Today is a special day for Oh! Nikka. With this article we celebrate our 100th post on our site. Yeah!!! And I couldn’t think of a better way to usher in this great milestone than with a good ole fashion “tweetup”.
What’s a “tweetup” you ask? Well, for all those out there who just returned from a five year sabbatical exploring glacial formations on Terra Australis (South Pole), tweetups are when a group of people “meetup” at a predetermined location and live tweet about their experience.
Many of you may not know this, but I’m seriously addicted to social media. (holding my head in shame) It’s true. Facebook and Twitter have both gotten the best of me. From “Likes” to “Tags” to “Tweets” and “Tweetups”, there doesn’t seem to be any limit to my madness. But, I will spare you the details of my fixation with social media and instead tell you how I pulled off my very first social soirée (of many to come) with an amazing group of ladies.
Back in January Shula’s 347 Grill, located inside the Atlanta Marriott Hotel in Buckhead, was hosting an Xbox Live tournament where contestants played the recently released Madden 2012 game for a chance to win an Xbox console. So I signed up my teenage son Nick and his best friend Tekory, and we headed to Shula’s for the tournament. Unfortunately my boys didn’t make it through the first round of play, BUT, we had an awesome time and Shula’s signature Angus burger was simply D-LISH!
There was definitely a feeling of déjà vious-ism, since I’d been to Shula’s on a couple of occasions in the recent past. Let’s see… I attended the Heeling Diabetes Shoenista Auction last summer where I moved one step closer to solidifying the title as the heir to the Imelda Marco’s shoe dynasty by walking away with several pair of fabulous heels to add to my growing collection. 😀 And, I also held my post nuptials soirée at Shula’s where several of my good friends joined my new hubby and I for an eve full of laughter over great food and good times. Oh, and Shula’s Calamari Fries, Tempura Asparagus, and Sweet Chili Shrimp were absolutely A-MAZING!!! They were the talk of the eve!
Ok, so during the Xbox tournament I had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous Veronica Young who is the Business Development Manager of Shula’s 347 Grill. Veronica is so down to Earth and she has such a lovely and inviting spirit. We had a wonderful conversation about our children, and our families, and then we exchanged info in the hopes of working together in the near future. It just so happens that I had always wanted to host my very own Tweetup, but didn’t know what location would be best for my “maiden voyage” into the world of Tweeterville. Little did I know that the answer to my dilemma was right under my peep-toe shoes. 😉 Shula’s was the perfect venue to host my event! I mean, it has great ambiance, then there’s the amazing food, and top it off with good company; this was definitely going to be a fun night. So, all there was left to do was to coral a few of my “Tweeps” to join me at Shula’s, and voilà, the BFF (Blog Fab Fashionistas) TweetUp was born. (queue glee-filled laughter) So, in the immortal words of the beloved famed sister trio The Pointer Sisters, I was “So excited!”
So, the stage was set as me and several of my BFF’s converged on Shula’s 347 Grill for the Hautest Happy Hour this side of Honolulu. 😛 This event would feature fab swag boxes with samples from Coco Curls, and Jessicurl, along with a few extra goodies that I snagged from CostPlus World Market (chopsticks) and Charlotte Russe (roller eye shadow). Veronica and Shula’s 347 Grill provided me and my lovely guests with complimentary appetizer’s consisting of empanadas, egg rolls, and these pork filled dumplings that were d-lish! Guests included Chic Boutique Tour founder and CEO, Rosalynn Wilson, Image Expert and President of Total Image by Secret Inc., Sylvia “Secret” Mikell, Kenya Williams of You Bored Bish!, and Kiwi of Popularity Sweets who made apple pie cakepops that were simply amazing!
The topic of discussion for the tweetup was about networking with local businesses, as well as other bloggers, to help spread the word about wonderful finds like Shula’s 347 Grill that people may not know about otherwise. We chatted a bit, shared a few laughs, and pledged to support each other as well as businesses like Shula’s.
Now, what’s a get-together among women without a raffle for a chance to win a fabulous prize? So, what were the prizes? Well, there was an uber-haute necklace provided by Rochelle James of Pritti Gemz, a cute gift bag with samples of Coco Curls by the fab Jeanell Dardin, and two pair of cute earrings by TMarie of Carisma Designs.
And who were the lucky winners? Everyone!!! Both Rosalynn and Secret each walked away with a pair of Carisma Designs earrings, Kiwi snagged the Coco Curls product gift bag, while Kenya scooped up the statement necklace from Pretti Gemz. Congrats to all of the ladies, and thanks goes out to all of the sponsors for making this event one to “remember!” Oh, speaking of which I cannot forget Bobby (sorry I didn’t get his last name) who we met in the bar/lounge. Apparently Mr. Bobby and several of his co-workers were having a get-together also. Well, Bobby was wearing this outrageously fabulous and quirky hat that drew our attention, so of course we had no choice but to go closer for a look see. Mr. Bobby (aka The Mad Hatter 😛 ) explained that he is part of a hat club which meets regularly so that members can flaunt their handmade head-toppers. 🙂 We shared a lot of laughs and snapped a few pics with Mr. Bobby and his fantastic headwear.
Thanks to the fabulous and amazing Veronica Young and Shula’s 347 Grill for being such gracious hosts for this meetup, and I look forward to visiting Shula’s again in the very near future. What a great way to kick off the New Year in this wonderful setting, with great food, amazing ladies, while sharing wonderful ideas. So, keep a look out in 2012 for new things from all of the fabulous ladies who came out to show their support.
There’s always fun to be had at these tweetups, and we all departed knowing that “no tweet was left behind.” 😉
Be sure to follow all of the fabulous ladies and sponsors from the BFF Tweetup for upcoming events and stay tuned for more Tweetups in the future:
And, please LIKE Shula’s 347 Grill on Facebook at Shulas347GrillATL and follow them on Twitter at ShulasBuckhead for happy hour and dinner specials, and upcoming events. Oh, and tell them Oh Nikka sent you! 😉
Check out more pics from the BFF TweetUP: