BritMums Live was a total and utter whirlwind of a weekend of which I’m not sure I’m even remotely recovered from, but I’ll try to articulate my highlights for you here… It was a weekend sponsored by wine (literally) thanks to Lindeman’s Wine so forgive me if I’ve forgotten anything or anyone (hic!)
….Most importantly first up, HUGE, HUGE thanks to my official sponsors, the seriously stylish Swedish brand me&i who covered the whole event for me and also gifted me a gorgeous LBD day dress along with city style shorts and blouse EVERYONE LOVED! I’m now a shorts convert!
Special thanks also to Fever London who gifted me a stunning blouse and pencil skirt! Thanks for making me feel a million dollars guys!
So arriving in London first by car, then by train ( I even considered a plane too at one point), I finally met up with my great friends, the tremendous bloggers that are Kate of Pouting in Heels and Zaz of Mama and More and we started as we meant to go on, with raspberry champagne bellinis and BLT’s in Searcys Champagne Bar at St Pancreas station….
We then made our way to the conference, full of food and bubbles! Perfect!
Here are my highlights:
Britmums Live was a great opportunity to meet up with old mates like Mirka of All Baby Advice who’s a blogging sister to me and to hang out with a group of women who’ve become real life friend I feel I’ve known forever!
I laughed a lot over those two days (so much my jaw still hurts), talked non stop, got the most out of the sessions and networking and had fun dining with the ladies for delicious Lebanese food (I think we were the last to leave)!
Of course meeting up with so many of you (the list is long so I’m honing in and trying to remember) was incredible…the highly competent and lovely cooking duo Franglaise Cooking: Sophie and Ben (with Katie and I below), the brilliantly funny Emma of Me, The Man & the Baby and beautiful baby Charlotte, friend and fellow stylista Michelle of Bod for Tea, the caring, super smart Elizabeth of Mommatwo (who together, we put the world to rights), the generous and clever Rachel from Three Years and Home (who I instantly clicked with) were just a few of the bloggers who made BritMums Live for me!
Catching up face to face with those I follow day in and day out via their blogs and on twitter, right there, in 3D was WONDERFUL !
I even let Elizabeth, above touch my hair in our annual BritMums hair touching session-don’t ask!
With Kiran and Zaz! Huge thanks to the fabulous Fiona of Coombe Mill for allowing me to share her picture above!
I also relished the opportunity to meet new friends I’ve gotten to know online over the last year such as Kiran of Mummy Says, Jenny of Lets Talk Mommy (above) and Katie from Hurrah for Gin,(below) -all as kind, smart and witty as you’d expect them to be, from their brilliant blogs!
…It must be said I was truly touched by how many of you reached out and wanted to meet me, those who praised my blogs (it meant the flipping world to me) and those who also recognised me from the modelling campaign I did for Nova Harley-thanks for all your kindness.
Here with the lovely and outstanding John of Dad Blog UK! Another highlight!
…Thank you also to so many of you who said after reading my post My Career as A Professional Blogger, you were inspired to change your blog or gained the confidence to take it to the next level, it also meant a lot how many also enquired why I wasn’t on a panel there myself. Fingers crossed, I might be next year!
…I enjoyed meeting so many relevant sponsors who attended too; I made some great contacts with several approaching me who’d done their research, knew who I was and my stats to boot, so hats off to them and I was even commissioned on the spot! Nice.
…I also picked up lots of fab SEO tips and sessions I attended confirmed the importance of Google + my husband Peter, an IT guru informed me of when it first launched, and of course the power of Pinterest and Instagram.
I will be adding a Testimonials section to my blog too from brands and PR’s I work with and I’ll continue to keep doing what I’m doing, pushing my brand and blogs onwards and upwards. You with me?
Love this! Truly captures our non stop chatting and energy!
What BritMums Live reconfirmed to me too, is how women together are STRONG-a badge inscribed with this very statement was given to me to wear aged 2 by my mother. We as a community mostly made up of women (we welcome and value the Dads that are part of it too of course) prop each other up, emotionally, physically, we read one another’s blogs, we support each other’s ventures, charitable causes, book launches, businesses and beyond.
We are POWERFUL (this I knew) reaching and influencing 8 million people (this I learnt, thanks Emma Freud) every single day and must believe it and own it, unflinchingly, always and forever.
With lovely, fellow Yorkshire lass and award winning vlogger Nadine of Juggle Mum
And to qualify it further, I met an entertainment blogger when at the Cannes Film Festival who told me parenting bloggers as a community are up there with the highest earners as bloggers as a whole with even well known film critics asking me how to monetize their sites.
Furthermore, last year I met with an agency that represents A listers from actors to writers and directors and the like. They were intrigued by my TV project which is in development and optioned but more than that, they were interested in me as a blogger. This is quite how influential we are, not just I, all of us! Own it, believe it, do what you want with it but let it empower you!
Blogging excites me. I’m SO flipping passionate about it! Not only do I love my job- blogging which is FAR from pocket money and enables me to earn the same as I did as a full time director but it works so well around my family. Which is what I and they need.
And whats more, you are probably doing the same and if not, you 100% can!
Blogging is brilliant. Thanks BritMums Live for reaffirming all of the above. Thanks for the fun, the inspiration and for connecting me face to face again (and for the first time) with so many of you remarkable, giving, game-changing women (and men). You rock. See you next year!