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July 07, 2015

Traveling Mood – IG Meetup in Chicago, IL.


I’ve been meaning to share a quick recap of my trip to Chicago from my first Instagram meetup event, but I’ve been so busy.   It's been about a month now, but it's finally here. Check out my photos below and #ChiTownMeetup on Instagram for all of the instalove and additional photos from all of the ladies that attended. 

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Blogger Meetup organized by 3 fabulous ladies: Amy of @lovelyamy27, Thuy of @msthuymadeline and Lynsie of @lynsie84. These ladies put in a tremendous amount of time and effort into planning this event because the luncheon was truly a success. The attention to detail with the menu, decorations, the Instagram cookies and cake pops and the individualized monogrammed tote bags were just a few of the highlights from the afternoon. And I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all had an amazing time.

When the 3 party planners posted the invitation to attend this meetup, I signed up right away for additional information along with over a hundred other ladies.  In the end, 54 fashionable ladies including the 3 hostesses made their way to Chicago for our first Instagram meetup event. The group met for lunch in a private dining room at Wildfire Restaurant where we were spoiled by the most accommodating wait staff. It was the perfect space to meet and mingle with fellow Instagram bloggers. 


                                



Each time I attend a blogger event, I’m always reminded of how lucky I am to belong to an amazing community of creative women. When I first started blogging, I really didn't think about interacting with other bloggers face to face. I always thought that it would be nice to have at least one blogger friend so we can take each other's outfit pics, but that was about it. Of course over the past few years, my thought process has changed dramatically and I’m so happy to interact and meet new women who inspire me daily.  I never would have guessed that I would find a whole blogger family on Instagram!




If you’re ever on the fence about attending one of these events, I definitely encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new.  Truth be told, I’m always a little hesitant about attending a blogger conference/meetups, because I’m an introvert by nature.  I don’t know if anyone usually notices because I can go to a party and “meet” people and carry on a conversation.  However, I’m truly most comfortable sitting with people I already know or getting to know 2 or 3 people in a smaller setting. Typically, I force myself to go to these types of events and I wind up having an amazing time.  I haven’t been to an event yet, where all of the women weren’t friendly and courteous and this event was no different.  I'm so glad that I went and finally got to put a real face to a name.




 
Aside from thanking our amazing hostesses, I also wanted to thank all of the rest of the ladies that made it out to Chicago.  This event couldn’t have existed without all of us participating.  A huge thank you goes out to everyone for making this event possible.  I know that there have been some rumblings about having another meetup event sometime next year.  And I definitely plan to attend, so maybe I’ll see you there. If you’re interested in attending the next event, then be sure to follow one of the hostesses via Instagram to stay in the know. Until next time ladies! 
 
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