Saturday, 29 August 2015

Big Blogger Conference

Big Blogger Conference
Last Saturday I attended the Big Blogger Conference at the Hotel Russell in London.  It was organised by Lauren from Blonde Vision who runs a variety of blogger meet ups throughout London through the Twitter page @LDNmeetup. Recently, myself and Abi from All Things That Glitter have been getting involved with these events and helping Lauren out, so we were involved on the day as well which I was so excited about! Lauren was absolutely amazing, she put together a working schedule and roles for each of us so we knew exactly what to do on the day. It was an absolutely amazing day which I am so happy to have been a part of, I can't wait to share this post with you all and tell you all about the day, here goes! Big Blogger Conference
Everyone arrived between 9:30 and 10am and took their places in the hotel conference rooms ready for a morning full of exciting workshops. Each blogger was given a lovely notebook from Ohh Deer for note taking and some Jelly Beans to munch on throughout. There were three workshops running from some great speakers. Jasmin Charlotte presented about 'Tech & SEO', Elizabeth Sellers presented 'Pinterest 101' and Sarah Moody presented 'Getting More From Your Blog'. The workshops sounded absolutely amazing and had some amazing feedback - I wish I could of sat in them myself but we were busy setting up for the afternoon! The speakers also shared their presentations with everyone who attended as well so I can't wait to have a look at these.

Big Blogger Conference
After the workshops finished Lauren explained to each group what the plan was for the afternoon, then everyone headed out for a quick lunch break. The hotel provided everyone with these very tasty brownies and flapjacks... Yum!
Flapjacks at Hotel Russell
The second half of the day was a brand exhibition, this was such a great opportunity for everyone to network with the brands and they were all so friendly and generous. The brands that attended were:
Made By Jade
Type The Hype

Lauren has recently opened a new online shop 'The Gifting Lounge' who were showcasing these gorgeous notepads and lots of other lovely products...
Notebooks from The Gifting Lounge
Myprotein provided these gorgeous healthy snacks... Myprotein food

Look Fantastic gave away a Beauty Box to everyone...
Look Fantastic at the Big Blogger Conference London

Heaven Skincare were showcasing these Silver Bee Venom Masks in the most beautiful packaging...
Heaven Skincare at the Big Blogger Conference London

Jewellery Box gave each blogger a gorgeous little package...
Jewellery Box at the Big Blogger Conference London

Bee Good provided yummy treats for everyone at their stand...
Bee Good at the Big Blogger Conference London

One of the absolute highlights of the event for me was having our chosen charity The Scoliosis Association UK come along for the day. Claire from the charity brought along lots of information for everyone to understand what the charity is about and I'm so pleased with how much interest there was. We held a raffle which raised £120 and I'm so happy to give this to the charity, thank you everyone who donated! Scoliosis Association at the Big Blogger Conference London
We also had @Designed By Henna  come along and do henna for everyone which was so popular, she is very talented! Below is mine and Leah's from Devoted To Pink.
Henna at the Big Blogger Conference London

We managed to get a quick picture in between all the madness....
Big Blogger Conference London
The brand exhibition went on until around 5pm and then we announced the raffle. We had so many lovely prizes donated by lots of brands so thank you to everyone! Shout out to Fran for helping us with the raffle!

Raffle at the Big Blogger Conference London
The day finished with each blogger being given a goody bag full of some amazing things. Again thank you to all the brands that provided items for the goody bags! You can see below all the amazing goodies inside. They included Zeo Drinks, Propercorn, Pop Chips, Vivid, The No Bump Bobble, Scent City, Lottie London, Sass & Belle, W7, Crown Brush, Stvdio5 and Invisibobble.
goody bag at the Big Blogger Conference London
goody bag at the Big Blogger Conference London
Some of the brands that attended also put together their own goody bags as well, these included Myprotein, SASS and BeauBronz so everyone went away looking like they had just been on a massive shopping spree! I will be reviewing lots of the items I got on the day over the next few weeks on my blog so look out for those.

The hashtag #BigBloggerConference was trending throughout the day so if you want to see more about the day there are lots of pictures on the hashtag.

Overall, the day was a massive success. The brands and bloggers were amazing and we have had so much wonderful feedback already. Massive thank you to Lauren for organising this great day and I'm so glad I got to help out and be a part of it.

Finally I must thank Marcus F/22 Photography for his amazing pictures from the day! All the photos with 'F/22 Photography' in the corner were taken by him and the rest are mine.

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