The Lifestyle Blogger Conference #LALLBLOG14 was a major success! This was my first time attending a social media conference. Not only did I have the chance to attend (I live in NJ and this happened in LA), but also I was invited as a panelist for the “Not Just a Blogger” session next to Veronica Glam, Melissa Dell (our moderator), Marie from The Curvy Fashionista and Marian The Foodie. Good company!
I arrived in LAX on Wednesday to give myself a day to adjust to the time change and also to help out. Conferences are a lot of work, this I know from my days doing PR in New York. I thought I’d make myself useful so in the morning and went to get flowers from the famous LA Flower Market downtown and headed over to the LA Mart to help Carolyn set up. The venue is located in the heart of downtown LA. LALLBLOG14 was held inside the LA Mart – a beautiful space that feels like a marriage between mini galleries and work spaces. There was some outstanding vendors at the Mart. While the conference was happening, I got a chance to get a mini tour plus meet a couple of lovely people, Dossage perfumes and Elana from EJH Brand candles.
Thursday started with stylist Daniel Musto from the Fabulist on E! and Fashion Police, his keynote was very insightful, humbling and full of a-ha nuggets. Perhaps the most important was the part where Daniel tells to always be nice to people, hustle for our dreams and more to the point, collaborate to get your name out there!
Over the course of the next two days there were panels on topics like Digital Strategy, Legal 101 for Bloggers, Networking for Bloggers in the Social Media Age, Taxes and the Ethics of blogging. If you are a seasoned or new blogger, there is something to learn for everyone at LALLBLOG. I was so impressed with each speaker and panelist, each had a different level of experience, field and style to deliver their message. I won’t get into specifics because I feel this is why attending conferences is important for those of us who blog.
There was also some makeup work for yours truly. On Saturday morning I had the pleasure to do makeup for Patricia Velasquez, actress/ model and UNESCO activist. It was such fun, Patricia was so chill and easy to work with. Her keynote had many people in tears because during her speech, she told us that failures happen and gave us a personal experience in her own career launching her beauty line Taya Beauty. During her keynote, Patricia talked about taking small steps towards our dreams and to fight for what we love. Wow. I stopped to reflect there and made some mental notes.
So much happened, it is hard for me to share it all. Some lovely dinners and connections were made. Meeting people I knew about from the group online – in the flesh, Lizza Monet Morales, Marlita on the Run, you guys rock and can’t wait to join forces. Getting to work side by side with my old friend Ana Lydia Ochoa, thank you for having me, seeing my makeup buddy/ fellow blogger Ashley Pena, meeting Carolyn West, Melissa Dell from SoCal Ladies, super awesome moments.