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Yes I went to SXSW last week. Which is hardly news since about 120,000 people joined me there. It is a crazy festival of learning, networking, parties and more networking. All on minimal sleep. This year I was proud to be working for two favorite clients (but let’s be honest. I have a lot of favorite clients : ) …Oreo and the National Pork Board.

Last year I came home saying ‘I should have taken more pics with people’ and I also said ‘I need to make sure my hair looks better and my outfits are cuter- so I will want to take more pics with people’. Sadly I didn’t take my own advice- and I ended up in very few photos and most with a phoned-it-in pony tail. UGH.

And now…my SXSW slideshow. First up- my colleagues….notice how cute they all look.

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And then me and my insane scarf hung out with great friends like Guy Kawasaki and Ben Parr and oh yeah SIG from Deadliest Catch.

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Then I snuggled with the sweetest thing at SXSW. No not Michael Brito with his cool glasses but

MR OREO MAN himself!

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Hey look it is blooming Marsha Collier at Allhat. And my friend Jason. I like how I tried to offset the bad pony-tail hair with really large earrings. I see now…it didn’t help.

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Yo, Austin hair and make-up people. Hit me up for next year. I NEED YOU.

 

But the reality is, despite looking exhausted and brushless for most of SXSW it was a remarkable time with new and old friends. The client activations were all wonderful experiences to be associated with- and I was honestly sad it was over.

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And on another note; you know how everyone tells you to wear comfortable shoes for SXSW? There is no shoe comfortable enough. Seriously. All you do is walk there. Or stand. The only shoes comfortable enough would come with its own butler person to follow you around with a chair.

Because good lordie…. SXSW days are long and the lines for everything? LONGER.

See ya next year Austin! I am going to start training now…

Why Hillary’s hair matters to me.

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“Hey Red how are you?” I hear that all the time.  I am convinced it is because people can’t remember my name -which would actually better than the possible reality- that when people look at me, all they see is giant RED HAIR. But you see- I am torn. My red hair is a part [...]

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10 Tips for Bloggers who want to work with brands.

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By now most of you know I work for a large PR agency, and one of my roles is influencer strategy. Meaning, I am often tasked with putting together lists of influencers to be used for big promotions, events and yes the glorious PAID contract to work with a brand as an advocate. What this [...]

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Williamsburg, Virginia. Yes that colonial one.

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Last week I had a great opportunity to visit Colonial Williamsburg for a client event. I had never been before, and was pretty taken back with the authentic charm. These people take their period commitments seriously. The hotel was astonishingly beautiful- equivalent to being a resident in the White House I imagine. And I knew [...]

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Last minute costumes for the win.

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The sign says “I love ceilings”. Because he is a Ceiling Fan for Halloween. Way to phone it in Jack. Tucker is some kind of Mario that has been to Vegas recently. Hope that eyeliner mustache isn’t toxic for the kid. Meanwhile, I am dressed as a work-from-home-agency girl. Costume includes yoga pants, old Disney [...]

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How to give a keynote and not die. Much.

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I highly recommend driving around Chicago in a convertible. And those hanging things? Those are my idea bulbs at the Weber Shandwick Chicago office. Recently I did something I have never done before. Which isn’t all that surprising since I do things I haven’t done before nearly every day. Because my life motto is… “Bite [...]

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Oh Pinterest- don’t let us down.

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Joe Paterno knew.

I did not want to write this post. As a matter of fact- I have tried hard NOT to write this post. But sometimes things get a hold of my heart and I just have to voice my opinion or burst (it was this opinion bursting that got me in trouble with many a friend/teacher/boss [...]

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Holidays at Disneyland 2011

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As you know I am very fortunate with my work with Disney to get to meet and interview all kinds of amazing legends and celebrities. But none as big as the guy in the red suit. Was fun to ask him if he is on Twitter…. (click to play)   Interested in seeing what It’s [...]

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