 hours later.More makeup.

More help.  Rolling deep.  It takes a village and this is a good PSA that celebs are NOT just like you when they are in a magazine or walking the red carpet.  Here is the proof!Look 1 photos done.

Look 2 a little more work.  Shooting in 10 degree weather with wind and pretending you are warm took some mental discipline/I kept thinking to myself “This is going to be in ELLE get it together!”  But just before the sun went down, we wrapped.Dream come true.  Thanks to ELLE – Robbie Myers, Maggie Bullock, Keziah Weir, Yashua Simmons.

Thank you to Jessica Mitrovich for taking all of these amazing behind the scenes photos so I could share this story with readers a.k.a. YOU!

Checkout the entire feature here