I Heart New Friends

Last Valentine's Day I was just 4 days away from putting on a cabaret for a packed room of my friends & a total whirlwind of rehearsals, event planning & gut-wrenching anxiety. {I can't even recall if Beau & I did anything at all.} Little did I know that one year later I would be sipping tea, musing about the people I'm grateful to have met since starting Dean Street Society, mostly through a little platform called Twitter, which I'd yet to join. So consider this a double cheek air kiss to just a few of those lovely ladies & gents ...

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{Sweater: Boy Meets Girl, Jeans: Loft, Boots: Steve Madden, Socks: Macys, Scarf: Thrifted ... see the P.S. below for more outfit notes!}

The fellow entrepreneurs I'd meet on Twitter

The Menswear Blogger: Alex Maier of MrDangerKnowsBest & WhyAreYouDressedUp ... a Brooklyn dapper who perhaps gets my style of business {pun intended} like no one else {look for some collaborations coming in 2012}

The Menswear Designer: Jonathan Snyder of BrierAndMoss ... a southern gentleman who shares my penchant for a bow tie

The Event Planner: Emilee Sutherland of TastefulTatters ... that girl you exchange 10 emails with in a single night

The Jewelery Designers: Angela & Courtney of AngelCourt ... two best friends with an eye for all things pretty

The Beauty Maker: Anna Liesemeyer of InHonorOfDesign ... the graphic designer with a heart for integrity & beauty in everything she does

The early Twitter fans who'd become virtual friends

"Virginia Cori" of WhatCSaid ... the sassypants who cracks me up to the point of tears 

"Oklahoma Anthony" of RamblingsOfAGentleman ... the college guy who proves being a gentleman is always cool

"England Anna" of @AnnaWrites ... the writer who makes me sigh wishing I too were typing from her side of the Atlantic

"Scotland Jillian" of MimiNicole ... the wedding blogger who's become my intern, my friend & my weekly coffee date, making life sweeter all around

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And of course I'm grateful for you. Yes. You. The one reading this, who's allowed & encouraged me in this new business. Super glad to be spending just a moment with you today. :) Who are you grateful for this Valentine's Day?

with grace & gumption, Hilary

P.S. Having a sweatshirt kinda day? Try to have cute ones in bright colors like this & add a few remarkable accessories like knee-high socks & a patterned scarf to make it clear that you look cozy, not schleppy.

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