Kidspot Voices of 2014 Gala Awards

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Kidspot Voices Of 2014 Gala Awards, which was held at Sketch on Central Pier in Melbourne’s beautiful Docklands precinct.

Melbourne was looking glorious yesterday, we’re having a fabulously warm, sunny weekend.

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Melbourne’s Docklands

I confess I am befuddled by Melbourne CBD’s growth in that direction… how can there be more city than there used to be? Sheesh, I feel old! I have childhood memories of going into the city for lunch at the Coles Cafeteria with my grandma, and going to the zoo on a red rattler train. I think I need a good lie down.

Anyway, I digress… nothing new there.

The first thing to do when responding to an invitation to a fancy affair is to find a great +1/date. I signed up my friend Sharon from Sharon’s Bigg Life before I even checked if she was free, and lucky for me, she ‘cleared her schedule for me’ (yes, she actually said that!).

So the day arrived, and I was in a lather – quite literally, I’m blaming menopause for that – as I tried on outfit after outfit yesterday. Wrong skirt, too much leg, not enough something, aarggh! Enough, I said. Just be yourself. After I’d piled up loads of options on my bed, I settled on some great pieces I recently snapped up at ts14plus, and teamed them with my favourite shoes, also from ts14plus. Quite the poster girl, nay brand ambassador, am I! Ha.

Off to Docklands Sharon and I went, and before you knew it, we were swanning past a talking Ford Territory and into the gorgeous event space. And what could be nicer than being greeted by Pip Lincolne? She’s so ace.

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Sharon and Pip and I. 

Hooray for bubbly on arrival. Name tags secured, we checked out the space.

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That’s my kind of welcome. Thanks Kidspot!

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Sunset by Ford!

There were maybe only three or four gents in the room – lucky them – but it was the diversity of lovely lady bloggers that really made me happy. There were tall bloggers and short bloggers, mums, non-mums (what’s the ‘correct’ term for us? Anyone?), professional bloggers, hobbyists, up-and-comers, legends, young bloggers and more *ahem* mature bloggers (I count myself in that demographic), lean bloggers and rounder bloggers (me again), extroverted bloggers who worked the room, and bloggers who you could tell were a bit more introverted (that’s me too).

The buzz in the room was great, phones were out, selfies galore were being taken and the food and wine was going down a treat.

Sharon and I had the pleasure of meeting and befriending the gorgeous Rita, who is a Canadian sweetheart/firecracker who followed true love all the way to Melbourne, via Rome. You can read about that here on Rita’s lovely blog. Hey Rita, great to meet you!

I also got talking to Quett, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Olympus booth at #pbevent earlier in the year, and faster than you could say shutter speed, he whipped out his phone and was showing me his new blog! Hooray, another convert to blogging!

Quett’s blog is called The Subconscious Manscape, and here’s his blog’s first post. I think his blog is super cool. I was telling Sharon (and anyone else who’d listen) that Quett doesn’t have blood coursing through his veins, he’s powered by liquid enthusiasm. I love that! People with light in their eyes and animation in their voices, they’re my kind of peeps (and by the way, those people can be introverts or extroverts, neither has a monopoly on passion).

It was great to meet bloggers who I’ve only communicated online with, I’m looking at you Josefa, to share squeezes and chats with some of the awesome chicks I’ve met at other events, or through Blog With Pip. I even got my smiling face on the KidspotSocial Instagram feed. Woo-hoo!

I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, the venue, the DJ (Stefanovic-esque ‘awards’ music notwithstanding), the awards, the people, and being served by friendly staff, who proffered bottles of lovely libations, and carried tray after tray of delicious morsels my way all night long. That’s the way to this blogger’s heart.

The ultimate highlight of the night was that it was about celebrating blogging in all its forms. I found it so inspiring to be in a room filled with people who share a common passion.That passion, whether we blog about style, motherhood, technology, photography, our lives or love of craft, is to get our words out there into cyberspace, hoping to find people who we can connect with, befriend, learn from, be useful to, share our observations about life with and inform and entertain. That’s the heart of blogging, plain and simple.

Well done Kidspot team! Thank you so, so much. I’m so glad that I got to be there last night.

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The goodie bag was so good!

Tell me a blog you love in the comments (not your own!). Why do you love it? How did you find it? Spill!

Annette xx

 

15 thoughts on “Kidspot Voices of 2014 Gala Awards

  1. It was awesome meeting you! and that hug was the best! There is something about nights like the Gala that I wish everyone can attend – for connecting online is one thing – but connecting in person is entirely something else. Your write up is beautiful and a testament to the beautiful night the Gala was xx

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  2. It looks like it was an exciting night, and perfect outfit choice by the way! I also remember catching the red rattler in to ‘town’ to have lunch at the Coles Cafeteria and get a bottle of dolly lollies from Darrel Lea.

    I have so many fave blogs but my two most fave right now would be All Our Days at http://allourdaysblog.com/ I ‘met’ Sarah through Blog With Pip October and we hit it off straight away 🙂 She writes honestly, is funny and I feel like she ‘gets’ me (isn’t that such a wonderful part of blogging!!!)

    I also love She Who Rambles at http://shewhorambles.com/ I found Reannon on the BWP page and then she commented on my little blog! I had a bit of a fan moment then!!!
    I feel like i can relate to just about everything both of these girls write, and find myself thinking ‘yes, yes, yes, that’s me too!’

    Thanks for asking Annette!

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  3. It looks like it was a fabulous night, and perfect outfit choice by the way! I also remember catching the red rattler in to ‘town’ to have lunch at the Coles Cafeteria and buying a bottle of dolly lollies at Darrel Lea.

    I know you only asked us to mention one blog but I just can’t help myself! I have so many fave blogs right now!

    All Our Days at http://allourdaysblog.com/ I ‘met’ Sarah during the Blog with Pip October course and we hit it off straight away. She writes honestly, is funny and I feel like she ‘gets’ me (isn’t that such a wonderful part of blogging!)

    I also have to mention the fabulous things happening at http://themummyandtheminx.com/ I also ‘met’ Robyna and Sarah at BWP Oct and they are just powering ahead with their fabulous blog. I am in awe of what they are achieving 🙂

    I also love She Who Rambles at http://shewhorambles.com/ I found Reannon on the BWP fb page and then she commented on my little blog! I had a bit of a fan moment then!!!

    I can relate to just about everything these bloggers write about and I find myself thinking ‘yes, yes, yes, me too!’ whenever I read a new post from any of them.

    Thanks for asking Annette 🙂

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  4. Loved this post, so well summed up!

    Such a wonderful event and was fantastic getting the chance to meet so many beautiful bloggers.

    You looked great on the night, and was lovely to meet you in person.

    xx

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