A couple of times a year, the blogging community escapes en masse to London for a few days to eat, drink, be merry and learn some new tricks with regard to blogging. I'm still struggling with the whole SEO/technical side of things/pinterest/google + etc etc but if I am being honest, I don't go for the workshops but for the socialising!
Last weekend was the inaugural Britmums Live experience and so, with my case packed for a 2 night break in London, I set off. I'm not going to report on the actual workshops, there are plenty that have, but I am going to report on who did what, who wore what and everything else in between!!!
After staggering out of the station, I was accosted by @northernmum and @helloitsgemma who were in the pub (no surprises there) and I also had the pleasure of meeting tattie weasle who is an absolute sweetheart and a fabulous writer (just check out her blog, so eloquent).
After a cheeky vino, we headed to the Brewery where I was enveloped in a huge bear hug by my roomie for the weekend mummy barrow followed not long after by a massive squeeze from honest mum who is quite clearly from another planet - this woman ROCKS being pregnant!
We had a mooch around and then the cocktail reception beckoned. I was delighted to finally meet Victoria who blogs at its a small world after all as I've tweeted with her for a long time, and despite us having a chat about living in London and the state of senior schools (it's a London ice breaker!) I got to grill her on the logistics of taking the kids out of school and travelling around the world as it is something that I am yearning to do.
The awards themselves were great - hosted by Katy Hill who is just as hilarious as she is gorgeous (beetch slaps). I was delighted to see some of my favourite bloggers win awards and especially proud of Claire from ministry of mum who is such a lovely, funny lady!
I then headed into the night for a blogging dinner in the heart of Shoreditch for 30. I had an absolute scream with @mammasaurus, @booandme, @sohoprgirl who were on my table and I won't even begin to tell you some of the drunken antics and chats we had. The table wasn't very well placed for socialising so I sadly didn't get a chance to meet everyone but did manage a very quick drink with @melkshammum @hpmqueen @motherventing and finally (!) got to meet @theboyandme. The food was ace and the goody bags even better!!! (Yes, you read that correctly, @mummybarrow and I organised goody bags for the dinner, all co-ordinated by @sohoprgirl who arrived in a cab laden with goodies!)
Huge thanks to our sponsors canvas holidays , organic burst, vosene , dove for providing such lovely goodies in our bags on Friday night.
Saturday dawned and I had a fashion crisis - I had no WHITE knickers to wear under my white linen trousers...luckily for me, Tanya had bought 9 pairs of NEW knickers for the weekend (seriously?!) and so gave me a pair to wear. We then spent the day running around, networking, eating, drinking and being merry. Highlights for me include getting my handwriting analysed on the cuticura stand and having a long and funny chat with Ruby Wax.
I've got one critique which I hope is taken in the right way!
1) Nowhere to chill out. If I was organising something of this scale, I would have a dedicated chill out room. Coffee, tea, cakes NO SPONSORS and lots and lots of squishy sofas and beanbags. Maybe with an area for massage/make overs/sleeping. The TK Maxx lounge was the only place that had sofas/chairs (as part of their sponsorship) but it was so annoying that you would retire there for a cuppa and a catch up only to be shouted over as the girls tried to showcase the A/W collection. I felt really sorry for them as they were talking to a room that wasn't interested. Same goes for the lunchtime demonstrations - these poor sponsors were talking to a room of people who didn't want to know as they wanted to catch up with friends or just chill out and catch their breath. I really hope this changes next year.
It was a great weekend that I thoroughly enjoyed and I'm looking forward to next year.
Peace and Love