March Meetup of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group

Soooo, guess who hosted the March meetup of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group? Meeeee! It was so epic, y’all. As much of as I love my girlfriends, sometimes talking beauty talk with them just….doesn’t work. And the same goes for blogging. But to be able to be around 20 beautiful and talented women who get the whole beauty obsession and blogging thing was just pure joy!

How crazy is it that we didn’t even think about taking a group photo until about half of the girls had already left? Ha! Autumn 2011 marked my first meetup with the beauty bloggers in Orlando. And even then, there were less than 10 of us. We had a grand time swapping polishes, chowin’ down on yummy food and networking. Months passed, a few tweets were exchanged between us gals and I said, “Let’s get the ball rolling for another meetup.”

And so we did.

I reached out to some of my favorite brands (as did some of the other ladies) to see if they were interested in providing product samples of us bloggers. Through Twitter and Facebook, I tried to rally up as many beauty bloggers that I could find – and on March 3rd, we had our meetup!

I forgot to take pictures. Yah. I was so annoyed with myself for not taking ANY pictures but between attempting to being a good hostess and rummaging through the hundreds of bottles of polish that we brought him to swap and trade, taking pics just didn’t happen. But tons of  thanks to Pamela because she took fantastic photos.

 We are already planning the next meetup and I can’t waiiiiit. If you are a beauty blogger, beauty enthusiast or makeup artist and are looking for other beauty lovers in your neck of the woods, put some feelers out there. I would have never thought we’d have a group of 20-something. Who knows? By the end of the year, we may have over 50 beauty bloggers at our next meetup.

See. Orlando is so much more than Mickey Mouse, y’all. We’ve got Premiere Orlando coming in June, The Makeup Show Orlando in November  and we’ve got a crew of some of the hottest bloggers around. Oooooh yeah.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Milani, Milani, Avon, Venomous Cosmetics, Cult Nails, tarte Cosmetics , Pure Ice, Overall Beauty, CVS Beauty and NYX Cosmetics.

As far as the fabulous ladies who were at the event – they are listed below.

-Ali of niftyBA!
-Judi of Judixo
-Stephanie of Imperfectly Painted
-Kari of OnceBitten
-Alyssa of Alyssa’s Nails
-Kimberly of Libby’s Pink Vanity
-Maria of Cult Nails
-Cat of Beauty by Beauty by Cat Blog
-Pamela of Pamela’s Closet
-Safia of Lipstick Mixtapes
-Courtney of Phyrra
-Toni of ToniizBeauty Blog
-Leandra of Nail Polish Therapy
-Rhonda of Nails Beautiqued
-Cristina of Let Them Have Polish!
-Margaret of The Glamazon’s Blog

Oh! And a quick pic of Kari’s gooooorgeous Fantasy Fire nails! Goooooorgeous.

Stay tuned for more beauty-related events in and around the Orlando area! And if you happen to be a beauty blogger in Orlando, Tampa or the surrounding areas, let me know!

Orlando Event: Fashion Quest 2012!

For a loooooong time, I didn’t think Orlando was considered “cool” when it came to beauty and fashion events. Well, scoot over Mickey because in a few years, Orlando will be known for more than just the home of Walt Disney World. If you’re in the Orlando area and looking for something fun to do this upcoming weekend, join me at Fashion Quest.

I’ll be on the scene to cover the event and hobnob with the many talented beauty and fashion folx of the greater Orlando area.

For more information, visit the event website.

Oh! And on Saturday, March 10th, a few of us beauty beauty bloggers (okay…more like 20) will be getting together for a meet-n-greet and swap. If you’re in Orlando and would like to join us, let me know at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

See. I do have a social life off of the internet. 8)

 

Live Chat with Milly on CVS’ Beauty Club Page

Have you heard the news? My good friend and fellow beauty blogger Milly from Beauty Logic Blog announced that was she was the newest gal added to the CVS Beauty Board. Huge deal! Words can’t express how proud I am of her. And don’t even get me started on how much I love strolling through CVS and racking up ExtraBucks.

Just in time for the holidays, Milly will be dropping ideas and product suggestions for festive looks via a live chat on Facebook.

 
When: Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 12:00pm-1:30pm EST
Where: On Facebook, yo.
RSVP here.

See you there!

Highlights from Lucky Mag Dior Pretty Party

Okay, seriously….I had the BEST time at the Lucky Dior party. The BEST time. Even better are the pictures that captured that event. Having a guy that understands your level of geekiness is one thing. But having one that also takes a day off from work to help you take beautiful pictures is something else. We are two peas in and pod who have an enormous passion for photography. I think I’ll keep him. 😎

Ahhh, but enough of the mushy stuff. Let’s jump right on it and talk about the awesomeness that was this party. It’s not everyday that I get the opportunity to host or even attend events like this in Florida. As a beauty blogger, I am forever struggling to find beauty events. The venues exist. The interest is there but alas…Central and South Florida are not big jumping grounds for the beauty industry. Although, I think they should be. When Lucky Mag approached me the opportunity to host a Dior Pretty Party, I quickly obliged. Because, um…who doesn’t love Dior?

I mean, hellooo…..

Lucky Mag said that I could invite 10 of my girlfriends. I have a lot of friends and family members in Miami but most aren’t obsessively in love with beauty the way I am. But I know who is. Beauty and fashion bloggers! I scrolled through my e-rolodex and contacted a few who I knew would appreciate and really enjoy an event like this. I reached out to them and got several resounding “YES!! I’ll come.” responses.

The day of the event arrived and I scurried over to the Dior counter in Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall. The makeup artists greeted me with lots of hugs and handshakes. They took me over to a nice little section of the store that was sectioned off us for us beauty gals. The Guy and I took took lots of pics and munched on some delicious cupcakes.

And uh…delicious is a total understatement. They were slammin’! Guests slowly started trinkling in and I greeted everyone with hugs. You know because this is the South…. We believe in huggin’ folx. 😎


Tweets under the hashtag #LuckyDior went a flyin’ and everyone floated around meeting each other. Within minutes we were all giggling like we’d been girlfriends for years. Then our guide Sheba took the stand.

Aside from being my new beauty BFF, Sheba Vignale is Dior’s National Skincare Specialist. She travels internationally hosting and teaching events like this one. She was so so helpful, humorous and her energy radiated throughout the space. While Sheba talked to us about Dior Cosmetics’ Top 10 Products, makeup artists passed around the products and let us play in them.


Some of us got our faces done and others of us did our own faces. I even convinced my college friend Iris to try some red lipstick.

Sheba did my face!

And how she made my brows look halfway decent with that eyebrow pencil is beyond me. With beauty playtime coming to an end, Sheba announced that 10 gals would receive giftcards to be spent at the Dior counter. BUT only to those who answered the beauty trivia questions correctly. Considering there were 12 of us total (I got my own giftcard. Woot!), just about everyone got a card and we headed over to the Dior counter to buy up some goodies. And we posed for pics too.

Ohmigoodness, we had soooo much fun. I am wishing on a star that I get the opportunity to host and attend more events like this in Florida. It’s a rarity yo.

Special Thanks:
-Lucky Mag — Thank you so soooooo much!
-Bloomingdale’s in Aventura Mall
-The Dior counter and their wonderful makeup artists

Lots of hugs and love to the party guests!
Ria Michelle
Dee
Erika
-Schevashea of Curves and Confidence
-Lourdes of No BS Just Beauty
-Ashley of A Sassy Woman
-Marissa of Makeup and Manicures
-Carmen of Viva Fashion Blog
…and Iris, Andrea and Amanda who we hope will start blogs soon

 

Lucky Mag + Dior Pretty Party hosted by yours truly!

Know the best kind of parties? Not house parties or costume parties but beauty parties. And I’m not even kidding. I will be hosting a pretty epic beauty party with weekend in Miami. Lucky Mag has asked me to gather 10 lovely ladies to join me at the Dior Counter in Bloomingdales at Aventura Mall. We’ll much on cupcakes, chit chat, watch the Dior makeup artists crank out gorgeous daytime and night time looks and we will be live tweeting every bit of it. The guests include some of Miami’s best fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers.

Follow the hashtag #LuckyDior. We will be sharing our reactions and uploading lots of pictures. The Guy will be tagging a long with me to take lots of pretty pictures so keep your eyes out for the post-party post. And if you are in the Miami area, stop on by and say hi!

Want me to check out anything in particular? Let me knowwwww. 8)

Hotel Hoppin': Hyatt Place in ATL is a winner

It’s been a while since I’ve stayed at a Hyatt. And for no specific reason either. When I travel, I usually stay at hotels where the conferences I am attending are. It just makes everything so much easier. But every now and then I need a quick (but safe and nice because I do have standards) hotel for a night or so.

Insert Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport North.

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Around Orlando: Chevy Pizza Crawl

If you accidentally bit your computer screen trying to get a bite of that yummy pizza, I do apologize. Enticing, isn’t it? Pizza is my total weakness. Even though I have issues with cheese, it’s as if I forget all about them the minute I think about pizza. So when I was invited to host a Pizza Crawl with Chevy, no way was I going to turn that down. I popped a Lactaid, worked out SUPER hard the night before and was ready for the mission.

The challenge…drive around in brand new Chevy vehicles and check out 3 of Orlando’s top pizza places. You KNOW I was down.

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