Monday, 26 June 2017

When Insta Meets Real Life

Yesterday (Sunday 25th) saw me attend the Lucky Things Meetup in Bristol.
The event was organised by the spectacular Sunita of Lucky Things Blog who managed to arrange a gorgeous venue, amazing goodiebags and for a 50 strong group of diverse ladies from the social media world to attend.

Now i have been around this block a long old time, I've been blogging for 6 years and been on Instagram for as long as its been on android, but i have never been to a blogger meet up.
Living in Wales there just aren't many meetup organised here, and i can never attend the London PR days i'm offered or even manage to organise to get to the meet ups as it's often just not possible for me with family commitments etc.

So when Sunita announced the Bristol event, and i saw some wonderful ladies i follow on Insta were going, well i took the bull by the horns and booked myself a ticket.
Bristol is just an hour from me and I've popped over the bridge a few times to watch shows in the Hippodrome so i was a little more comfortable going than i would be say, London or Birmingham, simply becasue i had a bit of a clue as to where to go. 

I'm honestly quite the recluse in real life, so majorly stepping out of my comfort zone was something that sent my anxiety and nerves into overload.
But i did it! And boy can i tell you, i am SO glad i did.
The majority of the group here after the inspiring talk.
Image thanks to Sunita Lucky Things
The thing with blogging and social media is that it can be such a wonderful supportive community, but it can also be a little bit lonely. I blog day in day out, on my own in my little home and sometimes it can be a little uninspiring. There's nobody to bounce ideas off, or have that chat by the copier or banter who's making the next cuppa, so as much as chatting on Insta and twitter and comments is great, there's nothing like talking to someone else the flesh, laughing and giggling and bouncing from one topic to the next barely coming up for air.

Sunita mentioned how important meeting up is for our mental health, that as ladies we should take time out and socialise with others, and i couldn't agree more as i left the meetup absolutely buzzing (and no i wasn't even drinking!)

Here's a few snaps from the day:




 Allie, me & Kim

I've pinched this pic from Kim because it was her splendid idea to get a big old shoefie pic and how right was she!!


 There was more fashionable outfits in the room than i've ever seen, beautiful dresses, amazing shoes, it was simply gorgeous to see how many ladies had gotten styled up for the occasion.
Its so lovely to have a reason to don those great shoes and rock up in that great outfit and feel like the whole room just gets it, that everyone here, to one degree or another, just loves to look good in what they wear and feel great.

Bean of Small Town Threads and I have much in common with how we often stand out from the small town dress sence that we both live in, it was great chatting to her about how we take charge of what we wear regardless of what others around us wear themselves or think of what we wear.
Sunita (in the gorgeous red dress) our kind and welcoming hostess. I could honestly not think of a warmer, more laid back lovely host than she. She brought a room of woman together united in a love of style and happiness.
 How most of the day went... giggles, banter. cuss words and more laughter.
 Allie is amazing.. i latched on to the poor girl a few weeks ago and she has had to listen to me every day since.. when insta throws two people together and they just instantly click, it truly is a wonderful thing.
 THESE PAIR!! Absolute blast!
MummasMojo & TheFashionablePan brininging a bit of London to Bristol.
We bonded over boobs and accents.. it was bloody great!

Allie & Hayley two absolute sweethearts,
travelled from Hertfordshire & Oxford to be there (and beyond lovely.. like i want them to move to wales so i can annoy them constantly)

So why was it such a wonderful day?
Well to be surrounded by like minded women was basically one of the best things ever.
To be able to unconsciously whip your phone out for a cheeky pic/instastories or to chat trade with others about how blogging is amazing but difficult, was sheer bliss for me. 
Networking wasn't a forced ... it was simply chatting with what felt like old friends. People who's snippets of life you've seen in photos or stories, who you recognise instantly and want to chat and hug.
I left feeling so inspired with new momentum, ideas and enthusiasm.. something i haven't felt for a while.
I've also made new friends who i cant imagine not having, and put down plans to meet up again soon.
And that in itself is worth its weight in gold. 
When two worlds collide, it appears fantastic things can happen.


 After we all got home with our glorious goodie bags filled with Weleda products (which i was so happy are Cruelty free and Vegan), Rude health foods,  Puka tea and the most gorgeous vase from Neptune Home, I felt on cloud nine.
What a splendid day.
A huge thank you to Sunita of Lucky Things!

I'm sure this is the first of what will hopefully be many meetups i will be attending.

Have you ever been to a blogger?Insta meet up?


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4 comments

  1. Aww I just love how well you captured the day! Certainly haven't annoyed me doll, more like completely inspired me! Meet ups are just perfect for sharing your love of what you do with like minded people. So pleased you loved your first experience as much as I did xx Allie xx

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  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.
    Marilyn

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  3. I've just caught up on insta and read this lovely round up - thank you for the shout out lovely - really do very lovely to meet in person. We should definitely do it again - what's to stop us really?! Xx

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  4. You look (and sound) like you had an absolute blast! What a beautiful bunch of ladies, all in their own unique inspiring ways. Amazing things do happen when you step out of your comfort zone ;-) Love you my sis xxx

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