Whew!  It’s Day 1 at the HSMG conference in Miami, FL and it has been a blast!  It’s been a day full of inspiration, motivation, networking and just plain fun!

We woke up this morning to a beautiful breakfast that included fresh fruit, breads, muffins and yogurt.

After breakfast I went and checked out the Soapers Showcase and cruised the vendors.

The showcase included a mix of CP, HP and Melt & Pour soap submitted by very talented soap makers!  There are swirls, layers, embeds, glitter, high heels and sushi!

After breakfast we received the Keynote Address from Barbara Corcoron.  You might know her from the TV show Shark Tank.  Her address was amazingly motivational.  She was engaging, enlightening and immensely inspiring.  She shared with us six lessons to run a successful business.  (I’ll share those with you in a later blog post!)

My first seminar/class of the day was Advanced CP Swirling with Kathryn Hackney of Otion!

She did an amazing job of explaining the best oils, recipes, colors and molds to use when swirling.  Then she made two batches of swirled soap!  A perfectly swirled in the pot swirl scented with Energy (my favorite FO).

And then a stunning purple, yellow and black slab swirl scented with Yuzu Cybilla.

Great job, Kat!

After that I attended Advanced Color in Soapmaking taught by the talented Alicia Grosso, author of The Everything Soapmaking Book.

Alicia taught us about color theory (as well as other design elements) , finding inspiration, finding your style, how to create color stories and more!  I walked away from this class with lessons that I can apply to my soapmaking as well as my other profession as a graphic and web designer.

Join me tomorrow for Day 2!