I felt kind of ridiculous telling Jenny and Jen that the conference last year was a disaster especially when this year's was such a success! The venue was set up almost like a wedding reception with round tables and floral center pieces in a ballroom. The topics were actually about blogging. I felt like last year's was just a huge ad for the companies whose representatives were speaking, but this year, they actually discussed relevant things such as trendsetting, visibility in the online world, driving traffic, and how social media has made the industry more inclusive. The speakers were all really knowledgeable in their topics and each provided great incite to their panels. My panel was the last one of the day: The Effect of Technology: Has the Industry Become More Inclusive? So I was shaking with nerves through out the day. I don't think I enjoyed myself as much as I should have because of it, but afterwards, everyone said I did a great job so I'm relieved I didn't embarrass myself in front of such important people. More on my thoughts of my panel's topic later...
Until next post,
After lunch (which was delicious! pasta salad om nom nom nom), Jen, Jenny, and I headed out to take photos where we met Chantal, of Cocorosa, smoking outside and she asked if she could tag along with us to take photos (as if she needed an invitation?!). We also met Lucy (thanks for that photo of Jen and me) and Starr who just finished taking photos at the park nearby the conference and left after a few more photos. The park was filled with amazing props such as this cute rock/stool thing that was too perfect for me and Jen to pass up. Chantal was so sweet and down to earth (she changed in and out of a pair of converse before and after our photo shoot)! She even gave us photo tips like including the sky in photos to create more depth in photos. I'm so in love with her outfit--that big bow is just too adorable and perfect! I need to find that top! We got so into taking photos that we missed part of the third panel! Oops!
I loved the dress I wore to the conference. Robert and I actually bought it a few days before I left. It was the last one and in my size, and even though I had already finished shopping for my trip, I just felt like it was Destiny's way of telling me to wear this instead of what I was planning, which was Friday's outfit. There's also a ruffle detailing on the top that's hidden underneath my cardigan--which I also love! It felt a bit weird not belting it, but Jen and I decided it looked better as is. I was actually going to buy this cardigan during Gap's big sale a few months ago, but I didn't have enough money then. I'm so glad I got all three cardigans I wanted eventually: the oatmeal one, the gray one, and this forest green one. This one went on sale right before I left for NYC--another destiny moment?! I love how when you fold over the sleeves, there's a little stripe detailing. And this is...my Madewell bow pin!!! These aren't the greatest photos of it, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to wear it a bajillion times in the future. I just need to get to know the kids a bit more to make sure they won't break it before I wear it to work. So far so good! I think I also need to find a blazer or something more structured since it's a bit...droopey on a cardigan.
photos taken by me and jen
outfit: floral dress -- uo; tights, bag, headband -- f21; flats -- topshop; green cardigan -- gap; bow pin -- madewell