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Category: #JoziMeetup

Event: #Jozimeetup- the one about working with brands

I’ve attended just about every meetup that SA mom blogs has organised since the very beginning you can check out the previous posts here,  herehere and here. I think for me this had to be the most important. My goal for my blog this year is to earn some money from it and the focus of this meetup was just that: How to work with brands.


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Event: #Jozimeetup – The one about Beautifying your blog

I attended another bi- annual #jozimeetup. I was really looking forward to this meet up as I had missed the first meet up of the year. (I’ve only missed one meetup since it started). I love these events they are always a great way to catch up face to face with other bloggers.

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Event: Jozimeetup (The one on Beautiful Living)

This last Saturday I attended another #jozimeetup for bloggers. a “Beautiful Living” theme. Laura and Heather the event organisers had drinks and snacks for us to have on arrival. Our beautiful name tags placed on our chairs with the goodie bags with programmes listing the day’s speakers and their topics.

Learning all about illusion dressing at #jozimeetup

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Tricks to Illusion dressing by Natassja Petersen

In this talk she showed several different items of clothing and how to wear them for your body shape and to consider your personality when dressing. I loved the talk as it was informative and interactive. It really got me thinking about how I dress the message I send out with something so simple as my outfit. I didn’t take notes though Gumtree provided really cool stationery. I really wanted to engage and listen.

Words that stuck with me were:

Clothes with strong shoulders a great if your shoulders are the widest part of your body.
Peplum cut is great hiding the tummy area
Statement accessories go a long way.
Don’t shy away from bright colours – love this one

Next was Marcia Francois who was talking about creating a beautiful life
I spent the previous week checking out her blog organising queen so I knew it would be a good talk.
Live intentionally- it takes courage to live an intentional life though.
Make time for things that matter to you- because whatever you spend the most time on is what is truly important to you.
Have values and things that you don’t compromise on
If you don’t have sit down and think about it and create them.

The final speaker was Melanie Frost from Mio skincare SA was talking about Skin care in winter. Who doesn’t want beautiful skin all year round,  this topic was appropriate as winter is upon us.Things I took from the talk:

If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?

We can get back elasticity in skin care as it is made possible by technology.

Awesome SponsorsGumtree @gumtreecoza did you see the lovely name tags. First time seeing my new blog name on print
Mama mio @MamaMioSa
Amway @AmwaySa

What I wore at the #jozimeetup

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I loved the socialness and friendliness of the first meetup, the venue and set up of the second meetup and the speakers and programme of this meetup, the third one. I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to chat to everyone as I had another event to attend.

#JoziMeetup2- Blogger meeting

Last Saturday I attended the second #jozimeetup for bloggers in Joburg. Though most of the bloggers who attended the last were mommy bloggers I decided to attend this second one again as I knew there was a better program than the first time. 

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Event: Jozi Meetup – Eat, Tweet, Blog

This past Saturday my sister Sandy and I went to the very first #JoziMeetup which was hosted at the Sunnyside Park Hotel by Laura, Sharon and Wenchy. The event was dedicated to bloggers and tweeters in Joburg to meet and network in real life. I didn’t realise there was such a strong mommy blogger movement in Joburg but I guess I wouldn’t know that since I’m not a mommy blogger. 

I wish I had known that we would be sitting outside in the gazebo and would have dressed for cooler weather. However I meet new people and soon forgot about as conversations picked up. I didn’t get to meet everyone nor did I take many pictures of the venue or event. 

 We had to have name tags so people would be able to recognsie you. We also introduced ourselves and shared a little bit about ourselves  when we recevied our goodie bags. 

Personalised bag from Macaroon
The goodie bags were a personalised bag from Macaroon which was filled with some amazing goodies and you know how I love goodies. My winning streak is truly back this year. I won yet another Sorbet  Spa Voucher. Inside the bag were amazing goodies which included Le Crueset cappuccino set, Rain Africa moisturiser, Bio-Oil, a Killarney Mall Shopping Voucher Swani Spa Voucher, Wakaberry Sunglasses , L’Oreal  lip gloss and A Rich Simmonds book called “Mug and Tweet” adding more to my reading list. 
I’m so glad I attended this event I felt refreshed and ready to blog again (I had been having thoughts of discontinuing the blog). I’m not where I hoped I would by now in terms of blogging, never won or been nominated for a blogger award but I haven’t quit and that should count for something.
I look forward to the next event and hope it will be bigger and better than the first. 

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