I was given a goody bad (which I have yet really go through lol) There was manicures, and Magnum ice cream, Aldo Rise was in the building, giving out prizes, Marina was in the house and for those of you who don't know Marina, you will!
Say hello to Marina (25 foot tall doll kept track of all the tweets of the morning)
Aldo Rise fall fashion
we started around 9:45 or so with the first Panel discussion. and every one was set, people had their tablets, Ipads, laptops, and some took it old school with good fashion pen and paper taking notes on what the panel list were saying. As a relatively new blogger I felt like the panelist was talking directly to me. Really understanding what and why i blog. Really understanding branding myself as a blogger.
Each panel discussion lasted about an hour and a 1/2. The facilitator would pose some questions allowing for the panelist to really open up. And then open up questions to the audience. all the panelist were honest, helpful and kept it real with us. letting us know that every1's blogging experience will not be the same, but never underestimate the content we put out there.
There was a lot of discussion about the place bloggers have in the fashion world. Where we stand? Do we make a difference? How to remain relevant?
Bloggers Tool Kit
Is the Social Media Industry broken?
Balancing Act:: Business and Blogging
Evolution of Fashion Media
Keynote Speaker Joe Zee (Creative Director of Elle Magazine)
In between each panelist discussion, there was a nice break, we good grab something to drink (shouts out to Vita Coco) we could grab ice cream courtesy of Magnum! And the best thing free Bobble water bottles. which I must say is an awesome little thing!
Around 12:30 lunch was served. As always we took the time to take pictures, collect and give out business cards (which by the end of lunch, I had ran out lol) I must say the fashion in that room was incredible. I felt like I actually fit in because I felt like everyone had really put time and effort into what they wore. and it was so refreshing to see the shoes, the skirts, the jackets the hair, the make up...UHHHH IT GAVE ME LIFE lol I will actually do a separate post on the outfits and the bloggers I met!
After the last panel discussion, we had an hour break to leave, and grab coffee or some food, cause we had been there pretty much all day, we took full advantage of that. I grabbed lunch with three great bloggers (had a great bowl of fettuccine lol) and to end a great night sitting down listening to Creative Director of Elle Magazine Joe Zee!
Ya'll let me tell you, I think everyone in that room was hanging on his every word. He opened up about his life, his schedule, his takes on the blogging world, his reality show, give tips and advice. He was so down to earth and talked to us like he would talk to his peers. Talking TO us not AT us, which made me really want to listen to him, cause I felt like he understood the place that a lot of bloggers were and where we were trying to go.
I met so many great men and women. It was such a blessing to be among people that love fashion, that love blogging, and that real about what they do. Sure everyone is at different points in their blogging career, some have years under their belt, some a few months. everyone had different demographics, we were all different in age, but that day as chilly and rainy as it was, we were all the same. celebrating what we love to do. If you missed it, you missed one hell of a day!
Stay tuned for follow up post on my outfit, the great bloggers I met, and the great gifts i walked away with.
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