Ford asked What Women Want and apparently it’s to look HOT and wear beautiful jewelry. Well. DUH.

I totally went to BlogHer….and I had a tremendous time….and thanks to some wicked fabulous companies, I got to enjoy my trip just THAT much more.

Not anything that would make or break my trip, but things that made it easier to go….things that made me feel prettier and more self-confident walking into a sea of new faces…things that made my trip just a little bit more fun. These companies asked me to be one of their ambassadors, to give their products a face and name and so I did, with much appreciation.

**This is where I tell you that I was supposed to take PICTURES of all these things…but I only remembered to take about twenty pictures the whole weekend…so, dear companies, I’m sorry I totally failed you!**

So, here’s the business portion of my BlogHer recap!! I know. Hold on to your hats.


Seriously? They let ME on the production floor of the Ford plant. While they were making cars. I mean, actually putting them together ten feet away from me.

ford035They even let me try on their virtual reality gear that the engineers use to BUILD.THE.CARS. Yeah.  I’m totally cool like that.

I got to test drive and sample their new 2010 line and HOLY CRAP! Can I just tell you that coming home to my van that does NOT parallel park itself…does NOT send a warning when it senses a car in my blind spot or if a car is coming from the side that I cannot see…does NOT have the MyKey technology and, frankly, does not look like THIS little piece of heaven


….well, color me unsatisfied.

Ford wanted to know “What Women Want” in a car and it wasn’t all about pink interiors and cup holders…we let them know loud and clear that YES, we do want style in our vehicle…but we also care about the environment…we care deeply about the safety of ourselves and others on the road…we want to feel secure and know that our vehicle is dependable and trustworthy. And Yes. Cupholders are awesome.  But the next time I go to buy a vehicle I know that Ford is working to make their vehicles what I want and need them to be will weigh heavily into my decisions.

And you know what? When they asked me what my image of Ford is, I was totally honest and told them I had always known Ford as: Fix Or Repair Daily and Found On Road Dead.

Now? Ford Outright Rocked, Dude!




I told you all about my fantastic Lane Bryant dress….this one….


Well, I was just dorky enough to NOT get a single picture of myself IN IT at the any of the parties…but REALLY? Does this dress need talked about anymore?  I can tell you that I felt wonderfully comfortable and sexy in it…it fit like a dream and I could not believe that Lane Bryant carried something so beautiful.

I just want to send a huge thank you to Ritter and Lane Bryant for giving me this opportunity to wear your product…..because I sure felt like I got more out of it than you did.  I border between too large for regular sizes and too small for plus sizes and I struggle to buy clothes.  Knowing that I DO have options at Lane Bryant is a wonderful thing.



yt-ba-badge_125x125The unspoken secret in women’s circles is what you’re wearing UNDER your clothes.  We are some crazy, secretive shapewearing fools…we try to suck it in, flatten it down and tighten it up.  Some work better than others and at BlogHer I got to try out Yummie Tummies.  They were so good that I even loaned one to a friend that *conveniently* got packed up and taken home with her….and I am a little bitter.

Because these things worked!  I will admit that after a night of dancing and admiring unicorn-shaped cakes, it was HOT…but nevertheless, it kept things sucked in that needed to be sucked.

3765554976_42aeb5a109_bPlease no comments on my square butt…there are reasons I never let pictures of my hind quarters be taken. EVER. I’m talking to YOU, AMY!

I had limited chances to wear the pieces AT BlogHer because the tanks didn’t work with many of the shirts I’d brought for either neckline or strap issues (which HELLO! They have style options on their website I’m crossing my fingers to get to try)…but I’ve worn them since I got home so I could really tell you what I think of them and they are fantastic for muffin-top issues.  Which I have. My daughter told me so.



Bling? Oh, I HAZ IT!!!

Sorrelli Jewelry was kind enough to bestow up on me these gorgeous pieces.



A bracelet and a ring that brought incredible amounts of praise and for someone who’s not a jewelry hound, these pieces go with everything and anything.  And REALLY? Do these pieces not totally speak for themselves?  It made me feel like a princess to put on my beautiful dress and wear this incredible jewelry.

Can I just tell you that there are never enough opportunities for 35YO women with three kids to feel like a princess.



On a quieter note, with no stinking picture to mark the occasion, I finally got to meet Angela while I was in Chicago.  Angela is the amazing lady I met through one review opportunity and friendship blossomed.  Angela’s friendship and generosity led to my chance to attend BlogHer with HP’s support. And I cannot thank her enough…and you too, HP!  BTW? Don’t forget, Angela, I totally licked that one computer, so it belongs to me now, right? RIGHT?

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11 Responses to Ford asked What Women Want and apparently it’s to look HOT and wear beautiful jewelry. Well. DUH.

  1. Jeff Merrih May 12, 2011 at 12:32 AM #

    Great publish.Thanks for taking the time to publish this facts quite helpful!

  2. Ashley Hast August 3, 2009 at 3:20 AM #

    Not even fair. For real. I NEED the car….and I would do ANYTHING for the dress and some yummy-tummie bid'ness.

  3. georgie August 3, 2009 at 12:18 AM #

    I am extremly jealous and in awe! You are beautiful and my how they pampered you! awesome!

  4. Elisa August 2, 2009 at 6:51 AM #

    Oh, you looked HOT in that dress, Anyssa!

    It was so lovely to meet you, 'cause you, my dear? Totally.Awesome.

  5. AmazingGreis August 1, 2009 at 9:49 PM #

    You totally forgot to mention the part about meeting me and how that totally completed your entire weekend. No need to apologize, I understand the oversight. Just don't let it happen again. XOXO

  6. JD at I Do Things August 1, 2009 at 2:01 PM #

    Hi, Anissa! We met in the speed dating line. Oh, you remember ME, dontchya? Anyway, just wanted to stop by and say I love that jewelry AND your awesome Lane Bryant dress, even tho I didn't get to see you in it. And I won't say anything about your square butt if you don't say anything about my square head.

  7. Amy@Atlanta With Kid August 1, 2009 at 1:47 PM #

    Yummy Tummy.. That's that thing I need. :)

  8. Tina August 1, 2009 at 6:38 AM #

    I love that jewelry. A lot. And a car that parallel parks itself would be dearly loved in this city.

    And I forgot what else I was gonna say…


  9. Asianmommy August 1, 2009 at 5:33 AM #

    A car that parallel parks by itself? This I have got to see!

    • AnissaMayhew August 1, 2009 at 5:40 AM #

      NOT even kidding, I literally put the car in park mode…and it drives itself until you're perfectly paralleled parked…it EVEN tells you when you've passed a spot that's wide enough for you car to fit.� It freaking measures the space!!� I felt so high-tech. And then I got home and almost ran over my kid's bike.�

      • Maria August 4, 2009 at 6:11 PM #

        I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW! That was my favorite part and gotdammit, I forgot to write my Ford recap.

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