#SilkstaqBloggers Ep 1: Gift Bags!

It was our pleasure last Saturday to host a group blogger event in Boston's wildly expanding Seaport District. Eleven bloggers - one amazing photographer, one superchic designer, and one startup founder (me) all beautifully coordinating our schedules, notwithstanding unexpected last-minute thunderstorms (I'm looking at you, Weather.com).

What's that, you say? You only count 7 bloggers? That's right - a few of them had to go home after lunch, but fear not! You'll be seeing them in our next two posts.

What's that, you say? You only count 7 bloggers? That's right - a few of them had to go home after lunch, but fear not! You'll be seeing them in our next two posts.

We will be presenting the event in a series of three blog posts. This first one is dedicated to our fabulous gift bag and food sponsors. Without further ado...

The Feast

Hungry bloggers are no good for anyone, so after our "Rainy Day Shoot avec Bloggers Huddled Under Umbrellas" (see our post next week), we were relieved to be able to offer nourishment. "I propose a group lunch," declared Melina Dania of Dallianse, as we were preparing to trundle back from the drizzly waterfront, everyone between 20% - 47% soaked. 

"Yes, we have lunch," I announced. Au Bon Pain had sent over some delicious lunch boxes with wraps - Waldorf Turkey or Veggie Hummus. Who doesn't love a lunchbox? 

"You do?" Melina perked up visibly. Our bloggers had so gamely traipsed down the Boston Harborwalk in the increasingly ferocious drizzle, all so that Jackie could snap photos of them, even as she herself got rained on for her art - of COURSE we would feed them (THANK YOU AU BON PAIN). They even sent lemonade!

The Swag

When I was 8 years old, I walked to school everyday, and oftentimes, I would stop at the top of the street before the crossing to enter a convenience store. My childhood brain was absolutely captivated by the unmarked brown paper bags that this store displayed, under a sign that said "Mystery Bags - $1". Now, a dollar was not something that I had ever had at that point, but I still remember how wistfully I stared at the tantalizing promise of treasures untold, just beckoning to be discovered. 

Gift bags are kind of like that, no? Granted, ours were marked with our logo, but the plain canvas bag, I think, is a lovely film guarding the joys of imminent discovery. Jackie is such a talented photographer that - let me tell you - it was VERY hard to select among the dozens of gorgeous photos she captured with her insouciant grace, but I want to share one extra photo, that I think captures the excitement of discovery. 

The look on Nishat's face (right) is how I imagine my 8 year old self would have felt upon opening one of the magical "mystery bags". Follow Nishat @nishatnguyen

The look on Nishat's face (right) is how I imagine my 8 year old self would have felt upon opening one of the magical "mystery bags". Follow Nishat @nishatnguyen

Enjoy the photos! Sponsor and product lists below.

Thank you!

Adore - sparkly gold gel eye masks
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b.good - Kale & Grain Bowl Coupons
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Captain Blankenship - Mermaid (blue bottle) & Golden Waves sea salt hair sprays
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Coola Suncare - Classic Sunscreen Fresh Mango SPF 50 samples
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ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
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Ona Cookies - Coconut Shortbread & Maple Pecan Cookies
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Sinful Colors - nail polish trio
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Travalo - Travalo Classic (refillable atomizer bottle for perfume on the go)
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VoloVitamins - energy drink mixes w/ blend of premium vitamins, fruits, nutrients, and NO sugar
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Zotos Professional - 180 Pro TEASEles Volumizing Powder Shake
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Au Bon Pain
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Thanks for reading! We'll properly introduce our bloggers in #SilkstaqBloggers Ep. 2, the Rainy Day Shoot, and Tangoella's designs in Ep. 3. Stay tuned!