Surprisingly the night before, despite all of my butterflies, I slept like a rock and woke up fresh and excited. The butterflies were busy. They seemed to have doubled their population. I was nervous and had no idea what to expect. I was also excited to meet so many people from Country Living Magazine that I had been corresponding with over the past few weeks.
The Hearst Publications building was located around the block from the hotel. As we rounded the corner, we were taken back at the beauty and uniqueness of the building. I immediately recognized it from the photo. My husband said, “Wow, look at that building.” I replied, ” That is where we are going!”
The Hearst tower that we see today was renovated from its original 1928 form in 2003. It was the first green skyscraper constructed in NYC following September 11, 2001. You can read more about it here. Hearst Tower is now the centralized infrastructure to all of the Hearst’s publications that can be found in homes all over the country. Some of these include Good Housekeeping, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Car and Driver, O, The Oprah Magazine, Esquire, House Beautiful and of course, Country Living.
We were greeted in the lobby and then proceeded to 44th floor banquet room. Even the elevator extended a welcome to the attendees.
As we arrived at the top of the tower, and what seemed to be the top of the world, we finally were able to meet the other winners. We began to talk and interact as if we were old friends. We chatted, posed for pictures, met new friends and finally connected faces with familiar names. It was wonderful to meet the bloggers, judges, editors and employees of the magazine.
We took in the views.
We sat down to a gorgeous table, that seemed to be right out of a Country Living photo shoot. It was perfect. The program, menu and flowers were incredible.
Sarah Gray Miller, Editor-in-Chief of Country Living, led the ceremony and introduced us to the incredibly charming Cooper Boone who presented each and every blogger with their award. I went second. Cooper called us up to the podium one at a time. He said some wonderful, thoughtful and sweet things about my blog. It was a moment when I realized people truly understand that this blog is about so much more than just chickens.
After lunch, we posed with everyone there. I even got a pic with Sarah Gray Miller!
and all of the winners and judges too!
The afternoon seemed to quickly melt away. Time truly flew but I made memories that will last a lifetime. I will never forget this wonderful day. Thank you Country Living for honoring me.
Please take a moment to visit the other honorees’ blogs. They are my fellow Blue Ribbon Bloggers!
Collecting: Parismonia: Secondhand with Style
Crafts: Always a Project
Decorating: The Shabby Nest
Food: The Crepes of Wrath
Gardening: Garden Betty
Lifestyle: Crafty Farm Girl
Pets: Tilly’s Nest
Photo Credits: Tilly’s Nest, pcrosson