A Saturday spent with Dallas fashion bloggers? Yes please!

There are lots of adjectives I could use to describe myself: Eclectic. Introspective. Sarcastic. Scrappy. However, I do not consider myself a joiner. In high school I spent much of my time hiding in music practice rooms working on flute concertos, and exploring Manhattan with only my worn leather backpack and cup of coffee as accompaniment. While I cherish my time spent with friends, I'm not one of those women who needs to be with people all the time. I'm perfectly content shopping alone, or making a solo trip to a bar for a shot of whiskey (I must be the only person who nurses a drink while reading chick lit on their Kindle.) In addition, large group gatherings intimidate the crap out of me. Despite my tattoos, and bright red hair, I'm not as outgoing as you might think. I get crazy anxious before parties and events. I worry that I'm going to spill something in myself, be under-dressed, be over-dressed, talk too much, talk too little, or otherwise embarrass myself.

However, I squealed with delight when Kileen invited me to the DFW Blogger Meetup on Saturday. Despite my apparent social anxiety disorder, there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to socialize with other fashion and personal style bloggers in the Dallas area. I wasn't sure how many people were going to be there, but fifteen bloggers turned up! Thank God I changed 1423 times or I would indeed been painfully under-dressed.

Good lord is my hair red. I stuck out like a traffic light among all those gorgeous brunettes.

We began with brunch at Ristoranti Cibus in Northpark Center. Northpark is a fantastic place to spend a day, and even more so with fashion bloggers. Over brunch we introduced ourselves and described our bogs, exchanged business cards, discussed blogging techniques, and got to know one another over bottomless mimosas and bellinis. Brunch was absolutely delicious too - I dug into a plate of brioche with gravlox, capers and cream cheese. Yummo. As a relatively new blogger, it was really fun to be included in a group of such stylish, intelligent women. I learned so much and hopefully made friends I will keep in touch with for a long time.

I was too busy schmoozing to take many pictures, but here's a few from the day:

The epically stylish Angga of Reservade Fashion, wearing  a Forever 21 bag and spring's hottest color: coral! She drove all the way from Kansas to attend the meetup, and I was so excited to meet her.

Posting with Tina of T Minus T Plus, who gave me so many useful tips for promoting and tracking my blog. I really hope to stay in touch with her - she was so much fun to meet!

Posing In Northpark's courtyard in a thrifted J Crew blazer, Forever 21 top, thrifted J Brand jeans; Stuart Weitzman wedges, Forever black pyramid bracelet, and thrifted vintage bag

After brunch we attended a cosmetics consultation courtesy of Dior and Allure magazine. I was drooling over the color-rich, luxurious makeup available for us to try. We broke up into two groups and received lessons regarding moisturizers, primers and foundation, followed by instruction on eyeshadow blending and liner application. I'm a total make-up junkie - though most of my cosmetics come from Target (Loreal shadows are the bomb) - so this was a pretty amazing experience. It was like Christmas morning, my birthday, and a sorority road trip all mashed into one. But with better clothes.

Irene of Pink Hearted Princess served as the perfect model, though she was perfectly gorgeous before getting made up!

I had an absolutely fantastic time, and I'm really hopeful the other bloggers and I can organize regular monthly gatherings. It was a blast.

Would you ever attend a blogger meetup? Have you made any personal connections with other bloggers outside the internet?


  1. That looks SO fun! I'm totally jealous! I would definitely attend a blogger meet up if there was one near me. I haven't met any of my bloggy friends in real life yet!

    And you, my dear, with your red hair...YOU are gorgeous!

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  2. I have attended blogger meetups here in Austin, and I am so looking forward to the Texas Style Council Conference! I can't wait to meet all of these amazing bloggers (like you!) who challenge and inspire me. I think being involved with the community is a huge part of blogging, especially fashion blogging.

  3. I reallllly hope you guys do this again. I'm so sorry I had to miss it! <3 You are GORGEOUS my sweet friend. And I love you hair. AND ALSO YAY TINA! I love her too.

  4. Oh what fun! Sounds great and ya'll look amazing. Hey, I happen to LOVE your red hair standing out. ;-)
    Yep, I've done a blogging meet up in Atlanta once. Met a bunch of neat ladies. I think they have met a couple of other times but I just happened to be off work the first time. I would LOVE to go to one of the Bloggin conventions.

  5. Hiiiiii Elisa!!! it was nice to see you over the weekend!!!! I didnt know that you are social awkward!!! I do too!!! thats why I start my blog to find more social awkward person like me HAHAHAHA loving your post hon!!!

  6. I co-hosted the Southern Fashion Bloggers first event here in New Orleans a few weeks ago. We had a lot of fun an area already planning another event for April. If you haven't seen it yet it's on our site:


  7. Hi! It was great meeting you! You didn't seem socially awkward at all! I thought you were fun and I loved the red hair. Your lunch sounded so good- I should've ordered that one, next time! Until the next meetup :)

  8. Hi Elissa, I am socially awkward too lol. It was great meeting you this weekend =)

  9. I'm so jealous! These women look so fun. And stylish!

    I've met several bloggers in real life and enjoyed deepening the connection. Never had a chance to meet a group, though; that will probably change soon if I ride up to Ottawa to visit the many bloggers I know up there.

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  11. Hi Elissa! Love your blog- actually met my husband on the internet in 2003- long story :) I would love to connect with Fashion Bloggers in Dallas! I am actually searching for a High end retailer in Dallas looking for personal shoppers. Connect with me if you know anyone looking for an amazing opportunity!

  12. Hi Elissa! Love your blog- actually met my husband on the internet in 2003- long story :) I would love to connect with Fashion Bloggers in Dallas! I am actually searching for a High end retailer in Dallas looking for personal shoppers. Connect with me if you know anyone looking for an amazing opportunity!


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