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Thursday, October 3, 2013


In true Sara fashion, I'm fashionably late with my BlogPodium recap.

It literally took me a full week to recover from the 3 hour time difference and full on exhaustion since I of course chose socializing over sleep and ended up talking myself out of a voice by day 4.

I took FULL advantage of being footloose and fancy kid-free and thought I'd relay my adventures in a special confesions edition, BlogPodium style.

1. In the spirit of saving money, I make some seriously questionable decisions. The shuttle company I booked online failed to mention that for an additional $5 I could have been dropped off directly in front of my hotel (a service that unfortunately had to be prearranged). So in my state of 'are you effing kidding me?' I decided to show them by declining their offer to waive me a cab and walk the 17 blocks on my own with two 100 pound suitcases (yes plural). I forgot to factor in was that it was 8:00 a.m. (aka 'sidewalk rush hour') and that Ontario is stupid humid. What would have been a 5 minute cab ride turned into a 30 minute walk from hell and to make matters worse I was huffing it in chambray and flip flops while the rest of my Financial District walking companions were sporting ties and stilettos #fml. 
flying into Toronto (6:30 a.m.)
2. my compassion for homeless people goes out the window when I'm tired, cranky and pulling 2 giant suitcases of Okanagan wine. You'd like me to spare you some change? how about you help the lady with her bags and then we'll talk about the contents of my wallet. At one pitstop (and there were many) I found myself mentally questioning the legitimacy of an old man and his shaky/trembling hands, wondering if he was faking the sad tremor to solicit more sympathy (and dollars)? WHO AM I?! a month ago I was a social worker and now I'm rolling past poor Torontonians sleeping in sleeping bags with  looks of disdain #notmyproudestmoment #needtobrushuponmyempathy.
pre-bad attitude shot of the CN tower
3. My eye rolling continued when I arrived at my hotel - sweaty, stinky and super dehydrated - only to discover that all 29 floors were occupied - *cough* bullsh-t! - no one's fully booked on a Thursday (says me). I was denied check-in for another 2 hours so my luggage and I made ourselves right at home at guest services and then proceeded to take over the entire lobby bathroom. I literally had my toiletries sprawled from one end of the counter to the other and didn't even bat an eye when a lady had to hop over my pile of dirty plane clothes to get to the toilet stall; I just kept on talking to Ana on speaker phone and applying deodorant #likeaboss.
photo credit: anna with love
4. While I don't think anyone would call me "stylish", I like to think I have "style" but then Toronto happened. Turns out I'm incapable of dressing myself and have since resorted to Pinterest and Instagram polls when it comes to my wardrobe selection. For example I was 99% confident flats were the way to go with my shirtdress and then I put it to a last minute IG vote... the overwhelming consensus was heels and flying solo on the sandal vote has me second guessing all my fashion choices now. That and the fact my best outfits were like Sunday hangout clothes to the majority of the attendees. With that being said, I feel like I made a statement by being the only bloggess to not wear a statement necklace the day of (I don't even own one).

5. Apparently I read taller than I actually am and talk exactly how I write. Several bloggers throughout the weekend told me I'm shorter than they imagined. I guess all those photos of me standing on my tippy toes have paid off. For the record I'm only 5'8" which, by Tyra standards, is petite (and fiercely real). When people commented on me writing like I talk, I took it  as "damn girl you really do swear a lot". It's true, I have a bit of a potty mouth, but know that I'm working on cleaning it up (after Saige dropped an F-bomb a few weeks back).
me sitting in Sarah Richardson's office, no big deal.
OMG no words (well actually many, a whole blog post worth in fact)
6. My hair is fake. say whaaa?! okay I am a natural red head, but the ombré? is a dye job people. I guess I need to give my hair dresser mad props cause everyone who missed my 30th birthday blog post thinks my lighter ends are natural. ha-larious but no. And while my hair is naturally curly, it's the unsexy Brave-type curly with random ringlets, dreadlocks and wavy sections all mashed together on one head. The longer and heavier it gets, the more I rely on my trusty deep waver - it's my best unkept secret, GO BUY ONE.

photo credit: anna with love
BIG thanks to Amanda & Nelson (AYA Kitchens) for making me hold their wine - I look like such an alcoholic.
7. I debated even confessing this because it's seriously that embarrassing. In truth I'd like to pretend the whole thing didn't happen but alas it did. Just as I was putting my arms around my new BFF's Kate and Natalie, I knocked a glass of spiked Plucked Tea all over Sarah Richardson's design island! I feel nauseous just thinking about it; reliving the horror of that moment all over again #painful. You have NO idea how much I wanted to curl up in the fetal position and die. Kate and Natalie remained super classy through it all, but I swear they were giving Sarah looks that said, "is this chick for real?". I can't even appreciate the full awesomeness of this Design Inc. sandwich because I know what transpired just seconds before.
I grew up watching these ladies (Natalie & Kate)
8. I'm pretty sure I'm known as the BlogPodium brand whore since I skipped out of a couple sessions to hang with brands. It wasn't actually strategic but in the end it worked in my favour. I caught up with Nelson and Amanda (see photo above) from AYA Kitchens & Baths #HOLLA after Sarah's "a business grows out of passion" keynote speech (holy inspirational Batman).  The AYA pair were so hilarious and chill, I decided I needed to spend more time with them and blew off the first round of presentations. Also - before the conference even began - I bumped into a kid I went to high school with in the Starbucks line up! how random is that? (I mean Toronto is a loooong way from Northern BC). It turns out Mr. Alex is all growed up and working for Indigo Chapters #bonus, so while everyone else was learning how to monetize their blogs, I hung back and had a mini-reunion with Team Book Nerds. I'm thinking if this whole wedding planning gig doesn't pan out, I'll pursue a career in public relations. I've never met a funner or funnier bunch of employed people... Amanda & Nelson (AYA Kitchens), Spardha & Nicole (Loblaw), Alex & Josh (Indigo) and Deb & Sarah (PARA Paints) you dude/ttes ROCK!
photo credit: anna with love
Alex is the one on my left, next to Spardha #handsomefella
okay so that about wraps up Part I of my BlogPodium confessions series... stay tuned for more T-dot shenanigans. (we've barely scratched the surface).

photo credit: anna with love
can you spot my blog business card?

25 comments:

Lindsey Gerrish said...

Can I say I fucking love you? Is that weird and creepy. Yes? Well I don't care. This post is awesome. So glad you were there dropping F-bombs and helping me get those exhibitors in the door on friday! Xoxo Lindsey

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Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia said...

this is the best event recap that i have ever read!! i love that you're so open in RevEALing these very vulnerable moments (that we all have).

some people would become very angry, frustrated, and miserable almost from experiences like the ones you just encountered, which is sad really. but instead, i love how you took things in stride and just went "with the flow".

i believe there is a good lesson here for everyone.

InteriorGroupie said...

This is the first post of yours that I have read and I love it!! Can't wait for parts two through sixteen.

Rustic Retrievals said...

Whoot, whoot lady! Flippin awesome post...you sure did have quite the adventure! It really is SO YOU and it was SO GREAT to meet you...finally! Can't wait for the next post and hear what else you got up to!

Shelley Jacobsen said...

Great read first thing in the morning Sara...you are an absolute hoot! Your hotel bathroom takeover well, it speaks for itself, but was the best part for me as a reader:) Thanks for sharing your life "chapters" with us xo

Rosa @ Flutter Flutter said...

OH. MY! I am THAT person too! I spill crap because of hand talking all the time! Thank you for sharing... there is no shame in making massive messes, right?! ;) LOVE the ripped jeans/blazer outfit!

Jennifer Flores said...

Where's the part where I made you haul 250 paint cans and put you to work before the conference even started? ;) Seriously, you're even more awesome in person. And hauling yourself and your luggage from Union Station through the downtown core - that makes you an honorary Torontonian. Can't wait to read more about your T.O. adventures.

Michelle said...

sounds like a few NY trips of mine...I meet up with my friend Carol who is always coiffed and perfect...I'm always sweaty and confused. eek . no matter how much I say I'm not going to do it, I always over pack, and lug that 100 lbs around. thanks for sharing!! awesome trip! very funny.


Erinn T said...

What an awesome read. Start to finish. I love this Sar!! Makes me wish I skipped out on a bunch of sessions with you ;)
Maybe next year! ha!
xoe

emily said...

I read your hair secrets and thought they sounded like something that could work for my Merida type hair. Then I let it sit for a few days and now I am convinced it is the miracle solution I am looking for. Tell us more about how you make your hair so nice! (Also, I'm a big fan...you are hilarious).

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