Florals, florals, florals. I actually really love florals. I want plants to be surrounding me in every possible way – hanging from the ceiling, in a pot on the shelf, growing tall in my garden….and maybe on my new favorite floral jumpsuit. Last month’s PHLbloggers style shoot was all about florals and I was SUPER excited about it and am even more excited to share it.
How I Styled It
I got this jumpsuit from Flynn Skye back in February and have been dying to wear it. It has all the makings for an excellent spring & summer staple. It’s loose and flowy, so it won’t stick to my sweaty bod when it gets hot and humid here. It’s got some cool details in the lace up front. The blue is a really beautiful color and the floral pattern is fun. PLUS it has pockets.
I went blue on blue and added my favorite backpack from sticks and stones. This thing is AMAZING. The blue is beautiful and it holds absolutely everything. The other day I started at a coffee shop reading. While I was in the coffee shop, the bag held my portable phone charger + phone + chapstick + wallet + water bottle + glasses case + sunglasses. After I left the coffee shop to go on for a day of adventures… it had all of that and a hardcover book. Helloooo favorite bag ever.
Anyway, I love a good jumpsuit, and I am not alone. In case you didn’t notice in the group photo, a few of us showed up in floral jumpsuits. They are seriously the greatest and look fantastic on EVERYONE (did you see the denim jumpsuit I picked up a couple weeks ago??) One of my favorite parts of so many of us wearing ‘the same’ thing is seeing how different that same thing is just by changing a few colors and accessories.
Six More Ways to Wear Florals
POP, POP, POP! It’s the end of the day on Sunday the 23rd, the day of The Blog Connect, and all I can do as I stand with scissors demolishing the balloon wall with Amber and Tim is laugh and think about the glorious burger I am going to eat at Fountain Porter once the cleanup is finished. I am happy to report the day was a definite success with only a few (minor) hiccups.
For those of you who were at last year’s conference, you know we had flowers by After Eight Events (Now Fete Urbane.) Because it was the first year and there were so many unknowns to focus on, I really wanted to lean on their skills to bring the decor together. We met up, I handed over the inspiration for the conference theme and explained what I had in mind – they took it from there. This year was a whole different ball-game. Because we stayed in the same space at Saxbys, there was a lot of familiarity with the areas we were working with, which is particularly helpful when all the work toward the event was happening after business hours on my end. I got to really play around with different set ups when planning out the space and it was a blast!
The inspiration that I pulled together to give the look and feel of the conference really shined through in Saxbys amazing headquarters. We had a balloon wall, a streamer wall, and lots of fun balloon areas throughout the space. With seating for 80 and three separate breakout session areas, we created an event space that was super welcoming and intimate while giving enough room that no one was talking over each other.
Kicking off The Blog Connect
After months of planning, the weekend of The Blog Connect began with the team getting together on Friday (with added help from my amazing roommate) to have a balloon-blowing streamer-hanging pizza-eating extravaganza. It was great. On Saturday afternoon my roommate, Jess, Chrystina and I got into Saxby’s and did as much set up as we could accomplish in 2 hours. We assembled the balloons from the night before into the balloon wall and hung the streamers. Between that, moving tables and chairs into their designated areas for breakout sessions, and getting all of the chairs in the main speaking area set up, things were really coming together.
Time came to head to the party at ellelauri and I took a final look at the space. There were a few areas that needed some love, so after the party I put together a few smaller balloon sculptures (? Idk what you would call them lol) to bring with me and add in the am.
Arriving at ellelauri was a pleasant surprise, it’s just off Chestnut on 19th – a street I walk down all the time but I’ve never noticed the shop. I blame phone syndrome. They had a ton of adorable clothes and accessories and, thanks to their relationship with our Party Planner Priyanka, were so accommodating.
It was so exciting to see so many faces I haven’t seen at past PHLbloggers events. Nothing makes me quite as excited as meeting new people who are excited to learn and share their skills with others. One of the highlights from the party for me was getting my hair done at the braid bar by Concihairge. They did this really awesome ponytail/braid which I proceeded to teach myself how to do a couple of days later because I want to wear my hair like that all the time LOL.
We started out Sunday morning bright and early putting final touches on every area in the conference space at Saxbys. Balloons were filled with helium, tape was secured and computers were hooked up. It was time to let everyone be a part of the experience we had worked six months on curating.
Everyone that walked through the door was greeted by our sponsor directors, Sarah and Melissa. When they checked in, they received a nametag, which I hand-lettered for each guest, along with a Life Planner from Erin Condren. These planners are a total game-changer. Erin Condren blew the team away by first offering to sponsor a Life Planner for each guest and THEN by following up with an offer to use The Blog Connect 2017 ‘Blog It Better’ branding on them, making a custom edition Life Planner just for our attendees. I don’t think I am alone in saying that a lot of the inspiration and knowledge I gained from the speakers was translated into notes and actionable plans in that planner throughout the day.
After checking in the guests walked into photo area number 1, which totally set the vibe for the day. A giant streamer wall with what have become our traditional PHL balloons greeted guests and provided a nice good morning view before they entered the conference area. It was really fun thinking about how to make this space a collaborative area that would encourage attendees to interact with each other and the space itself. I loved seeing people say, “Hey would you mind taking my picture?” and then walking away in a full conversation with their new photographer-turned-friend who they hadn’t known 2 minutes prior.
Walking into the main conference space led attendees to the awesome Saxbys staff, ready to provide them with whatever their caffeine-driven-heart desired. With a combination of a caffeine buzz, full belly’s courtesy of Schmear It, and the welcoming light of the space, moods were high and the conference kicked off with a bang. Sarah Morgan, Andy Shaw, Sola Onitiri, Jess Herbine led speaker sessions sharing tons of valuable information on how to Blog It Better. Workshops by Angelica Yarde, Angela St. Cyril, and Jennifer Dziura gave attendees actionable steps to building different types of products for their audiences. Cupcakes by Ruth gave everyone a chance to move around and make delicious unicorns. And the day wound up with our amazing panelists Amber Burns, Erica Ligenza, and Nicole Raudonis discussing different aspects of working with brands.
Because of all the hard work on the part of Chrystina, Sarah and Melissa, everyone was well fed. Thanks to all of our speakers and contributors, everyone was given tools and tips for taking their blogs to the next level. We came together for a second year, and the experience was bigger and better. I am so happy to have been a part of the team for year number two and hope everyone had an incredible experience!
..and DAMN was that Sunday night burger good. -xx
I have officially switched into spring/summer dressing mode. I am so happy about it! As adults we don’t really get the opportunity to do a full wardrobe overhaul for each season like we did as kids. There’s that whole us not drastically changing sizes/heights thing…and then there’s the fact that we have to foot the bill. Nothing like paying for yourself to fully appreciate how much our parents sacrificed to get us new sneakers every time we wore them through, lol. It IS fun to get a few new things each season to help refresh without having to do a full overhaul, and spring definitely brings that out.
I have finally felt the first burst of spring weather and I am so excited about it – last weekend I got sunburnt sitting on a friend’s roof and now I’m sitting in Mississippi, working from my Mom’s house, on a porch swing. Both of these things were so needed I can’t even explain it to you. I like winter ok, but I am partial to spending at least 60% of my time outside and that is hard to do in a NE winter (even a mild one.)
In the excitement of the new weather, and the presence of my mom :), I decided to go on a try-on spree in hopes of finding one or two items to freshen up my spring/summer options. I got this great kimono ℅ Tobi and wanted to test out some different ways to wear it. I have had a few awesome wraps like this over the years but I never end up wearing them much and I want to make sure this one gets a fair shake.
I tried on quite a few things, but these five were in the final running.
And The Winner Is…
I ended up going with this jumpsuit because DUH. I am totally obsessed with it, and hoping that I still like it as much once I get it hemmed. Have any other shorties out there noticed that you get so used to having all the extra fabric at the bottom of pants growing up that once you get to an age where having things tailored actually makes sense, having things the proper length feels weird? No? Just me? Ok.