Last weekend the delightful Bel from Journeys are my Diary and Amy from Cocktails in Teacups hosted the very first #LincsBlogMeet. Having never attended an event like this before, I wasn't really sure what to expect, but my did they deliver. The whole day was jam-packed full of activities, chances to get to know other bloggers and exciting freebies, and I thought I'd give you a run-through of the day so you can appreciate its magnificence (and possibly feel inspired to attend a blogging event too!).
10am - Arrived at the train station and attempted to locate blogging tribe: pretty easy as I simply had to pick out the cameras and stylish outfits.
10.30am - We were separated into small groups and given a photo challenge which enabled us to explore Lincoln and get to know others.
11.30am - Arrived at our main venue: the Italian restaurant Ask (which I would highly recommend by the way - excellent choice and delicious food). Mingled and chatted with other bloggers. Pretty happy to find that the generous folk at Ask provided us all with cookbooks - I cannot wait to try some of the desserts!
12.00 noon - Talk from the lovely Una at Weleda about their product range. I especially liked the look of the citrus range and was thrilled to receive a body oil as part of our goody bags.
12.30pm - Delicious pasta and delightful chat.
1.00pm - Our second talk of the meet with the wonderfully engaging and enthusiastic Julie from Boots. She informed about various ranges; it was refreshing to hear genuine advice about different products and Julie mentioned that in most medium/large Boots stores there is always an advisor on hand to do the same thing. She also brought us a mountain of products to try which I am greatly looking forward to.
1.20pm - The rest of the blog meet was spent dishing out raffle prizes and taking part in the beauty swap which Bel and Amy had organised - a creative idea that allowed everyone to leave with lots of beauty loveliness. I was lucky enough to win a prize - a £20 ASOS voucher courtesy of Emigration Group (thank you so much!) - and I've already started to browse the dresses!
3.30pm - A full-to-the-brim goody bag with loveliness from: The Fragrance Shop, Neal & Wolf, Lipcote, Weleda, Lush, Benefit, Batiste, Lincolnshire Co-op, Paul Mitchell, Manuka Doctor, One Love Organics, Jewellery Ever After and Scarlett Fashion.
I had a wonderful time meeting lots of local bloggers and if you're thinking of attending a meet I'd say just go for it!
If you're looking for some new blogs to check out, why not give some of these attendees a try:
- Rhiannon from The Sparkly Panda (and fellow team blue member!)
- Kariss from Shy, Strange and a little bit Manic (awesome blog name)
- John from Mr Wharff (team blue again!)
- Courtney from Courtney Farrow (who also has pretty amazing hair)
- Sally from Sally Bee Makes (who was wearing one of her incredible creations at the meet)
- Emma from Made in Hunters (who I was disappointed not to see more of - next time!)
Charley from Ramblings of a Beauty Blogger, Anna from A Whole Lot of Chitty Chat, Naomi from Think Fashion, Siobhan from The Beauty Baker, Chloe from Alicia Deyes Writes, Kate from Pieces of Kate, Alex from Champagne and Lemonade, Lucy from Lucy Jane, Megan from Student Style, Jemma from Dreams of New York and Jemma from Bamboozle Beauty.
P.S. Check back later for a gorgeous Floral Friday post!
Eleanor is obsessed with stories. She writes for a number of online spaces including This is Your Kingdom, edits Creative Countryside, curates #aseasonalyear and teaches at Chalk House. In addition, she is currently studying for an MA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing. You'll find her roving the fields of the Lincolnshire Wolds or planning her next rural adventure.