Monday, 24 June 2013

BritMums Live 2013

Back from a fantastic few days in London at BritMums Live 2013. I was so pleased to arrive in style (via the  luggage baggage on the 9am commuter train on Friday.


I met with Avril from School Gate Style and we enjoyed catching up in person rather than online. We were sharing a room at the Easyjet hotel and laughed at the bathroom - it's JUST LIKE the toilet on the aircraft! The room was neat and tidy and for £75 for the night we couldn't complain (well we could because the walls are paper thin and we could hear our neighbours! Revenge was sweet at 7.30am with our over loud alarm clock and hair dryer).

BritMums is a fantastic conference that brings together a lot of Mummy (and Daddy) bloggers for the weekend. Sessions were informative and covered a wide range of topics from SEO, accounting, legal, working with brands, how to monetise your blog etc etc.

On Friday night there was an awards ceremony. It was a fantastic evening and I was so proud to be sat on a table with a few winners. Congratulations to Marlene from Chocolate, Cookies and Candies for WINNING her Best Photography category.

I was totally and utterly moved and inspired by Katie Piper and her keynote speech on Sunday morning - I can't begin to describe  how good she was. If you were there, you will know what I am trying to say and if you weren't then trust me, she is totally and utterly inspiring.

A special thank you goes to the founders of BritMums - Susanna Scott and Jennifer Howze - the two of them have done such an amazing job (along with a small army of helpers) to bring a great conference together. It ran like clockwork, was very well organised in a fantastic venue and it was just brilliant to be a part of it.

Avril and I were invited to be a part of the Style Panel session and whilst I don't have any photos of us sat on the sofa, here is the opening slide.


I was thrilled with my personalised Coke Bottle from the Coca Cola stand


It was also great to meet Emma from Fashion Mommy too. Here is a pic of her and Avril



And so on to what I wore. Thank you to Mint Velvet for my gorgeous top for the Friday night awards and to ME+EM for my maxi dress on Saturday. I wore my own scarf (currently sold out sorry!) and UGG Sandals (now in the sale) for extreme comfort on the Saturday.



It was so lovely to spend time with Avril, Kat and Marlene and I LOVE this photo of us all together.


Were you at BritMums? Did you enjoy it? Would you go next year if you didn't go this year? What did you think of my two outfits? I felt really great in both of them and I can't WAIT to wear them again!

Fiona
XOXO

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  1. Love it! Great post. Lovely to meet you all too, it was so much fun and you all looked fab!

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    1. Good to meet you too - now to the next time!

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  2. What a fantastic post - sums everything up so well. It really was an amazing weekend. Thank you for being the best roomie and for all your trade secrets on Friday. And for the stagger home on Friday night, and for being a great panel buddy on Saturday. The whole experience has reminded me why I blog - I've met the best friends and I get to do cool stuff like Britmums with lovely people like you xx

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    1. oh my gosh I'm welling up here - thank you for such kind words. I was saying to Marlene last night that above all else, I've made some cracking friends this year of my blogging life.

      I think it was yourself that was holding me up on Friday night!

      Fiona

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  3. Such a great post. I couldn't agree with what Avril said. Blogging is good but it's the people that kept me going. I wouldn't have enjoyed the event had it not been for you, Avril & Kat. And thank you for the sweetest message. I was beyond touched.

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    1. Yup - it's the people who were there that made it for me too - more so than the sessions in all honesty.

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  4. Hi Fiona- what an awesome and amazing time you had, love the photos and love your outfit pics too, the last photo of you all is fabulous!!

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    1. Thank you Sharon - it was a good laugh I can tell you!

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  5. I love the group photo. So pleased you had a fab time. It is through Avenue 57 that I have gained the confidence to dress the way I guess I always wanted to dress. I grab so many ideas, sometimes I don't really go anywhere to put them into practice, but the ideas are there. I haven't yet mustered up the courage to do my own blog but because of A57 I don't feel I need to. (It keeps me busy just checking out the fashions, from everyone, on a daily basis) I am so grateful, to you, for setting it up. I too feel that I am making a whole host of new and extremely valued friends. Once again thank you and I hope to meet you in the future. H xx

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS another reply to make me cry - are you cahoots with Avril?! That is the best reply I have EVER EVER had EVER - thank you so very much

      WOW - off to have a (second) glass of wine to say thank you to you!

      Fiona

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    2. Ditto all that! I love checking in everyday to see what everyone is wearing! Well done! - Sue x

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    3. @Sue - thank you for nice comments :-)

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  6. Such a lovely post Fiona & the fun shines through! So glad all you girlies had such a fab weekend together! I can't wait to attend! You looked gorgeous in both outfits & Wow to the Coke bottle!! How awesome is that?! Ax

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    1. I was so pleased about the coke bottle!!
      Hopefully next year you can join us!

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  7. Wow! It looks amazing and you all look stunning. Love Liz xxx whatlizzyloves.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Liz! I felt really good in the outfits and of course it helps to have someone else take the photos instead of my dreadful 9 yr old or myself in the mirror!

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  8. Oh it sounds like you had the best time. Truly love, love, love the Mint Velvet top and the maxi looks incredibly elegant. Great photo of you all. xx

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