BlogHer15 Recap!!

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It’s over! #BlogHer15 that is. What a wonderful learning experience. It was so much fun and I learned tons. I don’t typically share this sort of thing here on Fine Natural Hair and Faith since it’s not really applicable to the blog, but….

How could I not?

I’m just a sharing kind of gal you know 🙂 However, I won’t make this post super long because while I’m in the spirit of sharing, I’m also not about that long, drawn out sharing kind of life! Let’s go.

Day 1

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blogher15 good health display

The evening started with me picking up my badge and visited with the sponsors at the Expo Hall (big THANK YOU to them all for making #BlogHer15 so great). Here’s a list of those I can recollect:

• Bailey Sheer Airbrush Makeup
• Garden of Life
• Sun and Earth Products
• ASPCA
• Best Buy
• DreamHost
• Dunkin Donuts
• Good Health Snacks
• Ninja
• SheaMoisture
• Merck for Mothers
• WordPress
• And many others…

Aside from the selection of delicious food that was served (lamb sliders had me open all night!), the amount of swag I picked up was ridiculous. Here it is all dumped out on my table at home (and this isn’t even all of it!):

blogher-swag

Day 2

The day began bright and early with breakfast at 8 am followed by the morning keynote. Among others (that I don’t remember because I think my brain is still on overwhelm), Soledad O’Brien presented in true BlogHer fashion. She interviewed a few ladies whom she’s helped to make it on their feet in the education space and beyond. All I can say is this woman is brilliant and amazing. She is very well spoken and knows how to hold a crowd’s attention (sorry I didn’t get a pic, I was really engrossed in the session).

For my first learning session, I attended a class on SEO for blogs. For my second session in the afternoon, I chose to attend “How to Be a Better Instagrammer.” All I can say is I learned a lot, especially how much I have been doing WRONG!

The afternoon key note after lunch (delicious by the way) was an interview with none other than actress, Gwyneth Paltrow. She’s a very classy lady. I like her. I really do – especially in the Iron Man movies. But, her segment was very boring to me. I felt like she didn’t know how to keep a crowd engaged and while she was the one being interviewed, I don’t think she looked at anyone other than the interviewer the entire time. I left early and put my time to better use by visiting the Amazon suite.

amazon at blogher15

Later in the afternoon, there was a reception with delicious hors d’ouvres. I didn’t stay long because I was beyond tired from all the walking.

Day 3

After breakfast and the morning key note, I perused the expo throughout the day, I also attended bits and pieces of sessions on video and writing. I didn’t sit through all of the presentations on this day. Let’s just say I don’t generally like sitting and listening to people talk for over 30 minutes! Hmmm, maybe that’s why I never went to college. But I digress. There was…

The Pitch

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blogher15 pitch presenters
A group of phenomenal women shared in 60 seconds their business plan and why they should be funded. Each and every one of them was well spoken and passionate about their business – some more passionate than others but each well deserving.

Each of the ladies was awarded a $100,00 marketing package but one took home the prize – my favorite Majora Carter, Founder of StartUp Box. Majora’s sold her pitch on how she plans to bring more tech jobs to low income communities. Her pitch was unmatched. She was beyond passionate and I am happy that she won.

The Afternoon with Ava

Then, there was the afternoon key note with Ava DuVernay, the Director of Selma. She was eloquent and well spoken. She shared on how tough it is for women directors in Hollywood. Other than herself, the only other female Director to have a film in the top 100 films for the year was Angelina Jolie. There was so much to be learned from this woman. All I can say is you had to be there.

ava duvernay at blogher15

The last day was by far, my favorite day of the conference. I met so many wonderful bloggers who wrote on various subject matters but the highlight was the closing party hosted by McDonalds at the pier in the heart of Manhattan. We were shuttled on buses from the Hilton Hotel to and from the party.

boyz to men and nick cannon at blogher15

blogher15 party outside

blogher15 and mcdonalds

partying at blogher15

Our opening DJ was DJ Spider. Pure awesome. Kept us dancing.

DJ Spider at Blogher15

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Early into the party, Boyz to Men made an appearance and serenaded the ladies, I mean performed some of their hit songs before being whisked out of there in a helicopter to perform at another event. But, not before handing out roses to the ladies. Yeah, they still got it.

boyz to men at blogher15

a rose from boyz to men

DJ Spider picked it up again and kept us dancing for a couple hours before the one and only Nick Cannon arrived! He DJ’d the remainder of the night and yes, he is as cute in person as on tv 😉 I only have one other thing to say about Nick (who is a pretty good DJ by the way). Why in the world was he wearing a hat and coat??? It was hot as hell outside. I mean like 95 degrees and humid.

dj spider and nick cannon

Nick Cannon-DJingVideo

I left the party 15 minutes early so I could beat the rush and make it back to the Hilton to pick up my car (I’m a native New Yorker so I drove). Since I left early I can’t tell you how the party ended. Sorry.

McDonald’s sent us all off with a parting gift – their coffee. How nice. They were very gracious the entire time. I mean why else would they have these very fit guys in short sleeve tees serving us burgers and nuggets? (side note: there’s no way they eat fast food!)

McCafe Coffee

That’s all she wrote folks. I hope my #BlogHer15 Recap wasn’t too long for ya.

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Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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