Before the day had even started, I made some new blogging friends - Lynn from Salt & Caramel, who has written a book about Twitter <respect> and Sandy from Baby Baby blog.
First up in the auditorium was Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, a partner at an international law firm…oh and the wife of the Deputy Prime Minister…but she's famously not let that define her. Her inspirational talk about motherhood, the challenges of juggling work and parenting and her anecdotes about her three boys (three boys- eek!) had the whole room falling in love with her. While at this talk I met the lovely Rachael from Pink Blue & You and Frankie from Frankie's Fancies.
Next session was about finding your voice as a blogger. The wonder of technology meant that The Bloggess was able to join us live all the way from Texas (with her cat). While the room discussed writing with passion, authenticity and personality, myself and Gemma from Mission2Mum fell in love with Zoe Williams' shoes... #shallow
|It looks spooky but the Bloggess was wonderful on big screen|
|The Fight or Flight|
|And this photo won Laura and I a copy of 'Twitter in Ten Minutes' - thanks to Lynn @ Salt & Caramel|
|Ellie from The Mumday Times & Chloe from Boden|
|In full flow with hands going! Photo courtesy of Mumsnet.|
Earlier in the day, I'd already spotted (in my opinion) the most stylish woman at the event. I discovered at our session that it was in fact Sian Sutherland, the founder of Mama Mio skincare, sponsors of the Blog Beautiful session I was part of. I managed to have a quick chat and get a photo with her and her gold blazer but not including her pink patent brogues - I have requested a photo from her to share with you!
After the break, I had to begin my journey back home as I was flying that evening (though not before I had a quick chat with Transatlantic Mom in the cloakroom queue), so I missed the session 'Private Lives on a Public Stage' and the closing keynote speech from the amazing Caitlin Moran. But the goody bag more than made up for that as it included, amongst other items, Caitlin's latest book….and chocolate….LOTS of chocolate!
Thank you to Mumsnet Bloggers Network for a great day full of inspiration and lovely co-bloggers. I'm looking forward to 2013 already and next time, I'm staying Saturday night for the party!
Disclaimer : as a panelist, Mumsnet covered the cost of my ticket to attend the event and my transport costs to and from the event (tho not the extra I had to pay for missing my flight over!!). I was not paid any money to be on the panel, nor am I required to blog about the experience - I just wanted to. All views my own.