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TxSC Final Recap: The Panels

23 Mar

Well here it is, my last and final post from this year’s Texas Style Council Conference which I attended in Austin over spring break. It was a fabulous conference and I learned so much from the speakers! Without further ado, here’s a brief recap of the most important ideas I walked away with.

My best friend Cassie and I on the steps of the Blanton Museum of Art before a day of awesome panels!

To start the day off on the right foot, Kendi gave a wonderful keynote address which can be surmised with the takeaway “your purpose is much bigger than your blog” and “your blog is not your life.” These are truly important statements to take to heart as I try to figure out where exactly my blog fits into my life, and how I can grow and evolve it in the coming year.

The main idea we kept hearing was how to keep your blog and personal voice unique and interesting, and also to blog with a larger goal and picture in mind. This was especially relevant to me as I think about looming college graduation and the “real world” beyond. (Theoretically I still shouldn’t be graduating for another year, but I only have 15 hours left until I complete my degree so I’m trying to delay the process.) I was definitely inspired to take my blog to the “next level” over the next few months and you’ll start seeing several significant upgrades and changes ’round here!

Overall I can’t even begin to cover what an inspiration this conference was, and also a great networking opportunity. I am confident that everything I learned will help me improve my writing, content, and the overall experience of Love a la mode. Here’s to changes and exciting things to come!

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TxSC: The Poshmark Sponsor Party + Sparkly Dress

19 Mar

Saturday night at the Texas Style Council Conference is always one of the highlights. They hosted a fabulous party full of pop-up shops and great giveaways by several of the conference sponsors. I just wanted to take this opportunity to say what an absolutely wonderful time I had, and also to highlight a few of the great companies I learned about at the party that I was particularly drawn to!

Laura, Cassie, and I at the Sponsor Party. I wore a silver dress from Luxe Apothetique and a gold Cynthia Rowley tote to carry around all my awesome goodies :)

Upon walking in to the party, we bloggers were each treated to a pair of Dr.Scholl’s Fast Flats, a really comfy pair of ballet-flat like slippers to give our feet some relief from our sky-high heels. They were super comfy and made walking back to the car much more bearable! We were also gifted a beautiful Stella and Dot bracelet from Whitney Fields. I have purchased from her before and she is a great Stylist to work with! She is adorable and sweet, and I strongly recommend going through her if you plan to purchase anything from Stella and Dot.

INPINK also graciously provided me with giftcards totaling $100 to spend on any of the amazing jewelry on their website. I haven’t quite finished spending it yet, but when I do I will be sure to let you know what I picked out! Another jewelry designer I was enamored by was Manic Trout. I love how she mixes vintage and modern to create really unique pieces. I absolutely adore this necklace made out of Amazonite and a metal seahorse ($85). And of course also this bracelet featuring a stegosaurus, $50 (although it’s a toss up whether I would prefer that one to the brontosaurus!)

Lastly, I really liked the mission behind Radiant Cosmetics. This makeup company was founded to help victims of human trafficking and support charities that combat the illegal sex industry. At a minimum, at least 20% of their profits are donated to these causes. They had some great lip glosses and my best friend loved their mascara, so make sure to check them out!

There were tons of other awesome sponsors at the party, including Lulu*s, ModCloth, Land’s End Canvas, Francesca’s Collections, and Electric Frenchie just to name a few. Unfortunately I just can’t individually highlight them all, but I want to thank each and every one of them for helping make the Texas Style Council Conference weekend a huge success! You can check out that website to see who else was there too :)
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TxSC Mentor Brunch / Shopping / OOTD!

14 Mar

For brunch and a day out shopping in icky weather, I wore an F21 Navajo wrap sweater (similar) over a Sugar Lips tank (similar) and American Apparel leggings, with vintage boots :)

On Saturday morning, Cassie, Laura, and I braved the thunderstorms to attend the Texas Style Council Mentor brunch. We munched on delicious egg, avocado, and black bean breakfast tacos from Cantina Laredo, yogurt parfaits from KIND, and coffee and tea from Jo’s Coffee and Honest Tea.

Cassie (an Austinite) peer pressured Laura (originally from Albequerque) to try her first breakfast taco!

I learned so much from the people I had the opportunity to speak with! I discussed the challenges of being a college blogger with Diya of In Her Stilettos, a new way to monetize and advertise with Ryan from iSocket, how to work with brands from Turi who works for Modcloth, pitching 101 from Jessica who works for Refinery 29, and a little bit about the print magazine/online editorial world from Caroline Waxler, who works for Lucky Magazine.

After brunch we spent the afternoon shopping around the 2nd Street District and South Congress. I picked up a gorgeous teal dress from Langford Market (where I also filled up on sinfully scrumptious cupcakes from Delish Bakery) and also scored two new Voluspa candles from Luxe Apothetique, and a birthday present for one of my best friends from Maya*. I also might have stopped for a little guacamole snack at Gueros— what can I say, I couldn’t resist!

Tasty miniature cupcakes from Delish Bakery at Langford Market.

Tune in later this week for posts on Saturday night’s sponsor party and a full rundown of Sunday’s awesome blogging panel discussions!
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