Tis the season to wear a new dress and drink lots of wine! Hurrah! In the spirit of all things festive, I was lucky enough to be invited to the “Bon Prix on the Rocks” event this November. The event was to launch the sparkling new Bon Prix line of Christmas cocktail dresses.
It was a massive hit with more than 30 bloggers getting dolled up in their new Bon Prix finery, over at Malmaison in Leeds. The alcohol was flowing from the get go, delicious canapes were shared and funny props provided more laughs. We had such a good time! A particular highlight was the cocktail making class, hosted by a lone (very brave) male bar tender. I think he left feeling a little shaken, not stirred himself…
Blogger events and meet ups have evolved to be so much more than just networking. (Sorry other brands, but inviting bloggers to ‘learn about your product’ is simply not enough). You must leave an event feeling like you got something out of it and it hasn’t been a waste of time, and I don’t mean branded product. As well as a lovely evening, what struck me was just how much we all embraced and encouraged each other’s diversity. From food to travel blogs, we were all as different as the dresses we wore.
Over the years I have been genuinely touched by some of the stories shared on blogs, not all are happy and it always amazes me to see how kind our blogging community is online. I can’t speak for everyone, but I have seen some lovely words exchanged between Yorkshire bloggers online, including some on the pictures shared after this event.
Here’s 4 stellar reasons why you should make it your mission to attend an event next year.
Blogger Events: A chance to connect and encourage
Put faces to the twitter handles and get known
Social media is great, but sometimes you just really want to put a face to the handle. Events are a great way to do this, to get known and make new connections. Often bloggers turn up often not knowing anyone else, but it’s clear you are always welcome
A place to share ideas
One bloggers success is inspiration for another. Content created on blogs is often centred around sharing tips and ideas, events are a great place to do this as well as encourage each other to make extraordinary accomplishments of our own
A support network: We’re women who stand together
Especially when things are tough. Many blogger connections are made through a shared common challenge; from anxiety and break ups to long term illness. Events can be a place to catch up, see how someone is doing and share support. Guys are of course welcome too 🙂
See each others individual beauty
Rather than be critical of other women and our own style, bloggers at events compliment. This was apparent just by listening to everyone complimenting each other’s dress choice at this event and how they rocked it in their own way. As long as the event isn’t very small or niche, it’s likely everyone will be very different. Meeting other personalities outside your usual group of friends means you may meet people you never thought you would, but you may well be grateful you did!
THANKS SEARCH LABS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!
Party Fashion | A vintage style Bon Prix Little black dress
Let’s not forget the clothes! It is party season and this is predominantly a vintage fashion blog after all. I wore a vintage look-a-like dreamy lace dress. It was cheekily short and had angel sleeves that would make Stevie Nicks proud. Here’s the full range of budget Bon Prix party dresses for your purse’s enjoyment.
Hold on a sec…Are you a Yorkshire Blogger?
If this has whet your whistle and you want to join a small piece of the Yorkshire Blogging community, join our Yorkshire Bloggers social meet ups by dropping me a tweet or email. Everyone welcome! Here’s some previous meet ups.
#ad disclaimer: Dress gifted. All opinions are my own
All Bon Prix Event Photos: Matt at Search Laborarory