Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Awards: My Trip to The Big Apple~

What an exciting week I had last week!!

Back in September I announced that The Shabby Nest had been chosen as a finalist in Country Living's 1st Annual Blue Ribbon Blogger Awards

Well, you can imagine my elation when I found out that my blog had been chosen as the Judge's Choice for best Decorating Blog!! I was giddy (and humbled because the other finalists are such talented bloggers themselves)!!   I spent the next few weeks eagerly anticipating my trip to New York City for the awards luncheon.

I took off for the big city bright and early Wednesday morning.  

After checking into the fabulous Dream hotel,
Amazing fish tank inside the Dream Hotel

Photo courtesy of Always a Project

 and being greeted with some scrumptious cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery - courtesy of Country Living -

Photo courtesy of

I met up with the Hubby's parents who came up from Massachusetts to spend some time with me since he couldn't make it. (I love my in-laws so was so fun to see them!)  We took in Times Square, Broadway and Central Park, and enjoyed eating some great New York cuisine. 

My cute father-in-law checking out the crowd waiting for Broadway tickets

Friday morning, after my in-laws had headed home, I made my way over to Rockerfeller Center to see the morning taping of The Today Show.  Turns out they were interviewing Justin Bieber. Wow.  Tween girl central.  But, thanks to a nice (tall) couple standing near me,  I did get a great photo of him for The Princess. And then took some photos of the Today Show cast for myself once all those girls cleared out after the interview. LOL!

Now to the really fun stuff...

 Thursday was the day of the Awards Banquet on the 44th Floor of the Hearst Tower!
photo courtesy of

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It was amazing!! The views were spectacular!!

And the other winners were such a wonderful, talented group of women.  I was so honored to be a part of this amazing group. 

We got to know one another, and took a ton of photos. 

All of the Winners (from Left, Rachel Garza, me, Sydney Kramer, Linda Ly, Beth Styles, Aimee Carpenter and Melissa Caughey) Photo courtesy of

All of the Winners (from Left, me, Beth Styles, Linda Ly, Sydney Kramer, Melissa Caughey, Aimee Carpenter and Rachel Garza) Photo courtesy of

Photo courtesy of

Honorees with the Judges  Photo courtesy of

Then we enjoyed a fabulous meal and were each presented with our beautiful awards. 

We had a chance to meet three of the amazing judges Cooper Boone (and his guest, the lovely Emme), Jodi Kahn and Sarah McColl , as well as the gracious staff of Country Living Magazine including Sarah Gray Miller!

Me with Sarah Gray Miller (not the greatest photo of me...but that's Sarah Gray Miller!!!!!) 
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Make sure you check out the blogs of the other amazing're in for a treat...

I just want to take a minute to thank the wonderful folks at Country Living yet again for this fabulous award and the wonderful opportunity to attend the awards ceremony in New York.  I am so honored.  It was such an amazing experience!

And I want to thank you, my lovely readers, for coming here and visiting.  I love writing The Shabby Nest.  I love sharing my ideas with you.  It is one of my great joys!

Unless otherwise noted all photos are mine.

Have a great day~


Sandy said...

How very exciting for you... what a wonderful experience and let me Congratulate you on your win.. you do have a great blog...

Tammy @ Type A said...

amazing, congrats!!!! you so rock!!!!

Carly said...

How amazing, so happy for you! What a feeling!

stefanie said...

oh!!!! congratulations!!! you sooooo deserve it!

Unknown said...

How amazing is that??? First, I love your blog, so no surprise that you won! Second, Country Living is my absolute favorite magazine, so double wow!


Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Unknown said...

So fabulous! So glad to see you getting the recognition that you sorely deserve.

eleven-o-one said...

Congratulation! What an exciting time that must have been! You deserve it.

laxsupermom said...

Congratulations! That's so awesome! Looks like it was a fun trip. Thanks for sharing.

Divine Theatre said...

WoW! You're fay-mous! That must have been so exciting! Congratulations! You have a lovely blog!


Tilly's Nest said...

Great post! Congratulations again!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Congrats on winning! It looks like it was a fabulous trip. And what a view you had!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you! As a new blogger (started in April) you inspire me . . . thanks you!

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Fabulous, what a great time! Congratulations on a well deserved award! Janell

Lulu and Co. said...

Oh Wendy, I am so happy for YOU!! Congrats!!!! That is so exciting and must have been a thrill of a weekend!!!
your award was much deserved sweet friend,

Lulu and Co. said...

p.s. your pictures are gorgeous! love your outfit!!

Bernie said...

How wonderful for you! You are very talented and it nice to see that your "gift" is well received.

Eileen said...

Congrats! I've really enjoyed your blog since stumbling upon it looking for powder room ideas (your post was the inspiration for our currently-under-renovation powder room--thanks!) A much-deserved award:)

Unknown said...

Congratulations Wendy, that's such exciting news!!! I'm so happy for you! It looks like you had a wonderful time. You look so lovely in your pretty outfit too!

Linda said...
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Linda of Garden Betty said...

What a fun recap of your trip! Congrats and it was so lovely to meet you!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS......I love your blog..

TinaTx said...

How strange - my son was telling me about an event he worked last week (catering) and how awesome the view was, then I opened this post and saw your pictures. I just knew it had to be the same event (it was - he called this morning and I asked) Of course he couldn't take pictures since he was working, so thank you for posting the picture of the view!
Love your blog - have been reading for a long time but I think this is the first time I have commented.

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