Monday, July 21, 2008

I came, I saw and now I'm blogging about BlogHer '08.

So BlogHer '08. I don't really even know where to begin. In a word however: Awesome. I mean seriously, awesome.

Now I don't want to bore you to tears with everything that happened and hell I did start to post about it on Friday, but you know me, I can't really keep it short, so here goes, long post ahead:

Thursday: So I got to fly Virgin America Airlines, ever been on them? Amazing. There are black lights and your own personal television and the nicest crew ever, I mean really. It was so cool. So after a relaxing flight (and watching SVU) I hopped in a cab and made it to the hotel. The hotel that had a sweet bed, big TV and a bathrobe (heaaaaaaven)!

I want that TV!

Basically a sweet start to the weekend. After that I grabbed some dinner with the oh so lovely Jamie (haha I'm hilarious), Vanessa and Jenn at a lovely little diner (with the sloooowest service ever). Anyhoo, after that we headed to the newbie party where I got to meet some of my faves (Nanette, Ashley, Emily, Katie and Missy) and meet some new faves like Jessica, her coworker Theresa, and Sizzle.
the newbie party

me, Jamie and Jenn, woo!

Basically between the newbie party and the People's Party it was a great way to kick off the weekend.

Friday: Woke up bright and early to grab breakfast, mosey the exhibitors booths and listen to the morning speakers.

Went to some sessions, met some schnazzy people and overall had a pretty good time. And to top it off, I was selected to go to a special lunch with chef Rocco DiSpirito (holla). I kind of sort of felt like I had to go since Bertolli was one of my campaigns a couple months ago and featured all sorts of Rocco videos. The lunch was so fun (and pretty entertaining, read: lots of women swooning over Rocco, haha).
Got to try out some new sauces, yummmm

Rocco cooking away

me and the man of the hour

He was super nice and very into answering questions and cooking tips, heck we even got one of his cookbooks afterwards. After the lunch I went to more sessions, hung out with fabulous bloggers and got some swag. At the end of the night there were some bloggers that got to read some of their posts that got selected and man were they awesome. Some were completely moving while others had us laughing to tears, I thought it was such a great idea and so fun to listen to.

After all the keynoteness there was a partay sponsored by TNT at Ruby Skye which was awesome. Got some tasty food, saw some TNT stars, free drinks and some great blogger dancing, basically: fabulous.
these girls are awesome

seriously, awesome

my partners in crime for the night :)

Saturday: Basically another day of fabulous sessions, meeting new peeps, and picking up more swag. All the awesome stuff came at night. The closing keynote speakers of the night were the oh so fabulous Heather Armstrong of Dooce fame and Stephanie Klein of Greek Tragedy. Both women were awesome and interesting and if you want the full rundown of what they said you can check out Jenn's liveblog of the night (woo Jenn!)

yeah not a great shot, but it works

After the keynote they had the closing party at the Macy's in Union Square. Yeah you read that right, a party in Macy's. Basically it was a progressive party and there were different sponsors and food and drinks in different sections of the store, so fun.

hanging out with some faves in the purse department, haha

the lingerie department was sponsored by KY, oh so appropiate
but also had the worst drink known to man, gah

yeah we took pictures in the bathroom, we couldn't resist :)

So after the party we headed over to a cheeseburger party. Yeah you read that right. Although we weren't there very long it was still fun and we got cheeseburgers and red velvet cupcakes, how can that not be good? :)

people rockin the McDonald's bag hats

yeah i rocked it too :)

Jamie and I with our wine and cupcakes, woo

Basically (man I say that word a lot) it was awesome, so awesome that Jamie and I even made a quick video to end the night with, enjoy:

BlogHer 08 from Katelin on Vimeo.

Oh and to top it all off, this is the insane amount of swag I got and had to sit on my suitcase to get it to fit, haha, gotta love the swag:

Whew. So that was BlogHer '08. Well sort of, you get the picture. I had fun meeting people for work, meeting people for fun and all around just having a grand ole time (even if I am ridiculously exhausted).

And to top it all off, Matt got me from the airport last night (after a nice little delay, eck) in my super clean car (seriously, best boyfriend eva) and we saw The Dark Knight. No, no I'm not going to give my review/opinions/praise now, this post is already way too long. Just know, I loved it (like that's a big surprise, haha) and if you haven't seen it yet, what the hell are you waiting for?!?!

And that my friends was my weekend. Hope yours was just as fabulous and I'll be catching up on your blogs soon!

happy monday!


Jamie Lovely said...

Why is it that you have to live all the way in LA? Now that I have hung out with you, I want to do it all the time. Katelin, is the best!

Dana said...

I'm glad you had an awesome time at BlogHer... I'm want to go next year!

rialeilani said...

wow nice staff on an airline?! I thought that was ancient history ;)

love all your pics, it makes me want to go to Blogher next year!

Anonymous said...

Uhm. I all sorts of loved seeing so many faces I knew! Seriously!

Allie said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time. I wish I could have been there. Next year for sure. Woo Blogher '09.

Jamie Lovely said...

HAHAHA we are amazing!

Vanessa said...

It was amazingly awesome to meet you! The time went by so fast, I wish we could have had more time to hang out and just talk. Can't wait for BlogHer09, but seriously, if you get to Dallas, find me! We need to hang out again soon!

Amanda. said...

Sounds divine! All of it.
Right down to the part
where the boyfriend picked
you up in your clean car and
took you to see The Dark Knight.

That flight sounds fabulous!
Own personal TV? Scoreee.

And how exactly does one
get to attend BlogHer?
I am so extremely interested!

California Girl said...

How fun fun fun! Glad you had such an awesome time.

Dolce said...

Where is blogHer next year? I'm disappointed I missed it! It looks like you all had a great time!

Anonymous said...

I love Swag. And seriously I need to go to BlogHer at some point. it sounds amazing :)

Superwoman said...

um, i will eat more bertolli for hot Rocco!

Ps glad you had a great time! We missed you this weekend. Maybe, if i blog enough by next year, I'll go with you to BlogHer'09. Woot woot!

well-intentioned heartbreaker said...

awe, glad to see you had SUCH an amazing time!

and cute video, you and jamie are just adorable =)

thatShortChick said...

great, fun recap!!

virgin flight - i've always wanted to go on one!

partying in macy's?? sounds divine!!

wine and cupcakes? my kind of way to end a night.

glad you had fun!

Tipp said...


You guys are all so cute!

Did you happen to meet Lindsay Ferrier of Suburban Turmoil last week at the Cheeseburger party??

She is my FAVORITE Nashville blogger.

rs27 said...

I can;t wait for BlogHim '08. Its in my basement with a case of Natural Ice and guitar hero.

All 5 guy bloggers are invited.

Sarah Marie said...

Looks like the most fun of all time! You are so dang lucky! what great memories! I wish I could have gone!

B2G said...

Hahaha... that video was awesome. All of those hand motions were clearly totally neccessary.

Alexa said...

i just put a blogher 2009 or bust sticker on my car.


Auburn Kat said...

LOVE the video! I am SO jealous! I really need to make sure I go to next years!!!

Sara Jane said...

I loved the movie! It looks like you all had such an amazing time. I'm so jealous that I didn't make it!

PS- Your site is adorable.

Princess Pointful said...

Sounds like too much fun!! They are a fabulous group of ladies, aren't they??
And Batman?? Sooooo good.

John said...

"me and the man of the hour"

Wait. So they let a man into BlogHer? How did this guy manage to get the privilege of spending time with all these beautiful women? I am soooo jealous. ;-)

La Petite Chic said...

It was so fabulous to meet you! I had the best time :)

Hollywood Sucker said...

Do you know I've never even heard of BlogHer? Why am I so sadly out of the loop?

Anyway, looks like you had a blast!

glamour girly said...

Looks like great fun! Oh, rocco!


LUCKYyyyyy!! haha cute video:)


WendyB said...

Looks like a blast.

janet said...

omzg I am soooooo jealous! looks so fun and fabulous!

San said...

It was nice to meet you. I was the girl that didn't have a "business card" to hand out at the party @ Ruby Skye Friday night ;)

Kim Thomas said...

This settles it, next year I am headed there with my fellow Pasadena blogger.

Don Mills Diva said...

It was great meeting you at BlogHer - I believe we had a tipsy chat at the People's Party and the Cheeseburger Party! You have a great site and I'll definitely be back.

Linda Sherman said...

Katelin, it was great spending time with you Saturday night at BlogHer!

Thank you for your kind comment on Vanessa's post about Singelringen.

I love your blog! I'm so glad that I found you, your blog AND you're in LA!!

Therapeutic Ramblings said...

That's a lot of shwag!

~Angela~ said...

Sounds like SO MUCH FUN, and I'm SO JEALOUS. And your video with Jamie is adorable. :)