It was such an honor to be invited to “TweetUp” the VIP Blogger Convention in Orange County. The event was held at “The Outlets at Orange” (formerly known as “The Block”), and was not only a fashion gathering, but also a meeting to raise awareness about the outlets and the shopping center’s official name change.
Café Tu Tu Tango and Lascari’s Italian Cucina offered up a delicious food spread. “Sweets from Heaven” had an irresistible, help-yourself, candy bar and the canned Perrier kept flowing all night.
We broke up into groups with tour guides and began to blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and film, as we were led to the major outlets for some fun and games.
Our first stop was Nordstrom Rack where they entertained us with a live fashion show and a trend report.
Next was Saks 5th Off where we were encouraged to match a pair of shoes to an outfit and post it to Instagram or Twitter. There were prizes for the first tweets, but I kept getting sidetracked with all of the amazing shoes at great prices and lagged a bit in the contest. My “Shiny Object Syndrome” was kicking in and the glass chandeliers became a point of interest.
It wasn’t until we got to Neiman Marcus Last Call when my ADD overtook me. We were supposed to run around the store and find orange signs that depicted the fall trends. The first person to find them all would win a prize. But, I was completely stopped in my tracks, when I literally ran into a Chanel gown covered in sequins and beads. The gown was displayed in a glass case right smack in the middle of the hard aisle. So, it was pretty much a roadblock for me not finishing the scavenger hunt first.
It got even worse after that, Michael Kors bags were calling my name; Kate Spade pumps were jumping out at me; and the Rachel Zoe dress I tried on was AWESOME!!! Oops, I meant the Rachel Zoe dress I was “going” to try on was awesome. Oh, what’s the point of hiding it? The real reason I didn’t come in first was because I took a detour into the dressing room. There, I said it! Can you blame me? That’s what happens when you throw a fashion addict into a sea of discounted, designer goods! That reminds me, I better get back to The Outlets at Orange, I still have some things on hold.
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