I am not a fashion blogger but I have to share what I wore for BritMums Live.
I’m actually a big lover of fashion, in the olden days (in my twenties, do you remember them?)
I’d go to town every Saturday with my friends & buy a new outfit for that night. Yes…I used to go out EVERY Saturday night & get ready at my friends house.
So yes, I was abit excited about my wardrobe, because for two whole days it was going to be about me & what made me feel & look good & only a tiny bit about practicality. As a busy Mum my choices usually consist of what is clean & ironed.
I was determined not to buy a new outfit for the conference. I already have clothes in my wardrobe so there was no need & I just couldn’t justify buying something new that would sit in my wardrobe never to be worn again. What a waste (of money for me & time/effort for the person who made it).
So this time I turned to my friend Helen (bff for over 20 years) & asked to raid her wardrobe & her fashionista way of thinking for inspiration without spending much dough. The flip side was I also wanted to feel comfortable, confident & show that I took the conference seriously.
Helen’s first bit of advice was to go on Pinterest & search for ‘what to wear to a blogging conference’…genius! So that’s what I did & I got loads of inspiration.
Itinerary for the Friday:
Included travelling up to London on the train at 8.30am, meeting some bloggers at All Bar One at midday for drinks /lunch & The BritMums Live conference at 2pm prompt.
The program went from Registration at 2pm & then ran all the way through the afternoon into an Awards Ceremony, I knew it would be a possibility that there wouldnt be a chance to change. I took a small bag with dress, shoes & necklace & there was a cloakroom to put bags & coats. There was no need to change though because The Gathered Girls in Sherborne totally came up trumps for me & offered one of their Petite Bateau dresses to wear!
I chose a stunning orange & breton stipe dress which I paired with my orange River Island pumps & simple silver jewellery which took me from travelling, to the conference into the evening & I felt wonderful in it all day.
Itinerary for the Saturday:
Full on day of conference 9am-6pm workshops, talking to brands, making connections with lots of amazing people! Then catching the train home at 8.20pm from Waterloo.
I decided to go quite minimal on the Saturday, I wore a coral top from Matalan, my old faithful Next Petite royal blue jeans (with stretch!) & trusty orange pumps again. I do wish I’d worn heels but I had to go the comfort route, I guess old habit die hard.
My only expenses were, Rimmel Coral nail varnish, Matalan top & the cross the body bag from TK Maxx (£17 which I will use endlessly!).
Orange Pumps (already owned) River Island
Silver Monogram Necklace (already owned) Etsy
I kept the Petite Bateau dress on but changed into my statement Primark necklace & lemon Wedges TK Maxx (already owned)
Nail Varnish Revlon One Perfect Coral I think it was about £7 from Boots
Coral v Neck Floaty Top from Matalan
Jeans Next Petite (already owned)
For sure the Petite Bateau dress was the winner this weekend. It looked warm, covered my arms but kept me really cool on a hot day in London, 100% cotton. Really comfortable & helped me to stand out, be individual while looking fresh & feeling comfortable.
More on Brit Mums Live & the people I met over the next week.
You can see what I wore & who I met on also on Instagram.