IFBcon or the Independent Fashion Bloggers conference was held over the past two days... and it was AMAZING!
I got the lucky chance to participate as a volunteer, and though there was LOTS of running around to do, I still learned a ton of valuable information, and also met a lot of terrific people.
Day One of the Independent Fashion Bloggers conference begun on September 4th, with the opening address given by IFB's founder Jennine Jacob.
The day followed with panels on: The Future of Digital Fashion, Business of Blogging, and How to Make Friends and Win Readers.
Through out the day there were also Q&A's held, along with Breakout Sessions. To see the entire IFBcon schedule, click here.
Finally the day ended with Keynote speaker Derek Blasberg being interviewed by Coco Rocha.
Day Two of the conference featured panels on: The New Entrepreneur, Journalism vs. Blogging, and Bring Bravery Back to Blogging.
The keynote speaker of the day was IMAN, interviewed by Peter Davis.
On both days there were lots of activities such as DIY, mini-manicures, make overs, and much more that attendees could participate in, thanks to the IFBcon Partners.
Nail time with Glimpse
"Fashion. Shoes. Views." with Channel Nine by Nine West
Phone cases with Uncommon
Don't rush with the blush! bareMinerals
Chargin up those iPhone's with Lockerz
DIY with MailChimp
Also everyone received gift bags from Kmart Fashion and Shopstyle.
Every bit of information given was valuable. I not only learned how to be a better blogger, but how to become a better writer and business woman, and I am thoroughly excited to share my new found knowledge.
So I present to you:
TEN THINGS I LEARNED AT #IFBcon
Following pictures and quotes were provided by @_IFB
1. We are the Future of Fashion
During The Future of Digital Fashion panel, fashion and beauty expert Mary Alice Stephenson stated that as fashion bloggers the "future of fashion is you".
2. Know What You Want
Krystal Bick of the blog This Time Tomorrow said during the Business of Blogging panel to "think long and hard about what you want to accomplish" when it comes to what you want to get out of your blog.
3. Always Use Spellcheck
After stating that what you put on the internet can never be erased, keynote speaker Derek Blasberg told us to "Work hard, play hard, [and] spell check."
4. Help Others and Work Hard
Blasberg also stated in order to get ahead in life one should have "Ambition, hard work, and get [companies] coffee."
5. Comment and Compliment
Being interactive with other blogs and bloggers is a great way to Make Friends and Win Readers.
6. Accept Failure
On Day Two of IFBcon, during The New Entrepreneur panel Taylor Sterling of Glitter Guide told us to "Be okay with failure".
7. Do What You Love
Meaghan Mahoney Dusil of Purse Blog says to "Stay true to yourself, work with people that you love working with" during the Journalism vs. Blogging panel.
8. Feet First
Keynote speaker Iman Abdulmajid states "The shoe always determines the outfit".
9. Be Who You Are
"Be whatever you want to be, as long as you are determined, focus, very clear, and authentic about it" - Wise words from Ms. Iman.
10. Never Give Up
During the final panel of the day Bringing Bravery Back to Blogging, Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest told us to "Blog like no one is watching, whether you have two or ten thousand readers."
Overall, the conference was amazing. I am so thankfully I had the opportunity to be part of something so profound and exciting. I feel as if I have a newfound home at IFB.