So I’m finally back home after my trip to New York for IFB Evolving Influence, and OMG…was it an amazing experience!
I’m sure you all have no doubts about this since you could see for yourselves from the livestream, tweets, and photos that it was not only a tremendously informative conference, it was an absolute blast.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
First, I want you all to know how immensely touched I was by your “go get ’em girl” messages before the event. I was so nervous and you gave me your votes of confidence and it made me feel wonderful and ready. Jennine Jacob told me that she saw the comments, tweets, and excitement you all shared when it was announced that I would moderate the panel. So thank you for that as well.
And finally, while I’m confessing my love for all of you, my fantastic, supportive, incredible G&G followers THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the tweets, the shares, and the complimentary and congratulatory messages you sent out into the world during and after my appearance. I haven’t been able to respond to all of them yet, but know that I have seen most of them and I am eternally grateful. One day when YOU are on the panel, I’m going to be right there to cheer you on too.
Now, on to the fun stuff: the lowdown on my trip!
Wine Down Blogger Meetup at The Ace Hotel
Frirst, I have a confession: I was a bad blogger while I was in NY. I tweeted from my iPhone when I could jag a connection, and I whipped out the flip a couple times. But I never once took the cap off my camera lens to shoot a photo. Or post immediately after. And you know what? That was totally OK. I actually experienced the event instead of not really being present because I was focused on capturing it. Luckily, everyone else took photos, so I’ve tried to collect some of them here for you to see.
Many of you probably saw tweets and details about the Wine Down Blogger Meetup at the Ace Hotel (which is uber cool, by the way). Of course we had a blast, of course! You can see some of the bloggers I met in the photos below.
I could write paragraphs about Lee, Christina, and Erika, but really, all you need to know is that they ROCK in real life and I adore all of them. And thank you, lovelies, for making my night.
Lee and me. Photo by Christina, via Profresh Style.
There is one face in the first photo above that was unexpected: Ryan of Hootsuite. Why? Because when I was at the bar waiting for a drink, this is what happened:
V: [iPhone in hand, checking Twitter mentions via Hootsuite, since we were trying to tweet photos.]
Ryan: [Who doesn’t know V, but can see her using Hootsuite.] Are you using Hootsuite?
V: Yeah, I am.
Ryan: That’s my company.
V: No, uh-uh, I don’t believe you! Show me your card!
Ryan: No, seriously, it is my company. [Produces business card and hands to the incredulous V.]
V: OH MY GOD! It really is your company! I love Hootsuite! This is crazy. I just started using it. It’s the best thing ever!
And that is the serendipity of New York. I met the CEO of my newest favorite app. And he was really cool. He shot some photos of us too, so if Hootsuite tweets or shares them, I’ll let you know. And if you’re not using Hootsuite to manage Twitter and Facebook, look it up. It’s such a huge timesaver!
I also met some other superfab people: Michele of The Mish Dish, who has an exquisite haircut and impeccable style. She’s like a sexy black panther in person. My panelist from the conference, Caitlin NiChathain of Gucci , also came to our meetup. She manages Gucci.com and Gucci’s social media…expect a shot of her on Lee’s blog soon. Caitlin is an Irish lass (also with an exquisite head of hair) who was unbelievably fun, gorgeous, and down-to-earth given she has LIKE THE BEST JOB IN THE UNIVERSE! I loved Caitlin. She is so smart, so classy, and so real.
Related Wine Down posts:
- Hot Chocolate, Iced Down in Platforms and Tassels
- new york fashion week + independent fashion bloggers conference
- nyfw day 1: fashion heaven
Come back tomorrow for deets on the Evolving Influence Conference from my perspective!