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I’ve been to so many fun and amazing events as a blogger, and I think I’m extra protective of them because of a) my responsibilities as a community manager to Bubbles & Bloggers and b) because the hostesses are often good friends of mine who worked hard to get all the details just perfect for the attendees.

This is not going to be a nicey-nice “everyone should do what makes them happy and be friends and live their life” post. No. That is me 90% of the time, at least on my blog. Today’s post might ruffle feathers and tick people off, but I honestly don’t think it should. Some of these issues to me, are common sense. But either ladies need a refresher or, if you’re newer to the blogging community, you may not know. There has just been a lot of foolishness that I need to address.

 

  • Respect the RSVP- If the event calls for an RSVP, do so in a timely manner and stick to it. If you can’t make it because you have an emergency, let the hostess know- and before the event, not after! Life happens, I get that, but food, beverages, gift bags, etc. are organized around a headcount. Certainly don’t RSVP to an event that you know you won’t be able to attend- seriously- what is that all about?
  • Guests- sometimes, it’s OK to invite a guest. Just make sure to ask the hostess if you’re not sure, and let her know who is coming with you. Once at the event, be sure to introduce your guest to the hostess. If a blogger invites you to an event, don’t be stuck to her side all night. Branch out and talk to people you don’t know! Only bring your boyfriend if he agrees to shoot photos of everyone all night. JK but seriously.
  • Respect others’ time- There was a situation at one of our events where we had transportation. Because of one person not respecting time limits, we got back to DC late and we were charged a fee for that. It wasn’t much, but it’s the principle of the thing and everyone had to come out of pocket for more money, at the expense of one. We’re all adults, be where you need to be, when you need to be there. Living in DC, again, it’s understandable that life happens and you might not make it to an event on time. Try to get in touch with the hostess about your late arrival in case there’s some sort of presentation (which sometimes happens at blogging events- panels, brand presentations, etc.) so that people aren’t waiting around for you if you’re supposed to be there.
  • Respect others in general- If the panelist is talking, you aren’t. We learned this in kindergarten. One of my first blogging events a few years ago, a couple of ladies got rip-roaring drunk and literally talked through the whole thing. Not a good look. I don’t remember their blogs or anything about them besides the fact that they were rude. On the flip side, if it is a social event, be polite, make connections, and talk to someone you maybe haven’t before. It’s OK to be shy at these things (I know I used to be), but if you’re not and notice someone who is, reach out and help them! Thanks Bree for being this person for me at my first Blogger Scene! There is a difference between being shy and being rude, and I think at this point we can all see the difference. If someone looks like they are lingering and not talking to anyone, invite them so your convo a la sorority recruitment style. Say “Hey so and so, Caroline and I were just talking about THIS!” And they are instantly involved.
  • Gift bags- OK so this is a new one for me. But I’ve heard of girls asking for the hostess to send them gift bags for a an event that they did not attend. Huh? Gift bags are a way to say, “thank you for coming to my event! Here’s a reminder of some of the awesome sponsors who helped me put this together for you!” Asking a hostess to send you a gift bag (at the cost of the hostess) is like saying, “sorry I was too busy to come to your event, but can I have a present anyway?” 
  • While we’re on the subject of sponsors- I realize that blogging is a business and a lot of networking. But I actually had someone ask me one time if a sponsor from an event could sponsor theirs. I didn’t really know this individual very well, and was kind of taken aback that she just wanted the contact info from a brand I have a real relationship with to get free stuff. If you really want a contact, request tactfully and respectfully.
  • To end on a positive- network network network. I’ve made some of my absolute best friends from blogging, and have had really interesting opportunities thrown my way because of it. Don’t be afraid to go to as many events as you can handle (even across different networks) and meet as many people as you can. Don’t be afraid to give out your cards, or an immediate Instagram follow (the modern business card). Don’t be afraid to follow up with someone you had a connection with for a one on one date. You’ll make friends, learn, and grow as a person!

 

 

Annnnnd hopefully I’m not hated after publishing this post. I’d love your feedback!

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TGIF

Happy Friday!

By the time this post goes live, I will be in Mississippi, probably still asleep because it’s a long drive and we’re driving it. The plan is to see some of Kendall’s family then head to Louisiana to spend time with his sister, her fiance, and the cutest nephew a girl could ask for. I’ll be flying back Monday, and a month later, he comes home to me.

This past Tuesday, some of the Bubbles & Bloggers girls met up to try out Oz Restaurant & Bar. I have a confession: I wanted to try it because the owner is Ashley Darby of Real Housewives of Potomac. Not only was the food tasty (seriously- I’d go back for just the biscuits) and the rose champs flowing, but we actually got to meet Ashley. She’s super sweet and a totally gracious host. Oz is def worth checking out- especially for their Happy Hour!

This week on The CaroLøve:

I love when big business acts responsibly. Good on Adidas for getting serious about making sneakers from ocean waste.

Kevin Lyman, the creator of Warped Tour, is one of my favorite people ever. And I couldn’t agree more with his 10 festival commandments. You don’t have to take my word for it, but this dude knows what he’s talking about.

Never stop creating. This guy is a 79-year-old child at heart, and he’s created the first electricity-free amusement park in the world, complete with roller coasters.

I found a dance studio in Friendship Heights that does beginner hip-hop for adults. I’m not totally a beginner, but I haven’t danced in years. Anyone want to hit up District Groove with me?

I’m a total sunglasses hoarder, and thanks to Sofie, I have a good idea of what I actually need to be looking for as I stockpile them.

I simply love love love love this outfit from Style Unsettled.

It’s almost a year old but how amazing does this recipe from Sweet Sundays for Earl Grey Truffles sound?

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget to follow my travels on Instagram!

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TGI freaking F. This has been a long, strange week and I’m glad I’m about to say good riddance. As for my plans this weekend? Maybe hanging out with Roxanne and her cats on Sunday- but other than that, I’m free and couldn’t be happier.

I Believe In Unicorns Personal, A5 and Pocket Size Planner Dashboards

This week on The CaroLøve:

In a brilliant flash of marketing by Starbucks, a gross frapp was born. I am not about to order a $10 Slurpee that somehow mixes mango + sour blueberry (???), even for the ‘gram. However, I have to say this freaking adorable photo shoot makes the obnoxious beverage worth it.

I’m so down to try lemon juice + apple cider vinegar in addition to my daily probiotic thanks to Alissa’s post.

In my morning perusal of Facebook yesterday, I discovered Lake In Wood Camping Resort. This awesome spot in Pennsylvania has all these little themed places to stay, along with traditional campsites. I’d love to stay in the Caboose Rental myself!

Do you enjoy small fluffly bundles of love? If you’re not already following Kitten Lady Hannah Shaw (kittenxlady on Instagram), now would be a good time to start. She just rescued the cutest baby from Puru… I was holding my breath for them to make it back safe and sound. I’m so in awe- this woman was on vacation and literally saved a little life! How amazing is that?

ICYMI- I’m going to be in a fashion show May 4th! This event is hosted by female business owners uniting together to empower more women in the workforce by donating proceeds, including ticket sales, to Suited for Change. Suited for Change is the leading area nonprofit providing professional attire, mentoring, and job-readiness skills to women seeking financial independence. You can get your tickets here!

Have a good weekend!

KissMe April 2017

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Happy Easter weekend, y’all. Anyone have off today? Not I, said the fly. But this weekend should be awesome! I’m going to a Blog Societies meetup for my first ever SoulCycle class at the at the 14th St. location in  DC tomorrow.

Sunday Kendall and + are going to Easter service + brunch at Filomena with my dad. Easter service is always one of my favorites, and always a nice reset button for me as a Christian. Praying for sunny skies so that we can properly enjoy our Georgetown day. BTW- Easter is a special time for Kendall and I because that’s when we made things “official” last year. His brave self came home to meet the parents (and aunts and uncles and cousins… and my mom’s yoga instructor) for Easter service and brunch.

Psalm 18:33 Bible Verse Art

This week on The CaroLøve:

A huge thanks again to Dani for making me her #wcw this week!

I am super tardy to the party about seeing Beauty and the Beast because honestly I just don’t care all that much, but how adorable/ gorgeous/ perfect is Kristen’s Belle shoot?

I’ve gotten really into American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story on Amazon. Call me crazy but I actually find the man inspiring. Did you know he started the magazine because he didn’t think men had a substantial magazine for themselves? The girls were almost a bit of an afterthought. He also played a part in the Civil Rights Movement.

I cannot stop listening to two songs right now: Julia Michaels – Issues + For King & Country – Priceless.

I woke up to a an article in a group chat that really struck a chord with me. I don’t think anyone should try to put themselves in a fashion box- even the stereotypical ever-fashionable French. (Even if my current casual Friday situation is French-casual inspired- black skinny jeans, black flats, and this striped top– now on sale for $9!)

Enjoy your weekend!

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TGIF

Happy Friday, my loves! I am a little bit giddy because today marks exactly one year until I get to marry my best friend! WOOHOO! This weekend, I’m going to Morton’s with my parents to celebrate their anniversary/ my mom’s birthday (both April 9th!) and then heading out to Laytonsville so I can go to Palm Sunday service with my mom.

April Showers Bring May Flowers Print

This week on The CaroLøve:

I’ve seen a lot of cute Easter egg decor in my life, but these animal friend eggs from Lauren Conrad take the cake.

I come across a lot of cute outfits in my blog perusal and this one from Emily is of my current favorites. (Goes with the theme of April showers!)

Erin was one of the first blogs I started following. Do me a favorite and take her quick survey, pretty please!

Do you know who Dianne Bruce is? You should. She should write a book so I can study how to be just like her when I’m an adult. I would also like her to run in 2020.

I heard about Jen Glantz a little while back- she’s litterally a professional bridesmaid. And here she dispels the myth of being able to re-wear bridesmaid dresses. For the record- I thew one out (it had holes in it after one wear), cut one to wear to another wedding, wore one to another wedding unaltered, and one is hanging in my closet while I figure out if I can ever wear it again.

While sometimes tempting, I don’t think I could ever stick to wearing just one outfit every day to work.

Have a great weekend! What are your plans?

Daily Deals

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