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Blogger Meet + Greet with Hartley Social | The Mall at Lexington Green

hartley social blogger meetup

Yesterday, I attended a super fun event at The Mall at Lexington Green. The meet-up was located on the lower level at Lexington Green near the fire pit lounge and the Lakeside Live stage. Hartley Social put together a “blog meet and greet” to bring together local bloggers, like-minded individuals, and social media influencers. One of my friends from undergrad, who is a fashion blogger, invited me to attend (Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to go though!).

The weather was perfect. It wasn’t too hot, and it was such a wonderful way to close out the last day of summer. Even though, today is the 22nd, it is still a scorcher outside, with no plans on cooling down. Lame. I want the fall weather to happen now!

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foodappetizers

We began having some refreshments and appetizers that were provided by Jax Burgers & Brews (that is also located on the lower level – opposite of Palmer’s Fresh Grill).

firepit

The night was pretty chill and low-key. Once everyone got there, we sat around the fire pit, and we played a little icebreaker game; Two Truths and One Lie. When it was my turn, I used the following statements:

  1. I have never been in a tanning bed.
  2. I have broke my arm twice.
  3. I have had the same cell phone number for 17 years.

Can you guess which one is my lie?

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Afterwards, we just spent time mingling with one another and basically got to know each other. We talked about our blogs and discussing what we like to write about/what our niche is, and passing out our business cards, so we could stay in touch easily. There were many different types of bloggers there; food, fashion, lifestyle, Lexington and Kentucky specific (like mine), DIY, etc. Before, we left, we each received a goodie bag with some items from some of the Lexington Green shops to take home with us.

This isn’t my first time going to events meeting strangers, where I most likely don’t know anyone there. I’ve attended events before with The Bourbon Social and The Lexington Bourbon Society, but those two organizations aren’t blogger related {tickets and reservations are required and are usually $40-60+ per person}. Those two have a focus specifically on America’s Native Spirit, bourbon. So, if you love delicious food and bourbon, those are two organizations that you want to check out and keep an eye out for upcoming events. The Bourbon Social is a series of events that are throughout the year that celebrate Bourbon craft and culture, as well as the people who share a love of America’s native spirit. Also, there will be Kentucky hospitality mixed in, as well as the tasty foods that we are known for. The Lexington Bourbon Society is a collection of people who share the love of bourbon and like to celebrate the heritage.

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This was my first blogger meet-up of this caliber, and I love meeting other bloggers, who share one of the same passions as me. I love attending all types of events, whether it is a free event, one where you have to buy tickets, one where the emphasis is on networking, or if it just pertaining to food or bourbon. I’ll have fun no matter what! I think blogger meet-ups are especially great, because it gives a chance for everyone to meet new people and to make new friends, as well as making connections to where you could possibly do a collaboration with one another in the future!

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