Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My #Lavishconf Weekend In Photos

…lets get this party started
My flight was at 545am. What does that mean? Tamara did not get any sleep. I stayed up 24 hours, and was dragging my eyes into Lavish. But perked up once I walked into the first Session led by Andrea Smoak of Life Branded (Image Is Everything. Building Your Brand). The space was PACKED. I think this topic was one that every blogger wanted a lesson on. She offered some wonderful information that was really useful,  that had me thinking about my blog/me as a whole.
Followed by The Design Sponge Panel. The ladies of DS spoke about promoting your business/blog using social media. Personal stories were offered, which made this session very relatable. Grace was very informative, and willing to share her knowledge. Love that.
We then broke for lunch. I started off with about a 1/2 cup of salad, and later realized that I WAS HUNGRY, and needed a plate refill (the ladies laughed at me, LOL). As we ate our lunch, Keynote speaker Jeralyn Gerba of Daily Candy spoke to us about what was up and coming, and a little insight on Daily Candy. Very nice lady. Really enjoyable.
After lunch (1pm) I sampled the wonderful Sokenbicha. A water/tea blend that I found very refreshing, and a way for me to get my water intake. I highly recommend it. Its sold at Whole Foods, and comes in a variety of flavors (PURIFY IS MY FAVORITE). Your body will thank you. TAM PROMISES IT, because mine does.
2pm- A session with HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens, and blogger Julie Holloway. This covered: Fostering relationships between design bloggers and traditional media. Basically they gave some advice as to what you want to do if your wanting to do more than just blog as a hobby. Things that you should edit, if your wanting to be considered for more. Really a lot to think about if you want your blog to be more than just a hobby.
Next up. The ladies of Rue Magazine sat down, and give us an insight on how Rue magazine came to be. They each spoke about blogging on their personal blogs, and how they manage to maintain both Rue and their individual personal blogs. And after that…
PARTY…..PARTY, PARTY.
I met so many greats…but below you will see Jenny, Dayka, Erika, Shameeka, Niki, Mr. Goodwill Hunting, Amanda, and Melanie in pics from the Rue/HGTV party. Everyone looked great, and got their dance, and party on. You cant tell me that Lifestyle Bloggers cant party.
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…the love
After all the fun with Lavish, and the Rue/HGTV Party. I spent quality time with my dear sweet Aney. I love this woman, and have posted about her before. She was the first woman I idolized, before Janet and Whitney hit my scene. She would fly in town in her furs, and french manicures when I was a kid. And I would just be in aww of how glamorous she looked, because I didn’t have that vision of anyone at home. She always loved me, talked to me, expected things of me, and been there when I needed her. The trip really was not long enough. I needed days with her. If only she lived here, and not Atlanta. But enough of that..I feel a tear trying to have babies.
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…after the lovey dovey
I will admit, I was in need of some major sleep. Dayka and Erika were trying to get me up and at’em Sunday…but I spent that time with my Aunt. Not to mention I was so tired after staying up for 24 hours, I overslept and missed the final day of Lavish. But on Monday, my final day. Dayka and I went out for lunch at Murphy’s before she took me to the airport. We had great conversation the entire weekend, and a delightful crab cake sandwich to top it off. I have really met some of the nicest people during my journey as a blogger. I will admit, I am a bit of an introvert, but this was not hard at all. I really enjoyed it. 

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High Fives & Hugs,
Tamara

38 comments:

Formerly known as Frau said...

Sounds like a great trip!

chrischaos said...

i have always wanted to fly at night
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Full House said...

That sounds like you guys had so much fun. Tamara you looked so pretty.

xx - CB

Sunny said...

It looks like you had an awesome trips.... the pictures look great and I love the detail on your skirt!

YUMMama said...

Sounds like you had enjoyable trip.

LPC said...

Great photos! I only wish I'd had a chance to meet everyone there. Next year, next year:).

Champagne Taste said...

That skirt was badddddd girl! U look like u had a blast!

Sing said...

You look fantastic. The skirt is just wow.

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow said...

Great recap Tam! I enjoyed being with you in person after our many phone chats. Would love to see you more. Until I make it to Dallas, maybe I'll get a webcam so we can skype:-)

Oh, and thanks for putting me on blast with that cocktail in my hand. That may be the reason why I never noticed the party raffles, lol.

The Broke Socialite said...

Soooo glad you came! Thank you for doing so. It meant the world to me. Great pictures and post; they brought tears to my eyes. Muah! Love you!

The Demoiselle said...

Excellent recap! So glad I was able to be a part of something so meaningful. And to think - this is ONLY THE BEGINNING!!

Prissy and Nicole said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time. That skirt is the business..so sexy! Get it Girl!!LOL

Prissy

LIFE BRANDED said...

I am so overwhelmed by the response to Life Branded. I like many others have a dream...And it's to help others build a strong foundation first, and to never forget who you are in the process. Tam I have followed you for about a year now, and love your content. You along with Kiran at http://www.genuineelegance.com/ Erika of http://www.blulabelbungalow.com/ really inspired me to blog.
I just want to say without a doubt if I ever questioned if I'm on the right track, I know for sure there people I can help and reach.

It was a pleasure meeting you. Please stay in touch.

Andrea V. Smoak
www.lifebrandedblog.com
www.lifebranded.com

Lucky + Lovely said...

It was such a pleasure to meet you and I adore your stylish blog and wonderful finds. I can't wait for next year!

Blayne Beacham said...

Wasn't Lavish fun? I am glad to see your pictures from the rue party since I didn't get a chance to go. Can't wait for next year! I'm a new follower! Thanks to Lavish for connecting us!

Joi said...

It looks great, T! Glad you got to meet so many fun people. LOVE it!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Looks like you had a wonderful trip, so happy for you !

1x1000 said...

Great Post!
Great Skirt!
Great Drinks!

1x1000 said...

Also, I love your Aney's home! Beautiful!

Hugs!

court. said...

so nice to see everyone from behind the computer! great recap

Niki McNeill said...

I love your photos!! I look like a 12 year old, but what else is new!

I've said it already but it was SO good to meet you ;)

Tia Brumbelow said...

Wow Tam! Thanks for sharing! Sounded and looked like an amazing experience.

Moni @ CL Journal said...

Tam it looks like you had a fantastic time, you have great pics (you and your Aney are too cute) and I love that skirt! : )

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

I was really late, but Im so glad I made the trip. You are one of the sweetest and authentic people Ive met. Ill be joining the skype party soon!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

traci zeller designs said...

So fun! Glad you had a great trip, Tam!

Justice said...

great recap! i loved the photos of the RUE/HGTV party (I missed it b/c I met up with some friends). it was great meeting you IRL!!

Angela said...

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

Chay Chay said...

what an AWESOME trip...I can say that I am JEALOUS! Tam you are SUCH an inspiration....glad to see you had a BLAST!

Bimbobeautiful said...

loving these pics espesh the holiday themed ones!I am now following ur blog

www.bimbobeautiful.com

xx

Sharda said...

Beautiful pics. I love the 1st group pic, beautiful smiles & u also look very pretty;) The cupcakes look awesome and yummy. I love the flower lamp! Aney seems like a wonderful person, love her smile:).

So Haute said...

What a great recap! So sad I missed it! Glad you guys had such a great time!

LadyShay said...
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LadyShay said...

Hi Tam, I have been reading your blog for about 3 months now and absolutely love your posts. Thanks so much for sharing your gift of design and fashion with the world.

Speaking of sharing, I have read all 31 comments and the majority of them mentioned your SUPER FLY side-ruffle skirt. I too will say it is unlike anything that I have seen before!! I was wondering if you would share where you got it from.

TamStyles said...

Hey Guys! Thanks so much for the wonderful comments. Yall know just how to make me feel special.

Regarding the skirt. It is by L.A.M.B. I bought a few years back. She always has a skirt in each seasons line that is on on on. I recommend watching SAKS, and Nordstroms for them going on sale. Never pay full price. Sorry...I just dont, and wont. But it high waisted, and has a nice fit to it. Glad yall like it..thanks so much!

pam@pixelimpress said...

ah, virginia highlands. and murphy's... yum. i used to live in atlanta. for many years. fond memories there. pam

J'Anns Boutique said...

Love your blog!

http://jannsboutique.blogspot.com/

Nicole @ Splitcybernality said...

Lavish Experience it was! Looks like an awesome event.

Diva Style said...

So glad you enjoyed your trip, Tam!