Heavy on Fashion at #BlogU

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Hello all my fashion divas and gurus!  I am super excited to share with you my experience at #BlogU15.  As promised, I am giving you all not only an inside look at the latest and greatest in fashion and beauty but also more of my life.

Well, today I am giving you a look at my time at Blog U!

So all my fashion divas and gurus! I started my journey out of Newark Penn Station boarding the Amtrak train with my super heavy suitcase, full of things that were completely unnecessary for the conference,  heading to the business class car. I have to say, I loved business class. It was quiet, the seats were comfy, and I was able to work on my blogs thanks to the free WiFi. Yes free WiFi!

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This is my look for the first day at BlogU 2015.
Necklace: Forever 21
Wig:  The Brazilia by Sensationnel in DX2733
Jacket: JCP
So after a 3 hour train ride, I rolled my heavy suitcase and big hair to Blog U 2015. When I arrived at BlogU in Baltimore, I was a bit intimidated. I mean holy crap, I am about to met some great writers. Fear kicked in and my beautifully designed introverted self came out. I checked in and hauled ass to my room.  

Side Note: Sometimes my awkward social anxiety moments leave me with a known condition of Bitch face. I kind of talk about it here, so if I gave you the Bitch face, #sorry

The Swag Bags

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I am still using my goodies from the Blog U especially the myCharger Power Bank

Once, I entered my room all became right with the world.  Thank goodness for those great Swag Bags!  Strangely enough, those Swag Bags broke my mini anxiety attack. Those lovely Swag Bags and the fabulous treats inside help to realize that I am here for a reason.  I am here to meet new people,  learn new techniques, enjoy all the swag in these two bags, and expand my brand.  Those Swag Bags saved my Blog U academic stay.

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After taking some photos of the swag bags on my instagram page and doing a quick meditation session to get my nerves in check,  I was on my way to my first Blog U event.

The Speakers

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Blog U started with a informative Key Note from Jill Smokler of owner of Scary Mommy, Anna Luther of My Life and Kids, and Nikki Knepper of Mom Who Drink and Swear. I learned so much from this key note especially how being yourself can lead to being a better writer and business savvy

The Classes
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After the Keynote, I started my first two conference classes. This was my first experience attending a conference that really dived into the ins and out of the bloggersphere. There were so many classes to chose from but I am pretty happy with my overall choices. Many of the classes that I participated in I planned to use to make my blog and my writing better for all of you!

Here was my class schedule during my stay at Blog U

Friday June 5th 

  • SEO 101 with Lynn Morrison - creator of  The Nomad Mom Diary 
  • Branding Your Business with Eddie Giese - creator of eddiwgiese.net

Saturday June 6th

  • Building online Communities that Benefit Your Audience & You with JD Bailey of Honest Mom and Jen Mann of People I want to Punch in the Throat
  • Video 101 with Jeremy Sheeler of Awarehouse Production 
  • Mastering Pinterest with Anna Luther of My Life and Kids
  • How to Create a Media Kit that Speaks a Brand's Language with Melissa Culbertson of Blog Clarity
 I have a notebook and a tablet full of strategies that I am now implementing on Heavy on Fashion, Just Malanb, and Milan Malan word on the Street.
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The Party

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There was two fabulous evening parties through my stay at Blog U but to be honest my favorite event was the Middle School to the Max Party hosted by Nickelodeon. Though I love the Pep Rally, I found that the Middle School to the Max Party was great release for me to open up and let loose. The decor was fun and the awkward middle school wear by the fellow students and teachers of Blog U was hilarious!

For more photos, check out more on Heavy on Fashion Facebook

Here are most of my snapshots of my time at #BlogU15 ...more photos and a exclusive post coming to www.heavyonfashion.com
Posted by Heavy on Fashion on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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The Friends 

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I am so happy to have met these fabulous ladies at Blog U. Blog U is all about building your tribe and I am so happy to say these ladies are a member of my tribe.

Shout out to  Shelley Burke, Sarah Mueller of Earlybird Mom, Tracey Smith, and Cristina Trinidad of Faithfully Social ! Yes, that is me at the end Big hair and all.

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At the Nickelodeon party, I had a ball with a few more bloggers/tribe members. We had a great time, as you can see. That night was great and the last party event for the conference. Above are Shelly Tucker of Moms with Tots, TaTanya Todd, Angelina Simms, Michelle Grewe of Crumpets and Bollocks, and McCall Humes of McCall of the Wild.

I also meet some other great blogger as well! Shout out to the following ladies, I learned so much from our meal chats and after class discussions. You guys are awesome!

And finally The End 


I learned so much from Blog U. I am taking all the lessons that I learned both inside and outside the classroom to make me a better blogger/influencer/Writer. Blog U gave me the push to make my love of blogging into my career! I can not wait to attend Blog U next year next and meet some old friends, new friends, and keep building my tribe.

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Until Next Time
Live,Style, Write

Heavy on Fashion is going to Blog U!

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am super excited because I am going to Blog U. 
I've been to several conference, mostly focusing on fashion and beauty . I've never attended a  3 day conference that focuses on expanding your blog into a career, writing, and all about blogging in general. This conference, I get to talk to a more diverse group of blogger.  I am super excited and to be honest scared. 

Yeah, I am super scared and super excited. A pile of emotions that are just plain weird and cool at the same time. This feeling is kind of like the first day of school...I don't remember if that was a good experience for me or not but going to find out June 5-7!

So, Why am I scared? 

  1. I am not really good with large groups of people. I am very much a introvert and prefer small more intimate settings. Plus I have anxiety issues. I hope this conference will help me with that. 
  2. What if they don't like me?! My personality is very friendly but it takes me a while to warm up to people. So yeah...I maybe a bit awkward on day one. Example:  I may look at you with a bitch face but inside I am probably screaming "Be my friend!" 
  3. I have seen some of the bloggers attending this conference and I am a bit intimated. So many accomplishments, I am a bit envious and scared. What do I have to bring to the table? Maybe Nutella or maybe, a nice wig, a funky pair shoes..I don't know?
  4. Holy crap this is my first 3-day conference. My first stay away from home conference. Most of the conferences that I attend are in NYC and only last for a few hours. If I don't like a conference in the city, I take that good ole NJ transit back home and watch some TV.  I can't run from this conference. 
  5. I don't even know what I should bring...Help! 
  6. I have to pick out classes...no offense to higher education but my first, second, and third bout in college didn't go so well...oh damn! (Shout out to Saint Peter's in Jersey City!)
  7. Damn it, I still do not have my #middleschoolawkward outfit. (Sad story) Most of my photos from middle school burnt up in a family house fire ,a few years ago, so I really don't remember what I wore in middle school. Plus I went to catholic school, so to be honest it wasn't a pleasent  middle school experience ( I will talk about that at another time on JustMalanb!) 

But I am also super excited..here is why?

  1. Holy crap! I am going to Blog U! This is a great opportunity to learn so much . I can't wait to bring my blog to the next level. My goal is to be a full time blogger and make a full time salary doing it. I hate my current job. My career goal is to expanding the Heavy on Fashion/JustMalanb/MMWOS brand  and make it into a profitable, fun, and eye opening experience. 
  2. I am going to meet so many people. Networking is key in this business but long friendships are even better. I am really looking forward to meet kindred spirits in writing and hopefully other areas in life as well. 
  3. I'm excited about the classes. Though I have been blogging for a while now, I have so much to learn especially about SEO.(Sidenote, I still do not know what SEO means..smh)  I am open to all the Blog U knowledge that I am about to receive. Amen!
  4. I get to buy new clothes! You can not go wrong with a new wardrobe and maybe a wig or two! You got to love shopping :)
  5. I get to bring all of you along on my Blog U journey! I will be taking tons of photos, videos, and commentary of my time at Blog U and sprending the goodness on my social media pages.  I hope I have wifi there or at least good reception (Metro PCS I hope you are reading this!)
  6. I may meet some sponsors! I mean I am going into this conference with a open mind and a open heart to new opportunities. I have a feeling that Blog U maybe a start to something great.
  7. I am really looking for a few mentors in this field and I hope that Blog U is a place for me to find them. No matter how old I may be I need guidance and a glass of Vodka!
So I am going to Blog U! Can you believe it! 

Until Next time