New York, Day Thirteen – The IFB Conference.

New York, Day Thirteen – The IFB Conference.
Carly Jacobs

Do you ever have those days when you meet a guy who looks familiar and then you realise he was in one of your dreams? That’s what today was like. I attended the Independent Fashion Blogger Conference in New York and the whole day felt like one giant glitch in the Matrix of my brain.

The first person I met when I walked in the door was Wendy Brandes. We’ve been reading each other’s blogs for four years, so meeting each other was like the non-sexual finale of years of non-sexual foreplay, but way less disappointing. I love her. She’s an absolute pocket rocket and we had the most hilarious day tweeting each other while sitting right beside each other. Because we are just really, really current like that.

I was also under very strict instructions from Nikki from Styling You to a) hug Vahni from Grit and Glamour and b) get a photo with her. Done and done. She’s just as composed, elegant and engaging in real life as she is on her blog. You gals are going to love each other hard next year.

Then, after years and years of almost meeting and missing each other, I finally got to meet my dear Susie Bubble. Coincidently, in a city that neither of us live in. I’m not sure if I’ve ever told anyone this (or Susie for that matter!) but hers was the first blog I ever discovered and the reason I started blogging. Are you tearing up yet?

It was also amazing to meet the gorgeous Jennine of The Coveted, we’ve also been following each other for years and it’s just incredible to witness what she’s done with IFB. I remember when she was living the corporate life in San Francisco and dreaming of a career in fashion. Snap. You go girl.

The day ended with a fancy steak dinner and delicious red wine with my man.

There’s only a single piece of weird US shit for today. The word ‘cock’ is very, very shocking to Americans. I’d know. I said it twice to two separate people and was met with the same gasp and nervous giggle both times. It was rather sweet. For the record I was saying it in context. I’m not in the habit of shouting descriptive slang for genitalia for no apparent reason. That would be my mother.

It was lovely to meet so many friendly bloggers today and if you met me for the first time today, and happened to stumble across my blog please do follow me on twitter and like me on facebook.


  1. Nikki Parkinson 10 years ago

    hahah, shocking with your “cursing”. Love it and thanks for giving V a big squeeze for me. She’s been a huge inspiration for me.  What a time you’re having?!

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      Smaggle 10 years ago

       It’s awesome, you’re going to love it here next here. I have a plan! We’ll take heaps of photos of us at PB and send them to V and make her jealous and then next year you can take pictures with her and send them to me and make ME jealous! Good plan?

      • Nikki Parkinson 10 years ago

        Excellent plan!

        • GRIT & GLAMOUR 10 years ago


          And Carly, I meant to say thank you for your kind words above. So sweet!

  2. Anne 10 years ago

    I love your shoes on photo#2!

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      Smaggle 10 years ago

      They made Trippen a German company. I love all their shoes!

  3. Alana 10 years ago

    How did you pick an outfit for this event!!! (you did it marvellously p.s) but seriously, this would be some serious fashion pressure to look amazing…

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      Smaggle 10 years ago

      It was actually easy because I didn’t pack much. I bought this dress at Marimekko this week so it was a no brainer. 

  4. Sarah Rooftops 10 years ago

    For me, “cock” is the more polite slang way of referring to it… best watch my mouth if I ever go back to the States!

    Sounds like you had a fantastic day!

  5. Sarah 10 years ago

    I’m completely with Anne – those shoes are gorgeous!! Loving the whole outfit, but those shoes! Gagh!

  6. WendyBrandes 10 years ago

    “For the record I was saying it in context” — it would be so funny if you were randomly talking about male chickens at IFB. I’m disappointed that wasn’t the case.

    I miss you, my wife!

    Also how can you not mention the delicious coconut water!

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      Smaggle 10 years ago

      Oh how I miss you too! 

      I couldn’t bring myself to mention the coconut water. My stomach was churning. 

  7. Effortlessxcool 10 years ago

    glad you had fun, it was so great to meet you! 😀

    XO Sahra

  8. Lita 10 years ago

    Susie Bubble! I bought an item of clothing from her once! *swoon*

  9. It is so fantastic when you meet bloggers you’ve admired and followed for years.
    Americans seem to get uncomfortable with funny things.

  10. THE-LOUDMOUTH 10 years ago

    This is my first time ‘meeting’ you, but I didn’t actually meet you.  I love that you got to hang with some of my favorite bloggers and I look forward to perusing your posts. 🙂

  11. GRIT & GLAMOUR 10 years ago

    Carly, it was so nice meeting you! I wish we had more time to chat…but consider me a follower now. I must’ve been under a bloody rock all these years to have missed you. I must thank Nikki for the indirect intro. Cheers!

  12. sarah 10 years ago

    I love dthis post – great link to people I’ve always wanted to read. Also just read that the postsecret app became no. 1 seller in US 24 hours after release. well done guys!

  13. Tanvi 10 years ago

    It was SO good to meet you! We kinds forgot to click a picture after all that talking! 😛 Hope you had a great time NYC, there after!!!
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