While I was at Blogher ’12 in NYC in the beginning of this month, I was lucky to be invited to Getting Gorgeous, a fun event filled with pampering and treats, I mean brands. There were treats, too, though.

The lovely Not Your Mother’s Hair Care line and CVS had beauty bars set up for a makeup touch up or a new hair style. I chose to have my hair straightened – I can pretend I was testing the product for a review but, really, I just wanted my hair to look better and it did! The product held up to the heat and humidity of a seriously sticky day in NYC. I took a walk after my session (to the MoMA) and then I had an interview (thanks, my hair still looked good and it continued to look good for the rest of the day and night – the stylist had used the aptly named Beat The Heat product). I also came home with a sample of the Dry Shampoo and am trying it out for my morning dog walks that I sometimes wash my face for and decided I could take that up a notch and look a bit more awake (we call bed head Einstein hair in our house). Taming my outer Einstein is a good thing!

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My cute and comfy Hanes socks – post Blogher ’12

I also met the nice people from Hanes and learned they are partnering with Box Tops for Education – which I love. We still collect Box Tops for our favorite elementary school P.E. teacher – we give him our stash of them every May and he gets great fitness equipment for the school (we even have my mom clipping Box Tops as part of this effort). OGreat partnership between two family faves! Now Box Tops are on Kids’ Underwear, Socks and Outerwear Tees. Look for Box Tops on bonus packs of Adult Socks and Underwear at Back to School and Holiday time and all Hanes bonus packs have Double Box Tops.

Huichol Bowl from Mexico Image by Handcrafting Justice

What else did I do at Getting Gorgeous? I quenched my thirst with a freezing cold Diet Pepsi and tweeted about it (because they asked so nicely) and also brought a few to my waiting in line friends at the Cold Water Creek jean station (yes, they were oh-so-nicely giving away jeans – super cute jeans but we had to try them on and thus, the line. I will write more about them in another post) which was next to the HandCrafting Justice table where you could sit and make a bracelet, add to their Pinterest Board and learn more about them.

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Mission Statement: HandCrafting Justice provides access to Fair Trade markets for unique, handmade goods created by enterprising women in the developing world working to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. By fostering self-reliance, ensuring fair wages, and building support networks, the organization offers far more than Fair Trade: HandCrafting Justice promotes human dignity by empowering women to overcome social and economic injustice.

Is there more? Much more. I chatted with the lovely people from Mabel’s Labels (I have long loved these labels). Super sweet styles and perfect for sleep-away camp, too.

Naturalizer Shoes was there with a very popular booth – most bloggers had seriously aching feet by Saturday – I know I did. I was sent a lovely card for me to order a free pair of shoes or boots and free shipping and one to give away to a reader. Read about it here.

I met bloggers from all over and had a great time exchanging business cards and twitter handles and sharing bits of blogger talk that you just don’t get to do in every day life (you can – people just glaze over though). At Blogher, everyone was constantly looking at their phones, taking pictures of their food or vlogging from the Expo Hall, and it was expected and encouraged. It’s good to find your tribe.

Thank you Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney and Getting Gorgeous. I’m still not gorgeous…but I’m a little closer.

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