BlogHer14: My Whole Experience Shoved in One Post

30 Jul

If you’re curious about what I ALMOST named this post and how it went wrong (so, so wrong), check out my Facebook post. Also, while you’re over there… click “like” on my page because every time I get a new fan I do a weird little dance. And maybe I’ll make a video for you, because one thing I learned at BlogHer14 is that I need to start making videos…

I tried to avoid giving you a play-by-play of everything that happened in the 5 days I was in San Jose for the most amazing blogging conference in all the land. Mostly, I just included a daily overview and all the photos that make me smile (most of the photos are also on my Instagram page if you want to see them larger). If there is anything I don’t cover that you want to know about, just leave me a question in the comments and I promise to answer them all!

For those of you who think that attending a blogging conference is like the Hunger Games – we all hate each other because there can only be ONE awesome blogger – yup, that’s totally true.

Want proof? Check out Holly from My Years of Fabulous

Pocketful of Joules and My Years of Fabulous

See the bloodlust!?!

Just kidding. It’s truly like a love-fest. See, now Holly and I look all cute again.

me and holly

My Crew
Speaking of awesome people, my main crew of cool chicks was: Holly, Chrissy from Quirky Chrissy, Lily from It’s a Dome Life, Jen from Me, Myself & Jen, Jenny Kelly from MarketingWerks, and Hege and Cotille from Stitch Fix. I also had the wonderful experience of hanging out with Sara and Dave, when they took me out to dinner at Blowfish. YUM!

I’d also like to give shout-outs to the following lovely ladies:
Nora Miller from AMP Anderson Miller PR – thank you for letting me talk your ear off at lunch and I totally LOVED every minute of it. Marcella Campbell from 24 Volumes – so glad we ran into each other again, 2 years after our first meeting! Stephanie Precourt from Listen to Your Mother – you may have ACTUALLY convinced me to try out next year… Kristin Swenson – thanks for hanging out with me at the BlogHer baby shower and talking fashion! I also have a stack of business cards to go through of people I hung out with, so I can’t wait to start shooting off some emails.

Now on to the pictures!

First off, the MOST important… what I wore. And yes, I say that with a teensy bit of sarcasm and a little {wink, wink}:

BlogHer14 - what I wore - Pocketful of Joules

Look, I even took pictures each day in front of the snazzy hotel curtains! And yes, I thought about trying to convince the Fairmont to gift me the curtains as swag, but I digress. You can see a bit of a theme — bangs back and lots of Stitch Fix. Day 1: Loft t-shirt, Kensie jeans (Stitch Fix), etsy necklace. Day 2: Daniel Rainn shirt (by way of Nordstrom Rack), Steampunk Garage necklace (bought on day one), same jeans. Day 3: Pomelo dress (Stitch Fix). Day 4: Banana Republic Marimekko collection dress. I’m wearing the same Sam Edelman spiked sandals in each picture. I also threw this Soho hat from Ashbury Hats on for some of the evening events.

Wednesday
I left my house super-dooper early and flew for almost 8 hours. Luckily, the time change worked with me and it was only noon when I got to California. I spent the day walking around, shopping and also had dinner with the adorable Sara and her husband. I’m not sure why I didn’t get a picture with Sara and Dave, I can only assume we were too full of sushi, sake and beer to think about taking one.

Wednesday - Pocketful of Joules

Thursday
By far my busiest day! I stated off at the Speck Products #RESPECKED Suite and learned all about their snazzy new cellphone and electronics cases. While there, I also checked out the new line at Stella & Dot and had my head shot taken by a local photographer. From there, I met with Kristin and Hannah from Ashbury Hats (I LOVE THEM)… full blog post and GIVEAWAY coming soon. After that giggle-filled meeting, I stopped by the Astroblast Smoothie Social and met Nina from “The Good Night Show” on Sprout (she’s super sweet). From there, I ran off to the 2014 BlogHer Baby Shower (and chatted with so many cool mommas) and then hoofed it to the Eppa Sangria Sundown Sioree. Tired yet? Well, I kept going… and ran around the Evening at the Expo with Lily until they kicked us out! At that point, I was exhausted and ordered some room service.

Oh and to every single person who stopped me in the Expo Hall and at random times during the weekend to tell me that they KNOW me… THANK YOU. You guys made me feel like a total rockstar and sloppy KISSES to you all!

Thursday

Friday
Bring on the learning! I was in BlogHer keynotes and sessions all day long and even squeezed in a couple brand meetings in between activities. I also had the chance to see The Hundred-Foot Journey, which I LOVED SO MUCH. See, I’m even quoted saying how much I love it on That Was Something. After the movie was over and I was walking on a cloud of loooooove, I met up with my friends at Killer Karaoke and did free shots of Twisted Shots until I ended up on stage in a group number. And yes, Cotille and I are just a little tipsy in that picture…

Friday

Saturday
MORE LEARNING! I also finally met up with my girl, Holly, and we basically talked all day long. I wish she lived closer to me, because she is my kinda people. In addition to attending the BEST session in the conference – “New Rules for New Tools” – I was also excited to have an appointment in the Flawed but Authentic suite. It started with an amazing hand massage with special oils and ended with an uplifting photo session and I loved every moment of it. After doing an emergency trip to Ross to pick up an extra suitcase, I grabbed Cotille off the street and we ended up having one of the best meals I’ve had in a LONG TIME. I’m not even kidding when I say that the first bite of mushroom risotto almost knocked me off my chair. So. Freaking. Good. Almost as good as the conversation… LOVE her. From dinner I made my very last stop… the Closing Party Sunset Bash. It was sponsored by McDonalds (HAPPY MEALS FOR EVERYONE) and our entertainment was Rev Run from RunDMC.

Which brings us to this story: At the closing party I danced like a fool and munched on a ton of French fries. Yes, I know I had just inhaled a whole dinner… but FRESH McDonald’s French fries are not to be denied.

Inevitably I had to use the restroom and started waiting in line for the fancy porti-pots. Well, the line was long and I started doing the pee pee dance. Apparently a guy across the way noticed, because he suggested that I use the porti-pots in the next parking lot over, behind a row of bushes. So, I leap through the bushes, jump into a porti-pot and immediately regret it. The ones I was waiting in line for were the NICE ones with lights and toilet paper. These… were not. They were your run-of-the-mill Ren Fest porti-pots with a dark, stinky inside and OF COURSE no toilet paper. So, I quickly use the bathroom and then stumble out as soon as humanly possible. As I’m stumbling out (mumbling how GROSS it was) and making my way back to the party – drip drying all the way – I nearly body-check Rev Run and his security team. Because, of course I did.

Saturday

Hmm… that turned out a lot longer than I anticipated. I guess I could have just summed it up in one sentence: I had an awesome time at BlogHer. I missed seeing a few people that I was hoping to meet up with, but all-in-all had an excellent adventure (wheehew Wyld Stallyns!)

I’ll be sharing some new brands with you all over the next few months that I’m really super excited about. I also have a few fun giveaways coming up, including a sassy hat from Ashbury Hats, some super cool iPad cases from Speck Products, and a gift card to Chuck E Cheese!

Do you have any questions about BlogHer that I didn’t cover? Have you had a near run-in with a celebrity? Do you kind of want to go and watch Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure now?

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18 Responses to “BlogHer14: My Whole Experience Shoved in One Post”

  1. Jen July 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Very good recap! I am sad that I did not get to meet you. You have a new blog reader in me 🙂
    Jen recently posted…A Blogher 2014 Re-CapMy Profile

    • Joules July 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

      Thank you so much Jen! =)

  2. Katie @ Words For Worms July 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Yaaaaaaaaaaay I feel really special for making it into your wrap post (even as a mermaid.) And I’m glad you got to hang out with Chrissy and Jenny because I get to see them pretty regularly so it’s like ALMOST seeing youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!
    Katie @ Words For Worms recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read The MostMy Profile

    • Joules July 30, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

      I WISH you would have been there with us, in human form!!!!

  3. Jennie July 30, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Interesting to hear you should be posting more videos because I NEVER watch videos on blogs (maybe because I’m usually checking at work and try to unplug at home in the evenings…). 🙂

    • Joules July 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      I will watch a video if it is relatively short. The reasoning I heard at the conference is that your readers feel more connected to you when they can see you talk and hear your voice. I figure I’ll try some instagram videos and see how it goes… =)

  4. Jessy July 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    What I got from this post was, YOU GOT FREE ICE CREAM!! 😀

    • Joules July 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

      I DID! They had these cute mini cones and you could have them as often as you liked! My favorite was the salted caramel ice cream… YUM.

  5. Lillian from It's a Dome Life July 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I love your daily outfits in front of the curtains. That is cool.

    Thank you for letting me be glued to you on Thursday night. I had so much fun!
    Lillian from It’s a Dome Life recently posted…BlogHer 14: If You Are Awkward and You Know It Clap Your HandsMy Profile

    • Joules July 30, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

      I’m pretty sure the maid thought I was nuts because I had to move a chair across the room to get the curtain shots. And I left my tripod and camera set up during the day while I was out. Or maybe she just thought I was making a weird curtain porn…

      You can be glued to me ANY TIME chicky! =)

  6. Kari July 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Woo FRICKING Hoo!!!
    I made the post in a picture AND I WASN’T EVEN THERE!!
    I loves you Julie.
    I am so sad I didn’t get to see you and say SAUUUUUSAGE this year.
    Next year.
    Kari recently posted…Eight Goodwill Projects. I Swear I Am Not Running Out Of Ideas.My Profile

    • Joules July 31, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

      Aww, I missed you too! Let’s hope for a REALLY GOOD place for next year’s BlogHer. I vote for DISNEY! =)

  7. Quirky Chrissy July 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    I really wish I had been with you ladies in Thursday night! I got distracted and then I lost you! (Totally normal for me).

    But it was SO nice to have a super crew of bloggy friends to hang with!

    You rock.
    Quirky Chrissy recently posted…BlogHer Conference: Not Just for Mommy BloggersMy Profile

    • Joules July 31, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

      You rock too! I kept wandering off too, but I’m glad I kept being pulled magnetically back to you guys! <3

  8. Holly Hester July 31, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    I don’t know why but I go berserk after any yogurt taste test. I should just stop entering them.

    • Joules July 31, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

      lol, or maybe wear a warning label. 😉

  9. JoAnn August 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    Sounds fantastic! What an awesome way to meet up with cool brands and even cooler bloggers! BlogHer is definitely on my to-do list.
    JoAnn recently posted…Stitch Fix Review #5 & Link-upMy Profile

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