I only started blogging very recently, and so far, it has taken me to places that I never thought I would be able to attend- I'm just not cool enough. I'm just a designer who's still trying to drive traffic thru the blog, if you're reading this now, perhaps I've succeeded in my original purpose. So far, being invited to Vanity Fair or Conde Nast events have been surreal. I remember that 7 years ago I was stuck in a house- turned-school in Makati, Philippines in front of a broken sewing machine wondering what the f--- did I give up a medical career for? No regrets though, I met the most awesome people in my life like Lyra, Marielle and Trisha. But Vanity Fair, was beyond my wildest dreams. Not only that, I was pampered by the best beauty brands in the world. I met different experts in different fields, Lupus-awareness bloggers, CNN I-reporters, celebrity stylists and other fashion bloggers.
I missed half of my first day because of the weird miscommunication with my aunt. I wasn't picked up on time because I texted the wrong flight arrival time the night before during my zombie (aka sleep-deprived state). But it still turned out to be a star-studded event. I met Sean O' Pry; Robin Wright (House of Cards); Patricia Arquette; Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman (screenwriters of Straight Outta Compton); Sandy Powell (Costume Designer for Cinderella), Sean S Baker (director of Tangerine); and; Mya Taylor (Actress, Tangerine).
There were many things I've noticed in the east coast crowd. One big observation is that the Stella Artois waiters (male and female) were really good-looking, or most waiters in LA are not averaged looking at all. Other digital marketers noticed that too, our servers were better looking than the up and coming celebs (below the age of 21) that "graced" us with their presence.
Second, bloggers are everywhere. They are also very nerdy about fashion too. If you had a Chanel bag they would know from a glance what style, size, leather and year it was produced. I had one instance that a lady told me that the stitching of my Birkin is different from hers. She noticed STITCHING! It was something so minute that I was impressed by her meticulousness. I also noticed that someone random would always come up to me that they have the same bag, shoe or garment as they do (umm, good to know I guess). Please note that I might be generalizing.
Third, people always asked me why I'm invited. Honestly, I ask myself that a lot as well. It was a really cool event, and people manning the event cant help but wonder who these attendees were and why are the new "celebs" are less gorgeous than the servers- it's probably the power of "Instafame" or social media. With all due respect, the newly coined internet celebrities are talented or are truly passionate about their respective blogging expertise. Most of them did not start blogging because the possibility of fame and sponsorships. They were just truly passionate about fashion, food, or causes. Some of them also just wanted to share a piece of themselves to the world, hoping that someone would even bother to check it out- I'm happy that millions of viewers did.
Overall, it was a good experience. I was introduced to brands I haven't tried before. Watch out for my next beauty review posts. For now, enjoy a video of my family and I losing our wits to Leonardo di Caprio first Oscar win.