BlogHer life & family vacays

My Experience at BlogHer’11 …in a nutshell

blogher11 conference pass + hat and sunglasses

Wow. I mean, WOW. BlogHer’11, what can I say? I had a blast.

The nerves I had building up to it were pointless. Once there, meeting all the fabulous women, it’s hard not to just settle in and become part of the madness. Though, in fact, I wasn’t so much a part of the madness, as I didn’t really “do” many of the actual sessions or conferences or run around pushing my “brand” but more relaxed and attended the parties and met so many amazing women {some who made me feel like a celebrity, thank you}, some whom I already felt like I knew and so many fresh faces I can’t even count, not to mention the entire BlogHer Staff who are to be commended for their brilliant efforts in bringing women together like this.

So without further ado I give you, in a nutshell, MY weekend {Thurs-Sun} at BlogHer’11.

San Diego+Coronado Island+View from the Marriott

* The view from our balcony at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. {though my camera lens makes it appear much closer than it actually is in reality}

pep and scott on the balcony in  san diego blogher11

* My bro & my husband …the two people I spent the most time with and who accompanied me to most of the parties I attended. And 2 of the maybe 20 men total at the entire conference 😉 {also, yes, my husband wore his fedora the entire trip ;}

Marriott marquis in san diego pools day

* The pools below us …we were on the 23rd floor.

Marriott marquis in san diego pools at night

* At night. I’m telling you, the views from this hotel are SPECTACULAR!

Mojito time. #Blogher11 photo-16

* Night one {Thursday}, I met my fellow Section Editors at BlogHer & had my first Mojito at the bar by the pool. I have to admit, the grounds of the Marriott and the hotel itself, as well as the staff, were excellent.

Interviewing Carley @digitwirl this morning @BlogHer #BlogHer11 for Life Well Lived.

* I interviewed Carley from digitwirl on Friday afternoon, on a stage, in the middle of the expo. And while I was ridiculously nervous for it, it actually went very well. Unfortunately, this is the only shot I have of it so far {taken by my sister in law, the818, thank you!} and even though it looks like we are arguing here, we are not 😉

The husband and I today at #blogher11 @blogherstyle photo-15

Docked. My @hookedOnMonMode always comes in handy.

* After the interview on Friday I totally and finally relaxed …and we had lunch at Roy’s where my Mon Mode purse hook came in quite handy!

scott carrying morgans bags

* My bro …carrying the818‘s bags while she was busy running around.

at blogHer11


* Some napping…

coronado view from the marriott marquis

* The view at night was just as spectacular.

our reflection in the window  with  hearts

* And then we got dressed for Sparklecorn…

for Sparklecorn in modcloth sequin mini dress

Heading back. Sparklecorn was a blast. Met so many fabulous ladies!!! Lost a feather earring :(. If u find it, come find me :) #blogher at sparklecorn

* But before Sparklecorn, we went to You-phoria {by One2One Network} which had the most amazing moving wall mural ever. I was in love. {check the quick video below!}


Sparklecorn   blogher11  modcloth  blue sequined dress and satin ferragamo heels

* I actually bought this navy sequined dress at Modcloth for New Years Eve {blogged about here} but ended up staying in so it was the PERFECT dress for Sparklecorn where I finally met the very very fabulous Le Musings of Moi & The Stylish Housewife whom I feel like I’ve known forever. * Also wearing my Salvatore Ferragamo navy satin heels & Aldo leopard clutch from ages ago and feather earrings are from Forever21.

* I mean, really, I have never seen so many women on one dance floor. It was AMAZING. I’m telling you!

Mangled feet after dancing and  scott's vans at blogher11

* With my bro, on our balcony, resting my blistered and aching feet after dancing at Sparklecorn. {sadly, the boys couldn’t get in without passes ;{

buildings in san diego

* The opposite view from our balcony at night… …and in the morning

high rise buildings in san diego + view from the marriott

* Seriously, the views, I could not get over!

downtown san diego + view from the Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel

* Much of Saturday was spent relaxing out by the pool with the818, Linz Loves You, tie a little ribbon and the heir to Blair …and a duck …and though I didn’t really get any photos, I did get a bit of a sun burn.

The view up ...from the pool #BlogHer11 earlier today f2081c43f85a4454a96b1538935f8437_7

* Saturday night I wore my Mara Hoffman black dress, House of harlow necklace, and old Guess buckle heels. I honestly can’t believe I didn’t take more outfit shots for you guys! It was just such a whirlwind, it didn’t really cross my mind.

black dress saturday night

* First we went to a Pan Am Sony Pictures party sponsored/hosted by the fabulous Barbara Jones and the One2One Network again where we first screened the pilot for the new show “Pan Am” on ABC and had the best dinner and dessert you could imagine on the 34th floor of The University Club in San Diego. The panoramic view was incredible to say the least and our take-home was the most fantastic retro Pan-Am bag filled with goodies. I have to be honest when I say, I didn’t attend BlogHer and/or parties for the swag …in fact, I didn’t care about it in the least {and I may have been the only one ;} but these retro bags are so adorable it has become my new camera bag.

Pan Am screening. #BlogHer11 photo-21

photo-9 photo-10

photo-8 Dessert. Last night. @PanAmABC party #BlogHer11

*After the Pan Am party, I was supposed to hit the Style Suite at the Hard Rock but based on advice from a friend, I didn’t make it and really I can’t tell you how bummed I am that I missed it. We stopped in our room to freshen up a bit and randomly caught an unforgettable firework show from our balcony.

fireworks over the water

* We ended our trip with the CheeseburgHer Party …which actually smelled like cheeseburgers. And while the smell of McDonald’s at a party is kind of gross, the party itself was fun and yet another night of hundred’s of women {and my husband and brother} dancing til we couldn’t feel our feet.

* And here’s the only shot I have from it …my glowing arm party!

Glowing arm party at CheeseburgHer #blogHer11

* We woke up Sunday morning very sleepy and ready to go back home. The sun was so bright, I couldn’t even look at the camera.


Coronado island in San Diego+view from the Marriott Marquis hotel

* One last look at our view… and we were off. Back to LA.

Bye bye San Diego. It's been fun. #blogher11

BlogHer was such a wonderful experience, if it happened to be on the West Coast every year, I would go …but next year I think it’s in New York and I’m not too big on flying so I’ll make no such commitments as of yet.

I have handfuls of business cards to go through and URLs and Twitter handles to find and follow which I will be sorting through this week. It was so lovely to have met everyone I did and bummed I missed a few of you ladies {Mama Kat & Bethany and so many more!} but I’ve come out of my closet, so to speak 😉 and am possibly much more open-minded about meeting my fellow bloggers and far less anti-social than I had been prior to BlogHer. In fact, for not attending one single conference session at BlogHer, I actually learned a lot. And that’s something.


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Maegan Tintari

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

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