BlogHer 2015: FsFTB in the Big Apple

I’m taking the weekend off from wedding planning and spending it at my first ever blog conference, BlogHer 2015 in NYC, which has been inspiring. I was surprised to find they’d chosen my wedding colors as the conference palette. ¬†ūüôā

It’s a conference packed with smart, engaged, and vibrant women, and I’ve been moved to tears by excellent writing and powerful commitment more than once.¬†And¬†don’t tell Steve, but I met some nice fellas at the Expo…

It’s a bit overwhelming—so many people to meet, so much to learn, so much swag. It was kind of cool at the Stylecaster community party to get to personalize my own conference bag with a screen print of¬†a leafy plant wearing glasses.¬† I’m a nature nerd, okay?

I’m still trying to figure out Twitter, as I feel a bit¬†old-fashioned without more social media savvy in this context.

I was most impressed by a keynote featuring Girl Scout CEO Ana Maria Chavez and two Girl Scouts.  One young woman, Monique, a former Girl Scout who is now a junior in college, really impressed me with her confidence and no-nonsense advice.

“Your voice is free,” she said. “Use it.”

Amen, sister.


Steve and I also wandered a bit in the city, particularly enjoying the High Line, a park created on what’s left of a former el-train that once ran¬†through¬†the city.¬†¬†It was a weirdly beautiful day for July in the city–sunny, with a light breeze, and low humidity. The park was unique and impressive—great views, innovative architecture,¬†and attention to local plantings.

And it’s funny how there always seem to be reminders of love anywhere we go, even in schoolyard artwork and a community Lego build….

What can I say? Love is the answer, and I ♥ NY!