Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Britmums Live - Part 1

Friday 21st June

The day had come around so quickly in the end. I had butterfly's in my belly and tears in my eyes. I said my goodbyes and left for the train. Everything ran very smoothly and I sat on the train to London wondering about the next couple of days. Would people be how I thought they were? Would they be disappointed in me? 

All my nerves were soon to be gone. The lovely Lisa and Leyla were on the same train as me but in first class, lucky ladies!! I received a text from Lisa saying they were coming to see me. My tummy was doing flips and I was so nervous but as soon as I saw them I relaxed. I've spoken to Lisa for quite a while now and it was just a continuation of our talks on twitter. Very strange but lovely at the same time. 

After that first meeting, the first two other bloggers I met in person, I felt fine. We met the gorgeous Katie and her baby girl at the train station and travelled to the venue together. Katie is one of those people that make you feel at ease straight away and Ioved her accent!!

We arrived at the brewery. Kerry, Charlotte and Bex then found me. I'd been so excited to meet Kerry and Charlotte. A day hardly goes by when we don't what's app or tweet. I probably talk to them more than my real life friends. 

I felt like I was with old friends. 

We chatted and laughed so much. After meeting some more people including Sarah we registered and went to the opening session. We had a lovely welcome speech and then it was time for the first keynote speaker, Kirstie Allsopp. Kirstie was funny and so down to earth. Next up was the Brand Debate Panel. We found out what brands and bloggers really want from each other. The key is relationships. Everything is built upon that first email or first point of contact. Be clear about what you want as a blogger when working with a brand!

After tea and coffee and a walk around the hub it was time for the next session, Getting Paid. A lot of bloggers get paid for doing what they love in some way or another. I think it's amazing that sometimes someone will pay me to blog. I can do it from the sofa in my pjs with a cup of tea. I still find it amazing. Be confident when approaching brands, believe in your blog and make a media pack full of all your information.

Next up were the bibs. After drinking champagne, watching, laughing and making more friends the night was over. The chatting continued to the point where we were forced to leave, in a nice way obviously. 

We had decided to go for a meal but it was already 9pm. I didn't want a late night as Paige hasn't been sleeping well so I left the group and ordered room service. This was such an amazing time of the evening. Yes it may have cost a lot but it was alway going to in a 5* hotel but it was worth it. I felt truly spoilt and pampered. Sat in bed in my pjs while eating room service and watching some trashy tv. 

I spoke to mark and then snuggled down in my bed for some sleep ready for day 2. What a day it would be!

All this wouldn't of been possible without Swimwear365 so a big thank you again!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx


  1. It was so lovely to meet you hun, and as I said to you on twitter, I thought you were one of those people whose blogs are exactly like what they are in real life- so sweet. And thanks for saying about my accent! ;) It was a great weekend wasn't it? xx

    1. Thank you sweetie. And don't thank me, your accent is amazing!!! Love it! It was a fab weekend :) x

  2. How fun that you got to meet up with other bloggers! I'm glad you had a fabulous time. :)

    1. Thank you. it was very strange but lovely at the same time x

  3. I hope you had a great time, I couldn't get there this year and was gutted.

    I'm a co-host of the Friday Chaos blog hop and have popped over to follow you :-)

  4. I've read so many posts from Britmums live and so jealous...looks like an amazing experience. I may make it there one day!


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