06.05.13

The Maiedae Mixer and what I learned....

Posted by Christina // 10 Replies

Last weekend was exciting.  I talked my friend Trisha into taking a 16 hour road trip to Georgia with me to attend the Maiedae Mixer.  There were laughs, there were cracked windshields, there were up-all-night conversations, and there were cupcakes.  I couldn’t have asked for a better trip (well minus that whole windshield thing) and I learned so much.

I got so wrapped up in all the fun that I barely took any photos.  I have about fifteen on my memory card and every single one of them is a blurry mess of giggles and dancing.  So instead I am relying on the #hashtagged photos that other people posted, thanks for saving my hiney once again Instagram. output_CMUltX And thanks to these girls for taking awesome photos.  Hi Jenny!  Hi Savannah!  Hi Amber!  Hi Anna!  Hi Hillery!  Hi Jana!  Hi Stephanie!  Hi Meghan!  Hi Holly!  Hi Natalie!

On top of being a completely gorgeous event, the hosts won me over with adorable goodie bags. the goodies I couldn’t even tell you what I am most excited for because it would be too hard to pick a favorite, I love it all.

They also knew the way to my heart….with a photobooth. smilebooth photos group shot I just can’t get enough. throwin gang signs This little shindig wasn’t all about coffee, cupcakes, and conversation though.  I wanted to learn.  I wanted a crash course on blogger meetups and boy did I get one.

Here are the five things no one warned me about. eat dinner before you go Trisha and I planned on eating, I promise.  But it wasn’t until we arrived at the Mixer that we realized we hadn’t ate in 10 hours.  In all honesty, I am not sure I could have eaten anything that would have calmed those figgity butterflies down but at least I could have had a base coat for all the sugar I was about to ingest.  I ended up getting a little tummy ache after I came down from the sugar high, so maybe next time some Saltines will hang around in my purse just in case. or you will struggle You may notice that in the last Smilebooth photo up there, my hands were quite full…the hand not throwing the gang signs.  All night I seriously struggled to hold onto business cards, my phone, a camera, drinks, and my overall sanity.  Everyone says to bring along a business card holder, but I am warning you to bring a functional one.  I dropped mine on two different occasions, and opening it was a joke.  This could be the reason for my lack of photos as well.  Next time I am bringing pockets and a wristlet to tame all my important bidness. so talk to people It took me a good hour before I was ready to approach anyone new.  In my head everyone already knew each other and no one wanted to talk to little ole Missourian me.  I think everyone goes through this at some point, and I can usually tell myself “these people will never see you again” but in this context where it is very possible I will go home and stalk them….that mantra was useless.  After Meghan was brave enough to come up and chit chat, I realized that’s what we were there for.  To meet people, to connect, to step out of our comfort zone.  Next time, I hope to walk in with a better attitude. shine bright like a diamond Not much to say here, just wish I had those handy wipes that tame the whole “shine bright like a diamond” thing I had going on my face.  Never makes for cute pictures, and probably doesn’t make you any more approachable.  Should have brought gum too, one macaron in and I was paranoid-breath-checker-girl. practice your moves Not sure why this surprised me.  Bloggers have style, bloggers have grace….and bloggers can wobble.  Be prepared and practice your moves before hand so that you can hang with the Beyonces.  I did not, so I just snapped pictures like the paparazzi and called it a night.  Next time I will have the moves like Jagger.

Do you have any tips to add to my list?
Have you ever dropped a stack of business cards in a dress that’s too short?
Any recommendations for some no-shine goop?

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10 thoughts on “The Maiedae Mixer and what I learned….

  1. Janelle

    Really? I don’t think you look shiny. I think you look gorgeous! That’s a great color for you, even being pocketless. I’m always awkward about what I wear because I H-A-T-E dresses but apparently dresses are the ONLY thing women our age wear to outings like this, weddings, parties, etc so wearing something other than a dress makes me feel out of place.

    I know why you loved this event so much… GOLD! haha.

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    1. Christina Post author

      Hahahaha you got it! There was a gold abundance and I was in HEAVEN 🙂

      I feel awkward in dresses too, and they never fit right!!!

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    1. Christina Post author

      I follow one of the girls who runs it. It was a lot of fun, but a heck of a long trip! We need to plan something like that around here 🙂

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  2. Take-Hart (@take_hart)

    Christina! I love your blog and I loved meeting you! I will definitely be using some of these tips for the next event I attend – a dress with pockets is a must! And I too felt like everyone already knew one another – natural feelings in a setting like this I suppose!! We probably did a lot better than we think! Also – fake it until you make it on the wobbling. That’s what I did! Haha.

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    1. Christina Post author

      Hahahaha….thanks girl….and BTW I was looking through the Smilebooth photos…you are the most photogenic girl ever! You look gorgeous in every single picture, I am so jealous!!!!

      Can’t wait to read more on your blog…maybe you can post a “wobble instruction” video 🙂

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    1. Christina Post author

      Oh my gosh….you just made me EVEN. MORE. EXCITED. which I didn’t know was possible.

      I am practicing my moves every night from now until August. And this maybe a novice question but….there is a bar? I think I’m in heaven 🙂

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