Today I attended the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch in Sydney and I thought I’d share my outfit that I wore to the event. I’ve attended a few of these events, they just have a laid back style I like which is prime for networking and by that I mean you can actually have a conversation (with both brands and bloggers alike) that lasts longer than 10-15 minutes without being interrupted.
I attend quite a few events but they’re not often the soiree you might imagine. We arrive, we get a glass of something alcoholic, we get a caramelised onion tartlet, we get handed papers, we’re given a spiel that can last anywhere from 10 minutes to over an hour long. Most of the time we don’t get to catch up with the other bloggers for more than a few moments each, cramming in a quick selfie, taking any last minute product photos, not forgetting a dash off to the loo before rushing off to our cabs or trains.
Ultimately we’re there to work but this is never the case with the Bloggers Brunch. They seem to have tickled the balance between blogger and brand conversations. I like that they are intimate, that the brands involved are social media savvy or keen to become so. I love that bloggers bring along their kids, that childcare is included with fun games and activities. There are also inspiring and uplifting speakers and I always feel like I’ve taken something away at a deeply personal level from each event. A bit of that original rawness that first attracted me to blogging many moons ago.
To make today even more special, Steve came along with Aidan and I. Check him out, a glass of wine and a smartphone… he’s already halfway to becoming a Daddy Blogger! Steve’s never really attended events with me before but he had work to do in the city and joined us afterward. It was really nice for him to see what goes on at these sorts of events, to see me work a room, to meet my blog friends, to watch my cheeks go scarlet when I get compliments on my work. The last few months he’s really started to be more involved and I can’t even begin to express how happy that makes me.
I, like most women tend to have a little freak out in front of my wardrobe prior to an event. I’m not always so cool calm and collected when it comes to clothes. I second guess myself, I question the weather, the location and practicality of an outfit. I like to make a good impression and I’ll admit there is added pressure when you’re a “fashion blogger” to really look the part. I want to be the best version of myself everyday and that’s what I try to bring to my outfits and my outlook, it’s not always easy but it’s worth it.
Blogging can be a lonely business with lots of late nights, juggling family life and deadlines but I’ve got to admit at the same time it’s pretty darn fabulous. My favourite moments almost always involve my friends, catching up with interstate buddies after months apart. I cut back on my conference attendance this year to focus finances purely on FFFWeek and ProBlogger Event which is on the Gold Coast in September. I’m rooming with one of my besties and we have a big hotel room overlooking the ocean and it’s going to be awesome! All the hard work (and all you guys!) makes moments like that possible and makes me feel extremely humble and grateful.
Meeting new blogging friends is always exciting. At one point in my life I only had one friend that blogged, skip forward 7 years later and I find myself following hundreds upon hundreds of blogs and having touching or hilarious conversations online daily and it’s beyond brilliant. You never know who you’re going to meet and who you’ll absolutely fall for. Everyone has their own story, their own authentic self to share, you just have to be open to reading something new/someone new, shaking off the jitters, extending your hand and saying… “Hello!”.
- Dress – ModCloth no longer available
- Denim Jacket – City Chic circa 201o
- Necklace – H&M
- Earrings – Lovisa
- Bag – Kate Spade
- Flats – Payless USA