My First Bloggers Event!

What a week! This is why I like writing on Sundays because I feel like it’s the summary post of the week and I always feel like I have lots to write about from the week. First of all I’ve passed my driving theory on Thursday (hence why there was no post on Wednesday; because I was revising for it) so I’m one step closer to having a driving licence and my dream car and remember if you’re about to take yours or you haven’t passed then it’s not the end of the world as it took me 3 times to pass! Then yesterday I’ve attended my first ever blogging event which I wanted to do for a long time as it’s an amazing opportunity to network and meet new people but if you are anything like me aka shy and awkward and the thought of meeting lots of new people scares you to death then it takes a lot of courage to do something like that but sometimes you just need to go for it and not think about it because the more you overthink going to an event the more reasons your mind will find why you shouldn’t go, that’s why going there was a very spontaneous decision and something way out of my comfort zone but you know what they say ‘great things never came from comfort zones’. Which lead me to purchasing a ticket a few days before and in between those days I was so busy with other things that I didn’t even have time to overthink it or get stressed about it but if you are attending an event for a first time or you’re nervous then just say it, because there’s a 99% chance that people will be sympathetic as everyone started from somewhere and everyone started off as the nervous first timer.

If I have learned anything from yesterday it would be that those girls with thousands and sometimes millions of followers on instagram are not superheroes and they don’t have a team of people working with them, most of the time they’re just really hard working ambitious girls; sometimes even working full-time jobs who want to be successful and that you’ll get further by supporting other bloggers/writers or generally other people in the industry as kindness never goes out of fashion and brands would much rather work with a blogger who’s friendly and approachable than stuck up.
I had the pleasure of not only listening to a talk by the lovely Luoana Negut (and also Nimi Blackwell) who talked about how to build your instagram feed to attract more engagement and attract more followers but I’ve also had a chat with her and she is the kindest and most humble girl, who shared some blogging advice with me and motivated me to keep going with building my blog and social media platforms! You should definitely check out her blog.

If you live in or near the city then I would definitely recommend for you to attend events like this as there’s literally thousands out there on the internet and the best place to look is Eventbrite. You will meet new people, expand your social media community, get advice and most probably get some amazing content for your blog or social media. If after reading this post you’ve decided that you would like to go to a bloggers event, then this is the next one I’m going to attend. As Mona says in the event description it will be a great opportunity to network and meet badass girls who share the same passion and ambition and you can keep in touch with and support each other because that’s one of the great things about the blogging community, we support each other instead of competing because there’s place for everyone.

London Fashion & Lifestyle Bloggers Network Launch Night


Stylist Live Event

This was my first time attending Stylist live and to be honest I didn’t expect much, just some talks and a free glass of drink but to my surprise it was so much more than that! Straight away I got excited from the moment I saw the glittery sign outside which was definitely eye catching and instagram shot worthy.  I’ve made the mistake of only going to the hours that I’ve had booked but there is so much to see and do that you should definitely go as early as possible and if there are free spaces for talks you can just walk into them. Between the four days that it is on for, there are so many different talks available so even if  you’re not a fashion or beauty enthusiast I’m sure you would find something for yourself. Even though the talks were light-hearted  there was some serious girl-power going on which I loved; women supporting each other and admiring each others work is rare these days. I think it’s important to create opportunities like this for women to learn from each other and give each other advice on how to make it in this male dominated world. Furthermore there were jewellery, food, lingerie, make-up and other stalls which offered special discounts and if that didn’t convince you enough, let me add that there was a champagne bar as well.

I had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Shirley Eniang who runs a blog Shirley’s Wardrobe  since 2008 and Susie Lau Style Bubble which funnily enough was Shirely’s inspiration for starting her blog and now she was giving a talk with her so not only it shows to never give up because everything is possible but also it reminds me of the quote; work until your idols become rivals. Although their blogs and styles are very different they both share something in common; they were doing something they love and they got recognised for it and turned it into businesses and careers but it didn’t happen overnight or even within a few months, it took years of hard work and dedication for them to be where they are today. What I loved about both of those ladies was how they stayed down to earth and humble even though Susie has the most successful and widely recognised blog of that type and Shirley has nearly half a million instagram followers but that’s probably partly why they got so successful by staying themselves no matter what. Furthermore later on I listened to a talk by a lovely and bubbly lady Caroline Watson who’s a celebrity stylist and a business woman and she shared some tips and advice on seven ways to grow your business through instagram which is useful when you have a business or even if you’re doing anything freelance as then you’re selling yourself and instagram is a great way of showing your vision and encouraging people to want to work with you. At the end Caroline added that if you have a vision just keep going and follow your dreams as she recently launched a bag brand and she worked on everything by herself and not even her husbands sceptic view stopped her as she said don’t let anyone stop you, not even your man, or especially not your man.

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