Our day started at 3:30am when the alarms from our phones sounded; I always hate getting up before the sun but Saturday, April 29th was different, it was Polish Con Day! I guess I should correct that and say, the alarm went off but I didn’t roll out of bed until 4am-ish…lol, because I’m not a morning person and needed 30 extra minutes to just lay there. We loaded up the car with my bags complete with bubble wrap…just in case, chargers, money, phones, business cards, all my watermarbling necessities, and of course snacks for the trip. We headed out at 4:45-ish to gas up and get coffee only to remember the ezPass was still in our van, so back to the house we went. Oh, did I mention that it was raining and we had a 4 hour trip from Frederick, Maryland to Brooklyn, NY and I refused to be late. I guess knowing me, Jason could sense I was getting nervous and quickly tried to calm me by asking polish related questions…that always does the trick. So there we were finally on the road, headed north on I-95. At this point I decided to do a quick live check in on my Queen of Nails 83 Facebook page.
I was a ball of excitement, I mean literally a kid on Christmas Eve. I couldn’t believe that in a few short hours I was going to meet the makers that make all my dream come true and fill my heart with joy and my fellow swatchers/bloggers/vloggers that I have become friends with via IG and FB, finally I’d be able to put a face with a name. But I’m jumping ahead of myself. As the night turned to day, the clouds went away and the sun started shining big and bright, this is when I decided to check in again.
Once we got there, around 9:30, we drove directly to the venue to scope out the place and check out the parking situation. We were lucky enough to secure a spot in the adjoining lot thanks to out new friend, Constantine, the lots’ attendant. He allowed us to come in and out all day and save our spot. Of course we had to pay the $20 fee, but it was worth it in the name of polish.
(yep, that’s us in the pearl Traverse aka White Lightning!!)
By this time we were starving so, we drove a few blocks up to McDonalds to eat, rest and do a final pre-con live check in. About 10:30 we headed back to the venue to secure our spot in line and check out the who’s who as they started to arrive.
(excuse the bun and the silver glitter hair 🙂 )
Oh how quickly the line grew and the check in process started. YAY…we’re getting closer!!! The event staff started checking wrist bands and ids and handing out VIP bags, I could have just died right then and there but thank goodness I didn’t because that was only the beginning. I had heard in the Polish Con fan group to check the VIP bag for deals so that’s exactly what I did. The VIP bag included polishes, cuticle oils, files, coupons and discount codes for future purchases. There was even coupons for FREE polishes while at the event.
While in line, I had the pleasure of spending time and getting to know Kristi from @BeginNails and Brianna from @NerdySuperBree. And did I mention, that Becky from @nakedwithoutpolish spotted us and stopped by to say a quick hello too. Had I known then that right behind me was Arlene aka @boatmate (in the Enchanted Polish shirt), I would’ve problably passed out. Don’t worry, I have more pictures coming. And yes, in the yellow dress is Miranda from Ever After Polish….eeek! I’m not gonna lie, the 90 minutes in line was a bit uncomfortable in the heat but I kept my eyes on the prize….the polish.
Once they opened the doors at noon for VIP, the flood gates opened and we attacked hard. First, I think most of us were grateful for a air conditioning but then the beauty of the venue and seeing all the polishes and vendors made us forget the line. I for one, didn’t know where to start. I went in with a list and budget and I was determined the stick to it.
Once my purchases were made, I decided to drop off my haul in the car, that was around 1:30. That’s right, an hour and half of polish shopping, with my hubby holding the bags and no kids yelling, “are you done yet?” I was in heaven!! On my way back in to get more pictures and meet more people, I decided to go live once more for a ‘during Con’ video.
Around 3, it was time to host the watermarble table. First, let me just say, I filled out the application to host this table never thinking that I would get picked. There are so many talented people that can watermarble much better than I so I knew for sure it wouldn’t be me. Low and behold, I was selected. Even after Mariah of Great Lakes Lacquer informed me, I thought she was joking. But there I was setting up my table for watermarble tutorials and I must say, I had the time of my life. There was five 20 min sessions and the ladies that signed up were amazing…even the boyfriends were good sports!
By 6, the table had finished and I was pooped. I concluded my fun filled day with a group picture of all the ladies that too hosted a tutorial table. These are an amazing bunch of talented ladies and I am honored to be amongst them.
(l to r: Parker of @poshayy: various techniques, myself, Kaylyna of @killakays_nailadventure: advanced stamping, Mariah (1/3 of the Polish Con event team and maker of Great Lakes Lacquer), Bianca of @abstractpups: basic stamping and Kristi of @beginnails: gradient)
The rest of the night is a blur as I was literally in and out of sleep on the drive home. We stopped one time for food and bathroom break and finally got in around midnight.
Needless to say, it was a phenomenal event and one that should not be missed. That said, sadly I won’t be able to attend Polish Con Chicago 2017 on Sept. 23rd 😭😭😭 ….because buying a house kinda cuts into my polish budget and #adultingsucks, I know its going to be amazing. Maybe Miranda, Rachel and Mariah will consider bring PC to the nations capital…hey a girl a dream right?! But enough of my sob story, lets get to more pictures…
1st row – l to r: Danette from Don Deeva, Miranda from Ever After, Allison from le polish
2nd row: Missi from Different Dimensions, Lou from Blue Bird Lacquer, Victoria from Blush Lacquers
3rd row: Chrissy from Turtle Tootsies, Jill from Glisten & Glow, Mariah from Great Lakes Lacquer
1st row – l to r: Mildred from Anonymous Lacquer, Chelsea from Pretty & Polished, Leah Ann from Cbl (Colors by Larowe),
2nd row: Lexi from Painted Polish, Dawn from HHC (Hella Holo Customs FB group),
3rd row: Jess from Nine Zero, Shaneka from Polish My Life and Natalie from Noodles Nail Polish
1st row – l to r: sharvoniquerenee, polishgalore, lexi310
2nd row – l to r: stunnin.nails, zoepaintsnails
3rd row – l to r: they_call_me_laur_, amazon_queen82, nailsbysammie_
1st row – l to r: ladylovesnubs, thepolishedhippy, boatmate
2nd row – l to r: vrkttynails, melysmanis, xoxojencom
3d row – l to r: seriouslylaqueing, killakays_nailadventure, monismani
l to r: beginnails, showmeyourtips (top), nakedwithoutpolish (bottom), de.lish.ious.nails and notoriousnickysnails
(picture #1: my purchases, picture #2: donated polishes for the watermarble tutorial and picture #3: my VIP bag)
There just a few shoutouts that I’d like to give in closing,
*My amazing husband who drove to and from the event, never complained, held my bags, took pictures, handed out business cards, and continues to support me and my addiction
*My wonderful mom who watched my kids while I was off in polish land
*Mariah from Great Lakes Lacquer and Rachel and Miranda from Ever After for hosting Polish Con, making dream come true and bridging relationships
*The supporting event staff who I’m sure worked tirelessly behind the scenes
*The vendors for creating stunning polish
*Leila from Green Goddess Creations for creating my custom shirt and having me looking fresh
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