Friday, September 6, 2013

The best friend/business partner and I woke up in the Big Apple filled with excitement. We’d had a GREAT first day in town and had already met some amazing people. Today was THE day to meet some celebrities (oh who would come?????) and press too! We checked and double checked our gift packages, grabbed our brand new banner and hopped a cab to The Empire Hotel. We were to report there by 7 am for set up and we arrived right on time. The room was abuzz with other vendors setting up for the first day in the gifting lounge. We got to work at our little table, erecting the banner, deciding how to creatively display the Wands and planning our strategy. We had already discussed making sure that we gave each visitor to our booth our full attention and also gaining their contact information. We had a tag team plan ready to launch. We got all set up and were ready for the day.

We didn’t have to report back until about 10:30 am for a meeting with the owner of the gifting suite company so we grabbed some Starbuck’s and relaxed a bit (as much as we could). We excitedly headed back to the suite to get this party started and what a party it was. Bre and I stood at our table and one of us would start the speech by opening a tube of lipgloss and holding the applicator alongside it to show how it couldn’t reach the bottom, while the other one then showed the Wand and a ridiculously empty tube that the Wand had emptied out. That’s when we got what we call, “The Face,” It’s when people are just listening and then realize what I’m saying the Wand will do and they go, “Ohhhhhhhhhhh, so you can get it all OUT!” We LOVE LOVE LOVE “The Face”!  Anyhoo, the day progresses and we are eagerly and anxiously seeing who is coming next. Each celebrity had a person with them holding a sign with their name and their latest project and another person held a HUGE duffle bag of their goodies that all of us vendors were dropping our gifts into. The celebs were required to spend a few minutes with us and honestly, no one gave us the bored face, no one tried to rush off and no one was mean. Each one was kind and interested and many of them gave us “The Face.” 🙂

I have a few pics for you from that first day…

Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola

Adrienne Bailon

Aren’t they gorgeous?? So, the day was exciting and high speed…like can’t really eat or go to the restroom high speed but it was a successful day by all accounts. We worked our strategy and collected a HUGE stack of business cards and when folks told us they were fresh out of biz cards, we had pre-printed cards for them to fill out. You’d be surprised how many celebs happily jotted down their gmails or yahoo e-mail addresses.

Well, 7pm came and we were officially exhausted and ready to head back to the hotel room to chill before dinner. The best friend/business partner had made reservations at Le Cirque, a very  Chi Chi La La restaurant that she’d been wanting to go to. We got all cute and headed out.

At dinner, we recapped the previous two days and excitedly discussed our favorite parts.

The final, PHENOMENAL day to come!!!!

Chat very soon,
Nikki

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