Tuesday, October 20, 2015

:: Houston Latina Bloggers Networking Event Recap ::

                   ::Momma Disclosure:: This is a compensated post. All statements are my true and honest opinion.::  

Cultivating a strong community and creating leaders has always been an important purpose for me. Creating a group that embodies this is the mission that we had in mind when we created Houston Latina Bloggers. Like all new ventures, I didn't know where this one would lead me. Two years after our initial formation, we finally came together and had our first networking event. Back in 2013 we were seeking a group that was relateable. We knew our community had many talented local Latina's but we lacked an organized group that would help us reach one another. 

Like others, we have strategized and probably deviated a bit from our initial reason for grouping, but I feel that our movement forward is going to allow for much more growth and generate much needed connections within our community.

This past weekend over 25 of us gathered in a near-by boutique, Thinking Girls Boutique and Studio, who's owner is a Latina writer herself. Alicia has not only created a very unique space with fantastic vendors and items but also a wonderful space for women of all walks of life to come together. Houston Latina Bloggers Networking event, came about for that same reason. Connecting all of our local bloggers and their expertise to local shops and small businesses wishing to tap into the social media side of their activities.

Thinking Girls Boutique and Studio

{Photography Credit: Alejandro Montoya  of D'Mont Photography}

We had an extraordinary group of Sponsors: 

Pollo Tropical provided more than enough delicious food for all of our attendees to enjoy, and that they did. What better way to kick off new partnerships and friendship than over good traditional Latin cuisine. Everyone loves good food. Our local Pollo Tropical did an amazing job of filling our request, with a variety and large quantity of food. Being Latinos we know the importance of feasting and talking. All wise decisions are made with a full stomach, I think!  El arroz con frijoles negros made everyone feel like we were at an everyday family gathering. Adding to the great environment of our event, Pollo Tropical did a more than exceptional job with our early dinner that night.

Pollo Tropical 

Wildling Wine, provided the best quality of red wine. As the wine bottles opened, so did our conversations. I think it helped set the tone and mood of our afternoon. A friendly get together where we could share and learn about one another. I personally fell in love with the wine, very smooth and crisp. We enjoyed it so much, we were happy to take home the extra bottles, you know for further research and development. If you have not tried Wildling wine, you must! It was such a great pairing with our food.

Wildling Wine

Meanwhile Crumble and Co, blew our minds and our sweet tooth with her beautiful and delicate assortment of goodies. Angel, the owner is very creative and such a wonderful person to know.  Once you see one of her creations it is easy to see her passion for the confections. They were perfectly and uniquely created for our event, we fell in love! They do come with a warning: You can't just have one....

If you want to learn more about Houston Latina Bloggers follow us on social media or contact us directly. A website is in the works so stay tuned!

And, since the event is still fresh on our minds I created a short worksheet for us to reach our goals after every good networking event:

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