The Blogosphere Christmas Festival

Last weekend I hot-footed it to the big-smoke to my very first blogger event, the Blogosphere Christmas Festival.

For those of you unfamiliar with the blogging community, Blogosphere magazine is a quarterly independent publication, featuring bloggers and influencers of all sizes. It also covers advice and tips for bloggers, as well as interviewing inspirational influencers.

The event, held in Shoreditch, promised panels from your favourite bloggers as well as a brand presence and the opportunity to pick up some additional Christmas shopping!

As soon as I arrived I was welcomed by Alice, the editor of Blogosphere magazine, who made sure I had a drink in my hand and after a little chat I had look around.

The first talk was due to start within the next 10 minutes so I took the opportunity to grab a seat and settle in.

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The first panel ‘Sharing Your Personal Style with the World’ featured 4 fabulous bloggers, including Siobhan (@justauniform) who I’ve chatted to over the past year or so and I was excited to finally meet. Also speaking, Steph Yeboah, Jamie Windust and Paige Calvert, a very inspiring bunch to listen to. The confidence these people have is wonderful!

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After this panel, and a cheeky picture with Siobhan and Steph, I had a look around the stands and spoke with some of the brands.

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Deliciously Ella’s brand provided the food

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Then there was a table of lovely Kusmi teas – I tried a Christmas blend which was lovely and refreshing.

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So..? were there promoting their latest fragrance range, including some new Eau de Parfum – gorgeous and inexpensive gift sets too!

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OGX were also there giving out free samples of their shampoo and conditioners.

I’m not the most comfortable in social situations but I met a few lovely bloggers who were kind enough to chat to me, though no doubt I was super-awkward!

And then it was time for the next panel!

This time ‘Finding your Authentic Voice Online’ featuring Vix Meldrew, Brogan Tate, Jess Ayton and Tom Cox.

I was most interested in seeing Brogan speak as I follow her YouTube channel, but it was great to hear Vix and Tom speak about their experiences with staying authentic in what can be a cut-throat environment when you’re a full-time influencer.

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At this point in the day I needed to leave to get to my next appointment, so I grabbed Alice and thanked her for a lovely event.

It wasn’t nearly as scary as I’d thought it could have been. Everyone was so friendly, and I didn’t feel out of place.

Back home I was able to have a look through the goodie bag.

Here’s what So…?’s bag contained.

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I’m looking forward to giving these a go.

The Blogosphere bag contained this lovely lot:

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And, I am most excited about trying these Booja Booja truffles which were also in the goodie bag. For the longest time I’ve loved their chocolates, and didn’t even know they were dairy free until recently, when it became relevant to me!

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Thanks to Blogosphere Magazine for throwing a fabulous and inspiring shindig. I’ll definitely be at the next one!

From a Proud Heel Striker

Just a quickie this evening mainly because I wanted to share a blog I recently read, but I’ll get to that in a sec.

Yesterday was my first gym experience. We joined on Monday and went yesterday and I have to say I loved it. We didn’t stay long, but got to try out a few things and also saw my friend work out in the free weights section. She’s a bit of a machine and can lift over my body weight without a struggle. Maybe I can do that one day? I’m working mostly on my running though and so tomorrow’s visit will be a major date with the treadmill.

Gary’s away at a swanky work function this evening so I had the house to myself and decided to watch one of the movies I recorded ages ago and haven’t had the chance to watch. Silent Hill was my choice. I really enjoyed it, but was really surprised by how gruesome it is considering it’s a 15. It would have scared me to death at 15….. I really want to see the second Silent Hill movie now!

On the subject of movies, we watched The Conjuring at the weekend. An amazing film, it was petrifying from start to end. There were points that Gary thought I was genuinely upset because I was breathing so heavily, but I had a massive smile on my face. I don’t think I’ve ever hidden behind my hands so much during a film. I’m a sucker for a scary movie.

So onto this blog I wanna tell you about. A few days back I saw a little kerfuffle occurring on twitter, all because of an Elle article about running. I read the offending article and totally agreed with the complaints. Having read this blog on Life.Laura.London about the subject, I wanted to share it with you so you can make up your own mind. In my opinion, the biggest problem people have with starting to work out is the thought that they may be ridiculed or do it wrong. The kind of opinions raised in the original piece breeds this fear. Naughty Elle. Plus, you guys know that Claire Danes is my idol – don’t diss the Danes.

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Look how hard she’s working – Go Claire! I’m a heel striker and I don’t care, I have no running issues that can be put down to my heavy feet – It’s how I’ve always walked and run so my body is used to it. Anyone who thinks you can only run healthily by galloping like a gazelle is a snob.

Before I sign off, I’d like to say hello to all my new followers. My last post got a lot of attention, likes and follows. I love to see that people enjoy my blog, and if you fancy it you can head over to Facebook where I have a ‘page’ for this blog. If you feel so inclined, ‘like’ the page and you’ll get each of my blog posts straight into your feed. Easy peasy 🙂 I’m also on Bloglovin’ so if you use it already then I have a button at the bottom of this post for you to click. Anyway, thanks so much guys for following and if you have a blog you want me to read, then link to it in the comments, and I’ll give it a read!

Until next time……

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