WVW: What V Wore

WVW: Blogger Brilliance*

Lord have mercy. I don’t know how people do it during fashion weeks. Planes, trains, taxis, outfits, walking, walking, walking, photos, tweets, posts, links—AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I haven’t even done the half of it, but two conferences in two different cities a week apart has been quite the adventure.

I am spent and grateful, however, to have just returned from a wonderful first-time conference in Tampa, Florida: Blogger Brilliance, which was organized by the sweet and effortlessly classy Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls. The conference was an intimate gathering that enabled fellow panelists and me to discuss topics in blogging directly with conference attendees. Kristin made it easy—she was an excellent moderator who asked meaningful, open-ended questions that encouraged wonderful conversation.

Image via kirstinmarie.com.

I’d give you all the deets here, but my bloggy twin, Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly, did a superb write-up, so please jump over and read her Blogger Brilliance post. Seems our stars are definitely intertwined, and I am loving it. In her post, she wrote:

Now that we’ve moderated panels together in New York, been panelists together this month in New York and now again in Tampa, we are officially BFFs. And, as I told Vahni that day, we are clearly a package deal.

In fact, we are now taking bookings for PrettyGritShinyGlamourSparkly appearances. Look out, world!

Heart you, V!

Heart you too, Kristina! PrettyGritShinyGlamourSparkly it is. Let me tell y’all that Kristina is the modern day Alpha Female. There’s nothing she can’t do. And all that talent, chutzpah, professionalism, and creativity is wrapped up in the most delightful, vivacious, shiny, intelligent, and completely sparkly package. If you’re not following her, like everywhere, you need to do it, stat.

Thank you Kristina for shooting all the fantastic photos included here You’ve got skillz, woman, what can I say?!

*WVW = What V Wore
Jacket: Ann Taylor • Tank: Express • Pants: BCBGMAXAZRIA (similar) • Bag: Portfolio Clutch, courtesy of Camille Zarsky
Heels: Boutique 9 • Watch: Michael Kors • Ring: YSL • Bracelets: Tory Burch


Kristina is a dedicated photog, and she was a trouper about shooting outfit photos since I refused to bring my DSLR with me. She’ll shoot and shoot until everyone’s happy. Since it’s just me, my camera, and tripod when I shoot my WVW photos, I always feel so shy and like a total dork posing for outfit shots with anyone else around. I bailed while she was still shooting…see, I told you I’m a dork! Since you sent them to me, K, I had to use them.

Lots of conference attendees have created posts with lovely shots and narratives. I want everyone to be able to read and see your perspectives, so please link them up below! Dree, Sasha, MJ, Kirstin, Veronica, Holly, Natalia, Kara, Alyson—and all the rest of you who stopped by for a chat—it was so lovely to connect with all of you in person. Until next time!

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  1. September 19, 2011 at 11:16 am — Reply

    Wow V, great photos! I’m glad you had a great time with Kristina from PSS. You guys are going to take over!
    Just like you, I always feel shy/awkward when posing for pics.. any advice to loosen it up?
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    • September 19, 2011 at 11:37 am — Reply

      Um, a martini? Scratch that. I had a glass of wine before these shots and I was still nervous. I suppose practice makes perfect.


      • September 19, 2011 at 11:50 am — Reply

        You aren’t the first person to tell me that!

        Whipping up a cocktail now for an outfit post. 😛
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  2. September 19, 2011 at 11:29 am — Reply

    LOVEE your red bag – absolutely gorgeous.
    My sister had such fun at BB. She told me she was expecting to see you at the lounge or something and then didn’t + was so sad she didn’t get to say hi/introduce herself. I suppose next time! 😉

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    • September 19, 2011 at 11:36 am — Reply

      Aw, boo! I didn’t get to go to the lounge because I was grabbing a very late lunch…I do hope to meet her next time. Y’all seriously look like twins! Please tell her I’m sorry I missed her.

  3. September 19, 2011 at 11:29 am — Reply

    Gonna have to steal the picture of your snake-print pants for a post I’m doing!
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    • September 19, 2011 at 11:37 am — Reply

      Steal away! I was hoping I might make the deadline for that post. Remember you tweeting something about it!


  4. September 19, 2011 at 11:34 am — Reply

    Thank you SO much for being such an integral part of the experience! Fabulous recap!
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  5. September 19, 2011 at 11:42 am — Reply

    So wish I could have been at this one, it looks like it was a stellar event. Kristin is a stylish little powerhouse, isn’t she? I’m in perpetual awe of her ability to do so much on the social media end of BBRG.

    And I love this look, espesh the clutch and snakeskin combo!
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  6. September 19, 2011 at 11:57 am — Reply

    LOVE those pants! and the contrast of that bag to the rest of your outfit is so brilliant!

    XO Sahra
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  7. September 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    What would blogosphere do without you two??? Love these beautiful shots she took, you look stunning doll! Those pants are the nuts!

    Hopping over now PSS.
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  8. September 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    Looks like you ladies had an awesome time!
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  9. September 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    Love your outfit ! Those phyton pants look so good on you and you’re very pretty – your hair is wonderful ! Following you on Bloglovin =) Kisses

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  10. September 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    You’ve had a busy couple of weeks, but what amazing opportunities!
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  11. September 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    It was so awesome to finally meet you. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration, friend, and for all of your support! We all have to work together all the time :)
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  12. September 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    V! Love that little trip shot montage of you! Totally captures the side not usually meant to be seen on the bloggy but gives your readers a sneak peek into the little quirks we get from your writing! You look fabulous! Kris did an amazing job…and those pants! Those pants are bomb diggity girl!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

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  13. September 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm — Reply

    Girl you were rocking those pants! I loved meeting you in person and you gave such great advice on the panel! Thanks for the link love girl! :)

  14. September 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    How fabulous you look in these pics. I am off to read Pretty Shiny Sparkly , and also check the rest of the bloggers.
    I am so glad things are going soooooooo well to you.
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  15. September 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    What can I say that I haven’t already said? You’re gorgeous and the camera loves you. Had so much fun with you this weekend babe. Today, the blogosphere; tomorrow: the world!!!!
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  16. September 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm — Reply

    FRESH OUT: WVW: Blogger Brilliance* http://ow.ly/6ymIh #BloggerBrilliance attendees, stop by and add your link!

  17. September 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm — Reply

    FRESH OUT: WVW: Blogger Brilliance* http://ow.ly/6ymIh #BloggerBrilliance attendees, stop by and add your link!

  18. September 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm — Reply

    I don’t know how you do it- you must have to sleep for a month after all your running around the east coast! It was so nice meeting you! And I can’t believe those pants are BCBG- totally awesome and amazing. And did you notice, I couldn’t stop staring at yours and Kristina’s shoes the whole day?!

    And you’re so funny about Kristina taking your photos- I think we all start off super shy like that. I’m getting better about it, but not totally as you can see from my pics in the blogger lounge with everyone staring- stiff, awkward pose haha!
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  19. September 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm — Reply

    Check out V from Grit and Glamour blog sporting this amazing Camille Zarsky Handbags lipstick red, portfolio… http://t.co/B30OSvlc

  20. September 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    V it was great finally meeting you. Thank you for dropping knowledge and being so supportive. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  21. September 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    So, so wonderful to finally meet you! Incredible to hear you speak and hope that we can continue to keep in touch as both of blogs take over the world and connect with gazillions of women (ok, might happen to you first but I’m totally going to catch up, haha).
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    • September 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm — Reply

      PS: you are so sweet for mentioning me in this post!! thank you!
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  22. September 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm — Reply

    @createthatstyle @everythingfab @kirstinfoley @MJ_Beauty @sprinklesprings @natoigalbetti Please add your link in my post: http://ow.ly/6ysw9

  23. September 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm — Reply

    Check out V from Grit and Glamour blog sporting this amazing Camille Zarsky Handbags lipstick red, portfolio… http://t.co/B30OSvlc

  24. September 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm — Reply

    SO FUN but you must be exhausted! I’m with you, I don’t know how they do it during fashion week…

    And you look absolutely stunning in these photos..those python print pants are swoon worthy for sure!! xo

  25. September 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm — Reply

    RT: @gritandglamour FRESH OUT: WVW: Blogger Brilliance* http://t.co/GdC5Mb1b #BloggerBrilliance attendees, stop by and add your link!

  26. September 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm — Reply

    What a great event this must have been. I wish we had those in my country, but bloggers are not yet very much appreciated nor united here! I love the red clutch with the grey snake print pants. You look lovely! :))
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  27. September 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm — Reply

    Link your #BloggerBrilliance post with BonBon Rose Girls' http://t.co/nC21iFez and @gritandglamour's http://t.co/O8CtdUfQ link up parTAYS!

  28. September 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    Awesome post V! OK you gotta fess up and tell us bloggers what kind of plugin you used for your sharing buttons at the bottom of the posts – very cool!
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  29. September 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm — Reply

    V from @Gritandglamour looks amazing in @camillezarsky's red portfolio clutch! don't you guys agree? http://t.co/JZSri0hr

  30. September 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    V from @Gritandglamour looks amazing in @camillezarsky's red portfolio clutch! don't you guys agree? http://t.co/JZSri0hr

  31. September 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    Link your #BloggerBrilliance post with BonBon Rose Girls' http://t.co/nC21iFez and @gritandglamour's http://t.co/O8CtdUfQ link up parTAYS!

  32. […] I wanted to share these pictures because you may be shocked to find out that you, too, have a small but mighty fashion community in your own town!  Find out – and if not, start one!  Every city deserves to have a Fashion Week.  Here are some photos I took, as well as a few from Grit & Glamour’s Vahni. […]

  33. September 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm — Reply

    Love this outfit: the red against the animal print is fierce. I have a red crossbody bag but no animal print bag. I need to get on it asap. also i like the gladiatorisih sandal heels with billowy pants…. I also had no idea tory burch made leather bracelets…i guess i am behind the times…

  34. September 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm — Reply

    That first shot of you is stunning and the pictures of you bailing are priceless. I do that all the time when my boyfriend is shooting me, but the result isn’t always as lovely as the pictures above. I’m convinced my boyfriend has a running collection of pictures he can use against me in the future. Anyway, this conference looks amazing. Such a wonderful group of panelists. I’m looking forward to checking out the other blogs and seeing what everyone took away from the conference.

  35. September 20, 2011 at 4:23 am — Reply

    Gah, I’m lovin’ all these conference posts! Makes me feel like I was there. :) That clutch is freakin’ amazing and those candid shots at the end — adorable!
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  36. September 20, 2011 at 5:50 am — Reply

    Total awesomeness. Black suits very few people but you are certainly one of the lucky ones! Love the gorgeous clutch

  37. September 20, 2011 at 7:22 am — Reply

    It was great meeting you Vhani! You had some awesome advice for all of us. And thanks for sharing my link!

  38. September 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    Your pants are TO.DIE.FOR. Super jealous. For serious.
    I wish I could have attended!! It would have been awesome to meet you and hang out with other bloggers.

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  39. September 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm — Reply

    LOL i love your ok-i’m-bailing-now photos! You look so pretty!! Mine would be all awkward looking (one eye larger than the other with mouth crooked or half open). I envy the photogenic!!


  40. September 21, 2011 at 12:36 am — Reply

    I’m so happy that you put that link up together! Will come back to read all these posts.

    Also, V kudos to you for IFB and Blogger Brilliance panels. Really i can’t imagine how exhausting. Hope you had tons of fun along the way. You should put your feed up for a little bit, friend.
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  41. September 21, 2011 at 7:44 am — Reply

    Great seeing you in person! Fun panel.
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  42. September 22, 2011 at 1:05 am — Reply

    I am living so vicariously through your adventures! Keep it coming, V. Loved the pix Kristina took of you, too. Woohoo!
    xo, f
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  43. September 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    […] the fact that I was gawking at outfits worn by bloggers Aimee of Song of Style and also Vahni of Grit and Glamour.   When a client showed up in our office late last week wearing a snakeskin print (I think it was […]

  44. September 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm — Reply

    Wow V! You are so beautiful > especially when you smile! I love your red bag and those pants. PSS did a great job as your photographer. She saw just how to capture you best. I love the out takes.
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  45. September 23, 2011 at 10:31 am — Reply

    Thanks ladies, for linking your posts, and thanks to those of you who left me so many nice comments!

  46. September 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    Wow! love that power clutch!
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    • September 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm — Reply

      Thank you!

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