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An Event Planners Guide to Business Travel

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1. I would not consider myself a neat freak, however, my roommates might have a very different take on this! I always remember to pack the travel size of disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer (the kind that hangs from your bag or keys for easy access), wet wipes for those unexpected touch-ups, and if you can fit it- a mini humidifier because I’m extra!

2.I recently invested in a 13-in MacBook Air for The Hot Kommodity. I am a strong believer in investing in yourself and your passion! After reading my itinerary for the week, I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I arrived. So, I made sure to pack my own personal office. Along with my new gadget, I brought along some of my favorite event planner must-haves:

- Staples® Arc Customizable Durable Poly Notebook System. This is a configurable book that I bought over a year ago when I worked for a special event firm. The tear-away pages are ideal when your catering team “forgot” to bring a copy of the layout.

- Sticky Notes. Like why wouldn’t you bring these?

- Highlighters. Again…I don’t leave the home without one.

- Pilot G2 Premium Retractable Gel Roller Pens. A cult classic and my ultimate favorite writing pen

3.     I only brought one large rolling bag, and one carry on for this trip! I know right, I did well. I hope this packing list gives you some inspiration:

- (1) NC State University Sweatshirt (Go pack!)

-  (1) pair of grey joggers

- (1) Short set pajamas

- Bedroom slippers- a true MUST HAVE

- A satin bathrobe

- (2) Pairs of black pants. One is your standard tailored pant, the other is a funky pair of vintage wool pants. They both are acceptable in the workplace.

- (5) tops of various colors and styles

-  (2) blazers. I packed a season-less black one and a “millennial pink” faux leather one to show off my personal style while remaining professional

- (1) White skirt. I find that your skirt option should be a signature piece and really stand out. White always makes a statement.

-  (1) grey tailored shift dress. This is my first day of work outfit. Professional and smart-looking

- (3) pairs of shoes- Low heel pumps, sassy leather booties, and fun pink flats. I also wore my favorite trainers on the trip there!

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- (1) Fun statement top. I got this cropped wrap top from Marshalls for a steal. This is going to be your after-work activity top. I suggest only one night out on the town while away for a work week- but let’s be real…

-  (1) pair of work appropriate jeans. In case there is a casual Friday option, or for going out.

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One thing to always remember when starting a new gig out of town, your primary reason for the trip is work. So make that money, remain professional, and absorb as much of the city you can! 

We launched- now what’s next!?

I want to thank EVERYONE so much for making our launch the best event I have every hosted-ever! The room was filled with Philly’s top bloggers, artists, stylists, writers, and influencers. I could not have been more overwhelmed with the outpour of love and support.

As some of you may know, the road to pulling off this event was filled with exploding land mines- but we overcame adversity and pulled it off. This is all thanks to our amazing contributors. A special shout out to Susan Padron for styling me head to toe, complete with Whim Jewelry for the evening!

BoConcept

Yards Brewing Company

WayVine

The Fancy Crumb

BPM Fitness

Philadelphia Magazine

Honeygrow

Ends Hair Design & Day Spa

Amuse Bouche Catering

Chris Stephens

….and last but not least the attendees!

Don’t you worry, we have many more events coming up! Please check out the gallery of photos from the big day here. Be on the lookout for our event video coming to a mobile device near you in late February!

NFL Pro Bowl Day 1

I am exhausted!

My classmate Samantha and I woke up at 4 am to get on our early morning flight to Orlando, FL today. We quickly arrived ahead of schedule so we were able to take our time, check into our Air BnB, and grab a bite to eat before heading to one of the most well-manicured fields I have ever set foot on! 

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a true world-class sports venue. Check out their website here. The majority of our volunteer work at the NFL Pro Bowl was stationed on Marathon Sports Fields. We were given the choice of a variety of free fan activities at the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl Experience. These included options like an NFL grade obstacle course, Precision Passing presented by EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18, or 40-yard dash on a 40-yard LED display. Samantha and I chose to run the Virtual Reality Experience simulator.  This simulator allowed fans to get inside the game with NFL virtual reality technology!

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It was so entertaining to watch fans overwhelmed with the opportunity to interact with their favorite teams and players using the virtual headsets. Their reactions were hilariously priceless!  

After several hours in the Florida heat (yes, even in January), I am ready to pass out! Tomorrow brings more opportunities- and I can’t wait!