more »" />

#BlogHer12: Get Moving

by Meghann on August 4, 2012

What happens when you try to feed 5,000 hungry bloggers at once?

20120803_120431.jpg

Chaos!

20120803_120435.jpg

Lunch at BlogHer was insane. We arrived early (before they even opened the doors) and raced in to grab a table before getting food. It’s a good thing we did too, because all the tables filled up quickly and everyone who grabbed food first was struggling to find seats. We waited (or tried to wait) for the lines to die down, but even after 15 minutes, the lines still wrapped around the second floor of the hotel. Luckily there were enough food stations where the lines moved quickly.

20120803_120719.jpg

Kudos to the hotel catering staff for trying to feed all 5,000 attendees at once. I can’t even imagine how big of a challenge that was. They were refilling food as soon as it ran out (which happened quickly), and I think the two folks who were wheeling the dessert carts out were almost trampled as various bloggers raced after them for mini cakes. I mean, I wasn’t one of them. Obviously. ;)

The food was pretty good. I grabbed a delicious roasted veggie sandwich, cous cous, and roasted vegetables.

IMG_8830.JPG

Alright, I lied. I was totally one of the bloggers tracking down the dessert cart. I <3 mini desserts!

IMG_8832.JPG

Martha Stewart was our lunch time key note speaker yesterday.

IMG_8834.JPG

I’ve always been a fan of Martha, but I think I’m an even bigger fan now. She’s just so real and personable and she seems to really get the strength behind social media and bloggers. She writes her own blog at www.themarthablog.com, which she started in the early 2000s. And, no, her staff doesn’t write it for her – it’s all her own voice and words and one of her favorite things. Love.

After lunch I headed to a couple of sessions.

First up, Strategic Content Development Across Multiple Media with Issa Rae, Franchesca Ramsey, Luvvie Ajayi, and Dr. Goddess.

20120803_132036.jpg 20120803_134809.jpg

The panel was mainly made up of YouTube heavy bloggers. They were hilarious and spoke about what inspired their content (friends, family, trends, etc.) and reminded us not to be afraid to put stuff out there. If no one took risks, then the internet would be a very boring place.

Second, Media Training for Bloggers with Elaine Wu and Julie Crabill.

20120803_144719.jpg 20120803_144727.jpg

This was more of a PR bootcamp for bloggers. What I really took away from it, were the notes on finding your own voice and sticking with. They reiterated to have confidence in your niche “expertise,” don’t give the answer you think people want to hear – give the answer you truly believe in, and don’t struggle to come up with an answer if you don’t have it – admit that you don’t know.

Both sessions were pretty inspiring. I can’t wait to see what the sessions bring today.

After the last session we grabbed a cab across town and headed to Physique57 for a special class with Well and Good NYC.

IMG_8841.JPG

A couple of years ago I received the Physique57 DVD (review HERE). The DVD was great, but it wasn’t interesting enough to keep me going back to it. I think I maybe did it two or three times before I set it on my on my DVD rack and never touched it again. I think my problem was A) not having someone there personally showing me what to do and correcting me along the way and B) it was easy to take mini breaks when I should have kept going. It’s one thing to do the DVD all-out – including the million straight leg lifts -but, let’s face it, it’s 10 times harder to stick to it when your in your living room and no one is staring your down. The classroom setting is always better.

When Ashley began to set-up the Physique57 event with Well and Good NYC, I was curious to really discover the difference between the DVD and the class.

IMG_8842.JPG

The class was led by Physique57 co-founder Tanya Becker. Tanya just had twins (!!) 4 months ago and was so cute and so full of energy, it was hard not to instantly fall in love with her. We started with free weights, then moved to the bar and did moves that incorporated the ball, mats, bands, and, of course, the bar. I’ve taken a few other barre method classes in the last couple of years, and I have to stay that this was the hardest of all the barre method classes I’ve ever taken. I stuck to my guns and tried not to give up when my body started to shake, and I could really feel it in my legs and arms.

20120803_165233.jpg

Tanya was amazing. She never got mean, and instead kept the encouragement up by making us laugh and telling us we could do this. I also loved the one-on-one corrections taking place. I think that’s what I was really missing with the DVD. You can be doing a move as simple as lifting your leg up and down while leaning on the bar and not feel a thing, but she would come up behind you and turn your knee a certain way and BAM you could feel it. Burn, baby, burn.

20120803_171449.jpg

My only regret with the class was wearing running shorts – big mistake! If you take a barre method class be sure to wear leggings or tight-fitting shorts or pants. Apparently I missed that memo and I apologize to any of my fellow class mates I may have accidentally flashed during class. Whoops. Good thing we’re all friends.

Did you know Chobani opened a yogurt bar store front in NYC? A whole store dedicated to greek yogurt. You pick your yogurt, pick your toppings, and enjoy. Pretty cool. We had a few creations waiting for us to try after class. I had a plain yogurt with pistachio, mint, chocolate chips, and orange slices , yum.

20120803_170728.jpg 20120803_171106.jpg

Thank you Well and Good NYC and Physique57 for hosting a great class!

Our group took advantage of the free showers at Physique57 and freshened up before heading out to dinner at Agave.

IMG_8843.JPG

I had the Rosita, a spicy strawberry margarita. I love spicy drinks – this was fabulous.

IMG_8844.JPG

Cheers!

IMG_8847.JPG

Left to right: Gina, Me, Sabrina, Ashley, Theodora, Caitlin, Erica, and Cat.

We started with guacamole

IMG_8848.JPG

And I ordered the chicken enchiladas.

IMG_8850.JPG

They were delicious, but super heavy. :)

We sat for dinner at 7:00, but didn’t leave our table until close to 11:00. We couldn’t stop talking, the conversation just flowed and flowed. This is a group of amazing ladies and I love and respect everyone of them.

IMG_8853.JPG

We walked home and I immediately crashed. It was a long, but exciting day.

I can’t wait for day 2!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

Looks like fun! I can’t even imagine those food lines!! I think I’d feel lucky to even be able to eat! ;)
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted..Enjoy Life

Reply

2 Gabby (Quest for Delicious) August 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

I love Martha! Such a domestic queen. :)
Gabby (Quest for Delicious) recently posted..Adventures in austin

Reply

3 Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Whoa, what a fun-packed day!!! That margarita looks SO good! I can’t imagine waiting in that crazy lunch line. I think I would have said ‘screw it’ and ran to Subway instead! Haha! ;)
Kristen @ notsodomesticated recently posted..European Vacation, Part Tres (Tuscany and Rome)

Reply

4 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Sounds like so much fun! Definitely jealous of you guys – seeing Martha must have been incredible.
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted..I’m Chewy All the Way.

Reply

5 Sana August 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I would love to try out the Chobani yogurt bar!
Sana recently posted..How to Throw A Dinner Party…

Reply

6 hellonheelshon August 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

The PR seminar at BlogHer12 sounds really interesting. I’d love for you to post more about what you learned there. Anything on marketing yourself? I’m a new blogger and trying to figure all this stuff out!

Reply

7 Kate August 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I NEED to check out that Chobani bar in NYC. I’m hooked on it.

Reply

8 Army Amy* August 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

BlogHer does it up big! Looks like you picked a good year to attend!*
Army Amy* recently posted..Race Recap: Glow Dallas

Reply

9 Miranda @ Biting Life August 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Wow, it looks like you had so much fun! Those chicken enchiladas look amazing :) I had no idea they had a Chobani storefront in NYC. That’s so cool!
Miranda @ Biting Life recently posted..Pineapple Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Reply

10 Courtney August 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Martha Stewart?!? Oh my gosh, I wish I were at Blogher! I’m her biggest fan ever :)

Reply

11 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions August 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Sounds like so much fun! I want to go to NYC just to check out the Chobani bar haha…seriously seems like it would be the best food place ever!
Bethany @ Accidental Intentions recently posted..Return of the PDR

Reply

12 Annette @FitnessPerks August 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Ahhhh I love barre work! And yes to the capris or tights to those classes ;)
Annette @FitnessPerks recently posted..Olympics Fever + Petit Amuse Review/Giveaway

Reply

13 Cait August 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

wow those enchiladas do look super heavy. That is my only gripe about some Mexican places! I recently discovered one of my fav places does lettuce wrap fajitas, which is great so I am not tempted with the flour tortillas ( I have enough of them in chip form before my main meal!) lol

Reply

14 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

Um serious kudos to that hotel staff for the lunch! that sounds like a TON of work! Glad you’re enjoying the conference!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats recently posted..Oops & Fitness Survey

Reply

15 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed August 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

I didn’t see any of your bits. I feel left out.
Cat @ Breakfast to Bed recently posted..G-d and Dr Oz are Besties…

Reply

16 Ct cupcake August 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Oh I love physique 57 and pure barre classes! Tights are a must and a top that isn’t too low cut as well!

Reply

17 Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt August 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Oh my gosh! BlogHer was 100% overwhelming and insane. I had a great time but I was so surprised at how crazy it could get. Lunch was a perfect example. Loved listening to Martha and meeting so really amazing people though!

Reply

18 Caitlin August 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Aw I missed the group shot! Haha glad that you ladies had fun after I left dinner. It was such an amazing time! So fun to finally meet you too and work out together :) sorry again about having you be in that socks photo with the shorts baha
Caitlin recently posted..Fashion Friday – Mikarose WINNER!

Reply

19 Amy August 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

It was great to see ya at Physique 57! So glad you enjoyed the Chobani SoHo creations.

Amy
Chobani

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: