OMG I WON!!! The skinny on my trip to LA to meet Lauren Conrad – Part 1

So where do I begin?!? I guess with HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!! Sorry I’ve been MIA but things have been a little crazy these last couple of months!! I left one job, began another, left that one and started 2 more, became a brand ambassador for Don Ciccio & Figli, took a trip to Cali, came home, won another trip to Cali, and went to my graduate school friend’s wedding!! I think that covers most of the major highlights but I’m sure the thing you wanna hear about first is THE FREE TRIP TO LA?!?ImageSo it is a little crazy how lucky I am at times!! So my best friend from college, Sammi D, is a huge Lauren Conrad fan!!! So when I saw this contest in my Popsugar Monthly Must Have Box I was like REUNION TIME!!  I entered and sent her a quick text like wouldn’t it be crazy and then promptly forgot all about it.

UNTIL I got the email that went a little something like this…

Congratulations Morgan - 
 
You are the grand prize winner of POPSUGAR’s Enter For a Chance to Win a Trip to Los Angeles and Party With Lauren Conrad, and have won a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend our POPSUGARparty and meet Lauren Conrad!

About right here is where I started screaming and jumping up and down like a kid who just discovered Christmas in August.  Now to the only downside… When I called Sammi to share my excitement about our incredible upcoming trip (because OBVIOUSLY I was taking her for an LA reunion) our jumping for joy was short lived when I told her the dates.  Her first event for her new job was right smack in the middle of the trip and (un)fortunately my favorite Midwestern girl has a strong work ethic and to the shock of her mother (and myself), who thought she would quit her job to go, she had to stay in Florida.  I was depressed but I knew the show must go on (and Sammi was like you HAVE to still go and tell me everything) so who to take???

IMG_20130827_084729My blogger BFF (who is definitely official BFF after this trip lol) Carlis of Spicy Candy DC.  She just launched The Spicy Candy DC Social Media Agency which means as her own boss, she could let herself for a few days to go gallivanting across the country to LA on short notice.  So once we finished all the paperwork (man is there a lot of paperwork!!!) We got our tickets in the mail the day before we left and suddenly it was REAL!! We were really going to LA… FOR FREE… the next day!!

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We were still in shock when we started our Instagram storm in the airport.  We boarded our direct flight on Virgin America to LA and it was a such an easy dream of a trip!  First of all you board the plane in the soothing purple lights with the pleasant staff and the in seat monitors that offer the promise of a smooth and entertaining flight. Especially when we decided it was CHAMPS TIME!!!

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Our lovely flight attendant asked us what the occasion was and when we told her that we were celebrating our free trip she was like that’s soo fun and cool!! Enjoy your champs ON US!!! Say what?!? Free Champs?!?! The universe must really love me!! So after we enjoyed some more champs we made a smooth landing and hopped a cab to the Mondrian LA (part of the Morgan Group Hotels – coincidence?! idk…)  When we got checked in and walked up to this view!!

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And knew it was time to go and test out the pool and make the most of our 48 hours! So we hung up our clothes (which looked like a mini boutique) and changed into our swimsuits to go enjoy the view from the top up close.

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And boy did it feel good!! Summer is coming to a wrap and we both knew this would be our last summer vacation so we needed to make the best of it so we did.  Especially when we got a call from my friend Cole Walliser who was down the street directing indie artist Darnaa at Whiskey A Go Go and invited us down to her listening party before the shoot.

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I had heard about Whiskey on my previous trip and it was definitely very cool to get to attend an event there!  Boris Kodjoe was the host for the night and we got to enjoy some food, booze and that tall drink of water until Darnaa came out and performed!  It was a really good time and definitely a good start to the weekend.

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We started off the next day correct as well with some CHAMPS (if you haven’t noticed, we like the bubbles… the bubbles… my bubbles…)

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MY BUBBLES!!

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We figured we should probably have some food with our champs so we decided to enjoy the final days of Asia De Cuba and split a sandwich.

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That was quite tasty!!

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And then it was back to the pool time until we were sunned out and decided to go explore the area.  We hit up Dash LA, Marc Jacobs and stared longingly into the Monique Lhuillier store window before taking a break for a quick photo shoot!

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I love this comfortable and easy dress!! This high low dress is from Bebe with my Rainbow sandals and this Ada Collection Leather Sash Wrap Belt from South Moon Under with my Longchamp bag with the city scene!!

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After this is was PARTY TIME… Want to see more? Check back in the next 48 hours for pictures of the main event!! For some more pic check out my Instagram – @shmorgan85 or to see more from a Spicy Candy Perspective check out her post here.

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7 Responses to OMG I WON!!! The skinny on my trip to LA to meet Lauren Conrad – Part 1

  1. Aww congrats Morgan, looks like such a fun trip!

  2. Carlis says:

    I had so much fun with you BFF! ;) hope to do it again in the near future. muah!

  3. thatcarmen says:

    Oh, wow! I am in awe of LC skills as a businesswoman (I miss her blog in Forbes) in addition to her style. Congratulations on winning such an amazing trip! Looking forward to hearing more about it.

  4. thatcarmend says:

    Oh WOW! Congrats on such an amazing trip and I can’t wait for the next installments. I am in awe of LC’s skills as a businesswoman in addition to her style sense. (I miss her blog in Forbes!)

  5. Morgan that is incredible! Congrats on such an amazing life moment! Can’t wait to read the next installment!!!

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