I am beyond happy and over the moon to say that Mattiepalooza and the 2012 Style Bloggers of Color conference happened this past weekend. A huge thank you to everyone who attended, spoke or was a vendor – it was because of YOU that it even happened. I would love to go on and on AND on about how amazing the weekend was but I think my feelings and thoughts on the event will be better captured through video.
Much thanks to panelists – Kim, Tiffini, Monroe, Marie, Christen, Charles, Danica, Amber, Nicole, Myleik, Shalawn, Alexis, Marian, Allison, Katie, Ria & Tia :) The information you all shared on Saturday was so insightful, helpful & necessary. Your stories and advice have changed my thinking and encouraged me to become the blogger I’ve always wanted to be.
To our keynote speaker, Claire: your story made us all realize that taking risks and presenting quality content are key to being successful as a blogger and that being involved involved in the blogging community is what will takes us far. Thank you so much for speaking and making the SBOC Awards so special.
Also huge thank you’s to our partners/sponsors: Google, Smartwater, Beautiful Textures, Bronner Bros., Nakate, Sole Society & Lamik Beauty. Just the fact that you believe in the Style Bloggers of Color community means the world. We’re so excited to work together again for the conferences to come.
To Carter – you truly put your foot into the fashion show. Thank you for being so good, so creative and so thoughtful. A thank you to you and the entire James Taylor firm.
To Shawntel of SOA Event Concepts, who planned the events this weekend, thank you so much for believing in Mattiepalooza as much as I do and making my vision our vision. Your hard work and the valiant effort put forth by your team is the reason why SBOC 2012 was so special. Thank you 1000 times.
To my team – Diamonde, Nes & Ashley – you girls make my world go ’round. Thank you for putting up with my abrupt requests, crazy ideas and impossible expectations. Thank you for bending over backwards, going the extra mile and giving 200%. To Adia, we missed you tons. And thank you for all your work on social media leading up to the conference.
To the attendees, thanks so much for letting us be a part of your weekend and lives. All of your tweets, posts and sweet words have not been overlooked. I’m forever indebted to you guys making the inaugural SBOC conference happen.