SPRING DRESSING, THE #SLBLOGGERBASH & TIPS FOR ATTENDING BLOGGING EVENTS

#SLBLOGGERBASH
Yeah, so I've pretty much packed everything into that title, and subsequently into this post - you lucky little things, you... - but don't worry, despite my best attempts to "go hard of go home" (maybe I should just go home after these shocking jokes just a paragraph into the post?) I promise to keep this as concise and to the point as I possibly can.

Which basically means you'll have to get through 3 paragraphs of shit rambling instead of 5 today. [insert sarcastic happy face and a thumbs emoji here]

A momentous occasion happened on Friday. Nope, I didn't manage to go a whole day without eating chocolate. Nope, I didn't get through the morning without stalking Instagram/twitter/pinterest/all the social media. Nope, I didn't do cardio for the first time in 7 years...

... I shaved my legs. For what felt like the first time in months (but probably looked like the first time in years) and then I got those pasty bad boys out for all to see. Well, everyone at the #SLBloggerBash anyway (I seriously apologise for any offence caused ladies)

Said - terrifyingly leg bearing - outfit.
Primark Culottes
Street style
Ellie Adams
The Elle next door
The Elle next door
Silver loafers
That surgically attached leather jacket: Stradivarius
Cropped top that expertly displays my distinct lack of abs: New Look
Cullottes that are so comfortable I really don't want to take them off of my legs: Primark
Silver loafers ever so kindly referred to as my Tin man shoes from my brother: Forever 21

Pasty legs and - slightly overzealous with the texturising hair spray - hair aside, it's time for the #SLBloggersBash. For those unaware of what the hell I'm talking about (that'll probably be all of you then, all of the time, reading every single one of my posts.. ) it is an event put on by the lovely Scarlett - alongside Search Laboratory this time - who has run many blog events before and is quite frankly bloody brilliant at it. With amazing brands - Hello Urban outfitters - plenty of food, competitions galore and a laid back atmosphere perfect for mingling and getting to know other bloggers... the day was just as fab as every other event Scarlett has put on. Girl, you did so good. Again!

Onto the event, first up - let there be cake...
Once I managed to pull myself away from the amazing cakes baked by some very talented bloggers - what can I say, I am a sucker for food photography and a fat bitch - it was time for some Bowls with the gorgeous Polly, who may or may not have beaten me.*

*Let's cut the crap... she beat me!
Action shots over - let's just take a second to appreciate that technique shall we? ;) - fancy a little wander around with me, checking out the clothes, brands, wine and general goings on? (totally not a thing but we can totally make it one) Great, let's go...
Apologies Ally for the ridiculously stalker-ish/in your face photo here, but I think every blogger can appreciate that camera, phone and bowls ball multi-tasking you got going on there girl ;) If you haven't checked out Ally's blog by the way, then you really should. Because it's amazingly well written with some stunning photography to boot. Also she's just as lovely in "real life" as she is online.

Whilst on the subject of meeting other bloggers, without getting all soppy/drippy/sentimental/cheesy etc. I just wanted to take a moment to say a huge thank you to all of the gorgeous ladies that came over to say Hi and said you liked my blog. I genuinely, genuinely felt so overwhelmed; not only by the fact that apparently my Mum isn't the only person who reads my blog - who knew?! Not me, that's for sure - but by your extremely kind words. You totally made my day! 

I met so many stunning/lovely/friendly/[insert your own choice of lovely adjective here] ladies, so I sincerely apologise if I've missed any of you out. But here are a few of the girls that I met who I can't wait to catch up with again soon :) - Sarah, Thalia, Kayla, Arianna, Georgia, Renata, Alina, Lauren, Sofie and so many more*

*Totally means I can't remember everyone's name right at this moment. Again, sincere apologies [and probably a good time to insert awkward emoji's here!]

Major fan girl done, here are some miscellaneous others from the event.
Now that I've completely bombarded you with photo's, it's probably time to bore you with words - I can't imagine why people tell me I need to market myself better ;) - Now, I am no expert when it comes to blogging events (and I am also conscious of sounding like a know it all/"why are you giving us tips when you have barely any followers and your mum is the only person reading your blog" twat) but so many girls that I spoke to said that it was their first event and that they were really nervous, so I thought I'd mention a few tips that helped me when I started attending events, and even help me now actually.

1. Step out of your comfort zone and just go over and talk to people. This is so incredibly hard if you're quite shy/introverted... but I promise you, you won't regret it. 99% of the girls in the room will be feeling exactly the same as you are and will be so grateful that you've made the first move because they are probably wanting to do the same thing but are too nervous to. This is definitely something that comes with time, but I always make sure I do this now and have recently came away with so many new friends/blogs to stalk read as a result.

2. Plan ahead - decide on your outfit in advance to avoid the "Oh fuck balls, I have nothing to wear and 10 minutes left before I have to leave". Plan your route, or at least look into where the venue is to avoid being that girl who looks like a major tourist, asking all the locals if they've ever heard of Stupid Street. For me, i.e the world's biggest over-thinker/worrier, I always feel much less stressed and nervous (yep, still get nervous after attending events for over 2years) if I plan ahead and generally feel "prepared" for the day.

3. Follow up email - Whether it's a brand event or a blogger that's put on her own event, I always follow up with a thank you email - I happen to be meeting Scarlett this week so I will of course bore her to death and tell her in person - and a link to a post if I've done one. Apart from it just being good manners, the fact that you've taken the time to thank them will mean a lot to the organisers after they've put so much effort into making it all come together. Manners don't cost a thing, and yet a simple thank you, just two words, can mean the world to somebody else.

4. If you don't know anyone attending the event and you're really nervous, generally the event will have a hashtag which is perfect for helping you find out who else is going. Tweet them, have a chat, make some connections first... it'll put your mind at rest knowing that you have someone a little familiar that you can go and chat to. Especially useful if you find approaching people that you've never spoken to before tough.

5. Finally, have fun. Just remember that these events are there for your entertainment and enjoyment, not to be fretted over. Yes they're great fun and present you with the opportunity to meet amazing bloggers/brands.. but they're not saving lives, they'e not changing the world. Relax and enjoy it, because once you've been to one and know vaguely what to expect, the rest will be a breeze!

If you're still with me at this point and haven't face planted your keyboard through boredom - you got some stealthy patience there girlfriend - then thank you, I really hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks again to Scarlett and Search Labs for a brilliant event, I had a great time meeting other bloggers and finding new procrastination/stalking material in the form of their blogs in the process. ;)

What are your top tips for attending events? Are you preparing your wardrobe for a Spring overhaul? If you made it along to the event I would love to know what you made of the day (and of course, don't forget to leave any links below, I would love to check out your blogs) :) 

As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

105 comments

  1. Looks like a great event
    Btw i love your crop top match with skirt
    So chic looking
    XO

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  2. I love those culottes! You look amazing :) and omg I'm so hungry right now after those pics of those yummy cakes.. Looks and sounds like a fabulous event. I've been to one of Scarlett's events before and it was so good! Gutted I live so far away so I couldn't attend this event! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Ah thanks so much Jessie, far too kind! Haha they look amazing, right? So many girls did an amazing job! Ah no, fingers crossed you might be able to make it next time! :)

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  3. You look amazing (as always) and looks like the event was a winner too! I love attending events, I only started going this year but now I have the bug!

    x x | daisydaisyxxo

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    1. Ah thanks so much Daisy, so sweet of you! It was a great day, fingers crossed I see you again soon at another :)

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  4. Those culottes look amazing! I went to the event and it was really good. That's my little blue bag right there in the photos. You took some lovely photos, I don't think I took enough.

    I chatted to people on twitter before going and met up with a few before the event. I think going in with someone really helps but we also met people outside the building while looking for where the event was. It was my first event and I can't wait to go to more if I get invited. It was great to chat to other bloggers, but also the hands on activities like bowls and wine tasting were lots of fun.

    Debbie x www.hellodeborah.co.uk

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    1. Ah Debbie, thanks so much for commenting. (Hope you don't mind me including your lovely bag) Yes I've done the same thing too, I always end up bumping into people before hand, such a nice conversation starter too :)

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  5. I really enjoyed reading this. Some fantastic tips and a gorgeous outfit.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Thanks so much Jennifer, so glad you like the post :)

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  6. I just found your blog going through #SLBloggerBash on Twitter trying to know more about the event! First, let me tell you three things: One. Love your writing style. Two. Your brother's joke made me laugh and I love your culottes (I should definitely give this trend a go for Spring) Three. Thank you for this post! I am going to Beautycon and your tips will definitely help me! x

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock - MAKEUP REVOLUTION GIVEAWAY

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    1. Ah thank you so much Alexandra, totally made my day, I'm so glad you like it! Beautycon sounds amazing, so many brill vlogger/bloggers going :)

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  7. You looked amazing in your outfit and once again it was great to meet you. Hopefully we can catch up more at a future event. Your photography has me drooling over about all the delicious cakes x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Ah thank you so much Alina, it was so nice to briefly meet you. Definitely catch up again soon! :)

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  8. This looks like such an amazing event! I really wish I could have gone for some reason I never know about blogger events until after they happen :P Love your outfit as per usual! Your legs don't look pasty at all!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Haha I'm like that sometimes Jordan, always go through stages of being totally left out of the loop :)

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  9. I've never been to a blogging event but I'd love to! Lovely post x
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  10. This looks like such a fun event! You look fabulous! Loving the metallic shoes in that skirt is to die for!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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    1. Ah thanks so much Shannon, means a lot coming from you, you have incredible style :)

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  11. You look amazing! And the event looks so fun! Really hope I can attend one sometime this year!

    CLOTHING CONSCIOUS// FASHION & LIFESTYLE BLOG

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    1. Thanks so much Kasope, so glad you liked it. Yes definitely, you'd love blog events :)

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  12. Oh I so wish I could have made it to this one, alas work deadlines made it impossible. I shall live vicariously through all your beautiful photos instead! x
    www.lovedbylaura.com

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    1. Ahh it was such a shame I didn't get to meet you Laura, fingers crossed we'll cross paths soon :)

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  13. I am the queen of not shaving my legs. I've now let it get to the point where I'm actually blunting razors on the rare occasion it does happen. TMI? Another great post mate, fab advise for any events in general :) Also, Ally's blog is brilliant. Must be in the name ;) x
    Ally | www.uptownpeach.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha there is no such thing as TMI, this is brilliant! It must be an Ally thing, they all just seem to be the best ;)

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  14. I love blogging events although I can get so anxious and nervous about them that sometimes I turn down going to amazing events because I'm panicking and over thinking as always! :(

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. Ah that's such a shame Heather. I totally get where you're coming from as I too can get really anxious and nervous about them, but I always push myself to go becauae I know I'll feel so good after. Fingers crossed we get to meet at one soon!

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  15. This looks like a blast!!!

    Eleni

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    1. Thanks Eleni, it really was so much fun :)

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  16. You look gorgeous dear! LOVE those shoes

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    1. Ah thank you so much Helder, so glad you like it :)

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  17. It was so lovely to meet you! Thank-you for including me in your post, i'm chuffed :) Looking forward to seeing you at future events Elle! x

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    1. Ah you're so welcome Arianna, it was lovely to meet you. Let's catch up again soon :)

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  18. The event looks like it was a huge success! I love blogging events, it's a great excuse to meet up with the local blogging ladies and have a good ol'giggle! I was pretty nervous the first time I attended an event, but after much twitter chatting and a rather large glass of white wine...I mean, dutch courage...I felt fine! The atmosphere was so laid back and we all had so much in common, I don't know what I was so worried about!


    Sarah :)
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    1. Thanks so much Saloca, it really was a lot of fun! Oh me too, I always get nervous about events even now so a bit of dutch courage doesn't hurt anyone ;)

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  19. Such a lovely post and those cupcakes look amazing! I remember being soooo nervous for my first beauty event and a couple events later I was chatting to people. nibbling on macarons and just having a really good time. It's scary at first, but you learn along the way! :)

    X Marjolein
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    1. You're so right Marjolein, once you've been to one, you really do feel so much better! :)

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  20. Your so pretty! amazing post. Love the outfit alot!!
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    1. Ah thank you so much Mia, so lovely of you to say :)

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  21. LOVE the outfit! Culottes and silver shoes?! Yes please! The event looks amazing too. I love Scarletts blog! xx

    Rock On Holly

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    1. Ah thank you so much lovely, so glad you like it. Scarlett's brilliant isn't she, such a lovely girl :)

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  22. I forgot where the leather jacket was from and glad you reminded me as I am absolutely in love with it and it's such an original colour I haven't seen anyone else in it! I also adore the culottes they look beautiful on- a trend I am afraid of but after I saw the new look jumpsuit you tweeted I want to get my mitts on that as soon as I have any money! xxxx

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    1. Ah thanks so much lovely. Stradivarius is such an amazing brand, I've loved them ever since I discovered them last year. Thanks lovely, I've become obsessed with culottes lately :)

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  23. You look so pretty !
    xoxo,

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  24. It seems really nice event. You look was fab

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  25. I was going to say, that is the most packed in title I've ever seen. I need to take tips from you there haha. But that aside, this does look like a good event, and slightly gutted I didn't go now. I want those cakes!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Ha, I like to challenge myself lovely ;) The cakes looked amazing, fingers crossed we cross paths soon lady

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  26. Loved your look, and ur blog too :)
    Im following u, can u please follow back?
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    Beijinhos

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    1. Thanks Double Trouble ;) I'll definitely check it out, but please don't follow me just so I follow you, only follow my blog if you like it.

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  27. Loving this outfit! I love the crop top and the jacket and skirt you paired with it!! Looking so lovely. All that food looks so amazing and I am loving all those photos. I hope you had such a lovely time!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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  28. Looks like a fun day! The cupcakes look incredible! Your outfit is so chic too

    Leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Aren't the cupcakes amazing? Talented bloggers :)

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  29. I came here for the photos of cake...I stayed because you're hilarious....and you posted so many photos of cakes :-)
    Also congrats on the leg shaving! I've been putting it off for a while but I thought I'd have to do it at least once a month because the dodgy looks I'm getting at the gym are actually starting to distract me from my workouts...and the sun is coming out so I'm scared that one day the hair on my legs will grow so long and bushy that it will catch on fire from the heat. No, I'm not weird at all.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <3

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    1. Haha this comment has made my life! Luckily I don't go to the gym so I can leave those legs as hairy as humanly possible until summer ;)

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  30. Gorgeous outfit and it looks like it was such a fun event!!
    Loving the red moto jacket<3
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    1. Thanks so much Vogue, it really was so much fun :)

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  31. You gave here amazing tips, I also think that it's important to step out of your comfort zone and later, to thank for event via email :) And you looked amazing, I really like your jacket. :)

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, so pleased you liked the post. Totally agree on stepping out of your comfort zone, so important! :)

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  32. This is such a lovely and helpful post, very informative! I also have to say that I love the outfit you put together for the event! That jacket is SO fab!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Ah thank you so much Paula, such a lovely comment, I'm so glad you liked it :)

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  33. Really enjoyed reading this post and glad to have found your blog! You have such an entertaining way of writing Ellie :) Love your Tin man shoes too... and that gorgeous light blue leather jacket!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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    1. Ah thank you so much Erin, that's made my day, so glad you like it :)

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  34. Great post, I really like your blog, I think you are awsome! :* Visit my blog if you want :) http://fdiarybyz.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ah thanks so much lovely, so glad you do :)

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  35. This really sounds like an amazing event. I just love blogger events. And I also love your tips. Beautiful post and outfit.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    www.purecomplex.com

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    1. Thanks so much Kay, so glad you liked the post :)

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  36. Those culottes look so gorgeous on you!! I love how you've styled them :) I really want a pair but I'm afraid they won't suit me as I'm quite hip/thigh heavy :/
    Love Holly x

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    1. Ah thanks so much Holly, so glad you like them. I think if you get the right shape/cut you could definitely look amazing :)

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  37. Haha I feel you on the shaving, mine are a mess. Love the look love!

    xo

    Michaela

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  38. Loving the photos in this post, everything is just so wonderfully colourful and I'm loving your look
    very fabulous

    Dana
    have a wonderful week
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    1. Ah thank you so much Dana, so happy you think :)

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  39. I loved the post. This year I decided to attend some blogger events but I always get really nervous. I will certainly read your tips before the next one.

    -Izabela www.mydailywear.co.uk

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    1. Ah thanks so much Izabela, fingers crossed it'll help you :) I always get nervous for attending events but feel so much better after pushing myself to go!

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  40. Looks like you had an amazing time at the blogger event! Love your Spring outfit too. I'm a little daunted about transitioning from winter to spring, but it looks like midi skirts are definitely the way to go! Thanks for the inspiration! x

    Miss Imogen Smith

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    1. Thanks lovely, so glad you liked it :)

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  41. I love your outfit! And those cupcakes are making me so hungry - they looks so good! I'm a new reader (and blogger!) and I am loving your blog!

    Jess xx
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  42. Hey babe, how are you?
    Great post though, i love it, thanks for sharing..
    Follow back if you don't mind.. :P

    Visit me whenever you have time;
    www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk

    Anyway have a good day!
    Stay in touch.
    Kisses!

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  43. Seems like you had a lot of fun dear!! loved your skirt!!

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  44. Hi dear! You have an amazing blog!!! I really like it:)
    I'm following you now so keep in touch!
    Have a nice day,
    xoxo
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  45. Hope you're having amazing day, Ellie :)

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  46. Looks amazing at those events,i think i'd be so scared to go to one though in the future, hope you had a good day there :) x x

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  47. This looks like such a cool event! And although leg-shaving is effort, yes to it finally being that kind of temperature outside! haha xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

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    1. Haha sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do ;)

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  48. Looks like great event !! And you look stunning! I love the cullotes:)

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  49. I love reading your posts! You are so fun!! I love the outfit and those shiny shoes are perfect! This jacket is dremy too and let me say u look like a model (overly prasing comment but I believe what I write!)


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    1. Oh Dora, you have absolutely made my day, thank you for being SO sweet! :)

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  50. Thanks for the great photos Ellie!

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  51. Looks like it was a gorgeous event. I love that outfit, especially the jacket :)

    Sophie x

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  52. I realise I'm a little late to the bandwagon but I thought I'd comment anyway - it was SO lovely to meet you and I'm chuffed to bits that you had a good time. I still get quite nervous before attending events and I must say, I will put your expert tips to good use next time I'm at an event.

    Would love to catch up with you again some time soon but until then, keep killing' it on here, I am absolutely loving reading all of your blog posts at the moment :)

    Thalia xx

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