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Christmas in July event by EatReadLove

Last Saturday was a very fine day as it was the Christmas in July pop-up event organised by Natalie from EatReadLove. I’ve been following her on Instagram for a while as she also hosts beautiful kinfolk gatherings but somehow always missed out.

This time Corina and I got in quick and signed up for the Noel en Juillet gathering at the Royalla Farmstay in the Southern Highlands. We left very early morning and off we went to Robertson.

It was a gorgeous sunrise and when we arrived at the Royalla farm we were greeted by the gorgeous team who had put this incredible event together: Natalie Haylar from EatReadLove, Natalie’s assistant Jess Kneebone, Jaclyn from BlogSociety, Stylist Lisa Madigan, Photographer Luisa Brimble and our chef for the day Mario from Marios Kitchen.

For breakfast/morning tea we had warming tea and coffee and delicious toasted muesli and tea cake.

Lunch was served on a buffet and we had beautifully tender lamb shanks, preserved lemons and braised onion salad, pumpkin feta salad. Ah, let’s not forget the dessert. Poached pears with ganache and vanilla ice-cream, yummo!

The menu was printed on a beautiful card but also written on the window behind the buffet. Every one of us had their name written on the wine glass in gorgeous handwriting. There was so much attention to detail which in parts I only noticed afterwards when I looked through all my photos.

Lisa had brought the inside in for the wintery table setting and Mario our chef created a hearty meal of Middle Eastern flavours. It was delicious. It was so nice too to meet like-minded people and connect with some that I already “knew” through Instagram but now was actually meeting them, which is really thrilling.

After lunch we had a little walk around the beautiful farmstay and surrounding and more time for chatting and photographing. Luisa Brimble followed us with her camera and also filmed a beautiful video which is shown at the end.

When we came back we indulged on berry scones and home made chai tea while Natalie and Mario where already busy getting the bonfire underway to roast our marshmallows from Black Pantry.

Below the photos is a video that brings it all together, beautifully captured by Luisa Brimble.

I also created a little cinemagraph of the bonfire which can be found on Tumblr.

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Beautiful setting for yummy breakfast

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Noel en Juillet | Christmas in July Workshop Hosted by Natalie Hayllar of Eat Read Love from Luisa Brimble on Vimeo.

Talk with Fashion Blogger Susie Bubble

Corina and I went to a talk yesterday by the fashion blogger Susie Bubble who blogs at Style Bubblein the UK. It was very interesting to hear why Susie started her blog and how she became involved with already established publishers and brands. I must admit though that I was a tad intimidated by all those fashion people who showed up as well. Everyone, except me, looked, well, so fashionable.

Susie has been blogging since 2006 and already after a year of blogging got invited by major fashion brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton to have an insight in how they manufacture their collection. At this point, and that was only a few minutes into her presentation, I got quite jealous. Isn’t that a dream to get invited to see how much thought and work goes into their items and brand.

She also worked at dazed digital the online site of dazed and confused which is pretty cool. That led to more projects with Prada, Gap and other renowned brands just to make make your eyes water. It’s needless to say that she gets invited to all those fashion weeks out there and is currently visiting Sydney for the Australian fashion week. Despite the privilege of being pampered by  designers she also made a point about how much work it means – among the fun- to cover those fashion weeks for your publication, no matter it’s digital or print.

After her presentation there was time for Q&A and the moderation was done by Harper’s Bazaar editor Edwina McCann. They talked about blog networks enabling advertisement placements on blogs. Susie warned though to keep an eye on your identity and the look of your blog. Not every brand will suit your style/need/message so be careful with whom and what you engage with. The most important thing she said is to develop content first and find your own voice, get an audience because that’s what the blog gets measured by. Stay true to yourself and don’t feel obliged to post something nice or at all only because you got invited to an event.