Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shecky's Girls Night Out - Event Review

Last night was night #1 of the Shecky's Girls Night Out event in Atlanta.  From their website, here is a recap of this event: Let

Keeping up with the latest in what to wear (and how to pull it off) is hard. Fashion styles come and go, and beauty trends fade in and out. One thing that's always in style: quality time with your friends. At Girls Night Out, you and your fabulous entourage will discover unique designers, sip our delectable drinks, and cap your night off with some pretty pampering and glorious Goodie Bags (trust us, you don’t want to miss the goodies).

Let me give you my take on the event.  The Biltmore Hotel ballroom was where it all went down.  If you've never been inside the Biltmore, I hadn't, you should find a reason.  It was beautiful.  When you walk in the doors you're greeted by some security guys, they were everywhere, and funneled into the main check-in area.  What a long process.  The ticket confirmation said you needed to bring your confirmation number and your ID.  You only needed your ID and it seemed like the computers didn't have anything quick to look up last names.  

Once we were through the check in, we picked up our goodie bags (not as exciting as I had expected them to be) and headed to the first drink booth that we could find.  The alcohol booths were set up throughout the ballrooms - some liquor, some beer, some wine and some cocktails.  You could only have one drink in hand at a time.  The portions were small, but drinks were unlimited so if you were planning on being there the full 5 hours of the event I'm sure you could have found your happy place.  

About 5 minutes into the night I was frustrated.  I told the two friends that were with me that I thought I was too nice to be there.  I don't have it in me to cut in line in front of someone or nudge someone out of the way while looking at jewelry or clothes.  At the first drink booth a lady literally walked up to the bartender right in front of the 3 of us who were clearly there to order.  I'm not sure if I've ever been bumped into or nudged as many times as I was last night, a crowded bar on a Saturday night comes close to how it felt around some of the vendor tables.  

The vendors were a mix of makeup companies, small and large, clothing boutiques, jewelry designers and a few other random products here and there.  Some of it was cute but most of it was not for us and we walked by without stopping.  I think if I wasn't at risk of being smashed into while looking at some of the jewelry I may have purchased something, but never stayed in one place long enough for that.  The two girls each tried on a dress, I didn't find anything that was right for me.  

I did get my makeup done at the Maybeline counter.  The line was pretty long, but they had makeup professionals there to show you the color foundation that was right for you and then do up your lips or eyes.  I went with the eyes.  It was pretty helpful, especially the foundation color.  The makeup artists wrote down on a card the makeup they used on you along with some coupons.  I'll be using that for sure! If you wanted to wait in yet another line you could order your makeup there with $10 off, a great deal, but the line for that was forever long and I was ready to go by that point.  

All in all, an interesting event.  Now that I know what to expect I'll pass on the event next year.  I give the event 2 out of 5 stars.  It was too crowded, the set up didn't make it easy to flow from one table to the next without being in traffic jams and the good vendor tables that people wanted to visit had lines that were too long.  

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