An Afternoon on Melrose
This past weekend I visited my family in Salinas for mothers day since I had to work on Sunday then on Saturday morning I road tripped back south to Los Angeles for a Blogger Lunch at Gracias Madre on Melrose Ave in West Hollywood. I know I drive a bunch but i never get bored of the California landscapes. The rolling golden hills through HW 46 on the way there and the stunning Pacific Ocean along the 101 on the way home during sunset is just another reminder of our spoiled CA life!
I was invited to be a beta tester and attendee of Viral Vantage's pre-launch luncheon with fellow bloggers. The restaurant, Gracias Madre, is a vegan Mexican food restaurant. Being Mexican myself and eating this cuisine my whole life, full of meat, the concept makes me giggle but it was surprisingly tasty. They definitely get creative with the vegetables on tortillas. There was a set menu for us (tacos and tostadas) so i will have to go back to try more entrees! I also enjoyed the photogenic ,yet expensive, Snowball Cocktail.
Viral Vantage is an online community/portal for bloggers of any level to network with each other + brands and gain tips and tricks of social media marketing with tutorials! As a member (12$/month) you also receive discounted ticket prices to events and access to other fun opportunities. I'm excited to explore the website and be able to collaborate with more of my peers in the fashion industry.
Founder Jillian Bennett ( @jillianbennett ) wants to make our blogger lives easier by creating a platform we can grow from together! Brilliant. Bold. Beautiful!
All in a days work :)
We also scored a great sponsor Swag Bag from the event with products and companies i want to share - starting bottom left to right:
Cami and Jax : Luxury Swimwear founded in Mailbu
Evil Queen : Candles with Attitude
The Glam App : Beauty on Demand (must try!)
Confetti Haus : Making life a Little More Festive
Belong Magazine : celebrating the art and community of blogging, social media and entrepreneurship (can't wait to download my free issue!)
H20 Rose : Healthy Hydration (delicious!)
Thank You Viral Vantage and Sponsors for a fabulous Luncheon!
As we sipped Margaritas and got acquainted I met Elaine ( @empoweredelaine ), a Stella and Dot stylist and all around boss, she invited Canadian born blogger Caitlin ( @beautyandcolour ) and I to a Blogger Babes meet up right across the street at Jessica Beil's restaurant Au Fudge.
Picture perfect gold Absolut Elyx pineapple drinks and models dazzling in Brit Designer Julia Clancey entertained a lively bunch of fashion influencers.
The restaurant on Melrose is a great place for moms/dads to enjoy a peaceful meal while their kids are not too far in a play room having a fun dining experience of their own. The play room ( where the event was happening ) has cute activities for kids and the Au Fudge gift shop is stocked with the most adorable baby gifts and treats.
Talk about a successful business trip! I had the best time making new connections and can't wait to learn and attend more events with Viral Vantage. Throughout my posts i linked websites just click on the name of the Business or Person.
Alone we can do so little, Together we can do so much - Helen Keller