I’m still getting my head around blogging. I feel as though almost every week I learn something new about either blogging itself or, or all ‘the other stuff’ (SEO, scheduling, analytics etc). It’s a minefield. One area which I absolutely love though, is getting the chance to attend an event filled with like-minded people and brands. And that’s exactly what I did on Saturday at the annual Bloggers Festival hosted by Scarlett London.
I went to the Bloggers Ball back in June and had such an amazing time so was really looking forward to this one, as I’d been told to expect something very similar. Not only that but I was going with my uni mate and blogging partner-in-crime Marisa (check out her lovely fashion blog here), so I was super excited to see her again and catch up on stuff.
What to Wear?
As always for things like this, first thing to work out prior to the event was an outfit. Being the beginning of September you can usually hope for reasonably OK weather in London, but this is England after all, so there’s a chance of pretty much four seasons in one day. That said I opted for my favourite Zara dress, some tan heels and a cross-body bag along with my little black jacket and of course, a brolly. Standard.
I’ve been crushing over gold jewellery for a while now so stuck to the usual accessories along with a couple of new additions from New Look, and that was pretty much my outfit sorted!
After arriving into Waterloo and catching up with Marisa over lunch, we got a tube over to St James’ Park Station, near to where the event was being held at the very lovely Conrad St James hotel. Cue a couple of outfit pictures outside. (I’m still very self-conscious of doing photos like that but am gradually getting better with it. Kinda).
Before entering the actual room where the Bloggers Festival was taking place, there was an amazing surprise for everyone…a stunning flower wall almost identical to the one which Kim and Kanye had at their wedding. (Albeit on a much smaller scale, but just as beautiful).
It was the perfect backdrop for a few more photos, and after grabbing a glass of bucks fizz we were on our way into the room….
The afternoon whizzed by in such a blur to be honest, and I didn’t take half as many photos as I would have liked to, but what I can say is that every single person I met, whether it was another blogger or a brand rep, was so incredibly warm and friendly, and made me appreciate being part of such a welcoming and inclusive community.
Marisa and I had been lucky enough to secure a photoshoot with The Jewellery Box prior to the event, and so about half an hour after we got there we found ourselves ‘on set’ with some beautiful pieces to model (and were very kindly allowed to keep after the shoot!) It was great fun, the team were brilliant and made us feel really relaxed, and hopefully we’ll see a few of the finished shots on The Jewellery Box’s website soon.
Here are a couple of the shots:
Back to the Bloggers Festival itself though, the afternoon seemed to fly by so fast and before I knew it I was back on the train headed home. I met some amazing brands, a few I hadn’t heard of before and some that are pretty well established, and I was very grateful to be given a selection of samples along with a generous goody bag from Scarlett herself and the event’s organiser’s.
Without doubt one of the best freebies of the day had to go to PNY and their portable charger. Not only does it match perfectly with my phone, but it couldn’t have come at a better time as my phone was on 12% by the time I left London, and anyone who has an iPhone will know how bloody fast the battery drains, so it wouldn’t have lasted me the journey home. But thanks to my trusty new little powerpack, I was able to charge it up! RESULT.
I’d like to say a huge thanks to the following for their lovely samples and hospitality during the event:
Beverley Hills Formula, Luscombe, Friction Free Shaving, Natural World and 7th Heaven, and of course, to Scarlett Dixon once again for pulling off such an amazing event. I always have so much fun at this sort of thing. It’s great to network and meet brands, but the main thing I find is that it makes me realise just how much I love blogging and being amongst other girls who enjoy it as much as I do. Roll on the next Bloggers Festival and other events like it!