Wednesday, 26 February 2014

#blogtools event at Maven Belfast

So Monday night was #blogtools night! Myself and Gemma-Louise from That Belfast Girl decided to share our blogging knowledge at an informal get-together in Belfast interiors shop, Maven, with all money taken at the door going to Belfast Community Gospel Choir's USA fund. 
Oranges & Lemons - GL & I pre-event
We had a lovely turnout of just over 20 people - a mixture of new and existing bloggers and a couple of people interested in blogging for their business:

and once everyone arrived and had a glass of bubbles and a cupcake from The Lily Pink Bakery (thank you Claire!), we talked about how to start up a blog, grow your audience and make some money from blogging.
It was a lovely event and Gemma-Louise and I would like to extend our thanks to everyone who came along on the night and helped us raise £200 for the fund. We would also like to thank Patricia and Catherine, owners of Maven for allowing us to use the shop premises for the event, free of charge. If you're local, do drop in for a look around this gorgeous shop, it's on Maryville Avenue off the Lisburn Road (at Templeton Robinson) and is open from 10am-5.30pm Tuesday-Saturday. If you're not local, please show them some Facebook Love on this link.

What to wear? Well, I promise the orange and lemon colour scheme wasn't intentional, in fact, we both changed our outfits at the last minute. After much tossing of clothing on the bed that afternoon, I opted for the trusty Gap boyfriend jeans, a neon top, statement necklace and my new suede ankle boots from Seven Boot Lane. 
The boots are stunning, as you'd expect from Seven Boot Lane. The most gorgeous soft suede in a perfect neutral colour and I'm going to wear them endlessly. I'll blog about them again...as they deserve a post of their own.
Bali Boot in Grey Suede - C/O Seven Boot Lane
(10% off with SGSSS14 until the end of March!)
Neon Yellow Top - Linea @ House of Fraser 
(SS13 - the twins call it my builder top as it's high-vis!)
Neon Statement Necklace - Accessorize (AW13)
We've had a few people ask if we would run the event again as they were keen to attend but the date didn't suit. Please drop me an email on schoolgatestyle@yahoo.co.uk if you're interested in attending a similar event and if we can get the numbers, we'll certainly look into a second date.
Right, next challenge for this week is to pack for London! So excited to be meeting up with the blogging girls again and I'm sourcing some new shop stock while I'm there so keep an eye on Twitter and Instagram to follow the weekend as it happens!
Ax





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11 comments

  1. Absolutely gorgeous Avril, those boots are AMAZING!!!!! I love the neon colours, and the necklace is heavenly.
    So pleased it went well and money raised for a very good cause :-)

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  2. Well done you! Looks like you had an amazing turnout!

    You are looking fab in the pop of neon.....boots are beyond gorgeous! xx

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  3. I think you should hold an event like that over here hun to raise some more funds for the cause. Love those boots - divine x

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  4. I love your outfit - neon is of course one of my favourites;) Thanks for sharing all your info, I am willing to pay for this anytime!

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  5. Oh, lovely pictures of your audience btw;)

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  6. Sounds amazing, what a fab idea, would love you to run one in London! You looked great love the yellow top and the boots look great, gorgeous colour x

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  7. Delighted your event went well Avril and I love your top! I parted with my Zara yellow one recently as it was a bit loose so I must replace it soon:) The boots are fab:)
    ~Anne xx

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  8. It was a brilliant night Avril, thank you so much for all the knowledge you and GemmaLouise sahred. I love that top of course (no surprise there) and I will definitely be heading back to Maven very soon for a nosey.

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  9. I wish I were able to attend :( love your neon shirt and outfit.

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  10. Well done you! It looked like a great night & you both look fantastic in your citrus tops! I wish you could come & do one over here! The Maven looks amazing! Ax

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  11. What a great idea for an event. I love the top, I have never bought from Linea before, how would you say the sizing comes up? Thanks!

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