Archive for the ‘Blog Her 12’ Category

Celebrating Latinas at the #SMlatinas event at Pio Pio!

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Blog Her conference in the heart of The Big Apple – more on that in another post. The highlight of my time in NYC wasn’t the conference surprisingly, but rather a party before the event, the Stiletto Media Kick Off Your Heels Event at Pio Pio Restaurant.

I’ve been part of the Stiletto Media (#SMlatinas) group for awhile now, and was so so excited to meet some of the ladies I communicate with regularly through social media in person!! The event was an opportunity for us to network, make new friends, and celebrate being latinalicious bloggers!

In addition to endless Sangria, delectable hors d’oeuvres, and glitter tattoos there was friendship. I met Migdalia the powerhouse of Stiletto and fellow single mom, Lourdes a friendly latina who made me get my first glass of Sangria, instantly clicked with Gloria another former teen mom, Sili my silly Sili with an electric smile, super friendly Maria who welcomed me in with a warm hug, Rachelwho was just too cool for school, beautiful Heiddi & super sweet Eileen!! Along with many more, we posed, we drank, we laughed, and most importantly we supported each other.

Listen, getting a group of opinionated ladies together doesn’t always end well. But in this instance, in this atmosphere, we were one big latina family. There was no pressure, no cattiness, there was acceptance. I’ve struggled for a long time figuring out where I fit in, there was no doubt I was supposed to attend this #SMlatinas party and meet the wonderful ladies that I did.

In my busy day to day life I don’t give myself the opportunity to kick back and enjoy with friends, and I’m so glad I did. I brought out the hot pink dress (representing Stiletto!) and the heels for this event! The pictures just begin to tell a story of the fun we had, it was truly a night to remember.

Me & Gloria of Teen Mom NYC

HUGE thanks to our generous sponsors Sweet Pickles Books, HP, COVERGIRLAvocados from Mexico, and Glitter Tattoo NY for supplying us with awesome goodies to take home!! Many thanks to the photographers, videographers and Migdalia’s oldest son Karl for taking snapping great pictures of us throughout the night!

Stiletto Media is an amazing sisterhood connecting influential latina bloggers with creative voices and experiences. If you are interested in joining this sisterhood please visit Stiletto Media, and be sure to connect with us through Twitter by using the hashtag #SMlatinas

SMlatinas, stietto mediaDisclosure: As a member of the Stiletto Media Blogger Network, my trip to the VIP Latina Blogger Event was sponsored, but as always, my thoughts and words are my own.


Ready or Not, Here I Come #BlogHer12

I’m off to the city that never sleep to mix and mingle with over 4,000 other bloggers for Blog Her 12. It has been an *intense* couple of weeks, and this week in particular. For instance, I had to play CSI and figure out which client was breaking into our building, I was climbing onto tables, in bushes trying to get evidence and solve the mystery. It was like real-like clue…without a murder! Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe my stress levels recently.

So much for my quiet time away from work – I’m really not sure if I’m ready for all that NYC and Blog Her has in store. The conference guide is over 40 pages long! Crazy!! The #BlogHer12 hashtag has been going non-stop with newbie’s like me having a slight panic attack about the conference and what to expect. What to wear, what to bring, to pack another bag or not. It had me close to pulling my hair out for a few reasons. One is NY scares me, too many people, and I have no idea where I’m going, and I’ll have my daughter with me. And then trying to figure out my schedule has been a nightmare – I’m pretty much overbooked on Friday and I’m not sure  how I can be everywhere I want to be on time! But, I WILL find a way!!

It’s 1am and I need to be up at 630am, and I’ve given in the towel somewhat. I know myself, I know I flourish in social situations (though I tell myself the opposite) so no more worrying about the networking piece of it, it’ll be a fantastic learning experience, I get to meet some of great blogging & tweeps in person and chop it up. This experience stopped being FUN once I got stressed, but we’re bringing FUN back into the picture, because if it’s not fun, than what’s the point?!

Am I nervous about my 1st blogging conference? Oh yes. But, I’m going in with my head held high and a smile on my face, ready for some fun and make some new friends! You can catch me on twitter @MsAlexandraV to see what I’m up too in the Big Apple.

Have a great week!