We've been dreaming up this idea of collaborating and building community driven events with the brands that inspire us for quite some time now. Why? Because just like every company, the employees are what make the brand come to life. Interesting, creative and innovative humans are the backbone of every successful brick and mortar store, digital retailer and cool app that you stalk on your phone. Connecting with these inspirational people was on our bucket-list and we don't mean with a typical interview. Because well, interviews are typical. We wanted to spoil them and go all out! They do inspire us, after all. That's why we created #DreamDinnerParty. You can find out a lot about someone by asking what their dream dinner party is. But, we decided to take it even one step further and bring said dream dinner party to life because that's kinda what we are all about here at The Venue Report.
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Hi guys, Cortnie here, co-founder of The Venue Report, wishing you a happy #InternationalWomensDay! This day marks the celebration commemorating the ongoing movement for women's rights. Today, more than ever, we are celebrating women throughout history but want to spotlight a very special modern day boss lady, Fran Hauser.
A few years ago when I was starting out on my journey with The Venue Report, I felt very alone in the startup landscape. Why? The startup world by nature can be a lonely place but I had also ventured into this realm that was (and still is) male dominated. We first started in a startup incubator led by male advisors, we were pitching male venture funds and we were meeting male mentors. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE all of these amazing men we have met and created relationships with - they have not only been the best confidants but also crucial to our startup success. Still, I ached and longed for a female to chat with about well, being a female and a mom within this fast-paced fundraising world. One day after asking advisors if they knew any awesome females I could connect with, I soon had an email intro connecting me with Fran Hauser. A week after this email introduction, I was nervously on the phone with Fran, the former President of Digital at Time Inc. Yep, the former President of Digital at Time. Inc! Now, let me fangirl for a minute: She is known for many career moments including her role at building People.com, Entertainment Weekly and InStyle. She had served as VP of AOL's Programming Group as well as an advisor to many huge consumer facing companies, she had been named one of the Six Most Powerful Women in New York City's Tech Scene by Refinery29 and honored with one of 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The accolades go on and on. No big deal right?
After chatting with Fran, I discovered her selfless passion for mentoring female entrepreneurs. She is passionate about advocating for women across the globe and often speaks on such topics. Over the past few years Fran has always given me time to chat with her on the phone and even meet up with her for coffee when I am in New York, her home base. She has no reason to spend this time with me other than the fact she truly wants to help. Fran is a rare and inspirational woman who is the true definition of a mentor. Women like Fran are why we have come so far as females in 2017. Today, we honor women across the globe and celebrate women like Fran who are actively paving the way. Did we mention that she was honored as a Global Champion of Women On International Women's Day?! We could go on forever with our glowing intro, but now let's hear from Fran herself on her successes, current ventures and advice to fellow female entrepeneurs.
Ladies ladies ladies. We recently attended a gals only, 70's glam event hosted by San Diego locals, Jill of Layered Vintage and Melissa of Pow Wow Design Studio that brings the perfect #girlpower party inspo. From the moment you walked in the door, you could feel the those disco vibes from the cocktail menu to the dance floor. Of course, food was passed and drinks were poured but you could also get your hair styled, nails polished and shop with the variety of local female vendors there.
Girl gang goals were definitely achieved and to top it off, the decor wasn't the only inspiring part of the evening. There was a rare energy in the air - an energy you don't find at many events. The warm feeling of respect danced around the glitter filled room as women connected with one another over genuine compliments, conversations, and collaborations. It was a special night where these dynamic women let their guard down, forgot about work, stress, and their hardships to foster new and old relationships alike. It was a city of women that came together and empowered one another at a time of unprecedented importance.
Photography by Gantes.co
Archive Rentals sure knows how to throw a party—or a “Cocktail Conference” to be more precise. At a spacious two-level industrial space charmed with lush plants, pastel-colored flowers, and of course stylish furniture, the Southern Californian vintage furniture rental company put on a wonderfully moody and romantic event for industry insiders.
It was a memorable class-act of a social and we at The Venue Report had the absolute enjoyable privilege of attending. Since we had such a blast, we figured it’d make for ideal inspiration when it came to your own celebration of romance. The Archive Rentals crew was more than happy to talk to us, so you could scoop some styling tips for your own festive Valentine’s Day party.
Valentine's Day as we know it is a dedicated to lovers, couples, besties and Mothers. Show them your love this Valentine's Day by swapping out a typical box of chocolates and red roses for something that says, "I know you too well." The answer is simple yet perfect. A box of pizza. But not just any box of pizza! It is up to you to put your spin on it.
Stumped on a perfectly witty saying? Don't worry, this DIY comes jam packed with tips and sayings included.