Image courtesy of icelolly.com
Fast forward to Sat 23rd April 12pm (Well, 12.10 as I was running late), at White cloth Gallery, near Leeds train station, where a congregation of lovely bloggers were, ready to get in the holiday mood, and ready to take on as much advice as possible from the guest speakers!
All the margerita's lined up on the bar.
Everyone loving the holiday themed day in Mexico!
I then spotted a few familiar faces, who I'd seen from other events, or who I'd spoken to on twitter, and began to mingle around to speak and say hey!
The mariachi band were SO great!
Before entering the conference room, I noticed there was a pinata, some Mexican decorations and lots of cactus inflatables dotted around, making the White Gallery really colourful and holiday like!
The mariachi band enjoying our dancing!
I grabbed a seat, quite near the back as my dawdling meant I was one of the last inside, and off we went.
The talks were kicked off with a welcome from icelolly's brand Director, Suniel Makh who explained a little about their ethics, what they'd like to get out of today and how icelolly works. The website is a comparison site, and they'd love to work with bloggers to be able to get a different perspective across to their website visitors. Which sounds like right up my street, as I bloomin' love holidays, taking 2 a year, and even little city breaks. Can I be first in line for a collaboration?!
The first speaker was Kooky Traveller, Kirsten, wh talked about your blog, and your brand, which is what you are as a blogger. Also mentioned were the security aspects of blogging, and being online. Which scared me a lot, with the encryptions and location tagging in photographs. Check you instagram settings on that one!
However, most of the talk I was jotting down all sorts of notes, as not only will it be perfect for here, I also run the social media for work now, and I need a lot of knowledge for that! So perfect start.
It was then lunch time, which is amazing as I never even thought about food, after the (very) strong margarita cocktail on arrival!
So lovely of icelolly to give us complementary drinks vouchers.
The Vlog Academy, Mi, who informed us all about vlogging, which I for one haven't a clue. But some excellent techniques were shown! I am not sure I will become a vlogger, but at least I now have the knowledge if I do want to!
Kelly over at Big Fashionista let out all her pent up anger, I reckon! She hit the poor paper Mache donkey so hard, he fell to the floor in shock. No sweets leapt out though sadly, and so it was strung up again! All great fun!
Girl Vs Globe, Sabina, who I admit I hadn't heard of before, but now she is my idol. Seriously. She gave such a great talk about basically just be yourself, which is the best advice. Sabina was seriously a brilliant talker, and informed us after that it was her first talk! Excellent first try!
So, that was pretty much it for the day, except the surprise that icelolly sprung on us!
If we checked under our seats, there were stickers which gave us a prize! Yay! I got a USB, which is so great for transferring photos! Others got a phone charger pack. Plus the lucky lady, who blogs at Inspiration Highway only went and won herself a holiday! How amazing is that! We all cheered and clapped!