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Sep 09

BLMGirls DMV Experience

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Hello Friends and Happy Monday, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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Last Saturday I attended my first Blogger’s Meetup which was held in Washington, DC and sponsored by the BLMGirls DMV Chapter.  BLMGirls.com akaBloggers Like Me is an online community of women bloggers created by Leslie Young  dedicated to the positive exchange of ideas, tips and advice about fashion, beauty, relationships, faith and everything in between.  Through blogging, meetups and social networking we encourage each other and focus on REALationship building!”   

The Experience was also simultaneously being held by the Chapters in Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles.  When I initially registered for the event I didn’t realize it was during the Labor Day weekend and I almost changed my mind as I did not want to be stuck in Holiday traffic.  Thankfully, the trip to DC was delayed only by a few minor back ups about a half an hour from the venue.   At 2:30 pm, I arrived at the 201Bar, after finding a free-to-park lot across the street on Massachusetts Ave NE (I love FREE).  Upon entering this modernly decorated tavern I was immediately greeted by our hostesses Whitney James and Karen Curtis.

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Each table setting held a pink Welcome Folder that contained worksheets including a “Getting to Know You” form and on a separate table there were Swag Bags.  I was the first to arrive but shortly afterwards more lovely ladies began to enter, including my Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority sister who had traveled up from North Carolina.

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As more ladies arrived it quickly became a festive atmosphere enhanced only by the mingling which intensified as we got down to the business of completing the “Getting to Know You” form.  As we mixed and mingled the waitstaff began to bring out trays containing the most scrumptious Hors d’eouvres; an assortment of Egg Rolls, Mini Crab Cakes, Jerk Shrimp, Skewered Beef, and Flat Bread Pizza.   We were also given 1 drink ticket for which I used mine for a glass of the house Red Wine – you know me!

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The theme of the BLMGirls Experience was Building and Growing your Brand by building REALationships.  Our guest speaker, Arsha Jones of BrandBuildSell provided a lively and very informational presentation on Branding Your Blog. Throughout the presentation she allowed ample time for sharing as well as questions and answers from the group.  We took a short break to dine on Seasoned Chicken Wings, Rolls, Sliced Turkey and Mini Dessert Bars.

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At the conclusion of Arsha’s presentation, Whitney’s husband, the designated photographer took a few group photos outside and The Experience ended just as it had started – Perfectly.  Our “Swag Bag” contained a #BLMGirls TShirt and a sample of “Capital City Mumbo Sauce, a product made and marketed by Arsha and her husband.

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It definitely was a wonderful Experience and I’m glad to have met some amazing Bloggers Like Me and to finally see the faces behind the blogs. Driving home was smooth sailing and I look forward to the next BLMGirls DMV Experience.

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  1. kittehluvs

    it looks like you had a great time 🙂

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Yes, it was well worth the 2 hour drive to DC.

  2. Beauty Vancouver

    This post made me hungry! Sounds like a wonderful experience. Love the funny group pic! 🙂

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Oh the food was excellent, makes me hungry reading about it again – lol. Yes, this was supposed to be a fun pic but you see I didn’t participate – lol

  3. FASHION du jour

    Hey Now! What an awesome time!

  4. Whitney James

    Wonderful recap!! So nice meeting you and I can’t wait to hang out again. XO!

    ~Whitney

  5. Sharon

    That sounds like a ton of fun. Plus, you were right next door in Washington, DC from me. The food sounds like it was so delicious!

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Yes it definitely was fun, wow, where are you? The food was excellent and the appetizers were filling enough even before the dinner.

  6. Mitzie Mee

    Nice! You have so much going on for bloggers in USA:)

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Thank you, perhaps you can start a blogger’s meetup in your area, it would be fun and I’m sure with you leading it, it would be fantastic.

  7. yourstylistkaren

    Cute! You summed it up perfectly! It was so much fun and I hope to see you again soon!

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Yes, thank you – looking forward to the next event as well.

  8. 1mommasunshine

    That is so nice! It always nice when you actually meet with other bloggers in person! I hope that I can make the next one in the ATL!

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Yes, it was. For my first one it really set the bar for others to follow – lol

  9. Stacie

    What a nice turn out! Wish we had one here.

    1. DeDivahDeals

      It was really nice, I live in Delaware and drove to DC for this event and it was worth it.

  10. Pride in Photos Photography

    I am so jealous…I have always wanted to go to a bloggers event, this looked fantastic.

    1. DeDivahDeals

      It was great, even though I was a little apprehensive, it was definitely worth the trip to DC!

  11. dannadesigns

    What a great blogger meet-up!

    1. DeDivahDeals

      It was and so much fun!

  12. B.Style

    It seems like you had just as much fun as I did!! Wasn’t it great!! Can’t wait for the next one!

  13. Kameel

    Hey Soror! Eee-Yip!, sounds like an awesome event. Ill have to join the group at the next event!
    http://mrshall-intraining.blogspot.com/

  14. Vaneese

    I DID NOT know that you were a BLMGirl! Hey now!! Hopefully some events will be making their way to the Midwest sooner than later.

    1. DelBlogger

      oh yea oh yea doing the happy dance!!

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