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Web We Want Festival – Southbank Centre

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As you may know, yesterday I was asked to speak at the Southbank Centre’s Web We Want Festival, an awesome three day event running through the whole of the Southbank that included exhibitions, digital art, talks and all the fun surrounding the world web! The guy who INVENTED the internet was even there! What a LAD.

Why Blog?

Some of the activities and events on offer were some truly awesome retro games, talks on the end of privacy, advice on how to build a website and even how to win at online dating! The talk I was participating in was Why Blog? alongside with three other bloggers/instagrammers,  Michael of Symmetry Breakfast, Lulu Kitoloto, Jenny Howze of BritMums plus blogger and discussion leader, Davina Drummond.

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I was invited to talk about my experiences building Official Theatre from nothing to a successful business using the power of blogging as well as my experience blogging as hobby. Each speaker was really diverse; BritMums is a site aimed at mothers, Symmetry Breakfast is a cross between art and food (YUM), Lulu’s blog, Afri-Love, aims to inspire African’s to do whatever they aspire to, and Davina who blogs about art and being a mother.

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So why do I blog? to cut a 5 minute speech short (I also think it was filmed so I will post it when it is up) because a) in business it allows you to break the corporate veneer and communicate with your readers/customers on a personal level, b) socially speaking, it does wonders – I set up #LDNtheatrebloggers less than a year ago and now have SO MANY new like minded friends, c) as a record – looking back over past blogs, especially My Week In Pictures posts, really helps me appreciate what a lovely life I live and how lucky I am!

Later the floor was opened up to questions from the audience, which was fun. I seriously picked up so many amazing tips from my co-panellists.

Thanks to all my friends who came to support!

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Snog and Blog

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Later on I was invited to a blogging networking event as part of the Web We Want Fest which was taking place on the Snog Yogurt bus (YES BRIGHT PINK FROZEN YOGURT BUS.) Not only was I attending the event, in which we were given freeeeeeeeeeeee Snogs (oioi!) I was also hosting a web savy quiz! All the fun.

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Some of my favourite people were aboard the bus, including Ed, Katy, Rebecca (pictured below), Emma and one of my new friends Charlotte (all of which are put of #LDNTheatreBloggers.) I also met some lovely other travel and lifestyle bloggers such as Roma and Sarah.

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It was so nice to have a network with fellow bloggers and a snog! A HUGE thanks the two MEGA babes from the Southbank Centre who organised the event, Tallissa and Hannah (who also runs a crafty blog!)

Lovely Hannah and cheeky young Ed giving it the 'ol photo steal :)

Katy and me :D

I Bloooooomin loved having a blog and snog and literally left wanting snog everyone and everything – what a fantastic day all round at the Web We Want fest!

Without blogging, I wouldn't know these babes.
Without blogging, I wouldn’t know these babes.

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London Coffee Festival 2015

Last week I went to the lip smackingly smashing London Coffee Festival.

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Having never heard of the event in previous years (apparently it has been going on for a few years) THIS year it came to my attention and my eyes were fully on it. Why? Because there was going to be coffee, cocktails, cakes and live music. Why NOT!
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As I had a jam packed bank holiday weekend planned, I could only go to the festival on Friday after work. I had just under 3 hours to explore ALL OF THE COFFEE BASED FUN. Challenge accepted!

My friend Kate came along with me and we headed STRAIGHT for some coffee!

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This little beauty you see above here is a flat white from the genuine fitties at Shoreditch Grind – who make AWESOME coffee. I was glad they were at the Coffee Fest as they have helped me in the past with an event I run for some bloggers back in November. It was good to touch base with them and sup their wonderful coffee once more!


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ALSO THERE WERE CRONUTS. CRO-NUTS. They’re a cross between a doughnut and a croissant. They are sent straight from Jesus. They are. AH!

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There were so many fabulous things to eat alongside coffee, but also so many things to concoct WITH coffee. One of those beautiful concoctions was the “Boozy” Salted Caramel Affogato which was essentially ice cream, biscotti, coffee and alcohol. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL!

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Above is Kate and I worshiping the God of Affogato.

Post salted caramel dream, we decided to take a coffee and cake break to investigate the bar which was, you bloomin’ guessed it, serving coffee cocktails.

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I opted for a negroni (including coffee drippings), which was quite refreshing after all the rich food and creamy coffee. Kate went for a dark and stormy, which also was pretty good.

Refreshed and BACK in the game, we headed upstairs to the musicy space for more coffee and cake! Yeeeeahhaaa! (MAY have been slightly caffeinated)

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Kate and I decided to sit down for a bit with our next coffee and watched some of the live music, at this point it was some crazy drumming and dancing, which was a little bit like our insides after 1000000000 coffees!

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OKAY SO WE HAD ONE MORE COCKTAIL, so sue me! We kind of HAD to try the Espresso Martini’s, because we were at a coffee festival and it was Friday night and if we didn’t we could have be thrown in jail. Social jail.
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To use a phrase coined by my lovely co-blogger friend, Katie Brennan, I was smacked off my tits on caffeine by the end of the night!
Kate and I headed away from the fest buzzing and ready to party. HURRAH!

BUT before we left, the lovely London Coffee Festival hit us up with a faaaaabulous goodie bag! They are called “goodie” bags for a reason and this baby was absolutely packed to the brim with coffee and non coffee based goods. Thank you, you beauties!

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A BIG thanks to my super talented and super beauts friend Michaela, who not only was marketing manger of DREAMS for the whole event, but also hooked me up with some tickets. #majorbabe.

Lights Out at Kettner’s

On Friday I was invited to have some fun at a 1940’s party at Kettners, a restaurant and champagne bar near Leicester Square.

Champagne at Kettner's
Champagne at Kettner’s

A couple of weeks ago I had a sit down with the marketing manager of Kettner’s, during which she supplied me with champagne as we planned a few ways we can work together. With a blogger review night planned for a couple of weeks time, I was invited to their 1940s Lights Out! night as a guest, an invitation I gladly accepted.

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I didn’t have much time to plan my outfit, but luckily I have a few things that may not be totally historically accurate but does channel the 40s vibe.

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I wore a red polka dot shorts suit with a red headscarf, red earrings, a red satchel and some seamed stockings (oh la la!)


Will went slightly more casual in a shirt, jeans and red braces. Swoon….I LOVE a man in braces!!!

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They had decked out the entire top 2 floors of the venue with wartime decorations like enlisting posters and sandbags – it very much looked the part. There were also wartime sweethearts singing songs in the halls which very much set the scene of the era.

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After picking up our ration cards, we headed to the gin room (such hardship!) and supper a lovely gin, lemon and champagne cocktail.

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After a cheeky gin, we checked out some swing dancing (led by the Swing Patrol) in the main hall which was all kinds of fun.

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Throughout the evening we popped in and out of various rooms hosting burlesque routines and good old cockney singalongs! We sang classics such as “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” and “Knees Up Mother Brown.” We latter supped a whisky cocktail as I enviously ogled a drinks globe (a life long dream of mine!)

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There were many roving actors  and musicians throughout the evening, which meant that even when we were just sat down having a drink, we were entertained!

After an evening of all kinds of fun, we braved the streets (luckily no longer war torn!) and ventured home. Thanks Kettner’s!

*sorry the pictures are a bit rubbish – it was pretty dark! Time for a new camera me thinks!