Writing this makes it “official”: I’m on a shopping ban. It’s started as a of a Lent thing, and I’m still going strong for the most part. It helps. Also, saving money never hurt anyone, right? The fun part though is talking about the stuff I have bought this year.
I am so into all of these purchases. The satchel has been my go-to work bag. I love my tote (seen here), but a cross body is much easier to walk to work with. I wore my lace dress and Nicole dress to the Blog Connect and honestly felt awesome (oh and my mermaid pin too). The sunglasses sandals are coming soon to a blog near you. And the purple lipstick? That’s just for fun 😉 Anyone else “quit” shopping lately?
I think I’m finally recovering from a case of exhaustion and writer’s block, which means it’s Blog Connect recap time! I was lucky enough to be part of this year’s planning committee, and it was so rewarding to see everything come together! First up on Saturday evening, my co-sponsorship director Melissa and I welcomed our wonderful speakers at The Baker’s Jar (16th and Bainbridge).
Melissa and me — it was cold so I had to wear ankle boots!
After we met and chatted with our speakers, it was time to head to ellelauri (19th and Chestnut) for our kickoff party! It’s a super chic boutique, and the staff is super nice. Boutiques can intimidate me, but ellelauri has items across different price points and the pieces are all so fun. It was great to catch up with blogger friends and meet new people before the craziness of the conference on Sunday!
Braids by Concihairge. Obsessed. (Also doesn’t the purple lipstick make the whole outfit pop?)
Priyanka from Paint the Town Chic spearheaded the party planning, and it was awesome! In addition to a braid bar by Concihairge, we had a flatlay space with help from Ann Blake from Ann Blake Photography. We had kombucha from Inspired Brews and white wines from Pinot Boutique (perfect for summer!). Our snack game was on point too: macarons from ICI Macarons, and savory snacks from Agno Grill and Pure Fare. Bai supplied us with plenty of juice and sparkling water! After a fun night with my blogger babes (and bros), it was time for some sleep!
We got an early start at Saxbys the next morning for a full day of speakers, workshops and panels! A million and one thanks to Saxbys for hosting us again this year and keeping me fueled with iced chai lattes all.day.long. Would not have made it without your tea and lovely baristas.
Another lifesaver? These awesome custom planners from Erin Condren. They came in super handy for the attendees during all the awesome presentations we had throughout the day.
Thank you again to all of our speakers, presenters and panelists! We wouldn’t have had a conference without you — and our attendees, of course!
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We also had a yummy and healthy lunch from Grateful Plate and a cupcake break with Cupcakes By Ruth (I also practiced my new flatlay skills — thanks Ann!).
And of course, it wouldn’t be a blogger conference without a lot selfies with friends. Andy, Kendall and Emily: thanks for indulging me with a selfie stick and the balloon wall! One more shout out to the brilliant beyond brilliant team I worked with: Priyanka at Paint the Town Chic, Melissa at Skinny Affair, Chrystina at Chrystina Noel andSarah Moore at smoorelovin. Learned so much from you all!
There’s a lot more coming when it comes to The Blog Connect conference (this is what it was all about), but we got a lot of good feedback! I’m excited to recap and discuss what worked (and what didn’t) with the rest of the awesome team.
I quit shopping.
Okay, sort of. I gave up shopping for Lent, and am still doing strong after Easter. I have a post coming eventually with all of my purchases this year, but scaling back has been nice.
Philly has been hosting lots of big events the last few years, including the Papal visit and DNC. I wasn’t expecting much from the NFL Draft, but I actually ended up having a fun time. (The NFL knows how to put on events, now I just wish they would have a better understanding of issues like DV.)
I’m looking for a new hobby.
Not quitting the blog anytime soon, but I would love a hobby that isn’t digital and can help me decompress. The answer is probably cross stitching. Super trendy, I know. My mom actually cross stitched a lot when I was growing up!