{ladies who lunch}

 Not to be outdone by the design blogging get togethers in Toronto, we bloggers on the west enjoyed a wonderful lunch to meet and greet.

Sixteen creative and talented women were in attendance, enjoying a wonderful Italian lunch in the historic town of New Westminster, British Columbia. Our goal was  a chance to meet and to discuss ideas about creating a network of lifestyle and design bloggers here in the west, which we have aptly named, Design and Lifestyle Bloggers {West}.

I was excited to meet some new faces and to see old ones. 
The talent all in one room was dizzying!

Bloggers in attendance were:

Karla from Kerrisdale Design {she has another feature in this month's Style at Home - congrats!}
Andrea from  From My Living Room
Nancy from Marcus Design
Victoria from Edin Design {soon to be live, formerly from Design Ties}
Yvonne and Sharon, the dynamic duo from Layers and Layers 
Carol from The Design Pages
Catherine from Peace Love Sweater
Jennifer from Nicole Jane Home
Michelle from A Schematic Life
Me, Barbara from hodge:podge

Of course I forgot my camera {bad blogger} so since Victoria's blog is under construction she emailed me photos she took of that day!

left to right: Karla. Andrea, Tracey, Sari, Catherine, Jodi, {can't see them but Tracey and Carol} Yvonne {the blonde in the far back}, Sharon, Michelle and I {behind the waiter's arm} Jill, Jennifer and Nancy

Andrea & Nancy

Karla & Andrea

 Tracey {raggygirlvintage} and Sari

from left to right: Michelle, Andrea, Nancy, Carol, me, Catherine and Jodi

We are planning a few events and have a few things up our sleeves for the near future. We are excited for things to come! 

If you are a design or lifestyle blogger from the west {BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba} please shoot me an email [barbaras{dot}hodgepodge{at}yahoo{dot}ca] to get you connected with our Facebook Page where you can connect with other bloggers west of Toronto!

*{By no means do we want to disassociate ourselves with our fellow Easterners, but we feel that with our geographical distance we need to create a micro-group that makes it easier for us to get together without having to sell our first born for a plane ticket out East!}

XO Barbara


  1. so envious...i love a group of like minded chicks!

  2. You guys look great!! Glad to hear you had fun!!

    Can't wait to do an east meets west blogger meet up!!

  3. That's a great post Barbara. I'm so glad to be part of this awesome group. I'm going to repost this on my facebook page. Have a great weekend.xo

  4. It truly was a good time, I look forward to more meetups and working with some of you fine designers.

  5. Sounds like such a lovely way to spend an afternoon! Wish I was closer and could have attended!

  6. Looks like a fun time. I'll have to check out some of these new-to-me bloggers.

    And I agree with Liz/Wallpaper. An East meets West meetup needs to happen!

  7. Wonderful post!!! This is awesome, I am happy to have a little list with links to visit each ladies page, thank you for doing this Barbara!
    And PS. A HUGE thank you for posting my giveaway on your sidebar, you are so supportive!! Hugs xo

  8. What a fabulous idea! I'm excited for you gals. Thanks for sharing this!

    Shelly xo

  9. So nice to meet you in person. We had a great afternoon, lots of good food, fun and laughter! So glad to be a part of it.

  10. Sorry I missed that, next time for sure!

  11. oh, how fun! I wish I had a group of bloggers nearby like you do!

  12. I'm looking forward to joining you all for the next meet up :-) Thanks for this recap.

  13. Thanks for the great post! I look forward to checking out some of these new-to-me CANADIAN blogs.

  14. Thanks for this post. I've enjoyed checking out some new CANADIAN blogs as a result!


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