Monday night I was lucky enough to attend a bloggers event for Pantene’s Expert Collection. I have a full post (and giveaway) coming on Pantene’s awesome age defy line and their Natural line soon, but today’s focus is on the actually leaving the house without my son or husband part of things!
And….it was great!
First off…the Pantene people sent a car service for all the attendees. #wefancyhuh
So even if the event stunk, we were still winning. (But of course it didn’t suck! It was in a cute penthouse space with amazing views of NYC)
I felt like my own woman for a few hours! Being out, with a purpose separate from anything family related was a real boost!
I felt like a “real” blogger, kinda how I felt when I attended blogher last August. I was surrounded by women with blogs larger, more popular, and more successful than mine and they were all willing to share info and ‘help a sista out.’ I think I got a pearl of wisdom from every. single. woman. I spoke with that night.
Pantene had their head scientist on site answering questions (You know I asked one) and informing us about hair aging, and hair care as we get older and our texture changes (which I’m actually going through).
I had to hunt her down later in the night to ply her with questions for my natural hair blog readers about post partum hair, natural hair funkiness and for any magical chemist insider secrets. She was refreshingly knowlegeable on natural African American hair…but that’s for another post…
Another company was at the event, Echo Design Group that had the most gorgeous scarves ever. They actually had scarves made of bamboo fiber, and they’re antibacterial. That kinda mini blew my mind.
They did a few scarf tying demos, and you know my nosy self was front row and got to be the “model”
Thank you to Melissa from EverythingFitabulous for this video!
(Yes, my hair is in a messy, tangled ponytail….at a Pantene hair event. #dontjudgeme)
How cool is this knotted scarf, it’s more like a statement necklace. I wouldn’t have ever thought to tie a scarf that way.
This is the fab blogger Monica from SOFamilyOnline
Oh, and I ran into an old friend from high school who works for one of the PR firms in attendance. I love small worldyness!
It was lovely to get away, and while conversations did turn to babies, more often than not…and I did get engorged and leaky when talking about my lil bundle….it was great to be somewhat separate for a bit. We did have some non-child related conversations, which was nice. Reminded me that I’m a grown up and not just a milk machine/court jester/servant.
Oh…and there was wine. Lots. So, really no matter what happened at the event I would’ve come home (in my fancy car service) buzzed and happy.
I’m grateful to MomTrends for the invite and excited to attend more blog-related events. One blogger that I befriended, Scherrie, the blogger behind ThirtyMommy (Though it sounded like DirtyMommy…which I’d DEFINITELY want to read) called it a work event. That made me stand juuust a bit straighter, throw my tangled ponytail behind my shoulder and puff my leaky chest out just a bit further. If I’m going to take my blogging seriously I have to remember that these truly are work events. I was out on business, dammit!
Bonus: The world did not end while John was home with Rohan. The boy was fed and happily asleep when I got in. So what if he was speckled with food and didn’t have a bath?
I can’t wait for my next night out.
How often do you get nights away? Do you schedule mommy nights out at regular intervals or take them as they come?