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!