Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bunch of Chicks

Chictopia 10, September 12th 
Sunday was the Chictopia 10 conference. I went solo on this one because Merl had to catch a flight that morning. Lua nearly pulled me down trying to follow after her in the cab. This conference was the first time I had felt at ease at an event. I wore something that I felt really comfortable in, and nearly all the butterflies from the weekend were gone. I think my body was just telling me that it was impossible to still be nervous.
I really appreciated the set up of the Chictopia conference. The small round tables and coffee bar gave it a more intimate feeling than the traditional auditorium set up. As we walked into the event we were given a number corresponding to the table we were assigned to. I got number 3. I sat down and introduced myself to my table-mates. I realized almost instantly that I was significantly more friendly than the other people at the table. That does not happen often, but hey I was trying to socialize. As the conference began to take shape I realized that I had someone ended up seated with all the panel speakers, Helen Zhu - founder of Chictopia, Kristin Burrows - President of Keds, Cate T. Corcoan - Technology Editor Women's Wear Daily, Robin Creen - Chief Marketing Officer Kmart, etc. etc. I'm sure they were wondering who the heck I was and why was I sitting there. I have no idea. I will say that it was a great seat with a clear view of the panel. 
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Alexa Chung for Madewell Top, JCrew Pants, Anthropologie Booties
Necklace from Tree and Kimball
Photo from Modcloth flickr - Photo from Karina

This is what I wore to the Chictopia conference. Despite what my facial expressions in these pictures may lead you to believe I had an amazing time at the conference. I didn't take any official outfit photos for two reasons. The first is because my photographer for the weekend left that morning. The second is because it was raining by the time I realized I needed to take pictures and I didn't want to drag anyone outside in that. Not to worry, I fully intend on wearing this whole outfit again very soon. 
creepy paparazzi shot!
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My favorite looks from the Designer Showcase
creepy paparazzi shot!

The conference was extremely informative. Although I'll let you in on a little secret. If you were following the conference through twitter I'm sure you noticed how positive all the tweets were. That may have had a little something to do with the fact that they were live streaming them, then projecting them on the wall at the conference. So, yes the conference was a totally success in my opinion but the tweets may have been a little public pressure bias. 
After a quick trip to my apartment to let Lua out, change, and eat some dinner, I headed to the Chictopia after party at the Juicy Couture store. I honestly had no idea what to expect. It ended up being a very laid back get together. Either that or everyone was just so tired and worn out that there were no nerves left and we could all just enjoy it.  
Annie - Me - Jenny - Lucy
Photo from Juicy Couture facebook
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Tieka and I 
Photos courtesy of Annie 
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Kim and I 
It was a nice night with some lovely gals after a few very long days. This last full day conference was a great way to end the weekend. I walked away learning some new things about blogging and the community. Although not everything I learned was exclusively from the conferences. I took a lot away from chatting with fellow blogging ladies as well. 
Lucy - Kim - Me - Tieka - Starr - Jenny - Elizabeth
That's the end of my photos from NYFW! I did get together with a few girls for BBQ last Tuesday night before they headed out of town, but I didn't take any pictures as I was just running from work to meet up with everyone.  
I'm glad that I was able to meet and get to know all the people I did over those few crazy days! It was hectic, sleep deprived, nerve wracking, exciting, thrilling, different and I am so grateful I was able to attend it all. 
So who's coming back in February?



L said...

This looks super fun!
I bet you had a great time meeting all the other bloggers!


Becca Jane said...

Sounds like an amazing time! I love your Alexa for Madewell blouse, it looks lovely

libys11 said...

aahh that's so much fun to actually see and meet those bloggers in one awesome event! :D

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Ashley [Free Honey] said...

I was waiting for a Chictopia review! I was such a non-joiner blogger this NYFW, maybe next one I'll get more involved? I guess I'm not much of a joiner in general...But it was very nice to meet you and Merl! I really enjoyed reading all of your coverage of the different blogvents, so thanks!!

Len David said...

I love your outfit! And how does it feel interacting with the other bloggers? as in personally? :)

KristiMcMurry said...

That looks like SO much fun! Love both of your outfits.

Anonymous said...

Hi doll,
I think I might have subconsciously copped your style because I ended up with the same Alexa Chung polka dot shirt & the velvet shorts (which I am contemplating returning as I don't think I could pull them off as wonderfully as you did!) It was totally thrilling and strange to meet so many bloggers. I thought the Juicy party was especially fun and relaxing and I really appreciate your honest take on NYFW. I know that I felt both exhausted and exhilarated by the end of it too.


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