Style Bloggers Of Color Conference 2013

Now that you've seen the outfits (day 1, day 2), let's get to the actual event - the Style Bloggers Of Color Conference! This group was started by a young lady by the name of Mattie, whose blog I've been reading for years. When I heard that the conference was coming to Miami this year, there was no way that I wasn't going to be in attendance. After winning a ticket through one of their instagram contests, my spot was secured and I couldn't wait to meet and learn from a plethora of bloggers whose sites I ready on a daily basis. Armed with my notebook and business cards, I went to this event with two objectives - to learn as much as possible and network!

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With the goal of one day starting my own blogger group, I attended Inez's (Style Chic 360) workshop where she taught us on how to do the legwork, get started and keep interest! But most importantly, is she slaying in this dress or what?

Renae Bluitt_Kela Walker_ Belle JheanellRenae's blog "In Her Shoes" is one that I visit frequently for inspiration. Sure there are a lot of sites out there that highlight female entrepreneurs, but hers is one of few that highlights Black women! I was happy that I had the opportunity to thank her for that in person, and of course I had to get the tea on that hair! I really had to suppress my inner creep tendencies when I was seated behind her, because all I wanted to do was play in her curls. Kela of Kela's Kloset was just as bubbly as I imagined she would be and wore the cutest skirts during the two day event.

stylelustpages_shea_curveebeauty_bellejheanell_miamibloggersMy goodness! Courtnie of Style Lust Pages really is the cutest girl ever and so sweet! Shea stepped in the building serving BAWDY! Her blog is called Curves and Confidence for a reason honey! If you want the full details on her outfit, be sure to check out her "French Connection" post!

blakevond_bellejheanell_stylebloggersofcolorconference2013If you're an avid reader of style blogs, you're more than likely obsessed with Blake Von D like most of us who were in attendance. Through her blog and social media, I imagined her to be this fun ball of energy, and she totally was.  She gave  great advice while moderating the "Social Media Butterfly" panel, and was very approachable throughout the entire weekend.

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Miami fashion blogger Ria Michelle is the epitome of just being yourself. I love her realness, unapologetic attitude for being her and her approach toward blogging.

gorgeousingrey_tyalexander_bellejheanellMeeting Ty of "Gorgeous In Grey" was another one of those moments where I had to keep my creep tendencies to a minimum. I have so much respect for her as a writer and now that I've met her, I think she's an even more amazing person. As an aspiring freelance writer, I asked a few questions during the panels and she took the time to come over afterward with some very helpful tips and allowed me to ask a bunch of questions. On more superficial level though, that hair was laid!!! I'm so obsessed with it!

When all was said and done, the biggest lesson I learned at this conference was to be myself! We can have a dope camera and the fanciest outfits - but if we're not ourselves, readers will be able to see right through that. Although it was my first time meeting some of my favorite bloggers, I had an idea of what their personalities were like prior to introducing myself. That's why their readers have such a great connection to them, and thus why their blogs are so successful. I didn't even think to get a picture with Mattie, because I'd forgotten that she wasn't my homegirl that I'd see all the time after the conference. The personality that I got from her blog was the same one that gave me the biggest hug when I showed up to the venue on Friday morning. Knowing ourselves brings me to another important point, which is knowing and/or creating our niche. Without those things we can instagram and Pin our hearts out, but if we don't know ourselves or our audience, it's counter productive. During her PR Worthy workshop, Nicole Garner had us describe our blog in just three short words and that really got me thinking when I went home. Sure I had an idea for this blog when I created it, but she made me think about really specific elements that I hadn't even considered. I have pages upon pages of notes, but I don't want to turn this post into a novel.

At the end of it all, I made lots of new friends and left with tons of information on how to make my blog better. That's what I went for, and that's what I got!

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A special thank you to everyone that helped me out with pictures over the weekend. My ratchet dslr and equally ghetto iphone decided to really show out during the conference :) For more photos, be sure to follow me on instagram!

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