LA Blogger Meetups!

One of my absolute favorite things about blogging is the fact that I am able to meet new friends from it, like all of you!  But even cooler is actually getting to meet bloggers in person!  If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I’m always traveling all over the place… for work, for weddings, for fun!  I’ve met My3boybarians, One Sydney Road, Much Love, Illy, Wild & Precious and Michabella!!  I’ve also met up with Janie Hearts and SoNg Designs this year but I’ve actually known them since 2002 when we met at Loveboat Summer Camp in Taiwan!  Pretty much, nowadays, anywhere I go, my first thought is, “Do I know any bloggers that live there?”  My goal is to meet you all!!  🙂

Well during my last trip in Los Angeles a few weekends ago, I knew that there were a ton of bloggers out there that I had yet to meet!  I sent out a few emails and tweets and plans were made!  First up was visiting bloggers/crafters at the UCI Vendor Fair!

I knew that the lovely Danni from Oh, Hello Friend was supposed to be there all week!  Of course there was traffic on the way there and we didn’t leave until ate afternoon so during the whole drive I was afraid I was going to miss her!  But we arrived about 30 minutes before closing time and found out she was going to be open later anyways so we got to spend a little bit more time with each other!  🙂

Danni’s booth was FILLED with all sorts of lovely such as earrings, pins, buttons, necklaces, hairpins, rings, gift packs… pretty much any accessory you are looking for, you can find it at her booth!

One thing I didn’t know was that she sold belts, purses and dresses as well!  Would you look at that collection?  I wanted it all, but I settled for just one that I wore for my birthday!

My favorite part was the  set up at her table with this rustic brown shelf, vintage plates, and antique goodies!  I know Danni has dreams of opening a boutique store one day, and I TOTALLY think she should!!  😉  And of course I left the booth with a dress, a gift pack for my sister in law, a key necklaces, an elephant necklace and a rose ring!  🙂

And next booth over from Oh, Hello Friend was Eugenia from Petit Plume!!  I actually didn’t know she was going to be at the Vendor Fair so I was pleasantly surprised to meet her and look at her hair accessories!  We’re both wearing her accessories in this picture, I love how the peacock feather headband matches with my dress!

She has such a wide array of headbands, clips and brooches!  If you have a wedding coming up, her pieces are just perfect for brides and bridesmaids!

For some reason, I just really love the perspective of this photo and the bokeh in the back, and of course those Vintage headbands are gorgeous!  I’ll be linking this photo up to…

Sweet Shot Day

I just loved all of the fun colors at her booth!  She even had this one of a kind necklace and really adorable colored bows as well!  I left with a yellow and grey bow that I’ll show you in a future post!  🙂

And my last stop of the evening was to meet up with Eva from The Wedding Pantry, a boutique wedding shop in Tustin, CA.  I pretty much met Eva through blogging/twitter and I found out about her from my friend Lydia from Ever Ours (a super rad wedding inspiration blog)!!

Would you look at this BEAUTIFUL setup?  It’s a bride’s paradise!  You can find anything from jewelry, cards, favors, ring bearer pillows, presents for your wedding party and more!

Look at all of these beautiful accessories made from crafters all over!

Some really unique items I found were these dresses in a bottles as cute ways to ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding and these fun mac n cheese candles, haha!

Yup, I left with some earrings and a set of cards!  So again, brides in the LA area looking for inspiration?  The Wedding Pantry is your place!  And even cooler, on November 20th, there will be a Holiday Bliss Boutique that you don’t want to miss!

Whew!  What a fun Friday that was, it was sooo great to meet you Danni, Eugenia and Eva!!  🙂  And on that following Monday I also got to meet up with Leila from Leila Brewster Photography (formerly Olive Juice Photography) but I’ll share the photos from that meet-up in another blog post! 🙂

65 Comments

  1. November 9, 2010 / 12:16 am

    AWESOME post Sandy! It looks like you had a lot of fun in So Cal!

    The Wedding Pantry is seriously AMAZING! (What an awesome place for me to showcase my bridal collection! 😉

  2. November 9, 2010 / 12:24 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! Next time you are in the LA area, let me know! I would love to meet you in person sometime too!

  3. November 9, 2010 / 12:25 am

    omgosh ! i have always wasted to meet Dani! she is so wonderful and inspiring!

  4. November 9, 2010 / 12:26 am

    I love it!! Totally a fun surprise to meet you and Marvin! (wish i was more picture ready..hehh hehh!) What a very small world!

  5. November 9, 2010 / 12:40 am

    thanks for the mention, sandy! sorry i missed you! but glad you got to meet eva and danni!

  6. November 9, 2010 / 1:22 am

    What a fun trip! That jewelry looked amazing, I don’t know how you managed the self control to not buy it all:)

  7. November 9, 2010 / 3:24 am

    What a great way to meet all your blogging friends?! I love it!!! The shot for SST is lovely… very nice!

  8. November 9, 2010 / 4:34 am

    Ohh my this looks like such a wonderful fair! And I love that you were able to meet some bloggers too. Danni is so adorable!

    And you scored some pretty fantastic stuff! I would want to buy everything!

  9. November 9, 2010 / 5:05 am

    I wish I did more traveling so I could meet some of the amazing people you meet, and you in particular. PLEASE come to Richmond and meet me :)….XOXO

  10. November 9, 2010 / 5:25 am

    So many great shots! Love the one you chose for Sweet shot Tuesday.

    Erika B

  11. November 9, 2010 / 6:49 am

    What great shops! I especially love everything in that first shop, and the way she displayed everything was fantastic!

  12. November 9, 2010 / 7:02 am

    How wonderful:) Everything looks so beautiful and how fun to meet all the other girls:)
    Kisses,sweetie

  13. November 9, 2010 / 7:03 am

    How fun!!! I used to go to UC Irvine and would stop by Danni’s booth all the time! It was definitely one of my favorite stops, in addition to the kettle corn man, of course. Did you get to try it?! He’s famous at UCI!

  14. November 9, 2010 / 7:09 am

    I loved this! I have only met Dawn from The Alternative Wife, but it was like we had been friends forever! I love how blogging makes your world larger (or smaller), it is just so fabulous! You look gorgeous, too, so exciting!

  15. November 9, 2010 / 7:20 am

    You met Danni?! That is so awesome!!! I admire her, her blog/shop so much!!! I love your outfit btw 😉

  16. November 9, 2010 / 7:42 am

    What a fun trip and how wonderful to meet so many of the great bloggers that you’ve “met” in cyber space. Great shots too!

  17. November 9, 2010 / 7:52 am

    Oh WOW…that looks SO fun – can’t believe you got to meet so many great girls and I totally want to raid that clothing rack!

  18. November 9, 2010 / 8:12 am

    Too bad I don’t live closer…sounds like so much fun!! xoxo

  19. November 9, 2010 / 8:13 am

    Oh my goodness, there is so much beauty in this post!! And that includes all of you gorgeous ladies!!

  20. November 9, 2010 / 8:17 am

    How fun to travel and meet up with blog friends. Look at these goodies!

  21. November 9, 2010 / 8:44 am

    what a fantastic meet up of bloggers and talented crafters! that olive color is so flattering on you. love your dress!

  22. November 9, 2010 / 8:48 am

    oh how fun!!! love your pictures with these bloggers!! so exciting that you met dani. she totally needs to open up an ohhellofriend boutique – she’s def got the talent for it.

    and also excited to check out those other shops – always love new finds!!

    totally loved this post, sandy!!! it made me even more excited about april’s handmade market!!

  23. carla de leon
    November 9, 2010 / 9:00 am

    woah!!! i’ve died and gone to craft heaven!!! glad you had a great time!

  24. November 9, 2010 / 9:13 am

    I love love love all the beautiful photos Sandy!!!!
    I didn’t know that Dani made clothes!!!! I wish that she would start selling them in her Etsy shop!!! That rose pattern dress looks so lovely!!!!!And you look so stunning in all those pictures my dear!!
    I hope next time you are down here we can meet up!!!!!
    Lots of love,
    xoxo

  25. November 9, 2010 / 9:31 am

    What an awesome event and post! Sounds like everyone had a wonderful and fun time. I adore these photos – very bright and happy 🙂

  26. November 9, 2010 / 9:33 am

    all of these photos are so pretty! it looks like you had so much fun!

  27. November 9, 2010 / 9:43 am

    wow! that’s so awesome you get to meet ur bloggers! I’m kinda new to the blogging world but so far everyone has been so kind and sweet! 😀

  28. November 9, 2010 / 9:53 am

    SO fun! looks like you had a blast meeting up with online friends! 🙂 I want to do that someday too!!!! Beautiful pictures, btw

  29. November 9, 2010 / 10:00 am

    How great to meet all your blogg buddies in one shot!! And not just that, but to be surrounded by all the amazing crafts and goodies!!

  30. November 9, 2010 / 10:22 am

    I am now DYING to go shopping! And you’re making me so excited for my blogger meet up this weekend!

  31. November 9, 2010 / 10:34 am

    It was soooo awesome to meet you friend! It felt like we had been friends for a while 😉 and I love that it was such a small world that you ended up in Irvine too, of all cities! haha.

    I can’t wait for Christmas to hang out with you!

    Thanks for posting and taking the pictures!

    xo, danni

  32. November 9, 2010 / 10:45 am

    HOW FUN! Everything looks amazing! I love all the unique pieces!

  33. November 9, 2010 / 11:02 am

    how fun! i was hoping to get to the vendor fair, but it just didn’t work out. danni is so sweet isn’t she?! i love her store and i’ve gotten a lot of christmas gifts from there. i haven’t heard of the other shops though, so i’m glad you posted about them!

  34. November 9, 2010 / 11:40 am

    so much pretty stuff! I want it all too!

  35. ChantaleP
    November 9, 2010 / 12:12 pm

    Lucky lucky you to have met all these wonderful ladies! I so wish I could’ve been there at the fair and seen and bought all those lovely items. The Wedding Pantry shop is gorgeous and the fact that it’s in Tustin.. sigh… Great meetup! When are you coming to Montreal? ;p

  36. November 9, 2010 / 1:11 pm

    looks like so much fun!! wish i could’ve followed you along to those cool places. love the oh hello friend gifts you got me. thanks again~~!!!

  37. November 9, 2010 / 1:14 pm

    I haven’t been around here in a while so happy birthday if I didn’t tell you before!!

    I haven’t met with bloggers ever, but I did with some people I knew in a music band board and it’s amazing

    xxx

  38. November 9, 2010 / 1:37 pm

    aw, so lucky! i want to meet all of you gals too. 🙂

  39. November 9, 2010 / 3:45 pm

    That booth set-up was unbelievable! Probably one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen! LOVE IT!

  40. November 9, 2010 / 5:30 pm

    that is my dream job! i so want to open a boutique like that!

  41. November 9, 2010 / 5:31 pm

    looks like so much fun! i agree that the fun of blogging is meeting friends + making the world seem smaller in the best ways. : )

  42. November 9, 2010 / 6:14 pm

    Oh Sandy, it looks like you had a BLAST in L.A. I want one of everything please. How did you control yourself? I wouldn’t have been able to at all… meow.

  43. November 9, 2010 / 6:50 pm

    It’s so cool that you get to meet so many lovely bloggers via your traveling schedule – I love that you get good use from it!!! Of course I’m always asking – when are you coming back my way?? 🙂

  44. Cher
    November 9, 2010 / 8:01 pm

    How fun!!!

  45. November 9, 2010 / 8:19 pm

    sandy! such a gorgeous post and looks like such fun! 🙂 i used to live in riverside, ca and i miss it so much:)
    smiles,
    gina
    http://hiyaluv.blogspot.com

  46. November 9, 2010 / 9:14 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! do we have those things in NYC? hope we do! otherwise I need to move to LA!

    xo Kirby

  47. November 9, 2010 / 10:18 pm

    I love all the pretties in these booths! What fun!

  48. November 9, 2010 / 11:09 pm

    I can only imagine how much fun it was to meet these neat women and to see those beautiful items! Great photographic record!

  49. November 9, 2010 / 11:56 pm

    Oh, Sandy, this is just sooo wonderful that you got to meet up with these amazing ladies. And I’m sure they were thrilled and delighted to meet you, too. When are you coming to Seattle again? (hint hint) hugs xo – g

  50. November 10, 2010 / 1:33 am

    I loved this post, Sandy! But now of course I am SUPER bummed I missed you on this trip! 🙁 Next time FOR SURE. Can’t wait to see those photos Leila took! ox

  51. November 10, 2010 / 2:03 pm

    Wow, lady. You’ve met some super stars! What am I talking about? You’re a super star yourself!

  52. November 10, 2010 / 6:55 pm

    insert jennifer HERE!!!!!!! ahh so sad i missed ya..and we were both in L.A. too!!! next time…for sure!
    j.

  53. November 10, 2010 / 8:20 pm

    I love blogger meetings!!!! there are not that many in Miami so when i travel i try to meet with those i’ve met online…

  54. November 10, 2010 / 9:20 pm

    how sweet! it’s so fun to meet up with people you know online. I love the pictures you took of all their booths!

  55. November 11, 2010 / 10:04 pm

    gosh i wish i had been there!

  56. November 12, 2010 / 2:31 am

    I love meeting bloggers in real life! The UCI craft fair looks like it was filled with a lot of talented people! Thanks for sharing loads and loads of photos! Love them!!!

  57. November 12, 2010 / 8:20 pm

    Ah, so many pretty things! That’s awesome you were able to meet up with so many great girls! You need to come to Toronto so we can hang out! 🙂 hehe. Ah, I absolutely LOVE that mac ‘n cheese candle! hahaha too cute.

  58. November 15, 2010 / 1:11 am

    How fun that you got to meet so many lovely ladies!

    Isn’t the blog world great? I’m in the same boat now… always thinking… “do I know any bloggers here?” when traveling, although I don’t travel much, but I’ve already meet quite a few blog friends :).

    Glad you got to meet up and enjoy such pretty wares!

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