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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How to Pack for a (Blogger Style) Conference

Hey friends...thanks for your kind words yesterday! Your compassion and prayers mean so much to me, especially since I was so cryptic about it all. But I'm an open book, so it likely won't be long before I spill my guts on the internet.

I know most of you don't attend blog conferences, but you do like details on outfits, so I thought I'd share what I packed for my recent blogger style conference. And this packing post isn't specific to just social conferences, but might give you some ideas when packing for your own events and occasions. This is also quite different than my packing tips for traveling abroad, since I wasn't trying to squeeze 10 outfits out of 10 pieces...nor was I trying to keep everything scaled down to fit in just a carry-on. I also had the benefit of the conference being local, but I still kept everything to one bag for easy transport.

The first thing I did was make a list of events and the dress code for each, then began pulling pieces from my closet that I feel best in. It may sound shallow, but it's easier for me to meet new people and walk into potentially intimidating situations, when I know my outfit looks and fits great.

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Since packing space wasn't an issue, it wasn't important for me to get a lot of mix-and-match out of my clothes...so I created each outfit independently. It just so happened that many of the pieces repeated. I also took pictures of each outfit, along with the coordinating accessories, to make getting dressed each day less stressful. That way, all the planning and thinking was done beforehand, and I could relax and enjoy the events to the fullest.

Here's each event, and what I wore...links to most all the items are under the pictures.

{Travel day | Dinner with Friends}

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Conference
 Sequin Top (similar) | Distressed Jeans | Pink Belt (similar)


{Brand Meetings | Daytime}

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Striped Blouse | Watercolor Skirt (similar) | Pink Heels
Statement Necklace | Zebra Bangle (similar) | Pearl Bracelet (similar)


{Happy Hour Party | Early Evening}

Hi Sugarplum | What to Pack for a Blogger Conference
Floral Dress | Pink Heels | Vintage Beaded Clutch (similar)
Citrine Necklace (similar) | Black & White Bangle (similar) | Chain Bracelet


{Dinner with Friends | Evening}

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Conference
Bangle (similar) | Turquoise Earrings | Wedge Sandal | Necklace (similar)


{Educational Sessions | Daytime}

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Conference
Fushia Blouse (similar) | White Jeans | Turquoise Heels
Leopard Belt (similar) | Statement Necklace | Bangle (similar)


{Cocktail Party & Dancing | Evening}

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Conference
  White Racerback Dress | Floral Sandals | Snakeskin Clutch (similar)
Arrow Necklace | Pink Earrings | Pearl Cluster Bracelet (similar) | Zebra Bracelet (similar)


{Cocktail Party & Dancing | Evening}
(This was a back-up outfit that I could easily dress up or down, if needed.)

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Stripe Racerback Zipper Dress (similar) | Turquoise Heels
Snake Bracelet (similar) | Gold Clutch (similar)


{Coffee with Friends | Travel Home}

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Granted this was for a style blogger conference, so I did put in more effort than usual! My day-job is in the corporate world, so obviously I'd have to adapt what I packed for a business conference. ;) I've got {Outfit Inspiration} posts planned for some of these (you've already seen the white dress in action here), but here are a few pics from the conference.

Hi Sugarplum | Casual Weekend 
outfit

Hi Sugarplum | Citrine and Cobalt

I know you guys appreciate the outtakes...here's what happens when I think the camera is put away. Don't ask me what I'm doing with my mouth...or the "dance moves", for that matter! And yes, that's the awesome $28 Swing Tank I keep using in all my outfit boards! I want it in every color!

Hi Sugarplum | Dance Party

I ended up wearing my back-up outfit one night because it felt more festive. Check out what happens to the fun zipper detail as the night goes on...

Hi Sugarplum | Blogger Fun
Shannon of Bird a la Mode

Hi Sugarplum | Dance Party

Apparently the more fun I have, the lower it goes. But rest assured I never had belly-button-baring levels of fun. #whew #braless

Jamie of I Suwannee

There's a lot of 'blogger talk' at these things, but I mostly attend to meet the bloggers I've been stalking online for years, and to form real-life friendships. Finally meeting and spending time with these girls made the conference for me.

Caycee, Natalie, and Megan

Hi Sugarplum | Blogger Fun
Natalie, Caycee, Megan, and Carly

Carly of C.Style and Beth of Seersucker + Saddles

Megan and Carly sandwich

I snagged this last image from the event's website...how much do I have to pay to have their filter follow me around in real life?! I want that skin all the time! How do you feel about conferences? Any tips on packing for trips with lots of events? And speaking of the conference, the winner of the $1200 Swag Bag Giveaway was announced here!

25 comments:

  1. great tips!! i love that most of the items arent crazy expensive (good for my wallet!) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. I am obsessed with all your floral and stripe options! J Crew Factory looks like the place I need to go!

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  3. I am loving ALL of these outfits!! You have such awesome style:)
    - Brittany Lee

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  4. Such great tips! Loving all of the combinations that you chose. Perfection!
    xo

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  5. LOVE all of the color! Such great looks, Cassie!

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  6. All such cute outfits, Cassie. Cracking up about the zipper change during the evening.

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  7. headed to SFO in a couple weeks. May copy your packing!

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  8. Great tips, Cassie! I'm already starting to think about what to pack for Haven! Looking forward to meeting you there!

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    1. Can't wait! And I'll likely be wearing all these same outfits...no sense in rethinking it, right?! ;)

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  9. I LOVE your outfit posts, you always have the best and they are always something I could see myself wearing! Off to pin most of these outfits now!!! :)

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  10. I'm heading to Alt Summit in a few weeks, my first blogging conference and am thrilled for any and all how-to's for these types of things! Thanks for the great tips.

    Amy @ http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com

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  11. You are precious, I LOVE your outfits and style! Great pics with the girls too, looks like so much fun!!
    xo Kate

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  12. I LOVE your sense of style! I love how you pair all the colors with the different prints. I feel like sometimes I can be an extreme plain jane..but I love this! Pinning this to remind myself what to look for the next time I shop!

    Thank you!

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  13. I love how you layed out your outfits and gave such great ideas! Sounds like you had a great time at the conference and you were of course looking fabulous!!!

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  14. 1. You are adorable. 2. Please pack my suitcase for Haven. 3. You are obviously a very awesome dancer.

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  15. Love that chevron gold sequins shirt! Where did you get it?!

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    1. Thanks Nicci! I got it at Francesscas's a few years ago, so I wasn't able to link it directly. I found something similar though. ;)

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  16. You have such great style Cassie! Your clothes and outfits you put together are always so bright, fun and happy! And, you have a dynamite figure! Looks like you all had a ball meeting one another.

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    1. Thanks so much, Allison!! Happy Thursday, sweet friend! xo

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  17. Great tips! I love all of your outfits! I'm taking notes for my outfits for Haven ;)

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  18. So...is there anyway for you to load your SLO MO dance break on the blog? Because AWESOME. People should have to pay to see it!
    Love you friend! :)

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  19. Ain't nothin shallow about it... Thank you for being real.

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  20. You have the best style and have such a great way of pairing fun items together! I'm a bit jealous of your shoe collection. I need to step it up and add some fun pops of colors to my shoes. THE BEST part though is your dance movese!! Love them!!

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  21. That looks like one hell of a good time!!! Your outfits are spot on. And, I feel like I know you so much better now that I saw those badass moves :D

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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