First Dates with BlogHer

This past weekend feels like a blur.  It’s now Thursday, incredibly, and a week has past since the craziness of BlogHer ’10 started.

I had a great time.  I had wonderful room mates at the Hilton, and made some great friends and memories.  I even got to spend some time (not enough) with one of my closest friends, Sue, who inspired me to start this blog.

Loukia of LouLou’s Views and Me

There were some chest-tighteningly-beautiful moments, ones that made the whole weekend worth it.

Grown women wearing bright, beautiful tutu’s and big smiles all in the name of one boy who needs a little lift (and maybe a miracle).

Women that had lost children and husbands and parts of themselves, some of whom weren’t afraid to share their stories and heartbreak out loud, in front of hundreds of faces at the conference.

I cried, then laughed, then cried harder, then laughed harder at the Voices of the Year Ceremony.

I made dear friends that couldn’t have been more lovely, wonderful, and real.

Emily, Design Her Momma

Adam Avitable

Casey, Moosh in Indy

My friends here in the city threw some fabulous, rockin’ parties and I couldn’t seem to make it to all of themI even ate McDonald’s.  At night. At a party (those who know me know this is rare).

Aimee Giese, Greeblemonkey

I got carsick in cabs with out-of-townies, and even that was fun.  I’m usually sick in cabs by myself.

Some of us ventured out to the Meatpacking District to get fancy on the roof of the Gansevoort Hotel.   How there are no pictures of this night, I’ll never know.  Later on we met up with more friends for an unforgettable-and fantastic-night of karaoke.

Update! Found the link to Maria’s video of karaoke. Awesome.

That, to me, is the magic of BlogHer.

There wasn’t nearly enough time to see everything or meet everyone that I had wanted to.  It felt like a really incredible first date, and then BlogHer ’11 called for a second date.

I’m in.

*I took only two photos the entire time I was at the conference, and I took them on the bus tour that I hosted with New York City Mama.  I didn’t want to lug around the DSLR with the 75′ lens, so I relied on my friends.  If I didn’t LOVE to take pictures, I’d do this more often!

The building building that the one in “Friends” was modeled after. Think “Central Perk”.

View from the tour bus

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  • Love you roomie! xoxo I’ve already booked our hotel room for BlogHer11 in San Diego! I think I have one picture of us from Hotel Gansevoort! I’ll send it to you. So many fun memories!

  • I don’t have a single picture of you or Loukia, either! It was wonderful meeting you and getting to help with your [very fashionable] fashion questions. It was a pleasure 🙂

  • I’ve found that at both conferences, I met people who I didn’t expect to meet, or who weren’t really on my radar, but turned out to be delightful and someone with whom I’d like to be friends. It’s those little surprises that make it worthwhile, and you (and Lou) were two of those people this year.

  • Ahhh. So glad you had such a wonderful time. That is what BlogHer is all about, I think, meeting the faces behind the words. I wish I could have gone this year, but maybe, just maybe, next year. 🙂 Then we can get a shot together!

  • Ummm. I have an ENORMOUS bruise on my knee from the Gansevoort. No clue how it got there. Any ideas? I’m SO serious.

  • (I guess my phone ate my first comment. It went something like this)

    I don’t have a single pic of the three of us together (except that one Loukia posted), either!

    It was lovely hanging with you in our room and helping you with your fashion questions (as if you needed any help!). It was truly a pleasure meeting you 🙂

  • Looks like a great time, I’m enjoying reading your blog.

  • I think I know how Pauline got that bruise! At one point, when P was leaving, she fell into me. And I think she hurt her knee on the side of the chair I was sitting on, which is why she started laughing hysterically! Good times, good times! xoxo

  • #1 – I had to google that hotel in the meatpacking district and now I want to live in luxury.

    #2 – Everything was fine until I watched the karaoke video. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get that out of my ears.

    How fun though that I can really start to recognize all these people now!

  • What a fabulous conference! While I lived vicariously thru all the BlogHer twitter posts…I think Blogher11 is a must…even if I do get ‘swag shoulder’…!

  • It was great to meet you and share a cab after Social Luxe. Sounds like you had a great time!

  • Glad I got to say a quick hello & a hug!

  • Great recap Jessica! I wish I would have gone!

  • I’m so glad my people welcomed you with open arms like I knew they would. I say “My People” because I LOVE THOSE PEOPLE.

    And you, of course. We’ll hang out again soon, babe. XO

  • Look at all the wonderful people you got to see/meet – I love that about conferences. Thanks for sharing these photos and your thoughts with us. Wish I could have been in one of these with you… 🙂

  • I don’t know how we didn’t meet in NYC, but it’s a darn shame.

    Next year?

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