Finally, the fun of 80 women in their element has begun. Lauren and I got into Portland yesterday and were greeted with a Coloradoish snow storm. We could hardly tell that we weren’t in Denver. No worries, we will not be leaving this beautiful swanky hotel, the Nines (www.thenines.com), for anything more than a quick look into some fun downtown shops. Last night was a casual affair with open sew time and manicures compliments of Soak (www.soakwash.com). Soak has a great new starch-free smoothing spray called “flatter” that we were able to test last night and it is impressive. Definitely worth a try.