Lessons Learned from BBNYC

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Early Bird Catches The Worm – Be on the look out!  Once the dates are released, be sure to be ready to purchase your tickets.  Thinking of VIP?  Buy them once they are released, there are a limited amount of VIP tickets, and unless you act on it initially you may miss the opportunity.  VIP was able to have many different perks, including reserved seating at special sponsored meals, special events, etc. No one likes to deal with a a bad case of FOMO!

Research Early – Since the likelihood looks pretty good that BBNYC will be returning to NYC, once the location is announced make sure to research around the location and figure out what works best for you.  If this is your first time, know that you can pretty much spend the entire day at the event.  But if there is a need for you to go back to your room at any point figure out the best route to get there.  Remember there are ways to navigate the city, and that there are times that are better to do so via different methods.

Research Some More – Just because TripAdvisor or Yelp says it’s a Bed and Breakfast, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a Bed & Breakfast.  In our case the allure of The Leo House being a block and a few avenues away from Pier 60 was all we needed. We didn’t realize it was actually a Catholic Hostel with some pretty strict rules until after we had already booked it as a non-refundable room.  The rules, were in no way expressed on TripAdvisor or Yelp, and we pretty much left a night early because we couldn’t have Lana’s oldest daughter stay overnight.  Do your due diligence!  For the money, we’d stay there again especially now that we know the circumstances.

Be Prepared – Make sure you pack enough business cards!  Or even have business cards that leave a lasting impression, like the one with you and some random guy behind you that looks like he’s sniffing your hair.  Extra medication for any emergency needs that might come up, such as headaches, heartburn, aches, pains, you name it! We love carrying ours discreetly in our Style RX.




Don’t Overpack – It’s so easy to say that you NEED everything that you are putting into your suitcase.  Honestly though, 2-3 outfits per day is not practical.  2-3 shoes per day, also not practical.  You are going to need a lot of space to bring things home, it’s inevitable! You are given items to take with you from brands.  Lana shook her head when I put a medium sized suitcase filled with my clothes/items inside of my large suitcase because I knew with attending Blogger Bash and a few other events that week, I was going to need the room.  I did.

Comfy STURDY Shoes  – I sound like a broken record.  Comfy shoes are a must BUT they also must be sturdy, and not like my Lilly Pulitzer shoes that fell apart.


Be Yourself & Have Fun!  Don’t take anything personally.  Sometimes some people are flustered and didn’t recognize you IRL.  Sometimes people may be having some anxiety and trying to figure out how to get everything done and didn’t realize that they may have been rude.  Sometimes people get hangry or sometimes people really just are not nice, either way that’s okay! Create your own fun.

we received style rx shown above for review purposes, our opinions expressed are our own.

Jenn GaffneyLessons Learned from BBNYC

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  • Becky - August 6, 2015 reply

    These are really fun tips, especially the last one. I’ve been suffering from post-partum anxiety and felt like I didn’t make as many connections with other bloggers at BBNYC as I’d hoped…but I have to realize others were probably feeling the same way I did. LOVE your purse in your business card, it’s a Thirty-One Jewel bag, right? Love it. 🙂 Sorry about your hotel and shoes though!

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