Through our organization Minnstameets (www.Minnstameets.com) my friend Rita and I have been working with the Mall of America a lot in the past month! We worked very hard to curate a collection of 70 photos representing Minnesota's community of Instagrammers! We asked the community of 5,000+ people to add a hashtag to their top three favorite photos. A week later we went though all of the photos and selected what we thought was a good representation of our community. You would be amazed (I am!) at the quality and depth of photos our community produces... These are people who love photography. They do it with their hearts and it shows!
Once we had our selections, the Mall of America graciously printed them and gave us our own gallery space to display the photos! Rita and I spent an entire day choosing the layout and hanging the photos.
Once we were done, it felt so amazing just to sit in the space. Like we were surrounded by friends - like a big hug!
On Thursday night we threw an Instameet there and we had over 200 attendees! If you live in Minnesota, check out our gallery - it is across from J Crew and will be up for about a month! I couldn't be more proud!
So the Mall of America also invited us to their Art + Style Series fashion show last night! They asked 5 designers from past seasons of Project Runway to share their latest collections. We attended the VIP party beforehand & told we would get VIP seating too. Well you cannot imagine our surprise when we were seated in THE FREAKING FRONT ROW!!!! It was epic. The clothes were epic. The energy was palpable. Serious goosebumps material. I was especially happy to see that black and white with pops of red is definitely "in" this season!
And wow - we were in the front row to take it all in! The entire way home I kept wondering how this mom with an iPhone is suddenly sitting in the front row at a fashion show - next to the style editor from MSP Magazine. How the heck did that happen?! Crazy and wonderfully exciting at the same time! Thanks so much Erin & everyone else at the Mall of America! It feels like a wonderful start of a new partnership!