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I eat, sleep and breathe The Food Network. I love watching Ina Garten, Giada and Ree Drummond cook in the kitchen. There something so graceful about it. I have always dreamt about shooting a chef in action. I was so lucky that I was able to do that a few times last month. I did a spread for Edible Sarasota (out this month), with The Three Kitcheneers and recently with Leigh Growney owner of The Short Giraffe Mini Confections and Desserts.
I love kitchens, I love food, baking and anything sweet. If you know me, you know how much I have a sweet tooth and how much I worship desserts. Especially when it is done right. The first time I had Leigh’s mini creations was during our shoot for the The EveryGirl feature. Drooling while shooting was an understatement. I was hurting while I was shooting. To make things worse I was shooting using my macro lens. Her cake truffles, to die for cookies and mini cup cakes looked so delicious. It was tough not to steal one. But we had just met so I had to be on my best behavior. 🙂
I had never had a cookie that good before. It was a sugar cookie infused with lemon, sweetened just perfectly and dipped in white chocolate. It was AMAZING. Again the best I’ve ever had. Then her truffles… seriously! It was moist and so flavorful. My husband Amir who is not at all interested in desserts took a bite of her creations and raved about them. For me the best thing about them was that it was sweetened just right. I’ve had countless desserts that are so beautiful but misleading at the same time because the sweetness is just way too overpowering. The Short Giraffe’s were perfect and so pretty to look at too.
Leigh really has a natural gift when it comes to baking. She’s so knowledgeable too. I naturally asked her a ton of questions and she answered them like she’s been in the business for years. I love her designs and you can really see her passion in her work.
To learn more about Leigh and The Short Giraffe Mini Confections and Catering check out my interview with her below . . .
Thank you so much Leigh for being a guest on my blog!!! I know that you are already “that girl” who is friendly, trust worthy and full of integrity and talent…..that I can call on and recommend to anyone and everyone!
One thing that I’m loving about being in the wedding and photography industry is meeting new and fascinating people. Last year I introduced myself to Nicole Kaney and was just blown away by her kindness and willingness to help out a new wedding photographer like myself. I’m fascinated by her work, her love for the wedding industry and her drive to succeed. I’m personally drawn to people who have passion in what they do. Nicole is the owner of NK Productions and is an International Wedding Planner based in Sarasota. She recently introduced me to her new venture with her friend Melanie Kasper. Both Nicole and Melanie just launched this past week Dream Day Essentials, supplements to help a Bride to “look and feel their best on their dream day,” or any day. I love everything about it! To me it makes perfect sense. It’s true, I was a bride once and fully remember how stressful it was to plan my wedding. I really wished I had this back then. Heck as I’m writing this I’m thinking that I could really use this myself…. I can’t wait to get my hands on these.
Nicole and Melanie I wish you all the best and your product to continue its mission…. for Brides “to feel the best on their wedding day and everyday for the rest of their lives.”
Don’t leave yet! Check out my interview with Nicole below . . . .
2:: What inspired you both to create this product and do you feel there is a need in the market?
I had a lot of clients tell me they were really scared about getting sick on their wedding day because they were already so run down from the stress of planning, working and balancing life’s other obligations. I also had a lot of stories of brides going to these amazing honeymoon locations and sleeping the whole time because they were so tired. Mel is a an amazing natural products educator, yoga teacher and personal trainer and I value her opinion very much. I told Melanie about what I had been hearing and that started the path of Dream Day Essentials. We want brides to feel their best on their wedding day, and every day for the rest of their lives. making sure brides-to-be approach wedding preparation the right and healthy way.
3:: Is Dream Day Essentials just for brides?
OF COURSE NOT! Dream Day Essentials™ products are for everyone and are also unisex unless otherwise noted. Our goal is to provide products that can be used the rest of your life no matter who you are and when you start using them. Let Dream Day Essentials™ help you make EVERYDAY your dream day for the rest of your life!
4:: What 3 words best describes your product and why?
Safe, Effective, and Extremely Pure.
Our commitment to excellence starts with products sourced only from the best companies, confirmed through professional and clinical research, industry reviews, and personal scrutiny to guarantee integrity, safety, efficacy, and purity. We only sell products that we use ourselves—and we are extremely picky!
Safe – Dr. Formulated with clinically proven ingredients and potencies
Effective – lots of people are “running on empty” when given nutients to support your body’s systems so they fuction optimally, you can feel the differnce – more energy, and a higher tolerance for stress
Extemely Pure – no binders, fillers, excieients, solvents, no gluten or common allergens, every ingredient tested for purity (free of heavy metals, herbacides, pesticides, harmful bacteria etc)
Thank you so much Nicole for being a guest on my blog!!
Nicole Kaney is the owner of NK Productions, a wedding planning company in Sarasota has over 8 years of experience in the events and wedding industry. Her professional career started after graduating from the University of Florida when she followed her passion for yoga instruction and opened the Silver Lotus Yoga Studio in Gainesville. That fledgling business quickly grew and the studio frequently held weekend workshops, art openings and lectures. Nicole’s expertise in wedding planning has been refined through her careers as Marketing Director for Mattison’s Culinary Group and as the Marketing Director for Sarasota’s Whole Foods Market. Combining her love of event planning and the culinary arts Nicole launched NK Productions in May of 2007. Using fun, classic and elegant ideas, along with comprehensive industry knowledge, NK Productions tailors their professional expertise their clients’ wants and needs. Nicole’s mission is to direct every detail of a wedding with creative flair and unparalleled service. NK Productions is committed to understanding the client’s personal vision, and using it to create your dream event — whether intimate and elegant or lively and grand.
Nicole is member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, as a Professional Bridal Consultant. She can be seen planning weddings often at the Ritz-Carlton of Sarasota, The Crosley Estate and the Ringling Museum for brides and grooms locally and from all over the US and Europe.
Disclosure: I’m not in anyway shape or form being compensated for publishing this blog post. I’m just a friend who is helping out a friend & fellow entrepreneur launch their new business and product. I believe in it 100% and don’t mind helping them get additional exposure.