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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

I can’t believe June is halfway gone- where has this entire year been going!? Kendall will be home within 48 hours and I cannot wait until we are back in our little routine! Speaking of- so sorry my TGIFs have naht been happening. I’m the craziest I think I have ever been at work and my energy is zapped. I’ll try to be better because I love sharing links with you!

June 2017 Calendar Printable

This week on The CaroLøve

Happy Father’s Day to all the papas out there! I’ll be going home to see mine on Sunday, but next year, I’m hoping that Brunch on the Baselines happens again because I would LOVE to take Daddy D! Thanks to Angelica for sharing!

Didya hear the news?!? Bubbles & Bloggers is now on Twitter! Check us out and connect with us there! We’ll be sharing member posts + fun updates!

If you’ve been following me since Little Bitty City One, you may remember that I had a couple of roommates and a catmate who I absolutely adored. Meghann is now taking in fosters and you can follow their adventures on kittersofgeorgetown!

Sophie of Rosé Media weighed in on First Lady Melania Trump’s Instagram- why it’s so bad and how to avoid the same mistakes.

On a serious note, you may have already heard about the local woman who was bitten by a snake in her own home. Christie is actually my manager for my yoga studio job, and not that anyone deserves to be bitten by a snake in their own home, but she really didn’t. Please keep her in your thoughts as she recovers.

Have a wonderful weekend! Have fun and make good choices!

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TGIF

This has been kind of a rough week. I hate that I’m not one of those girls who has trouble sleeping when her significant other is away but here we are. I’ve cranky, sad, sleepy, and it’s HOT OUT so I just have felt pretty off.

I’m going to Laytonsville this weekend (and probably every weekend for the next month) to get some time with my parents. Tomorrow is Joe’s Ride, so hopefully the weather will be nice for the Olney community to gather and remember the kids we have lost as a big family- including my sister. Joe’s family and my family did swim team together, but I always see many, many other familiar faces at this great event. Every year, rain is predicted, and every year, it holds off at least for the morning. #fingerscrossed

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This week on The CaroLøve

I’m welcoming a new partner this week to The CaroLøve! Coconut Lane is a great accessories site out of London Made for girl bosses, dreamers & believers. As a Coconut Queen, I get to offer all my readers 20% off their already affordable products with the code thecarolove20.

The love of novelty bags continues infinitely, but I recently found this adorable milk box, a cassette tape clutch, and a strawberry to go with all the fruits from my post earlier this week.

Kendall and I are pluggin’ along on wedding plans. Photographer + videographer officially booked! (A huge thank you to my parents for helping us with not only this but pretty much everything about our big day!) Can’t wait to have Darrell + Kristin McDavid and Adam Green document our wedding!

Ellen Bryan with the WUSA 9 team in D.C. is such a total sweetheart. Completely teared up reading about how Bubbles & Bloggers inspired her!

Sometimes I features my friends and sometimes they feature me! Check me out over on the Dirty Hippy Swag blog!

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

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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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Sarah of District Damsel was there the day that Bubbles & Bloggers was born. We got closer when a few of us had a girls’ night that started at her apartment, and she became on of my best friends the day we got up at the crack of dawn to shoot fall clothes in 90 degree weather for Whistle & Wild. Over champagne, in her rooftop pool, we traded crazy college (and post-college) stories, compared our seemingly equally fabulous grandmothers, talked fantasy future weddings, and then split a veggie pizza. It was the perfect Saturday afternoon.

I also think she has the coolest job with Streetsense, and even though she’s slightly younger than I am, I truly look up to her. Her style is definitely more daring than mine (I can’t do plunging necklines, no matter how many times Kendall tells me I might be able to) but I totally dig how she can make budget pieces look like a zillion bucks.

photo by Dave Mentzer

10 songs for a perfect sound track

I don’t know how well these truly mesh together, but I will never tire of these songs!

Closer – The Chainsmokers

Wasted – Tiesto

Beautiful Smile – The Afters

Sorry – Justin Bieber

Body Language – Jesse McCartney (wow, I am a basic bitch)

Clarity – Zedd

Single For The Summer – Sam Hunt

Any of the hour long mixes by Kap Slap (It’s my favorite running music ever!)

Takeoffs and Landings – The Ataris

Papercuts – ILLY

9 words to describe you

Dog-lover, polite, outgoing, foodie, shopaholic, strong-willed, sassy, creative, and fashion-forward

photo by Dave Mentzer

8 reasons that you love your life

All of the people in my life who support and believe in me

That I live in a country where I have freedom to express myself without consequences

The recent “women supporting women” movement that I’ve been lucky enough to witness firsthand

I’m employed by a creative company whose work I feel a strong sense of pride about (and that lets me wear whatever I want to work!)

I’m dating and living with my best friend

I can support myself financially enough to live an urban lifestyle

Dogs and their unconditional love exist

7 essentials in your closet

Bodysuits, Converse sneakers, my moto jeans from Top Shop, black Steve Madden OTK boots, ankle strap heels from Lulus, an absurd fur vest from H&M, and my (p)leather skater skirt from ASOS

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

The manfriend, puppies, urban life, chips & salsa, cheese, and family

5 people who have impacted your life

My parents, my blog squad, the manfriend, my business frat Pi Sigma Epsilon, and my colleagues at Streetsense (that’s like 500 people, but you get the idea!)

4 places you’d like to visit

Charleston, SC, Dubai, anywhere in Italy (I’ve been to certain parts before, but would go back in a heartbeat!), and Thailand

3 unpopular opinions you have

I’m a vegetarian, so meat-lovers tend to think I’m crazy! This might depend on who you ask, but I believe that dogs are better than cats (although kitties are growing on me.) I truly don’t get the hype about Snap Chat – maybe because I’m terrible at taking selfies?

photo by Dennis Turbeville

2 things that scare you

Not making an impact on the world and losing a loved one.

1 quote to live by

“Be the person your dog things you are.” I’M A CRAZY DOG LADY AND I DON’T EVEN HAVE MY OWN DOG!

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