Hello all you blogistas!
I am what seems like FINALLY sitting down to my computer, after traveling back from Austin on Saturday, catching up on some personal things, and working/homeworking yesterday. Today has been dreary and gloomy, although it’s a little on the warmer side, so it’s been the perfect day to spend unpacking, grocery shopping, and catching up with all you beautiful people. Which brings me to my next thing..
Thank you! I feel as if I am saying this in almost every post, but you know what? I don’t care. The collection of comments I’ve been receiving, along with emails and twitter messages are overwhelming- I can’t even tell you how touched and motivated I have been from all of your support! It’s been incredible to me, and more than I have expected- seriously. And to be honest, it’s excited me so much that I can hardly keep from smiling when I receive an email, notification..whatever it may be! So from the bottom of my heart, thank you friends 🙂
And now, for the exciting part! Austin was wonderful, as always. I just enjoy that city so much, along with all of its quirks and uniqueness. It’s just one big ball of fun! But this time, it was extra-special. I had been emailing this spunky little writer, Jenni of Story of My Life, who happened to be from Austin. I told her I was visiting soon, and we decided to concoct our first blogger meet-up! So on Thursday we planned a little outing at a modern Italian cafe called NoRTH at an upscale shopping center, The Domain. Let’s just say this outdoor mall is a must visit if you are in Austin..every girl’s dream. But before I get sidetracked about shopping! (it never fails..)
|Jenni & I at lunch!|
Jenni is the sweetest Texas girl you will ever meet! For any of you that read her blog, you can feel her personality oozing out in her writing- its personal, spunky, talkative, unique, and so approachable. And this is exactly how she is in person. There was never a dull moment in our conversation, which ranged from our families, spouse/boyfriend, blogs, and lives. If there was ever two girls who covered so much information in a 3 hour slot, it had to be us!
Following lunch, I introduced Jenni to Madewell. As a JCrew lover, I knew she would love the store, and naturally she did. I mean, how could you not, right? We both were so tempted to purchase a few items but refrained from filling our bags and emptying our accounts. And thats ok.
|One of my favorite things about Madewell, are their displays and staff picks!|
|Finally a scarf display that is not a balled up mess..|
We then skipped (well not literally) on over to Anthropologie and perused amidst unique little trinkets, books, and decorating accessories. Jenni talked of how she loves decorating her home, and I gushed with excitement of how I cannot wait to do so with my own!
|I was so tempted to buy these initials, thanks to model Jenni!|
|Anthro had beautiful Christmas ornaments, we both wanted them!|
|Mini mitten ornament, they could only fit one finger!|
|The tree Jenni is standing next to is made entirely of paper and those little twisties for garbage bags. It was SO COOL!|
Our meet up was simply a blast. If (or should I say when) I move to Austin, I can honestly say that I have at least one real friend there! Having a meetup with Jenni only makes me want to meet so many more of you all, my blogger friends. Just as Jenni said in her post about our meetup, I truly feel as if you all are not strangers, but rather you are my friends. Even before I met Jenni, I felt as if we had connected, just through our emails. She has such personality and is a joy to be around. My favorite thing about our meet up was seeing the real life person in Jenni that I usually see through her writing. After five minutes of conversing I felt as if we had known each other for years; she is exactly how she writes. Isn’t that how each person should be on their blog? Them self.
So, my dear friends, if you have an opportunity to meet up with a blogger friend of yours, go for it! Of course do so carefully, so you are not kidnapped or some crazy thing, but have fun with it! I can’t guarantee that you will get along with whoever it may be as well as Jenni and I did, but it’s well worth the adventure either way. And if I might say so, she’s set the bar quite high. 🙂
Jenni, thank you AGAIN for making my first blogger meet up entirely too much fun! I’m looking forward to our next adventure.