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Nuffnang’s Blogopolis 2012

I made it to Nuffnang’s Blogopolis, my first blogging conference, this month in a flurry of pin-curls and endless cups of Twinings tea. It was a curious kind of day, with almost 300 bloggers floating ’round (mixing with their own kind), and the wildest live Twitter feed I’ve ever seen.

There was a lot of mutual admiration going on. I loved all the blog people-spotting – Lady Melbourne, Danimezza, Hair Romance etc. etc. I met some pretty lover-ly people as well – the gloriously kooky Hayley of Fashion Hayley of whose blog I’ve always been fond, the very captivating Kayla of The F Tangent who I met outside the venue (she just exuded fashion blogger vibes), and the quite fabulous alternative fashion extraordinaire, The Fashionate Traveller. Here’s a snap of us together in the afternoon:

With Fashion HayleyThe F Tangent, The Fashionate Traveller

Amongst all of this, I actually managed to Learn Stuff. Sessions on SEO, media kits, branding and the like all left me feeling pretty inspired to overhaul Ravishing Retro when I have the time (and Photoshop skills). The afternoon sessions focussing on the Australian blogopshere were a tad vague and self-indulgent, but I took away an appreciation for the emergence of blogging as a pretty powerful and radical new media force. Indeed!

There was a lot to take in (information, food…), and as such I’m still synthesising a lot of what I learnt at Blogopolis, but I do feel like it was a wildly valuable experience. If the heavens align, I’d love to attend Fashionopolis next year, Nuffnang’s fashion blogging equivalent of Blogopolis – I daresay it’d be a lot more relevant to my blogging experience, and oh, just imagine the eye candy.

Most of all, it was just kind of fun to exist in the microcosm of the blogging world for a couple of hours. Every microcosm has its quirks and in-jokes (and sometimes its own hash tag), and it was fun seeing the physical manifestation of all this in a conference room. All the unreserved geeking out about social media was cathartic to say the least.

Many thanks to Nuffnang for hosting the blogging extravaganza that was Blogopolis 2012. I have enough new blog-y links to fill my Google Reader, and enough Twinings tea in my handbag to last me ’til at least October.

All photo credit to The Fashionate Traveller – thank you kindly!

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Nuffnang’s Blogopolis 2012

I’m excited to be attending Blogopolis event tomorrow: a day of blog-y chitchat and tomfoolery in Sydney organised by Nuffnang. Some of my favourite Australian bloggers will be there giving panels and workshops – Lady Melbourne, Fashion Hayley and the like. Blogosphere fame!

I’ll be live-tweeting Blogopolis with the hash tag #nnb2012, if you’d like to live vicariously through me.

Will you be there? We should hang out.

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It’s Always a Mojito Moment

Mojitos top my list of classic cocktails; they’re always classy and always delicious. I’ve had countless mojitos in my time as a legal drinking adult, and save for one unfortunate incident with a dark rum mojito, they are yet to disappoint me.

Apart from being delicious, the mojito has always seemed to me a particularly old-fashioned drink. Having investigated this further, I have discovered that the drink has a very illustrious history. It seems Ernest Hemingway himself was devoted to the mojito after it was first mixed up in Cuba in the 40s; and Ernest Hemingway was a very dapper man. Legend has it that he would frequent Bodeguita de Medio, a bar in Havana, where he would take his mojitos without sugar, but with a twist of grapefruit. Oh Hemingway. I feel like his literary spirit must linger amid the other spirits that mingle to create the mojito I continue to enjoy in 2011. Just a theory.

Not all mojitos were created equal. That is why I popped into the Green Room Lounge Bar in Enmore with my friend Alyssa last Friday night, for the mojitos there are perfect concoctions. We had a lovely mojito date, spending happy hour in earnest discussions of travel, lingerie, blogging and the like. Speaking of which, you can check out Alyssa’s blog here.




Dress: Sarah-Jane
Cardigan: Topshop
1950s bakelite bangles: Peppergreen Antiques, Berrima
Belt: Dangerfield
1950s necklace: Camden Passage markets, London
Hair flower: Sportsgirl

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