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Kinfolk Butcher Block Dinner Party

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Happy Monday everyone! For those following along to our November #bebrave challenge over on Instagram you'll know that we've been doing a lot of decluttering and focusing on productivity this month so that is exactly what I did this weekend. It's amazing what you can find when you start to clean up old files and folders on your desktop so even if you aren't taking part in the challenge I encourage you to do a bit of blog spring cleaning of your own - you'll feel SO much better, trust me.

What I did stumble upon was a long lost (and unpublished) blog post dating back to one of our first events, the Kinfolk Butcher Block dinner party held in Sydney and co-hosted by Lizzie Hewson, author of Moving Out, Eating In. It was a rainy, winter night where a group of strangers came together over incredible food, wine and a shared love of Kinfolk. It was a magical night that paved the way for many of our future events and it was a great trip down memory lane that I couldn't help but share with you today...

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Images by Emma Scamell

Kinfolk Sydney Wabi Sabi Dinner // A Messy Meal

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I've talked a lot here about my past experience working with Kinfolk and how grateful I am to be able to collaborate with such visually creative people. What never ceases to amaze me is that each event we team up on continually impresses me, pushes boundaries and creates a lasting vision in my mind.

Our most recent Wabi Sabi Messy Meal was no exception.

The latest Kinfolk gathering kicked off around the world on October 11 with Sydney being one of the first host countries and we happily embraced the unique theme of 'wabi sabi' - or the art of imperfection. We left behind the preconceived ideas of what a Kinfolk dinner should look like and created something unique and different on a beautiful Sydney afternoon with the most interesting group of strangers.

The sun was shinning on our private rooftop loft on the top floor of The Stables Retail Concept in Bourke Rd Surry Hills. Imagine exposed brick walls, aged timber beams, concrete floors and a rooftop garden. Combined with my hosting BFF's, food from Mario's Kitchen and wine from Cake Wines it was pretty much perfection.

But like all great things, there was a team involved that made it happen. My dream team and I'm eternally grateful for their support and hard work - for this event and always. Find the beauty in the imperfections, you may just be surprised at what you see...

A special thanks to our event partners:

HOST// Natalie Hayllar Eat Read Love / Jaclyn Carlson Blog Society / STYLING & BLOOMS // Lisa Madigan / FOOD // Marios Kitchen / VENUE // The Stables Retail Concept / PHOTOS // Rachel Kara / VIDEO // David Child Kat Parker / GIFTS // Aesop / WINE // Cake Wines TABLEWARE // Ode Ceramics

Images: Rachel Kara

A Look Back // A Sydney Kinfolk Gathering

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There are some events that hold a special place in your heart. That stand out, forever etched in your memory and one such event was the Kinfolk Sydney Gathering that took place last year. I actually can't believe that I haven't posted about it before but stumpled upon the photos while cleaning out the laptop this weekend and had to share it with you here, it's too beautiful to keep to myself. 

As many of you know gatherings are a core part of what Blog Society is all about, I personally believe that face to face connection is the bond that ties us all together and I can't wait to expand upon that here in the coming weeks and bring you a variety of events from around the world that have caught my eye, brought people together and created some lasting memories for everyone involved.

For now sit back and enjoy the deliciousness that occurred at Glenmore House last November on a warm summer night. As the Kinfolk team so perfectly stated, "there was a contagious optimism floating around the well-connected Australian creative community, and rather than a generating a feeling of petty competitiveness, the scene here is all about collaboration." And I couldn't agree more. I remember sitting down to eat and looking around, emotionally moved at the energy you could feel and remembering why I had started Blog Society in the first place - to extend that energy and power of colloaboration to others. Our next Kinfolk event is coming soon, keep your eyes peeled...

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