Blog Elevated was THE BOMB!

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??


Bree said...

These type of things seem so interesting and though they do offer one in Toronto, it's pretty crazy expensive!!

Neely said...

Yes next year I will go!

Logan Cantrell said...

It looks like you had a great time! :)

Lauren said...

It was so good to meet you! I am still feeling the effects of information overload for sure!

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

Pretty much I'm super jealous!!!

smk053078 said...

So fun!! I thought about going since my parents live so close, but I just couldn't make it happen. Sad face! I need to go next year!!

Meg O. said...

I had such an AWESOME weekend with you!!!! I really enjoyed the conference and I totally think we should do it again next year!! You are welcome at my place any time, sweet thing!!! LOVE YA!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie said...

I had always wondered about MegaBus. STL has a hub for it for the midwest but it always leaves at the butt crack of dawn and so you're there before anything is open. So we've stuck to Amtrak, driving and flying.

Lauren said...

Looks like such a fun time, especially the wine & cheesecake haha.

Meghan said...

I totally describe things as "the bomb"! #besties

It looks like you had an amazing time. I really want to attend another conference. Plus, thanks for linking to the other ladies! I am always looking for new ones to read!

Rachelle @ Inner Loop Adventures said...

It was so good to meet you too! I was nervous to meet other bloggers, but got lucky and met sweet people like you :) I think it's awesome that you took Megabus. I see them driving around all the time and have wanted to try them. I'm so envious that you got to stay at the hotel for the full experience. I might do that next year too!

Amanda Louise said...

What a fun trip! I've been toying with the idea of taking a megabus trip but haven't quite pulled the trigger.

Heather @ Cookies For Breakfast said...

You're adorable and this makes me miss you like whoa.

I wish fun stuff like this happened around where I live!

Miranda Jones said...

It was so nice to meet you! I'm so glad the conference ended up being so much fun!

Sarah said...

I loved meeting you at the conference Amber! I hope to see you again sometime not too far in the future! I'm following your blog/twitter now too, of course. I love how blogs can allow you to be friends with people who live hours and hours away!


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