Last weekend, Create & Cultivate hosted 1,000+ women to their home base in L.A. for the biggest (and prettiest) work party you could imagine. With empowering sessions throughout the day, curated photo ops, non-stop inspiration, practical wisdom and incredible company, the conference was truthfully a creative's dream.
Because the planning and production was so well done, there were so many elements of C&C L.A. that were truly so special, but I have to say that the defining factor for me was the sensational women I crossed paths with. When I founded Velvet + Vinyl nearly two years ago, I inherently believed, and still do, that women build women. I whole-heartedly believe that extending love, compassion, sincere support and good energy to the women around us benefits us, too. It allows us to create relationships that are built on intent, and these connections move us all forward.
While in L.A., I met so many other creative women and I was truly floored by their sincere kindness, imaginative souls, and steadfast ambition. In our world today, it's easy to buy in to the false belief that women need to compete with one another in order to rise above — that we need to be better or be more than we are; more creative, more engaged, more of a leader, have more followers, plan more collabs, create more content, etc.
The C&C experience negates the art of competition and instead depicts how the potential success of creative women never has a cap. From bloggers to CEOs, creative fortresses, financial experts and women who rose to their power while on the brink of a great idea, the exposure to women who are quite literally kicking ass in the workplace was a motivating and tangible reminder that our future is merely a reflection of what we decide to create. There are opportunities for all who refuse to give up. That isn't to say that things won't ever be challenging, but every woman who spoke reinforced the truth that the only limitations we face are the ones we place on ourselves.
If C&C ever pops up in a city near you (Austin, TX is the next destination!) I urge you to drop your plans, make shit happen and go. The weekend left me feeling wholly rejuvenated and creatively restored, and it reminded me that my success is a reflection of my own effort. Even if you're not necessarily in a creative field, it's so important for women to know their power, and to be surrounded by likeminded boss ladies who know we've hardly scratched the surface in the glass ceiling above.
Another perk of the conference? It's the most Instagrammable event you'll attend. See photos below for the highlight reel.