Monday, April 29, 2013

NC Blogger Meet Up

Me, Angela, and Lauren 

Angela and I co-hosted our first North Carolina Blogger Meet up this past weekend, (NC Blogger Buzz), and had a wonderful time getting to know some amazing local bloggers.

We wanted everyone to leave feeling inspired, so along with deciding to host these meet ups quarterly, we chose to have a speaker and an open discussion about various blogging topics.  Lauren spoke to us this go around, and she did such a fantastic job.  Spring is a time for refueling, so we discussed ways to feel inspired and how to use that inspiration to stay fresh with new ideas.  

Angela and I also were able to work with some amazing sponsors so that each lady left with a fun swag bag full of headbands, pens/sharpies, coupons, and other goodies.  Cousin Couture and Silpada also provided us with 2 awesome giveaways.  

A big thank you to everyone who came.  I loved meeting so many awesome ladies this weekend! Angela and I have already started planning our summer meet up, and are really excited about some ideas we've been tossing back and forth!

Have you ever attended a blogger meet up?  If so, I want to hear about it!  Hope you all had a great weekend.

PS.  April's Favorite Things link up is tomorrow (along with an awesome giveaway)!  I look forward to reading your posts!
Linking up with Sami and Molly today.

51 comments :

Annie said...

Blogger meetups are the BEST! Looks like yours was a success and you guys all look so fabulous :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Liz said...

I can't wait for the summer meet-up! This one was fabulous. Thanks for all your hard work putting it together!

two birds said...

how fun! and how great of you to organize the whole thing!!

Hailey LoveLaughterandLipstick said...

This looked like it was amazing! My Aunt gave me the go-ahead I could stay with her if I can up for a different one since I didn't make it up this time! :) You ladies did a great job putting this together!
Hailey @ Love, Laughter and Lipstick

Smallgood said...

I know I mentioned it already in the email, but I really hope I can make the summer one. This was the last time we had to schedule for the train, and of course it was delayed over an hour. Looks like a blast, and I'm so ready for summer.

Katie said...

how fun!! i'd love to go to your event! :)

Nicole | Pharr Away said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! So glad I was able to make it and can not wait for the next one!!!!!

Helene said...

this looks like so much fun! i went to my first dallas meet up this weekend! so fun!

Dina Karivalis said...

A blogger meet up sounds like a blast! Looks like you had a lot of fun.
xo Dina
Sweetest Somethings

Ginny said...

How cool! I'd love to have something like this in my area!
Ginny
mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

Amy Shaughnessy said...

What a great get together! I love your dress too. I don't think there are any bloggers near me...

Amy


Fashion and Beauty Finds

Kayla Peveler said...

SO happy it was such a success, makes me want to be a NC blogger! ...love you tons, Ashley! :)

Chelsea MacMeekin said...

It was a really great event! So lovely meeting you and can't wait until next time!

Kristen said...

So glad it was such a success! :)

Kouponing Kayla said...

This looks so much fun! Wish I could have made it, though. Looks like you all had a blast!

Adrienne @ BlackWhiteColor said...

No way!! I'm sooooo jealous!!! Pretty sure there aren't many Louisiana bloggers haha. So I'm not sure I will have one of those unless we do a southern one! Looks likes blast!!

Tori G said...

I have been dying to go to a blogger meet up here in NY!
Glad you had a great weekend!
Stop by some time http://styledlikearockstar.blogspot.com

Kirsten Wiemer said...

so glad you got to go to a blogger meet up.
looks like so much fun!

K

TheTinyHeart said...

This looks like such a fun event and so organized!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
$50 Target Giveaway!

Rebecca S. said...

Sounds like so much fun, I wish there were similar opportunities in Kentucky! P.S. your dress is adorable!

Catherine Bailey said...

This looks like so much fun! Great idea!

still being [molly] said...

glad y'all had such a great time! i so wish i could have been there! can't wait for the next one!

Reese said...

Looks like you guys had a blast. I saw the post when you first decided to host, and wanted to sign up, but I'm in Charlotte so I decided to sit this one our. Maybe next time. Are any of y'all coming to Bloggy Boot Camp in Charlotte?

vogueandheels.com said...

Love the pictures! This seems like a fun event. I need to find one around my area.

-Vogue&Heels
www.vogueandheels.com

Lindsay said...

Jealous! We must meet someday, we must!

B said...

i love blogger meet ups! i have made some blogger turned real friends through them. they are great! that's awesome you guys were able to get sponsors and swag bags...how fun!

Rachel said...

I wish I lived in an area where more bloggers were from- I'd love to have some fun blogger meet-ups!

Sarah said...

How fun!!! I love blogger meet ups!

PostgradPrep said...

Awww! I wish there was going to be a NC blogger meet up! Hopefully I can come to the summer one!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

How exciting! I have never been to one but I really want to go!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Sam M said...

That's awesome! Congrats on hosting your first meet up. I looks like it went really well. I still haven't been to one, I need to find more Utah bloggers and get involved with the local blogging community.

Emily said...

Sounds great! And I love your dress! Why aren't we all NC bloggers?!

smk053078 said...

Yay, yay and yay!!! Looks like you ladies rocked it!!! I am so proud of you both for putting this together!! Everyone looked so cute!!

Amanda @ Eloquent English said...

Awwwwwwww man! I missed it! =( Sounded / looked super fun!

Cortne said...

Insanely jealous right now. What a fun day. Informative and you get to hang out with your blogger girlfriends. What a great idea and good on you Ms. Ashley for putting that together! Awesome.
Cortne
cocoinmagnolia

Megan said...

Thanks for organizing this. It was a lot of fun! I look forward to the next one.

Susannah said...

How fun!!! I love blogger meetups! We have them here in Portland every other month. :-)

Nicole M. Hutchison said...

Kudos to you Miss Party Planner!!!!! I hosted the DFW Bloggers Spring Meet Up last Saturday and we had a blast too. In the beginning, I wanted to have a fun activity for us to do together but not take much time. Thus, I chose bowling. Fortunately, there is a fabulous new residential/commercial development on the west side of Downtown Fort Worth with a bowling alley, movie theater, restaurants, nightclubs, retail shops, etc that's PERFECT for a blogger event.

I've attended two previous DFW Blogger Events and had a BLAST with these lovely ladies. The first one we met at a painting studio where we painted bluebonnets on canvas and drank a bunch of wine. It was a great icebreaker and introduction. At Christmas, a couple of the girls coordinated an Ornament Swap at a local wine bar. We enjoyed drinks and appetizers, then played a fun "white elephant" game for swapping ornaments. Afterwards, a group of us went to Bar Louie's for more drinks and laughs. We saw a guy dressed as Trampy Santa. I'm not joking when I say he had a string of lights inside his red tights. He was obviously drinking the good stuff and had a goooood time!!!

This comment is forever long, but I hope you will keep planning blogger events. They are so much fun and so rewarding for all participants. My favorite part is introducing "newbies" to bloggers I already know and love.

Happy Blogging!
Happy Monday!
Big hugs!

Shaylynn... a girl, a story, a blog said...

I just HAVE to live in Utah.

Samantha (at) Life Style Love said...

Totally wish I was in an area that does meet-ups like this! This sounds so fun to learn more and meet great people :)

Allison said...

That's amazing that you helped with this event. We need tips for our Cincinnati meet ups. :) Looks like a fun event and you look great!!!

Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

So. Much. Fun! I sure hope we can get one started here in Nashville soon!
xx
Here&Now

helen said...

so fun!!! blogger meet ups are so grand :) wish i lived in NC so that i could've gone to this one!

Talisha Reupena said...

Oh man, if only I lived in NC! I would have totally made my way there! It looked like so much fun and your dress is super cute!

Becca Moss said...

I want to go to a Blogger meet up so bad! Looks like an absolute blast!

lori said...

ohhhh how fun!!! i am a little jealous... looking forward to meeting some bloggers at blogger boot camp in a few weeks... you signed up, right!?? ;)

and LOVE your dress, you look great- as always!

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

Ah you met Mia! I love her! She used to live in my hometown when we were in high school! Looks like an amazing time!

rooth said...

The meet up looks so great and you both did a wonderful job putting it together

Emmy said...

Meet ups really are fun. I have done a SoCal one- where we spend the day shopping at all these awesome unique shops in Orange City-- many of which have little swag to give us bloggers when we come in, then it ends with a dinner and a speaker (last time Mark Montoyo sp? from TLC).

This weekend going to a mini one at a restaurant that the restaurant is sponsoring as they want us to blog about their new menu and then the week after that going to an all day crafting/blogging one :)

ChatterBlossom said...

Super fun!! Thank you so much for putting it all together! Hope to see you at the next one. ;-)
-Jamie
ChatterBlossom

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