here's a photo heavy recap of the trip down in austin for the texas style council conference. thursday around 5:00, a carload of girls pulled up in front of my shop and lisa, emily and merl flew open the doors. there was much squealing and general sounds of delight as we met for the first time. then they did some shopping :) it was so much fun having them stay at my house before we left for the weekend.
it was crazy how well we all got along from the very beginning.
merl striking her blogger poses on our way to dinner after we got to austin on friday night.
the sweet little house we stayed in. our landlady, frances, was a bit of a fruitcake though. and by fruitcake, i mean crazy. she initially told us to bring our swimsuits because there was a pool. we get to the house and THERE IS A STUNNING LACK OF POOLS. i could go on and on about her madness but then i'd never get through this post.
saturday we had lunch with rachel and her husband then went down to congress ave for some shopping. the weather was hot, people were everywhere and there was such a cool vibe about the city. i bought an amazing leather shirt and merl bought the little booties she's wearing. incidentally, they made her feet bleed. but ya know, fashion over comfort, right???
we met up with jentine and kendi for a little more shopping before the pop up shop party that night. seriously, i fell in love with these girls.
a wee beverage break out on the porch of our place. notice no pool???
the conference itself definitely had it's highs and lows. but for everyone's benefit, i'll focus on the good. i learned so much about using social media platforms to promote my business and blog. i've always kept the two separate, being afraid that if people here in town knew that i took pictures of myself and posted them on the internet (aka a personal style blog) then they'd think i was silly. well, turns out, i'm the silly one. this blog means A LOT to me and truly it is part of my business. and really susan from modcloth is the one that opened my eyes to it. i admit that i totally wanted to not like her but the truth is that i thought she was awesome. she knew what she was talking about and was very open with advice. very cool, modcloth girl!
anyway, i know this is kind of buried in my post and i'm sure no one's gotten this far, but i do have a facebook page! and have for like 2 years! so check me out :)
jentine and jessie from the concrete catwalk. aren't they just the prettiest things???
the girls with bryan 'everyday.' as amazing as kendi is, her husband bryan is just as cool. it was so fun getting to meet the guy behind the camera.
anywaysssssss, so glad you made it to the end of this monstrous post. the weekend was fabulous. austin is a pretty rockin city and that is something coming from me as i am no fan of texas. and even though i did learn a lot about my business and my blog, my favorite part was meeting my fellow bloggers. i can't say enough about these women. and i can't believe i never got a picture of jen!!!!! she is so lovely and sweet and the cutest thing. but i realized that all these ladies who i love via their blog are so much more in person. ya know? they are more genuine, more beautiful, more funny, more REAL!! and that's pretty refreshing.