Sunday, August 14, 2011

BlogHer 2011 Recap

I will say that I am just randomly going to write things down as I remember. I am hitting the highlights.

First off, our "Kick Off Your Heels" event rocked the house. But then again, I knew it would because if there is one thing I know and am good at is events. And as we worked on it and I walked through the event in my head, I knew that it would go well and the guests would enjoy themselves.

Okay, now on to the full recap. We arrived Monday and, luckily, Migdalia's friend Jally came to pick us up. That was super duper nice of her. We headed to the Omni Hotel San Diego and it was very nice. We had a one bedroom suite with of view of the party venue.

By the end of the week though that room was filled with a zillion boxes and we left it pretty much a mess. No, we didn't go all Charlie Sheen on the hotel room but there was still so many boxes and stuff left. I left the hotel maids a big fat tip because they had so much to clean up.

I didn't have time to do much of anything except party prep stuff. We managed to walk the Gaslamp district one day and do a little decoration shopping with Jally but mainly it was work. I hadn't been in San Diego in forever. It was very nice. I wish I would have had more time to explore and find Mexican food. Luckily, one day while driving around we spotted a little taco stand and they had the best tacos ever. Oh how I miss Californian Mexican food!

The conference started Thursday. I did manage to hit a party on Wednesday and ran into my good friend Liz, who I love! I know it's weird for non-social media people (practically my whole family) to realize how cool it is to meet people online then meet them in real life. But it is. We even had a chance to sit down and catch up. I hadn't seen her since February!

Anyway on Thursday me and Migdalia went to the conference to pick up our credentials then came back and worked some more. I want to say Friday, party day, but was crazy but not really. I mean I spent 2 days stuffing the goody bags we were giving out, doing nametags and other stuff but we also had some help so it wasn't too bad. My philosophy on events is that if you organize ahead of time, event day should not be stressful.

At 5pm we went down and started setting up. It looked pretty good if I do say so myself. If there is one thing I am good at is planning events. I love doing it and they always seem to come out pretty good! We were also able to make it look nice and not spend too much on decorations. Our best find though was these giant cardboard pink stilettos and cosmo drinks.

Little touches helped as well like confetti in the shape of heels and little plastic high heel charms. The devil is in the details and it makes a difference. After setting up, I went and got ready and came back down to greet the guests. I have to give a shout-out to some great women who volunteered: Heather, Luna, Ruby, Maria, April, Sandrini, Divina and Angelina. It is impossible to throw a good event without great volunteers.

Once an event starts, it sort of takes on a life of its own. I usually walk around and make sure everyone is happy and everything runs smoothly. But if you have done your work beforehand, there shouldn't be any problems. I got to meet so many people that I knew online that had never met. I also got to see my crazy wacky friend Victoria, who is so much fun!

By the time the party ended, I was tired and ready for bed. And that's what I did, go to bed! I have to give a shout-out to our Omni Catering Manager, Renee Herron, who was one of the best catering managers I have ever worked with.

The next day I was able to go to a morning event where we were treated to a pancake breakfast. Yum! Then I headed over to the Expo Hall to see what was going on. It was great. There were a lot of booths and brands and goodies. I met the Jimmy Dean Sun, the Pringles guy and some of my fellow bloggers. I was so happy I was able to see my friend Jen and her family. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met in my entire life!! I love her and her family. The good thing is she lives in NC too but we never see each other except for conferences!

I went back to the hotel to charge my phone and Migdalia came back with me to the Expo Hall to spend some time there. I had an appointment for a jeans fitting from Lee Jeans and I got the cutest most comfortable pair ever! Then I did the coolest thing ever! I somehow signed up or got signed up to do a Master Cooking Class with chef Marco Pierre White!

Okay you all know I, in my demented mind, believe I am a great chef. So this was so up my alley. It was great. There were 8 of us and we all had our stations up on stage and he taught us to make risotto. I have made risotto before but never under the direction of a real life Michelin Star winning chef! WOO!!! Besides our "Kick Off Your Heels" Party, this was the best thing I did at BlogHer.

Poor devil looked tired because he had been doing this all say but he was so patient and very nice. I did pretty good too and let me tell you that it was a huge thrill. My risotto was delish! We all got autographed books and I have to thank Knorr for the opportunity to have this experience. I so enjoyed it! I wish I could cook with real Chefs all the time!

After the Expo, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening's events. Me and Miggy headed out to go see an advanced screening of the new Disney movie, The Help. OMG it was so good. I laughed, I cried and it if this isn't nominated for an Oscar, I would be surprised. The acting was fantastic!! It was great of Disney to invite to see the movie.

After the movie, we headed to the LATISM (Latinos in Social Media) Social Fiesta. It was a lot of fun. I danced and met up with some more of my friends. I finally got to see my friend Elianne, who I adore. We had a good time as well but then we headed back to the hotel because Migdalia's flight left at 6am and mine at 10am. I barely slept that night but left early to the hotel hoping to catch an earlier flight.

No luck. But I saw a few people I knew at the airport including my friend, Liz. The flight was uneventful. I love that I could order up a movie on a whim. I ended watching Insidious on the way to San Diego and Battle L.A. on the way back. They were pretty good.

When I arrived in Atlanta, I had to get back to my car at the hotel and drive 3 hours to get back home. Suffice it to say, I was damn pooped when I got home. I basically hugged and kissed Tom, kissed the kitties and went to bed because I had to get up to go to work. Blah!

That is my adventure. The problem with recapping my trips a week later is that I forget stuff that I did. But overall the trip was great. Our event went really really well and I got to see some old friends and make new ones. But I am glad to be back home!

This is Renee from the Omni, she rocked.


  1. Holy cow! You were way better than I was with photos.

    Your party was so good, and your party food was the best anywhere, far and away!

    I wish I had seen you in that cooking class. It sounds like a complete blast!

    I can't wait for a repeat next year!

  2. FUN! I love the pic of us!!! can i steal it lol :) I had a blast met some amazing people at your event!Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

  3. Great post - and how the heck did I miss this party?????