23.1.10

A REAL Tryhard


Tomorrow I will be answering a lot of questions here about sleeping braids, and back yards, and new skin scrubs and what not,  BUT today. . . .  I am gonna be a TRYHARD.    I have never asked for a favor this big from you, but today I am.  You may think I am a shallow, silly, desperate woman after this and never want to read my blog again, but it is a risk I am willing to take.  I know there is some serious shit happening in our world today that requires so much grace and attention.  This is not one of those things and I am completely aware of that.  My intentions are good.  I will tell you that much to try to save any respect you may have for me.  Here goes. . . . phew:

I want to go to New York for the Chictopia 10 Conference.  I want to go BAD.  I have never been east of Arizona (except to fly to the UK once)  and have only fantasized and dreamed of getting to this big city with sky scrapers and subways.  Not only do I want to get there, I am also faced with an opportunity to meet all of these AMAZING girls that I have only virtually met in blog world.  It would be nearly impossible for me to travel all over to Michigan and Tennessee and Texas and Jersey, and every where else you all are, but this one time, all these great girls will be in one place at the same time.  Voices to words.  Faces to names.  A complete transition from the electronic to the real.  This is why I want it so bad.

MY STRATEGY The way I see it, there are two ways for me to get there:

  1. Win the Chictopia 10 contest and get Airfare (up to $300) Lodging, and a ticket to the conference.
  2. Sell my Precious coat collection to fund the trip.  
I am entering in to the contest TODAY but also hedging my bets since about everyone and their brother is competing for this thing and my chances are slim to none.  All of the coats above will be for sale on my esty shop for $50 each.  I am working out flat rate shipping (I think will be $15).  I will also be listing  my collection of vintage trench coats at a lower price point and showing them tomorrow (all of the boots and shoes I showed a couple of days ago are being listed soon as well).  If I am able to literally sell the coats off my back, I should have enough money to go.  I have been collecting these coats for years and it was making me a bit sick photographing them to sell.  Ask Sweet Chelsea (who has first dibs on the blue one if she still wants it) who has been asking me to show her these for weeks now.  THESE are MY COATS.  And I love them, but I want to go to NEW YORK that bad.

A way I may have a better chance of winning the contest is by getting votes on my contest entry.  If you have a Chictopia account, please vote for my entry, and if you don't, consider getting one, not just for me, but because the connections you can make are endless, the tips you will receive and accumulate about style, photo quality, angles and environment, and the motivation for dressing up will increase exponentially as will your blog readership, or courage to start your own blog.  If you do decide to get an account please enter  code SECONDSKIN555 at registration and please vote for the entry titled Chictopia 10 tryhard.

Thank you so much for taking the time to come to my blog EVER and for reading anything I ever have to say.  I Promise to never ask for anything like this again.

{EDIT:   Maya,

Yes! That is all you have to do!! I would have emailed you or gone to your blog but there is no link for me to do that!!! Thank you all sSOOOOOOOOOOO much for not thinking I am a beast! I was worried I just committed blogger suicide! Thank you again!!

Christina Marie}



COMMENT OF THE DAY:  




Delightfully Tacky said...

Oh, girl, I'm so on the same page as you with this. I have no money to get to NYC for the Chictopia10 conference, and what I have I'm saving for my Winnebago journey but I SO want to go! I've never been to any kind of blogger meet up because I live so far away and all of my favorite blog friends are going to be there!
I hope we both get to go! It'd be great to see you there!

35 comments:

Senorita Fashionista said...

I will vote for sure, not a bad thing to ask for something you want so bad and deserve!!!! xoxo Jolie

Sara Lynn said...

I will vote for you! I hope to get to NYC one day myself, so I do understand the need to go. :) I am def going to check out your shop tomorrow after balance the check book. :) I hope that you get to go!

Trains and Sewing Machines said...

I am definitely considering getting a chictopia!
By the way, I LOVE your patterned tights with the boots and the black romper, or skirt you are wearing! SO cute :)

daniRED said...

I recently created a chictopia account (I haven't posted any outifts because I'm currently using internet on my cell) & if my phone will let me I will vote. I love your blog! I expect pics of your trip so I can vicariously live through you!

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Maya Francesca said...

I voted...I think. I clicked on the biggest "chic level" box and it said "You voted!" and then gave you a chic rating. Is that all I need to do to make sure you got my vote?

Amanda said...

I've been considering getting a Chictopia account for awhile, and now I guess I have good reason :]

And you shouldn't feel bad. It never hurts to ask for something that is really important to you.

Erin said...

As soon as I get over my Chictopia exhaustion, you surely have my vote. I can't even begin to tell you how much your comments have helped me in starting my blog.

Second Skin said...

Maya,

Yes! That is all you have to do!! I would have emailed you or gone to your blog but there is no link for me to do that!!! Thank you all sSOOOOOOOOOOO much for not thinking I am a beast! I was worried I just committed blogger suicide! Thank you again!!

Christina Marie

The Daily Fashionista said...

I want you to go sooo..... bad! You totally deserve that opportunity. I wish I had the money to buy one of your coats, but I know a friend of mine is absolutely in love with vintage coats, so I'll let her know where to get a great coat.

thevintagedevil.com said...

Awesome!! I'll get an acct and vote for you! I like your style and there's nothing wrong with what you're doing its all good!!

http://thevintagedevil.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

aww there's definitely nothing wrong with trying to get to the chictopia conference, something that you definitely deserve! good luck with selling your coat collection and i'll vote for you on chictopia! good luck!!! :)

paperstarfruit said...

I just made a Chictopia and voted. There's never fault in having high hopes or big dreams and taking measures to secure them. (:
Good luck! I hope you make it to New York!

Anonymous said...

Very lovely black lace stockings! Good luck in the contest!

lauren said...

what is happening in your world is important. you deserve to go. i am creating an account and voting for you.

also, if dibs are taken off of the blue coat, i call it. just sayin.

Christen said...

That turquoise quote is completely gorgeous! And good luck with the Chictopia contest... I REALLY hope you get to go!

Maya Francesca said...

Oh, Christina - of course your fans are willing to help you out! You're such a genuine person, and visiting your blog is one of the great pleasures of my day.

When you get a chance, it would be awesome if you'd tell us the best places to go coat shopping! And where'd you get the coats you posted? They're fabulous.

Leproust Vintage said...

I am soo in the same boat as you! I think that going to the conference is all I think and talk about anymore!!

I did make a promise to myself that unless I was one of the 10 that received lodging and admission to the conference that I wasn't going to go...even though it is ridiculous how bad I want to!! We have weddings in Ohio, California, and Maine this summer so our travel budget is so limited! :( I could do airfare, but not much more. blah. I surely hope that we are in the top 10!!! *fingers crossed*

Leproust Vintage said...

I am soo in the same boat as you! I think that going to the conference is all I think and talk about anymore!!

I did make a promise to myself that unless I was one of the 10 that received lodging and admission to the conference that I wasn't going to go...even though it is ridiculous how bad I want to!! We have weddings in Ohio, California, and Maine this summer so our travel budget is so limited! :( I could do airfare, but not much more. blah. I surely hope that we are in the top 10!!! *fingers crossed*

piglet said...

I voted for you on chictopia, good luck!
I would never have a hope in hell of getting to any of these things (I doubt anyone wants to pay for an airfare from New Zealand!) So I will have to live vicariously through you instead!

showgirl godzilla said...

check your secondskin gmail account, k?

closet365 said...

I am voting for you!

I too, would love to go. But isn't practical at this point in time. I wish you all the luck. Just promise to write lots and take lots of pictures so I can live vicariously. Okay?

Lara said...

That is silly. I would totally sell stuff to go! I am really thinking of just spending the money but my husband is fairly against chucking out $500 or so for a 6 hours conference...

Delightfully Tacky said...

Oh, girl, I'm so on the same page as you with this. I have no money to get to NYC for the Chictopia10 conference, and what I have I'm saving for my Winnebago journey but I SO want to go! I've never been to any kind of blogger meet up because I live so far away and all of my favorite blog friends are going to be there!
I hope we both get to go! It'd be great to see you there!

Hillary said...

I just voted for you! I'm going to NYC for the first time in a couple of weeks, and I'm terribly excited. I hope you get to go to the conference!

Elle said...

Of course I can do that! Doesn't make you appear shallow- I mean seriously how freakin' fantastic would it be if you were able to go?!
It makes me kind of ill to think that you will be selling all your gorgeous coats to pay for this trip- I'll have to buy one or two to chip into the fund and to make sure they have a fantastic new home ;) Are you selling them on Etsy?

Good Luck!!!

Varpu said...

Voted! I really hope yoy'll make it :) x

Jen said...

Darling, I doubt anyone could think YOU were a beast! :)

I've heard such good things about Chictopia, so I'll definitely be heading over there to open an account with your code (of course!) and will do everything I can to get you to New York! You deserve to go. Parting with those coats is true fashion dedication! x

Christen said...

Thank you so much for your super sweet comment yesterday :) Adding you to my blog roll too!!!

prashant said...

I think that going to the conference is all I think and talk about anymore!!

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Alyson said...

I would loooove to go to the chictopia conference as well, but I think I'm a little late in the game for saving up. I definitely want to go next year. I've heard of Chictopia, but didn't really know what the appeal was. I'm excited to start discovering it today!

San said...

Good luck on that one, I don't think less of you just because you asked. You definitely deserve it to be there.

None of these coats are my style (hah, as if I had my own style in place...) or would fit (I don't buy too small clothes anymore) so I won't buy one, sorry girl. The third one remembers me of an 80's apron because of the print. I like number 2 and number 5 best, especially number 5. So chic.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Prefecta said...

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luv, Prefecta

MamieGirls said...

You go girl! We support you in any way we can! It's a great goal - as we would also love to meet all the women we work with in person instead of just speaking via emails! beautiful coats!

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

It would be so amazing for you to go to the conference!! I'd absolutely love to meet you!

Anonymous said...

I really wish women would go back to wearing some tyep of leg wear with skirts.
Bare legs are so blaa!

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