Thursday, 30 April 2015

What's In My Handbag?

Whats in my handbag

List and What's In My Handbag posts are my favourite blog reads because I'm quite nosy and I love to know what other bloggers carry around and use daily. My recent list post on The 10 Things Why The UK Is Awesome was picked up so well that I've decided to do a handbag post next. I've been dying to do this post for a while now and I finally got around to do it. Hope you'll have fun exploring my Kate Spade shopper and its content.

Whats in my handbag post

Practical


Whats in my handbag wallet

1. TomTom Sat Nav, Car Keys & License, Visconti Leather Wallet

When I'm out I barely use public transport (except for London or when I go into Birmingham) and I drive a lot in Britain and Germany. A few years ago I would refuse to use sat navs, simply because I've learnt in driving school, how a good driver prepares and studies a map BEFORE he goes on a trip, which makes it easier to focus on the road and traffic. However, when I did my first massive tour around the UK in 2011, having a sat nav proved to be a massive lifesaver and today I wouldn't want to miss it. Most of the time I'm dependent on a sat nav and it is a nice feeling when you can just type in the postcode and it leads you to unknown places. God knows where my sat nav has already taken me, it has in the end always brought me safely to my destination. With traffic becoming busier and road layouts weirder my sat nav is now a massive part of my independence and I rely heavily on it.

Driving to me is THE status symbol for independence and I don't want to live without a car ever again. I can go wherever I want, I'm not bound to anything and driving actually relaxes me a lot. At the moment I have a small Opel/Vauxhall Agila and my car keys are with me all the time. The keyring is a chocolate frog that I bought when my bf and I went to the Harry Potter experience at the Leavesden Studios in London in 2012.

My Visconti leather wallet has a stylish look and classy finish with a very soft silk interior. It contains all of my cards and it is so practical and easy to use in my daily routine.

Paperblanks diary

2. Dolormin, Paperblanks Diary, Sheaffer Sagaris Writing Instrument

Well, you may know the problem of sudden headaches and I hate getting one and suffer for hours in pain in the hope it may go away naturally. Most of the time, the pain won't go away so I keep Dolormin (Ibuprofen and Lysin) with me at the very last resort.

Even in our technical modern world, I'm still very old fashioned when it comes to writing. I always have to write everything down on paper before it goes digital. I find paper and pen so much easier to work with and focus on when writing. Same applies to planning and organising. I just can't do it with a phone. Luckily I have my Paperblanks Diary with a print of Wind, Sand and Stars by Saint-ExupĂ©ry. It's as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside, with a weekly agenda and enough space to write down all my appointments, dates, blog ideas and everything else.

To write down all my inspiration I use a Sheaffer Sagaris Writing Instrument which you may have already seen in my Sheaffer Sagaris - Writing Is Forever review post.

Olympus Voice Recorder

3. Phone, Charger and Olympus Voice Recorder

Everyone has a phone and mine is a Nexus 4. Though since the Lollipop update it malfunctions on a regular basis, that's why I carry the charger with me. If there's an emergency and the phone has just 'died' again (though it has a full battery) it only comes back to life when connected to the charger. I really hope the next software update can fix this problem, as I don't see why I should buy a new phone when this one worked perfectly before that stupid Lollipop update #firstworldproblems

Before university, I worked as a journalist for two years and my voice recorder is a remain tool from that time. I'm so glad I have it, as I can take it to blogging events and record everything. I can interview people, ask questions and capture the atmosphere to come back to it over and over again. Gone are the times of shorthand or awkward handling of paper and pen. I'm a linguist now and use it for translations, pronunciation work or when an idea hits me and it would take too much time to write it all down.

Lifestyle


Oyster Card and Passport Holder

4. Oyster, Paperchase Passport Holder And Business Cards

Now let's come to the more lifestyle-related things in my handbag. When I'm not driving and use public transport it is the tube in London, so an Oyster card is essential to move around quickly and hassle-free. I also carry around my passport and the holder sometimes serves as a substitute when I don't want to bring my entire wallet. It was a friend's present a few years ago and it still looks gorgeous. I love using it daily and admiring the girly-ish design of the British flag.

Oh and then there are business cards. Sceptical at first but now completely convinced. You never know whom you'll meet when you're out and about and a business card is the quickest and easiest way to exchange and keep in touch.

Whats in my handbag make up
Whats in my handbag fashion magazine

5. Fashion Mag, Ted Baker MakeUp Bag, Monsoon Mirror, Death By Chocolate Palette, Burberry Kisses And Benefit Roller Lash

What would my handbag be without a fashion mag? Whenever I'm out I like to pick up Glamour or HMF to keep up to date with the latest fashion trends and gossip.

I picked this cute makeup bag up when I went shopping at Bicester Village for Easter. It's so adorable and has the right size to carry all your stuff but at the same time won't take too much space in your actual handbag. The outside has a glossy finish which makes it easy to clean. A simple and classy design, what's not to love?

Whats in my handbag Kate Spade

The bag is filled with some of the latest beauty goodies, including the Burberry Kisses lipstick sample and Benefit's Roller Lash (literally everyone in the UK goes mental for it). I use Real Technique MakeUp brushes and recently bought a Makeup Revolution Death By Chocolate Palette. It's phenomenal with its look like a chocolate bar from the outside and stunning nude shades inside. I'm going to do a separate post on it once I've dared to use it (it's so so gorgeous I don't want to ruin it by using it).

Oh and of course I need a mirror to apply my makeup. I don't use it that often tbh, but it is a lovely art nouveau mirror from Monsoon. I love their vintagy styled accessories and this one is just nice to have in your bag.

So now you know what I carry around with me daily. Hope you've enjoyed this post and let me know what's in your handbag. If you've written a similar post please leave me your link in the comment section.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Monday, 27 April 2015

Style Crush Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo style challenge

How are you? Following my Gwen Stefani Style Crush post a while back, I saw this picture of Olivia Palermo and knew immediately that I have a similar outfit in my wardrobe and need to show you my take on her casual street style look. Here it is and I hope you'll enjoy today's post. Let me know what you think.

Why Olivia's style works: Well, the art is to look casual and effortless though you've spent ages in your wardrobe putting the outfit together. The pieces individually may look a bit boring but in a composition together they create an interesting look. Gold accessories and bright colours are the season's trend, therefore Olivia's style is very chic and suitable for daytime or casual after-work drinks.

Kate Spade bucket handbag
Olivia Burton watch
Promod golden bangle
Olivia Palermo style
Leggings and high heels
Denim trend and Olivia Palermo style post

The golden accessories are simple but effective and the entire look doesn't need a necklace or earrings which I really like. I haven't had bright blue shoes to complement the shirt's Denim shade, but I replaced the blue with some bright yellow instead. I think the combination still works as yellow is a bold spring colour and instead of picking up the blue from the shirt, the shoes pick up the gold from the accessories.

Here's What I’m Wearing:


Yellow Court Shoes: Dorothy Perkins (season summer 2009, sale £12)
Carly Leggings*: Leggsington (current 2015 season, £24)
Sunglasses: Warehouse (summer season 2013, sale £12)
Gold Bangle: Promod (season 2010, sale £5)
Gold Watch: Olivia Burton (winter season 2014, £95)
Bucket Bag: Kate Spade (via Bicester Village, £199)
Denim Shirt: Primark (spring season 2014, £10)

Hope you've enjoyed today's outfit of the day and let me know which item you like most. Do you have a secret style crush?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Dainty Or Statement Jewellery? How You Can Rock Them Both!

Dainty and Statement Jewellery

Dainty or statement, avid readers of my fashion, film and lifestyle blog know how much I love jewellery and that I will introduce you to a new brand occasionally. With new accessory brands popping up by the minute, I'd like to share with you two recent discoveries named Rara De Barr and Orelia Jewellery.

Statement Jewellery: Rara De Barr


Born in 2014 by two ambitious sisters, Rara De Barr first ran entirely as weekly fixed price auctions on FB. These are still run today with the addition of a website where you can find chunky statement jewellery and accessories.

As statement already implies, the styles are elaborate and sumptuous without looking cheap or tacky. The Clear Plume Necklace* has a romantic touch which you may have seen in my recent style post A Romantic Spring OOTD. This necklace can be worn on a night out or for a special occasion, it will glam up any outfit in an instant and works best with basic styles. The multicoloured Eclipse Earrings will make a fantastic addition to any jewellery hoard and create a fantastic night, as well as day, look.

Rara De Barr earrings
Rara De Barr statement necklace

Clear Plume Necklace* £20
Multicoloured Eclipse Earrings* £12

Statement jewellery will apply the wow factor to any basic outfit. Items are eye-catching and speak for themselves. In most cases chunky fashion pieces don't allow other jewellery accessories to shine, they simply don't like competition. When you want to wear statement jewellery make sure your outfit is not overloaded, keep it simple, basic and use the statement to put highlights into your look.

How to wear statement jewellery
Statement earrings
Statement jewellery and how to wear it

Dainty Jewellery: Orelia


Orelia, founded by former jewellery buyer Louisa, launched in 2007 as a consultancy, working with brands such as Accessorize. You may have seen the British jewellery at the Topshop flagship store in Oxford Circus. Here you can find the entire collection of fine necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets which aim to be a cross between High Street and luxury jewellery. Most pieces are delicate and so fine, I feel I could break the item by just looking at it. The collection is designed in house using high-quality materials such as Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones. Orelia jewellery prides itself to be hypoallergenic, lead-free and nickel safe.

Orelia dainty jewellery review
Circle hollow necklace Orelia jewellery
Orelia geometric necklace

The circle necklace was an AW14 must-have (I reported in my Fashion Check In Berlin post) and I still love them as they are so versatile when it comes to styling. The round shape transmits harmony and the Orelia Circle Ditsy necklace is very pleasant to the eye. Such a cute little stunner!

Orelia Circle Ditsy Necklace* £12
Orelia Geometric Statement Necklace* £18

Delicate and calm, that is dainty jewellery. The fine golden necklaces, that can make a subtle difference to your outfit. Dainty pieces enhance and apply a very soft but sophisticated touch to blouses and dresses. For me, those pieces work best in the background and don't want to be straight-in-your-face. Dainty jewellery wants to be recognised but in a more silent way. It is that little golden shimmer that others will notice when you move your neck or it is that little piece that makes your outfit complete. Fragile jewellery can give a cool outfit a feminine touch or add a final finish to your look.

Do you prefer statement or dainty jewellery? How would you style the Plume Necklace (Rara De Barr) or the Geometric Statement Necklace (Orelia)? Do you prefer online shops or do you buy your pieces from the High Street? Let me know what you think, I'm looking forward to your comments and I've got another jewellery piece on StyleLingua, Festival Jewellery By Touchstone, which you may enjoy too!

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Happy Birthday. Style Lingua Is Born!

Blog Rebranding

I would lie to you if I say that everything is super awesome in my life right now. Let's put it this way, I'm nowhere near where I'd like to be and I feel the last five years have been a tremendous up and down for me personally.

With my birthday very fast approaching, I want to make changes in my life. It needs it and I have to work a lot on my character and general presence. I'd like to start with working on my personality, putting aside my rather playful nature and become more mature (hope that makes sense). I'd like to be more stylish and classy and less teenage orientated, which I think is a major point why some people do not take me seriously and still think they have a cute little girl in front of them rather than a young woman. With this in mind, I also want to incorporate all of the mentioned wishes and aims into my blog. So that's why it got a makeover today.

Lunch Break Adventures started out as my lifesaver from a dull and frustrating job in 2014. Without my blog, I would have completely lost track of my dream to become a writer/acknowledged journalist. Soon my little project developed into so much more than just a blog and I was given the chance to meet absolutely wonderful and gorgeous people and work with awesome brands.

Lunch Break Adventures Blog Logo

Thanks to my friend Hanni, who designed my logo, Lunch Break Adventures got a design and I no longer took it for granted as a little silly hobby, but as an actual blog with potential. I worked very hard to achieve consistency and my blog stats shot to 4,000 uniques/5,000 views per month. 

Wordpress, the platform which hosted my blog, turned out to be very static and limited in its possibilities. After months of pushing the blog and achieving my aim of stable and constant stats I got frustrated that my blog wasn't attractive enough, nor did my comment section fully satisfy me. The easiest and most affordable option for me was a move to Blogger, which I did today.

Lunch Break Adventures, the idea to provide bite-sized posts to take off your mind during your lunch break and bring you fashion, film and lifestyle news, has re-branded. The name was too playful and people kept misspelling and interpreting it. With Style Lingua, I feel that I have a more classy blog name and the potential to develop into a mature brand reflecting my change and personality.

Style Lingua is a reference to my love for fashion and lifestyle. Lingua an additional hint at my profession. I love everything related to languages and I want to speak the language of fashion and transfer it on my blog to my readers. I hope you like the idea and please never hesitate to leave me feedback.

Blogger has now given me the chance to offer my readers wonderful features, f.ex. my own domain and template. I can finally install Google Analytics and Disqus, have a Rafflecopter widget for my competitions and a lot more space for my pictures. I'm looking forward so much to turn this blog into a place where fashion interested women can meet and exchange ideas and also discover fantastic new blogs.

I'd like to thank everyone who has read Lunch Break Adventures and has supported me ever since I started blogging. A very special Thank You goes to Katie and Diana who are always so kind to me and no matter what read all of my posts. Thank you so much ladies for being so awesome and loyal to me.

And of course, the wonderful British blogging community, who have accepted me as the annoying German that I am and always supports me. It's been a pleasure knowing you all. Thank you so much for your support and love.

Thank you so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

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Take Me To The City. OOTD Style Post

Take me to the city outfit fashion post

How are you? I thought it's time to go back to normal and focus on fashion again. I had today's outfit in my wardrobe for a while and it is one of many which I need to take out more. The delicate chiffon blouse from Joy is teamed up with a Union Jack clutch and soft, black shorts from Forever 21. Sunnies and ballerinas complete the look, which I think is super chic and eye-catching for a shopping spree in town or coffee with the girls. Hope you'll have fun and enjoy today's ootd.

Late spring is a wonderful time. The days get longer, the weather finally warmer. You can sense a tiny hint of summer in the air and for those days, which tend to be chilly in the morning, but built up a decent heat in the day, it is best to dress appropriately. With this outfit, I have combined a light blouse which is perfect for the warm weather but tights make sure I'm not freezing in the morning.

These days I hardly leave the house without a good pair of shades. This accessory makes me even more excited for summer and have you ever caught yourself to feel a bit mysterious? Am I looking at you? Am I looking somewhere else? Who knows!

Instead of overloading the look with a massive handbag, I've decided to go with a small crossbody bag which you can also wear as a clutch. My little Union Jack bag is from Primark and I had it since 2009. I remember that I wasn't sure at first when I saw it in the Oxford Street branch, but the price of £6 plus it was selling fast made me make my choice. It has been a loyal companion ever since. So, I'm all glammed up now and ready to go. Can someone please take me out?

Joy Louche Blouse fashion post
Primark Union Jack Cutch
Joy and Primark Fashion styling post

Here's What I'm Wearing:


Louche Blouse: Joy (season 2013, sale £25)
Black Shorts: Forever 21 (season 2012, £12)
Sunnies: Warehouse (season 2013, £15)
Union Jack Bag: Primark (season 2009, £6)
Bow Ballerina: Primark (season 2012, £4)

What's your favourite outfit to hit town? Would love to see it, so if you have a similar post, leave me a link in the comment section or send me a pic via Twitter. If you like my style posts, you may be also interested in my recent Topshop OOTD style post.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Topshop OOTD. Style Post

Topshop spring outfit

How are you? The weather has been magnificent and for the first time this year, I wore one of my favourite outfits. Hope you'll enjoy today's post, have fun and let me know what you think.

The Tunic: Topshop


I bought this romantic lacy tunic with harem sleeves in 2010 (Topshop Exeter) and it is very light and perfect for sunny, warm days. It is a beautiful piece which I'd like to wear more often. Can't really wear it that often in Germany as the tunic would be too eye-catching. People, especially villagers, have the tendency to stare which makes it so awkward and uncomfy. But will take it with me to London in May. The bow belt is also from Topshop.

Topshop lace tunic
Topshop Fashion Post

The Bag: Kate Spade


Ah, my beloved Kate Spade handbag which I shopped last December from the Bicester Village designer outlet near Oxford. This one was a particular bargain reduced from £500 to £199. I needed a small city shopper and this one has such a pretty classy design. I've worn it many times since I got it as it goes so well with casual, day or night outfits. I'm so glad I made that investment.

Kate Spade Bucket Handbag
Kate Spade and Topshop Fashion Post

The Shoes: Betsy


Following my latest shoe post on the hottest shoe trends for SS15, I came across Analpa and was kindly sent a pair of sandals from their new SS15 collection. Analpa looks after shoe brands such as Keddo and Betsy with affordable and stylish shoes in their range, including sandals, ballerinas, peep toes and wedges. I fell in love with these Betsy Delicate Sandals* and their gorgeous gold detail at the toe. The sandals are leather lined which makes walking in them super comfy. The strap around the ankle secures the shoe (I tend to slip out and lose flip flops), so long distances or the chance someone stands on your shoe and you slip out of it is very limited.

Delicate Sandals from Keddo
Summer sandals fashion
Keddo Betsy summer sandals review
Topshop styling post

Here Is What I'm Wearing:


Sunglasses: Warehouse (season SS14, £15)
Tunic: Topshop (season SS10, £50)
Bow Belt: Topshop (season SS10, £20)
Joni Leggings*: Leggsington (current season 2015, £28)
Bag: Kate Spade (via Bicester Village, £199)
Shoes: Betsy Delicate Sandals* (current SS15, £26.99)
Nail Polish: Gold Rush Binky, £3.99 (just in case you've wondered)

What are your thoughts on the outfit? How would you style the tunic or the sandals? What do you love to wear when it gets warm and sunny? If you like my style posts, you may be also interested in my Take Me To the City look

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

*PR sample. Views, styling and opinion are my own.
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Monday, 13 April 2015

The Hottest Shoe Trends For SS15

Shoe Trends for 2015

How are you? I'm a UK size 7 and buying shoes is a real nightmare for me. Most of the time the shoes of my dreams aren't available - sold out, low stock, only manufactured till size 6, (shop assistant) who has size 7? - I had it all. That's why they are my least favourite fashion item to shop and I haven't been too bothered about them. However, this season this might change as there are some gorgeous styles out there which have regained my fashion interest in shoes.

Studded Pointed Flats // Valentino


studded flats fashion
A friend of mine wore a pair of studded pointed ballerinas and I was starstruck the moment I saw them. The classy design of a ballerina with a tapered front and studs along the fine strap line made these shoes an instant eye-catcher. The ballerinas were open at the sides and made of pony hair to even more wow me completely over. SHOE MUST HAVE was all I could think of. Well, ever since I saw that pair, I've been on the hunt for some. My friend mentioned 'River Island' but she must have had her pair for years, as River Island currently only has loafers in the collection. I went into Aldo, Office, Clarks, Jones Bootmaker, Linzi, even to Primark and I DID NOT find any similar styles. An online search finally brought me onto the right track and the studded pointed flats are a signature shape of Valentino. They are gorgeous but I wish the High Street would make some more affordable versions of it.

Valentino, starting from £450 to open end. However, Aldo has a fantastic budget version for only £50. Find out more in my shoe trends 2015 post which will show you which favourites have made it into my collection.

Loafers & Plimsolls


Loafers and Plimsoles

Loafers and plimsolls have a big revival this SS15. The shoe shape is a bit old fashioned but there are great ones out there with refreshing prints and materials that give the loafer a modern twist. With the plimsolls, you see a lot of hologram prints lately, which I personally don't really like (it looks plastic and artificial to me). I prefer handmade leather loafers with pony hair elements or with nude and coral colours. High Street, as well as independent labels, have pretty styles with cute bow or tassel details.

1. River Island Grey Suede Front Detail £32   2. Taschka Loafers £150   3. Russell & Bromley Chester Loafer £225   4. Jones Bootmaker Gilberte Loafers £79

Flip Flops // Ipanema


Ipanema flip flops shoe trends fashion

What would summer be without a pair of comfy and airy flip flops? Seriously I can't wait for the hot days and all you can hear is a 'flip flop' sound all day long. I have two pairs of Ipanemas and to me, they are the best ones available on the market. Made of 100 % recycled PVC they will give you a comfy, soft, elastic feel when walking. Their shoes are inspired by the culture of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro that's why all the designs are colourful and scream summer all over. Owning a pair will just add some super stylish Brazilian culture to your wardrobe all year long. My favs are the classic flip flop shaped ones teamed up with cute bows and straps, plus unusual styles such as the marine-themed wedges.

1. Pretty Bow £20   2. Pretty Owl £20   3. Diamond II gold/brown £23   4. Lipstick II blue/red £35

Which shoe is your favourite from my list or have you got your eyes set on a completely different style? Let me know, I read and reply to every comment.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Friday, 10 April 2015

What's Hot Or Not At The Cinema In April.

Home Cinderella and The Water Diviner review

Happy Friday to you all. Here is my monthly film post on what's hot or not to see at the cinema. Hope you'll enjoy and as always, let me know if you've seen any of the films yet (or are going to). Looking forward to your comments!

Home 1/10



I’ve never been a fan of Dreamworks Animation movies, simply because they are always hectic, gaudy and far too loud for my taste. Home doesn’t make an exception and you can’t help it but watching it will constantly remind you of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch. Dreamworks keeps it noisy and hyperactive throughout the entire film which I found stressful to watch. The characters can’t create any kind of identification which is in my opinion down to the inappropriate voicing. Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon disguised as a cute, cuddly alien (errrm) and Rihanna as a precocious nuisance failed to draw me into the movie. A thin storyline, flat characters and the main message to buy Rihanna’s next album (you’ll be bombarded 90 minutes with Rihanna songs) doesn’t make a great children’s movie to me.

Cinderella 9/10



One of the most anticipated movies this year has finally landed in cinemas and doesn’t disappoint. Cinderella is a film made for the big screen as it has everything: attractive actors, stunning visuals, a replica of the Dresden Castle, fashion to die for and an OMG happy ending. A charming Lily James enchants us with her gorgeous performance as Cinderella, keep Prince Charming aside because this is a true one-woman show. So why am I giving it than just a 7/10? Well, Cinderella is very Disney. Easy to watch with its perfect colours and costumes and a typical thick layer of sugar lying heavily on every minute. It is close to the original animation but in fact a bit too flawless and predictable for my taste which barely creates suspense or drama.

The Water Diviner 7/10



Set in Australia and Turkey in the 1920s a father embarks on a dangerous journey to find his lost sons to bring them back home. Russell Crowe’s gripping director debut surprises with stunning visuals, a complex storyline and outstanding performances. The film, a mixture of family and war drama, intertwines numerous unexpected twists and turns which make The Water Diviner an intense and touching movie to watch. This is one of these films that demand your full attention and its message will stay with you long after the film has finished.

All of my film reviews include my personal opinion and I know I'm hard to please when it comes to movies. Have you been to the cinema recently? Which film did you watch and would you recommend it?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Do's And Don'ts At A Blogging Event

Blogging events
How are you? I've been to another blogging event organised by Danielle from Bloggers Love. Despite all the upsetting news and the turn out of their previous Gossip Girl themed meal, I wasn't put off and so I attended their Fashion Week event a few weeks ago. This was my third event with Bloggers Love and instead of just giving you a plain reflection of the event, I thought it might be helpful to show you Do's and Don'ts at a blogging event. Hope you'll enjoy.

DO's


1. Have Your Business Cards Ready

At my first bloggers love hub event I was so overwhelmed when people - brand representatives as well as fellow bloggers - asked me for my business card. Business sorry what? I felt slightly embarrassed by myself whilst the other blogging ladies pulled out their stunning cards and networked like a pro and I had nothing to show. Ouch! But lesson learnt so the first thing I did when I came back home from the event was to sort out business cards for my blog.

It may seem odd and unusual at first when asked for a business card, but it makes perfect sense as blogging is not only your hobby but a powerful PR and marketing tool. The card has the purpose to stay in touch with brands and bloggers. I mean no one will remember yourblog.wordpress.com or yourblog.blogspot.co.uk at the end of a long day filled with chats with hundreds of bloggers. Handing out a card is professional and it is most likely the brand will keep you on their radar or the fellow blogger will give you a follow on your blog/social media.

Remember, no matter how big or small your blog is, a business card is worth an investment and will work in your favour when you attend networking events. It is so to say your social media tool in reality, which will help to put you and your blog 'out' there. Not only will it help to keep you in touch with bloggers and brands, but it also looks professional. Business cards cost around £15-£20 for 150 cards.

2. Show Interest In The Brands And Interact With Bloggers

Blogging events are first and foremost networking events to meet new faces and to establish and build relationships. The golden rule is interaction, interaction and even more interaction. This is best achieved if you check out beforehand which brands will be there and connect with them on social media accounts. It is polite and very personal, as you show true interest in the brand which they will appreciate.

Here you see me with the lovely team of Slendertoxtea (left) and with Sam (right), founder of jewellery brand Iridescence. We connected a year ago via Twitter and also chatted regularly on FB. It was such a pleasure to finally meet her and it was easy to talk to each other, as we kind of felt already personally connected through our social media exchange.

Slendertoxtea and Sam from Iridescence

I've also connected with bloggers on Twitter and asked directly who will be joining the event. I had a few replies and meet up with my blogger friend Fii at Liverpool Street station. After a refreshing drink and lovely chat, we made our way over to the event.

3. Be Prepared

Blogging events are usually crowded and there's little time to chat with each brand individually. Sometimes you'll have to join in a conversation and listen whilst at the same time show interest, ask questions and note everything down for later when you write your post. This multitasking in a busy environment is challenging and I suggest you bring the right equipment along to be prepared for this situation. When you're prepared you automatically transmit confidence which attracts people and will make you feel relaxed, too.

Overcrowded Blogging Event

To make my life easier at busy blogging events, I bring along my voice recorder, a handy tool that remained from my days as a journalist. It has the benefit that I don't have to write anything down, or keep hundreds of information in my mind. I can ask my questions and record the important information for my post. It allows me to capture the atmosphere which makes it even more helpful when you write up your post as it transfers you back to the situation and you can experience it over and over again.

4. Enjoy Every Minute

All the blogging events I've been to where crowded and super busy. It is vital to me to remain calm and not focus on the negatives, as it may leave me blocked and frustrated otherwise, which is not the point of a blogging event. Remember, you're here for fun and to make new connections. Another positive side effect is that you'll see a fashion show or meet an interesting brand and its quirky products, e.g. Kease Keyrings from Manchester.

Kease Keyrings
Fashion show at a blogging event

Don'ts


1. Don't Make It Awkward

I don't want to sound cruel but if the thought of meeting people makes you anxious then a blogging event might not be the best place for you. It is a place where people want to connect with fellow bloggers and meet brands face to face. I get sometimes a bit nervous, because most of the time, I've spent all day in London by myself and then suddenly I have to socialise and be chatty. It's a zero to hero situation to me. But instead of restricting myself, I breathe in and try to enjoy every minute of it.

From all these events, I've learnt that when you have already the mindset that the event will be awkward, then it definitely will be. This mindset restricts you and won't make you positive or open to new people at all. I make sure to go into the event with a smile and positive attitude which frees me from these restrictions. After all, I'd like to make great connections and others might be just as scared as me. If I show it, then it will create tension and leave awkwardness behind. Be positive and have fun, others will recognise your attitude and feel relaxed around you and have a great time as well.

2. Go Around Collecting Freebies 

To some people, all that matters when they arrive at a blogging event is to collect as many freebies as possible, regardless of networking or interest in the brands. They literally push you out of the way, ignore you or do not want to interact with you at all. Of course, not all people are like this, but all scenarios happened to me. I mean most bloggers have invested time and money to go to London and I can understand if they don't want to leave empty-handed. It is just rude when some people turn up because of the free stuff. Blogging is all about the community and supporting each other. I love talking to people, find out about their amazing blogs and, speaking of brands, I love meeting the creative heads behind a quirky product. Getting free stuff is an added bonus but not necessarily the priority for me.

Giano Umberto Hair care at blogging event

In the future, I'd love to attend a blogger meet up and try out a different networking experience.

Have you been to a blogging event before? Did you attend any of the Bloggers Love events in London? What was it like? Would you like to add anything to the list?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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