This past week I’ve been in Los Angeles at the Design Bloggers Conference put on by Design Sherpa. Last year was the inaugural event and absolutely blew my mind. This year I thought how could I possibly be as excited? But as the timing to go drew near and more announcements were made as to who would speak and who would attend my adrenaline rushed as if I were a first time attendee. Here are my top 5 highlights of the trip.
1. A conference is only as good as its speakers. I listened about the fabulous life of Martyn Lawrence Bullard, I learned what hard work and passion are from Bunny Williams, a powerhouse named Macala Wright from FashionablyMarketing.Me blew my mind with her vast knowledge and insight, and people like Ronda Carman (All the Best Blog), Tobi Fairley (Tobi Fairley Interior Design), Cassandra LaValle (Coco+Kelley and Rue Magazine), and Kelley Moore gave me a glimpse into the future of blogging.
2. I was honored to conduct my own panel, “Blogging, the New Marketing and P.R.” with panelists Kris Kennedy of Wayfair, Tami McCarthy of TMG P.R. and Liza Weiner of Susan Becher & Associates. I was most excited to learn from them that in the future there will be more collaboration between brands and clients with bloggers.
3. Awards for the best blogs were given out on Monday. The amazing winners included:
Best New Blog—Meredith Heron
Best Writing on a Blog—Peak of Chic
Best Graphics, Presentation—Coco+Kelley
Best Overall Design Blog—Tobi Fairley
Congratulations to everyone!
4. Another huge awards announcement came when Traditional Home editor Ann Maine and publisher Beth Brenner arrived to reveal the 10 New Trads of 2012 along with the bloggers who nominated them. For the full list click here.
5. What could be better than a big party with the most amazing designers and bloggers? Traditional Home and Kravet put on a great show at the beautiful Harbinger on Tuesday night. I was thrilled to meet IRL the gorgeous and talented CocoCozy (her new fabric line was on display at Harbinger as well), Christian May, Jill Seidner, and so many others there’s neither time nor room. You can find a ton of photos on the Traditional Home Facebook page here and you can see ALL of my photos from the week on the StacyStyle Facebook page here.