*articles may contain affiliate links* Thanks for inviting me to Getting Gorgeous 2015, Audrey and Vera!
Back in July, Greg and the twins escorted me to New York City, a new territory for us to cover. I was going to be attending three different blogging events in the city over the course of three days. It was going to be epic but exhausting.
On our first day in the city, Isla was beyond excited and barely slept the entire trip. Ava was Ava and rolled with it. Greg just really wanted to eat at the Times Square McDonalds the second we dropped our luggage on the floor of our hotel room. THE SECOND. Ahem. And Mama? I just wanted to get pampered before all the hecticness of the 2nd and 3rd conferences began.
That’s exactly why I accepted the invitation to attend Getting Gorgeous 2015, an event for bloggers to connect with prominent lifestyle brands (while at the same time getting
spoiled pampered). Audrey and Vera know how to treat us ladies and what brands to invite. The sponsor list was incredible, and it wasn’t press releases being shoved into our hands but actual hands-on pampering and product introductions.
But first, we went to Times Square McDonalds. You know. In the OPPOSITE direction from Metropolitan Pavilion and in typical Willis style, were eating 10 minutes before I needed to be 30 blocks south. While I hoped over a wall (yup) to grab an Uber to rush me down to the event, Greg and the girls enjoyed a leisurely walk back to the hotel with some photo opportunities.
I spent the few minutes in the Uber trying to calm my nerves. Ever since having the girls and being diagnosed with postpartum anxiety I second-guess myself. WHAT was I doing? A small blogger from a small city with a small circle and a small wardrobe of “nice” clothes let alone knock ’em dead gorgeous attire. I was going to be way out of my league and no one would notice if I just had the car drop me at the hotel, right? Wrong.
Although I navigated the event solo, it really gave me time to center and focus on the days ahead. I was pampered with food, makeup, jewelry, swag, and brand connections. My favorites were BALI (uh, bra measurement boosted my confidence that I didn’t gain as much weight as I thought), Kodak (I printed photos straight from my phone with little to no kiosk usage and can’t wait to give you all a deal!), Chobani (loving their kids’ yogurt options), Trollbeads (I’m starting a memory bracelet with their beads!), KeVita (who I just happened to post an IG photo of that morning), and The Backyard Food Company (for super delicious dips and a Pittsburgh connection!).
I’d tell you more about each of the brands above plus the others, but I’m hoping to work with them and give them the individual attention each deserves. Enjoy these photos from the event, and ask questions about what you see!
Thanks for the fun, Audrey and Vera. Looking forward to 2016.