My Experience at BlogHer’11 …in a nutshell


blogher11 conference pass + hat and sunglasses

Wow. I mean, WOW. BlogHer’11, what can I say? I had a blast.

The nerves I had building up to it were pointless. Once there, meeting all the fabulous women, it’s hard not to just settle in and become part of the madness. Though, in fact, I wasn’t so much a part of the madness, as I didn’t really “do” many of the actual sessions or conferences or run around pushing my “brand” but more relaxed and attended the parties and met so many amazing women {some who made me feel like a celebrity, thank you}, some whom I already felt like I knew and so many fresh faces I can’t even count, not to mention the entire BlogHer Staff who are to be commended for their brilliant efforts in bringing women together like this.

So without further ado I give you, in a nutshell, MY weekend {Thurs-Sun} at BlogHer’11.

San Diego+Coronado Island+View from the Marriott

* The view from our balcony at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. {though my camera lens makes it appear much closer than it actually is in reality}

pep and scott on the balcony in  san diego blogher11

* My bro & my husband …the two people I spent the most time with and who accompanied me to most of the parties I attended. And 2 of the maybe 20 men total at the entire conference ;) {also, yes, my husband wore his fedora the entire trip ;}

Marriott marquis in san diego pools day

* The pools below us …we were on the 23rd floor.

Marriott marquis in san diego pools at night

* At night. I’m telling you, the views from this hotel are SPECTACULAR!

Mojito time. #Blogher11 photo-16

* Night one {Thursday}, I met my fellow Section Editors at BlogHer & had my first Mojito at the bar by the pool. I have to admit, the grounds of the Marriott and the hotel itself, as well as the staff, were excellent.

Interviewing Carley @digitwirl this morning @BlogHer #BlogHer11 for Life Well Lived.

* I interviewed Carley from digitwirl on Friday afternoon, on a stage, in the middle of the expo. And while I was ridiculously nervous for it, it actually went very well. Unfortunately, this is the only shot I have of it so far {taken by my sister in law, the818, thank you!} and even though it looks like we are arguing here, we are not ;)

The husband and I today at #blogher11 @blogherstyle photo-15

Docked. My @hookedOnMonMode always comes in handy.

* After the interview on Friday I totally and finally relaxed …and we had lunch at Roy’s where my Mon Mode purse hook came in quite handy!

scott carrying morgans bags

* My bro …carrying the818‘s bags while she was busy running around.

at blogHer11

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* Some napping…

coronado view from the marriott marquis

* The view at night was just as spectacular.

our reflection in the window  with  hearts

* And then we got dressed for Sparklecorn…

for Sparklecorn in modcloth sequin mini dress

Heading back. Sparklecorn was a blast. Met so many fabulous ladies!!! Lost a feather earring :(. If u find it, come find me :) #blogher at sparklecorn

* But before Sparklecorn, we went to You-phoria {by One2One Network} which had the most amazing moving wall mural ever. I was in love. {check the quick video below!}

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Sparklecorn   blogher11  modcloth  blue sequined dress and satin ferragamo heels

* I actually bought this navy sequined dress at Modcloth for New Years Eve {blogged about here} but ended up staying in so it was the PERFECT dress for Sparklecorn where I finally met the very very fabulous Le Musings of Moi & The Stylish Housewife whom I feel like I’ve known forever. * Also wearing my Salvatore Ferragamo navy satin heels & Aldo leopard clutch from ages ago and feather earrings are from Forever21.

* I mean, really, I have never seen so many women on one dance floor. It was AMAZING. I’m telling you!

Mangled feet after dancing and  scott's vans at blogher11

* With my bro, on our balcony, resting my blistered and aching feet after dancing at Sparklecorn. {sadly, the boys couldn’t get in without passes ;{

buildings in san diego

* The opposite view from our balcony at night… …and in the morning

high rise buildings in san diego + view from the marriott

* Seriously, the views, I could not get over!

downtown san diego + view from the Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel

* Much of Saturday was spent relaxing out by the pool with the818, Linz Loves You, tie a little ribbon and the heir to Blair …and a duck …and though I didn’t really get any photos, I did get a bit of a sun burn.

The view up ...from the pool #BlogHer11 earlier today f2081c43f85a4454a96b1538935f8437_7

* Saturday night I wore my Mara Hoffman black dress, House of harlow necklace, and old Guess buckle heels. I honestly can’t believe I didn’t take more outfit shots for you guys! It was just such a whirlwind, it didn’t really cross my mind.

black dress saturday night

* First we went to a Pan Am Sony Pictures party sponsored/hosted by the fabulous Barbara Jones and the One2One Network again where we first screened the pilot for the new show “Pan Am” on ABC and had the best dinner and dessert you could imagine on the 34th floor of The University Club in San Diego. The panoramic view was incredible to say the least and our take-home was the most fantastic retro Pan-Am bag filled with goodies. I have to be honest when I say, I didn’t attend BlogHer and/or parties for the swag …in fact, I didn’t care about it in the least {and I may have been the only one ;} but these retro bags are so adorable it has become my new camera bag.

Pan Am screening. #BlogHer11 photo-21

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photo-8 Dessert. Last night. @PanAmABC party #BlogHer11

*After the Pan Am party, I was supposed to hit the Style Suite at the Hard Rock but based on advice from a friend, I didn’t make it and really I can’t tell you how bummed I am that I missed it. We stopped in our room to freshen up a bit and randomly caught an unforgettable firework show from our balcony.

fireworks over the water

* We ended our trip with the CheeseburgHer Party …which actually smelled like cheeseburgers. And while the smell of McDonald’s at a party is kind of gross, the party itself was fun and yet another night of hundred’s of women {and my husband and brother} dancing til we couldn’t feel our feet.

* And here’s the only shot I have from it …my glowing arm party!

Glowing arm party at CheeseburgHer #blogHer11

* We woke up Sunday morning very sleepy and ready to go back home. The sun was so bright, I couldn’t even look at the camera.

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Coronado island in San Diego+view from the Marriott Marquis hotel

* One last look at our view… and we were off. Back to LA.

Bye bye San Diego. It's been fun. #blogher11

BlogHer was such a wonderful experience, if it happened to be on the West Coast every year, I would go …but next year I think it’s in New York and I’m not too big on flying so I’ll make no such commitments as of yet.

I have handfuls of business cards to go through and URLs and Twitter handles to find and follow which I will be sorting through this week. It was so lovely to have met everyone I did and bummed I missed a few of you ladies {Mama Kat & Bethany and so many more!} but I’ve come out of my closet, so to speak ;) and am possibly much more open-minded about meeting my fellow bloggers and far less anti-social than I had been prior to BlogHer. In fact, for not attending one single conference session at BlogHer, I actually learned a lot. And that’s something.

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.

46 Comments

  • Bree @ The Blog Stylist

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Seriously. Awesome. Dress. I WANT! You look amazing!

  • Clio

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    you rock that sparkling dress! looks like a fun event!

  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like you had so much fun :) So glad you did! All the views look spectacular and that sequined dress you wore for the Sparklecorn is beyond amazing :)

    Happy Monday!

    xxx,

    Fashion Fractions

  • Timbo

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Great pics, i hope in my next future life i will live in USA :D such a great country

  • streetdressed

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    great pics!!! love your mara hoffman dress!!! ;)

    kisses!

    http://streetdressed.blogspot.com

  • Bombchell

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    looks like your had an amazing time

  • *~kAy~*

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    amazing pics! <3
    looks like you guys had fun-filled events all over the place!

  • *^_^*

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Wonderful! Awesome!
    Great experience!

  • *amanda*

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    I’m so excited you blogged about this right away because – in truth — I was on the edge of my seat wondering how the experience was.
    You looked gorge, and it looked super fantabulous!
    I had a similar experience on Thursday meeting the girls from the blog Let’s Go Ride a Bike and Julie from The Julie Blog. It was MY first meet with other bloggers I follow and hot damn! it was so lovely.
    Glad you enjoyed! Welcome home! :)

  • Morgan

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Amazing!!! Youre one lucky woman!

  • astr!d

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    i love your hair when you were wearing the blue sparkle dress. how much do i have to beg for a short hair tutorial?????

  • Voe

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    You look stunning. This was a fantastic post!

    You are very pretty by the way and I adore your blog. I cannot wait to read more of your posts.

    All the best,
    Voe.
    __________________________________
    http://lipstick-and-pearls.blogspot.com/

  • Summer

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    We came, we saw, we conquered!!!
    And my feet are STILL recovering! =)

    So happy we finally met, and you are absolutely just as gorgeous in person. But even more, you have the most beautiful heart and spirit! Love that!

    And you!

    Now go take 36 hours and recover from all that stress and madness!

    xoxo

  • Little Tree Vintage

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    this looks amazing, i can’t wait for blogher 2012 so i can actually plan it out and go! that sparkle dress is amazing by the way!

  • Chessa!

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    I loved seeing your photos on instagram all weekend! you look BEYOND in that sparkly dress and the whole event sounds fabulous. I definitely plan on it if it’s in NY next year and maybe you will come too! wouldn’t that be fabulous?!
    x

  • jenn~the stylish housewife

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    i am SO happy we finally got to meet! i didn’t think it was possible, but you are even more gorgeous in person! thank you for being you…a real, beautiful person inside and out!!!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • Десислава Валентинова

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, you look awesome in the sparcle outfit and in the black one too!!
    Great pictures!! It really looks like one amazing experience!! :) )

    Desislava
    http://truedreamcatcher.blogspot.com

  • *Sparkles*

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    What is ‘Sparklecorn’?! Sounds fun!

  • ZombieLace

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds AMAZING and all your outfits are to die for! I hope I can do something like this someday!

  • CessOviedo

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    What a great weekend doll! You look totally stunning in that sequined dress, it was so much fun seeing all your updates on twitter, is great your hubs and bro went with you, great suppor system!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • Amanne

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    I just got back from BlogHer11 as well! It was so much fun and it was great meeting so many different women with such a variety of blogs.

    I did get put in Twitter Jail this weekend though after live-tweeting during one of the panels haha. Glad to see you had so much fun.

  • beachcitylifestyle

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    You look gorgeous in all the pics. I’m going to try and go next year. Is it really supposed to be in NYC? I wish we had some blogger things all to yourselves on the west coast. Teri

  • beachcitylifestyle

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    ourselves, I meant to write. Teri

  • modanista junkie

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like you had a blast!!! Love all the fun photos, and your sequins dress is PHENOM!!!!

    xoxo,
    Mel

  • drollgirl

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    wow wow WOW! so glad you enjoyed yourself on this whirlwind trip! whee!

  • BA @HeirtoBlair

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Loved your face so hard. It was WONDERFUL to hang with you & your sparkles.

  • Kris

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like great fun. I hope I get to go when it’s here in NY!

  • BlueVanilla

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    Awesome awesome photos! Love all your different outfits! Gorgeous!
    xx

    Hot Pink Day
    Shop Blue Vanilla

  • Behind the Lashes

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    I came out of my blogging hiatus to comment here haha. First you definitely 100% are a celebrity, especially in that navy dress you look like a movie star! Gorgeous Maegan. Next, I’m so jealous of all the fun it looks like you guys had ha. I’m dying to be social with other bloggers. Last, if the show comes to NYC next year I hope you do consider going. I would make the trip up to the city just to meet you. You are one of my blogging inspirations.
    <3 Heather

  • Keelie Sheridan

    August 8, 2011 | Reply

    A) I would like to play dressup in your closet.

    B) As a NYer, your mention that BlogHer might be in NYC next year has me SOOO excited! A year’s a long time to talk yourself into a flight… Hope to see you there!

  • Natalya's Closet

    August 9, 2011 | Reply

    WOW! What an amazing post!!! Looks like a fabulous time!! Gorgeous pics!! XOXO, http://www.NatalyasCloset.com

  • LOVEVAS

    August 9, 2011 | Reply

    your blue sequence dress look phenomenal! the views look awesome! looks like you guys had a great time!

  • Katie

    August 9, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, that pool looks like a dream, and I’m loving that sequined dress! Fabulous! xo

  • Molly

    August 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hi there! It was so nice to meet you at CheeseburgHer :) I’m all subscribed to your blog now, and am totally looking forward to your posts!

  • Anonymous

    August 9, 2011 | Reply

    Meagan,

    Did you hear that a San Diego police officer, a Marine who had done three tours in the Middle East, was shot and killed in the line of duty while you were picking up goodie bags at the BlogHer conference in SD?

    Guess you could care less since you can’t stand America and can’t stand the LAPD since you posted such a gorgeous picture of yourself flipping them off not so long ago.

  • Anna Saccone

    August 9, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, you look amazing in every shot! I love your sparkly dress, navy blue looks so good on you! And your hair is so stunning – jealous! <3

  • Anonymous

    August 9, 2011 | Reply

    Want that dresss! LOVELOVELOVE it.

    http://www.flauntthelove.blogspot

    Spread the love:)

  • clarity enhanced diamonds

    August 9, 2011 | Reply

    Love your photos….and love your dress.

  • Jenny

    August 9, 2011 | Reply

    My GOD you looked gorgeous in that navy sequin dress! You should probably wear it once a week.

  • Kinsey Michaels

    August 9, 2011 | Reply

    love your little recap of blogher maegan!!! i went last year in NYC and was hoping to go this year, and this just so happens to be the first recap of the event that i’ve read.
    your dress for sparklecorn – amazing! sounds like this was a pretty fun party.
    also, very head over heels for your pics of SD. my heart has a special place for that city, as it was my home for a year :)

  • Melanie

    August 10, 2011 | Reply

    What a GREAT post!! I always love all your outfits and pics!! xoxo

  • JJ

    August 11, 2011 | Reply

    I am fairly new to your blog–so I was excited to see that you were going to BlogHer-I was only there for bits and pieces this year. I saw you right as I was leaving CheeseburgHer–glad you had a great time!

  • Katie

    August 11, 2011 | Reply

    Wow – it looks like you had such a wonderful time! I am so sad that I wasn’t able to swing a trip to CA to attend this year…I’m hoping for next year though!

    And I love seeing that your hubby tagged along with you (and I feel relief) – I know that whenever I do travel, my husband usually accompanies me, and he probably will be in tow next year for BlogHer12! He’s a good sport.

  • Trina

    August 11, 2011 | Reply

    You take amazing pictures! I was at Blog Her also (first time!) and was incredibly inspired & can’t wait until next year. I met so many amazing women.

    What camera/lens do you use for these pics?

  • Liesl

    August 12, 2011 | Reply

    Loving the Pan Am bit of your post! I got to play one similar to the ladies of Pan Am on “Mad Men” this past season and my mother was a stewardess for Pan Am in the late 60′s when it was in its height…love it! She will be watching it on ABC, as will I! :)

    Liesl :)

  • Jessi

    August 13, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, what an awesome experience! Maybe someday I’ll get to attend a BlogHer… which means I should probably give a li’l mo’ love to my corner of the blogosphere ;)
    xoxo J

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