Monday, February 15th was my favorite day of 2010 so far.
No, not because it was the day after Valentine’s Day and I was glad not to be reminded that I have no boyfriend or, for that matter, no boyfriend in sight.
No, not because it was roughly one month and one day until I turned 24 on March 16th.
YES! It was because I attended the awe-INSPIRING, awe-MOTIVATING, awe-MAGICAL Independent Fashion Bloggers conference at the Helen Mills Theater.
It was a conference for bloggers — fashion bloggers, in particular — reviewing, discussing and teaching the questions we find ourselves asking in this industry.
- How to promote/market our content?
- How to make money from our blogs?
- How to remain ethical and true to our brand/reader as we grow and work with publicists and brands?
- How to navigate the fame game and future of fashion blogging?
- And of course …how to network & party in style at the after conference cocktail party as sponsored by the new site Couturious [so new, I can’t link you yet! It’s in BETA baby!]
Special thanks to Pamela Castillo of Market Publique for hooking me with 1st class seats.
Also, to the truly inspiring Greta Eagan & Jessica Schroeder & Suzanne Xie of Weardrobe for hanging with me and reminding me why I’m pursuing what I love. Because life is about surrounding yourself with the things — and people — that you love. Everything else will fall into place.
Evolving Influence. What what.
Jennine Jacob, founder of Independent Fashion Bloggers, introduces the conference to a room of fab, fashionable, friendly bloggers & style-involved peeps.
Jessica Schroeder of What I Wore talks about the ethics of blogging [AKA, if you get something for free and feature on your site, let your reader know about it! Easy as that.]
++ VIDEO!! Here’s a quick snippet of her words of wisdom.
The last — and most star-studded panel — of them all.
From left: Britt Aboutaleb & Lauren Sherman of Fashionista.com, Bryan of Bryanboy, Tavi of Style Rookie, Susie Bubble of Style Bubble, Phil Oh of Street Pepper
[sorry kids, too lazy to link here! Google ‘em yourself!]
Kicking off the day with Kate, resident photographer of Market Publique.
I caught a seat next to the loveliest of NYC fashion bloggers [full disclosure: I’m bias] — Jessica Schroeder of What I Wore & Greta Eagan of Greta Guide. Thanks to Suzanne from Weardrobe, I snagged a copy of the new Weardrobe 100 book. Jessica & Greta are pictured side-by-side in a spread.
Soooo … what more fitting idea than to grab a shot of them next to each other in the flesh, and in the paper form, too?
Fabulous ladies. Paper or no paper.
They inspired me at least to interview them about incorporating vintage into a preppy/traditionally sophisticated wardrobe.
++ VIDEO!!! Watch ‘em dish their tips here.
Ariel even gave me a shout-out here!
And I gave Zephorah an awesome shout-out [++ VIDEO!!] here!
These were my favorite boys of the evening. Read on to learn why:
- They lived in Philadelphia
- They went to Temple U
- They just started a new blog, all about T-SHIRTS
- They love men’s vintage
- They were drinking beer at a party where everyone was opting for wine
- They had facial hair. But didn’t remind me of a Bedford Avenue Brooklynite. [PHEW]
Check ‘em out here.
Can we please admire this bow tie? It’s purple. It’s shaggy. It has fringe.
I want one.
For those of you who didn’t know, I’m a bit obsessed with street art. So when I saw these shoes, I about passed out. On the floor. On top of these shoes.
For the grand finale pic, introducing [money money moneeeyyyy! MONEY!] Wendy Brandes rocking the dollar bills, yo.
NOTE: It’s a vintage dress! Purchased on Ebay for approximately $45, says Wendy.
Love it girl.
And on that note … love you all — my readers — for sticking by me & watching me grow. I hope to make you proud.