Do people still describe things as "the bomb"? Probably not. I'm lame.
As most of you already know, I headed down South to Houston for the Blog Elevated conference this past weekend. I had won a free ticket on twitter, and I just couldn't pass up the chance!
I left work earlier than usual on Thursday, and was headed out on Megabus for my ride to Houston. I'll admit, I was overly anxious about this trip. I think it all stems from the Greyhound trip I took when I was 11. It was a horrible experience and the driver got us lost in a sketchy part of town. But, I'm very happy to report that Megabus was an amazing experience. You can't beat the price, the bus is clean, the ride is smooth, and I got almost 2 books read on the trip there and back.
Nope, I wasn't made to say any of the above. I was just very happy with my trip! :)
I obviously had to take some selfies on the bus. #bloggerproblems
Since Meg was still at work, Myra came and picked me up from the bus station. I was SO excited to meet her sweet face. We hung out at her house and just talked about everything under the sun like we were long lost friends. Thanks again, girl. Love ya!
After Meg came to get me, we were headed to the hotel for the kick-off party. After we got all registered, we enjoyed all sorts of goodies with other bloggers. There was a meat and cheese table, a fruit and fondue table, a coffee and pastry table and 3 wine tables. And, I won a gift basket. Score!
Day two was an early start. We visited the sponsor booths and enjoyed keynote speakers and sessions. Lunch was provided by the conference. It was really neat the way they did it. Since the hotel was located in City Centre, there were many restaurants to choose from. Around 10 of them had offered to feed us hungry bloggers. So, the conference had 20 bloggers go to each of the 10 places. This kinda made us mingle with other people we may not have gotten a chance to meet.
The session I chose that afternoon was hosted by one of my faves, Jenny on the Spot. I met her at Blissdom, and I kinda fell in love with her. She's so much fun. Plus, I really wish I had more confidence to vlog. I wanted to learn from the best, obviously.
Playing around with the props from Tillamook Cheese//OOTD - Top from Target, Skirt from Old Navy//Lunch with Bree//Jenny doing her thang
While we had time to kill before the fashion show and dinner party, me and some other bloggers headed to Sweet for cupcakes and girl talk. It was so much fun!
After we all got dolled up, we headed to the fashion show/dinner party. It was so much fun! Meg actually participated in the fashion show, and man she looked fierce! :)
Dinner was delicious, and I got to hang with some of the best bloggers. I was happy to be reunited with my Blissdom Roomies, Whit and Meg. And dessert was beyond delicious. Chocolate cheesecake and wine? Yes please!
We ended the night with lots of drinks, laughs and girl time in each others' hotel rooms. Such a blast.
These are the ladies I spent the majority of my weekend with. I kinda love them.
The second full day of the conference came quickly, and we were all a little tired. :) There were LOTS of informative sessions. My brain is STILL on overload. I still need to go through my notes and fix a few things I'm doing with my blog and social media accounts.
After a long day of sessions, lunch with friends and shopping at the centre, we were headed to the closing keynote. Imperial Sugar provided us with cupcakes. They were ridiculously good. My mouth is watering now just thinking about them!
OOTD - Top from Old Navy, Pants from NY&Co//CUPCAKES!//Meg and I in front of the gorgeous wall in the lobby at Hotel Sorella
After the conference was over, and we said our goodbyes, Meg and I were headed back to her place for the night. Her and Greg were the BEST host/hostess I could ask for. They made homemade pizza for dinner, and it was so yummy. Meg and I stayed up entirely too late playing around with my blog, reviewing our notes, and laughing over her crazy cat, Dexter.
Obviously, Meg time meant I got plenty of Dexter and Kennedy time. Sweet babies. :)
Thank you again Meg, SO MUCH. I'm so grateful for you and your friendship. Love you!
I was sad to leave Houston because I had such a great time. But I was happy to get back home, too. Binky and Nate sure missed me. ;)
I'll definitely be back at Blog Elevated next year - will I see you there??