In the beginning of 2018, I (Cristina) was feeling a little out of whack. After the craziness that was 2017, I was hesitant to push ahead with things in 2018 and lacking some focus and direction. I was telling Lizzie that I felt like I just needed a couple of days away, a retreat to get my ideas and goals in order to make tackling things easier.

“Let’s do that!” I (Lizzie) said.

And Pairings Retreat was born.

The idea was simple: an intimate retreat for creative women filled with the best pairings we could think of.

Creative Women + Yummy Cocktails

Instagrammable Snacks + Vision Boards

Photo Sessions + Content Calendars

And so much more!

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I’ve been living in New York City for the last 15 years, juggling a full-time job, singing at church, investing in my marriage (11 years and counting!), loving on my son, walking my dog, and writing for my blog. Am I crazy for adding another project to my plate? No way! I love the balancing act and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Besides being freakishly organized and having a slight notebook addiction, I also enjoy trying new restaurants, traveling, Walt Disney World, and girls’ night.



I first met Cristina when we were both living in NYC. Though, these days, I live in sunny Florida to be closer to my family.

I love all things nerdy (Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and more). On a clear day, you’ll find me at the beach, at Walt Disney World, Instagramming, writing for my blog or for The Marvel Report, traveling, podcasting, or reading books for not one, but THREE different book clubs. I always believe in adding a new project to my plate!

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Here is just an idea of what we have up our sleeves for the 2020 retreat. Rest assured there will be plenty of surprises… and cocktails! 🍹

Vision Boards

Friday, January 24

  • 10:00 am: Check-In Opens
  • Noon: Lunch & Welcome
  • 2:00 pm: Session #1: Goal-Setting
  • 3:45 pm: Break
  • 4:00 pm: Session #2: Vision Boards
  • 7:00 pm: Dinner
  • 9:00 pm: Session #3: Making the Most of Tomorrow

Signature Drink

Saturday, January 25

  • 8:00 am: Yoga (or AM Dance Sesh)
  • 10:00 am: Breakfast
  • 11:00 am: Session #4: Content Calendars (Blog, Social Media)
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 3:00 pm: Session #5: Photo Sesh
  • 4:00 pm: Break
  • 4:15 pm: Session #6: Open Work Photos, Writing, Brainstorming, etc.
  • 7:00 pm: Celebration Dinner

Beach Sunset

Sunday, January 26

  • 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 11:00 am: Session #7: Recap
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Who is Pairings Retreat for?

Pairings Retreat is an intimate retreat for creative women. We’re welcoming all female influencers, bloggers, media professionals, entrepreneurs, and small businesses owners.

Why only women?

There is a certain freedom, a certain magic when  you have a group of women working together and encouraging each other. While we may open up Pairings to guys in the future, we love the idea of keeping things small and intimate in a way we only can surrounded by other women.

When do tickets go on sale?

Early bird tickets go on sale on Saturday, June 1st. Regular tickets go on sale on Thursday, August 1st. There are options for both shared and single rooms.

What’s included with my registration?

The ticket price includes two (2) night lodging and all meals for the duration of the retreat. You will also receive a SWAG bag (hooray for free stuff!) and a bunch of worksheets to help make planning the year ahead a breeze.

Where will we be staying?

We’re finalizing the details right now, but we will be renting a beautiful house conveniently located near Orlando International Airport and all the local attractions.

Do I have to drink?

Not at all! While we will be serving alcohol throughout the weekend, we will have plenty of other options available for you as well.

What is the refund policy?

While we strive to be as flexible as possible, we are only able to provide a partial refund should you find yourself needing to cancel your registration for any reason. The exact amount will depend on how close to the event date we are, with a maximum 50% refund if you cancel before November 1, 2018.

My brand/corporation is interested in partnering for this event. Where can I find more information about sponsorship?

We are excited that you are interested in partnering with us for the 2019 retreat! Please email us at for more information. We will consider all partnerships, but only accept those in line with our brand.

Anything else?

If you have any other questions for us, feel free to shoot us an email ( or DM us on Instagram (@pairingsretreat).

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