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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Houston Blogger Symposium Recap

A couple of weekends ago I attended the Houston Blogger Symposium, thanks to Allison who told me about it (by the way, I must say congrats to Allison for her first international sale on her Etsy shop last week).  This was my first official blogger conference and I'm so thankful I was able to attend.  Tickets sold out quickly and the waiting list was crazy long. 

Unfortunately, I did not attend the pre-party mixer at Langford Market the night before.  I was not feeling great all week and it was crazy raining that evening so all I wanted to do was curl up in bed after work.  It looked like an awesome time though so I'm kicking myself a little for not pushing through the pain. 

The conference was held at Hotel ZaZa.  The room for the event was perfect with great views of Houston and lots of cute vendor setups.  We had assigned seating arrangements and I lucked out at the Kendi Everyday table which included: Sara, Allison, Bre, Katie, Jamie, Ashley & Courtney.

Note:  The majority of the images below are by Paige Budde Photography.  The grainy pictures are from my iPhone!

The Kendi Everyday Table

There was time for yummy food, champagne, and shopping. 


Once the conference started, we heard from two panels and a final speaker.  All were inspirational and I learned a lot.  Speakers included Megan (the AMAZING conference planner and moderator), Katy, Alicia, Lisa, Laura, Davina from Langford Market, Meg from Reward Style, Julianne from Francesca's, Kristina and my faves Kelly & Brandi.  For me it was just so overwhelming to be in a room filled with awesome, smart, creative women who love to blog just like me.  In fact, Alli and I kind of felt like groupies stalking our favorite celebrities when we were able to meet some of our blog crushes in person!

Allison and I chatting it up with new blogger friends!  I think I'm also patting myself on the back for attending such a great conference.

As if everything I just mentioned wasn't good enough, we all walked out with the BEST swag bags!  They were filled with items from Chi, Francesca's, Bath Junkie, New for the Night...we even received an entire outfit (hello cami, leggings and scarf) from Langford Market!!!  We were spoiled. 

If you weren't able to attend this conference, I included lots of great links in this post of bloggers you should check out.  You can join the Houston Blogger Symposium blog so you can join us next year.  My advice is to register early! 

Also, if you feel compelled to attend a blogger conference soon, check out Blissdom coming March 2013 in Dallas!  I hope to see you there. 

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