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Wayfair + Boston Bloggers Holiday Event.

Last weekend was one of my proudest moments while running Boston Bloggers with Alison. We worked with the creative and passionate team at Wayfair to host a full-day conference for local bloggers to kick off the holiday season. It was an amazing group  of ladies (over 100 bloggers came from all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island!), and we had so much fun. There were great speakers, DIY sessions (one of which was hosted by me!), awesome blogging tips, including a session about SEO from the expert team at Wayfair and conversation with Alison that asked us “why are we blogging in the first place?” A special shout out to Third Eye Chic Studio for sharing these photographs with me — I was so busy leading my DIY session that I didn’t have time to take any pictures — a few of my favorites from the day are below, and if you’re interested in checking out more, visit the hashtag #HFTHboston on twitter and instagram.
Wayfair Wayfair 2I was setting up for my DIY session and just caught a few minutes of the keynote opening session with Heather Armstrong of Dooce and Christiane Lemieux of Dwell Studio, but what I heard blew me away — these are some amazingly inspirational women that have followed their dreams and made it big. We were so very grateful to both of them for joining the event and sharing their expertise with us (and so thankful that the Wayfair team brought them to the event!).

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The absolutely charming and talented Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty hosted a tabletop styling session using products from all of the Wayfair brands; it was so great to meet her and her team in person and see them in action — they were  truly talented and the results of the tabletop styling were gorgeous!

Wayfair 8Wayfair 9As a huge fan of Island Creek Oyster Bar, I fan-girl-ed out meeting Chef Jeremy Sewall. Chef Jeremy brought the group through his tips for planning holiday meals. I really loved that it had such a local focus on seafood and ingredients that you can find from New England. I learned so much about seafood (did you know that longer antennas on lobsters indicate they’re fresher? And that all of the lobster from ICOB and Row 34 come from Jeremy’s cousins in Maine?). It was also really enlightening to hear him talk about the process of writing his new cookbook: The New England Kitchen — which I snagged a signed copy of at the end of the event!Wayfair 10

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My session was all about getting crafty — the Wayfair team and I worked to create five different DIY gift tags that represented the five major Wayfair brands. It was great getting to demonstrate the DIY ideas and create with the bloggers, but for me the best part was that the groups got to network and chat with each other while working on their projects. I got to catch up with some old blogging friends and finally put a few real-life faces to blog names with new friends too. Wayfair 4Wayfair 7Wayfair 5Wayfair 6We ended the day with an amazing cocktail hour and yankee swap that Wayfair generously organized with dozens upon dozens of amazing gifts from their sites. It was a little bit like the Oprah Christmas Special (you get a gift! you get a gift!) and everyone got to swap, cheers, mingle, and enjoy themselves after a long day of getting into the holiday spirit. Wayfair 13Wayfair 1Wayfair 12Interested in reading some more recaps from the event? These fabulous bloggers have shared their pictures and impressions of the event too:

9 responses to “Wayfair + Boston Bloggers Holiday Event.

  1. Jaime Lynn (@laviejaime) November 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Such a fun day! Thanks again to you, Ali, and Wayfair!

  2. Alex Byer (@alexbyersays) November 17, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Hey, that’s me! But really, it was such an amazing day, thank you SO MUCH for treating us to such a fun time!

  3. Alison Jeanine November 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    So wish Arizona has something fun like this – is always amazing to connect with like minded people who love the details! 🙂 XO, Alison

    http://www.simplyfairbyalisonjeanine.com

  4. Laura Chassaigne (@LauraChassaigne) November 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    So fun! 🙂 Thanks so much, Kate, Ali, and Wayfair! 🙂

  5. Catie November 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    So excited that I found your blog, new to the blog world and Boston! Perfect blog to follow for both 🙂

  6. Jenna at Boston Chic Party November 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Looks like such a fun time- hope it got everyone into the holiday spirit 🙂

  7. elizabethcraneswartz November 17, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    an incredible day – thank you!!

  8. Salem Style November 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

    That was a great day! Thank you again 🙂

  9. Sarah Blodgett November 23, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I had such a great time, thanks so much for a great event!
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    http://everydaystarlet.com/

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