Hey, all! Hope everyone has been doing well. Today, I am going to be talking about my wonderful experience at SoCal Social 2013 last weekend. I was lucky enough to win a ticket to the SoCal Social this year. Yay! For those who don’t know, Socal Social is an annual networking and socializing blogger event that takes place in Old Towne Orange in Orange, California. It was hosted by Beverly of Flamingo Toes and Vivienne of The V Spot. In addition to making new friends and connecting with other bloggers, merchants in Old Town Orange are generous enough to give attendees swag as they visit their shops during the “swag walk” around Old Towne Orange. At the end of the swag walk, attendees have an amazing dinner at Avila’s El Ranchito Restaurant, get a chance to win prizes, obtain more swag, and listen to great keynote speakers.
Since this was my first year attending, I’ve got to be honest, I was very nervous. I knew no one, but all of the gals at the Social were super inviting and friendly and made the experience great. Most of the day I tagged along with Carolina Moore of 30 Minute Crafts and Andi Sheppard of Crazy Daze Designs. I definitely picked up a lot of great tips from Carolina about blogging! Thanks, girl!
Instead of taking you through every thing I did that day, I am going to talk about the amazing highlights and swag I got that day. If you want to see most of my swag walk from last week, make sure to visit my Instagram and Twitter feeds! I will also be posting a list of all the SoCal Social sponsors at the end of this post so that you can check them out yourselves!
Here we go!
My first stop along the swag walk was Heavenly Hostess. That shop is definitely heavenly. There were so many novelty items I wanted to buy. Heavenly Hostess let us choose a nifty Glam Headband to take home with us. I picked out the Holiday Hostess. This will be great to wear when the Christmas and New Year’s Day comes around. I love, love, love the print! Also, it doesn’t fall off. It says snug on your head. Love it.
The best part? It’s reversible!
In addition to the freebie we got, I decided to buy a Dammit Doll, See my Instagram and Twitter feeds to see what patterned doll I got. I couldn’t resist, especially seeing Betty White’s photo propped next to the basket of dolls. Great concept!
My next favorite swag treat was this stunning ring from Cocorose Boutique. It’s simple yet beautiful. I loved the collection of handbags, clothing, and jewelry in the store. I have bookmarked that place in my memory bank!
Next up is Spotted Moth! That store. Oh, my. It was amazing, too! I crept slowly around to spy for a clearance section and, yes, they had one. As you may have seen already, I bought this beauty.
At dinner, we got a second bag packed to the brim with more swag from our sponsors. Something I immensely enjoy buying are hair ties. Don’t ask me why. I just have this fascination to them practically in bulk, particularly if they’re practical and unique looking. so, lo’ an behold, we were gifted these adorable elastic hair ties made by Monika of The Lovebug Collection. I love the colors, and they’re beautifully made.
Another item I loved from the dinner swag bag was this nifty bookmark.
As a published writer myself, I love reading other people’s works. I am definitely adding “An Altered Existence” by Melody M. Nunez to my reading list. It looks like amazing read.
At the dinner, we had two amazing keynote speakers: actress, Eva La Rue, and interior designer, writer, author, and TV host, Mark Montano. They both had uplifting and inspiring keynote speeches about thinking and dreaming big when it comes to goals. There were even visualization exercises we did (my husband, who is a NLP practitioner and hypnotherapist, was ecstatic to hear about that)! And, I knew exactly what we were doing, too!
Also, I won a Project Life kit, an American Crafts scrap booking product! I’ve read and seen a lot about Project Life, and was super excited to try it out. I will definitely be figuring out how to use Project Life and using it. I’ll be blogging about my project soon. Woo!
At the end of the night, I almost wasn’t able to carry everything I got to the car!
All in all, this was an amazing experience. I am definitely hooked on going again next year, and I highly recommend bloggers, particularly crafting and lifestyle bloggers, to attend.
Here is the list of sponsors of the SoCal Social event. Please visit and support their businesses!
Affair de Couer: Facebook
Avila’s El Ranchito: Facebook
Coco Rose Boutique: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Country Road Antiques: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Creative Cakes: Facebook
Down Home Antiques: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Eikon Home: Facebook Instagram
Elsewhere Vintage: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Front Porch Pops: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Heavenly Hostess: Facebook
JoyRide: Facebook Instagram
Lost & Found Vintage: Facebook Instagram
Orange Candy Company: Facebook
Paris In A Cup: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Provisions: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Spotted Moth: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Tea Leaf Cottage: Facebook
Vintiques Home Decor: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Eva LaRue: Twitter Instagram
Mark Montano: Facebook Twitter Instagram
American Crafts: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Amy Cornwell: Facebook Twitter
Canvas Corp: Facebook Twitter
Cut It Out Frames: Facebook
The Duck Brand: Facebook Twitter Instagram
The Electric Moon: Facebook Instagram
Flora Craft: Facebook Twitter
I Love To Create: Facebook Twitter Instagram
JoTotes: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Kaleidoscope of Colors: Facebook Instagram
Lion Brand Yarn: Facebook Twitter Instagram
The Lovebug Collection: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Maison Blanche Paint Co: Facebook
Melody M. Nunez: Facebook Twitter
Mountain of the Dragon Fabrics: Facebook
Pick Your Plum: Facebook Twitter
Plaid Crafts: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Queen Bee Market: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Quirk Books: Facebook Twitter
The Ribbon Retreat: Facebook Twitter
Salty Bison: Facebook Twitter
Sassy Steals: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Sizzix: Facebook Twitter
The SNAP! Conference: Facebook Twitter Instagram
SPIN! Neapolatin Pizza: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Sweet! Baking Supply: Facebook Twitter
Tailgate Mom: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Tiddlywinks Toys: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Xyron: Facebook Twitter Instagram
Until next time, everyone!