Category: BlogHer Conference


A Celebration Of The Nate Berkus Show

August 11th, 2010 — 5:53pm

Saturday night, I headed over to The Modern restaurant at MOMA for a by-invitation-only cocktail party celebrating The Nate Berkus Show.

Nate and me: Yes, ladies, he is an absolute sweetheart

About thirty female bloggers joined Nate and his producing team for the delightful two-hour soiree. I’m happy to report that Nate is just as charming
and adorable in person as he comes across on screen. Not only did he do a Q&A session, but he took the time to chat with most of us one on one.

“I love connecting with people,” he said. “Stories change us, books change us, the written word changes us.”

He said the show — which debuts September 13th — will reflect his passion for not only design, but stories of everyday people.

“This show is about living well, life by design,” he said. “I believe we can all live a bit better with a shift in focus.”

Regular segments will include Nate’s Crates, where Nate will showcase items he finds everywhere from sidewalks to flea markets. Also look for celebrities to pop up in unexpected ways.

Ladies Who Blog: Heather of Girl Gone Mom, Melinda of Get Togetha and me

While mingling, I had the pleasure of chatting with Girl Gone Mom, Melinda of Get Togetha and NYCSingleMom. Like the rest of BlogHer ‘10, the party was a wonderful reminder of just how many fantastic women populate the blogosphere. I’m so proud and happy to be one of them.

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Bloggers In Babeland Party

August 10th, 2010 — 3:45pm

Friday, after day one of BlogHer ‘10, I headed down to SoHo for SingleEdition.com’s Bloggers in Babeland party.

Bloggers In Babeland: Cyber Dating Expert Julie Spira, me and SingleEdition.com’s Sherri Langburt

While taking in the, ahem, colorful products at the sex toy shop, I had the chance to catch up with some of the best dating bloggers out there — including Simone Grant, Jack from Brooklyn & KB In NYC.

I also spent some time with SingleEdition.com founder and friend Sherri. Recently back from Spain, Sherri gave me a great icebreaking tip for mingling on my upcoming European Dating Blitz — bring sunflower seeds to share with fellow bar patrons. Sounds delicious to me.

The soiree was a celebration for the fantastic new network that SingleEdition is launching for single bloggers. This is a great opportunity to grow readership and connect with fellow bloggers and advertising partners. I can’t wait to sign up.

For more info about the network and how you can be a part of it, email info@singleedition.com.

Up next…up close and personal with Nate Berkus and a report from the red carpet premiere of Eat, Pray, Love!

2 comments » | BlogHer Conference, Simone Grant, SingleEdition.com, SoHo

BlogHer ’10: Day One Part Two

August 8th, 2010 — 4:52pm

Friday afternoon, I experienced the best part of going to BlogHer ‘10 — connecting with smart, amazing women who inspire and energize you. During the Birds of A Feather lunch for like-minded bloggers, I had the pleasure of getting to know a handful of these ladies.

BlogHer ‘10: Life Well Said -- the perfect tagline for this great event

Lifestyle and entertainment blogger Megan of Megan’s Minute and I talked about dating and how, sometimes, you just need a break from it.

Twentysomething single gal Elizabeth of Just A Girl In The World shared her take on being unattached in Nashville. As she spoke of being surrounded by married friends, I was reminded of hearing that during my Great Dating Blitz from women across the country, and how it tends to make you feel pressure to settle down.

I joined Suzanne of Late Bloomer Bride in encouraging Elizabeth to enjoy the freedom and exploration that’s so much a part of your twenties. Suzanne, who married after 40 and writes with humor and honesty about it, talked about the wisdom of doing away with a checklist for Mr. Right.

“You don’t marry a set of characteristics and attributes,” she said. “You’ve got to feel that chemistry, that connection.”

Fast Friends: Emma and I also met up at one of BlogHer’s fun closing parties

LA-based Emma of Pleasure Notes and I talked about the long and winding road of career changes and finding your bliss. From writing for TV to designing jewelry, Emma has followed her creativity wherever it’s taken her. We both agreed that it takes awhile to realize that who you are isn’t defined by your job or relationship status — and that once you do, it feels like a new beginning.

Already looking forward to BlogHer ‘11 in San Diego!

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Saturday Triple Header

August 7th, 2010 — 5:34pm

Day one of BlogHer ‘10 yesterday kicked off an action-packed weekend for me. This afternoon, I hosted a bridal shower, now I’m off to a soiree celebrating the launch of The Nate Berkus Show, and then the BlogHer wind down festivities.

Coming up…Much more about all of it and behind the scenes of Eat, Pray, Love’ s NYC red carpet premiere!

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Inspiration From Two Dating Adventurers

July 27th, 2010 — 7:40pm

As I gear up for my European Dating Blitz, I find myself feeling inspired by a few other intrepid dating adventurers who’ve shared their stories with the masses.

During my U.S. blitz in the spring, I had the pleasure of connecting with world traveler and teacher Megan Carson. Megan’s memoir, A Year of Blind Dates, is an engaging account of the 365 days she spent looking for Mr. Right with the help of a professional dating service. What I love most about Megan’s story is it reaffirms that there’s nothing wrong with holding out for someone who shares your values.

In a different vein, TV producer Izzy Rose –whom I met at the BlogHer ’09 conference — explores her transition from thirty something single gal to instant stepmom in The Package Deal. Izzy writes with honesty and wit about falling for a sweetheart Southern guy, and giving up her glamorous life in San Francisco for Austin, Texas. Her tale reminded me how embracing the unexpected is such an important part of the journey toward finding Mr. Right.

Coming up…reconnecting with an old flame across the pond and venturing to two new NYC hotspots.

Comment » | BlogHer Conference, dating memoirs, The European Dating Blitz

Queen of Quirky Takes Manhattan

February 8th, 2010 — 6:01pm

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of catching up with Queen of Quirky blogger and galpal Stephanie.

A Kansas City native, Stephanie and I clicked at the big BlogHer conference in Chicago last summer, finding we had both blogging and journalism-to-PR career trajectories in common. It was Stephanie’s first visit to NYC, so we enjoyed an action-packed girls night out on Saturday.

Girls Night Out: Stephanie and me at Buddakan

The evening’s festivities began with dinner at swanky Buddakan, site of Carrie and Big’s rehearsal dinner and one of my favorite restaurants. It never disappoints and this meal was no exception.

For appetizers, we indulged in chili rock shrimp, taro puff pork lollipops and wok hay frog legs. The gastronomic bliss continued with braised short ribs and shrimp and lobster chow fun, and for dessert, a carrot-ginger cake with cream cheese ice cream that was beyond heavenly. Steph is quite the foodie, not to mention a great cook, so I can’t wait to try her take on Buddakan’s braised ribs.

After dinner, we headed over to the Gansevoort Hotel, where we took in the dressed-to-be-seen scene at both the rooftop bar and Tanuki Tavern.

Big Drink: Steph with Tanuki Tavern’s oversized cosmo

Our last stop of the night — Irish pub O’Flanagan’s, for some final cocktails and the sounds of cover band Planet Groove. We danced to some classic tunes (“500 Miles” and “Sweat–La La La Long” among them), toasted our friendship — and talked about how Steph’s hometown will figure into my Grand 2010 Plan.

Stay tuned for the big reveal on Friday!

Comment » | BlogHer Conference, Buddakan, Carrie and Big, Girls Night Out, Grand 2010 Plan, O'Flanagan's, Planet Groove, Queen of Quirky, Sex and The City movie, Tanuki Tavern

My First Time At BlogHer

July 31st, 2009 — 9:30pm
Last Friday, I joined 1,500 other women for BlogHer, the largest annual gathering of female bloggers in the U.S.

The big crowd at BlogHer’s opening session

The Mommy bloggers were out in full force. During the opening breakfast, I had the pleasure of connecting with two of them – Devra of Parentopia and Ellen of Love That Max. In the small world department, Devra mentioned working with a few of my Quinn & Co. PR colleagues, while Ellen and I discovered we have a mutual friend in common.

After a quick round of speed networking with other bloggers, I was off to a series of informative and engaging panels covering topics from owning your expertise to making the transition from blogger to author (Izzy Rose and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor had some fabulous tips to share).

During an afternoon break, I headed onto the expo floor where big brands ranging from Suave to Wal-Mart were showcasing what’s new. My favorite, and most unexpected, attraction, though, was the fabulous Carson Kressley.

Carson Kressley: The style guru and TV personality is equally charming and hilarious in person

On hand to promote BlogHer sponsor Nikon’s “How To Look Good In Pictures”campaign, Carson charmed the crowd and delivered one of the day’s best one-liners. When Mrs. Potato Head approached him for a handshake, Carson quipped that he’s trying to cut back on carbs.

Cheryl of Jack And Jill Politics and I talked about the amazing things that can happen when you start blogging. She had just interviewed President Obama a few days before and marveled that he was well acquainted with her site. I felt the same way when Cheryl said she was familiar with Single Gal In The City.

Stephanie (a.k.a Queen of Quirky) and me at the cocktail reception

Later, at a cocktail reception for attendees, I connected with fun and fabulous Stephanie (a.k.a Queen of Quirky). We talked about our similar career paths – moving from journalism into PR – and the party we’d like to co-host at next year’s BlogHer. I can’t wait, especially since BlogHer 2010 will be in NYC.

After putting in a brief appearance at one of the Mommy blogger-sponsored soirees, I headed back to my room feeling exhausted but inspired. Having met so many smart, accomplished women passionate about contributing to the blogosphere makes me feel even more privileged to be a part of it.

1 comment » | BlogHer Conference, female bloggers, Izzy Rose, Jack and Jill Politics, Parentopia

My First Time At BlogHer

July 31st, 2009 — 4:30pm
Last Friday, I joined 1,500 other women for BlogHer, the largest annual gathering of female bloggers in the U.S.

The big crowd at BlogHer’s opening session

The Mommy bloggers were out in full force. During the opening breakfast, I had the pleasure of connecting with two of them – Devra of Parentopia and Ellen of Love That Max. In the small world department, Devra mentioned working with a few of my Quinn & Co. PR colleagues, while Ellen and I discovered we have a mutual friend in common.

After a quick round of speed networking with other bloggers, I was off to a series of informative and engaging panels covering topics from owning your expertise to making the transition from blogger to author (Izzy Rose and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor had some fabulous tips to share).

During an afternoon break, I headed onto the expo floor where big brands ranging from Suave to Wal-Mart were showcasing what’s new. My favorite, and most unexpected, attraction, though, was the fabulous Carson Kressley.

Carson Kressley: The style guru and TV personality is equally charming and hilarious in person

On hand to promote BlogHer sponsor Nikon’s “How To Look Good In Pictures”campaign, Carson charmed the crowd and delivered one of the day’s best one-liners. When Mrs. Potato Head approached him for a handshake, Carson quipped that he’s trying to cut back on carbs.

Cheryl of Jack And Jill Politics and I talked about the amazing things that can happen when you start blogging. She had just interviewed President Obama a few days before and marveled that he was well acquainted with her site. I felt the same way when Cheryl said she was familiar with Single Gal In The City.

Stephanie (a.k.a Queen of Quirky) and me at the cocktail reception

Later, at a cocktail reception for attendees, I connected with fun and fabulous Stephanie (a.k.a Queen of Quirky). We talked about our similar career paths – moving from journalism into PR – and the party we’d like to co-host at next year’s BlogHer. I can’t wait, especially since BlogHer 2010 will be in NYC.

After putting in a brief appearance at one of the Mommy blogger-sponsored soirees, I headed back to my room feeling exhausted but inspired. Having met so many smart, accomplished women passionate about contributing to the blogosphere makes me feel even more privileged to be a part of it.

1 comment » | BlogHer Conference, female bloggers, Izzy Rose, Jack and Jill Politics, Parentopia

Chicago: My Kind Of Town

July 24th, 2009 — 6:04pm

Ever since a brief business trip to Chicago fifteen years ago, I’ve been hankering to return. This week, my wish is coming true, as I enjoy a three-night stay here in this great city.

Cruising Around Chi-town: The view from a cruise covering Chicago’s rich architectural past and present

Since arriving Wednesday night, my whirlwind visit has covered everything from cruising Chicago’s waterways and dinner atop a swanky museum to catching up with a producer at Oprah and mingling with a few adorable locals.

Today, I’m getting some creative inspiration here at BlogHer, the largest annual female blogging conference. It’s impossible not to be inspired when you’re surrounded by 1,500 amazingly talented, accomplished women from all walks of life.

Coming up…more about my eventful jaunt to the Windy City. My kind of town, Chicago is!

Comment » | BlogHer Conference, Chicago, Chicago boat tours, Chitown, travel

Chicago: My Kind Of Town

July 24th, 2009 — 1:04pm

Ever since a brief business trip to Chicago fifteen years ago, I’ve been hankering to return. This week, my wish is coming true, as I enjoy a three-night stay here in this great city.

Cruising Around Chi-town: The view from a cruise covering Chicago’s rich architectural past and present

Since arriving Wednesday night, my whirlwind visit has covered everything from cruising Chicago’s waterways and dinner atop a swanky museum to catching up with a producer at Oprah and mingling with a few adorable locals.

Today, I’m getting some creative inspiration here at BlogHer, the largest annual female blogging conference. It’s impossible not to be inspired when you’re surrounded by 1,500 amazingly talented, accomplished women from all walks of life.

Coming up…more about my eventful jaunt to the Windy City. My kind of town, Chicago is!

Comment » | BlogHer Conference, Chicago, Chicago boat tours, Chitown, travel

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