Hopefully you enjoyed the first part of my Charleston trip recap from yesterday. I wanted to break it up into two posts so that it wasn't so much at once. Cannot leave out any details! So let's get right to it... the final two days of my trip!
Saturday -- Conference + Networking Day
The main event was finally here!! We started the morning off with a delicious hotel breakfast, then the 75+ bloggers and brand owners pilled into the Riviera Theater for a morning of speakers, panelists and advice on how to grow our blogs. I'll definitely be sharing some of the takeaways from the conference in a separate post later on. So my blogger friends... stay tuned!
After a few hours of learning, it was time to meet the brands. Everyone from Lilly Pulitzer, to Kendra Scott, Moon and Lola, Hallmark, People StyleWatch, ESPNw, were there. So many fabulous brands that I love! It was such an honor to meet them all.
There was a large room behind the theater setup with booths. The bloggers then had the chance to stop by each table, meet with the brand reps and handout our business cards + media kits. Most of the brands shared their newest products with us (some haven't even been released yet!). We chatted about ways we could collaborate together, as well as picked up some really nice swag for us to take home with us. Here's just a little peek into what brands handed out...
Once the networking portion was over, my roomies and I headed back to the hotel for some snacks and a rest break. We took a few outfit photos too before getting ready for dinner. -- Outfit below (top is Goodnight Macaroon, shorts are from Loft, clutch is Kate Spade NY and wedges are old but from Target).
Our hotel concierge recommended a wonderful bar + restaurant located on East Bay Street, down near the waterfront. She couldn't have been anymore spot on, because Pearlz was an absolute hit.
We had the best waiter, Ben (if you stop in, tell him the DC bloggers sent you!), who was super attentive and quite humorous. I highly recommend this place if you're ever in the Charleston area. Be sure to try the mussels, oysters, crab dip, crab cakes and homemade potato chips (yes, we tried it all!).
After dinner, my good friend Jenn and I met up with some of the other bloggers at Vendue's rooftop. The weather that night ended up being amazing and the perfect temperature for sitting outside. It was so fun getting to know all the other ladies, plus my favorite Kentucky Gent.
Sunday -- Goodbye + Free Day
I couldn't believe how fast the weekend was already flying by. Sunday was our last day in Charleston, and the goodbye breakfast for the conference, hosted by Hallmark Signature.
The roomies and I headed down to one of the hotel's restaurants for a private breakfast. Hallmark had setup a fun photo booth for us all to capture our final moments together + gave us some of their recent card releases. Hallmark Signature has totally reinvented the way to send snail mail. Personally, I've always been a huge fan of the "thank you note" or kind gesture. Hallmark Signature has some hilariously on trend cards for any occasion.
Once breakfast was over and we said our goodbyes, my roommates and I packed up our room and took some last minute outfit photos. The day was still young, so we decided to grab some lunch at Nick's BBQ (sooo good to finally have real BBQ again) and sightsee a little.
We toured through the French Quarter area, walking down some of the most gorgeous streets I've ever seen. Cobblestone pathways everywhere, ivy dripping down the side of homes, and gorgeous magnolia + palm trees lined each street. I had to take photos on every corner. We also couldn't miss Rainbow Row or seeing the famous pineapple fountain.
As the clouds began to come in, we noticed the sky getting really really dark. I mean, who wants to get caught in the rain?! Not us. Luckily Pearlz wasn't too far of a walk, so we popped in for our second visit of the weekend. Coincidence enough, our amazing server Ben was there and ready to wait on us again! We enjoyed some more oysters, crab cakes and sangria.
Our last stop before heading back to the hotel, was to stop by the Mother Emanuel AME Church. We couldn't leave Charleston without stopping by and paying our respects. It was a humble sight to see. There was so much love wrapped around that Church. Tents lined the street across from the Church; full of prayer groups, Red Cross volunteers, and camera crews. It also happened to be time for Sunday night service, and it was amazing to see how many people came out to attend.
All good things must come to an end...
At this point, you're probably wondering what happened with our luggage situation for the return portion of our trip. Let me just say... it was an absolutely hilarious sight to see. My friend Katie didn't realize that when she ordered our Uber, that we were given a Toyota Camry. We also didn't think about the fact that we had four of us + the driver + our twelve bags.
As the car rolled up, our driver Ian just started laughing. It was time to play the "who can pack the best" game. While we initially thought it wasn't going to work, we surprised ourselves with making it all fit. Ian and I took charge, making most of the larger bags fit in the trunk. All of this didn't happen without a few snapchat story updates, many laughs, and lots of stares from hotel bellhops. BUT we did it. We may have had to sit on a few bags and Ian may have not been able to see out the back window, BUT we did it. #snapstous
While the trip may be over, there will be more fun outfit posts coming your way. With less reading, and more seeing. Sorry for the long recaps, but wanted y'all to hear all about the fun we had!
There won't be a #FollowFriday this week, as I'm going to enjoy the much needed holiday weekend. So I wish y'all a Happy 4th of July and marvelous weekend!! See y'all back here next week! Xo