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Arizona Blogger Conference 2013- Hotel Palomar- Phoenix
First Arizona Blogger Conference Recap
31Bits Spring Launch Event at Madewell

Arizona Blogger Conference 2013- Hotel Palomar- Phoenix

Sometimes, you just have to love how things just “work out.” Well, in this case, I just happened to be scheduled to stay the weekend with friends in Phoenix during the time that the second annual Arizona Blogger Conference was to be held. The Arizona Blogger Conference is an annual event that is hosted by the Phoenix Style Collective. This year, it was held at the trendy Hotel Palomar at CityScape. The attendance for the event seemed to have doubled since last year. There was a amazing food spread provided by the Palomar, mingling with other bloggers, raffles and a pop-up marketplace. Booths that participated in the marketplace were: Kendra Scott, Superstition Vintage, Tucson Fashion Week, Madewell, Mr.Fun Booth and Windows Surface. After some fun at the reception, everyone gathered in the ‘Dreamcatcher’ ballroom for the panels, held by: Danielle of Sometimes Sweet, Jessie of Style and Pepper, Sara of Frances Vintage, Sarah of Emma Magazine and Summer of The Girls with Glasses. Each girl gave their own perspective of being in the ‘blogging industry’ and gave out helpful advice for attendees who were new to blogging. Jessie, if you are reading this- those pink pants were gorgeous and please bring Pepperologie to Houston! I was so pleased to have learned about Frances Vintage’s blog and Emma Magazine as they are truly inspiring for DIY projects and general shenanigans. It was lovely meeting you Danielle, you are one stylish mama and loved your speech on “Finding your Voice.” Miss Sara- well done on the “I am a Girl” video. Especially the wardrobe! The event ended when one of the lovely Phoenix Style Collective members- Chelsea‘s boyfriend got on one knee and proposed to her. It was adorable and I wish them all the best. After that, everyone was adjourned to Lustre Bar for an afterparty.

Huge thanks to Phoenix Style Collective for having me. It is always a pleasure seeing you guys. Amy– thank you for attending the event with me! To the panelists, lovely meeting you all! The Hotel Palomar- beautiful venue and I hope to stay with you next time I’m in Phoenix!

First Arizona Blogger Conference Recap

The Phoenix Style Collective held their first blogger conference for (mainly) Arizona bloggers at the hip Saguaro Hotel in beautiful downtown Scottsdale. I had the opportunity to drive out for the event, as well as stay over at the hotel. The Saguaro is centrally located near Old Town and historic Scottsdale. We stayed in the Chaparral Garden View room, located on the ground floor. The interior of the room was accented to resemble the rich heritage of the Sonoran Desert. From the bold colors to the Mexican imported decor, it was truly an oasis in the desert. We had a nice little patio that looked out upon the pool and surrounded by luscious bougainvillea and even had misters going to soothe us from the scorching Phoenician sun. I partook in one of their famous pools and lounged poolside, shaded by an expansive orange umbrella. Later that evening, the boy and I went to Old Town Whiskey, where he savored the smoked brisket sandwich and I- the veggie burger (the pickled red cabbage was the icing on the cake). It was nice to retire to the room after the meal, catch up on some cable TV and snooze away in the comfy bed.

The Saguaro was the venue for the first ever Arizona Blogger Conference, hosted by the lovely folks at the Phoenix Style Collective- Courtney, Chelsea, Katherine, Kara and Josh, co-owner of the GrowOP. There were probably over a hundred people in attendance and EVERYONE looked amazing! I chatted with familiar faces and met new ones. There were some vendors selling their wares, including Corona Couture Jewelry and Rumble and Spur Jewelry. Corona Couture’s jewelry is unique and one-of-a-kind. She recycles vintage license plates, keys, door plates, etc and turns them into wearable works of art. My absolute favorite pieces were the “state” bracelets made from recycled license plates. They are a perfect unique accent to any armparty! Portland-based Rumble and Spur Jewelry designer- Danielle showcased unique necklaces comprised of plastic, copper, brass, plexi glass, etc. I loved her use of mixing different colors and materials. Check out her online shop! We also enjoyed complimentary coffee and lattes by the fab The Coffee Chop– a mobile coffee house if you will, who is very talented in latte art. We were schooled in different poses for perfecting the ‘outfit shot’ by The Agency Arizona. Brenda Eden of Brenda Eden Photography snapped shots during the night and in the Madewell photo booth. Speaking of Madewell, they sponsored a styling booth… full of yummy separates that could be styled multiple ways. I also found the perfect pair of white and blue floral denim! Savante Salon was doing feather extensions and neon color wraps. Of course, the Saguaro provided nibbles and a cash bar.

During the conference portion of the event, we listened to several panelists. First up was Margaree Bigler of Local First AZ. She discussed the importance of shopping locally and supporting Local First AZ. Then we heard from Georganne Bryant, owner of Frances Vintage and Smeeks. She told us her story about her store and then how blogging has helped her business. We also heard from the lovely Kate of the style blog- Running on Happiness. She told us her back story and just shared some pointers in starting and running a blog. Next, we listened to photographer-Sarah Rhodes of Arrow + Apple. She first mentioned that she was nervous, but I honestly didn’t see it. She was funny and really impressed the crowd with her tips on better blogging photos and powerpoint examples. Lastly, we heard from Chelsea of Tea Talk. She explained the importance of finding your own voice and also told her blogging story. The event ended with more networking and mingling, lattes and cocktails.

Thank you Courtney, Chelsea, Kara, Josh and Katherine for the very fun evening. If you’d like more information on the Saguaro, go to the Saguaro website.

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31Bits Spring Launch Event at Madewell

I had the pleasure of attending the 31Bits launch event at the Madewell store at South Coast Plaza, in celebration of their latest Spring 2012 collection- “Chasing Daylight.” I love this brand and it’s dedication to helping women in Uganda, so I was eager to make the drive and support their new collection. According to 31Bits, the inspiration for “Chasing Daylight” is as follows “The Spring Line represents living lives filled with empowerment, purpose and adventure. Our color combinations alone will bring energy and vivacity to life. We’ve mixed soft pastels and prominent brights with new textures and intricate designs, creating pieces that are both surprising and refreshing. It’s about renewing energy, exploring new territory and dreaming bigger…” I must say, the latest styles of bracelets, cuffs and necklaces were truly eye-catching and refreshing, especially the 87 Cuff, Glory Fringe and the Orchid Loop. Along with browsing the collection, guests were treated to champagne and light treats, as well as shopping the latest trends in the Madewell store.

For more info on 31Bits, go here and for Madewell, go here.

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