What to Bring to a Blog Conference

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I’m gearing up for The Hello Sessions in Portland this Friday — I can’t wait! It’s the first blog conference I’m attending in-person, so I’m pretty excited/nervous. I have a feeling I will be spending a good portion of tomorrow night packing, but here are some of the essentials (besides underwear) I’m bringing:

1. The perfect notebook. I love notebooks! I have so many unique ones, all filled with teenage angst and creative ideas. But this? This is the perfect notebook for creative conferences. It’s pretty, spiral bound (so you can slip a pen into it), and has a pocket (for all those business cards you’ll be collecting)! And, like everything ban.do makes, it has a sweet surprise in the way of a colorful yellow spread that reads: “Your face is like sunshine.” Get it: Ban.do Rough Draft Spiral Notebook.

2. My favorite pens. I’m pretty particular about my pens — I like colorful, smooth, ballpoint pens, preferably with a rubber grip — and these are my favorites. The hot pink is my go-to, of course! Get ‘em: Paper Make InkJoy Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 24 Pack of Assorted Colors.

3. Backup juice. I plan on doing a lot of Instagramming and Tweeting during my trip to Portland, so I know I’ll need an extra charge for my phone. This tiny power bank is about the size of a lipstick and holds an estimated 1.2 additional charges for the iPhone. It’s got just about 3,000 reviews on Amazon, and a 4.5 star rating. Oh, and it’s pink! ;) Get it: RavPower Portable Charger 3200mAh Power Bank.

4. LOTS of business cards. I ordered more business cards just for this! My goal is to run out again. :)

5. A bag to fit it all in. With all this stuff, you’re gonna need a bag to carry it all! I’ve been eyeing the Camp Director Tote for a while now — it’s pretty roomy, and will even hold a 15″ laptop. Get it: Camp Director Tote via ModCloth.

6. A cute dress. Why not wear a floral dress to the Rose City? I so wish this cute number was available in my size! Get it: Luck Be A Lady Dress via ModCloth.

7. Layers! Ever have that problem where you show up to an event in a sleeveless dress, only to discover it’s FRIGID inside? I definitely have! So now I pack layers, and J.Crew’s Jackie Cardi is one of my faves. Get it: Jackie Cardigan Sweater via J.Crew.

8. Cute-but-also-comfy shoes. The only thing worse than be freezing all day because you forgot to pack layers, is getting blisters from those shoes you bought just for the event that ended up murdering your feet. So go with something pretty, but also comfortable. Get it: In a Classic of Its Own Heel via ModCloth.

Did I leave anything out? Have you been to any awesome creative/blog conferences lately? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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Outfit: Early Fall Florals + Avery’s Soda

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It’s crazy how quickly Fall has arrived. Saturday, I was wearing shorts. Today, it’s too cold for me to be wearing these capris! (But I’m doing it anyway ’cause weather be damned!)

Avery's Soda New Britain via @poorandpretty

How was your weekend? Mine was bu-sy! We’ve got a lot of birthdays in mid-September — my Aunt Kathy’s is the 16th, my Dad’s is the 19th, Stan’s is the 21st. We celebrated Kathy & Dad’s with giant grinders and Avery’s soda on Saturday. If you’ve never had an Avery’s soda, stop by their New Britain headquarters and pick some up! They’ve got all sorts of whacky delicious flavors (Toxic Slime and Strawberry are my favorites; Stan loves Orange Cream), AND they’re still made with real cane sugar. Avery’s is one of my favorite things about my hometown. ♥

Early Fall Florals Outfit via @poorandpretty 3

And this ban.do clutch is one of my favorite things in general. Stan got it for me last Christmas. :)

Bando Flipside Clutch and Timex Originals Sparkle via @poorandpretty

I love that it’s reversible (see the hot pink below), has a pretty polka heart lining, and reminds me to have fun. Plus it goes really well with my very fun, very sparkly Timex Originals.

Kissing Summer Goodbye with The Confetti Bar via @poorandpretty

So let’s confetti-kiss summer (and capris) goodbye for now, and delight in the season of apples, pumpkins, and beautiful foliage. Here’s to a fun-filled Fall!

Early Fall Florals Outfit via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Floating on Errands Top in Roses: ModCloth, $30. (similar, similar). Right on Cue Capri Pants in Green: ModCloth, $17 (similar, similar). Beige Patent Wedges: Chinese Laundry Marcie Patent Wedge Pump via DSW, $40 (similar). Flipside Clutch in Blush/Pink: ban.do, gift. White Sparkly Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Confetti + Studio: thanks to The Confetti Bar.

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Outfit: Blue & White Pattern Play

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I’m mentally tossing confetti in celebration of this three-day weekend. I love how Labor Day just sort of sneaks up on you. I’ve been getting a lot done for my natural beauty eBook, so I’m planning to do even more this weekend. Side note – I can’t even tell you how hard it is to do a photo shoot for an eBook when your entire office is in boxes. I’ll be so glad when our renovations are done and I have my new office!

Blue and white pattern play outfit via @poorandpretty

Our clothes are mostly in boxes, too, but I’m finding that oddly satisfying. I’ve been reading Do Less by Rachel Jonat, and she talks about how having a lot of things tires us out because we spend way too much time deciding between things (what to wear,  what to watch, etc). Psychologists called it Analysis Paralysis. Having less stuff these past few weeks has made my mornings so much easier! I have to sift through way less clothing to find something to wear, and I end up wearing my favorites more often. You might recognize this eyelet tank from my Summer Vacation Outfit.

Blue and white pattern play outfit closeup via @poorandpretty

I also love the pattern play I’ve got going on here. My polka heart jeans are tied for my favorite pair of jeans (tied with these from Madewell), my polka dot Timex Originals gets a lot of wrist-wear, and I’ve already gushed about my diamond-patterned crossbody bag from Bicycles & Buttons.

Blue and white pattern play outfit details keds timex via @poorandpretty

My navy Keds (gifted to me by my lovely Auntie Kathy) complete the navy and white look pretty perfectly, don’t you think? And what outfit wouldn’t be complete without a little (or a lot) of confetti from The Confetti Bar?

Blue and white pattern play outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

What are you doing to celebrate Labor Day weekend? Soaking up the last of the summer sun? That sounds like a good idea. On second thought… maybe Stan and I will spend a day lounging around by the pool or tubing down the Farmington River. ;)

Outfit Details: Polished Apprentice Top: ModCloth, $35. (similar, similar). Heart skinny jeans: Kancan Jeans, ModCloth, $50 (similar). Navy Keds: gift, but you can get ‘em hereDiamond Crossbody Bag: Bicycles & Buttons, $74. Polka Dot Watch: Timex Originals Dots, courtesy of Timex. Confetti + Studio: thanks to The Confetti Bar.

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Outfit: Summer Vacation (Finally)

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Summer Vaca Outfit - Covered in Confetti via @poorandpretty

Tomorrow, I’m heading to Rhode Island for a week with my family and I am jazzed. I haven’t had a lounge-around-lay-on-the-beach-for-a-week vacation in two years (not since Mexico), so I’m overdue. So I’m throwing confetti all around (thanks to The Confetti Bar)!

Summer Vaca Outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

I’m planning on reading A LOT. I have an unrealistic stack of books I’m planning on bringing. And guys, I’m really digging this outfit.

Summer Vaca Outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

And I’m making super weird faces at you.

… Yeah, it’s time for me to go on vacation. But here’s a confetti kiss before I go:

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Summer Vaca Outfit via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Polished Apprentice Top: ModCloth, $35. (similar, similarRight on Cue Capri Pants in Orange: ModCloth, $17 (similar). White Crochet TOMS: White Crochet Women’s Classics, $59 (similar).Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Confetti: courtesy of The Confetti Bar.

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Wednesday Wishlist: Birthday Edition

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My 28th birthday is Sunday. 28!! I’m basically 30. I graduated high school 10 years ago. That is insane! I feels like only yesterday that I was in drama club (of course), that Jordan & I went to prom together, that I registered to vote… crazy. A decade! CRAZY. I can’t even. Let’s move on to the best part of birthdays: gifts! Here’s what’s on my wish list:

Wednesday Wishlist Birthday Edition

1. Patron Prestige Skirt in Pink via ModCloth. Flirty & feminine & pink & tulle. Yes, please.

2. Dream Catcher Eco Flowy Tank by Cinder + Salt. I pretty much want all of Rachel’s clothing in my closet, but this dreamy tank especially.

3. Florabunda Large Agenda by ban.do. What girl doesn’t want a giant planner with stickers and inspiring prints inside?

4. Cherry Pop Nail Polish by 100% Pure. I love this color! It’s a deep red with a dash of purple ~ super sophisticated.

5. Beginner’s Cold Process Soap Kit by Bramble Berry. I want this so Stan and I can finally make soap from scratch together! (We’re weird/awesome that way.)

6. Cupcakes from NoRA Cupcake Co. Okay, maybe I don’t need a whole truck, but a few cupcakes from NoRA would be heaven.

Let’s pretend I’m not almost 30, okay? Okay. xo

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