Blogger Brilliance

The Blogger Brilliance Conference

This past weekend was spent in sunny Tampa Bay, Florida where I was a panelist at the inaugural Blogger Brilliance conference, organized by the Bon Bon Rose Girls. Held at the International Academy of Design & Technology, Grit & Glamour and I were special out-of-town guest panelists for both panels (business and creative). We were both hosted at the fabulous Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (and you know I love me a hotel-sino) which was super amazing.

Saturday morning, Grit & Glamour and I met downstairs in the hotel lobby and were picked up by Kristin and we headed off to the conference. Once there, we were met with gaggles of fashionably dressed females armed with cameras, laptops, iPads, and smart phones.

Sometimes, for outfit inspiration, I look to my blog name. Pretty frilly MNG by MANGO top? Check. Shiny chrome minx-like nails? Check. Sparkly platform Miu Miu heels? Double check. (“official” outfit post to follow. whatever that means.)

P.S. – thanks Grit & Glamour for taking the above pics!

Tall, raven-haired beauty Vahni of Grit & Glamour fame is everything you think she’d be in person and more. Now that we’ve moderated panels together in New York, been panelists together this month in New York and now again in Tampa, we are officially BFF’s. And, as I told Vahni that day, we are clearly a package deal.

In fact, we are now taking bookings for PrettyGritShinyGlamourSparkly appearances. Look out, world!

Heart you, V! (P.S. – isn’t her clutch killer?)

Michael Kors & Tory Burch. Love.

The woman is an outright social media phenom. She’s constantly replying to tweets, instagram-ing photos, and checking her email. And she always looks fabulous doing it!

But, it’s conference panel time:





The Fashion Show

After the conference we headed–no, sprinted–to the area mall for a fashion show hosted by Tim Gunn. Just look at that crowd! We were ushered to our second row seats just before it started.

Holly of Blog Frog, Grit & Glamour, Bon Bon Rose Girls waiting for the show to start.


Vahni insisted on taking a picture of me because I had tons of gear in my lap: point & shoot camera, digital SLR camera, HD video camcorder, iPhone. What?



The man himself. He’s so precious.

How can you spot bloggers during a fashion show? Or when they are within arms-reach of the fashion icon himself? They look like this:

Person after person with their phones in-hand: tweeting, texting, Insta-ing, filming, snapping…good grief I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

Naturally my magpie instincts are in full force.

Meeting Tim Gunn

Oh, and I met Tim Gunn (you know, of Project Runway fame, among others?). We spotted him at the bar where our after-party was held. I walk in, late, with Vahni & the gang, say hi to people, and at least 5 or 10 minutes go by before I realize the silver-haired gentleman eating at the table I’m standing right next to is Tim Gunn himself (see the picture I got later, below–I was standing to the left of his table). Not wanting to bother the sweet man who was no doubt exhausted from shaking hands and greeting fans all day, I kept to myself as long as I could possibly wait. I’ll just say hi when he gets up and leaves, I told myself. And then someone else swooped in and sat down at his table. Dang!

After a minute I decided to throw my sympathy for the man to the wind, and got out a business card, took a deep breath, and went for it.

“Hi, Tim! I love you! [shakes hands] [Tim says something sweet back] I run a fashion blog called Pretty Shiny Sparkly [“pretty shiny sparkly?! how fabulous!”] I just wanted to let you know that your comment earlier about harem pants really resonated with me. It’s the reason I started my blog! [commence in-depth conspiratorial banter about how we both agree to hate harem pants with a passion]” …et cetera.

The man is so, so sweet and after I gave him my business card and backed away he was absolutely swarmed by my fellow, crazed fashion bloggers for pictures. He patiently took photos with everyone before he was on his way out the door, led by his dinner companion.

Thank You!

Huge, huge thanks go to Kristin and the rest of the Blogger Brilliance conference organizers–for hosting me so graciously and thoughtfully, and for putting on an outstanding event (it was completely sold out!). Thank you for making me feel so special and for thinking anything I have to say is worth listening to. All I can say is: next year we livestream, yes?!

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  1. 09.19.2011 / 12:19 am

    You ARE special and most definitely worth listening to! Hanging out with you (and your sparkles) and Vahni was the highlight of my weekend. So glad we got to meet!

  2. 09.19.2011 / 12:21 am

    That's so exciting! Thanks for sharing it… and I'll only be a tincy bit jealous because your so sweet!

  3. 09.19.2011 / 12:46 am

    OMG, honey you are prolific. Thanks for the sweet words, this amazing summary, and for being you. I like our package deal. PrettyGritShinyGlamourSparkly sounds superb to me! Had such a good time there, but you made it awesome! kiss kiss

  4. 09.19.2011 / 6:21 am

    You are such an inspiration it is amazing that you do all of this while being a full time medical student. One of the reasons I love your blog, it truly is a passion of yours and you are constantly giving back to the blogging community.

  5. 09.19.2011 / 7:20 am

    It's so cool that you met Tim, he is the best! Love your shoes and your nails 😉


  6. 09.19.2011 / 10:03 am

    Wow looks like a great event! I agree- livestream next year please? xoxo

  7. 09.19.2011 / 10:07 am

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  8. 09.19.2011 / 11:18 am

    I cannot believe you met Tim Gunn! I am BEYOND words jealous…how exciting for you!! 🙂

  9. 09.19.2011 / 11:53 am

    Thanks for letting us hang out with you! Fun seeing the "Inside".

  10. 09.19.2011 / 1:57 pm

    So glad you had a good time and OMG! TIM GUNN! Fabulous!

  11. MJ
    09.19.2011 / 2:17 pm

    It was soo awesome getting to meet you this weekend! The conference was super informative and I learned so much!
    It was so crazy because I didn't realize he was in the room either until I heard his voice! I almost died (twice!). It was soo awesome hanging out with you and Vahni! You ladies are amazing! 🙂

  12. 09.19.2011 / 3:09 pm

    You lucky little duck you! What an honor to meet Tim Gunn! Also, I love your pic of how you spot a fashion blogger. LOL

  13. 09.19.2011 / 3:15 pm

    Sooo cool that you met Tim, he has such impeccable style! I love your nails, they are so cool, and the fashion blogger picture 😀

  14. […] Happy Monday lovelies! We’re back with another edition of Monday Mingle, co-hosted with us by Momtrends and Glamamom! My post is a little late today as I’m still recovering from my whirlwind weekend. BonBon Rose Girls and White Book Agency put on the Blogger Brilliance conference on Saturday and WOW was it amazing! So many fabulous bloggers came out for a fun-filled day of learning! I’ll be posting my own recap later in the week, but in the meantime you must check out the recaps from one of our lovely panelists Vahni of Grit and Glamour and Kristina from Pretty Shiny Sparkly! […]

  15. 09.19.2011 / 3:45 pm

    You and Vahni rocked the house lady! I would go to anything you two were headlining! And YES to live stream for the next Blogger Brilliance. Can't wait. Thank you so much again!

  16. Julia
    09.19.2011 / 4:18 pm

    Your nails and jewelry are killer. And I love this behind-the-scenes type of coverage – very fun and interesting. You do such a great job with this blog!

  17. 09.19.2011 / 4:27 pm

    Yup, you and V have changed blogosphere for sure! Your nails, the shoes, gosh I-DIE! Tink i'm about obsessed as you are about sparkles too!
    Tim Gunn is a legend, so lucky you got to see/speak to him!

  18. jenniebee10
    09.19.2011 / 6:14 pm

    I really enjoyed your panel and your comments, I learned a lot and hope to implement things into my blog, It was also a great time there. PS. Again Cute shoes!

  19. 09.19.2011 / 7:03 pm

    It was so great meeting you!! We definitely will need to get a picture or two next time. I am still in love with that claw bracelet!!

  20. 09.19.2011 / 8:27 pm

    It was lovely meeting you, thank you for all you shared and taking the time out to give me some advice. I really appreciate it. Hope I get to see you again soon.

  21. 09.19.2011 / 11:45 pm

    ooo so lucky!! u met tim gunn?!?! I love the man … someone great to watch on Project Runway!!

  22. 09.20.2011 / 12:33 am

    First I’m so jealous that you met Tim and second I think your nail polish in picture #2 is AMAZING!

  23. 09.20.2011 / 3:22 am

    i stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and what a coincidence that you were in the tampa last saturday. i live in the tampa bay area and was so excited when i found out that tim gunn was going to be here. something exciting like that doesn’t happen too often in these areas. i wasn’t able to join in on the blogger brilliance event, but i did get to see the mr. gunn, which made my day 🙂
    p.s. the miu miu heels are crazy good!

  24. 09.20.2011 / 1:36 pm

    Great time at Blogger Brilliance and I LOVE those shoes and how you style them!

  25. 09.21.2011 / 2:31 pm

    Thank you so much for making the trip to Florida to speak at the conference; it was a fun weekend!

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