Cha Cha Matcha Blogger Dates // Meeting Bloggers In Your City

Cha Cha Matcha Blogger Dates

Cha Cha Matcha Blogger Dates

If you live in NY and you have an Instagram, then it’s almost impossible to scroll through your feed and not see Cha Cha Matcha’s pink and green aesthetic. It’s a NYC Blogger Favorite and for good reason. Stepping into the cafe and ordering a (matcha) latte makes you feel like you’ve hopped a plane and landed in California.

It’s very blogger friendly, with colorful wallpaper and a serious dedication to their pink/green theme. The new location in Flatiron feels larger and with more tables and the tall windows means that you’re able to get a lot more light for those oh so casual/candid Instagram shots.

It’s also basically the perfect location to grab a matcha latte with two other bloggers that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet in NYC, Amanda from Sass Of Style and Bibi from Biannette. You’re able to take your Instagram worthy shot (make sure to ask for that latte art!), grab some pretty cronuts/donuts and if you can, grab one of the coveted two tops and settle in for a chat. I’ll be honest, the first time I ever had matcha was at the original Cha Cha Matcha location and I did not like it. I had an iced matcha without milk and wasn’t sure if I was supposed to add sugar to it or not and. . .I was not pleased. It was so bitter and undrinkable. However, when I went back, I got the hot matcha latte and added sugar and such a game changer. It basically tastes like a tea-cappucino and much more forgivable to the palette. I’ll be honest again, I’ll take coffee over matcha any day but there’s something to be said for that pretty green Instagram shot (which I’m sure is why the phrase DO IT FOR THE GRAM exists).

Getting flatlay lessons from Bibi

OKAY, I’m gonna get to the nitty gritty here & give you one of my fave tips if you’re starting to blog about fashion or lifestyle and you don’t have anyone to take your pictures for you and you can’t exactly afford to pay someone $300 for a photoshoot. . .contact other bloggers in your area! I kid you not, this has been a game changer for me. 

I met Amanda and Bibi at another event that we were both attending and the conversation turned to how hard it is to get OOTD shots when you either don’t have a boyfriend (or in my case, a fiance who just has no interest in being an Instagram Husband). We all found out that we worked around the same area and, after some discussion, decided to meet before work for a quick shoot! We work normal 9-5 jobs but once or twice a week, meet at 8am to do take some shots and go off to work. 

It’s changed my life guys. 

Before, I’d have to beg my boyfriend to take photos on the weekends or end up setting up a tripod on the street (and feeling awkward as hell) but this arrangement has totally been working for me. I actually reached out to another NYC blogger who also works near the same area as me and with this method, I’m guaranteed two outfit posts a week. With this method, we’re also learning photography a little better and saving money AND gaining a friendship at the same time. We definitely discuss other events or opportunities and at times, I’ve even suggested them for collaborations with brands I’m working with. Additionally, you get the chance to critique your photos or be like, “Oh wait no, can you retake it, I hate my face in this one” or fix other things that you might not feel comfortable fixing with other photographers. You’ll also be able to edit your own photos in your own style. 

Before this, I was really stressing about how to get outfit/lifestyle shots without spending a fortune on a photographer and this method really worked for me. If anything, you also gain a friend and confidante that you can dish with about all your blogging concerns. 


How To Find Bloggers in Your Area


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Facebook! Go to the search bar and google _____ Bloggers (obviously add in your city name). OR if you live in a really small town, find a blogger group that has a lot of people in it and just write a post. “Hey I’m looking for bloggers who live in or near _____ and would want to meet to connect or take OOTD’s together!”. Explain exactly what you mean by it and I guarantee, if there’s someone in your area, they will be interested. I’ve done this numerous times in Facebook groups and ended up meeting a lot of people. It works guys! You just have to put yourself out there. 

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Instagram! Same thing. Maybe find a blogger that lives in the same area as you and send them a DM. I’ve actually been sent quite a few DM’s and ended up meeting a good amount of people this way as well. This one is a bit more nerve wracking for me as it’s not a general post on a forum but a more personal one on one message, so I don’t do this very often but people have reached out to me and it’s worked. 

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Events! If you go to an event, strike up a conversation with someone. “Oh, you work there? So do I! By the way, who takes your photos?! I’ve been looking for a good photographer, any suggestions? Oh, we should meet up and do OOTD’s together!”. Unless that blogger is making $$$$ and has a photographer on retainer, they’re most likely going to also jump at the chance to get some outfit photos taken. 

If blogger meet ups are something you’re interested in and you live in the NJ/NY area, just mention it in the comments! I’ve been wanting to start doing brunches on weekends and would love to get a few bloggers together to start creating a community. Let me know if you’re interested, or if you don’t want to mention it in the comments, just shoot me an e-mail at michennblog@gmail.com!

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  • That’s such a good idea to find other bloggers in your area to exchange photo shoots! I don’t have an Instagram boyfriend and haven’t had one in such a long time so I can relate.. And this Matcha cafe looks so good! I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in NYC!
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

  • Jennifer Quattrucci

    This is such so awesome!! I just want to drive 3 hours and meet you there! Definitely love the color scheme here and would love to see the city and other bloggers!

  • Hey Love,
    So fun to meet with other Bloggers:)
    I love to have Bloggers Dates sooo much:)
    Best Ever:)
    Matcha Café would be my Fav place for sure:)
    Love Matcha sooo much… yummm:)
    Kisses Karina

  • Samira Radmehr

    what a great post with great ideas! I think it’s super important to chat with fellow and local bloggers and connect! also, love cha cha matcha! so good! thanks for sharing babe!

    xx, Samira

    http://www.leathertolunch.com

  • This looks like such a perfect blogger date place. Super Instagrammable and a great place to have conversations. I like when bloggers get together offline and get to know each other on a more personal level. Great idea to exchange photoshoots too!

    xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  • Sam

    What a great post! First of all that little cafe is the cutest! I bet all the bloggers that go there find so much inspiration! And on another note, hooking up with other bloggers to help with your blog is an excellent idea!! It does get expensive taking pictures all the time so what better to do than collab with someone who understands the industry?!

  • Gina Diaz

    Ohh this place is so lovely and friendly! I really would love to visit it when I go to NYC next time. Love all your colorful pictures and the MATCHA of course!!

    Happy weekend!

    xx. Gina

  • Cha Cha Matcha is so cute! The interiors are definitely Instagram-worthy. Love your photos from this shoot and your camisole top!

    xo, Jo

  • LAKO EVA

    Matcha coffee love i and I prefer drink without sugar is very healthy.
    t . How nice is to find blogger in our area. Yes I find one but we talk about work and doesn’t take pictures until yet.
    Xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  • Meghan Knudson

    This place is sooo cute. But I totally love your idea of meeting up with other bloggers. It really is great to see the whole community come together like this and support each other!

  • Lana Luu

    What a cool post! Thank God my husband is my biggest supporter and he always helps me so much! But it is such a great idea to find other girls bloggers and support each other!
    I love matcha latte and the CHA CHA MATCHA cafe is so cool and photogenic!

    http://lanaluu.com

  • Jen Lee

    This is such a good idea! I’m one of those gals whose hubs is a Instagram Hubby, but I’ve relied on him so much that I have no idea how to handle anything photog related… There are pros and cons I tell you. I need to learn more about photography and get behind the camera.