Monday, 28 April 2014

#EatSleepBlogRepeat : Bloggers Meet

Here in the North East we have a pretty epic collection of bloggers.  We come in a variety of ages and genders and all blog about different things. Some of my favourite blogs are produced in the North East and we have some fantastically talented people in this corner of the country.

At the weekend I attended "#EatSleepBlogRepeat", my fourth blogger event, where I got to hang out with some of my favourites.  We might not get all of the fancy launches up here in Newcastle but we do know how to put on a good meet up - they get organised pretty regularly, are well attended and we all love nothing more than getting together for a catch up over some food and drink (it's well known that us NE bloggers are all food obsessed!)

The event was organised by the lovely Paul from Taste of the North.  Paul was one of the first bloggers I got chatting to on Twitter when I moved to the North yet it took us a good 10 months to meet up.  I'm sure he's fed up of me now though because to make up for it I've seen him three times at various events in the space of a few weeks.  

Paul booked us a lovely little area in newly opened Music Slash Art (MSA) on Hood Street (just off Grey Street) in the City Centre.  I don't know much about it's former life but I'm informed by my Geordie blogging pals that it was originally the home of "Bar 42", a place that holds many a story from their youth.   MSA is a little basement bar which is a haven for lovers of comfy booths, good drinks and art work.  Unfortunately, being underground it's not the best for photographs so the below collection of pictures are what we managed to scrape together between us.

Each time I go to an event I'm so nervous, quite often I almost talk myself out of going at the last minute, which is just silly because I always have a fantastic time and meet such lovely people.

I met up with Kloe and Abbey who I saw a few weeks ago at the Gloworm Drinks Launch and being the eager girlies that we are, we were the first to arrive, which meant we got the pick of the seats.  



We were soon joined by Amy who I was so excited to meet for the first time.  I love her blog Cocktails in Teacups and she was just as lovely in the flesh as I imagined.  Coming from a small town between Edinburgh and Newcastle, she also has the best northern accent that I've heard since relocating and I'm dying for her to teach me it.
 
I was also excited to finally meet Chloe whose blog Prosecco and Pie I've been reading for a quite a while.   As a writer of one myself I really love North East lifestyle blogs, and Prosecco and Pie is one of my favourites, I'm always keen to see what adventures Chloe has been on.  Somehow we'd always managed to miss each other at previous events so it was fantastic to finally meet her at #EatSleepBlogRepeat.  



It was also my first time meeting Jeff from Newcastle Eats, Ashleigh from Sugar Rushed and clever foodie Gareth Kyle (who I'm secretly hoping can teach me to cook!), all local bloggers that I've been familiar with for a while.  I also had the pleasure of being introduced to some brand new blogs after meeting Steph of Jellybean Adventures and Christine of Diary of a Frugal Foodie.

Paul had arranged some glasses of fizz and some slices of cheesecake for us to enjoy whilst we were having a catch up which were greatly appreciated.  I'm not really used to drinking in the middle of the day so I will admit by the end of the afternoon I was a little tipsy.  I know this because after a while I started eating the chocolate and chilli popcorn sitting on our table even though I really don't like spicy food and I may or may not have danced around Tescos a little bit after the event, much to the amusement of Simon.



I'm not entirely sure where the afternoon went, but I know it went far too fast!   I think at some point after my first glass of fizz I might have signed myself up for a bloggers "Night on the Toon" so  I can lose my Geordie Clubbing virginity although, if I'm honest, Jeff promising me that a night on the  Toon always ends with a Greggs sausage roll was what really sold it to me.

I completely ran out of time to talk to everyone and only got to say a quick hello to Sarah and Hannah before we all grabbed our coats and headed home.   Next time girls!! 

As always it was an absolute pleasure spending time with my fellow North East bloggers and I can't wait to do it all again soon!

Thanks so much to Paul for organising such a great event, MSA for letting us loose in their bar and to all the local businesses who contributed to our goodie bags. 

30 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun, I would love to go to a Blogger Meet Up.

    P.xx
    GreyWalls

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    1. They are great fun, if you ever get the opportunity I'd say grab it with both hands x

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  2. Looks like you had a great time Chloe! And I love your daisy dress! Is that one of your Primark beauties? I've never been to a blogger event...will have to keep an eye out for one :)

    Nice post as always!

    K xx
    Idreamofcoco.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. There's another one being organised in Newcastle in a few weeks time (Sat 10th May) ... hop on a train and come! x

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    2. Oooooooops ... forgot to reply to your question, yep that's the Primark dress from my haul last weekend .. it made its first outing :) x

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    3. Thanks for posting the details on my blog Chloe, I'm definitely going to come along...although I am a little nervous ha! Going to get my ticket now :) xx

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  3. Love Blogger meet ups and looks like you've got a really nice bunch up there! I checked out Prosecco and Pie straight away cos I loved the name so much! Lovely blogs ladies!!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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    1. They are all so lovely, and it's been so brilliant for me. Moving somewhere new in your 30s is bloomin hard, I knew no one up here other than Simon a year ago and now thanks to lovely local bloggers I have people to chat to and eat cake with. It's so lovely to feel part of a community when I'm so far away from home :)

      Prosecco and Pie is great - Chloe has such gorgeous dogs as well, she makes me want to grab my wellies and go out walking!

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  4. I see what you mean :) Looks really fun!

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    1. Yesssssssss - you'll love yours .. you'll make lots of new friends x

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  5. It was so lovely to see you! I've been thinking about nothing but that cheese cake! Haha.
    Kloe xx
    skullsnkisses.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I know! I think I actually yelled out CHEESECAKE LADY when it arrived ... too much excitement :D

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  7. Meet ups are a great way to make new friends and share your love for blogging. Looks like a fun day with nice people Lucy x

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    1. Definitely, it's been so good for me as well not knowing anyone here before ... I feel like I'm beginning to have a bit of banter with some of the other bloggers now and it's great :)

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  8. Looks like you girls all had great fun!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. We have another one a week on Saturday :D

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  9. That looks like a lot of fun, and such a good way to meet the people behind the posts! Adore the name too, so true! I'm not sure I'm brave enough to go to a meet up yet but maybe in the future if there's one near me...:)

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

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    1. Believe me I'm terrified each time ... but I think being that nervous is good for me, I take a deep breath put on a big smile and I'm sure most people don't realise how scared I am :)

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  10. Looks like a great day! Can't wait to meet you all :D xx

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  11. You look lovely, loving the daisy print dress. I never hear about these events in the north east :-( looks like I am missing out big time! x

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    1. An £8 Primark beauty :) There's another event a week on Saturday .. come!

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  12. Looks like a lovely day! That's the one downside of living in rural Lincolnshire I suppose - no exciting bloggers meet ups! Loving the dress too, might have to get one myself :)
    x

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    1. Are you sure? There must be some organised? Maybe in Lincoln?

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  13. Ah this is so fun to read about! I'm from the North East too and always find it interesting reading about the events up here, they always sound so fun :D

    www.violetdaffodils.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  14. Looks like a great night! I'm trying to make more of an effort with my blog, but its mostly about my design work and weddings. x

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    1. That's OK :) We had loads of different types of blogger there!

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  15. Looks like a brilliant day, MSA sounds great will have to pay it a visit soon! I've never been to a North East blog event before even though I've been blogging for a while, I need to be brave and stop missing out! x

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    1. Yes! Come! There's another one a week on Saturday and one being organised in Middlesbrough in June as well :D

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