I was at Getting Gorgeous exactly one week ago today. Getting Gorgeous is the brain child of Vera Sweeney from Lady and the Blog and Audrey McClelland from Mom Generations. I signed up to attend mainly because I’m a huge fan of both of these women. Vera was actually my inspiration to start blogging in the first place, but I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from this event. I was looking forward to meeting other bloggers and maybe making connections with some brands but was looking upon it as a business opportunity more than something fun to do on a Saturday…boy was I wrong.
For starters it was one of the first beautiful spring days of the year which right away puts you in a great mood. Then my favorite mom blogger friend Dana from Mommy Despot announced that she would be attending as well, AND I made plans to stay with my best friend from high school who lives in NYC. I won’t even tell you how long it’s been since I’ve come to visit her.
Getting Gorgeous 2013 Event Highlights
I had a little bit of a stressful trip into the city and was a hot sweaty mess upon arrival to Getting Gorgeous so Dana immediately took the lead and led me straight to the Bacardi booth to get us both a drink. The booth was so much fun and I ended up with a strawberry daiquiri garnished with a star fruit and Dana got a mojito garnished with edible flowers. We stood in the middle of the room while I sipped on my drink trying to collect myself when Vera came up to us and introduced herself and advised us to sign up for some of the beauty treatments hosted by CVS Beauty Club. Vera was just the sweetest person and I was honored to meet someone who I have been following since I started blogging.
The CVS Beauty Club was giving attendees skin care advice, manicures, and hair treatments. Boy I sure needed it! The girls doing our hair were awesome and gave me a lot of great advice. It’s so important as a mom to remember to take care of yourself, that’s something I tend to forget. CVS Beauty Club took great care of us that day and gave some great products to use when we got home.
After my drink and beauty treatments Dana and I were ready to stroll through the rest of the booths. Each booth had an interactive opportunity for us so it ended up being so much fun as well as a way to connect with these brands.
Dial did a photo booth and gave out a bag for us to fill with their new line of kid’s products. I brought home their watermelon body wash and some foam letters that will stick to the walls of your bathroom. I love the watermelon scent, it smells like summer.
Coolibar was one of the booths I was dying to visit because I wanted to check out their line of sun protective clothing. I am fair-skinned and I have a red-headed blue-eyed son who I spend all summer trying to protect from the sun. Their materials provide 98% blockage from the sun yet are so soft and light, they are absolutely luxurious. I found a bunch of styles I loved but this color was the favorite among all of the bloggers attending:
New Balance! I am already so brand loyal to New Balance so I was looking forward to this booth. Heidi Klum has just launched a line of New Balance shoes which are so adorable and very comfortable. They did a photo booth too but had some silly props for us to pose with. We asked how many pictures we could take and the women said, “As many as you want!” We let her know it was probably a mistake to tell us that. She soon agreed and kicked us out…nicely of course. I’ll only include a few of the pictures below.
Jac had awesome greeting cards and let us each take one as a sample. I chose a cute one to send to a husband or boyfriend. These are great quality cards and I will definitely be using them in the future.
Later that night I felt so relaxed and gorgeous that my best friend and I went out with friends and I got so many compliments on my hair!
All in all it was a great trip and I can’t wait for the next Getting Gorgeous event!