July 22 08

so..right…remember when i tried to pack for blogher?

and then i added two more pairs of shoes…and another dress to this pile??

well, in the end, i probably didn’t even wear 1/8 of what i brought. and what i did wear was mostly covered the entire time with the Old Navy trench coat i had to buy because it was FREEZING in SF (thanks, SLynnRo for convincing every. single. blogger. to buy your trench. best $50 i ever spent). when you live in CANADA, and people warn you that it’s cold in CALIFORNIA, you only assume that they are being whiny little bitches exaggerating. well, this was NO exaggeration. trust me. there were people walking around in tights and knee boots and scarves and hats (HATS!). in July.

PS..Old Navy? how come you are awesomely awesome in the states, but in Canada, you suck donkey balls?

truth be told…the only two things i really needed to bring were:

(note to self: self, must. get. Gap shirt dress. PRONTO.)


(note to self: self, must thank urbanmoms.ca for investing in me. there’s nothing more embarrassing unprofessional than showing up to do your first red carpet interviews with nothing more than a point-and-shoot. an SLR camera is big and bulky to carry around. but the pictures? amazing. i almost have my eyes open in every picture. relax, all you mockers, i said almost.)

case in point. ali loves to give the constipated wonk-eye (totally trademarking that) (it’s going to totally overtake stink-eye. totally) (my apologies to Jenny, the Bloggess. she really smelled rather lovely)

(ps. notice said TRENCH COAT)

for the most part, though…the camera was magic. and allowed me to look semi-unwonked for pictures like this…

where i was sandwiched between two of my most favorite people…Jennifer and Andi. mwah. kiss kiss.

so, next year i will be showing up to blogher with a carry-on…filled with nothing. because i so didn’t need it.

who am i kidding?? i’m more than a little likely to do the. exact. same. thing. again.

i will never learn.

(also? next year…can someone remind me to actually give out my business cards? i went to all the trouble to slap ali-in-her-giant-paris-hilton sunglasses

on some Moo cards and maybe gave away 17. okaythanksbai)

  1. That last photo is fabulous.

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    Comment by threeundertwo on July 22, 2008
  2. You are pretty much guaranteed that now that you’ve decided that, they’ll have BlogHer 09 in Houston or somewhere hot as hell. I’d kill for it to be cool enough to wear a coat…even for a few days. Either way, I must go and join in the fun next year.

    Oh and hi, I’m Issa…I found you though Jennster.

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    Comment by Issa on July 22, 2008
  3. I want a big girl camera SO BAD.


    Comment by Miss Britt on July 22, 2008
  4. I bought myself a scarf and sweater in SF. Didn’t wear half of what I hauled in my giant suitcase. It’s still cool in Palo Alto, too. Nice coat!


    Comment by Assertagirl on July 22, 2008
  5. Yay!! You finally got your SLR. The difference is amazing, no?

    And what a perfect pic for a MOO card. Maybe they were so awesome you subconsciously wanted to keep them for yourself. :)


    Comment by AJ on July 22, 2008
  6. Ha. LIKE I WILL EVER PACK LESS THAN 70 PIECES. But I wore my shit man.

    slynnros last blog post..I’m going to drive my run flat tire OVER YOUR FACE.


    Comment by slynnro on July 22, 2008
  7. It’s always cold in SF. ALWAYS. Probably why I can’t miss it all that much, I just need me some warm summers.
    Your photos are fab!

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    Comment by skiplovey on July 22, 2008
  8. Argh, I need a real camera.
    It sounds like so much fun. I’ve heard that San Francisco is always cold too, although like you, I just kind of thought “Sissies!” And now I know.

    Rebeccas last blog post..Same old, same old.


    Comment by Rebecca on July 22, 2008
  9. No one believes me when i say it is cold here! EVER! I mean, SF is much colder because it has both ocean and bay breeze, but you were here on a particularly cold weekend. Had you been here the weekend before you would have found people, very likely, wearing shorts and carrying portable fans, as there was a heat wave the past month or so EVERY weekend.


    Comment by Mari on July 22, 2008
  10. I have about 217 Moo cards left. I guess they’ll still be good next year.

    It was great meeting you! I didn’t think it was that cold, but would have loved a trendy trench instead of my slumpy hoodie.

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    Comment by Jennifer on July 22, 2008
  11. Writing note: Only need camera and clean underwear for BlogHer ’09.

    Got it!

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    Comment by Queen of Shake Shake on July 22, 2008
  12. we went to florida in february in the 90′s and we were splashing around in the ocean and someone said to us hey you folks must be from canada huh? hahaha!


    Comment by LAVENDULA on July 22, 2008
  13. That dress has saved the day during multiple occasions. DUDE, best money ever spent.

    (I’m still reeling over the shopping “issues” in Canada, btw.)

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    Comment by whoorl on July 22, 2008
  14. I love Jennifer! I sooo can’t wait for BlogHer ’09!

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    Comment by TrenchesofMommyhood on July 22, 2008
  15. well, I brought my big girl camera and took like 20 pictures. And handed out like 20 moo cards. Maybe I should take a page from your book and spend more time capturing memories and less time stealing booze. AND LESS TIME PACKING SO MUCH STUFF I HAVE TO BUY A NEW SUITCASE. Dude.

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    Comment by heather on July 22, 2008
  16. I have that dress & love it! Desperately need a “prod” camera though!


    Comment by Maria on July 22, 2008
  17. I need that dress!!

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    Comment by Angella on July 22, 2008
  18. Why is everyone at BlogHer so damn pretty?

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    Comment by Britt on July 22, 2008
  19. I have the GAP tab open right now and ordering that dress. I think it will be a staple for the Fall.

    Nearly everything in my luggage was clean. It is still on the bottom of my closet door. :)


    Comment by ohmommy on July 22, 2008
  20. It was that cold in San Fran?



    Comment by mamatulip on July 22, 2008
  21. Loved perusing your photos –looks like you all had an absolute blast!

    And yes, it is ALWAYS cold in SF (at least at night).

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    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on July 22, 2008
  22. In your honor, I shall now call it a *wonk* instead of a *wink*….for example:

    Next year, Ali will only pack 2 pairs of shoes *wonk* *wonk*

    The Over-Thinkers last blog post..And then I became Canadian….and it didn’t even involve alcohol!


    Comment by The Over-Thinker on July 22, 2008
  23. I’m loving all these photos! See I don’t even need to go. I can just look at all the pics!! ;)

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    Comment by Haley-O on July 22, 2008
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    Comment by SpEdLaw2 on July 22, 2008
  25. 1. I TOLD you to pack a jacket. You did not listen to me. Silly Canadian.

    2. I want that dress, but only if I can look as good in it as Whoorl and Susan.

    3.I think subconsciously you think that once the camera flashes, you’re going to get punched in the face. Because right before I pushed the button, you were normal Ali. Then I push the button and you flinched.

    4. Also, I’m going to shoot the person who told me to get 300 cards. I think I’m set for the next 3 BlogHer conferences.

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    Comment by Kristabella on July 22, 2008
  26. Dude. You were adorable and I got some cute pictures…of you with your eyes closed.

    It was GREAT to meet you…and I didn’t get a card, so I’ll look for one next year!


    Comment by AMomTwoBoys on July 22, 2008
  27. I just got a set of free Moo Cards (from Yahoo) and I LOVE them. Now if I only I could’ve gone to BlogHer to hand them out. *sniff*


    Comment by BlondeBlogger on July 22, 2008
  28. You look great!

    I always pack too much!

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    Comment by Teena in Toronto on July 22, 2008
  29. I always have a wonky eye in pictures:( How do you stop that?


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    Comment by Nap Warden on July 23, 2008
  30. Once you get used to lugging a big camera around the dinky ones just don’t feel right! And what eye problem? I can’t get past the cute dimple!

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    Comment by 180/360 on July 23, 2008
  31. I’m sure you had a fab time!

    I’m just like you. On my short vay-cay (3days away) I packed so much stuff and ended up wearing the same jeans the 3 days & just changing my shirt twice – crazy!!


    Comment by Bronnie on July 23, 2008
  32. You’re gorgeous as always Ali. I always overpack, and never wear most of it either.
    I hope to pick up one of your cards next year…


    Comment by Karen MEG on July 24, 2008
  33. Hey – I got one of those cards! I also packed WAY. TOO. MUCH. Wore, well, like 1/8 of mine too. At least we were prepared :)


    Comment by jennyonthespot on August 1, 2008

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