Lordy, lordy – what a roller-coaster of a ride the last few days have been.
Spectacular view from our room on the 17th floor overlooking the golf course, heading out to the coastline.
A conference where 700 like-minded bloggers got together to catch-up and be inspired.
My brain is now on overload trying to digest all the incredible information I have been fed.
Along with all that knowledge and inspiration, I have also had the pleasure of meeting some of the most beautiful souls.
Some are people who I have known online for the past couple of years. Some I’ve already met, some for the first time.
Most are people who I also greatly admire for their blogging talent.
But let’s just rewind to Wednesday…
What was meant to be a relaxing couple of days in the lead up to ProBlogger, ended up being quite the opposite.
Yes, in true Bev style…I managed to give myself food poisoning the day before we were going.
I know. Only I can manage this.
Whilst dashing around like an idiot on the Wednesday (shopping, beauty and nail appts) I grabbed a bite to eat from in the car.
Now I did have ice packs with me – but what I didn’t expect was the temperature – a high of 27 degrees outside. Jonny assures me I can add on a few extra degrees inside the car.
Say no more.
Except of course: Poor Jonny.
I was so ILL.
Instead of packing and fake-tanning, I was doubled over in bed with tummy cramps and the like (no further information required) 😉
Let’s just say put this out there, Thursday morning before we left was anything but pretty.
SLOW does not even come close to my snail-like behaviour.
Hydralyte was the only thing I could keep down.
With no packing done the night before, I ended up taking nearly everything I could lay my hands on.
The car was groaning under the strain of my beauty products – no time to decant, oh no. Full size everything for me beauties.
Thank goodness I wasn’t flying anywhere.
Because I had enough products to fill a chemist store.
Of course I didn’t need half of them. But I felt far too ill to care.
Anyhoo, here is what I wore while I was there. Thank goodness I had pre-planned my #everydaystyle for #pbevent.
Not sure how I’ve managed to look half-decent and so enthusiastic!
Wearing: Chambray Dress* $149 (M) Bohemian Traders | Frayed Denim Jean (10) $129.00 | Sandi Suede Wedge (Tan sold out online) $179.00 | Linen V-neck tee (last season) All Country Road | Watch: Sidney Series * $199USD by Jord Wood Watchers | Sunnies Karen Walker Number One.
Once we were all checked in and unpacked – it was a quick half-change for the newbie welcome drinks, which started at 15:30.
I swapped out the top half pieces for this much-loved Sportsgirl chiffon zipped back blouse and Next UK jacket (both from the arc) – I also added last seasons Iris heels from Country Road (you may still find at DFO if you’re lucky) and a Sussan necklace I picked up in the sale a couple of months back.
For the first full day of learning:
Straight Rip Denim Jean $89.95 Seed Heritage – BEST white jeans I’ve owned | Nude Blouse (last season) Sleeveless Spliced Gilet (M) $149.95 (both Witchery) | Shoes (last season) Country Road | Mulberry Bayswater Bag on loan (hoping to keep;) ) from my gorgeous baby girl. | Watch (see above).
On the Friday evening, the theme was Shine. This was open for interpretation: hence the comfort zone black!
Wearing Bell Sleeve Dress (12) $199.00 Cue Clothing | Lara Strappy Heel (39) $179.95 (only available in stone online, try in store for black) Witchery Fashion | Lovely Mesh Mash Pouch $149.00 Mimco | Earrings (I promise they are very sparkly) Large Diamante Teardrop Earrings (on sale) $7.77 Colette.
Saturday was Jonny’s Birthday and day 2 of learning:
Last seasons Ripped Jeans from Katies |Apricot Silk Shirt $179.00 (M) Country Road | Shoes Witchery from 2 years ago | Bag and Watch see above.
For our last evening at the hotel we booked a table at Videre (Royal Pines) on the 21st floor. If you live on the Gold Coast and haven’t tried this place then I urge you to. When you book ask if it’s possible for James to be your waiter – what this guy doesn’t know about food and wine, truly isn’t worth knowing.
Not only was the food incredible (we let him recommend the dishes for us) but having someone so passionate and knowledgeable serve you, made the experience amazing.
Sunday and time to head home…
Once I have had time to filter the information overload and sort out what is relevant for me, I will share a complete ProBlogger post.
Until then, here’s a few other snaps that capture the essence of the weekend in a nutshell.
Most of you will already know the peeps in the pics, bu just in case you don’t I’ve added their Insty names:
Nikki from Styling you @stylingyou | Nat from Make it Look Easy @nat.tucker_make.it.look.easy | Kate from Love Face Beauty @loveface_beauty | Rachel from Redcliffe Style @redcliffestyle | Lisa Style Scouting @style_scouting_ | My Man @jonwilliamskrause and our world @becwilliams
Which is your favourite outfit? Anything new in your wardrobe I should know about? 😉
All items marked * were gifted to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy.
It’s Wednesday so I’ll be linking up with the ever so lovely Kimbalikes.