Blogher 2015 Recap

Ok so this post is uber delayed. But I’ve had a pretty busy summer. I had the most AMAZING time at Blogher 2015. This year the folks at Blogher partnered with the She Knows folks and boy did they put on a show. This year’s conference was held at the Hilton NY which is an incredible hotel.

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On Thursday I walked around the expo center and chatted with all the amazing vendors. Best Buy was promoting their new wedding registry that they offer (which is pretty awesome right?) and R&B singer Kenny Lattimore was there. I only thought it fitting that he propose to me. After all it was bridal themed right? A few of my favorite booths were: Shark, AT&T, Dyson, Ninja, Baskin Robbins and of course the Embassy Suites (you know how I adore them).
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IMG_1132 (3)Friday was incredibly busy for me. My morning started out with a special breakfast and panel by Staples. Leeza Gibbons and Jaime Primak Sullivan were both on the panel discussing all things back to school. And I got to check out the amazing new back to school items from Staples. Seriously how sweet is this donut book bag? No pun intended. Also, I’ve been a fan of Jaime for a while now. I watched Jersey Belle and am religious about watching her Facebook videos. Even my hubby is into all her posts. I feel like she’s my sister from another mister. #Jersey And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that I met my new bestie Holly Rust at this seminar. We sat next to each other and hung out throughout the conference. While in Chicago this summer I got together with her and we went on a double date. Blogher creates friendships. Like lifelong friendships. I’m so happy to have met her and she gets my blogging butt in gear.

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If that wasn’t cool enough I also was invited to participate in a Sears panel on staying connected. I learned a ton about new products that help your home to stay connected and have a tech savvy home. Since we have been renovating, all these new products were super interesting and I’d like to incorporate them into my home. We actually purchased all our kitchen appliances from Sears. Including our awesome Samsung fridge that wait for it has sparkling water built in. Randi Zuckerberg was part of this panel and that was a huge surprise for me. She was so sweet and signed her book after for everyone. Seriously…. She’s so sweet. Another sister from another mister. Seriously. We might have been separated at birth.

 

Sheryl Underwood and I.

Sheryl Underwood and I.

I also got to meet Sheryl Underwood at the Depend booth.

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In the evening I was privileged to attend a screening of the new show “Grandfathered” featuring John Stamos and Josh Peck. Josh was available for audience questions afterwards and was super funny. At some point he mentioned that he can be bribed with Twizzlers. Which I happened to have in my bag. Not that I needed a bribe but I offered him one and this is what happened.

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I was so proud of myself for following my Blogher schedule. Every year I have a plan of attack and it always falls apart right away. And then Saturday came. My day started by an older woman asking me where she should wait for a car to pick her up at the hotel. Turns out the car wasn’t coming for about an hour. I didn’t want her to have to wait alone so I waited with her. Her name is Sylvia and she was in NY visiting her childhood friend that was in a nursing home. I learned a lot about Sylvia. Her first husband was in the entertainment industry. She told me all about old Hollywood and how one day she went to see her husband and John Wayne was in the room. When she left John Wayne told her husband how pretty she was. She never forgot that. So I hung out with Sylvia and didn’t attend any seminars I had planned on.

Guess the supermodel?

Guess the supermodel?

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I was super excited to meet Carson Kressley at the Depend booth. He was soooo nice.

And this happened!

And this happened!

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To end the night McDonalds treated us all to a concert with Boyz II Men and Nick Cannon. If you know me then you know that all of the Boyz II Men songs are my jams. I’m a child of the 90s.

Mitch aka GayNYCDad and I at the Gwyneth Paltrow luncheon.

Mitch aka GayNYCDad and I at the Gwyneth Paltrow luncheon.

My new bestie Holly and I!

My new bestie Holly and I!

Back to School with Lands’ End

 

On August 4th I attended the Lands’ End Back to School Event in NYC. As always Momtrends organized an amazing event at EZ Studios.

 

We met in the lobby of the Hilton and headed out to school buses where we received our Night School report card which we would get graded on as we went along.

 

First stop was Backpack Philosophy where I learned weight safety tips from Dr. Mary Ann Wilmarth of the American Physical Therapy Association. At Lands’ End you can find the perfectly sized backpack for your child’s height and weight.


Lands’ End has durability down to a science. At Pants 101 we were taught about their new invisible  IronKnee™ patch which drastically prolongs your child’s everyday pants.

Guests were also encouraged to Design Your First Day of school outfit.

 

At Lunchtime, celebrity chef Sam Talbot whipped up some easy lunch recipes that were delish. Pack’em in the Lands’ End MadBox ™ lunch boxes, designed by real kids. How cool is that?

Warren Tricomi was on hand at Hair School and styled us with the hottest hair styles for fall.

 

We also had the opportunity to take a class photo and get a 5 minute makeover from Revlon. I loved my look so much that I already bought all the Revlon products they used on me at my local CVS.

 

I passed the Dress Test and chatted with Brittany Gibbons on how to flatter your figure for fall.

Needless to say I passed all my courses Lands’ End Night School. Whew!

 

And I got my diploma! So it’s totally official.

 

 

Congrats to the entire 2012 graduating class of Lands’ End Night School!

Thanks Momtrends & Lands’ End for a fab party! Happy Back to School!

 

Saturday Blogher ’12 Recap

Had a wonderful breakfast and made some new friends (that’s the point right?). Got to meet Elly from Buggin Word. If you didn’t meet her you have to hunt her down next year in Chicago. She’s a blast. And she plays the ukulele!

 

My day of course consisted of walking around the expo space but I also attended some pretty amazing seminars.

I attended Katie Couric’s keynote luncheon and learned all about her new show “Katie” coming September 10th. Trust me this is a show you won’t want to miss. I love how the new show is going to be very women focused as well as social media focused. Katie is also going to be featuring bloggers at each show. Love that! Check out her keynote HERE!

 

Some of my fave brands:

 

Duck – You know the Duck Rape folks! Check out there booth! Amazing what you can do with duck tape.

Zicam – Made my own bracelet with charms which I thought was super cute and a nice little remembrance. I took a charm that said “I Love to Blog”. Appropriate right? Can’t wait to try out Zicam next time I feel a cold coming on.

 

Hershey’s/Wal-Mart S’mores suite – Ok I loved it 2 years ago and loved it again. I mean if you don’t love S’mores there’s seriously something wrong with you. Trivia – The first printed record of the S’mores recipe appeared in a Girl Scout handbook in 1927.

 

Starbucks – We were among the first to check out the new Starbuck’s Verismo which is not even in stores yet. It’s a super-convenient, single-cup machine for making espresso-based beverages at home. And it’s coming in late 2012 – just in time to be a splendid gift to you or a coffee lover you know.

 

Kiss & Broadway Nails – As you know from my previous post I love Kiss & Broadway. This time I got to try out the Nail Dress products which I was super excited about. You put on the adhesive nail color and it goes on over your nail. Then you file your nails so that it fits the shape of your nail perfectly. They come in some really cool colors/patterns, even leopard.

 

 

They hubby and I grabbed food from The Halal guys because I had been dying to try them. It was delish!

 

Then I headed to the Land’s End party off-site.

 

Came back to the Hilton and attended the first ever Blogher Fashion Show. Click HERE to watch a recap.

 

Headed to the Cheeseburger Party, followed by a goodbye cocktail with my new friends Debbie & Heather.

 

As you can tell I had a blast at Blogher ’12. What a whirlwind! Can’t wait til next year!

 

 

Blogher ’12 – Saturday Style

Since this was day 3 of Blogher I was ready to be comfortable.

 

 

 

Shirt – Limited

Jeans – LEE 

Necklace – Origami Owl

Flip Flops – Old Navy

 

 

Lee Perfect Fit Biana Bootcut Jeans – Product Review

 

I’m a jeans girl! Always have been.

 

Recently I had the opportunity to check out the Lee Perfect Fit Biana Bootcut Jeans. And I’m in love! Don’t tell my hubby. 🙂

 

I tested them out during Blogher ’12 since I knew I would be doing lots of walking. Not only are they super stylish but they were so comfy. Their stretch fabric helps the jeans move with you. No more stiff jeans!

 

The Bianca Bootcut is in the Perfect Fit line because it features a compression mesh panel that lifts your seat and shapes your tummy.

Lee® Jeans Lifts and Shapes with New Perfect Fit™ Collection

 

Lee® Jeans is shaping up women’s denim with its new Perfect Fit™ collection, featuring first-to-market Shapetastic™ Technology that lifts, smooths and controls a woman’s natural curves. No matter her shape or size, these jeans add the perfect lift to a woman’s look and confidence!

 

“Lee strives to develop next generation technologies to help make a woman look and feel her best,” said Rachelle Moley, trend manager at Lee Jeans. “Hundreds of hours, 500 pairs of jeans, a team of experts, and group of real, honest women helped develop the Perfect Fit line.”

 

The new Perfect Fit collection incorporates Lee’s latest fitinnovation™, the patent pending Shapetastic™ Technology that slims a woman’s silhouette like never before.

 

  • Compression-mesh Shapetastic Panel slims and controls her tummy while lifting her seat
  • Exclusive mesh construction provides a supportive stretch that’s as comfortable and breathable as it is uplifting
  • Supportive stretch fabric combined with Shapetastic technology feels like having shapewear built into her favorite pair of jeans

 

The Lee Jeans Perfect Fit collection will be available in mid-July at select retailers and at Lee.com for a suggested retail price of $54.

 

 

*I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.