I’ve been posting a lot about my recent trip to Charleston lately, (here & here especially.) But one thing I haven’t talked about yet was my conference “tribe” so to speak! “Tribe” being – the girls I traveled up there with, roomed with and basically did everything in Charleston with! I can’t imagine The Blog Societies Conference without these Houston gals!
Today I’m sharing why it’s the perks of having roommates at a blogger conference as well as the benefits of rooming by yourself too! (From someone who’s done both!)
Big Houston is such a big, bustling city filled with lots & lots of bloggers, we’re fortunate enough to have fashion or blogger related events about every other week or so. Lucky me, I get to see these ladies quite frequently!
When we all found out we were going to go to The Blog Societies in Charleston, it was a no-brainer to room together at The Belmond Hotel! Plus, there are a lot of perks when it comes to having roomies at a conference.
Perks of Having Roommates at a Blogger Conference:
- The obvious – splitting the bill! – $300 a night divided by 4 is much better than $300 divided by one. Plain & simple!
- Honest feedback. – Remember in college when you’d ask your roommate if this dress goes with these shoes and she’d tell you straight up? Chances are your fellow fashionista roommates will do the same! And when you’re dressing up for event after event, it’s nice to have some reassurances before you walk out the door.
- Can I borrow that? – Oops! You forgot your hairspray, roommate to the rescue!
- Never walk in alone. – Meeting new people and going to new places can be intimidating at times. Especially conferences like these where everyone is dressed to the nines and you’re assuming everyone else is already friends with everyone else. (Which isn’t actually the case!) Having your roommates to walk into the parties, workshops and sessions with makes it easier when stepping outside of your comfort zone. Plus, they might already know someone in the room to introduce you to!
- Someone to take your photo. – We are fashion bloggers after all!
- Shared experiences. – When you’re exhausted after a long day and your brain is fried from all of the new knowledge, you look over and you can totally tell your roommate is feeling the same way too. It’s always nice to be able to kick back, relax & watch the Olympics with like-minded individuals!
Perks of Rooming Alone at a Blogger Conference:
I recently did this at the rewardStyle conference back in April … so it’s safe to say & can give some honest feedback! 😉
- The obvious – Alone Time. We’re not in college anymore, where were used to being surrounded by people 24/7, so rooming alone gives you that sort of escape to zen (or watch a Jane Austen film) during your down time. Sometime’s it’s nice to recharge all by your lonesome before heading back to the next social event on the agenda.
- Forcing yourself to meet new people. When you’re navigating a conference alone, you’ve got to walk into a party or a workshop on your own. This gives you a great opportunity to sit down next to someone new or walk up to a group of girls you’ve never met, and introduce yourself! Can be scary at first, but it’s all worth it in the end!
- Closet/Vanity Takeover. I will say, when I stayed all by myself at The Joule in Dallas, it was so nice to be able to hang all of my clothes up in the closet, scatter my stuff all over the shelves in the bedroom & lay out my makeup on the vanity just how I do at home (aka all over the place!)
While there’s no right way to attend a conference or a wrong way, I personally recommend attending your next out of town conference with roommates!
Because who else is going to tell you, “Girl, that watch goes so well with your dress!” 😉
I had such a blast with these lovely ladies in Charleston! From crack of dawn photo shoots to late nights at rooftop bars, we certainly maxed out our long weekend in The Holy City!
Be sure to check out their blogs for some insanely beautiful fashion inspiration and different takes on the city we call home, Houston.
And as always, thanks for stopping by the blog!
photos by Lauren Anderson