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A lot of my lovely blog-creating readers tend to send me questions about blogger events. What do I wear? How do I act?; the list of questions is fairly repetitive and a list I’m sure more and more of you will be wondering as you get into blogging.
In hopes of being super helpful, I thought I would share a few of my personal tips to make the most out of blogger events with you fellow blogger babes.
So, here it is:
Your First Blogger Event: A Guide
1. Be social!
Different kinds of people react to social events in a variety of ways. While the life of the party will always be smiling and want to talk to everyone, it isn’t unusual for a lot of men and women to feel spurts of anxiety when having to interact with new people – especially if you struggle with ‘small talk’.
While I’ve always been a very social person, I did feel like a small fry when I started attending blogger and media events a few years ago. It was a shock to be greeted by the faces of journalists that had inspired me (Hilary Alexander, to name names) and CEOs of some of my favourite brands.
All you need to remember is that if you’ve been invited somewhere, you’ve been invited for a reason. You are likely to be surrounded by those who not only have similar interests, but have the drive and passion that has got you where you are. Make friends!
2. Familiarize yourself with the policies!
The physical or digital invitations will usually answer any question you may have, but PRs will be more than happy to clarify anything you’re unsure of. I personally feel it is fair to ask to bring a plus-one if the event seems appropriate and it would make you feel more at ease, but I would never do so if it was at a cost or inconvenience to the event. RSVP by requested dates, show up at the right time, and let the good times roll.
I know, I know, no-one wants a photo of themselves making out with a cupcake all over the interwebs, but only the truly heinous event photographers will snap you in the act. Blogger events are often catered with nibbles, sweet treats, and impossible-to-eat canapes. No-one cares what you’re eating, so treat yourself to a macaron or ten if you desire it. (Insider insight? I have known PRs to be bollocked over ‘wasting’ budget on food at parties where everyone pretends they’re on a juice diet. You’re simply helping the greater good by eating.)
4. Dress like yourself!
Unless the event has a specific dress code, don’t let an outfit choice become an issue for you. I have a heels-hating blogger friend who would carry a pair of stilettos around until she got to an event. For a year. Because she thought that’s what everyone expected. She is now much happier (and, as a result, sticks around at events for longer) in her faux snakeskin loafers.
She is a reformed nutjob. Don’t be a nutjob.
Learn about new products, meet new bloggers, support new brands, take beautiful photos, tweet, Instagram, drink brightly-coloured cocktails, and shake your bum around when you’ve had one too many. Blogger and media events have made for some of the best times I’ve had in the past few years. I hope they do for you, too!
If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail or tweet me.
While I love a good makeover, I am terribly hesitant when it comes to changing anything in my dot-com life. This blog is my (geeky little) baby, after all.
Obviously I bit the bullet and annoyed you lovely readers by coding (and breaking) my blog in a mad rush over the past hour. And here’s the result! A re-brand. A re-jig. And a really good reason to go to bed with a smile on my face tonight.
I hope you all love the new layout (!); all feedback is welcome as – at the end of the day – you deserve to look at something nice, dontcha?
I turned the big two-four last week and, to celebrate, my Extra Special SuperBoyfriend whisked me off for a weekend love-in at Centerparcs Whinfell Forest…
…which I had no idea about until we arrived. This girl loves a romantic surprise.*
The weekend was fantastic. With no expectations of Centerparcs (I hadn’t even heard of them!) whatsoever, everything from bike rides in the rain to night swims under the stars felt celebratory and – even though it is geared at families – truly intimate.
Because I allowed myself to temporarily unglue the SLR from my hand (blogger sin), I don’t have a visual play by play of activities this time around. However, if you are heading to Whinfell Forest anytime soon I can’t recommend the World of Spa, caving adventure and archery tuition enough.
I am already planning the activities for our next trip. (In a treehouse, this time. How amazing do they look?)
* It is worth noting that while I was told to jump in the car with an array of non-distinct items, I took up most of the luggage with a fantastic birthday parcel from my friends at Waitrose. Because they’re gifting all online orders a ‘champagne thank you‘ this month, they very kindly sent me some bubbly, party decorations, portable champagne glasses, and the Birthday Girl package from Philosophy. We cooked dinner and popped party poppers each and every night we were there. It was wonderful.
Instagram (@lelalondon) – left to right, top to bottom:
1. Pyjamas and makeup. Last minute Halloween costume? Sleeping Lion.
2. We’re driving cadillacs in our dreams.
3. We refuse to take brunch lightly.
4. Rough night.
5. It’s cold…get spicy. (New Food for Thought column at HungerTV.com)
6. In a league of their own.
7. Being British is a wonderful thing.
8. The cutest traffic jam.
9. #TBT. Books at bathtime. Room for twelve.
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I’ve made one or two day trips to The New Forest before, but had never spent enough time there to trailblaze through the forest itself. Thankfully, my very sweet (and potentially psychic) boyfriend surprised me with a weekend away for our six month anniversary.
Puke, I know. Boy’s a babe.
With Airbnb on our side, we drove down to Sway on Saturday morning and set straight off for Milford on Sea. With the Great Storm on the horizon to hit the following evening, it wasn’t necessarily ‘beach weather’ but we had a perfect day nonetheless. Starting with some lunch and indulgent glasses of Mango-Raspberry Rekorderlig at The Raft, we then headed off to explore the town, beach, and do a bit of rock climbing before enjoying a pretty spectacular show of kitesurfing. Though the rather ridiculous winds were forcing me to steal Alex’s biggest and baddest coat, they were doing wonders for the kitesurfers. Look. At. The. Air.
After a packed afternoon, we took a cat nap before heading to The Silver Hind for dinner. I am in no way the type of woman who gets excited about pub food, but with things like venison dark chocolate steak on the menu, we were both pretty hyped. Major kudos to an unassuming village’s pub for creating such an inventive and delicious menu.
Sunday morning may have been spent in bed, but after hiring some bikes in Burley, we spent the rest of the day exploring the New Forest by pedal. As a child I never had a bicycle, so have spent probably less than 30 minutes on a bicycle in my entire life. To begin, I was nervous. To say the least. With cars peaking out of winding roads and a serious confidence struggle, the first five minutes felt tasking…and then the wild horses arrived. In Burley, wild horses seem to appear in the middle of roads by way of fairy dust. It is bewitching.
A few hours later and I was feeling like Lance Armstrong. Ish.
On our return the skies opened just in time to welcome us back to the town centre. We decided to pop into Burley-Licious (cute as only a rural cafe can be) to refuel/dry off with a pink hot chocolate, latte and a handmade scone for my man.
I am so in love.
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