Like many of my activities over the past 8 months, I came across the Midlands Blogger Meet-Up via twitter. A tentative tweet enquiring whether anyone would be up for a Bloggers meet-up in Birmingham caught my eye and I instantly raised my twitter hand to get involved. I do not know many people in the Midlands and I am still trying to work on my ‘Fear of Networking’, so this was an ideal opportunity for me.
(Outfit – Top: Kate Moss for TopShop, Skirt: H&M, Brogues: Next, Scarf worn as Belt: Vintage, Teacup Necklace: Craft Fair, Ring:Accessorize)
The lovely Fritha and Claire did an amazing job of organising a fun, interesting and worthwhile day for about 20 ladies all with a passion for blogging. There were emails, plans and organisational aplenty as Bloggers from all over the Midlands (and a sneaky few from further afield) met in the Second City for a day of shopping, chatting, eating, drinking and for some, partying.
(Meeting at Starbucks in the Pallisades)
As always, I was a little nervous beforehand and there was a moment of wanting to turn away when I saw the huge table of girls sat in Starbucks. But I swallowed it, marched up with a tentative smile on my face, waved a big hello and asked where the name tags were. I plonked myself down next to Louise and Selina, and began that difficult breaking-the-ice conversation. Luckily, everyone was really lovely and the conversation didn’t take too long to get going.
Once everyone had arrived and we had been loaded up with generous goodies bags (more on that later) we marched through the Bullring to the infamous Bull sculpture to pose for a few group photos. Then we trundled down to the Church for another group photo before heading off in groups for a spot of afternoon shopping.
(Midland Bloggers posing with our goody bags – Photo by Fritha)
I was not really in it for the shopping so I just followed the others about and joined in the chat. We had been given a few little challenges to think about, which was fun. But I’m not sure how successful we were with them. We had to 1. Find the most silly/ridiculous hat possible, 2. take a photo of someone stylish in Birmingham, 3. Get the best bargain. I managed only one of the challenges. But I did win a prize for doing so, hoorah!
By 6pm we were ready to reconvene at our dinner venue, the fantastic Red Peppers at the Mailbox. I was utterly amazed by the place to be honest. There we were, a huge group of diners, ordering different drinks and meals and they managed to serve all of us at the same time. And the food was fantastic! The service from the waiters was excellent and I will be sure to visit here again.
During the meal, more goodies arrived, and competition/challenge winners were announced. I won a prize for one of them, which is great. I was thoroughly overwhelmed by all the freebies we received. It was certainly not a driving factor for my attendance at the event but it was really exciting to come home laden with bags of awesomeness along with that happy fuzzy feeling when you have just made new friends.
And now for the moment you have all been waiting for….what freebies did I get?!
(Clothing at Tesco sent bags of clothes for us and we were to pick one each. I chose this simple yet elegant black, sheath dress)
(Missguided sent us a goody bag filled with nail polish, lip gloss, floral headband, patterned scarf, nail file and sweets)
(Motel Rocks sent us a heart-shaped balloon, nail polish, t-shirt, stickers, keyring and badges)
(This goody bag contained a Max C floral top and a red belt, Julian McDonald necklace, and Crown and Glory hair grips)
But I am incredibly grateful and I cannot wait to play with all my new items. I shall share how I wear them soon!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Midlands Blogger Meet-Up, I met some lovely ladies and had a fun day out. I hope we do it again soon.