Friday, 17 June 2016

Pinterest UK Training, Cocktails and Catch-Ups

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Pinterest UK training, run by the fabulous Elizabeth (Rosalilium). Followed by cocktails and nibbles...


The training itself took place at Work + Play at Malmaison. We had half an hour or so to mingle and grab coffee, then sat down for the talk. 

I think it was over an hour long but I was so engrossed in what Elizabeth was saying, the time flew by.

Did you know that...

- Pinterest is not a social media platform but a catalogue of ideas?
- 75% of all content is generated by businesses and blogs?
- no other platform has a more receptive audience than Pinterest?
- hashtags don't work on Pinterest?

I've come away from the training with a whole list of things to do, to improve myself as a pinner. I'm very excited, especially as I've been hearing about how other bloggers have used Pinterest as an element of their blog strategy and how that's worked for them.


Goodies! Thank you, Pinterest UK.

I also want to add value to the platform too. I want to create content that people are going to love, so this has definitely been a push in the right direction.

Afterwards, we headed off to Aluna, in The Mailbox. If you haven't been there before, give it a visit - if only for the stunning copper interior and massive angel wings on the wall (photo opp).

We were treated to a glass of Prosecco on arrival. Nibbles and cocktail demos followed soon after. My goodness, we were so spoilt.

I don't know what this was called but it tasted amazing,


It was fab to catch up with bloggers I already know - Nikki from Midlife Chic was there and fabulous as ever. I also finally got to meet Ally of Ally in Blunderland - what a lovely lovely human. You know when you've followed someone's work for a long time and then you see them in person and you're like "Gosh, think of something cool to say." I had one of those moments. Check out her post on being 'unapologetically vulnerable' - it's beautiful.

Cheeky toilet selfie 


All in all, a fantastic few hours on a Saturday. There was of course a chance to catch up with Elizabeth and Raj (the organisers)- they feel more like friends now, which is fab. Huge thank you to them for organising it and to Aluna Bar to hosting us after the training.



Lots of love, 

Melly xo


Inside Melly's Wardrobe | Bardot Tops and Tobacco Boots

Hey there! It has been a ridiculously long time since I posted an outfit, so here's a look that I wore recently.



This year, I want to make an effort to share more of what I wear because sometimes, I look alright, you know? Part of the reason that I don't share my outfits is because I'm not a big time fashion blogger. Well, that's not going to stop me. Prepare to delve inside my wardrobe a little more.

One item that I can't get enough of this summer is an off-shoulder top. I've never been a fan of the colour orange on me but I love this burnt shade. I styled this one in particular with a pair of supersoft black skinny jeans. The boots I'm wearing are a recent favourite. I love this tobacco colour. Can you believe they were only £5? Thank you, Primark.









 This stunning tan tote bag was a gift from my gorgeous friend Kim, for helping to organise her baby shower. I love it so much! I am obsessed with large bags. I especially like that this one does not close because I can toss things into it, without much thought. I love the gold colour hardware on it too.

St Paul's Square is such a pretty place to take photos. Pity I live so far away from it.

Fancy shopping the look? Click on what you like below, and you can find the exact item or a close alternative.






Thanks for stopping by! See you in my next post!

Love, 

Melly 
xoxo

Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Big Bloggers MeetUp 16

I had a great time on Saturday, mingling with some other bloggers and getting inspired.


I've been making a conscious effort in 2016 to go to more blogger events and be more involved in the blogosphere in general. I feel like I could do better but it's going well, so far.

When I saw that the Big Bloggers Meet Up was happening, I made a mental note to go along to it. June came round so quickly that I almost forgot. Anyway, a mere £5.50 later, I was booked in and ready to get the train the next day.

We arrived Stirlings Bar, in St Paul's Square just about on time. I invited my cousin Naomi along, as she's about to launch into the blogosphere too. I figured it would be good for her to network and she loved it.



The first talk was from super lovely Jem, founder of Iced Jems. She talked about how her brand grew and what she did to get to where she is now. She owns a lovely baking shop in Stourbridge, not too far from me, so I'll be popping in some time.

I loved hearing about how people have grown their brands from nothing. Jem is genuinely passionate about her content. Her tip top? Add value and don't be afraid to do that for free.


The second talk of the afternoon was from Mark Sephton - author of Inside Job. He gave us a lot of great advice on deciding and deciphering your purpose. He encouraged us to reflect and ask questions, like: what makes you feel good about being you? What do people compliment you on? What are you naturally attracted to?

Lauren Attwood, of Saharasplash was there too with some key pieces from her wardrobe, tips on how she's styling them and a giveaway. It's always lovely to meet the people behind blogs and she was so sweet.

Lauren Attwood | Image source: Saharasplash


Mark Sephton | Image source: Twitter

The whole event was organised by Ella Stearn, of The Lucky Truth. She is the sweetest girl! She didn't do a talk at the event but she's a real go-getter and has risked everything to go after her dreams. It's inspiring. If you are ever in need of a little pick-me-up, head over to her site - you won't leave disappointed.

Ella Stearn | The Lucky Truth

After the event, my cousin and I stayed in St Paul's Square and went to Cucina Rustica for something to eat. I thought I'd been there before but I didn't recognise any of the interior. The food was fab. We only stopped by for something quick. The service was fab. I'll definitely be going back again.



All in all, I had a lovely Saturday, considering that I can be a bit of a hermit at the weekends. This year, I've been trying to make a more conscious effort to interact and socialise with more bloggers. I really don't think that I always make the most of being a blogger but I'm working on it.



Look out for my outfit post from the day. Thanks for stopping by.

Love, 

Melly 
xoxo

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