Putting the Eek in Weekend

You know when you go to a party and you're thinking "Oh man, is so-and-so going to be there? Because I was totally wearing this dress the last time I saw her, and now she's going to think I don't have any other clothes." Well, it occurred to me midway through BlogHer why so many people go on pre-conference shopping sprees beforehand: the Internet has seen your cutest outfits already, silly. "Oh, I remember when you got those shoes!" trilled Susan on Wednesday. "Ooh, it's the Diane!" said a handful of people on Friday night.  Hello, my name is Holly and I have a few favorite wardrobe staples I rely on in socially awkward situations. Collect them all!

So BlogHer was a lot of fun, although I certainly did have an advantage living in the city it was held; say what you will about the glamour of shacking up in a hotel, but there's just something about sleeping in your own bed that makes a potentially overwhelming experience that little bit less daunting, don't you think? Of course, you do also get to use your own hair dryer too, and I'm thinking anyone who's ever used a hotel hair dryer before a public event can testify as to the importance of that one. Huge difference, I'm telling you. In fact, a hearty congrats to all of you; your hair looked fabulous, and under the direst of conditions too. Gold stars all around! Give yourselves a pat on the back!

Sean was there---keeping Laid-Off Dad, Bill Braine, and Simon company in the Yup, We're Chaps, What Of It? department---and he seemed to have a pretty good time too. But then again, who wouldn't have a good time surrounded by a thousand members of the opposite sex, especially a thousand members of the opposite sex talking about things you're interested in? (Um, cameras and the Internet, I mean, not lipgloss and the proximity of H&M. Though don't get me wrong, we totally talked about those things too. I've never been prouder than when three people pulled out their Cover Girl Lipslicks in Daring at once.)

Surprisingly, I took absolutely no pictures whatsoever, although Sean got quite a few, which I'll have to upload once I've recovered from whatever damage I've inflicted upon myself by eating nothing but junk food for several days straight---seriously, nothing: from two Krispy Kremes for breakfast, to a Milky Way and potato chips for lunch, to cheeseburgers and cupcakes for dinner, and oh my god, somewhere my mother just reflexively put a pot of broccoli on the stove for me---which so far seems to be nothing more than a general cranky malaise, but who's to say I'm not about to come down with a wicked case of scurvy, you know? I mean I'd hate to take a chance. I already have two very strange injuries from the weekend that I can't figure out how I got: a sore ear and a sore pointer finger on my left hand. Are those things early indicators of a lack of vitamin C? I bequeath my hot pink KitchenAid mixer to the first person who can carry it home.

So now it's all over for another year, and I'm not going to pretend I don't feel a tad bereft at the thought. It was great to meet so many new people over such a short period of time, and if you came up to me and said hello, then thank you, thank you, thank you for that: you seriously made my day. Hopefully, I didn't hug you weirdly or accidentally grab your boob or have a little bit of spit fly out of my mouth while I was talking to you, but hey, if I did, let's never speak of it again, okay? And wow, did I tell you how great your hair looked?

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Drew
Jul 21, 2008

It sounds like you had a great time. For those of us who didn't - who couldn't (Europe, you know) - attend, this week is all about gathering little BlogHer pieces from our fauvorites and construct our own memory of BlogHer. I was so there - just like I once had a conversation with Plato and were totally there when Martin Luther King had his dream...

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sarah
Jul 21, 2008

I am so coming next year...and you better believe i'll have my cover girl lipslick with me. Now about the hair dryer - does this mean I have to use it?

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Carrisa
Jul 21, 2008

I will have you know that my Lipslick in Daring is the ONLY lip product I used this entire weekend. I should have asked it to be in the photo of us. And I must say that Sean was every bit as polite and charming and good looking in real life. Was so lovely to see you again and I had a fantastic time again this year. Better even. Although what the hell am I supposed to do about my calves? They are KILLING ME. I thought to myself that I wanted to move here. Then I walked uphill. And now Oklahoma seems like a just fine place to live thankyouverymuch.

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MLE
Jul 21, 2008

I've been reading accounts of BlogHer for years, but this is the first year I was truly sad I didn't get to go. Simon took pity on me and gave me a call during the party on Saturday. It sounds like a great time was had by all, and I really wish I could have been there. Next year!

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Carol
Jul 21, 2008

I SO wanted to be there to meet my favorite bloggers, like you -- and to visit my ol' stompin' grounds in the Bay Area. Next year... NEXT YEAR!

Carol

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zan
Jul 21, 2008

Holly, don't you remember sticking your pointer finger down your ear? That was the highlight of the Mighty Haus party... (It was great to meet your fabulous self.)

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Angella
Jul 21, 2008

Spending time with you this weekend was a highlight, Holly. You and Sean both were lovely, and gracious, and a pleasure to be with. I look forward to seeing you next year!

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chris
Jul 21, 2008

Do you know how happy it made me to pull out my lipgloss and show you?

Oh and my legs are killing me from all that walking uphill. Luckily where I live every where I walk has been flattened for me, like Target.

Can't wait to see you again.

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Susan
Jul 21, 2008

Chris told the story about calling me from Target to make me search this site for the name of that lipgloss about 2,000 times over the weekend. Because we love you, and the lipgloss, THAT MUCH.

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LA Blogger Gal
Jul 21, 2008

I haven't yet picked up the lipgloss, but I have looked for it. Then again, I have like five lipsticks and glosses in my purse (and got a free one this weekend at the BE counter) and can't quite bear the thought of purchasing yet another one.

BlogHer was fun, I can't help but agree. And you're right, I need some real food myself. Had a salad on a blackbean pizza when I got home...does that count as real food???

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ali
Jul 21, 2008

i'm pretty sure you think i'm crazy for, um, blathering on about my fat baby and my love for red velvet cupcakes...but it was great meeting you on the floor of the hotel ;)

and stara and i have decided that we want to sound as lovely as you do when we say words like "ex-ahm-ple"
*sigh*

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Abigail M Schilling
Jul 21, 2008

Liar! You are so not giving away that mixer.

(See, there I go with the aggressive comments again. Sheesh. It was lovely meeting you and Sean. Both your hairs were fabulous.)

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Janet
Jul 21, 2008

I think I might be able to carry that hot pink mixer home.

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Kristabella
Jul 21, 2008

So GREAT to meet you and Sean! I'm so glad I drunkenly shoved my hand into your face at The People's Party. Because sober, I was too shy to meet you because you are so purty and have that lovely accent!

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Gretchen
Jul 21, 2008

So awesome you got to go, and so funny that the entire Internet knows your clothes, shoes and lip gloss. Did you bring your partially burned pink Old Navy hoodie, just for old times' sake?

Regarding your lack of nutrition, I have two words for you: Bloody Marys. They are ever so good for you, what with all that Vitamin C and celery and lemon and so on. And if you make them with Clamato, there is even protein! See: a complete meal. But with vodka.

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slynnro
Jul 21, 2008

SO great to have met you! And seriously, Sean is the nicest boy in the whole word. You are just lovely people.

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chirky
Jul 21, 2008

You know, I kept looking for you, and I kept not finding you. I *knew* you had to be there somewhere, particularly on Friday, but still. Nowhere. I left SF a little disappointed because of that.

(Though, honestly, I did visit H&M three times in one day, and the weekend was fantastic, and I was bitten by the SF bug AGAIN, so I guess I can't complain about much.)

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Nothing But Bonfires
Jul 21, 2008

Chirky, I looked for you EVERYWHERE! I finally surmised that maybe you just weren't there or something. Seriously, I left no corner of the Westin unturned. Were you in disguise?

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She Likes Purple
Jul 21, 2008

Holly, it was so nice to (briefly) meet you! You were even lovelier in person.

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Kaili
Jul 21, 2008

I wish I could have been there and met you! Next year?
Cool to see an update. I'd love to see pictures.

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Nadine
Jul 21, 2008

Holly! Of course I remember you. You are fantastic and I can't wait to return to SF in the future and maybe go for a drink or the like. (Also would help if I become a regular reader, so I'll get on that.) Didn't get to meet your boyfie, but he looked dashing from a distance.

I did indeed make it to the WC in good time. Thanks for your concern. I'm sorry I did not find my way back to you again to continue my Anglophile babbling.

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Camels & Chocolate
Jul 21, 2008

HA! I just wore the same dress in Vancouver that I wore to Moose's party and actually thought, "oh no, I can't post pictures of this night! The Internet's already seen this dress! Oh the horrors!"

Glad y'all had fun. Bummed I missed it.

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chirky
Jul 22, 2008

No disguise. Though one day I *did* straighten my hair, so perhaps it threw us ALL off. I considered just showing up at your apartment and knocking on your door, but then I realized that I don't actually know where you live, and that would have been A LOT of knocking. Next time I am even NEAR the city, you can expect to hear from me. And, you know, if you ever come to Dallas, I'll be at your beck-and-call. Obviously.

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Raven
Jul 22, 2008

I'm so glad I got to meet you, albeit briefly!

You are lovely.