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What to Wear: At a Lifestyle Blogging Event – and a Look at BlogPodium

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Last Saturday, I attended BlogPodium at the stylish Arcadian Loft located in the Simpson Tower in Toronto. First, I must congratulate publicly  Lindsay Stephenson of Aubrey and Lindsay’s Little House Blog and Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators for organizing such an amazing event. The girls put a lot of hours making it a reality and it showed when we look at their attention to details. Bravo Lindsay and Jennifer!

I tweeted a lot during the session to share the good tips from the keynote speaker Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely, who shared photos of her short stay in Toronto, and the panelists. Many attendees published their recap posts. Instead, I thought of taking this occasion to discuss what to wear when you go to a blogger conference.

For Attendees

I have a thing for patterns and it shows. A blogger conference is the perfect venue to wear your fabulous summer dress. Many of the attendees did just that.

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Vanessa of Damask et Dentelle wears so well her Italian style tunic dress. When you know Vanessa, you know that this dress is perfectly her. I wore a yellow bird printed dress that I bought this Spring at Jacob with an orange handbad by m0851. A brown braided belt embellished with two large flowers and a pair of orange gem earrings completed my outfit.

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I felt in love with a V-back floral dress of Sarah Gunn who writes at Yummy Mommy Club. With Sarah’s blessings, I scheduled another shopping trip to Zara.

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Green and pink were popular! Her green dress enhances Christine’s beautiful red hair. Christine was a panelist and told us how she makes money with her blog Bijou and Boheme. Christine wore several bracelets with her watch. Very stylish! And it reinforces her brand. I provide more tips about how to dress if you are a presenter at the end of this post.

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A few good examples of how patterns and solids can mix together. Update: Nicole A. Panacci of Lipstik Events wore a cream, green and purple floral dress that looks awesome on her. The colours suit this lively brunette girl. She is photographed with Krista Illies of Nook of Wellington.

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For Presenters

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If you are a speaker, it is an excellent idea to wear the colours of your brand or blog. And this might be an occasion where I shy away from patterns. You do not wish to deter the attention of the crowd sitting in the room. This is exactly what did Nicole Balch. Her outfit represents her well.

I look forward to the next BlogPodium this fall. With so many well-dressed women, I will make sure to plan my outfit well in advance.

Update: I am missing some names. Contact me to tell me if you are on a picture.

+ photos: Kim Vallee, Mango Studios and BlogPodium


Winners of The Art of Marketing Giveaway and a Special Rate

The winners of The Art of Marketing Giveaway will receive one free ticket each, complimentary of  The Art of Productions Inc. The two winners are:

I will email or DM the two winners in order for The Art of Productions Inc. to register you at their conference. Thank you for everyone who participate. There is still time to buy tickets. I will attend. Come to say Hi if you are there.

Special Rate for my Readers

For the others, if you wish to register to be at The Art of Marketing, you can take advantage of our preferred price of $349 – saving $50 off the regular price by using promo code KV26. Plus, when you register 3 or more people you’ll save an additional $50 off each ticket! Hurry up since the the first ten people who register using your promo code KV26 a free copy of Seth Godin book Linchpin.

+ Register for the Art of Marketing conference in Montreal and enter the promo code KV26


I’ll Be Speaking at PodCamp Montreal this Saturday

podcamp Montreal 2010

podcamp Montreal 2010

Update: You can watch a video of my PodCamp Montreal presentation on the blog of my company, Media Sidekick.

There is more to blog monetization than banner ads. I will talk about the ethical approaches that a few bloggers who I respect did to expand their advertising offering. We will talk about how you can do those. The session will also explore the distinction between content, PR and advertising.

I invite you to join this conversation on Saturday, September 11th at 1:30 PM. PodCamp Montreal will happen at a new location. It will be at UQAM’s Cœur des sciences located in downtown Montreal.

Plus, if you register to PodCamp Montreal, you can attend on Friday (tomorrow) a new unconference called MediaCamp. You can find MediaCamp’s schedule here.

PodCamp Montreal 2010’s official schedule
Register now for PodCamp Montreal 2010


The Art of Marketing Giveaway

the art of marketing conference in Montreal sept. 30, 2010

the art of marketing conference in Montreal sept. 30, 2010

If you didn’t hear, The Art of Marketing is coming to Montreal on September 30th, 2010. You will get a chance to hear and learn from 6 marketing thinkers and doers during a one-day conference. I will be there.

The organizers of The Art of Marketing wants to give a free ticket to two lucky readers of At Home with Kim Vallee. The 6 speakers will be in order of presentation at the conference:

  • Mitch Joel on Digital Marketing and Social Media – Best-Selling Author, Six Pixels of Separation
  • Seth Godin on Leadership and Creativity – New York Times Best-Selling Author, Purple Cow, Tribes & Linchpin
  • Avinash Kaushik on Brand Measurement: Metrics and Analytics – New York Times Best-Selling Author, Web Analytics 2.0 & Web Analytics: An Hour a Day
  • Max Lenderman on Branding and Experiential Marketing – Best-Selling Author, Brand New World & Experience the Message
  • Andy Nulman on Strategy and Innovation – Best-Selling Author, POW! Right Between the Eyes!
  • Jeffrey Gitomer on Customer Loyalty and Sales – New York Times Best-Selling Author, The Sales Bible & The Little Red Book Of Selling
  • And the host will be Ron Tite – Expert on Comedy & Creative Thinking

How to Participate and the Rules

Step 1 – Fill out all the fields of the form below before September 22nd, 2010 11:59 PM EST. Beware that each participant’s name will be published on this page. One form entry per person. People filling the form more than once will be eliminated.

Step 2 – Then, earn more chances to win by tweeting; make sure to use our tweet button so that we can record your tweet. Only tweets before September 22nd, 2010 11:59 PM EST will be considered. Participating tweets may take a while before they appear on this page.

The winners will be selected by a random draw. The winners will be announced on September 24th, 2010 on this site. The sponsor of this giveaway is The Art of Marketing.