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[Event] 2nd Annual Arizona Blogger Conference

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Phoenix Style Collective Founding Fathers

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Blogger friend Kristianne and I

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Blogger friends Brittany & Elle

This past Saturday I attended the second annual Arizona Blogger Conference hosted by the stylish folks of the Phoenix Style Collective. This year’s conference was a more intimate one, held at uber modern Hotel Palomar in Downtown Phoenix. Fashionistas from across the desert mingled while they nibbled and noshed on yummy treats, participated in a Le Mode scavenger hunt, and made funny faces at the Mr. FunBooth photo booth. The night then continued on with the main event, listening to words of wisdom from veteran bloggers and editors like Sara Matlin of Francessmeeks.com, Summer Bellessa of The Girls with Glasses Show, Sarah Hubbell of Emma Magazine, Jessie Arigue of Style & Pepper, and my personal favorite Danielle Hampton of Sometimes Sweet.

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Danielle of Sometimes Sweet and her beau

While I enjoyed all the speakers and thought that they were all very qualified to talk to the future of Arizona bloggers, today I thought I would share with you what I took away from Danielle’s presentation. Her speech on finding your voice was something that really resonated with me, especially in a time where I am extremely unsure of myself and this blog (hashtag pregnantgirlprobs, hashtag sensativesally).

She first began by stating some of the challenges we might face as bloggers on the road to finding our own voice then proceeded to give us advice on how to combat those challenges. First on the docket: comparing yourself to other blogs and/or other bloggers. This is a major issue for me, one that I’m ashamed to admit happens on a weekly basis, but Danielle put it simply by saying that it’s good to play the comparison game but if you want to find your voice you are going to have to leave that and be you! Amen to that, sister.  The second challenge that she brought to our attention during her presentation was to not be a people pleaser. Such an obvious sentiment but one that I don’t think I realize I try to do constantly. Danielle said it best when she said, “If you try to please everyone you’re never going to succeed.” Simply put: you can’t please everyone. Someone is always going to have their opinion and that’s okay. Are you taking notes? Yes? Ok, let’s proceed. This next point is one that really hit close to home for me: not realizing that you have something to share. Because blogging is such a saturated world I always feel like I’m not bringing enough to the table here on Fabulously Average. Why come here when you might find something better out there in the blogosphere? I felt like Danielle was speaking right at me when she said that we all have an individual story to tell. There is value in every single one of my stories, someone out there is listening and isn’t that why y’all keep coming back (Thanks for that by the way!)? She drove it all home when she said, “The more you believe in yourself the more people will see that on your blog.” Truer words have never been spoken. So obvious, yet so foreign to me. I need to quite being a negative Nancy and start believing in this blog and what I bring to it (imagine dramatic fist pump here)!

Sorry for what seems like my gushy love letter to Danielle of Sometimes Sweet but I seriously think I found myself a new blogger crush. She seemed so real and down to Earth, someone I would love to get to know! Her presentation was one I kept mulling over on the ride back home and the reason why I feel rejuvenated to be a better blogger. Let’s just say she has definitely found a new and loyal reader in me.

*all images via Mr.FunBooth because I was a lazy bum and didn’t take many pictures:)

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To read my recap on last year’s Arizona Blogger Conference, click here.

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4th Annual Beer and BBQ Festival

Like I mentioned yesterday, this past weekend the boy and I attended the 4th Annual Beer and BBQ Festival in Downtown Chandler. We’ve been lucky enough to attend 3 years running and this year I thought I would share some snapshots. I really hope I was able to capture the Southwestern charm of the cute town that is Downtown Chandler. Just looking at these pictures rekindles the yumminess of the smells and tastes of that very beautiful Saturday. Enjoy!

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[Event] Kendra Scott Shopping Party

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A couple weeks ago the ladies of the Phoenix Style Collective (PSC) teamed up with jewelry boutique Kendra Scott and hosted a shopping party. Complete with cupcakes, champagne (don’t worry, water for me), and tons of beautiful, bold, and unique pieces the event was a great look into the Kendra Scott experience. Shoppers were introduced to the color bar, a touchscreen monitor where you can choose from the hundreds of stunning Kendra Scott pieces (necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings) and customize the piece to your specific taste. From selecting between a gold or silver setting, to picking from up to 26 gorgeous color options, the final products becomes a one of a kind item created by you!

The event was yet another success brought to the Valley by the folks over at Phoenix Style Collective! Those who attended received a 15% discount on their purchase for the night and I was lucky enough to win a pair of ah-mazing earrings (the Elle Gold earrings in white) perfect for summer! Enjoy some photos from the event and don’t forget to head over to the Kendra Scott site for a little shopping of your own. I’m swooning over the Rayne necklace in slate myself. Officially added to my wish list!

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The ladies of the Phoenix Style Collective

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Local? Visit the Kendra Scott boutique at the Scottsdale Quarter: 15147 North Scottsdale Road, Suite H-155, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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[Event] SwimSpot Store Opening

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A couple weeks back I had the pleasure of attending the very first Arizona store opening of SwimSpot, a designer swimwear boutique and online retailer carrying fashionable brands like Nautica, Ella Moss, Guess, Reef, and Luxe by Lisa Vogel, to name a few. The new Arizona store is located in the spacious outdoor shopping mall at SanTan Village in Gilbert, AZ

What sets SwimSpot apart from any other specialty swimwear store in the Valley? The complete concierge Fit Specialist Service experience, of course! SwimSpot offers shoppers a 1 on 1 session with a highly trained Fit Specialist to assist its patrons in finding the perfect suite for not just their body, but also their personal style. SwimSpot carries a wide range of swimsuits, cover-ups and swimwear accessories to fit many tastes and body shapes. I, myself, went home with a new suit to sport the baby bump in the coming months and super cute leisure, loose beach pants, which I already wear all around the house!  

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Local? Stop by SwimSpot at SanTan Village located at 2206 E. Williams Field Road, Suite 104, Gilbert, AZ 85295

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