Life by Cynthia: September 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sharp Women's Health Conference 2012 - San Diego

Sharp Health Care has been presenting an annual health conference to the women of San Diego for more than 20 years. The Sharp Women's Health Conference is quickly approaching and I am thrilled to share that this year I will be a first time attendee. There is so much information, inspiration, and opportunity to improve & enrich women's lives - all at this one event. I watched the video from last year and knew that I HAD to experience this for myself!  Take a moment to watch! I'm hoping that it will inspire you to join me!

The conference is open for all women (at least 16 years old) who are interested in learning about their health and well being. The fee to attend the event is $45.  Tickets may be purchased online or or by calling 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277). Your day will include keynote speakers; dozens of breakout sessions; an exhibit hall of health screenings, informational, pampering and sponsor booths; continental breakfast and a gourmet three-course lunch; entertainment; giveaways; and a gift bag valued at more than $250.

In browsing the agenda it is easy to see that there is something for everyone.  I am going to take advantage of the many health screenings, eyebrow threading, massage, and mini-facials!  The Interactive Sessions have also piqued my interest: Self-Defense Strategies, Xtend Barre, Yoga, and Zumba! Here's a fun one: Avoid Style Mistakes and Give Your Image a Makeover!

Date and Time
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
Registration, Screenings and Exhibits: 7:30 am
Conference: 8 am to 4 pm

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

For more information visit the Sharp HealthCare facebook page or connect via twitter @sharphealthcare.

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I have partnered with Sharp to share this post and will receive a ticket to the event.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fashion Week San Diego 2012 Press Conference

The countdown to Fashion Week San Diego is now just days away.  The event will showcase local designers and is presented by APA Business Consulting, Inc along with a host of sponsors.

On September 10, 2012 a press conference was held at Roppongi Restaurant in La Jolla, CA. It was an exclusive event for members of the press, many of whom are fashion & lifestyle bloggers, to preview the artists' creations.  The intimate setting afforded the opportunity to see each piece up close.

Gerald Labrador Videography, who specializes in wedding & event coverage, did a wonderful job at capturing the night.

After chatting with Allison Andrews, Director of Fashion Week San Diego, it is apparent how truly passionate she is about this project.

Photo Credit: Gerald Labrador Videography  Allison Andrews & Elliot Canter
Photo Credit: Gerald Labrador Videography Amie Wilde, Assistant Director of FWSD, Chatting with local Bloggers
Photo Credit: Gerald Labrador Videography Bloggers: Farra, Tammy, Paulina, Tammy, & Cynthia

For more blogger recaps of the press preview please visit the Life by Cynthia facebook page as we have shared several blogger posts in our timeline.

What I wore to the event: Here

Tickets are still available. See you at Fashion Week San Diego!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Blogalicious 2012

Hi, I'm Cynthia and I'm going to Blogalicous 2012!

By this time next week I will be in Las Vegas attending my 2nd conference. I was lucky enough to attend BlogHer11 in San Diego (my hometown) and since then I have caught the bug for attending conferences. Admittedly, I am no where near where I would like to be in regards to my blog.  It has required an investment of time and heart to nurture a blog... Time that I simply haven't had. I am a wife and first time mom to a now 2 year old while holding down a full time job outside of the home. I have faced challenges.  The biggest of which is the challenge of TIME.  In the end, I always (ALWAYS) put family first, which left my blogging last on the list of priorities. I hope to find balance. This conference may help me find ways to do just that! I'm looking to learn and to improve!
I do see the value in learning from those who are already established.  It is WONDERFUL how much helpful advice you can get by just asking a fellow blogger!  I think that it is just the very nature of any blogger: to share. To share knowledge, encouragement, stories, a recipe, helpful tips, or to simply rant.

I am very excited to be surrounded by those willing and able to share their wealth of knowledge!  Not to mention that I'll finally get to meet some of my online friends & heros IRL!

I would love to hear about your experiences are with blogging conferences.  If you are researching conferences to attend, I would recommend checking out Someday I'll Learn for an informative post on blog conferences.

If you are like I was and feel that conference cost are keeping you from going... there are ways around that!  If you feel that you are not ready, or haven't found direction for you blog (like me) - I think that you should STILL go.  There is so much that you can learn.  I'm unsure of where I am going to take my blog.  But conferences can help you get there, even if you haven't decided where that is!

I have never sought out sponsorship as a means to attend conferences, but in no way am I opposed to it.  I just haven't mastered the ways to go about it. I have dabbled in sponsored blog posts in an effort to raise funds  for conference costs and to my surprise have earned enough to go! Even without sponsorship, I still have found ways of attending that hasn't hurt the family funds!  For BlogHer11, and now for Blogalicious, I did not pay a registration fee.  I volunteered my way in for both. Usually a call for volunteers is put out - spots fill quickly so be on the lookout for them, or contact the organizers directly.  For me, it is a great way to be involved and get my feet wet with conferences.

I'll confess that I am on the shy side but I'm overcoming that little by little!  I'd love to say hello and meet with you in Vegas if you too are attending! I hope that we recognize each other in person!

On a side note:  I've learned than a couple of my friends on Twitter didn't realize that I have a blog. Perhaps the same is true for the other way 'round.  On twitter I am @lifebycynthia let's connect!

See you in Vegas!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bad Blogger, Good Mommy

Well, my blog sucks but my life sure doesn't. I've been absent from posting and updating my blog. Instead, I've been fully involved in living happy moments with my family. A fair trade off for sure. There will be time later to catch up on blogging. Moments like this can't be missed!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fashion Week San Diego Press Conference at Roppongi: OOTD

What do you wear to press conference highlighting Fashion Week?  Personally I wasn't sure what to wear. It was sweltering in San Diego that evening so I had a last minute change of wardrobe.  I didn't take an OOTD photo but was able to find a candid shot showing what I wore.  I had a great time and in the end it didn't matter how I was dressed!

Stay tuned for my post on what fashions were featured at the preview event!  I'm very excited to share photos (as well as a video) of the sneak peek that members of the press were treated to!  It was an amazing showcase of the designer's creations!

Pictured: Amie Wilde Assistant Director of Fashion Week San Diego 
I had a blast chatting with my new found blogging friends.  I was introduced to these lovely ladies at a San Diego Blogger Meet up not long ago. With VIP Press Passes in hand - we are looking forward to Fashion Week and will be blogging all about it!

Bloggers: Farra, Tammy, Paulina, & Elizabeth

The Details:
What I Wore

What I Wore by lifebycynthia featuring:

Michael Kors Petite Straight Leg Pants

Calvin Klein Silk Tank

Kooba 'Anya' Leather Satchel

Guess Carrie Satin Pumps

Ann Taylor Snakeskin Textured Lock Cuff

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Little Game of Hide and Seek?

You found me! Olly olly oxen free! OK let us END this game of hide and seek!

Wow, it's been a while hasn't it?!  I'm still juggling work & home life...trying to pull it all together. I can't say that I am getting any better at it, but I TRY. I don't blog as much as I would like, but have been living life to the fullest. Hubby, son, and I are all doing well.  We have so many stories to tell but have been too "in the moment" to document it all via blog posts.  Little by little, it WILL happen. Here is a fairly recent family photo.  I love our son's "tough guy" expression (Whatchu lookin' at Willis?) and the cute little photo bomber in the stroller!

Trying to squeeze in what I enjoy WITHOUT feeling guilty about it has been a journey. Taking small bits of "ME time" away from family time is taking some getting used to.  I am learning that it is necessary and good for everyone.  A refreshed Mommy & Wife is better for the Family.

Not throwing up a gang sign. Holding up 4 fingers =  4 Years of Marriage!
SO... making time for exercise (Yoga especially!), spa days with the girls, as well as clothes & makeup is in my near future! I am trying to venture into more fashion forward territory. That's a BIG deal for this 2 year old mommy & 4 year old wife!  Too much time had passed that I didn't take care of what I wore or how I looked.  It just didn't matter to me. Eventually I began to feel as frumpy as I looked!  I really "let myself go" and I just want to change that up.

Ann Taylor Launch Party
It was inspiring to attend a fashion event and see how looking good can lead to feeling good! My husband accompanied me on the adventure and was my professional photographer & videographer for the night!

I am also trying to connect with others IRL since socializing primarily happened online ONLY for me.  It really is easy to fall into that rut.  I don't really see it as a rut since I do enjoy it so much (not to mention that it is so much easier for me go online than it is to go out).  Interaction in person is good for you! I recently attended a fulfilling Blogger Meetup which involved getting to know a lovely group of  ladies who also share a love of blogging, spa treatments, delicious appetizers, wine spritzers, and brownies!  I was the oldest one there but that's another topic all together.

Spa-ing & Blogging come Together!
I feel so much better after sharing! Now it's your turn! I'd love to know what everyone is up to! What have I been  missing out on here in Blogland?!  Let's get caught up. I need to know your tips & tricks about how you balance your blog life with all the other things that make up your days!

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