10. Alexis. Thursday night didn’t go so well for me. I was working the crowd at the Social Luxe Lounge when I was hit upside the head with panic for whatever reason. I ended the night crumpled up in a corner crying. I’m giving God complete credit for somehow allowing Alexis to find me, whereupon she gathered me and my stuff and ran interference for me out of the party, up 6th avenue and back to the safety of my hotel room. Alexis? Thank you, whether you are aware of it or not, you answered a very desperate prayer that night.


9. The Serenity Suite. What a brilliant idea Maggie had to come up with a safe place for those of us with any sort of social hiccup, be it depression, anxiety, the pressure to drink or just plain overwhelmedness. Huge kisses to Heather for organizing as well, BlogHer for allowing it and all my fellow hostesses for hosting it.

annie and maggie.

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8.* Coming home with a Luminess Airbrush makeup system from the CraziBeautiful Suite. Dude. It stayed on through the State Fair sweats, nothing has to touch my face to get makeup on and it’s really quick and easy to use. Dare I say foolproof? Cody has even noticed a huge difference. And he’s a dude. Who doesn’t exactly notice much on a regular basis.Expensive? Yes. But knowing what I know now? Worth it. (I feel the same way about it as I do about my Clarisonic. I hemmed and hawed for over a year about the purchase of a Clarisonic, and when I finally did? I regretted not buying one sooner.)

7. My roommates. Seriously. I could have spent the entire week with just them locked in the room and it would have been just as fantastic. We snuck away to have dinner in Little Italy on Saturday night and everything about it was perfect. One of those moments you lock away forever that also just happens to be slightly garlic scented.

me and sam
times square with my BFF. yes.

6.* The Metamucil suite. Look, Emily discovered first hand that woman cannot live on cupcakes and vodka alone. I even tweeted “LESS VODKA! MORE FIBER!” at one point. They had an unlimited supply of tasty tasty fiber shakes and after discussing how many women enjoyed a good poop but weren’t um, going so well (see previous cupcake/vodka comment) I sang the praises of the Metamucil suite. (It was also conveniently next door to the Serenity Suite, coincidence? I think not.) Bonus? I received a copy of “What’s Your Poo Telling You?” when I came home. Fascinating book, for reals.

5. Chelsea Market. See previous photo loaded post about Chelsea Market. A special thanks to Loralee and Jo for letting me tag along.


4.* The Verizon Wireless MiFi card. Verizon asked if I’d like to bring one of these tiny little secure wireless networks with me to New York to try out. Little did I know it would be going across the country with me as well. When I had to give it back yesterday Charlton Heston quotes came to mind.

  • It worked in the car, while driving across more than half  the distance of the country. We don’t carry smart phones, but we do have iPod touches, and being able to use Urban Spoon from the freeway to find the best Thai food in Omaha, NE? Spectacular.
  • Sam, roommate extraordinaire, is Canadian. Canadians are charged an arm and several smaller extremities when using their iPhones outside their native country. Having the MiFi allowed her to continue to use her iPhone obsessively without having to give up phalanges upon returning to Canada.
  • Between BlogHer and BlogIndiana this past weekend? I never had to worry about questionable wireless at an event space. I was also allowed to win friends and influence people due to the capability of it allowing up to five devices to be connected at once.

3. A hug from Polly. No offense to the other howevermanybillion people on the planet, but Polly is officially the. best. hugger. ever. Not to mention she was plopped right in front of me at the perfect moment on Friday morning. After collapsing on Thursday night, God (or fate, whomever or whatever you choose to go with) put exactly who I needed to see right in my path. Polly was one of these people.


2.* Miraclebody jeggings and the Remington curling wand from Getting Gorgeous. First of all? Me? Skinny jeans? PFFT. But make them stretchy with an elastic waistband that are comfier than my pajama pants? Yes please. Plus they really look like jeans. Unlike some other jeggings out there that have the stitching PAINTED ONTO THEM. blech. Second of all? This curling wand thing? It’s like hot rollers without all the work. I’m not sure what about it makes it so different, Addie will tell you it’s because it’s pink. I will tell you that it’s less than $30 and hair-changing.

1. Being me. Especially when I thought that I lost me on Thursday night.

(Yep, this post contains reviews of complimentary products I received while attending BlogHer, I can assuring you the opinions and the mentions of them are purely voluntary and my own.)


  1. Did the poo book come with the log book? I totally gave that to my father in law for Christmas. We always do a silly gift along with a serious one. It was a hit.

    Casey Reply:

    @Hockeymandad, There’s too many puns to handle in this comment! (but no, no “official” log book)

  2. I’m so glad you had an amazing time, in spite of Thursday night:)

    Casey Reply:

    @thepsychobabble, Oh heavens, me too. I was so convinced that it was over Thursday night and that there was no point to me even attending the conference.

  3. This post makes me want to buy a lot of things, including but not limited to a Remington Curling Wand, the make-up sprayer of awesomeness, and Metamucil.

    So far, I’ve already got the Metamucil. Go me.

    Casey Reply:

    @ClassyFabSarah, Come over, I’ll spray you, curl your hair and we can sip Metamucil ****tails.

    ClassyFabSarah Reply:


    Don’t tease me, that sounds heavenly.

    Also, did your blog just censor the use of the word c*cktails?

    But seriously… I wonder if Metamucil ****tails will catch on. You should patent that idea.

    Also, the pink lemonade flavor is delicious.

    Casey Reply:


  4. I can vouch for the airbrush makeup! After being a guinea pig? I wished I had one! I looked great even in the sweaty Indiana heat! I was sad to wash it off before bed!

    Casey Reply:

    @Sluiter Nation, All three of you could have been an advertisement for spray on makeup!

  5. I hope to make it there next year. I’m always a bitter betty about all of the tweets. Then jealous uh….julie? about the fun stories afterward. Even if I got no swag, I think it would be totally worth it. I’m more interested in meeting people than hauling home a suitcase full of crap I have no room for.

    Casey Reply:

    @Lizz, I have perfected the hauling a suitcase full of spectacular things, but yes, I would still take the time with my friends over anything.

  6. Numerous posts on the joy of jeggings *almost* has me convinced to try a pair…almost! That Alexis is pretty awesome. I’m only just getting to know her but I already love her!

    Casey Reply:

    @Emily, Apparently the biggest thing with jeggings is finding ones that look like jeans, not leggings painted like jeans. Good luck! I do love mine.

  7. Man, your dance videos never fail to put a huge smile on my face! Probably because white girl here has got NO rhythm whatsoever, and you’ve got moves to spare! Keep dancin’!

  8. hugs kisses back at you, lady.

    Alexis was my roommate (one of them) and she really does rock the party.

    And also, you have perfectly beautiful teeth.

    And also, can I swipe that photo of Ann and Maggie…
    could they BE more great? nope.

    Same goes for you.

    Casey Reply:

    @Heather of the EO, My camera literally vibrating taking their picture. And later as well when I took a picture of Maggie and her Damm!tits later.

  9. You and Alexis are two of my favourite “friends I’ve never been blessed to meet in real life”. I hope one day the both of you can gather me up in person.

  10. I kinda did go to blogher just to hang out with my roommates, I don’t regret it one bit. It was perfect.

  11. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I need someone to teach me how to wear red lipstick! You look fabulous!

  12. That video of you dancing? Priceless.

    Glad you ended up having a fantastic time!

  13. I loved seeing… you.

  14. Glad you weren’t lost on Thursday. I saw you lost at Type A last year. That was not nice.

  15. I suddenly want to buy things I don’t need and ponder what my poo is saying. But mostly I want to give you a hug because you? I think you are a FABULOUS you. And I barely know you, so I can only imagine how TRULY. FABULOUS. I would think you are if I’d known you forever.
    Um, yeah, that made more sense and didn’t sound quite so creepy in my head. 🙂

  16. What fun! Glad God sent you and angel when you needed one. Thanks for always sharing your life with us 🙂

  17. ummm that video of you dancing? is so frickin’ priceless like you don’t even know. i was DYING laughing over here because that is SO the casey i know.

    and also? opening your site and seeing a big ass picture of my sweaty face was awesome. but not. bwahahaha.

    love you girl.

  18. See? and I went to the Metamucil suite and they were kind of rude to me and didn’t help me with my problems at all. BOO!

  19. I’m very thankful that Alexis saved you on Thursday… so that you could save me on Friday!

  20. Late to the party, though I’ve been looking at this post on my phone forever and kind of thought I already commented. Maybe I was thinking of our emails. This photo of Ann and I is a treasure to me. An honest to God treasure. You are amazing. Thank you for spreading the magic dust of your gift around so freely. xo