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Monday, December 7, 2015

Sailing with the Property Brothers

"OH MY GOSH!! I LOVE THEM!!" That's the first thing almost everyone I know said when they heard I was headed on a Caribbean cruise with HGTV's most popular duo, The Property Brothers. And since returning home, no one wants to hear about the cruise, the ports, or even what I was doing on the ship...but rather, they all want the scoop on those cutie-pies, Drew and Jonathan!

Before the cruise, all I knew of their four shows, was their voices. You see, Little Miss is a huge Property Brothers fan, and binge-watches entire seasons on Netflix. Usually while sitting in the room with me...so I've been listening to Drew and Jonathan's banter for years.

And now that I've met them, I'm afraid I'm equally smitten! They are honestly as funny, charming, and down-to-earth in real life, as they are on their shows. They radiate happiness, and it's clear they love their life and what they're doing.

Hi Sugarplum | Sailing with the Scotts

The 'Sailing with the Scotts' cruise was their way of connecting with their fans...and boy did they! More than 2,000 very excited supporters boarded the Carnival Ecstasy in Miami, to spend five sunny days with Drew and Jonathan, and talk about all things design and home improvement. And drink fruity cocktails.




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I was invited, along with several blogger friends whom I admire and adore, to present additional design ideas and projects in a series of panels, and take part in a no-holds-barred Q&A about all things blogging. The Scott brothers, Mexico, friends, design blogging? Um, sign me up!!

It was a busy, exciting, and not to mention, stylish week...so I have tons of pictures and fun behind-the-scenes scoop to share. But to save both our sanities, I'll break up it up into two posts.

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We had a few opportunities to sit down with the brothers privately, and it was fascinating to hear all that goes into filming their shows. For instance, they move to a city for three months, and during that time they remodel and film an average of 10 homes! And they hire all local contractors and labor in that city, employing up to 100 people while they're there.

The homeowners do foot the bill for the majority of the work, but neither Drew or Jonathan charges for their services, and some items are donated by companies. And they admitted crying does make good television, so they work hard to get a few tears out of the homeowners during the reveals. #Iknewit!

Neither of them was ever serious, especially Jonathan, and the sibling rivalry and banter is constant. They are also complete pros and play off each other seamlessly. (Did you know they used to do Improv comedy, and formed a singing group with their brother, JD? Who was also on the ship, by the way.) 

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Remember my rabbit-ears graphic announcing the cruise? Of course they wanted to recreate it!

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Between the dinners and blogger panels, I had plenty of opportunities to get dressed up. I employed my usual packing trick, and snapped shots of each outfit with my phone for quick reference when getting dressed. I scooped up two new dresses for the trip (this one and this one)...I figured meeting the Scott Brothers was a pretty legitimate excuse to shop!!

Hi Sugarplum | Sailing with the Scotts
Black & White Pleated Dress (Use code MONDAY for 50% off the dress!)
Earrings | Leopard HeelsGeo Clutch (similar) | Bag Charm

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It's crazy that I haven't been on a cruise in almost 20 years, then it's two in one year. There was definitely a difference between the Princess ship we sailed to Alaska, and this Carnival ship, but the water and sunsets from sea are beautiful from any boat.

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My favorite stop was Cozumel...a small group of us spent the day at a private house and beach, and shoved back as much authentic Mexican food and margaritas as we could. It was nice to get off the boat for a bit and enjoy some quiet time together.

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The best part of the week for me was spending time with some of my best blogger friends. I missed having Megan as my usual roomie, but she had to skip this trip because of her sweet baby girl on the way. (Carnival's policy is no pregnant women over 24-weeks.) I love that Jen is always up for anything fun, and not afraid to look goofy with me!

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My favorite racerback dress has become my complete go-to, and accompanied me on every trip this year. It packs beautifully, and works for most every occassion.

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The last night was a VIP party for all the HGTV personalities, including Jillian Harris, Kim Myles and the Junk Gypsies...and us. I'm waiting for those pics to come in, so I'll include them in the second post. But they were all seriously nice.

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Lace Dress | Patent Sandals | Geo Clutch (similar) | EarringsCuff

One of the cool things about traveling with blogger friends, is no one looks at you funny for taking selfies...they just get in on it! Hi Mallory  I loved spending time with this gorgeous friend...she is one stylish and sweet girl!

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It was a surreal week, and such a crazy opportunity...I couldn't imagine sharing it with anyone more fun than these girls! I was flattered to be included.

Hi Sugarplum | Sailing with the Scotts
Sarah, Jennifer, Drew, Jen, Jonathan, Emily, Mallory

Whew...I'm feeling a little seasick...that was a doozy of a post! Are you a fan of the Property Brothers? Do you have a favorite between Drew and Jonathan? I can't choose just one! I'll be back with Part 2 once I get my sealegs, but up next is more of our Christmas Home Tour!


*Thanks to my darling shipmate, Mallory of Style Your Senses, for the outfit pictures, and Premier Vacations for including me in such a great experience!

15 comments:

  1. SO fun! You looked darling at every moment, as usual. Love your new pink lace dress, such a great color on you. So glad we had this fun experience together!

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  2. You look Mah-vah-lus and what a blast with the twins! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Living the dream girl...so happy for you! That pink dress is fantastic!

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  4. Soooo stinking cute! All of the outfits. Oh, and you and the twins, too!

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  5. You always look classy and modern at the same time. I love all things Property Brothers and am happy to hear they are as genuine in real life as they seem in TV life. Thanks for taking one for the blog team!

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  6. Cassie! This is just so cool! I mean...really, really, really cool friend!

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  7. Honestly never watched their shows (don't get HGTV so most of our viewing is via Netflix which is mostly limited to House Hunters, I love House Hunters) but CRUISE. Yes. We went on the Carnival Ecstasy for our honeymoon almost 10 years ago!

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  8. Cassie, I love it! I am a longtime reader and it is so cool to see how far you have come! So glad to see you had an awesome time on the cruise, and so cool that Jen was there too! (one of my favorites!) I love all your outfits and I love that although you are "big time" they are still affordable! You have the best style and it was no surprise that your ORC was featured on House Beautiful! Such a visual treat! Just wanted to congratulate you!

    Annie- All Things Big And Small

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  9. You are adorable!! So glad to go together!! :)

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  10. That would be a dream to meet them!!! Jonathan is definitely my favorite :) Your outfits are so cute!

    amandakatherine.com

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  11. Sounds like such a great trip! Cruises are the best -- and I can't even imagine a cruise with an experience like that! :-) Your cruise style is fabulouusss! Can't wait to read more.

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  12. Cassie,
    How amazing to meet the brothers. They are everywhere on HGTV. But they may have been a little starstruck by you. You were killing those outfits. That hot pink dress was amazing. I'm going to the Bash Conference in January and I'm already trying to think about the clothes I'm going to take. HAHA
    Jenn

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  13. Love the outfits. Want the geoclutch, but don't see anything like it on the Old Navy site.

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    1. Thanks Joanie! I picked it up early Spring, so it's likely no longer available. Hopefully they'll bring it, or something similar, back soon!! xo

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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