With social media being so prevalent these days, it's become really easy to meet interesting people. I find myself a part of so many different communities, and I love it. Of course, some may argue that online connections cannot possibly be as meaningful, but from my own experience I have to say that those naysayers are wrong.
One such community that I found myself a part of was a small engagement group on Instagram started by Leigh of Pink Vintage Heart blog. She began a small pod on Instagram as a way for us to look at each other's posts and comment while also driving up engagement on our profiles. Some of us wear vintage and secondhand, some of us sell vintage, and others of us are just into fashion in general. Some of us are new to blogging, while others of us are well established. While the pod was short lived, the friendships that formed as a result were not.
When I mentioned that I was coming to NYC this summer, the ladies thought about how fun it would be to meet up in real life. Leigh took the lead in getting us organized as she did when she created the pod and soon we had the date picked and a restaurant booked.
|Leigh from @pinkvintagehrt|
The most amazing thing happened that evening. It didn't really feel like I was meeting people for the first time, rather it felt like meeting long lost friends. I can't even begin to explain how that feels, but I needless to say I had a blast.
|Nicole from @nyinthecity|
We caught up with each other's news while at the same time getting to know each other (I wasn't the only one making introductions with the others that evening). They shared their experiences blogging in NYC while also asking about the scene in Hong Kong. The sweetest thing was how we greeted each other, with huge hugs and giddy smiles. We could hardly believe that we were meeting. What fun I would have with these ladies if I lived in the same city.
Before the dinner, Leigh, Nicole and I even had time for a little photoshoot. Leigh has the most amazing and patient Instagram hubby, for sure. He was so sweet.
It was the first time I'd had my #ootd picture taken in NYC without feeling super self conscious (NYC does that to me for some reason). Yay!
|My NYC ladies: Abby, Nicole, Monique and Alison|
I was so glad my travels to NYC allowed me a little time to meet up with a new girl gang. Check these glorious ladies out on Instagram: Abby @clothesandpizza, Nicole @nyinthecity, Monique @thebargaindistrict (who also runs a vintage boutique in Williamsburg), and Alison @thevintagevoyageur (watch episodes of her show on Amazon TV)!