I’m back from a crazy whirlwind weekend in San Diego, where I survived BlogHer11 conference. It was my first time attending, beside hearing and reading a few stories about what BlogHer is about, I really didn’t know what to expect. I arrived in San Diego Thursday afternoon and had a quick nap before heading out to my first event. I was invited to attend a glamour suite hosted by iFabbo (International Organization for Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Bloggers) held at the trendy and hip Robert Cromeans Salon. The guest bloggers were treated to an evening of beauty, I received a mini facial treatment with Dermolagica products, an awesome shellac manicure from CND and lovely make-up by Stila cosmetics. I really enjoyed all the treatments by California-based brands and was able to chat with the brand reps on a one to one. This was the only event I attended on Thursday pre-BlogHer, apparently there were many more.
Day one of conference was an early start and I headed over to the convention center where all the magic happens. I arrived early for a yummy breakfast to be followed by informative sessions. Most of the day was spent getting to know the layout of the conference, I wandered around trying to see and experience as much as I physically could. I didn’t attend as many session as planned, and used my time to meet new bloggers and interact with the brands. My favorites were the cool lounges where you could rest, relax and have a treat provided by brands like Hershey’s, Hallmark, HTC, LG and Johnson & Johnson. My fave was definitely the s’mores lounge by Hershey’s , where you could relax and make your own s’mores. Very yummy and fun, being able to relax and chat with fellow bloggers over some s’mores. Day one turned into night one with several parties. I only attended 2 un-official parties hosted offsite by brands. Lulus.com hosted a fashion mixer at the Hard Rock Hotel Float bar, we enjoyed drinks and appetizers along with some cool prizes given away. I was the lucky winner of 2 prizes, a cool chunky bangle bracelet and cute necklace courtesy of Lulus.com. After Lulu’s party my blogging buddy Monique and I walked over to the Omni hotel right across the street for the “Kick Off You Heels” launch party for Stiletto Media. The place was a roof top lounge with great views of San Diego bay. The party was a hit with good food, music, fun atmosphere, photo booth and the best signature Stiletto Martinis I ever had. Let just say I am not a drinker and believe I may have had about 4 of those delish martinis! oops
Day two of BlogHer was much of the same, exploring and getting to those things I missed on day one. The expo was a fun place to hang out, with several brands having cool giveaway (swag) and interactive booths. My favorite was the Skinny Cow, not only because of the yummy low-calorie treats they were giving out, but also for the crazy glam lashes application. I went there twice and got my fake lashes on both days for the parties. I had the longest lashes ever and loved it. Along with the Stila make-up I wore and my long lashes I was feeling very glamorous and received many compliment on my make-up. Now if I could only have those lashes applied everyday I would be a happy blogger looking glam, even in my pj’s. Day two and BlogHer ended with 2 more parties for me on Saturday night. The Social Fiesta hosted by Kmart where the Latina Blogger got to show off some of their sexy salsa moves. The highlight of the night was most definitely the CheeseburgerHer party, sounds funny but it was the best. Its just what it sounds like, a party where you eat cheeseburgers and fries (courtesy of McDonalds), hang out on beds and making silly paper bag hats. Along with great music from the DJ, I danced and partied my last night at BlogHer with all my favorite bloggers and had the best time. BlogHer 11 was definitely a memorable experience and so glad I was able to attend. Besides the achy feet and lack of sleep, I really enjoyed my time at the conference and can proudly say I am no longer a BlogHer newbie. See you all next year at BlogHer12 in NYC!
**Special Thanks to my sponsors for helping me get to BlogHer and making me look good. Jenny Dayco supplied and sponsored all the jewelry I wore during BlogHer. Covivitas.com sponsored my hotel stay and transportation to BlogHer. Please visit www.jennydayco.com for more info on her fabulous desings and www.covivitas.com for more info on the services they offer.