That hashtag trended in 2nd place in Ireland on Sunday.
An amazing achievement from a collection of like minded people all brought together by two amazing ladies. Marie and Shell started the Cloggers Blogging Group in 2015. Since then it has grown into a community of bloggers and I’m very proud to be a part of it. This was their third event and it did not disappoint!
Held in the Clarion Hotel in Cork, we were treated to guest speaker Rosemary Mac Cabe who gave an honest view of the Influencer lifestyle and what it brings to the table. Rosemary was direct and completely upfront which was refreshing to hear. Discussing issues from trolls and privacy to the ASAI. I’ve enjoyed her blog posts for about a year now and I tend to agree with her points, as a woman with common sense, Rosemary speaks her mind and is more often than not speaking the truth. Her work for the Repeal the 8th campaign is admirable. Let’s all get on that train.
Her normality is dealing with her life, not the ‘blogger’ life. Which means dealing with her own problems including mental health. To watch someone go about her daily life talking about and going to a therapist was a real eye opener. As someone who has seen what an unhealthy state of mind can cause, I fundamentally disagree with this ‘sweeping it under the carpet’ idea. You aren’t the first and you won’t be the last to ask for help- it does not make you weak.
As someone who has also seen what the nurses, doctors and therapists can do for someone, who now has a perfectly healthy and happy life, I cannot tell people enough to go and talk to someone. She is a breath of fresh air. I’m just annoyed I couldn’t think of a good question to ask her.
Not only did we discuss influencing, we had Naomi Sirmans, an expert in marketing who owns her own company; Mosaic Marketing. Naomi spoke to us about how to grow our blogs on social platforms and how to approach brands. She gave us some great tips on the future of blogging and how to put your best foot forward.
Lucie Al gave us her tips and tricks for taking the best photography we can and on the cheap too! Not only was she cute and funny, she is all about empowering women and helping them see their own beauty. If any female out there is looking for an experience like this then contact Lucie, who is also about to hold a workshop if anyone is interested in improving their photography/Photoshop skills!
From the gorgeous stalls we had Elizabeth of Ethical Souls who runs a business providing ethically sourced women’s clothing and natural organic beauty products. The work and research that went into researching this business alone is outstanding. To hear Elizabeth speaking so passionately about helping women in Nepal escape trafficking and provide them with employment was so inspiring! It makes you really begin to question #whomademyclothes?
Hazel of Hazel Nuts About Vintage has a delicious stall of pre-loved goodies and gorgeous jewellery. I had to take home the gold Wishbone necklace. Hazel has shops in both Killarney and Listowel and goes to loads of markets so if you see her go and check it out. You will fall in love with everything!
The day ended with a fashion show and Inglot makeup demonstration. I will simply post photos as there was too much to talk about- I will also add the other market stalls to the next post. I must talk about the goodie-bags we received, but that is another blog post in itself! We were spoiled.
A huge thank you to the girls again, it was an amazing day!
So until part 2…