Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Weekend Recap: Texas Style Council

Good morning!  I'm finally back to my old self (albeit quite busy) after three amazing days in Austin for the Texas Style Council conference.  I was one of 250 bloggers attending, and it was such a fun and educational weekend.  I made some new friends, even local ones, and can't wait for next year... or some sort of interim gathering since I'd like to spend more than 3 days per year with this group. 


Since so many of you were interested in the conference, here's a very quick recap:

Friday night we attended a clothes swap hosted by Swap.com and I scored a lace pencil skirt from Rocquelle of Consider Me Lovely and a gray silk tank from Tara of San Antonio Pearl.  I also got to pick an item from the Lulu's lounge, and grabbed a cobalt cardigan with gold buttons, which just makes me happy.  Plus, Lands End Canvas gave everyone a gift card, and I can't wait to spend it!

 My conference loot: Skirt - swapped // Cardigan - Lulu's // Silk tank - swapped // Emery board - Buyosphere // Mirror - Blowfish Shoes// Flats - Dr Scholls // Lemonade - Honest Tea // Spotted Throndson tote - FashionablyMarketing.me and Aldo // Coasters - Purse and Clutch

On Saturday morning, we attended a mentoring breakfast which was basically a free-for-all gathering where veteran bloggers fielded questions from the rest of us.  I got some great advice from Julie of Orchid Grey, Kendi of Kendi Everyday, Macala of FashionablyMarketing.me, Veronika of Tic Toc Vintage, Molly of Smart Pretty and Awkward, and Caroline of Lucky Magazine.  I'm really inspired by the potential in this little blog, and you'll be seeing some big changes in the coming months.

Saturday was spent shopping along South Congress (I couldn't resist stopping by the Kendra Scott boutique) and then getting ready for the Posh Party, hosted by Poshmark.  The party itself was a lot of fun, and I met even more nice people and had lots of wine and cupcakes from Delish.  I even did a little shopping at the Peacock Plume booth, and scored a gorgeous necklace that I couldn't wait to wear today.

Necklace - Peacock Plume // Earrings - Kendra Scott

On Sunday, I had am amazing brunch with some new friends and then headed to the Blanton Museum of Art for a series of panel discussions featuring big names in the blogging world.  We were all inspired by Kendi's keynote speech, and listened to valuable tips about creating (not just curating!) great content and how to dream big but still live your life offline.  I took so many notes and reaffirmed a lot of ideas that I needed to hear spoken by someone I admire.  I got meet J from  J's Everyday Fashion and she was so sweet to hang out and answer my questions for several minutes while I babbled and was in awe of her.  
 
 Kendi Skeen of Kendi Everyday, image via her blog
 
All in all, it's very inspiring to meet people who've accomplished your goals.  It's also wonderful to meet like-minded women, because despite what the internet may suggest, blogging is still a fairly unique hobby and I don't come across many others who are as into it as I am.  I can't wait for next year!

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