April 30, 2012

ABC 12: Getting Ready

First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who supported (whether in person, or in spirit), and attended the Arizona Blogger Conference this past Saturday. The event exceeded my wildest expectations, and I couldn't have asked for a better evening. With that said, I'm going to be breaking up the ABC blog posts over the next few days and today I thought I would start with our setting up/getting ready time at The Saguaro.

A handful of us in the Phoenix Style Collective arrived at The Saguaro Hotel (Our very kind hosts!) around 1 p.m. to make sure we had enough time to set up, stuff our goodie bags, place everything exactly where we wanted it to be, guide our vendors, and get all dressed up. I'm very happy that we had this time to all be together. I think having this extra time before the conference definitely helped us all to be more focused, and to have a better handle on the rest of the evening.

The Saguaro was kind enough to let us into our space early. We each got to have a little bit of down time, and were able to charge up our phones and devices for our evening full of tweeting, instagramming, and facebooking.

I am absolutely in love with the bright, southwest inspired decor that The Saguaro has! I swear, we couldn't have picked a better place for the conference!

Scott was such an amazing sport through the entire event! He helped set-up, make sure everything was in place, greeted guests, gave me big hugs when I was nervous, helped with the panel, and was just overall amazing. So thank you my love for everything! I couldn't have done it without you!

Stuffing the goodie bags for our attendees was SO fun! We had the most amazing sponsors!

This awesome Madewell photo backdrop came all the way from Coachella to be with us!

Kara was reading my mind when she got us a barista for the evening. Having coffee around definitely made me feel more at ease.

Kara's husband Ryan was such a sport and a big help at the conference. Thank you Ryan for all of your help and support!

I wanted each and every piece of Madewell clothing that we had at the conference. Oh man! Pretty sure I need to pick up a birthday dress from there soon! ECK!

If you were in attendance, please tell me about your experience! If you couldn't make it, I would still love to hear your thoughts on the conference (I did my best to live tweet/instagram the evening).
-Chelsea xo


  1. Looks like the party would have been amazing! Even though I am not from Arizona, I would have loved to attend! Maybe next time!!!



  2. I love that this sort of thing happens in Arizona! It's such a nice way to get bloggers together.

  3. This looks awesome! Can't wait to read more about it. :D

  4. I love your behind the scenes look! I'm so happy everyone else snapped pictures because I didn't take any!

  5. such great photos! it looked like a magical evening :)

  6. Ahhh I love these photos!!! Ryan looks so handsome in his :) :) :)

    It was so much fun to hang out, stuff goodie bags, and drink coffee before the event got started!

  7. What a cool idea! Love the little cacti! So pretty xx