EVENT RECAP: Houston's #BlogElevated Conference

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Photo taken by Heather of LaFashionSnob.com
There are many blogger groups in Houston, and one of them, Houston Bloggers, is run by the lovely Lisa Conder Stauber.  Lisa also runs Texas Bloggers and blogs at MilehiMama.  Lisa and Bobbi Byrd (Clumsy Crafter) co-founded the blogger conference Blog Elevated. The Conference was held mid-September at one of my favorite locations in Houston: City Centre at the Norris Conference Center. Kicking off the conference was a reception sponsored by Kroger's on Thursday night. I made it in time for the reception and for my model fitting. Yep! I was a model in the Blog Elevated Fashion Show that occurred Friday Night.  Our looks were styled by blogger duo Nikki & Val of Style to Envy. After my fitting I headed into the reception and mingled with my blogger buddies. When it comes to networking with bloggers I don't just stick to bloggers that write about fashion, though that's the focus of my blog. I love to network with all bloggers, I mean at the end of day, no matter your niche, the tips and pitfalls of blogging are all the same! 

THURSDAY NIGHT







FRIDAY NIGHT
I was unable to attend the conference during the day on Friday, and sad that I missed some good seminars, but I was back that evening by 5 for model prep and the Fashion Show! Here are some behind-the-scenes look at us getting ready! Rebecca Spera was the MC for our show!






 
We modeled in pairs or trios. Christina of Young Mommy and I were a pair for the 9-5-9 look. A chic outfit to wear to work, and then a transformation from the office to an after work event such as a happy hour or party.



Thank you Heather for these 2 photos of YoungMommy and I

SATURDAY
Even though the conference was held at my favorite location in Houston, I wasn't planning to spend the night at Hotel Sorella like some of the other conference-goers who might have came in from out of town. I was going to save money and just travel back to the house....however, the weather was so bad Friday Night and my drive was sort of far that I spontaneously booked a room at Sorella and just chilled! Luckily I had packed an outfit change that I was going to use after the Fashion Show, but used it for my Saturday look instead! I was able to sit in seminars on Saturday and choose the Google Analytics session by Jeff Sauer and the legal session by Rachel. The keynote speaker for Saturday was Karen from the blog Chookooloonks! She was super inspiring!

Co-founders of Blog Elevated: Bobbie Byrd and Lisa Stauber (L), Keynot Speaker Karen of Chookoolonks (R)
For lunch I checked out this new burger restaurant that recently opened in City Centre called Grub Burger. It was definitely worth it!! I had a yummy Turkey Burger and seriously the best Salted Caramel Shake I've ever had in my life! 

After the last part of Blog Elevated some of the bloggers got together for Happy Hour at another new restaurant that opened at City Centre called Texas De Brazil. I really liked the ambiance of that place!


CHEERS! To a great conference!

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