Well I made it through my first blog conference and it was definitely a lot more exhausting then I had imagined. SheKnows Media hosted the BlogHer 17 Conference and I was honored to be invited and attend this year. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet and network with amazing women and men. Also, it was in Florida, so obviously I had to say yes!
In the days leading up to the event I was super anxious about everything. I was worried whether I would be able to meet people and if they would think of me as a joke. I haven’t been doing this whole blogging thing for very long and questioned why they had invited me to go. Would I be able to make friends? So many questions ran through my head.
All of those worries were instantly shattered the first day I was at the conference. Literally, everyone I came in contact with was beyond friendly and I was able to meet some amazing people! Also, the great thing about this conference was that everyone was their to learn and there was a huge range of bloggers. Some had been blogging for years and some didn’t even have a blog yet. It was such a relief to know that we were all there to make connections and learn.
Another huge concern of mine was leaving my baby girl behind for three days! Luckily, once she was distracted by candy she practically forgot I was gone. On the other hand I had a little cry session in the car on the way to the airport. I know, I’m pathetic. I just can’t help it she’s my baby and being a stay-at-home mom, I have a special connection with her. To be honest, I like things done my way, so giving the reigns to my husband was a little intimidating, but she is alive and only has a few scrapes and bruises…oh and a fever, but we won’t mention that.
One of my main concerns was… What the h*** do I wear?! As a fashion blogger I felt like I needed to look my best and represent my blog, but I was clueless on what to wear. This being my first conference I now know that comfort is very important and of course wearing trendy professional clothing is key too! I saw so many different styles and outfits at this conference and I quickly realized that most of those outfits had a few things in common.
So I came up with a list of five things to help anyone that may be going to a conference or a similar event soon or even in the future and not sure what to wear.
- Keep it simple, yet bold. Since this conference was in Florida I opted for a light weight summer wrap dress and a cute patterned jumpsuit. You want to keep it simple but you also want to make a statement so that you’re memorable. I opted for this adorable wrap dress. It is subtle yet still brings attention with the dramatic wrap and bow in the front. The asymmetrical hem line at the bottom adds another bold and fun detail. For my second day at the conference I wore this bold jumpsuit. Since bold patterns are hot right now for the summer I thought it was the perfect look for the last day.
- Always pack an extra layer. This is something I have learned from life in general. Make sure to always have a sweater or a jacket that goes with your outfit. Most of the rooms varied in temperature, so in one room I wore my cable knit sweater while in another room I was sweating. Always bring an extra layer just to be safe.
- Bring a big bag that goes with every outfit – this is key! Literally, the day before I left for the conference I went out and bought this cute tote and I am so glad I did. Not only was it perfect for a carry on but it was also great for the conference. I was able to store my tablet, wallet, business cards, sweater and even some goodies I was given all in this one bag. Also, when picking out a bag make sure it will go with a variety of outfits, black and tan are always a safe bet!
- Be comfortable. I saw a few women wearing heels and I was so happy I opted for comfy shoes instead. There was a lot of standing and walking. The conference was so packed a lot of times I would have to stand for an hour during a session. Flats or dressier sandals are always best.
- Lastly, dress to impress yourself. If you are not comfortable with what you’re wearing then most likely you won’t be as confident as you should be. So wear what you like and feel most comfortable in.
Overall, if you are a blogger I would highly recommend attending a conference especially the BlogHer conference. I am almost overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge I gained from this event and the friendships that I have made are lifelong.
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