NC Blogger’s Meetup!

April 18, 2012

This Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting other local NC bloggers at Benelux in Raleigh for a good old fashioned meet up. The event was organized by Kate, Lauren, and Carrie of The Small Things Blog, From My Grey Desk, and Chasing Big Dreams, respectively. I’m a recent follower of Kate, who you may recognize from her viral hair tutorials on Pinterest, and considering my blog is about one month old, the timing of this way perfect. However, I was nervous. In the days leading up to the event the thought of bailing and staying home with a movie and some good wine crept into my head many times. I kept thinking, “Is my baby blog really up to snuff?” Luckily my attention span is short and before I really answered this question, I was on to thinking about other things, like dinner or what to wear tomorrow.

So, finally, Sunday came. I had dance practice in the early afternoon that ran over, so I had to run home and feverishly get ready. I thought, “Oh no. Things are already starting to go awry!” But made up, dressed, and ready to mingle, I jumped into my car 30 minutes later and headed North. 90 mins after that, I was lost in downtown Raleigh. Stupid Google Maps! Street names changed spontaneously as I was on them. Rights were demanded going in the wrong direction on one way streets. And I was directed to drive directly into buildings. No lie. It was a hot mess of direction. Aaaaaand, my battery was almost dead. PERFECT. But somehow I spied Benelux on my third or fourth loop around the same block and turned navigation off before I threw my whole phone out the window.

Parked, nervous, and still minorly irritated from my navigation disaster, I walked into Benelux…. and my anxiety faded. Smiling faces, high pitched shrieks of “Hi!”, and the sound of coffee being made was all around me. Cute bikes were perched on the wall, piquing my triathlete sense, and cute bright outfits were abound. It totally took my mind off the first part of my day.

So, I got a smoothie. Sat. Found some ladies. And we all talked. And talked. And talked. Who knew there were so many funny and cute local bloggers? The evening went so quickly and soon it was  finally time to say good-bye. We all exchanged cards (so that I could blog-stalk them later), snapped some final photos, and I left (with a goody-bag, no less. score!) feeling redeemed. Such a lovely evening. So thank you, to Kate, Lauren, and Carrie for organizing this shin-dig, to Benelux for hosting, and to all the lovely ladies I met, for their encouragement and their laughs. It was a blast and I cannot wait until next time!!

Benelux Raleigh{outside]

Benelux Raleigh{window shots}

Benelux Raleigh{can’t miss it}

Benelux Raleigh{bikes!}

Benelux Raleigh{hosts l-r: Kate, (yours truly!), Lauren, & Carrie}P.S. My skirt is handmade by me! Tutorial coming soon.

{the group}

{parting gifts}

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Allyson April 19, 2012 at 1:58 am

Loved meeting you the other night Andrea…your blog is fabulous!


Andrea April 19, 2012 at 2:26 am

Thanks! I hope my writing passes the test!! 🙂


kimberly montgomery April 19, 2012 at 5:38 am

I’m so glad you wrote about the event. I ended up with a sinus infection so I couldn’t go :(. I love the photos of the coffee shop as well as everyone that came. 🙂


Andrea April 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

Hi Kimberly! Hopefully you can make the next one. And I hope you feel better. Sinus infections are no fun… well, being sick in general is no fun, but you know what I mean 🙂


Lacey April 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

loved your re-cap of the night’s events so much i gave you a shoutout on my post. 🙂 nice meeting you at the meet-up!


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