Sunday, February 5, 2012

So Cal Blogger Meet-up

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Saturday was the So Cal Blogger Meet-Up and I had the best time. I got to meet a couple of the girls that I chat with pretty regularly in the blogosphere, as well as meet others whose blogs I will surely start reading. There were about 65 of us who met at Roppongi's in La Jolla on Prospect street (which is a gorgeous area). The girls who planned this event did such a phenomenal job! We each got a name badge with our first name, as well as our blog name, since let's face it, I know most of you by the names of your blogs. 
Delicious appetizers and desserts
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A cute photo booth set up with Polaroid frames
 I can't even tell you how many great raffle prizes there were (over $3,000 worth of products so everyone walked away with something!) We also each got swag bags at the end of the day.
Ashley won that adorable dress with a wrap belt, Kandi won earrings and chocolate and I won CA stationary cards by Orange & Park
But the most amazing prize of all, the grand prize we shall say, was TheIt Camera bag! We were all eyeing it the entire afternoon and Meg {who is the cutest and sweetest thing by the way} was lucky enough to walk away with it! It looks just like a purse, but inside are sections made of soft material for different lenses. I didn't know such a thing existed, but their website has been "pinned" and it's on my wishlist!
The best part of the day though, was getting to chat with all of the girls! And getting together with a bunch of bloggers means that you can take as many pictures as you want and no one is going to judge you! We all had our huge cameras around our necks most of the day.
Couldn't wait to meet Ashley, she just moved to Hollywood a few weeks ago! I started sponsoring her blog last month, and it's one of my favorite reads. She was just as adorable and hilarious in person!
Ashley from Adventures of Newlyweds
 Sweet Tammy from Lemons, Avocados and the Bay was one of the hosts who put so much time and love into this event. Thank you girly!
Pretty Hollie from Hollie Takes Notes
 Well there you have it. If there are ever opportunities in your area to attend a blogger meet-up -- GO! I had an incredible time and can't wait for the next one.
There are also more pictures here by Karina Irene Photography.
And make sure to link up here if you came to the meet-up so we can find you.

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36 comments:

Amanda said...

It looks like the blogger meet up was a success! I would love for someone to have one here on the east coast. It would be so fun to be able to meet all of our virtual friends in person! :)

Emily Hope said...

This looks like so much fun! What a fun way to network and meet new friends.

Liz Brown said...

Ohhh fun! I recognized Ashley and Hollie. And all the prizes and food look great. :) Trying not to be jealous ...

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot said...

Soooooooo jealous! I would love to meet you and Ashley!!!

lo @ crazy ever after said...

Fun stuff, Amira. So happy that you got to experience this. Me and another blogger are in the works to plan something similar in Mpls, but I am going to go out on a limb and guess your event will definitely be better. Haha. Such a success. Thanks for sharing the details.

Basil. said...

this looked like SO much fun!
What a fantastic idea, I definitely hope that one shows up in nashville at some point!

Melissa said...

so, I have gone to a few meetups and they are never like that one (the bloggers are cute and um, not old?!) Maybe I am in that "old" realm of bloggers because they are mostly mommy bloggers? That group of women looked like fun. I usually take a friend, like you took Kandi to make things normal. I knew I couldn't go to that one because my in-laws arrived from NJ. SO bummed!

I am going to the SD Mommy night out next Thursday, this will be my second event. Hoping they have up'd their anty.

Heading to BlogHer again this year too!

Thanks for sharing. :)

Breanna Hohenstein said...

How neat :) You all look like you had a great time! I wish I lived in Cali!

Lauren said...

Looks like you guys had such a great time!! Some great prizes too :)
I read yours and Ashley's sites everyday, it would have been great to meet you both.
Enjoy your Sunday!!!

Kristen said...

I love your blog! Thanks for following mine, I'm now following you & just grabbed your button! :)

alovelymist.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh - it looks like you guys had a BLAST!
I'm so glad...and a little jealous, too ;)

Thanks for posting the pictures- super fun to look at...the next best thing to actually going to one lol

xo!

Michelle P said...

Looks like so much fun!

Berni said...

That is awesome! It makes me really want to go to a blogger meet up now! It looked so well organised as well, props to the ladies who organised it. Ps- lovely blog!

Brooke said...

So fun! I'm hosting a BYU blogger meet-up in a month, so these are great ideas! I'm glad to hear yours turned out so nicely.

Meg {henninglove} said...

so glad we got to meet!! i wish we got a photo taken together, next time ok??

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

Love your pics! Shopping for new camera...what kind are you runnin? Lol

Hollie Ann said...

It was SO great meeting you!!!! You're seriously the sweetest!!

And thanks for no candid pics ;) ;) hahahaha

Misty said...

Aaw! You got some great pictures! Hoping to get mine up some time tomorrow. :)

becky said...

Glad you had a good time. Your photos are really good. I was walking around trying to take some...but I'm just a newbie...mainly just practice so far. You also got a pic of my wreath...yay. Hope you come over and visit me some time. I'm gonna be following you...
hope to see you.
becky@reinventingtheordinary.com

laurenjeanallece said...

What fun! I've often wondered how you hear about blogger meet ups. I live in Portland and know there are a bunch of us up this way - it'd be so fun to put real faces to the names (and blog titles!)

Hope you have a great week, thanks for the fun post!

Jayme and Mendi said...

Is it OK for me to admit how jelly I am?!? ;) So many faces in that crowd that I recognize & love their blogs, but unfortunately I am clear across the other side of the country. My area has a relatively small number of bloggers who are similar to us. But we are definitely doing our best to make sure that we meet each & every one of them!! ;)

So glad you had a wonderful time!

Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

nicole. said...

stopping by from stephanie's blog.

my daugher's name is Amira!!!!!

Ashley Slater said...

loved you re-cap--- you have some great pictures! I am going to post about it tomorrow!

xo,
ash

Samantha said...

Hahaha! YES that purse was on my wishlist for forever too!!!!! I seriously love it. It was expensive... but oh so worth it. I suggest you buy it so you can take it off that wishlist! :)

Sam

Holly said...

aww looks like soo much fun!!!

:)

Sandy a la Mode said...

dang! i wish i lived in socal so i could have gone!!

{[Jessica.]} said...

awe looks like you had a blast!! maybe the next time SD has a blog meet up- I can join!!! glad you enjoyed your time!!!

xoxo
Jessica

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

What fun pictures! I'm a San Diego native, but oddly, didn't start blogging until my husband and I moved to Houston last summer. (Go figure!) I'm waiting for my first Houston blogger meet-up! Eeek! I love you blog, and I'm your newest reader/follower!

Denise said...

How fun! I've never been to a blogger meet up but I'm dying to go! You're so pretty :)

Jenn said...

This is so cool! I doubt people even do stuff like this in VA. I love those polaroid photobooth props, and am drooling over theit bags!

Jenn

passengerseatperspectives.blogspot.com

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

The blogger meet-up looks like it was so much fun! It makes me wish I lived in SoCal too! That's awesome that you met Ashley from Adventures of Newlyweds, I actually had the chance to meet up with her when we were both living in Colorado and she's so fun!

PS: I just started following your blog, I love it! :)

Brittney - The Luycx's said...

Love the pictures! :)

Misty said...

I put the pics up on my blog today. :)

Shannon said...

What a great event and fantastic pictures!

http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

Melu103 said...

it seriously sucks i missed this
whole event :( everything got so
overwhelmed .. me going to Vegas
the weekend before and having to
make up the hours this weekend
made it impossible! I am glad you
all had a blast and were able to
meet everyone. I hope the girls
do another one in the future!
I would love to be a part of it




[x][♥][x][♥]
Melina
www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

Katherine McAdoo said...

this looks so amazing. i wish i lived somewhere a little more populated that had this kind of thing. one day!

your photographs are amazing!

<3 katherine

fashion.kitkatherine.com

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