Last month I attended the Lucky FABB (Fashion And Beauty Blog) Conference for the first time, and I had a great time. Eva Mendes took off her shoes, Bryan Boy confessed that he wears the same things over and over again (like I do), and I almost cried listening to Kate Bosworth talk about her relationship with her new hubby. Oh, and I learned a lot about blogging and business and how to leverage my blog to make my business stand out. I attended some really great workshops that featured the entrepreneurs behind Birchbox, Wanelo and Warby Parker. SO inspirational. And I also met a TON of great bloggers that I can wait to learn more about! I say this over and over again on The Feisty House, but blogging is truly a team sport. Build networks with other bloggers and work together!
I wore my Feisty Society “My Blog is Dope” sweatshirt (with Zara checked trousers, Target bag and Nine West suede pumps) to Lucky FABB, and it was the BEST decision. The feedback was AMAZING! Seriously! Everyone I met kept asking, “Where did you get your sweatshirt?” I was so proud to be able to explain that it was actually something I’d created. I gave out so many business cards, including one to Eva Chen herself when she saw my sweatshirt and mentioned that she loved it! That was such an amazing moment for me. I’m usually pretty awkward at conferences because I don’t like approaching and introducing myself to people, but wearing my own design and getting so much positive feedback from it made me so much more comfortable and confident! By day two of Lucky FABB, I was introducing myself to everyone I sat next to, and I realized it really isn’t as hard as I’d always imagined. Since Lucky FABB, I’ve been reaching out to new people a lot more, attending networking events and meet-ups, and just really trying to practice putting myself out there. The results have been really positive! I don’t know why I didn’t start doing this sooner.
Like I mentioned, I learned a ton of things at Lucky FABB, but here are the top three lessons I learned:
1. Develop relationships with other bloggers, and then work with them!
2. Failure is a big part of starting your own business (something I don’t think about, but should remind myself)
3. Be true to yourself and to your voice. Don’t copy other bloggers because they have more followers or more brand partnerships. Your voice is one of a kind!
I would highly recommend that all of you who have blogs attend at least one blogger conference in the next year. The face-to-face interaction with other bloggers is priceless. I may attend another Lucky FABB, or next year’s Style Bloggers of Color Conference (which I heard was great but unfortunately missed, because I could only attend one conference this year…I am trying to save for a wedding after all).