Renegade Chicago Recap (day one!) / by jen geigley

I'm officially back! Renegade Chicago was an amazing experience and I'm so glad I went through with it. The things that I was nervous about (like loading our stuff and parking) ended up being a lot easier than I had anticipated and everything went better than I could have ever hoped for! We had loads of fun.
My extraordinary friend, Erin, came along with me to help out and I owe her a ton of thanks. I never could have done it without her.
My booth kind of looked like this. 
And here are some pics from Saturday, the first day of Renegade, which started off in a pretty rainy way, but ended up to be cool, comfortable and sun-shiny. We enjoyed a great turnout both days!
(Bonjour!) This guy biked around the area with bread and wine for sale.
The biggest thrill was this group of hometown girlfriends who decided to make a weekend trip to Chi-town and totally surprised me. Coolest thing ever.
And another weekend highlight was hanging out with these three rad ladies of Urban Posture. We asked to be booth-neighbors (since we're all from Des Moines) and I'm so glad we did. We helped each other whenever we could and shared a lot of good conversation and laughs all weekend long. Weirdly enough, Friday night after we drove into the city, Erin and I decided to grab dinner in the Oak and Rush neighborhood, and we ran right into these girls in downtown Chicago! Totally random and quite awesome.
One of my most absolute favorite things about the whole weekend was watching the crazy marching bands. I just totally dorked out over them. (Ask Erin.) I can't help it; I loved high school marching band. I want to be in a band like this. (Really, really bad.)
I came home from our crazy week of adventures (I'll explain more about this later) and noticed this quick photo feature (see my scarves?!) on the Renegade blog recap ... super cool. Check back in the next couple of days to see how the rest of the show went. And to see some extremely rad photos from our trip to Vegas, where my friends Erin and Brian got married last week. (Yup, I know. We pretty much had the most exciting seven days ever!)