NYC: Wine Down @ Ace Hotel (Day 1)

Hello Lovelies! I am back from NYC and still recuperating: nearly sleepless nights and back-to-back-to-back on the go days can be quite tiring, but every single bit worth it. Before I begin spilling the lovely details of my trip, I’d like to say Hiii! to all my new friends & followers whom I met in the Windy City (more like frigid city, brrrr!) It was absolutely delightful to meet all of you, exchange info, and talk blogging/business. I can’t wait for the next Fashion Week to pick up right where we left off!

The trip was absolutely incredible, a once in a lifetime experience. Two days later and I’m still sitting here in awe of how informative, experiential, and opportunistic it really was! So let’s get to it, shall we?! ๐Ÿ™‚

I arrived Wednesday night, after a long drive with my boyfriend. (He came up to spend some time with a friend; and even us bloggers. Stay tuned for that!) I quickly unpacked and freshened up and headed over to the Ace Hotel, after getting lost multiple times, where a blogger meetup was in full swing! After settling myself down from the whole getting lost ordeal (&finding out my poor BF got a flat tire), I quickly caught up to many of the lovely ladies I’ve been SO looking forward to meeting, including Lynzy of Sparking Footsteps, Nina of The Style Glossary, and Amy of Stylish Year!

We all mingled, sipped on cocktails, and enjoyed getting to know each other all while swapping business cards and describing our blogs, styles, and career dreams. Each of these ladies is uniquely themselves, and I literally felt like I already knew many of them, just from reading their blogs and chatting via twitter and such. This, my dear friends, is quite possibly my favorite thing about blogging: knowing the person and their personality just from their writing. After all, isn’t that why we write?

Amy, Caitlin, Nina, Lynzy, Me, and four other ladies (I don’t know names- someone tell!?)

Also at our meet up, was Caitlin NiChathain (second from left in photo above) from Gucci. Caitlin is the social media master for this timeless designer. Many of you are probably “familiar” with Caitlin and don’t even know it. Follow @gucciofficial? Yep, that’s her! She is a spunky, stylish woman, and her coming out was so appreciated by all of us bloggers! She was an absolute doll to chat with, and her Irish accent is lovely to listen to. She also spoke on one of the IFB panels.

Lynzy and I just couldn’t get over these stairs ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, we all took our share of photos and have spent the last days swapping via email and such. These are courtesy of Lynzy. Thanks Lynz! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lynzy during our short stays in NYC. She is actually also from Connecticut (barely, hehe), so we had quite a few things in common… Looking forward to some CT summer time blogger meetups, Lynz!!

Erika and I

Amidst all of the new faces was one familiar one: Erika of Style Activist, who as most of you know, is my roommate. And let me just say, during the craziness of the few days in NYC it was quite comforting to have a familiar face in the crowd!

After the Blogger Wine Down, I caught a cab to my subway stop with a few ladies. It was my first official cab ride, EVER! Of course I had to photog it ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank goodness we cabbed it- NYC was SO FRIGID!

Among those I also met, who are not pictured, include Vahni of Grit & Glamour, Caitlin of Style Within Reach (who is a Glitter Guide gal!), Francesca of Le Kiss Kiss, Christina of Profresh Style, and Marissa of The Well-Appointed Catwalk. I’ve chatted so much with these ladies, and was beyond ecstatic to meet each of them! If you aren’t familiar with their blogs, I suggest you go check them out ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you to Erika of Style Activist and Lynzy of Sparkling Footsteps for planning the lovely meet up! It was the perfect kickoff to an uber busy week for each and every one of us.

Stay tuned for the second and third post about my NYC trip, coming in the next few days!

P.S. If I’ve forgotten any of you or if you’re in a photog with no credit given, please let me know!


  1. Lynzy said:

    I can’t wait for summer, we need to put together some photo shoots!! It cannot come soon enough.

    Loved meeting you, your a doll!

    xo Lynz

  2. 2.16.11

    So nice to meet you too, love! You’re adorable, and your BF seems sooooo nice!


  3. 2.16.11

    Like….. err.. more like LOVE this post. Can’t wait for the Day 2!



  4. Chelsea Rae said:

    So sad we never got to officially meet. Count me in for a CT blogger meet up this summer!

  5. 2.16.11

    Great summary! It was lovely to finally meet in real life ๐Ÿ™‚ and I can’t wait for post 2 and 3! And yes it was so nice to see familiar faces during all the craziness ๐Ÿ™‚

    hearts and hugs,

    p.s. I really love the redesign- you look gorgeous on the header pic!

  6. me me said:

    SO CUTEE!!!<3

  7. Natalie said:

    How fun! Love the pictures. And I love that red bag of yours! Adorable.

  8. 2.16.11

    I’m so glad to have inspired such lovely compliments from you. Thanks for being a reader and you’re adorable, by the way. You look like Lauren Conrad in that last pic! (Total Compliment) ๐Ÿ˜‰



  9. tim said:

    Nothing more to say that super fashionistas! I love your styles! carefree!

  10. Jenni said:

    So glad you had a good time Marissa!!! I want to go to NY with you one day!! I just know we would have a blast. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to here more details and see more pics from the trip!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Brooke said:

    oh my goodness what a great trip! Can’t wait to hear about the rest ๐Ÿ™‚ I love those stairs too!

  12. Noelani said:

    Ahhh, Marissa and I cam so late to the Ace, so sad! Wish we had some earlier and had more of chance to chat, but it was lovely meeting you!

  13. Kristy Elena said:

    so, i still can’t believe we missed each other! what the hell!! now that i see these photos, i definitely remember seeing you there, but i just don’t think we had a moment where we weren’t talking to other people and could actually meet officially! =( next time for sure!!!!!!

    so many hugs to you darling!! i love tweeting back and forth with you by the way. =P

    Kristy Eléna – Full Time Fabulous
    Vogue Gone Rogue
    Twitter: @kristyelena

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  15. 2.18.11

    Hey girl!!I hope you had the most fabulous time in NYC!!! It looks like you both did!!!!
    Thank you so much for your emails and all your support and prayers!! You are the sweetest and I am sooo glad we have connected! YAY!
    PS_-I am almost done with the book for the blogger book club and it is FABULOUS!!


  16. 2.18.11

    looks like a fun and fashionable time!! love your red bag- where’s it from?

  17. Jenna said:

    Aw, girl! It looks like you had SO much fun. I had fun reading this, and it definitely makes me want to get over there for next Fashion Week. No joke. It’s a must!!


    Have a great weekend, hun! Talk soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 2.26.11

    Looks like you had so much fun! Great blog… following you now!

    XO, Liza and Jewls



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