Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chictopia 10 Conference and After Party!

Saturday was such a great day filled with a little lunch with some bloggers, the Chictopia10 conference and the Chictopia 10 after party! We woke up, got ready and headed out to the streets of Chinatown to navigate our way to a bakery! We were like.. eyeing cabs watching them pass and I was like, alright small town girl, you get out there.. and I hailed my first NYC cab! Go Tieka! We got to the bakery and there was a two hour wait, so we ended up down the street at Frankie's. Very cute place! Afterwards, Nickie from Wild as a Mink directed us to an amazing candy shop! Of course, I got my fix of swedish fish. Then, we got more cabs to head to the conference! Andrea was kind enough to take photos of everyone. Thanks, girl!

(floral zip top, cardigan and belt - urban outfitters | tights - courtesy of modcloth)
wedge boots - forever 21 | skirt - delightful dozen swap with delightfully tacky)
(check the facebook page for the side-by-side photo of this skirt!)

The conference brought about mixed feelings for me! On one hand, it was amazing because it brought all of my favorite bloggers to the same city to meet and talk about fashion, see each other in real life, network and have a total blast. I loved listening to the speakers, was so excited to have people approach me to tell me they read my blog and love it and to see so many girls that I adore. I was so excited to meet some girls who already felt like my friends, like Emily and Jasmine. It was so great to see them. I sat behind Jane Aldridge from Sea of Shoes and although I was like.. I'd be such a dork if I said hi, she smiled at me and seemed so sweet! Keiko from Keiko Lynn also smiled and waved at me and I was like.. me?! You're smiling and waving at me?! I was so excited! Haha! On the other hand, the conference was a mess. The set-up was awful until they moved the chairs around finally, they had major issues with the audio and shortened everyone's eardrum's life by at least a year, everything was disorganized, it was freezing in there and I didn't get to network or learn as much as I would have liked. I felt like it was pointed more towards brands approaching bloggers, but a lot of bloggers were the ones in attendance! I would have liked to learn more about blogging and how to better approach my blog. I did learn a few things.. but I would have liked to have gotten more out of it. Hopefully next year! I'm definitely going to go to the IFB's event next year. I heard great things about it. I'm super sad I missed out!

After the conference, we headed back to the hotel to sit around and relax for a few minutes. I got a minute to talk to Brett.. and I honestly missed him so much this weekend. Next fall when I go back for fashion week, he's definitely coming with me. He can scour the city for sweet vinyl while I'm a girl. I really don't like the fact that I experienced something so great without him. I mean, girl's night obviously I wanted on my own.. but I would have really liked to head back to the hotel, lay next to him and bed and tell him everything. All of the good and the bad. And he won't judge me, not even for a second. I typed out a long list of "grr's" from the weekend, but I slowly clicked delete backwards. This blog is to remember the great times and I honestly did have a great time. The after party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel was alright! The hotel was gorgeous.. very high-class fancy pants! I loved so much meeting Annie from Time Enough for Drums. At the conference, we were eating these powdered pastries and giggling and blowing powdered sugar everywhere. She was so amazing!

I met these girls earlier at brunch which was great! Everyone is seriously so much prettier in real life.. I mean they're all gorgeous in their photos, but in real life I was honestly just like.. wow. I'm surrounded by such classic beauties! I was so excited to get photos with all of my favorites bloggers who I read all of the time and feel like I know already! Christina from Second Skin, Mel from Idee Geniale and Emily from The Daily Fashionista. Loved these girls. Seriously so sweet too, all of them. I wish we had more time to talk. The music was so loud in there!

It was amazing because I already got a chance to hang out with and get to know Kim (and Melissa!) from Crowded Closet from Friday night. Such fantastic girls. They looked flawless and they have the sweetest personalities!

And JASMINE from Transient Withdrawal! Gosh, I love this girl. She is seriously so freaking sweet. Her and Robert were dancing on the dance floor and I was cracking up because it was the cutest thing in the world. I got to know Jasmine quite well through blogging, even shared some snail mail with her and felt such a personal connection meeting her. It was so amazing how she won the grand prize of the Chictopia10 contest and got a chance to see NY and snow for the first time! Amazing. Love this girl.

Now it's back to the daily boring ol' posts here in cold little ol' Michigan! And I'm actually really excited. I feel like I have a newfound love for my little life here. New York was great, but too busy for me and smelly. Of course, we were in Chinatown. "We have bedbug spray for sell" signs and I'm surprised I didn't see chopped chicken heads hanging from the awnings. Barf! I'd much prefer walking the sidewalks of Grand Haven with the scent of beach town air, a vanilla/chocolate twist in hand with ballet flats and warm wind with the sound of boats and waves and perfection. That's my life! And I couldn't be more content. Glad to be home!

currently playing:
the postal service - brand new colony
(#20 on the selective potential mix)

84 comments:

  1. Love hearing your take on everything Tieka! I'm living vicariously through you!! LOVE your florals and stripes! :)

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  2. Yay! You're so far ahead of me. I'm still posting about Friday!

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  3. This was so much fun to read! I love that you posted everything about your trip. Sounds like you had a great time. Love the boots!

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  4. Thank you for sharing Tieka! I'm a huge fan of your blog. You are gorgeous and such an inspiration! I'm glad you had a fun time in NY :)

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  5. Great review! So many bloggers in town and so hard to meet all of them.

    Would be great if there could be an organized mega conference instead of so many options with really solid panels.

    Even at IFB, some of the big questions (how do bloggers make money, what to charge, etc) were dodged.

    We all need to join forces!

    It was great to meet you and want to see you on your next trip!

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  6. this is such a sweet post. it is always wonderful when you are reminded of how much you love your own home and life. sounds like a crazy weekend but lots of fun. love your outfit. you are adorable and is always nice to hear people have so many positive things to say about those around them! xx

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  7. oh wow looks like SUCH a fab time. must have been so amazing to finally meet all these bloggers and i'm so glad you hailed your first cab! hehe

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  8. Hi Tieka! It was so great meeting you this weekend! I wish we got to talk and hang out more, maybe next time! I'm glad you had fun and i do hope next time they work out the kinks with the set-up. and i totally agree about how branding was talked about a bit much, i wanted to learn more about blogging! anyways, you seem like a really cool girl so i really hope to see you again sometime! :]

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  9. i was actually going to buy these shoes and slept on it last night....sadness, now they are sold out!

    i am so with you about the conference. hopefully, it will be much better next year!

    ~pemora

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  10. You look SO cute! I love your style. You inspire me to try new things and be bold... I feel like I can't pull off such awesome stuff like you do, but I will try! =)

    Thanks

    Kelsea

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  11. Your outfit is adorable and so are all of these pictures!
    I feel the same way about NYC. I can only take it for a day or two, then I really start to miss my little shoreline town.

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  12. Your outfit is beautiful, and it looks like you had an amazing time!

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  13. I love you were so honest about your experiences. I always feel the same way about NYC after leaving as well. It's supposed to be this amazing dreamlike place but it is so hectic and dirty. I don't know how people live there! It sort of makes my head spin.

    I watch some of the stream of IFB yesterday and it was definitely some very good insight. You may be able to find the archive somewhere on here.

    I suppose Chictopia is funded by advertisers so that makes sense for the conference?

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  14. I love how you mixed the prints in your outfit. The florals and stripes are awesome! I'm soooo jealous of ya'lls awesome time in NYC! All of you lovely bloggers are posting all of the pictures of the fabulousness of your fashion week extravaganza! :) Awesomeeee! P.s. thanks for the tip on creating the flickr group for the clothing swap! Do you have a link to the Delightful Dozen one that I can take a look at and try to see how exactly you do it? I've never really done things through flickr. Anywho, thanksssss! :)

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  15. found your blog through chictopia, love your top/skirt combo. glad you had a wonderful time!

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  16. I'm sorry that you seemed disappointed with the conference as a whole but at least you were able to meet some of the ladies in person. That's awesome! : )

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  17. i love reading your posts. they're so in depth and interesting! i really like the mix of patterns (florals always get me) and your makeup too! not that you need it, but it looks really really pretty.

    sorry to hear the conference wasn't like you hoped, but hopefully 2nd times the charm?

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  18. I know how you feel as far as New York goes. I love my small town!

    This is unrelated, but I was on a forum the other day and someone posted some pictures from their friend's Christmas party, and you were in them! It just made me think, what a small world!

    :)

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  19. Hey there! I was at IFB with my friends from Market Publique. I wish you were there! It was a bit more intimate and they covered some good stuff. I feel the same way about NYC, if you can't afford the awesome neighborhods it can be pretty gritty. I'm there quite a bit, but I miss lil' ole Annapolis when I'm there. Sometimes I feel like a total country bumpkin! Anyhoo, maybe I'll see you next year. Ps you looked gorgeous in all of your photos!!

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  20. I'm so happy and excited for you that you got to experience New York...I love living here!

    You look gorgeous as usual :)

    xo
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  21. you look so lovely, tieka. :) just darling! aahh, i love keiko!

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  22. I love this outfit and I'm really, really enjoying your hair. It looks so cute on you.

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  23. Remember when you gave me the crappy yellow swedish fish?! hehe. I miss you and the dirty chinatown streets. I can't wait to go back to NYC and maybe perhaps stay somewhere else hahaha

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  24. You look so gorgeous in New York. You look so fitting there. I love your floral and striped combination. I would miss my honey too, if he didn't come with me. Perhaps next year, I'll be able to go to the Chictopia event, and join in on all the fun.

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  25. You look amazing, and it sounds like you had a wonderful time. I'm so happy you go to go!

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  26. I definitely agree with your assessment of the Chictopia conference. I understand it was their first year, and maybe didn't expect the attendance they got, but really a long narrow art gallery? Very impractical choice. Although I think I did pretty well with the networking part.. Not gonna lie it's pretty stressful to have to sell myself to people, and be on my A game the whole time, but I think it was worth it. And of course you were even sweeter in person, I just wish we could've chatted more! Next year ;)

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  27. I love the pattern mixing you have going on here!

    I'm glad that you got to have the experience and to meet so many awesome style bloggers.

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  28. Cool post! Good job giving a nuanced perspective.

    I feel the same way about NYC. I've been. But I prefer Kansas.

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  29. im glad you had a grand time in NY! the conference booboo is sad though.

    jealous that you got to meet some fantastic bloggers!

    you look great pairing that floral top with a striped skirt. it works!

    do send me some love over at deathbyplatforms.blogspot.com

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  30. thank you for your honesty here Teika. I've adored the photos from every other blogger who went, but you are one of the few who did discuss just how insane it all was.

    you guys do all look great, love your boots!

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  31. You look gorgeous in these photos! I love those prints together!

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  32. love the mixing of the prints outfit on you!! looks like you guys had a great time!!!

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  33. I'm totally bummed to hear the conference was a whomp whomp, as seems to be the generally consensus of what I've read today. But it's cool that everyone got to meet and hang out and such! And you look so cute! I saw the little side-by-side delightfully tacky thing on facebook and you guys both look awesome but TOTALLY different, which is neat :).

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  34. It's inspiring to hear about your contentment in Michigan. After spending 5+ years in West Michigan, I was certain I was ready to move on. To live somewhere else to have new experiences and be exposed to new opportunities.

    Though I still think I might want to live somewhere else, even for a short while, I've learned that you have to be happy with where you are. Otherwise, you won't be happy anywhere.

    Have to keep reminding myself that the grass ISN'T always greener on the other side.

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  35. I love the comment above me!

    I'm really glad you had a great time in NY i wish i could meet you some day, you're so darling, not only by the look but by your personality too. I love the way you mix flowers+stripes! gonna try it with some things i have, and the boots i'm gonna get them for my bday and i already have inspiration!

    Thanks for sharing Tieka, keep the loveliness and say hi to Brett from me, he must have missed you a lot!

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  36. I love reading about your trip and you look adorable in your floral and strips combination!

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  37. Pretty pretty. Your hair especially!

    xx

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  38. I never noticed how much you and mel look alike! Looks like you gals had a great time!

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  39. Sounds like such a great time, and so inspiring to be around so many creative women!

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  40. I love the stripes with floral. You look great.

    Dani-Elle from,
    www.frivolousidlepleasures.blogspot.com

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  41. Ahhh...ChinaTown had it's own charm didn't it. Thank god we didn't go in the summer. That fish smell would've been tenfold! Ick!!! Anyways fabulous post as always:)

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  42. Argh! I love your outfits so much! And I mentioned this before, but your hair is totally fascinating to me. I really think it looks beautiful but so unusual!

    Caroline of Red Glasses

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  43. Thank you for the wonderful recap. I've been living vicariously through your posts and the other blogger posts....what an amazing experience it must have been to not only be a part of the conference, but to be around so many great like minded people. :)

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  44. Liked reading your weekend re-caps. I especially like your honesty (I like that your blog is a positive space and all but there is no shame in truth) about the not-so-great parts. Lately I've been feeling like brands suddenly want to capitalize on blogs and while monetizing can be a rewarding mutual relationship for blogger and brand, it can also suck the joy out of a spontateous form of writing.
    Oh wow, I just got a little deep for a comment...oopsie!

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  45. Love your sidewalk portrait!

    Sounds like a crazy weekend - I'm glad you decided to remember the best parts rather than the worst!

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  46. I love when you write about Michigan! I felt the same way when I got back from my first trip to NY five years ago. My friends think I'm crazy for staying here, but I think the trials and tribulations are worth it. I love our state, and my boyfriend and I are making it work. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else, and it's refreshing to find someone with the same outlook. Thanks, Tieka!

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  47. glad you guys had fun and made it there & home okay! :) LOVE YOU!

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  48. I saw this link and thought of you: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-02-15-cities_N.htm

    Supposedly Grand Haven was just found to be the second happiest place in the whole country!

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  49. TIEKAAAAAAAAAAAAAA<3 saturday was AMAZING! i am so so so so SOOOO glad we got to see each other and chat! i love you even more than i did before! i loved your outfit that day--great pattern mixing definitely!

    we MUST meet again one day... :) hopefully soon!

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  50. Your pictures Turned out So beautifully! Andrea is truly gifted! I am so sad our time together was so crowded and loud! My few minutes talking with you was true proof and confirmation that yes absolutely we would be great friends! Oh Darn Time and space! I am just so happy I did get the opportunity to meet you though! At LEAST! You are so sweet and even more beautiful in person!

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  51. oh my god tieka! i'm so in love with your saturday outfit, the stripes with the floral are so fantastic together. looks like you had a lovely time despite the lack of organization at the conference. meeting all those bloggers and having people recognize you (just like you wanted!) must have been amazing. :)

    p.s. i LOVE brand new colony by the postal service :)

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  52. 'a long list of "grrs"' you are so cute!
    That's disappointing that the conference wasn't as good as it could have been, but it sounds like an amazing and worthwhile weekend anyway.

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  53. i love the dress, so pretty, I'm following you now.

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  54. Tikka,
    Thank you for your honest blog post! I am sorry I didn't get a chance to say hello to you at the conference. The sound system was definitely distracting - Chictopia's team's flight was delayed two days because of the storm the week before, so we did not have sufficient time to set up and test out the equipment. The idea of bringing brands into the mix was really to offer a different point of view. Many bloggers ask Chictopia how we monetize, and I invited many of our advertisers to discuss that with bloggers, to help guide you with your direction. I'm sorry it came off as an advertisement, but it was really meant to bridge the communication.
    I hope bringing the community together and giving everyone an opportunity to gather was a good take away at the least. We will definitely try to do better next year!

    Helen of Chictopia

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  55. Woo hoo! Looks like an absolute ball! I love how you kept the post positive but pointed out that it wasn't all it was cracked up to be in the photos. You are so down to earth Tieks, I love it!

    You look flawless in every photo. Totally living through you right now. :) Haha.
    Glad you're back though - more posts for me to read!

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  56. THis is why I love your blog! You're so not pretentious and just truly down to earth in your posts. You Michigander you! ha ha! I appreciate your honesty about NY. My impression of it was similar, I felt like everyone had a plan and they were in a hurry to get there. It definitely made me appreciate my little town too :)

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  57. I'm loving how you've mixed stripes and floral. They look so natural together on you.

    Sounds like you all had fun meeting each other. I'd be kinda intimidated, truthfully. I"m sure a lot of people you didn't recognize waved at you too!

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  58. I'm glad that you found some things to love about your trip :). Priceless memories and all the bad things will soon be forgotten!! That's always how it works!

    I felt the same way about the contrast of small town Michigan to NYC life. I live in NYC for 3 months during my internship and although I loved it... I felt SO good to be back in Michigan! It smelled better, it sounded better and it felt better. *home* is priceless :)

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  59. Florals and stipes! I love it - no surprise there :D

    Thanks so much for the comment, it really made my day! I love seeing how your blog has taken off. You deserve every bit of it. Your positive outlook always brightens my day. :)

    -Laura, http://owleyesblog.blogspot.com

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  60. Glad you had a great time. The pictures look so much fun. Welcome back to good ole Michigan. We miss it.

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  61. i LOVE the mixed prints! you totally made it work. looking lovely my dear.

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  62. Love hearing about what was good and bad. Thank you for keeping it real. I was sad I didn't get to make it to NY at all this time. I hope to in September. I love your look here. The skirt is so darling!

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  63. I love the way you put all these events inw ord sso much :) especially tzhe last paragraph about home made me feel so melancholic <3

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  64. I am in love with this outfit!

    every time I saw that skirt worn at Delightfully Tacky I pined for it.

    glad you had fun! I wish I had gotten to meet you all.

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  65. it looks like u had such a fab timee! great outfit btw!

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  66. Love the striped skirt.

    I'm glad you had fun. All the photos are amazing!

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  67. saw you at the conference but didn't get to say hi!!!! I thought your outfit was really cute though.


    btw I would LOVE it if you checked out my new blog!

    http://diyainherstilettos.blogspot.com/

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  68. Thanks for sharing your trip! It looks like you had so much fun, even with the little gripes. And I love your combination of flowers and stripes!

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  69. oh gosh! such a great blog, i love your style! <3

    i love the floral print-lace-stripes combo! :)

    following now!

    Tie Me a Bow

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  70. Love those wedges. Wish we could have talked more.

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  71. You may be a small town girl, but you totally look like you belong at fashion week and in NYC! You looked amazing all weekend!

    I am so sad that I couldn't be there and meet everyone, but I have had the best time catching up on everyone's NYFW posts!!! Here's to meeting you all in the fall! :)

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  72. i love the pictures!!!! it looks like you had fun meeting so many bloggers!!! i wish i could have gone too! :D

    you look amazing in this pattern on pattern ensemble!!! gorgeous look! :D

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  73. That is IT.
    1. I have to get lace tights.
    2. I'm determined to get up to NY one day to meet everyone! Can y'all do another reunion in the fall? And can I crash it?
    :0)

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  74. loved reading this, im a little far away to have even thought about going to the conference :( but i would have LOVED to go...you looked stunning in all your outfits in NY :)

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  75. Ok, I seriously loved reading this post. I had dinner with Emily last night and she told me all about how terrible the conference was as well! That's such a bummer but that's still really amazing that you got to meet so many amazing girls.

    And when I went to NYC.. I cannot tell you how much I missed Pat! I had a great time and all, but when people asked why I sounded like it as just OK, it's because he wasn't there with me! And maybe you feel the same way but I feel like maybe people who don't have what we have judge me, like I can't do anything without him.. and I can, but everything is just so much more fun with him there! Whew, probably should have sent this as an email.. but I totally get what you were feeling! Ok, done, love you Tieka :)

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  76. Oh my gosh I love these photos!! You look amazing!! Though I'm so sad to hear that the conference wasn't all it was cracked up to be... sad for you :(

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  77. You girls are so wonderful, glad to hear you had a good time!

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  78. I'm glad you had an overall great time! It seems to be unanimous that the conference was not good...too bad! I'm curious to know the other grr moments you had though, just in case I decide to attend next year...haha.
    Oh and, I don't think I've ever mentioned this before but I LOVE your hair, it's so unique!
    -flattery

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  79. i was at chictopia10! i wish i could have met you! your blog is so inspirational!

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  80. I had been debating about whether or not to buy those wedge boots after i did a post about them. after i saw how fantastic they looked on you, i ran right to the forever 21 website. unfortunately they were already sold out!! but they look incredible on you!

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  81. lol. uh. "i'm surprised i didn't see chopped chicken heads hanging from the awnings. barf!" ??? i know that you're not trying to be mean or anything, but this sentence kind of rubbed me the wrong way. chinatown is awesome. don't hate!

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  82. Looks like you had a fab time & you looked great! Shame the conference wasn't up to scratch but i'm sure you'll get to go back next year when it will have hopefully improved! :D

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