Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rendez-Vous New England

It's no secret that I don't really have any friends here. So when I read that Alison from Long Distance Loving & Jillian from Cornflake Dreams were hosting a swanky blogger meet-up earlier this month in Boston called Rendez-Vous New England, I decided I'd branch of out my hermit-like comfort zone & join in the fun.

I was nervous, yo. Remember that time I told you about how I have All of The Social Anxiety? It was in full force on Rendez-Vous New England Night. To eliminate the hassle of commuting in & out of the city, I'd booked a room at the unobtrusive-but-still-relatively-posh Charlesmark Hotel in downtown Boston & spent the hour-long lead-up to the evening frantically texting a friend who talked me down from my ridiculously unfounded social phobias. Finally, I headed to the hotel lounge to meet up with the other bloggers, none of whom I'd ever met or, for the most part, read before that night.


Guys, it was great. Lesson learned. I was comfortable & normal, & so were all of the other ladies (& one brave dude) in attendance. Once I got past my initial fear of conversing with (very fashionable) strangers, it was just like I'd known them all along. And I drank one of these, guaranteed to induce happiness & ease fears of social settings:

I also got to check not one but two things off my 101 in 1,001 List: "Go to a blogger meet-up" and "Buy myself a night in a hotel, just because."

Did I mention that there was swag? Because there was swag. Gift bags included earrings from Sheyna Jewelry, chocolate-covered apricots from someplace delicious, antibacterial wipes from Desiree Spinner Events, snacks from Popchips. Yeah, I'm done name-dropping. Except....
 

...that I won this really gorgeous necklace valued at $121 from Sheyna Jewelry, one of the event sponsors. Um, check this out:

Pretty, yes? And I have worn it almost daily since then, yes? If you're interested in owning one of your own or something similar (you can even design your own jewelry), visit Sheyna.com & enter the promo code "kate20" for 20% off. Now excuse me while I go create something splendid.

Photos from: 1, 2, 3, 4
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