My TX Blogger Day Look:
Top& Earrings: Chicos
Pants: Talbots
Minnetonka Sandals: Stien Mart
Simply Vera Bag: Kohls

To this day, I do not know who nominated me for homecoming queen my senior year in high school. I’ve always wondered, Was it a joke…or from sincere admiration? My feelings were just that mixed up at the time…one moment I wanted to hunt them down and slap them…the next moment I wanted to hug them!

Let’s just say…I was not the typical homecoming queen type! I was not dating anyone (Who are, who are, who are we, Dateless girls of Robert E. Lee)….my mother made most of my clothes…I was much more academic than social (I realize you can be both, no letters please!)…. But, I did have a hot car …maybe that was it.

Once nominations came out, a faculty representative met with all of the nominees to go over the rules of the election. Walking into that meeting was one of the hardest things I have ever done (That was the exact time I wanted to slap the one who nominated me). I felt like a fish out of water…all eyes would be on me…Why is SHE here?…silent snickers would roll across the room…as the gorgeous girls watched me walk in. I can remember thinking…I don’t need this…I am fine without it…maybe I won’t go. But, deep inside I wanted to experience it for a moment. I wanted to know just for a little while what life on the other side was like.

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These feelings and this moment returned as I prepared to go to the Texas Style Blogging Conference in Austin this past weekend. I knew the events would be packed with young, fabulous fashionistas and the messages in my mind were….

Why am I doing this….

I must be a glutton for punishment…

They will inwardly laugh at the older woman..

I am wasting my time…..

Kyla of Blue Collar Catwalk & Erin of
Work With What You’ve Got
(Kyla’s necklace is from JC Penneys and
Erin grabbed her top at the
Friday night swap!)

Fear is rarely a good thing. Oh, it’s good to have fear if you are thinking of crossing the freeway on foot. But, the kind of fear that holds you back from experiencing life and people just never works. I discovered in the “homecoming queen” room that there were genuinely kind girls who greeted me with acceptance. In fact, the girl who eventually won queen was beautiful and sweet.

I discovered the same at the blogging conference. So many genuine, kind, creative, talented young ladies. I don’t know what they really thought of me, but to my face they were wonderful and helpful. I did not attend the events on Friday and Saturday, because I listened to the fear and decided I could be in the background at the workshops. After a day with this group, I regret not attending the other events and will do it differently next time. Fear caused me to lose out on some great fellowship and networking time. Workshop day was a whirlwind and though I did get some valuable information I would have loved more time with some of these ladies. Each panel I listened to was so rich in information, I was always sad when the conversation stopped.

Erin of Work With What You’ve Got proved that courage pays off….she stood to ask a marketing question and ended up with a designer jewelry account …representative in the audience!! BTW, Erin is one of the cutest, friendliest bloggers you will ever meet. She spent at least 10 minutes discussing cameras with me and was so helpful!!

Other incredible woman attending:

 Gabrielle; Penney of; and
Dianne Talley of  Penney is so cute
and made everyone these delicious chocolate
covered pretzels!!

So, here’s how I am going to do this… can read all kinds of information at Texas Style Council.

Indiana of, one of the
conference organizers is friendly, classy,
genuine, and a mother & wife!! Very impressive
young woman!

But, beginning tomorrow, I will bring to you what I took away from the workshops on Sunday. Pictures will feature some of the blogging superstars as well! This was worth every bit of time I gave to it and I encourage all of you to try to get to a meet up or conference somewhere.

Also, I won one of the biggest prizes given at the conference….reveal tomorrow!!

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