Hello Beach Dwellers.
Today we are talking dealing with brands and how much fun that can be. Last Friday, I was invited to my first bloggers outreach event, hosted by Howard's Storage World and Brand Meets Blog. I went along with an open mind, curious as to what would happen. The event coincided with the launch of their catalogue on 10 September. We were invited to a High Tea at Vaucluse House Tea Rooms and then for a visit to the store in Bondi Junction.
|Me, Life Love and Hiccups, My Mummy Daze, Tina Gray Dot Me|
It was lovely to catch up with girls I had met at blogging conferences and other social events and also to meet some other bloggers.
The venue was gorgeous, we were offered champagne on arrival. Given a chance to circulate and take a few shots of our gorgeous surrounds and Tweet and Instagram them if we chose to. If you are not following me on either yet, the buttons are at the top of my side bar.
Then it was down to business. A beautiful spread of sandwiches, savoury treats and sweet happiness, gorgeous tea and lovely company was on offer.
We were asked to describe any storage issues we had which needed solutions, for which Howard's Storage could offer advice. It was time to fess up. I am a power cleaner. In the time it takes to boil the kettle and brew a good cuppa, I can unload the dishwasher, pump up the cushions and basically have the living areas of the Beach House looking how you know and seem to like them, on this blog. But how do I do it? Well, I am a self confessed 'cupboard shover'. And sorry mum if you are reading, but I think it's genetic.
This is the inside of the Beach House Brat's wardrobe on a good day. It usually has a pool of shoes in front of it as well, as my darling searches for the perfect shoe du jour. If only she could see them better, perhaps that would end the need for me to be endlessly cupboard shoving back in here. It is obvious dear reader. I need shoe caddies, big time and Howard's Storage was only too happy to help, with a very generous gift voucher provided to each of the event attendees. With the voucher burning a hole in my pocket, it was time for the in-store part of the event, in search of a shoe storage solution. I admitted to our lovely hosts Jill and Cathy, that I had another confession. I had never been inside Howards Storage World. I knew the brand well, but had only ever walked past the entrance to the store. As a self confessed cupboard shover, I had never seen the need for a visit.
Actually when you think about it, I have a great need, as evidenced by this shot.
They don't just sell plastic boxes, they sell lovely quality products, which cater for all manner of storage dilemmas.
I was looking for things that I thought would look fantastic in the Beach House. I loved this repro vintage style first aid box lots. Dressing bleeding knees never looked so attractive. If I had this gorgeous baby, I wouldn't be cupboard shoving her.
I loved these nautical stripe lined baskets.
And as we have a bird theme going on in the littlest Beach House Brat's room. Remember this art work I made here? These bird hooks appealed to me too.
I liked the scrunchy laundry dumpster as well.
Cute mirrors too.
And then I happened upon it. The shoe storage section, and it was impressive dear reader, it really was.
Remember for this little problem
This piece was perfect for little girls shoes and I could get lots of them onto one of these, neatly stowed at the bottom of the cupboard.
But remember how I always say that first impressions are everything and you guys know I love a party. Well as I entered the store there was something in the window display that I had to have. It was reasonably priced at $69.95, it was the last one in store and any thoughts of shoe organisation went immediately out the window. I had to have her. I can see the mound of ice and the the bottles strategically placed right now and if a girl's going to throw a party, she needs a nice bread board as well. Wine storage never looked so good. To hell with shoe storage. As long as the guests don't open them, no one will see inside my cupboards anyway. Right????
By the end of my visit, I was issuing invitations to my next party and with Summer on the horizon, beach dwellers, it's inevitable you will be seeing a little more of my new best friends around these parts.
So that was my first experience with a branded bloggers event and even though this kind of thing won't pay the mortgage, it's about relationships. As with most things in blogging, who knows where it will take me or the brand.
If working with brands is the kind of thing you want to explore, I read a great post about making a pitch to a company here
Or contact the lovely Louisa or Heather at the Blogger outreach agency, Brand Meets Blog if you want to explore the possibilities.
And what do I put my invitation down to? Well Twitter actually. If you are not playing you should be. It's a fab way for brands and agencies to notice what you are doing and see if your blog is a good fit with them. Here's a post I wrote on Twitter for virgins, if you are one of them.
Have a great week peeps and thanks for stopping by. Not sure how often I'll be back here this week. It's Spring and I've clearly got issues with my cupboards and you know what that means.
And what about you, are you a cupboards shover like me?
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