Sunday, 11 November 2012

Mumnset Blogfest - OOTD

Writing this while still on a high after yesterday and before the utter exhaustion hits me and renders me physically unable to blog! I was so excited to be at Mumsnet Blogfest, not only because I was part of a panel discussing the growth and importance of fashion and beauty blogging but also because I had done my damnedest NOT to be there by missing my flight the day before. Face palm. I'll tell you all about it over a drink sometime..
I'm just going to share my outfit on this post - will share the experience of the day on another post as I have SO many photos and people to mention.

I stayed overnight on Friday with my Aunt who lives within walking distance of the Shard. So I was keen to get my outfit photo with it in the background - slightly hidden with some low cloud.
For Blogfest, I opted for the Gok Wan black peplum dress that I featured on last week's blogpost. This dress was gifted to me recently by the PR company behind the launch of Gok's latest collection. I decided it was the best for all the walking and travelling I had to do on the day and also suited the 40th birthday party that I went to straight after landing in Belfast at 9pm. (Thanks to my sister and brother in law, I was up until 3am partying…which has contributed to my exhaustion greatly)
I can confirm the dress ticked all the boxes. Not only is it super flattering to wear with its built in suck-it-all-in slip, it was dressy enough without being over-dressed and withstood a fair amount of traipsing about on planes, trains and automobiles and still looked fab and appropriate for the party.
My necklace is from New Look and my black shoe boots and sucky in tights (when added to sucky in slip, my mum-tum was going NO-WHERE!) are from M&S. I also wore my Karen Millen mac and carried my Cole Haan pink handbagbetter seen in this photo taken just minutes before I joined the panel. Can you see the panic in my eyes? 
Unfortunately, the bag is an old purchase from about 6 years ago in an outlet shop in the US. Those were the days..though it has served me well and still looks as good as new so was well worth the investment.

I'll be back shortly (after sleep) with a report from the day's activities, including some of the best hints and tips I picked up, a shout out to some of the other bloggers I met and a pic of the lovely items from the goody bag - some of which I'll be giving away in a special competition very soon. See you later…zzzzzz
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22 comments

  1. The dress looks fab on you, great choice. Can't wait to hear all about it! x

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  2. The dress looks AMAZING and I love the necklace too
    Can't wait to hear more about the event!

    Fiona

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    1. Thanks Fiona! You need to come next year! xx

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  3. Fabulous Madam- I'm sure you stole the show!

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  4. Glad you went for this dress, love it!

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  5. You look great Av! The necklace is a really nice touch too :)
    S xx

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    1. Aw, thanks Sara, it needed something to brighten it up … love my bargain New Look necklace! Axx

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  6. As someone who was lucy enough to be there, I can confirm that Avril looked absolutely beautiful, and if she was nervous... well, it didn't show :-)

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    1. Thank you Thea - that is SO kind of you. It was lovely to meet you afterwards…thanks for taking the time to stay behind and say hello. Have checked out your blog and am following on bloglovin now! Good luck with it, Avril x

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  7. You look fab - that dress was a perfect choice and LOVE the bright pop of pink courtesy of the handbag. So glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. You look gorgeous and I am so envious of you having a couple of days in London! xx

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  9. You looked beautiful yesterday and came across as engaging, candid and kind. Well done!

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    1. Belinda, thank you - that's so lovely of you to say. Glad you enjoyed the talk. It was a fantastic day-roll on next year! Avril x

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  10. Loook forward to hearing about the Blogfest. Your dress looks lovely.

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  11. You look fantastic is that dress! Sounds like a very eventful couple of days and how exciting to be on the panel - congratulations.xxx

    ♥ Thankfifi
    p.s. Hopefully I'll be able to tell you soon about the project I was working on...

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    1. Can't wait to hear more Wendy! Thanks for your lovely comment, Avril x

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  12. You look fab in that lovely dress Avril:) Delighted you had a great weekend!
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Thanks Anne - it really was fab. Hopefully something will come out of our emails this week. Would be great to have an Irish get-together xx

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