If you follow me on Instagram (you don't? Dude, you're totally missing out) you probably noticed that I recently went to BlogHer'13 (a huge blogging conference in Chicago), thanks to Candle Warmers. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. But honestly, I have only one thing I can attribute all the fun to…

This. Outfit:

Unassuming, simple, sure. But here's why this outfit rocked.

Here's why I like this look:

  • It's dressy, but not too done-up. Plus, everything is machine-washable which is a basic requirement with 3 kids under 4.
  • The pants are SO. COMFORTABLE. They are stretchy, and aren't such low-rise that I'm worried about plumber-butt when I bend over. This was also a must because it was LONG days at BlogHer.
  • The shoes are super comfortable, believe it or not! The platform under the toe is the trick with high heels, as I mentioned here
  • The earrings are blingy, but not so heavy that they hurt my ears by the end of the day. And hey, for $5 the quality is great…I've had them since college!
Don't judge me. I'm no fashion blogger.
P.S…yes, I understand that my head looks huge and my legs look like toothpicks in these pics. While I do have a large head, it's mostly due to Bubba's novice photo angle skills. Love you Bubba, but really? My head looks ginormous.
Here's where I got this look:
  • Forever 21 Tie Tank: On clearance for $9.99. I couldn't find the link to the exact tank, but this one is really close. 
  • Charlotte Russe Earrings: Their jewelry is often 2 for $10, and sometimes even 2 for $8. Can't go wrong with that price!
  • Not shown: I wore a cute mint sweater from Down East when I got cold in the conference center. Got it on sale for $12 I think, also paid for with the gift card.
  • Down East Polkadot Skinnies: I got them for free technically because I had a gift card that I bought them with, but I think full-price they are around $30, not bad. But right now they actually have cute skinnies for $20 which is even better!

Let me tell you about these polkadot pants…

…I'm pretty sure they have magic powers. Because of these pants I enjoyed myself more than you know at BlogHer. I enjoyed…

Speaking with Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman…my blogger idol.
So funny, so cute, I die. I want to be her.
Hanging loose with Guy Kawasaki.
Call me nerdy, but he's a bit of an entrepreneur-idol for my hubby and I. Mostly my hubby, but I'll take pictures with anyone famous I guess.
Becoming best friends with Queen Latifah.

Ok, so maybe I didn't meet her at all, I just took her picture as close as possible like a total creeper…

I also enjoyed…

Jumping around in clear tubes…All. By. Myself.
No really, I was with no one when I did this.
I am super normal.
…Karaoke-ing 'til all hours of the night with friends I made 5 minutes earlier.
Polka dot pants. Ke$ha. Enough said.
Taking pictures with as many props as possible to win as many prizes in the expo hall as possible.
Case and point.
I even posed with creepy Shark guys. Whoa, hands off, buddy!
And of course, being fierce at “the bean”.
Ok so I know I'm wearing two different outfits in these pictures, but how could I NOT show you how sexy I am?
P.S.S…remember my tip about entering to win stuff? Well I entered to win LOTS of stuff at the conference, and I actually won! This picture? Won me $500 to Walgreens! Booyah!
P.S. thanks for everyone that voted. Love ya.
Speaking of entering contests…
Down East is running a contest that you should all enter! 
Guys, seriously, you could win $100. That's, like, amazing! Just take a photo of something you're sporting for summer, fill out the form, and voila! You can even increase your odds by telling your friends about the contest. I am living, breathing proof that if you enter enough contests YOU WILL WIN! So give it a try, and you can own magic polkadot pants too!

Happy shopping 🙂

P.S…sorry for the Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe kick lately, I realize that every post I've done so far has Charlotte Russe shoes and Forever 21 something or other! I can't help myself, every time I go I find killer deals…so that's simply what my closet is full of!