Because let’s face it, no matter how emo or nonchalant or unique or not-care-y you try to be when it comes to fashion, everyone at least thinks about what they are going to wear to a blogging conference, even if the only thought you have is that you aren’t going to think about it.
Too late, smarty pants, you already did.
I’m not even going to front like I don’t spend a good chunk of time shopping, planning, and thinking about what I am going to wear on the one or two times a year I get to meet people I enjoy connecting with and working with in person.
And it’s okay if you want to look purdy for me too!
I’m not saying you should go all high fashion on me. I’m just saying that it’s totally okay to think about making a good first impression on people when you meet them.
I don’t care if you are wearing Balenciaga shoes or a pair of flip flops from Wal-Mart, but I do hope that you do the whole brush-your-teeth-comb-your-hair-act-like-you-give-a-care bit for me, ya know?
Here’s a look from Type A Parent Conference at what moms like to wear to blogging conferences…
top l-r: @sellabitmum @smhmama @lilkidthings @juliempron @shellthings @dumbparent @everyday_family
Personally, I’ve been shopping for weeks to get ready for BlogHer!
Yeah, yeah, I have a problem.
But, I also have a cool new way to save cash while I enjoy myself by buying prettiness.
Eyeona, is this awesome shopping tool that helps you save money even AFTER you buy stuff (or before, depending on how you work it)!
So let’s say you spend Sunday night online shopping at Aldo (let’s just use one of my favorite shops as an example) and you buy a sweet pair of wedges to get your party on at BlogHer. And then, you go back again on Thursday, because you decided you also need a pair of flats to walk around town in, but when you log on you see that your cute wedges have dropped from $59.95 to $39.95.
At which point you want to kick something.
This is where Eyeona goes to work. Because it watches things you’ve bought (or things you plan to buy) and alerts you when the price drops. So then (here’s the awesome part), you get. Your. Money. Back!
The process is slightly more technical than that, but you know how I am with details. All you need to know is that, if you use the retailers they suggest (and they have good ones!) and follow the instructions they provide (theirs are 100 times better than mine), then you can easily enjoy a savings!
This works preemptively too (for all of you people who have some control over your impulses and don’t just buy things because they say your name). So you can place items you really want to buy on your “watch list” (which is not at all scary and terrorist-y like it sounds), and Eyeona will alert you when the price goes down.
It’s made me almost entirely guilt free while shopping. Which is bad for Dumb Dad, but so, SO very awesome for me and my psyche.
They are sponsoring my BlogHer wardrobe. And I am shopping like a mofo!
Here are some of the things I’ve got on my watch list. Because I totally already bought them…
And yeah, I better not see any of you rocking these things on the same day as me (if you buy them and you’re going, we should seriously consult!)!
Also a plus, since I’ve actually not been my normally, procrastinating self, I have my junk together and am only taking one suitcase of clothing to NYC for the entire 4 days I will be there!
Can you say smart-packing-clutter-free-genius?!
It can totally be done…
It’s all about outfit coordination. And accessories, of course: lose a jean jacket here, add some sparkles there, switch out the flats for the heels, and bingo-bango you’re a 1940s mob boss ready to rock the day AND the night.
And, nothing in this set costs over $100 (most of it is under $50!). Affordable options you can look fab in before, during, and after the conference that’s what I’m talking about.
How do you save money on clothing, shoes, and accessories for yourself and your family?