With the summer fast approaching, we’re hoping that there are going to be a few sunny spells for us to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. As much as us humans love summer, it’s super important that Rufus is well looked after in the sun too. Having a little black dog, it’s a nightmare whenContinue reading
I should be giving you a blog post on the wonderful work that the Dog Trust do and how we should all help pooches and how I nearly got Rufus a new friend. I can tell you to go and help the pooches but I can only give you a sentence. I was due to go to my local Dogs Trust Centre on Sunday but, the wonderful October flu hit me on Saturday morning and I’ve been festering on my sofa ever since. I went to the doctors on Monday morning who diagnosed me with a sinus and ear infection and £8.20 later, I left with a bag full of antibiotics. I feel like a child with my ear infection but it’s actually a killer and makes me want to cry a bit. Not to mention trying to rest when you’ve got an excited puppy with you. As I write this, I’m currently laying on my sofa covered in all of Rufus’ dog toys and him.
So, as I sit here watching Homes Under the Hammer and Bargain Hunt surrounded my tissues, cups of tea and Rufus cuddles, I thought I’d try and do some sort of inspirational blog post to make me and maybe yourselves feel a little better. Whenever I’m having a down day, I usually go to Pinterest to make me feel a little bit better and more empowered. There’s something about reading quotes on a pretty background, in big writing that makes you feel a lot better. I’ve got a board of my favourite quotes here and here are a few of them which’ll always get me out of my rut and feeling 10 times sassier
- Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons
- Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will
- Tell me I can’t, and I will. Watch me.
- Stopping putting in an effort to those who show no effort towards you. There’s only so much you can do before wasting your time and energy.
- All of life’s solutions are in a tea bag.
- Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.
- If it doesn’t make you feel fabulous, don’t do it; don’t buy it; don’t keep it.
- Be somebody who makes everybody else feel like a somebody.
- Marry the one who gives you the same feeling as when you see your food coming in a restaurant.
- One of the happiest moments in life is when you let go of the things you can’t change.
- Great things don’t come from comfort zones.
- Put your positive pants on.
- Broken crayons still colour.
- If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you.
- Your mistakes don’t define you.
It’s quotes like these that will always make me feel better after a really crappy day in the office. Even writing them down now has made me feel a bit better. So, now I have a bit more strength to lift myself from the sofa/Rufus’ den and put the kettle on, I hope they will provide you with a little something to make your day a bit better!
We’re over half way in October and that’s pretty mental. I think I sound like a parrot each month going, HOW QUICK DOES THE TIME GO? But, yeah, each month I can’t get use to it. Like, it’s nearly Christmas soon and I haven’t even thought about shopping or anything.
October has been a good month for blogging. I don’t know why but I’ve found some real gems this month. I love it. I’ve been on the hunt for a lot of baking posts for the past few weeks in aid of making some home made Christmas treats. Times are hard so, if you are family who are reading this, expect some homemade stuff!
So, who have I loved this month?
I really, really love Kat’s blog and I’ve been reading it religiously since reading her Halloween baking post. I just love the variety of posts, the fabulous photography and the attention to detail she puts in each post. It’s just everything I really like in a blog; a total mix and she deserves every success she gets!
Sarah is The Geek’s sister and runs a wonderful crafting blog over on Smashing Sarah. She’s been scrap booking for a good while now and I find it a really fab way to see what she, Gary and my nephew are up to! It’s different from speaking on the phone as I get to see photographs and it’s a great way to relive days out I’ve been a part of!
Sarah’s blog is a thing of all things wonderful; from personal stories, to reviews on restaurants, beauty products and cake. It’s become one of my go to blogs for looking for reviews as I always trust her judgement. She’s also doing fantastic work raising awareness of being a donor. Her story inspired me to sign up for being an organ donor. I was one of those people, before speaking to Sarah, who felt a bit weird about donating my eyes. Her story has made me realise the importance of becoming a donor and that sight is one of the most wonderful gifts we have.
Hannah’s blog is my favourite blog and has been for the past year. It’s the one I will read every day with fail as I just find her so relatable. She reminds me of what blogging is really about; us all being every day people with a little space on the internet. Her posts aren’t all rainbows and butterflies or focusing on ridiculously expensive products, which is something I really admire about her. She focuses on the real hard hitting and honest truth. On social media, it’s so easy to idolise people and think they all have it better than us, but with Hannah, she makes you feel less alone.
Are you fans of these blogs? What blogs do you recommend I try giving a read?
I’ve always had mixed feelings about marriage. Angsty teenage Becky wasn’t the biggest fan: I thought it was a waste of money and I’d lose total sass if I tied the knot. Flash forward to turning into mid twenties Becky who’s in a long term relationship with a lovely bearded man, marriage seems more and more appealing, especially the thought a bit of bling on my finger, except for one tiny little detail: the cost.
Last weekend I was invited to the National Wedding Show* held in Birmingham NEC. I’m a little naive when it comes to weddings and become more shocked at each wedding I attend. They are held in beautiful houses and barns and to be completely frank, I don’t know how people afford it. I don’t know how people my age are meant to save £15K for a house deposit then a further £15K+ on a wedding. I’m lucky to make minimal savings each month which pay for boring things like my MOT and IKEA furniture. Like, seriously guys, where are you getting the money from?
So, I grabbed my future maid of honour, Danny, and we headed off to the NEC with the intention of trying to see what we could get on a £10K budget. We decided we’d get a venue, a dress, suits and a cake. Luckily for us, the National Wedding Show caters for every couple and their budget. We found some real bargains mixed in the show and some fabulous inspiration. I’ve made a little list of what we learnt on being a budget bride for the day:
Unless you entered Sommerford Hall‘s (FYI Manchester wedding show go-ers, they are are at C30 if you want to chance to win) competition to win a free wedding, your venue is probably your biggest cost and will eat into your budget. In the past few years, I’ve attended some beautiful weddings where the setting has been perfect. I really love the idea of airy open rooms and beautiful grounds for picture perfect moments. One of the best venues I’ve ever been to was The Old Kent Barn but that can cost you a whopping £8,000. Generally as a rule of thumb, up north is always going to cheaper than getting married down south and it’s cheaper to get married in winter rather than summer. I spoke to a lovely gentlemen at the wedding show from Abbey House who was offering all inclusive packages for £1,200 for a winter wedding. Not bad considering how beautiful the venue is!
Probably the most important thing on a girl’s mind is the dress. Before attending the show, I didn’t know wedding dresses could send me in such a state of confusion. I felt myself getting stressed and I’m not even engaged yet. I won’t lie; I sort of needed a lie down and a bowl of pasta after the experience. The sea of white confused me and some of the prices made me want to cry a little. Have you ever bought a dress more than 3 months rent to wear for one day? Nope. Neither have I. I was determined to find a bargain dress and a number of stalls offered show prices and sale dresses. You could pick up some right beauties at Bicester Bridal costing a mere £350! I won’t lie, at first I did raise my eyebrows and go, ‘Really?’ but after trying one or two on, it’s safe to say I felt like a princess and my imaginary wedding fund felt brighter too. A good thing about attending The National Wedding Show is the fact there are so many stalls selling dresses, it’s easy to pop between stalls to see exactly what style you want.
When the Geek & I tie the knot, we are going to need a lot of suits. There will be the groomsmen, our dad’s and some of my bridal party consist of men. My secret Pinterest wedding board already has our colour scheme of purple and grey all over it. With the colour scheme in mind, we headed over to Moss and spoke to a lovely lady who instantly priced up 8 suits and a suit for my nephew for under £800. Winner winner!
I won’t lie – the thought of picking dresses for 4 girls and making sure they are all comfortable in them and match terrifies me. With everyone having a certain style and being all different shapes and sizes, it stresses me out just thinking about it. Never mind trying to do it on a budget! We decided to go for a full length dress in either grey or purple. I wasn’t the biggest fans of the plum shades so the gorgeous granite dresses won. ! We found these beauties at Eden Bridal for just over £100 each. They were beautiful V cross over and were full length. I think they’d look flattering on anyone!
Did you know I’ve never actually eaten wedding cake? Crazy considering you can spend another months rent on this wedding necessity. On the other hand, did you know that the Geek and I once stole a cheeseboard from a wedding reception? With our love for cheese so strong, it’s easy to say I fell truly, madly deeply for this baby by Peppercorn Catering. They insist on the non traditional wedding cakes and it’s right up my street. Even their naked wedding cake looks like a Great British Bake Off masterpiece!
Even with a splurge here and there, my mind felt better knowing that a wedding could be affordable yet still have the sparkle of the past few wedding I’ve been too. The National Wedding Show hosted so many different stalls and some were super affordable. One of my favourites was a video company, Shoot It Yourself, who loan out video cameras for you and your guests to shoot the wedding video. After your wedding, you pop it back in the post to them and they’ll edit it all for you. Seems a fabulous idea and affordable! With their cheapest package coming in at under £500, it’s a lot more affordable and more fun than a standard photographer!
How do you suggest trying to save the pennies whilst having your dream, fairytale big day? I’d love to know your thoughts!
*Thank you so much for Good Results PR for inviting me. Please note, even though being invited to attend all opinions are my own.
I’m not gonna lie to you guys – this is the most exciting thing in my diary for the rest of the year. Going to Birmingham’s NEC for a room full of animals and getting to review it. It’s safe to say I’m going to be coming home with an empty bank balance and one happy Rufus hound.
For those of you who don’t know, The National Pet Show is being held at Birmingham’s NEC between the 7th – 8th November. It’s not just home to your domestic dogs and cats – it’s also home to rabbit jumping, duck herding and birds displays. If you’re an animal lover, it’s gonna be an amazing day.
I’m really looking forward to seeing Channel 4’s Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick. I love watching Supervet, even though I always end up a blubbering mess, it’s a truly fantastic programme and amazing the extent this man goes to, to try and save an animals life. I really look up to people like Noel or any animal professional, as it’s certainly not a job I could not do. I’m always too emotionally involved in animals and I would come home crying every single night. I’m already a little nervous about my visit to The Dogs Trust next week as I already want to bring everyone of them home!
The fab people at the National Pet Show have given me two pairs of tickets to giveaway to you guys too! I can’t express how much of a fabulous day out it looks and I’m certainly going to have a ball there. If you need a little bit more convincing, my fellow blogging chum Northerner Down South did a mini review of the one held in London which you can find here. So, what do you need to do the enter? Just enter through the Rafflecopter!
Terms & Conditions
- Winner will be announced on Sunday 1st November 2015 via Twitter & Email.
- The winner will have 24 hours to respond, if not, I will be forced to select a new winner.
- No exchange for money.
- Please make sure you are available on the 7th or 8th November to attend the show
Best of luck!
It’s my birthday in 19 days and I’m gonna be the grand old age of 25.
I’ve got mixed feeling of entering this age bracket. For one, I’ll officially be in my mid twenties which means I need to get a grip and learn how to be an adult properly. It also means I am closer to thirty than twenty. Um.. HELP.
But, despite growing older, it does mean I can do a birthday wishlist. For once, I actually know what I want for my birthday. I’m usually that awkward person who doesn’t know what they want and everyone hates me for it. For once, I’m gonna direct you to my blog and websites included. Yup.
Do you know what every girl needs on their birthday? New pyjamas. I love pyjamas. They are total winners and honestly, most of mine have gone missing. I don’t know how or why but I’ve taken to wearing the Geeks most of the time because he has really cool patterned ones. I found these beauties and I’m in love. Crazy dog lady? Yes I am!
I want a Bloggers Planner. Everyone and their dog have been snapping these bad boys up. I usually have my editorial calandar on an excel spreadsheet but with my Macbook slowly giving up on me, I want something physical and doesn’t take 3 days to load. You can also add your own quotes on the front which is delightful. I’d definitely have Blogger & The Geek on the front!
I broke my wax melt device thing when I was cleaning my living room and I’ve not quite got round to replacing it. I’ve been eyeing up Flamingo Candles’ Melt Crowd for the past few months because their scent sound incredible. And total bonus is that you get a wax melter thing free in your first box. Why haven’t I ordered one? Basically, I can’t deal with Paypal. Paypal really annoys me and I just never got round to doing it. Lazy girl. But even if this doesn’t happen, I’m ordering November’s issue!
My biggest want is a trip to New York. I really need to put my emergency New York annual leave week to good use. Totes not gonna happen but a girl can dream, right? I’m obsessed with New York which has only got worse since my love for How I Met Your Mother and Gossip Girl. It’s the one place I really, really want to go to. I wanna eat bagels and go to the Empire Hotels. I want to wander around Central Park and basically get shit faced loving life and forgetting I’m turning 25. Not to mention, I haven’t had a holiday this year and I need to drink cocktails and get away from real life for a while.
Remember the Radley backpack I fell in love with on my Dog Walking Wish List? Not gonna lie – no one got it for me and I don’t have a spare two hundred quid lying about to fill full of poo bags and bits of chicken. However, I’ve found the more affordable (much much more affordable) dupe which I’ve been eyeing up in Accessorize. I love it.
This one is super, super boring but practical on all levels. What do I want for my 25th birthday? A portable phone charger. Yep. Hear me out though, my phone is crap at lasting all day in London or when I’m travelling out and about. My friend has one of these and I always cry a little that I’ve not been clever enough to invest in one. 25 is the year of change and this is gonna be my first practical grown up change.
It’s a bit of a mix but these are the things I’m really lusting after. Anything else you think I need then let me know!
Last Saturday I was luckily enough to get a place to go to a blogging crafting afternoon in Manchester with Hilary’s Blinds. Not having many plans at the weekend and Manchester only being an hours train ride away, I decided to pop on a train and go to my second home in hope of finding a hidden talent. Hilary’s were showing off their newest patterns and we’d be using them to make some crafty bits. Cakes and crafts are my ideal Saturday!
I met the lovely Cat from Suggestive Digestive for a quick coffee and we headed over to the venue. It was held in a cafe called Zieferblat in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The cafe has a different concept to most where you pay for your time there and can eat all the cakes, drink all the drinks and even bring your pooch. If it wasn’t an hour away, it would be my kind of place and the perfect place to hold a crafting event!
After grabbing some cake and coffee, we were introduced to The Crafty Hen and Hilary’s Blinds who were instructing us and hosting for the afternoon. Sunny, from Hilary’s, told us about their new range, The Jewel, and showed us the fabrics we’d be working with. All the fabrics were focused around rich jewel colours: Sapphire, Amber, Jade and Ruby. We were then introduced to Jana and Emma, The Crafty Hens, who were going to teach us how to make jewellery boxes and suffolk puffs.
Did I think before the event I could put together a jewellery box in an hour? No. But, with a little guidance, hot glue guns and cake – I can do! The process was surprisingly quick but very fiddly! I won’t like, I did feel like I was on the Great British Bake Off with the stress I was feeling to get the box completed. I chose to go with the neutral duck egg blue fabric and embellish it with random buttons. For the inside, I made some ring holders and sectioned off another side for bits and bobs. It’s safe to say crafting is not my hidden talent or my calling but I think it looks alright.
After a mini coffee and cake break, we were then going to start on Suffolk Puffs. I hadn’t heard of them before but they were simple to make. You just needed to cut a circle of fabric out, sew a running stitch along the edge of the fabric and pull. It makes a beautiful ruffled effect that forms the suffolk puff! We could add them to almost anything – people made key rings, fascinators and hair clips. I channeled my inner Blair Waldorf and opted to make a hairband. I’ve started getting more and more into hair accessories. I used to love them when I was around 14/15 but then I just stopped wearing them. When your hair is as wild as mine, sometimes you need something to take it away from the craziness!
Although mine is nowhere near as fancy as the other bloggers, I am going to stick to making them for Christmas decorations and presents! I’m determined to have a thrifty Christmas this year and little things like this can look wonderful with a little practise!
Thank you to Hilarys Blings, Joe Bloggers & The Crafty Hen for making the afternoon wonderful and for organising it all! It was such a lovely experience and channel some of my creativity into something other than writing! You can read all about Hilarys experience of the event here
One of the best thing about the blogging community is the friends you make and getting involved in the community. The people you speak to start to become the friends who you speak to everyday and slowly, you ask them for blogging advise then it soon turns into life advice! I’ve made some good friends since starting Blogger & The Geek and I met them through different chats on Twitter and as my confidence grew, I started hosting chat
I won’t lie; I started to get a little bored of the ‘blogging’ chats. It was getting to the point where I would know more about a blogger’s schedule rather than the blogger themselves. When I had a week off work, I decided to take the plunge and host a chatty style #ltbloggers chat. I wanted to get to know the people behind the blog and it seems everyone else did too. Despite my initial nerves, the chats went really, really well and people were messaging me saying ‘Thank you for doing something a little different’, which made my heart melt a little.
I started hosting more and more in my week off. I think I did around 3 or 4 chats. It was truly a fantastic experience and something I think all bloggers should do at least once. If you want to do one and struggling a little, I’ve made my pointers on my experience
1. Schedule your questions and your tweets
Think about your questions and answers and schedule them before the chat. I use Tweetdeck to schedule my questions and answers. It gives me peace of mind that if the internet dies or I can’t escape from work early enough, that people can still take part. Even if you are there, your notifications will be going mental, so, it gives you more time to focus on them and responding to the other bloggers rather than trying to type out your questions.
2. Think of a topic that gets people interested
This is easier said than done and I’ve messaged people numerous times going HELP when I’m not sure what to talk about. I’ve got to the point where I’m a little bored of talking about why I got into blogging, my schedule and all things blog. I live and breathe my blog every day and it’s nice to have a little break and get to know my readers and other bloggers. I love chatty-chats. One really good topic and one that never gets old, because of the number of questions there is, is ‘Would you rather’ or ‘Favourites’. I’ve found people will always flock to them and really enjoy them. Another good way is to theme your chat; we’re coming up to Halloween and Christmas soon. There can be a lot of conversation around those!
3. Would you rather have a deep chat or a quick fire?
There’s no right or wrong to this one. Quick fire rounds are a lot of fun and I find that they are great for chats like ‘Favourites’. I schedule a question every 7 minutes for these; I find it gives enough time for people to interact and also for me to look through the notifications and respond. However, for deeper chats, I find a question every 10 minutes is a good time frame. People usually will discuss things more when it’s a deeper subject and bounce off
These are just a few pointers when it comes to hosting a chat. Not only are they good fun and a great way to get yourself out there in the blogging world, they do wonders for your Twitter followers. At the moment, #ltbloggers run by Things Sarah Loves have many slots available. Lunchtime Bloggers runs every week day at 1pm and 5pm. Both chats are really busy so if you want to give it a go, then contact Sarah or have a look here and see what slots are free!
Where the hell has September gone?
Like, seriously, it doesn’t seem five minutes ago I was typing up my favourite things in August. Now, I’m doing it for September and it’s a little weird. The end of September does mean that it’s finally October. I bloody love October. It’s my birthday month (29th FYI guys), I’m going to the National Wedding Show* and The Cake and Bake Show. I’m off to hang with my best friend and fellow blogger, Northerner Down South where we’re going to see Wicked and eat loads of carbs. Best of all, it’s soon to be Halloween and I can stomp about in chunky boots for the next 3 months. Winner.
So what have I been up to in September? Firstly, I attended my first ever blogging event! I attended the West Midlands Blogger Meet which you can read about here. I attended Hilarys Blinds Crafternoon weekend in Manchester with Joe Blog, that post will be coming up in the week! Rufus had his plums off which made me super emotional and needy on the day. I literally spent the day clock watching and waiting for 3pm so I could go and collect him. I dread if he ever has a serious operation as I wouldn’t be able to control myself. I’d be that person in Casualty who makes a massive scene, except it’ll be more embarrassing as it’s in a vets. The Geek & I have also really, really got into pub quizzing. I organised for a few of my work colleagues to meet up on a Monday night and take part in a pub quiz. It’s amazing how many people love it and actually how much we learn each week.
So, my total favourites on the month? Here we go.
I jumped on the bandwagon and I’m sure you’ve seen these on everyone’s Instagram photos. These are a total steal. I’ve bought them as decorative candles only as I really don’t want to burn them as they are that pretty. I’ve got them on my chest of drawers in my bedroom – ready for any blog photo opportunity. The best thing about these is that they are only two quid each!
West Midlands Blogger Meet
I went to my first blogging meet up this month. I met up with some fabulous people where we ate cake and chatted all things blog. You can read about the full event here. In short, I met so many lovely people and it was great to put faces to blogs. We’re hopefully arranging a little meet up in November for Birmingham’s Christmas markets and cocktails. Pretty Lovely Bloggers are holding a Christmas event too. If it’s going to be anything like the West Midlands Blogger Meet Up, it’s going to be amazing.
This lipstick has changed my life and I love it. Tore from A Tiny Mew introduced it to my life and I finally managed to pick it up in my local Superdrug. I know it’s all about autumnal berry lips at the moment but I don’t think you can beat a nude lip. Everyone suits a nude lip and for a quid, this is a steal. Not to mention, it’s so similar to MAC Velvet Teddy without the crazy price tag.
One of the best things about having a hound is the amount of fresh air you get. If you caught my Dog Walking Wish List post you’ll know about my dilemma with my dog walking wardrobe. Safe to say, I’m slowly building it as autumn walks are becoming more and more of a thing. On a dry autumn day, it’s lovely just to get in the car and drive somewhere where we can take Rufus on a walk. It’s one of the highlights of my day taking Rufus out with the Geek because it gives us a chance to catch up on our days, discuss life and just be away from the world for a little bit. It’s even better after the walk where we drink coffee and eat cake.
I feel September was the month where I really cemented my friendship with my blogging friends. I’ve spent the last few weeks speaking to Ren and Sarah non stop and y’know what? I really love it. I’ve really gotten to know these 2 girls and I love catching up with them. I really can’t wait to catch up with other blogging friends. I’m going to start making more time to get to know more pals in October. So, if you want a friend guys I’m your gal.
What have you guys been loving this month? Give me some recommendations!
I wanted to do something a little bit different today.
The past few days have been a bit strange – I’ve noticed there’s been constant reminders that life is extremely short. Last week I found out that one of the youtubers I watched passed away at the mere age of 26. It was heartbreaking to be honest and I felt my whole day was in a little bit of a daze. I then found out later in the week that to be honest, we don’t really know a lot about each other.
I had last week off work because Rufus was having his plums off. As payday wasn’t due till Friday and I was on house arrest, I spent a lot of my time on Twitter talking to bloggers and really reading people’s tweets. I’ll have a scroll through Twitter at work but I won’t properly read tweets. I’ll just favourite the odd thing and reply to the odd person. Having spent the time on Twitter, I found that I knew very little about the community. I knew about their blog but not about them as a person. I didn’t know what was going on in their lives or their heads.
I wanted to break this mould because if I don’t know a lot about other bloggers – surely they don’t know a lot about me. They don’t know what going on it my world except my passive aggressive tweets about my noisy work colleagues and updates on Rufus’ balls. That’s all the snippet you get into my life. So since I was tagged in The Blogger Tag from Things Sarah Loves, I thought I’d give it a whirl!
1. How did you get into blogging
I’ve been reading blogs for the past couple of years. I was becoming more and more reliant on them for reviews, days out and really getting into the people behind the screens. At work part of my role was social media but I got a new job and had nothing to do it with it anymore. I ideally wanted a job with this sort of thing so I thought I’d keep my skills up by starting a blog but focusing it on things I love. At first, I didn’t really think there was space for me in the blogging world because I’m not big on beauty and fashion is not my thing, but, there is room for me and I love it!
2. What advise would you give to bloggers starting out?
As well as putting effort into your posts and the website make sure you put equally as much effort into your social media. Twitter is the best place to interact and make friends. Also, don’t expect miracles overnight. You need to really keep at it and plugging away. Oh, and finally, blog about something you enjoy. If I started a fashion blog it’d be awful as it’s not something I’m into, but, I’ll write for England about my hound.
3. What would be your dream campaign?
Honestly it would be working with an animal focused charity. I’m such a huge, huge animal lover and I have such a huge place in my heart for them. I’d love to work with a charity and raise more awareness for animals. Or to work with Radley as they are on my favourite brands. That’d be a dream!
4. Do you have a plan for your blog?
At the moment I’m still trying to see what works for my blog. I’m trying to see what’s popular and what I enjoy writing. I’ve got some exciting opportunities coming up which I’m embracing every time my inbox bleeps! So, at the moment I don’t!
Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday surrounded by lovely bloggers, eating a ton of cake and chatting all things blog? Well this is how I spent last Saturday and I had a fabulous time. I attend the West Midlands Blogger Meet ran by the lovely Kirsty and Adele over at Pretty Lovely Bloggers.
With it being my first event it was safe to say I was nervous but I was so excited to meet other bloggers. Around six of us met before the event for breakfast and I was so glad we did. I met up with Charlotte, Charlee, Emma, Catherine, Shaun and Chenelle. We headed to Yorks Bakery Cafe in Birmingham which fulfilled all our Instagram dreams The food was lovely and the company was even better. It was lovely getting to know each other around breakfast and talking all things blog.
We headed over to the event and it was fantastic what Kirsty and Adele had done. The event was held at the Rainbow in Digbeth, Birmingham and it had such a lovely atmosphere. There were tables set up for the brands, where you could just go over to them and have a chat. Two of the brands I fell in love were EarlyBird Snacks and Skin Sincere. Both lovely ladies at the stands spent ages chatting to us about their brands. I can’t wait to try their products! There was also plenty of cakes, snacks and drinks to try.
The girls had organised 2 guest speakers to speak to us at the event. Elizabeth from Rosalilium spoke to everyone about the importance of incorporating your blog with Pinterest and how to make your Pinterest successful. It was a complete eye-opener on the little things you can do to improve your Pinterest. I’m spending this week completely overhauling mine to make it more towards my blog and hopefully it’ll generate some traffic. Our second and final talk of the day was about knowing your audience and what you can offer brands as a blogger by the wonder Chelsea from Loving Life in Wellies. It was insightful and encouraged us to think about trying to be a little different.
There was also a raffle at the event where brands had provided some amazing prizes. DegustaBox, Prairie Charms and Blogger Hangout, as well as other brands, all provided prizes. Unfortunately, I didn’t win but well done to everyone who did! When we left, Kirsty and Adele handed out the biggest goody bag I’ve ever seen. It was a tote bag FULL of goodies as well as a Lush goodie bag. Once I was home and rooted through it, i’m pleased to say it’s all stuff I’m going to use too!
It was safe to say I had an amazing time at my first event. I met some wonderful girls (and Shaun!) who really made my day fantastic and it was brilliant getting to know them. I can’t wait for the Christmas event at the end of November!