The past couple of months I have had the pleasure of getting together with a few of my favorite lovely lady friends for brunch. It’s a simple ritual, gathering on someone’s porch for donuts, coffee, and of course, mimoas – what would brunch be without mimosas?
These gals are going to be a few of the faces that I miss most from Oklahoma City when I move back to Seattle in September (and I really hope they will come visit me, pretty please?!) As they almost all happen to be bloggers or entrepreneurs of sorts, I thought I had better take a minute to introduce you to these crazy, creative women. I’m not much for writing flowery bios but you should mentally insert all sorts of adjectives and words that are synonymous with “awesome, amazing, creative, inspiring,” etc. as you read this.
Ashley – I first met Ashley when she had her pop-up vintage shop Bones & Arrows at a street market. I think I probably started virtually stalking her after that and eventually made her be my friend, but it was a while back so who can say? Ashley makes a nice strong mimosa and likes to smack my butt when she’s drunk (and also when she’s not drunk). I’d say she’s one of the main protesters to me leaving OKC and she’s making it really hard, dammit!
Christine – I had the pleasure of meeting Christine last weekend at our brunch meetup. She’s the newest on my radar here but I’ve quickly grown to like her and appreciate her company on Twitter. I asked her if she had a website or something I could link to and she said “Wish I did but I’m not that fabulous. Working on it.” So look out for good things from her in the future, and until then, give her a follow on Twitter.
Erin C. – Thankfully, she’s my across the street neighbor! Erin was one of the first people I met in OKC. She’s a painter (she encouraged me to make my FIRST EVER painting!), vintage lover with impeccable taste, and the creative powerhouse behind both her blog, Pippin & Pearl and CooperHouse – her web/print/branding business. I am super grateful to Erin, she has been a treasure here – getting me into the OKC scene, and is basically responsible for getting me every job I have had here.
Erin D.* – I met Erin from Twitter as well. One of the greatest adventures I have had this year was when we drove to Tulsa to see Alkaline Trio (a long time favorite for us both) perform. We pretended we weren’t in our late 20s and got right up in the front with the kids. Erin’s scrappy as hell and impressed me with her ability to hold her own in a mosh pit. She blogs wonderfully at erinmichelledesigns.com and also sells handmade jewelry, some of which incorporates bones that she bought at my shop, The Salvage Room.
Katie – I don’t remember how we started following each other on Twitter (the Twitter community in OKC is very tight-knit, everyone follows everyone.) She quickly became one of my favorite follows because she’s pretty frickin’ hilarious. She can get ROWDY and it’s important to have a rowdy friend. Super important. I can count on her for some good nights out even if I can’t remember all of them. She blogs at katality.com and although it’s a fairly new blog, it’s crazy good!
Sheri – I met Sheri through the Midtown Rotary. She is a woman wise beyond her years and always has something kind, supportive, and inspiring to say. We have similar musical tastes, which always draws me to a person and she’s a genuine pleasure to be around. She works in social media like me, and blogs at Really Most Sincerely, which is a fun, funny, and thoughtful read. She also knows a whole lot more about food than I do (as much as I enjoy food.) Hey, follow her on Twitter too.
(* Erin D. hasn’t yet been to one of our donut brunches but I *have* been to brunch with Erin, and she is coming to our next one in August (riiiiight?) so I’m including her! And you can’t do anything about it!)
Welp. There you have it. Closing paragraph, something something. Leaving OKC ain’t easy and there are many more who will be missed. I hope I’ll have a lot more opportunities to hang out with everyone in the next month before I head back to Seattle!
P.S. The donuts pictured are from Polar Donuts and they’re actually SPUDNUTS. And they’re amazing. Or as one reviewer so eloquently said “the doughnuts were off the hook, (very good).” – in case you skipped Late 90′s Slang 101.
By Kelsi Eldredge