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About 2 years ago I essentially retired my blog feature called, The ABCs. It had a really good run and I had a lot of fun doing it, but it was time to move on. When talking to some friends, Mary suggested maybe I do one for my visit to ApollyCon(this past weekend) and I realized what a great idea that was. So I give you, my ApollyCon edition of The ABCs. And if you are wondering more about ApollyCon, stay tuned for after the post for some bonus content and pictures.
Accessories-The great thing about book conferences is the totes you get. I have never walked away from BEA or ALA with only one tote and ApollyCon is not much different. This year I got the bag Titan pass holders received and a mini version of it at the After Party. But hands-down my favorite was this tote given to bloggers and influencers at the Berkley Romance party. This bag is so cool. It is a cross body and has an adjustable strap. Not to mention it came with 3 books in it. I love it so much!
Books-ApollyCon is one of those events where you bring all the books to get signed or buy them on site. Since I went last year I had a lot of my books signed already so my book total was down. I had 4 preorders to pick up (The Score, Brooklynaire, a mystery bag that included Four Day Fling, and Eyes on Me) and had planned to buy two books at the event book store (that sadly didn’t happen) and brought 11 books to be signed. I ended up going home with the 11 I brought, a borrowed copy of Finale, 2 books from the Berkley bag, a book Miranda Kenneally brought for me, my 4 preorders and an ARC I got at the meet and greet, Red, White, and Royal Blue. It was a pretty successful book event.
Clothes-The clothes party is a struggle for me. I honestly never know what to bring when I go on vacation. This year I did base my packing off of these Jack Rogers booties I have on(in the above photo). I just purchased them and I was in love. I ended up wearing them every day, all day for the conference. Between walking on the signing room floor, walking the National Mall in the pouring rain, walking around museums, and walking to bars and restaurants I put about 20 miles on these shoes and the never hurt me, not once. I recently became a Jack Rogers influencer (stay tuned for more on that) and am so happy I can praise these boots because they make me so happy. If you are interested in them, here is my affiliate link. The style is called Layla. (I paid for these boots with my own money before becoming an influencer.)
Destinations-We actually had a lot of free time on this trip so we got some sight-seeing in which was nice. This time around we went to the National Portrait Gallery, the American History Museum, the Jefferson Memorial, the National Mall (in the rain and again in the sun), and the Natural History Museum to name a few places. It was a lot of fun to see some new things this time.
Event– ApollyCon is filled with a bunch of different events which is a great way to see some of your favorite authors. I got to hang out (and in some cases meet) with some of my favorite people! Between the meet and greet, the lobby bar, the signing floor, the lobby bar, the after party, oh and did I mention the lobby bar?!?!, I had a great time hanging out with so many. This is just a sample of my favorite faces from this year.
Food-It is no secret that I am not a foodie. Taking pictures of food is not something I usually do. And I eat like a small child anyway so no one cares what my french fries look like. But we did go to a delicious dinner in Georgetown which was nice. Also went to Georgetown Cupcakes (mine was gone in like 2 bites) and Olivia’s Macrons which luckily enough Gail snagged this picture which I am borrowing.
Getting Away– Finally, I used my Away suitcase for the first time. I had purchased the bigger carry-on back in February(I think) and was really excited to use it. It fit all my stuff (books included) perfectly. I didn’t end up carrying it on the plane though. I decided to check my bag because of the books, but based on the size of the overhead compartments, even on the smaller plan home, I don’t think it would have been a problem for fit. Honestly, I am really glad I made the investment into the luggage and into the everywhere bag. If you are looking to save $20 on one, click HERE.
And there you have it, my ApollyCon ABCs in a nutshell.
Have you ever been to ApollyCon? What is your favorite thing to do in DC?