Recap: Creative Hangout No. 6

September 16, 2015



(Models: Brett, Allie, Kristen & Andrea, with Host Holly Quartaro)

Thanks to everyone who came out for our fall fashion event at Galleria Dallas.  The Second Floor Restaurant private dining Prive was the perfect venue. This gorgeous intimate setting is perfect for any small to mid- size gathering.  Very cozy and super stylish! Not to mention the most delicious drinks, hors d’ oeuvres and dessert. Fashion & food, two of our favorite things.

Our host, Holly Quartaro was on point as usual. She delivered 5 perfect looks (even a couple on herself) that are so versatile and suitable for so many occasions.  We learned so much and we’re clued in to some of her favorite stores at the Galleria Dallas.

Holly Shared with us some key notes for those that couldn’t attend to help get you ‘on trend’ and dressed for success this fall. Keep your eyes and ears out for next month’s event.  Details coming to our blog and social media soon!CH_6_Collage

Creative Hangout – Back to Work by Holly Quartaro

• What you wear affects how you feel and how others perceive you.  This is true in every aspect of our lives – especially when it comes to our professional careers.

• It is important to dress how you want others to see you.  Dressing the part (whatever that may be, depends on your field) can make you feel more confident and empowered.

• As creative professionals, we have more freedom to take chances with our wardrobe and make a more playful statement.  But that creative freedom can actually make getting dressed for work even more difficult than if you had a corporate job.

• In a creative atmosphere, it is completely acceptable to be more casual or more inventive in your wardrobe selections. The key is to find the perfect balance between personal style and professional polish.

There are usually two main pitfalls that creatives make when it comes to their work wardrobe:

Dressing too casually
If meeting with a potential (fill-in the blank – client, collaborator, advertiser, etc.) your look could give the impression that you aren’t serious about the assignment.
Self-expression overkill
If your wardrobe selections are too “out there” your style could end up overshadowing your skill set.

You don’t have to abandon your personal style or comfort level…maybe just tweak it a bit!

Casual / Work from Home Style
Many of us work from home or split time between our work life and family life, so comfort is key!!
-What we wear for work has to also work in our real life…we often don’t have the luxury of changing out of our “work clothes” even when not working anymore.
-We want to look put-together even when on the go
-Keep professional staples on-hand (blazer or topper / change of shoes)  to help bridge the gap between home and work
-Accessories can make the difference

Meetings and Events
-Focus on being on-trend, not necessarily trendy
-Day to night dressing

Quick Tips:
-Balance personal style with professional polish
-Keep professional staples on-hand (blazer, change of shoes)  to help bridge the gap between   home and work
-Shop for classics with a twist – design features can elevate your look and set you apart from the crowd
-Borrow work wear from your weekend wardrobe – just enhance the look with interesting accessories to put a creative spin on basic pieces
-It’s always worth investing in a work wardrobe…and if your work clothes are also your everyday clothes, even better!!

Holly Quartaro
Fashion Stylist, Galleria Dallas
Facebook:  Holly Quartaro
Instagram: @hollyquartaro
Twitter: @MyStyleHQ


May 13, 2015


We loved having blogger photographer Megan Weaver lead our 3rd Creative Hangout.  This was a hands on photography event full of great tips and tricks.  She discussed lighting and best time of day for natural light.  We also learned a simple (& cheap) at home/office photo box to shoot products and get great results.  Thank you Megan for all the useful info.  We can’t wait to have her back.

To download the notes/tips handout from our event, click here.








March 2, 2015

Creative-Hangout-1_collage_WEBOur first Creative Hangout was a success!  Thanks to all that made it out and we’re sorry we missed some of you due to the weather! We look forward to hanging out next time, for sure!  A special thanks to our speaker, Bryan Deluca of Foot Cardigan.  He was funny and witty & most importantly SO INSPIRING.  He shared a great message and words for success:
• Trust Yourself – Don’t waste your time worrying about what anyone else thinks (or is doing).  Your ideas are unique & special, just like YOU.
• Get your ideas out there – Trust in sharing your ideas and your vision to build a team to support your dreams.  It’s impossible for your ideas to come to life, if you’ve never shared them with anyone. Don’t worry about your ideas being taken, there is only one YOU, and no two people will do anything the exact same.
• Less is more – To be most effective with your time, narrow your focus to your best 1 or 2 ideas.  It’s easy to want to bring all your ideas to life, but the best way to be successful is work towards 1 goal and file away other ideas for another time!

We will be following up soon with membership information & the date, time & place for the next Creative Hangout! Please be sure to follow us on Instagram to stay informed and inspired!
-Steph & the Creative Hangout team.

Inaugural Creative Hangout Happy Hour

September 2, 2014

Creative Hangout_ABOUT USThank you to all that have registered to attend the ‘Inaugural Creative Hangout Happy Hour’.  We cannot wait to meet you and for you to learn more about us & what Creative Hangout is all about.  Please remember that this event is next Tuesday, February 24th from 6:30-8 pm pm at Greenhouse Market (8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225 – Northpark Mall – Level 2).  Please bring your creative self & 50 business cards (if possible).  We’ve got the rest covered!  Here’s a little info about who you’ll be hearing and what you’ll be eating!


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Meet Bryan Deluca, our keynote speaker.  This guy is what we’re all about. Learn more about him, his journey & his company Foot Cardigan.  His hard work has earned him the titles of: Chief Executive Officer, Eternal Optimist, Visionary, Website Analytics Wonk, Fastest Beard-Grower in The West.  He’s the bomb & we’re so pumped to have him!


CH_1_Newsletter-Image_1We are so excited to kick off our Creative Hangouts at one of our favorite places. The tasty and oh-so-inspiring Greenhouse Market.  This place is a creative’s dream.  It’s a mini-museum that serves up tasty (not to mention healthy) food + drinks!  Upon arrival, be sure to place your food and/or drink order & let the mingling begin!  Greenhouse Market is located on Level 2, near AMC Tickets.