I can hardly believe my first blog conference came and went just like that. I was SOOOO beyond nervous going in and now I sit here three days later exhausted but with a huge grin on my face, a full heart from meeting so many of y’all in real life and a living room full of swag. (Oh, and a pretty messy house from the three boys living like bachelors since Thursday.)
But let me back up… I rolled into the Crowne Plaza at four on Thursday, picking up the amazing conference bag on the way in. I literally raced upstairs to hang with my ridiculously fun roomie Paige!!
One of the many things I love about her is that, without discussing, we both showed with fun treats for the other. I brought along a few of my favorite things for her… Lilly Pulitzer Market Tote (for all the swag), monogrammed bag tags with our blog addys on the back, Lilly notebooks for all of our copious notes, Perrier pink grapefruit, Orbit sweet mint gum, Ghiradelli sea salt soiree bars and a couple of packs of almonds.
And she packed a darling Lilly cooler full of treats for our room and these fabulous lovelies for me to bring home. Of course, her presentation was much better than this pic I snapped of them on my kitch counter. We do love our Lilly.
We talked and primped for a bit before heading down to the Ballard Designs welcome reception and cocktail party. We were ecstatic to almost immediately hit it off with a bunch of darling ladies, and later headed out on an impromptu sushi night at Goldfish!!
Pretty much from the moment the three of us got together I knew good things were going to happen. My side hurt from laughing with these two MULTIPLE times throughout the weekend, and what started as a blog conference quickly turned into more of a girls weekend (with a lot of great blog work thrown in the mix, of course).
We stayed up laaaaaaate lounging on the um… unique (?) purple and black sofa in our strangely humongous room. And, just like that, day one was done!!