Sweating In LA – Blogfest [Part 1]

It is so hard to believe that a few weeks ago I was in LA having the time of my life at Blogfest. July was such a busy month with lots of changes and exciting things happening. Blogfest is one of them, it’s easily a HIGHLIGHT of my year. This was my 3rd year attending, and it definitely did not disappoint. IMG_5890

My most favorite part about Blogfest is the people. I think back to when I went the first year and knew no one. I honestly didn’t even know what I was getting myself into, but I had the TIME of my life. Going the first year was one of the best decisions I have made. My experiences at Blogfest have had a huge impact on my life and helped shape the last few years of my life through opportunities as well as things learned. IMG_5889

Blogfest is part of IDEA World, the biggest fitness convention in the world. It is two days of blogging & social media workshops paired with two days of fitness & nutrition workshops. It is the perfect combination for a fitness professional and blogger like myself.

Every year it is jammed packed with great information, workouts and of course lots of fun. While I love all that and the sponsor swag, my favorite part of the whole entire weekend is the people. Connecting and re-connecting with bloggers IRL (in real life) is the best part to me. I have made so many friends and connections that I am so thankful for! The Sweat Pink and IDEA community hold very special places in my heart. 

Jaime, the co-founder of Sweat Pink, and I at their yoga studio!

Blogfest Day 1

This year the fun kicked off on Thursday with a fun run. Fellow Seattle fitness blogger, Carleeh, organized the run that was sponsored by Vita Coco & Ultima Replenisher. It was a great way to start Thursday off with a bang! IMG_5868 IMG_5851 IMG_5871

After a humid and sweaty run, we headed over to enjoy a delicious breakfast provided by General Mills. 

this picture makes me laugh, so typical!!!

I enjoyed some greek yogurt topped with sliced almonds, chia seed and some berries. A delicious and balanced breakfast with carbs, protein and healthy fat that would fuel me for the day!!FullSizeRender

Then we dived into our first few Blogfest sessions: working with brands and food styling tips. The session on food styling was one of my favorites of the entire conference. So much good information that I could apply to food pics right away! 

For example, this picture of my salad I had for lunch. I was able to apply angles and placement of the ingredients that I learned in the morning session. IMG_5872After lunch, I got to meet Siggi from Siggi’s yogurt! He is the sweet guy and so tall! IMG_5874We had more afternoon sessions, and finished out the day with Blog Roundtables. I lead a discussion about monetizing your blog and we discussed a lot of interesting strategies. While blogging is fun, it is not possible without some cash flow. Thank you to everyone who supports me and this blog!!!IMG_5876

After a very full day, Tasha, aka HipHealthyChick, and I headed to one of my favorite vegan spots EVER – Cafe Gratitude. It was the most delicious dinner and some of the best company!

This sandwich from Cafe Gratitude, SO GOOD!

When we arrived back to LA Live, I stopped by the IDEA World Party, had fun in the photo booth and enjoyed catching up with fellow bloggers. IMG_6455

Perfect end to the first day of Blogfest. Friday was full of even more fun, great info and sweat. Check out that recap coming up next week! 

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