When Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb announced a 30-40 + blogger meet I sat here at the PC chewing my pencil.
The decision to take: Do I brave it and go? Will anyone want to talk to me ? What will people make of my squeaky Essex voice ! )
I thought about it for a while and took the plunge before all those tickets got swallowed up. I counted down the day's, and as it got nearer I got more and more nervous. I was excited as well, but SO nervous! In fact I was so nervous I even forgot my camera.
The event was being held at the The Imperial in the Kings road Chelsea, which was just perfect for the event. The staff were really lovely, and the service was really good.
I arrived a little early and spotted Catherine straight away. A really stylish lady that writes a fashion blog that I have admired for so long in blog land. It was so good to finally meet. Catherine is my one stop confidant that I reach out to regarding anything blog related. I must drive the poor woman mad sometimes !
I got myself a drink at the bar, turned round and took it all in. Can I just say, when you have been building friendships on line through blogging it is the most surreal thing meeting them in the flesh! Everyone was beautiful, and just as excited as myself about meeting at this event
Diane and Lucy from Life Begins At and Michelle of Bare Faced Chic
There was no need what so ever to have been nervous, each time I recognised a blogger and vise versa it was big grins all round. Such a lovely lovely feeling. I stood silent for a couple of seconds to take it all in, the room was absolutely buzzing.
Catherine our host of Not Dressed As Lamb Yvonne of Funky Forty and Josephine of Chic At Any Age
The fabulous clothing company that sponsored Catherines event was there Hope Fashion I browsed their clothing for a while, asking questions about the collection. There were some great raffle prizes to be had too. A new bag company that has been launched Jennifer Hamley was one of the raffle prizes. Do take a look at her fabulous organiser work bags on her site.
Then it was time for lunch, so off we went through to the restaurant .
We all chatted through lunch and got to know each other better, I do have a picture here of myself and Petite Silver Vixen It turns out we don't live too far from each other and will be meeting for coffee at some point.
After lunch Catherine gave us all some great blogging tips. It was so inspiring, I feel more confident for that talk already....
The talk involved, Branding, Giving, Receiving and exposing. Now I have always worried about putting myself out there as a really mature blogger." Who wants to read about an old girl " is often ringing in my head. But listening to the talk, it all made sense ! There really are few of us over fifty bloggers ( especially in the UK) so all the more reason to shout about it. And shout I will from now on!
After the talk , we went back into the bar area where Hope Fashion gave us a lovely talk about the brand and the collection....
Nayna Mcintosh founder of Hope Fashion
There are some fabulous designs from hope fashion, I have already marked down my wish list, but I will talk more about the Hope brand in my next post.
The day flew by and it was time to leave. I was given yet another present, this one from Hope Fashion. A beautiful merino wool poncho. I said my goodbye's and left feeling really good. I am so pleased I took the plunge to go. I felt so welcomed, and left with a really good feeling. One things for sure, Catherine is going to need a bigger place for the next event .
Oh and that goody bag....
So many lovely goodies, a copy of Hopes collection & Blogosphere magazine. I have bought this before and it's fantastic. A notebook, pen and macaroons. A beautiful card to send a thank you to someone. This is something Catherine talked about. How it's good to say a proper thank you every now and again And rightly so. I already know who mine is going too. Some eye serum from Verso. A Burt's Bee's lip balm ans a Laura Geller waterproof lip liner, a lovely lemon scented body spritzer, and a beautiful bracelet from blogger friend What Lizzy Loves who also has an on line jewellery site It was like Christmas !
Any of you Ladies reading this that was at the event, thank you for being so friendly and welcoming And of course to Catherine, who gave us such a fabulous day and put in so much hard work. Thank You xx