I had the best weekend in all my stay in Abuja this Sunday, and I’ve lived in Abuja for 12 years. so not an understatement, I was at…..(read the title, jeez!)
A car selfie right before the event, my constant fear was that my scarf would fall off
The all white (dress code) TBP blogger point brunch, 2nd edition held at Laguna Lounge in Bolingo hotels, Central Area, Abuja and this place is just the most wonderful atmosphere for a calm and relaxed hangout with friends. I’m not much of a swimmer but I’d love to lie on my back in a swimsuit (from a Nigerian brand, know anybody?), with my right leg up (found out that’s my good leg in pictures) and coconut oil Glow on one of the benches at the poolside, or you could chill in the bar itself. Another calming thing about this place is the rafia benches and chairs, curtains around each mini gazebo and the palms and trees in general, it’s like something out of a movie! I just loved it!
And this wasn’t even the best part of Laguna, with my girl Esther! This is their instagram if you’re wondering….
Coming in, I was extra nervous as I always am about meeting new people and 2 days prior to the event, I discovered I completely disliked my outfit, well that’s what happens when you get your outfit put together super late. I felt it didn’t quite represent my style much but I found a way to remedy all that, thank you Collins for the turban advice, and it turned out hot hot!
A quick shout out is due at this point to someone I consider my style best friend and one of the best stylistst I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing; Collins (What’sYourMiddleName🙈) Badewa of TheStreetHaute. In less than 4 months of properly getting to know you, you have just been immense support for me and my startup blog and you know I disturb you a lot and you probably don’t hear this as much from me (because, frankly, who wants to be a cheese ball?) but I’m so so so grateful. *wipes tear leak*
PSA guys (means Public Service announcement FYI), moving on.
I changed my handle on IG now, click the social media buttons for direct links
Afro-urban, bohemian a vintage never looked so good.
The brunch was a great opportunity for me to
1. Learn on brands and working with them, yes, we talked about this, I mean that was the theme; ‘Bridging the gap between bloggers and brands’ and I learnt so much on this.
I’m getting better at this flat lay thing, don’t you think?
-Bloggers are professionals at selling you to the right audience and you can be assured with bloggers of meeting each person individually, something you can’t get on adverts, this is to brands out there.
-We have a media kit, a business card, and other tools if you’re interested in doing business then you should recognize we’re not less than any other proffesion.
-We have interests which might quite differ from each others, so don’t be offended if we don’t jump at every opportunity.
-The internet is my day job anyway (always has been) so I need to work on my feed and consistency all over social media and even here in the blog.
2. Network and interact with bloggers and upcoming brands alike. I met so many friends and beautiful people, learnt a few tips here and there on pictures and editing and even earned possible collaborations. Watch this space.
3. Eat cake, cake, cake, oh punch and small chops, and even more cake.
I wish you could see all the cake that passed through this platter…
Chocolate cakes are my absolute best and no one does them better in FCT than Brownies Cakeries and Cake town by Adohr. This, I don’t sugar coat stuff (see what I did there?), was my best part of the day! (I’m a foodie and specialized cakie, kill me!)
4. Get a goody bag to take home! *dances the gaga shuffle*
This one is the best so far! 2 days of immense results!
OMG! I love this juice guys! Ordering a carton soon!
This tote bag is just fitting, the hashtag is everything!
Superb packaging here!
These are some items out of my good bag
I’m sensing it would be perfect at this point to announce the winning team/ group for the days challenge which makes us the brand ambassadors of The Blogger point for a year (that’s all I heard amidst a host of other stuff). Quick shout out to my team members Kachi, Jojo, Esther, Jasmine, Seyitan.
Group 1, the winning team!
I had so much fun at the brunch this year and I can’t wait to go again this year. Much more, I can’t wait to try out entirely everything in my goody bag and I’m definitely not waiting to work out the things I’ve come to learn from the seminar and discussion.
Thank you to TBP and all of the organizers for a job well done! In the words of Miss Rhoda, “You have no idea what you’ve started!”