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What’s the Blogosphere Summer Party Like?

by LaurettaCWright
Blogosphere Summer Party

As you'll know if you've been following my blog stories, you'll know I'm a fan of attending blogging events (if they're well organised that is!)  I look forward to the prospect of meeting new brands and making friends with like-minded bloggers and vloggers. 

So when a friend mentioned the Blogosphere Summer Party a few months ago, I had to give it a go (in the name of research, you understand).

I'd heard about Blogosphere magazine – and had even purchased a couple of issues from WHSmiths, but I'd never been to one of their events – I actually thought you could only attend if you were a member or received an invite. Not true apparently.

Booking through Event Brite, the ticket cost £15 and the event took place in London earlier this month.

Where For Art Thou Blogosphere?

The Blogosphere Summer Party was being held at Lumiere London, which is in London's SE1 (near London Bridge). I ended up taking the train to London Bridge and walking for 15 minutes. However, Southwark tube station would have been a good bet as the nearest tube station if I'd been in a rush.

I have to say, even though I was using the Maps app on my mobile to find the venue, I found myself questioning whether or not I was in the right part of London.

At one point I was surrounded by residential flats thinking that I must have taken a wrong turn. I finally found Silex Street and realised that I had in fact been there before – for a Manfrotto event earlier in the year!

Once I found Sissex Street I started walking down and ended up walking right past the entrance (the signage wasn't great). It was only when I saw people walking towards me that I realised I must have passed the entrance.

I stopped one girl to ask and she also told me she had got lost and wasn't sure we were in the right place. I was glad she ‘fessed up as it made me feel like I wasn't a complete novice when it came to finding my way!

We eventually found what we thought was the entrance and the signage on the door confirmed that we were right. Three flights of stairs later and we were walking into a large open, beautifully airy space (as a loft space should be) and filled with chatter and laughter.

Let's get chatting!

Albertine, who is the commissioning editor of Blogosphere and has the most perfect skin that I've ever laid eyes on (I told her that as well), was on the door to greet us – with a nice cool drink (from Belvoir Fruit Farms) and some macaroons to boot.

Blogosphere Summer Party

How ‘instagrammable' is this table?!

Walking into the room I could see that there were a few tables set up with brands waiting to speak to bloggers, so after ditching my coat in the cloakroom and grabbing a drink, I headed over to the tables.

One of the tables (Braun) was three lines deep with bloggers wanting to talk to them, so I bypassed the stand and headed to So…?

I'd heard of the brand before, but I wasn't over familiar with what they offered, so it was great to chat with them and find out more. And even though I'm not a beauty blogger, I knew that I'd mention them on this post as well as in the video that I created about the event (see the bottom of this post!).

So, it turns out that So…? has launched six new body mist fragrances and they smell absolutely divine. How do I know? Well, yours truly (as well as anyone else visiting the stand), got to pick up a fabulous goodie bag containing some of the lovely body mists, as well as their new eau du perfume, Dark Romance, which smells amazing.

Blog buddies

After my chat with the So…? team I decided to head over to one of the sofas for a quick sit down and to check my phone to see who was Tweeting #BlogosphereSummerParty (as you do at these events!).

I'd only been sat there a few minutes when I was joined by another blogger, followed by another blogger and another. In the end, four strangers – all with one huge thing in common – were merrily chatting away, sharing stories, tips and experiences. I think I could have sat there all day!

I met the lovely Emma from The Emma Lifestyle who was a secondary school maths teacher making the most of the summer holidays by diving into blogging; Hannah from A New Addition who was full of chat, smiles and advice; and Susan from Susan Jane Bradfield – a casting mum who was full of interesting tales to tell. I later also met Alice from Sienna Makeshift and Sophie from Sophie Belle Ldn.

It was so nice to swap stories with the girls and find out more about their blogging life, why they started and what they blog about; everyone was different and that's what made the conversation so interesting.

Brand awareness

After a while, we heard from a really interesting company called Sekforde Drinks, a range of original bespoke botanical mixers for whiskey, rum and gin created by husband and wife team, Tom and Talula – has a nice ring about it doesn't it?!

I thought the concept behind the brand was a great one – this was later verified when I got to try out their gin mixer which offered a hint of raspberry. And even though I'm not much of a gin drink (vodka is more my thing), it was very refreshing and great for a summer's day.

Blogosphere Summer Party

Enjoying a Sekforde Mixer at the bar – delish!

Other useful talks included those on marketing, photography and even a talent agency, which was interesting to find out about.

The talks were definitely a highlight of the Blogosphere Summer Party; experts with top tips, helpful advice and useful information are great for the not-so-experienced bloggers to hear. Even as a blogger with a couple of years under her belt, it was good to hear stories of personal success for added inspiration.

A final farewell

Before I headed home, I signed up for a subscription for the Blogosphere magazine (well worth a read if you haven't seen it already) and picked up a goodie bag which included a selection of samples from brands (which I run through in the video!)

I also managed to pop by the Braun stand to discover that the company has just launched a new IPL product for permanent visible hair removal.

Forget expensive weekly visits to the laser clinic to get zapped, this little baby can be used in the comfort of your own home. The more I learnt about it, the more I thought about what a great product it was…if only I could afford it as it retails for around £300!

Blogosphere Summer Party

Trying out the IPL at the Braun stand

If I'd have been sitting down after speaking with Anna from Braun, I would have fallen off my seat for sure; I was utterly gobsmacked when she offered us the product to take home to try out – and keep it for ourselves!

This was generosity at the highest level and I was very grateful for the opportunity to try it out. I'm really looking forward to getting started as you can imagine: farewell hirsute Lauretta, hello smooth skin forever!!

On my way out of the venue, I bumped into the lovely Leena who is an Astrologer at Astrologer London; see…I told you bloggers are a varied and interesting bunch didn't I? And even though we chatted for a matter of minutes, I felt like I'd added another blogging buddy to my growing circle of friends.

And that's the beauty of blog events like the Blogosphere Summer Party; you never know who you'll meet, who'll you'll click with and how they will impact your life. And I don't think I'll ever tire of finding out…

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Blogosphere Summer Party

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Now watch the video!


penova dewan 15th September 2017 - 3:36 pm

Very nice event. Wish to join next time!

Yaya 26th August 2017 - 1:57 pm

I haven’t been to a blog event in ages, and I really would love to go. If you have any recommendations for contacts and details I’d love to know. xx

LaurettaCWright 26th August 2017 - 2:59 pm

Thanks Yaya – I hear about events through social media and by joining newsletters, which you can also do. Also, check out eventbrite which lists all sorts of events as most of them are on that…if you need email addresses etc…feel free to email me!

Stephanie Usher 19th August 2017 - 7:51 pm

I’ve been meaning to go along to a bloggersphere event for ages! I’m glad you had fun! xxx

LaurettaCWright 19th August 2017 - 8:05 pm

You’ll have to pencil in the Xmas event when it’s announced 🙂

Louise Smith 18th August 2017 - 10:30 pm

I’ve been blogging for almost 6 years and have never been to an event like this! It looks like you had a fab time though. I really need to try and make an event or conference next year 🙂

Louise x
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LaurettaCWright 19th August 2017 - 12:02 am

Crikey – 6 years is amazing! Yes, definitely think about attending an event – I think you’d really enjoy it Louise!

Cassandra Mayers 18th August 2017 - 8:54 pm

I have never really been to something like this, but would love to, As I love meeting new people and making friends 🙂

LaurettaCWright 19th August 2017 - 12:01 am

It’s a great place to meet people and make friends for sure! Thanks Cassandra.

Alice 18th August 2017 - 7:35 pm

So lovely meeting you! I had a great time. Like you say such a fab goodie bag. I’ve only tried my braun IPL once, but so far so good, I’ll have to see in 15 (ish) weeks. ? Hope to see you at the next one.

LaurettaCWright 18th August 2017 - 7:46 pm

Thanks Alice – yes 15 weeks and counting! Hope to make the Xmas one for sure!

Anosa 18th August 2017 - 4:10 pm

Wow, looks like a great event! I love how you interact with others, Been reading the comments and looks like you had met many bloggers and they are all so nice!

LaurettaCWright 18th August 2017 - 4:21 pm

Us bloggers are a nice bunch! I actually haven’t met a ‘bad’ one yet (fortunately!) Thanks for commenting Anosa.

Stressed Mum 18th August 2017 - 1:22 pm

This sounds like a great event. I have not been to an event like this before. I really need to start going to them x

LaurettaCWright 18th August 2017 - 1:25 pm

It was a great event – nice to meet other bloggers too 🙂

Lynne Harper 18th August 2017 - 11:58 am

I really wish I could attend something like this, but I’m in Ireland so it’s pricey for just an event. That said I’m sure it’s amazing to connect and learn. Possibly something I need to look into in the future 🙂

LaurettaCWright 18th August 2017 - 1:25 pm

Maybe you should start a blogger get-together in Ireland?! 😉

Nichola - Globalmouse 17th August 2017 - 10:21 pm

I really don’t know why I haven’t been to any blogging events. This one sounds like fun, I should probably change it and go to one soon!

LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 - 10:44 pm

It’s worth going to at least one for sure! 🙂

Susan 17th August 2017 - 12:27 pm

It was an amazing event. SO HAPPY to have met you. Thank you so much for the mention! How amazing is the BRAUN… I am looking forward to some more events now. Susan x

LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 - 2:34 pm

Thanks Susan – lovely to meet you too! Yes – definitely looking forward to trying out the Braun! X

Rhian Westbury 17th August 2017 - 9:39 am

Wow that sounds like such a great event, I’ve never been to an event before but I really need to push myself and go to one x

LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 - 11:32 am

I think you’d be glad you went Rhian 🙂

Stephanie 17th August 2017 - 9:30 am

Glad you had a good time, I’ve never been to one of their events before, but they look great x

LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 - 11:31 am

They’ve got a Xmas one coming up I think – maybe check Event Brite nearer the time..?

Mummy Times Two 17th August 2017 - 8:02 am

This looks like a great summer party. I really need to get around to subscribing to blogosphere.

LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 - 8:05 am

It’s a really nice mag – more of a coffee table mag – which is where mine are!

Sally Akins 17th August 2017 - 7:48 am

It sounds like a very cool event! I’d be interested to see what you think of the Braun laser

LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 - 8:06 am

Thanks Sally – I think I’ll probably end up doing a review….but it won’t be ready for 15 weeks though as I’d test in for at least the full length of treatment!

Gareth Torrance 17th August 2017 - 6:56 am

These events always look so cool! One day, I’m hoping to be able to go to some myself

LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 - 7:19 am

Let me know if you sign up to any and I’ll see if I’m going too!

Flavour Seeker 16th August 2017 - 8:58 pm

I’ve not heard of these events, thank you for sharing.

LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 - 6:47 am

My pleasure!

The London Mum 16th August 2017 - 7:51 pm

I’d love to know your thought son the Braun laser. I’ve had laser done to my legs and under my arms but obviously it needs topping up every now and then and investing in this would save a little fortune!

LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 - 6:49 am

Braun did say that after 15 weeks you’d cut it down to doing it once a month etc but it does sound super… I’ll try and pluck up the courage to vlog about this if I can!

LaurettaCWright 16th August 2017 - 1:02 pm

Thanks Anna – yes, she was very helpful and seemed very nice! 🙂

Ana De- Jesus 16th August 2017 - 12:14 pm

Aw glad you had fun at Blogsphere.I have met Albertine before and she is very nice! x


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