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Was anyone else just buying their luggage today? Oops.
Like many others surely did, I took the afternoon off to run errands, pack, and finalize all of my Convention must-haves and details. And to cronicle it in my usual day before Convention post of do-not-forgets.
During my luggage-induced venture to the TJ Maxx on State Street downtown I stumbled across a few other items that I had on my running list of wants/needs. I am a big fan of Coola products and spotted a big bottle of their classic unscented, daily wear sunscreen. It’s normally $30, because of the organic ingredients and the fact that you can wear it daily on the low without smelling like a beach, but as you can see I scored my bottle for 50% off. I will be transferring a small portion into a travel bottle for Jacksonville tonight!
I also found a fantastic memory foam travel pillow for only $9.99, which I semi-impulse purchased under the rationale that this may help me sleep on both of my early morning flights to and from #ASTJAX, as I’m not really the world’s greatest flyer. A small cost for hopefully catching some Z’s on most of both flights.
With having a Monday to Friday office gig I keep almost all of my nicer shoes in my large drawer at work. That being said, I really had to think ahead so I wouldn’t be
caught packing today with nothing but sneakers and flip-flops. I was sure to grab my nude heels and a nice (and oh-so-comfortable) pair of black wedge sandals, to mull over which I will be bringing later tonight.
Moral of this story? If your nice shoes are at work, don’t forget to bring them home before your last day! I’ve fallen victim to that a few too many times.
Want to participate in Joanna Barrett’s morning yoga sessions? I know I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday and finally found a nice, affordable, pair of Gaiam yoga socks for the occassion. I was also able to locate a good quality yoga towel by Gaiam for less than $20. I have a mat but given that I am only carrying on to #ASTJAX there was just no room for it; however, I now have a dedicated yoga towel for Convention and it can be used on top of my mat afterwards- win/win!
I tweeted this one the other day, half as a tip to others and half as a reminder to pack mine, but a nice wristlet with pockets will go a long way. In year’s past I’ve gone from having my tote during the day to just a little clutch at night for dinner/events, and you won’t have to worry about swapping out cards, cash, etc. If you have a big enough one your phone will also fit – a one stop shop! Plus, Vera Bradley:
How are you packing your jewelry? It may be a little late to advise you to order a nice, affordable jewelry organizer from Amazon (less than $10!), so that is my bad. However, I saw a bunch of great ones at TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory when I was shopping around those stores recently, might be worth a look if you need one.
A less expensive and likely already owned hack: ziplock baggies. I accidently bought a box of those no-zip ones that only fold and never use them for anything besides packing necklaces separately so they do not tangle. Give it a shot!
Other Last Minute To-Do’s and Packables:
- Nails/Manicure/Pedicure – pack the color you’re wearing in case of chips
- Tide To Go pens
- Bandages for those super cute/painful heels
- Suncare products – sunscreen, aloe, etc. it will be 95+ most of the days, be safe!
- Wrinkle release products
- Any persciptions you take daily or may need
I am almost fully packed and starting to see posts of sisters arriving in Jacksonville which is only going to make it that much harder to sleep tonight! My last piece of advice is to plug your phone in and set multiple alarms if that is your only alarm clock. Wouldn’t want you to end up stranded in your Boston hotel room an hour after your flight has taken off because your phone alarm failed – trust me, it’s no fun. 🙂
To quote a chapter in the Twitter conversation- “how many people can say they partied at AST headquarters??” Touche, my sister.
Today was greatly productive and capped off with a stress-free evening for Convention-goers with some ice cream, dancing, and a tour of the newly renovated sorority headquarters facility.
Molly, President of the Upsilon chapter gives her committee’s report during general session today. Makes me a proud EC!
Madam President, standard. During general session this afternoon.
Today we also had the distinct honor of having the NPC Executive Director Nicki Meneley in attendance to speak to the delegation at the Panhellenic Luncheon. Excellent speaker and Panhellenic woman! There were a dozen or so NPC organizations represented at the event.
I had the pleasure of meeting a friend of a dear friend of mine from college today. My friend, and former president of the EIU Delta Zeta chapter, told us to seek each other out at Convention. Little did any of us know we had already met and she’s wonderful! Meet Lauren from Alpha Phi chapter if you haven’t yet!
The incoming EC’s and I grabbed a pic at the new HQ before busloads of Convention-goers arrived…
…I can not wait for all our chapters to meet them! They are all exceptional and wonderful women!
I am so thrilled I had the pleasure of connecting with Kris Haskin, a fellow Beta Pi alumna, Chicago Area Alumnae Chapter President, and the Alpha Sigma Tau National Foundation 2nd Vice President, this weekend! I’m excited to learn so much from her about the alumna life and staying involved beyond your collegiate years 🙂
Dance party at HQ?! Yes please! Even Dr. J broke it down! Glad to see everyone had such a great time in each other’s company.
“…so call me maybe???”
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So much to do in so little time!
Mostly this post is just going to consist of pictures of the boardroom and other shots of the whole delegation in attendance. The Galaxy S II takes some pretty sweet panoramic pics 🙂
Welcome to Convention!! My weekend all access pass:
The stage while Allison sets up
The delegation with Madam President presiding
…the view from Chris’ eyes (very exclusive!)
The Cosmopolitan Ballroom for Thursday night’s dinner
Our phenomenal guest speaker Mari Ann Callais! Fun fact: her niece is a member of our Phi chapter in Louisiana!
“Raise your hand if this is your first convention!”
From Ritual to Reality. A very inspiring session for all members of three Greek community.
Taus in their whites. We love ritual!
Don’t forget to buy some yellow rose appliques to give to sisters and friends while here in Indy, all the proceeds will go directly to the new Annual Fund we learned about this afternoon, you get a neat ribbon for your name tag, and they’re just plain fun!
Check out Louisiana rolling in by the dozen in uniform!
Have a fanTAUStic rest of the weekend! I leave you now with some rommie lovin’ 🙂
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The Educational Consultants arrived at the Hyatt today and are all moved in for the rest of this weekend! Such a beautiful place too, I can’t wait for everyone to get to see our lovely Convention location!
Below are some pictures, mostly of our view and the hotel as well as some things right outside that we EC’s had fun with 🙂
Let the games begin!
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After a 3 hour drive with no air conditioning in the 94° weather I’m back at the one and only Drury for the evening. Tomorrow we’re off to downtown Indianapolis for Convention preparation!
Pretty much nothing has changed, currently working the treadmill after a walk down the bad, yet endearing smelling stairwell and the front desk guy greeted me with a “back so soon?”
…even though it’s been 4 months. Should I be flattered or offended? Can’t decide.
Rooming with some of the new EC’s from Psi Chapter at James Madison, they’re cool and super excited to start their new jobs, very exciting for them!
I can’t wait to get to see all the sisters I’ve met along the way and meet even more this weekend at the big event!
We meet again Drury 🙂
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Don’t get too exited, really just some snapshots of where I’m staying and some cupcakes. This is your warning.
Haven’t really gotten anywhere tooooo scenic yet, that will come with time my friends!
The bathroom one is mostly in here because I thought those dispensers on the shower were pretty bad ass, not seen those before.
Tea counter…cleaning lady has to be like wtf.
Flying Cupcake in Indy! SOOO CUTE! Highly recommend to stop in if you’re here, 3 locations.
My chocolate chip cookie cupcake I bought for tomorrow’s snack, mmmm 🙂 pic when I actually open it too, obv if you know me at all.
Other than these shenanigans I’m just getting ready to fly for the first time in 12 years. If anyone has any words of wisdom, pity, encouragement our preferably advice please step forward. Kind of nervous.
Also have to get the weight in my luggage down by about 5lbs.. Sorry I like my clothes, Delta!
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