I had been talking about doing it for a while and finally got a chance to throw an Orange County Blogger Networking event. I teamed up with the fantastic, Naadine of Great Over Good, to host it in her great space. We called it Bloggers Unplugged because we wanted everyone to just come and meet up, mingle and really get to know each other. So often at events, you are tied to your phones and your obligations and it is hard to connect with your local blogging friends. So this was a way to do that. We didn't get any sponsors so that we could focus only on each other. It was super fun!
We invited all kinds of bloggers and had a really great turn out. It was a really great mix of fashion, mom, travel and lifestyle bloggers and I met tons of people I had never met before. There were bloggers in all stages of their careers and it was cool to be able to chat with them about what they were going through at the moment. If you are interested in being put on the info list for any future events, you can add your info here.
The Great Over Good space is awesome and didn't need hardly any decor. The lobby area has tons of great artwork and this great chalkboard wall. If you don't know Great Over Good, you need to keep it in mind if you need a space to hold a meeting, set up a photo shoot or hold a workshop. This is the place for you! It's my favorite. There is a kitchen, a nice large room for larger gatherings and a great meeting space, with a long table in the back.
I had forgotten to get weights for the balloons but Naadine had these great Andy Warhol soup cans on hand that worked perfect. She has great little vignettes of cool items all throughout the space. This girl's style is SO good!
Since the space is big and white, I wanted to find a simple way to add lots of color. I made a bunch of colorful pom poms for it and just hung them around the room. Some of the fashion bloggers decided they made better accessories. I don't disagree.
Naadine and I split food duty and served simple things like fruit, veggies, cookies, cheese and crackers. And plopped some yarn poms on the buffet to add some color. You guys, yarn poms will never get old for me. I love them!
And my friend Melissa of Melissa Creates, sent pencils with fun sayings on them. You can check them out in her shop! I met so many new people and was grateful for the support of some other gals that I already knew. And in keeping with the name, I didn't do any social media-ing during the event. Luckily, some people did so you can see more images of the attendees:
Living In Style OC – She calls me Shannon but whatevs, there were a lot of people there that night. :)
And the stinking cutest couple ever was there, who I incidentally, didn't get a chance to chat with. Turns out they are competing on The Amazing Race and they have, what might be my favorite fashion blog ever, My Boyfriend's Clothes.
Great Over Good is holding another fun event in a few weeks! Blogger Brunch! You should go!
HUGE thank you to Naadine for helping me to throw a great event. I hope you all get to meet her at some point. She's awesome and I can't wait to plan something with her again!