09 August 2010

Weekend recap: NEW YORK!

By: Jessica B.

Woo, happy Monday everyone! I am BACK from New York! Yes, I’m still exhausted after sleeping only about 15 hours in four days but the Big Apple and BlogHer were amazing.

So let’s cut the crap and get to the good stuff!

BlogHer. This is the third time I’ve been fortunate enough to go for work and each time, I go through the same motions: nerves, extreme nerves, shyness, drinking, fun, wondering why I was nervous.

I’m crazy. This year, the conference was pretty big, around 1,800+ and honestly, it kind of felt big. Sitting in the grand ballroom, looking at a sea of people at tables was overwhelming for a minute, but once you got into breakout sessions and wandered around, it felt more comfortable. I got to sit in on some interesting sessions and learned a lot, plus hit the expo area, where I tried not to take everything in sight.

But I did walk away with some cool stuff, like a Pillow (client), Anti-Aging Eye Roller and pseudo electronic toothbrush. The last one shakes, so you can imagine what the TSA may have thought was in there when it accidentally turned on in my suitcase (wink wink).

Oh and I got to meet Padma from Top Chef. She’s absolutely gorgeous in person but a little dry on conversation. Still gorgeous though. I am a Top Chef geek.

And along with BlogHer, I got to see some of my favorite people in the entire world in New York. Another reason I love BlogHer, it lets me see some of my bloggy buddies in person. Sadly, I only see them a few times a year so makes me so grateful we can be together. I also got to know some bloggers better and meet new awesome people too.

We even got a group together for a 20sb meet up Saturday night. Look at us represent!

Photo courtesy of Katelin

Friday night I got to be Katelin’s date to the Brand About Town Nintendo dinner at the Central Park Boathouse too. It was gorgeous and such a great night. Brand About Town even hooked us up with the best transportation ever, pedicabs with drivers dressed like Mario. I mean, adorable, OMG.

Photo courtesy of Katelin

I won’t go into the stories of pounding champagne or being out until 3:30 a.m. or being locked out of my room twice because someone tried to impersonate me at the hotel, but instead I’m focusing on the great time with everyone and wondering how those four days could go by so fast :(

Guess it’s time for another trip back to NYC this fall :)

How was everyone else’s weekend?


  1. stephanie says:

    Sounds like such an awesome trip! I think I would be too wimpy to ever go!

  2. It was so great to see you! :)

  3. You should have told Padma that Tim Gunn does a better Bravo appearance at BlogHer than she does.

    Glad y’all had a great time!

  4. Julianne says:

    I’m so glad we got to meet and I had a blast hanging out with you guys!

  5. Jamie says:

    No more of this seeing you in other states nonsense!


  6. Awesome! :)
    This totally makes me miss NY!

  7. ok, the mario pic is hysterical!

    i was following everyone’s trip via twitter, which of course made me ultra jealous… looks like fun!

  8. what an amazing weekend you girls had! especially since the weather was pretty top notch as well. I’ve always wanted to attend a BlogHer…one day, hopefully!

  9. katelin says:

    oh the champagne, that was awesome. basically the whole weekend was awesome and so glad i got to hang out with you so much! woo wee!

  10. Erin says:

    Sounds like so much fun! I’m sad I couldn’t make it this year…maybe next year?

  11. Katie K says:

    Fun! I’m bummed I didn’t stay out later with you guys Saturday night. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get into the BlogHer part of the hotel :-/ but I should have tried!

    You are so lucky to have gone to dinner at the Boathouse! Such a quintessential NYC Central Park experience.

  12. Kate says:

    I’m glad to hear you had a great time! Regarding Padma, somehow your comment about her conversation skills doesn’t shock me. Still, it’s always interesting to meet someone you’ve been watching for years, even if they don’t know what to say.

  13. Sounds like (and looks like) you had a blast. And to think, you went on someone else’s dime? Now that’s fantastic!

  14. Lil Woman says:

    Sounds like an amazing time….and those Mario Bros. pedicab drivers are freakin awesome!

  15. Jaime says:

    Sounds like a blast! How cool that you met Padma!!!

  16. Cassie says:

    Wait, you cannot leave us hanging on the story about someone trying to impersonate you!!!

  17. Ack! Jealous! I’ll be in “The City” this weekend… can’t wait! I’m trying to eat in at least one fab restaurant while I’m there. And go shopping at Whole Foods and pretend I’m on Top Chef.

  18. caroline says:

    Jen! It was so great meeting you. I have really cute picture of you and Kaitlin in the mario-rickshaw. I’ll email it over! Come back to NYC soon…as in tomorrow.

  19. A Super Girl says:

    Reading all these recaps just bums me out because there’s so many of you I haven’t met and it sounds like everyone had such a great time!!!

    Also…someone tried to impersonate you? Seriously?! I guess that just shows how awesome you are? ;-)

  20. Nora says:

    What!? Someone tried to impersonate you? WTF. Don’t they know there can only be one you!? Silly people. Looks like a fun time and oh I wish I had been there for the 20SB drinks/happy hour! I know quite a few of the faces and would love to have met more! Glad you had a great time & hope you’re catching up on sleep!

  21. wishful nals says:

    woo! so great meeting you and the other 20sbs. xo!

  22. Kyla Roma says:

    I looks like an amazing time!! You 20SB girls know how to represent, I’m sure you caused enough trouble for all of us ;)

  23. Michelle says:

    Someone tried to IMPERSONATE you at the hotel??? I think we’ve got to hear that story! So glad you had a good time!

  24. LiLu says:

    Had SUCH a blast, lady. I can’t wait for the next one… it’s about time I came to Chitown!!!

  25. molly says:

    Glad you had a great weekend! Sounds like lots of good times!

  26. Jamie-Lee says:

    Oh wow it sounds like you had the best time!! So cool you got to meet Padma x


  27. steph anne says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun and I wish I could go. Maybe next year and it’d be awesome to meet you and other bloggers.

  28. andhari says:

    That looks so much fun! I wish I could attend blogging conference like that, we have none of those. I so need a vacation where you live :)

  29. Heidi Renée says:

    Your weekend makes me tired. I got Jason one of those disposable Spinbrushes to take on his deployment, and damn does that thing vibrate like crazy.

  30. mandy says:

    So much fun! I love the drivers that took you all to the Nintendo party. Sounds like such a whirlwind weekend, but definitely a great one.

  31. Erin says:

    Sounds like a fun and wild time!

    But, really, you can’t throw out a bomb like someone impersonating you and expect us not to ask you to elaborate. So, yeah, elaborate!

  32. Arielle says:

    And by “above” I really mean “below, but earlier in time.” This is my last comment. For real. Peace out.

  33. Arielle says:

    HAHA. If this were Facebook I would “like” the comment above mine. I hope someone did tell Padma to pack her knives and go. Love it.

  34. Arielle says:

    Yay yay yay. It was so nice to see you again and I’m glad you had fun here. =) We’re a pretty sexy group of 20SBs if I do say so myself!

  35. nic says:

    OMFG, I haven’t even read your whole post yet but just saw one of the pictures and HOLY FUCK IT’s PADMA! Love her. Did you ask her to tell you to “pack your knives and go”? I would have. And then security would have escorted me to the loser’s corner. Anyway….

    going back to read more! Fucking Padma! (Sorry for the “f” bombs.)

  36. Doniree says:

    Pounding champagne! I’m glad I have a bubbles partner-in-crime in you, woman. Awesome to see you and parade around NYC with you! Until next time :)