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Hi all!!  I’d just like to introduce you all to my new title and share with you a little bit about my trip at the end of last week!  I was asked to participate Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.  Along with that, I also got a free trip to Chicago where I got to meet the Verizon wireless team and a ton of other Midwest fashion bloggers.

I’ll preface this a little bit with the fact that I’ve been battling a cold for the past week and was not feeling my best but decided to still take the opportunity of a lifetime.  So basically, last Thursday, I packed up my things and headed off to the Windy City of Chicago.  I arrived in the afternoon and met up with a college friend to do a little Chinatown bubble tea drinking and a whole lot of shopping.  The day started off sunny and nice but slowly started getting colder and colder.  For dinner, I met up with a few other college friends as well and had a very nice dinner with them at Two restaurant (highly suggest it for anyone who is looking for a place to eat in Chicago).  Then, I headed back to the Hard Rock Hotel for some shut eye before the big day was about to begin.

On Friday morning, I got up and met everyone in the lobby — it was great to see a lot of bloggers that I’ve been following for awhile, in person, as well as meet some new ones.  It was freezing cold, but we headed over to the building where our day would be begin.  We had some breakfast, introduced ourselves, met the Verizon Wireless team and waited patiently for our devices.  A couple hours in and some guys came in and handed out our new Samsung Galaxy Cameras!  Say what?  Yea, I had never heard of it before either, as it had just recently been released.  It’s basically like a mini-Android tablet with a super high quality camera attached to it… a camera that can do 21x zoom and has a lot of fancy features.  Or you could think of it as a Samsung Galaxy phone — without the texting/calling capabilities, but with a nice camera.  And even better, that it was already hooked up to Verizon’s 4G service — soo fast and great service everywhere!

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Once we got our cameras, as with any fashion blogger, we pretty much just stopped paying attention to anything else and kept taking pictures.  ;)  We finished up the morning with some lunch and free time and Ruby Girl (love her!) and I took some outfit pictures for each other (of course!)

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Blouse: J.Crew Factory | Jacket: NY & Co. {similar} | Skirt: Forever 21 {similar} | Shoes: Chromatic Gallerie | Necklace: Modcloth | Bracelets: Apple Of My Eye Jewelry, JEWELIQ| Purse: Rebecca Minkoff

I am pretty impressed with the quality of these outfit pictures including the close up shots as well, considering that they aren’t from a DSLR camera.

Then in the afternoon, we were invited to go to the SAIC fashion show in a covered tent.  There was some amazing collections put on, some that were like true art pieces and some that were totally wearable and fun!  We got to sit 1st and 2nd row and we just felt like we were VIP.  ;)

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Following the event, we went to Mercat a la Planxa for some dinner, chatting and more picture taking.  I have to say, one of the best parts of the trip, was meeting all the other amazing fashion bloggers.  It’s ALWAYS fun to meet other bloggers in person because we already have so much in common to talk about!  And although I wasn’t feeling my best the whole time (and partially lost my sense of smell and taste too), I am so glad I went for the experience and got a cool device out of it too!!

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33 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Victoria | Oh So Pretty
    May 06, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    How fun!! I hope you’re feeling better, Sandy! Those photos are pretty impressive considering it’s not a DSLR. Love your top color with that polka dot skirt… gorgeous! I’m glad you had fun, even though you were feeling under the weather.

  2. Shira
    May 06, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

    Your outfit is ridiculously cute! Those dots, the belt, the shoes….;) I was wearing a similar skirt today too:)

    http://sequinsandpolkadots.blogspot.com

  3. Denysia Yu
    May 06, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    You look beautiful, and not sick at all! And the pictures look amazing! :D

  4. Leigh
    May 06, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    Awesome photos! How fun!

  5. Gia
    May 06, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

    You were in my city! Sounds like a fun weekend!!

  6. Coline
    May 07, 2013 @ 3:33 am

    Nice pics :)
    seems like a great time

    http://Fashioneiric.blogspot.com

    Coline ♡

  7. Still Blonde after all these YEARS
    May 07, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Congrats to you Sandy! So fun to meet you in CHicago. It was an exceptional Event, great fun for all, and a superb Camera!

  8. Ruby Girl
    May 07, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    sandy, it was such a blast hanging with you & getting to know you!! and i’m so glad you are feeling better now ;-) love the shots you got from the fashion show!

    xoxo linds
    my style blog :: Ruby Girl</a

  9. Amy Shaughnessy
    May 07, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Loving this look on you!! That chunky necklace is awesome. Love the colors in this look.

    Amy

    Fashion and Beauty Finds

  10. Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    May 07, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    Congrats, Sandy! How fun!

  11. dancing branflake
    May 07, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    urgh. I left a comment but my phone doesn’t support your mobile format. so basically this is a pretty sweet deal. awesome.

  12. Patty
    May 07, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    What a great trip and it sounds like you had a delightful time in spite of your cold. I do hope you are feeling better.

  13. Carly
    May 07, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Looks like y’all had a blast, and that camera took great pictures!!!!

    Carly
    http://www.lipglossandcrayons.com

  14. Shio W.
    May 07, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    I love you outfit, you looked great!! That is awesome about working with Verizon, the many perks of blogging :) Glad you had a great time!!

    xo,
    Shio

  15. lisacng @ expandng.com
    May 07, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    What a great opportunity and cute outfit with the polka dots and colorful shoes.

  16. Sybil
    May 07, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Love how you match the colors so perfectly.
    Cute blog!

  17. Krysten
    May 07, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    What a fun opportunity and amazing pictures!

  18. ilene
    May 07, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    hope you are feeling better by now! you don’t look sick at all in these pictures. love your outfit, friend.

    loved that you got to go to Chicago and experience this. looks like a blast! wish i still lived there so you and i could have hung out!

  19. Lena
    May 07, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    Looks like such a fun and cool event

  20. Anna @ IHOD
    May 07, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

    Sandy you look stunning my friend! And so happy for you and this new gig!
    Love these girls, and it must have been a blast to hang out with them!
    x

  21. Sarah
    May 07, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    Awesome review lady. I hope that you’re feeling better!

  22. Jenn @comebackmomma
    May 07, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    Wow! What an exciting event. Great photos and you look terrific as always.

  23. Amber Edwards
    May 07, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Wow!! What an amazing event! And dang! Our outfits and the camera are amazing! That camera takes awesome pictures!

  24. Krista
    May 07, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    Looks like a blast…and your outfit is amazing as usual!

  25. Jenna Wood
    May 07, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    I have to admit I am following this campaign because of all the rockstar bloggers involved. Verizon and my favorite fashionistas, how can you go wrong?

  26. mel
    May 07, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    Oh so much fun! Enjoy!!! Looks like a blast!

  27. Jamie
    May 07, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    Those pictures do look amazing even though they aren’t dslr and it looks like you had a blast!

  28. Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 Pack
    May 08, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    Seems like a blast. The pictures are great

  29. Jodi @ A Mom Having Fun
    May 08, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    What a fun event! That camera took very impressive pictures. It looks like you all had a great time in home town! :-)

  30. Cams
    May 08, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    sweet, Sandy! Sounds like it was an awesome time. Cheers:).

  31. Ashley S
    May 08, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    This looks like the most amazing event! I am so not the fashionistsa, but I am totally loving this event!

  32. Steph - LoveintheD
    May 08, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

    This is such an amazing opportunity – and hey, the Chicago trip sounds awesome although you were sick. Hope you are feeling better twinny! So cool that you get to go to fashion shows! Looks like you had an awesome seat!!

  33. Kristyn
    May 09, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    what a fun event you got to attend and LOVE your outfit, you looked FAB!

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