Sanderson hotel

Today’s post is another blog event post, however, I promise this one is a post with a difference. (I mean, don’t get too excited about that, it’s still me waffling on about a fab brand and the lovely locations and dreamy food #ClicheElle, but this post also includes a little ode to my blogger friends, and not just my blogger friends, but the importance of having them in general and what my blogger friends mean to me. (Feel free to skip past my waffling to get to said ode at the bottom).

FYI, I am not being sponsored to overuse the phrase “blogger friends” as much as humanly possible.

The event I’m rambling/waffling/boring you all to death about today was one that the camera/techy geek in me was really excited about. It was put on by Manfrotto, which in case you haven’t heard of them before – I actually hadn’t prior to this invite – they are a company that stock camera, lighting, lenses, tripod, equipment etc. (I’ve probably got some of that info wrong so feel free to check out the website) It was at the Sanderson Hotel, it contained an Instabooth – #BloggerParadise – and had the most amazing food displays.

Let’s just dive in shall we?

Sanderson hotel

Amongst the most dreamy food displays – which I’m pretty sure received more attention than the equipment, because, blogger life... – we were also shown some incredible Manfrotto tripods, lenses and lights etc.

From tripods that allowed the camera to lie directly over the shot – think of the flat lays, think of the flat lays – to mini tripods perfect for vlog camera’s and lights, to filtered lenses for your iPhone and not forgetting the most incredible adapter allowing your iPad to act as a monitor/remote control to your camera, Manfotto really does have all technical bases covered.

Afternoon tea sanderson
sanderson hotel
After taking an unhealthy amount of photo’s of the Afternoon tea display, walking around the gorgeous Sanderson suite where each room contained a different set up and assortment of equipment, we of course then used the pretty nifty Instabooth which basically printed out any Instagram photo containing the hashtag “#blogmanfrotto” *Cue group photo* (which took way more planning/thought that I’m actually OK to admit) [insert guilty face emoji here].
blogger friends
Gorgeous ladies all tagged on Instagram, go and check them out.
Group photo’s done – #SquadGoals – time to refuel on the “pinterest-worthy” food (let’s just take a moment to gag over how horrendous – but necessary – that phrase is, shall we?). With a full stomach and the loveliest goodie bag in toe – think mini tripods, sweets, the lot… – we all headed off our separate ways. So I guess that means it’s time for my soppy little piece about blogging buddies now…
Mini burgers
blogger macarons
I’ve always had a very fond place in my heart for my blogger friends, however this event kinda’ sparked those warm, fuzzy feels even further because not only did I meet up with the gorgeous Lauren, Saida and Charlotte again (as well as meeting Jordan for the first time too who is such a babe) but I also randomly bumped into 4 separate bloggers that I already knew from previous events/blogger get togethers (Sam, Kara, Luce, Becky… I’m looking at you). And I absolutely love that. I love that I’m fortunate enough to be able to attend pretty much any event and always end up seeing someone I know that I can have a good catch up with and avoid being the awkward turtle on their own. I’m hugely digressing here so here’s why blogger friends are amazing and why all bloggers need to have some πŸ˜‰
I really could go on forever with this so in short, to all my blogger friends that just get me… you go Glen Coco! And I love ya… [insert love heart emoji here, and then the crying with laughter emoji because we all know bloggers love that ;)]
So that brings me to the end of my Manfrotto even write up/ode to the blogging ladies that rock. I had such a lovely day which actually ended in me going to the Park Lane hotel for dinner with the other half… expect many drool-inducing pictures popping up on this blog soon πŸ˜‰
As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!


  1. Jordan says:

    This was SUCH a wonderful post!!! It was so lovely to meet you and it's amazing to finally meet a group of people who understand me and I can have such a laugh with. I totally agree with all your points especially that instagram buildings thing that is essential. Insert cat heart eye emoji here (because bloggers love them cats) and I really hope I get to see you all again soon because it was so much fun!

    P.S. I still love the creepy eyes on the floor in the first picture of us all #creepin' xx

  2. Rumela says:

    Wow such a beautiful post looks like an amazing event.
    My blog: RumelaTheShopaholic

  3. Josie says:

    Love this post Elle! You perfectly summed up blogger friends and also, I NEED that iPad adaptor you're talking about! xo

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  4. Aww Elle, this is such a cute post! Blogger friends are the best haha – although I haven't met loads of mine because they live so far away *sobs*. Also, the food looks amazing and what a cool event!! So different and unique xxx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  5. Shall we just take a moment to appreciate how amazing the food looks?! This event looks like so much fun and I agree with everything you've said about blogger friends. They are just on the same wave length completely xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  6. Kamogelo M says:

    It looks like you had such a great time! Blogger friends are the best because they truly understand everything that bloggers go through! I thought I was the only one that took stock pics of London and posted on Instagram pretending I was out doing something haha. Lovely pictures too! xx

    From 18 To Life

    • Haha nope, definitely not the only one, every single blogger I was with got their phones out and did the same thing haha! Thanks lovely, glad you liked the post πŸ™‚


  7. Tripods maaade for flatlays?! Count me in!! All this food looks amazing!!

    SinΓ©ad xo β™₯ fabuleuse, toujours β™₯

  8. Anika H says:

    Lovely post! Looks like such an amazing time.

    Anika |

  9. Stephanie says:

    Elle the food pictures! I want that chocolate coffee mug desert!! Looks like a great time!! I have a tripod for my phone I use but a tiny child likes to take it and run off laughing while I am setting up my flat lays. Lol. It is funny. I like the one fore the phone. πŸ™‚

  10. Brenda To says:

    Ahh the burger sliders are adorable! Seems like a fun event too!


  11. Jessica says:

    lovely post!
    check out my blog + follow back?

    Jess |

  12. Lauren S says:

    Taking a moment to just squeeze my macbook – you are so nice. Seriously. I have this whole post planned on friendships and now I'm so conflicted because you've said such nice things, so glad we met Elle <3

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  13. It looks like it was a great event! I love the blogging community, it's such an amazing supportive group of like minded people – I don't know why it took me so long to find it! x

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  14. you have a great blog)
    Do you want us to follow each other on the GFC and to keep in touch?
    I always follow back!

  15. Beautiful photos of you and the girls. Plus the food looks absolutely incredible. <3

  16. Ivana Split says:

    Having blogger friends is awesome, you're so right about that. We understand each other and we understand how much effort goes into it. Meeting them live is awesome, I don't get the chance to do that often,but when I do, I totally enjoy it.

    I love your writing, it is so adorable!

    This looks like a great even, I wish I knew more about cams and photographs…and the food is yummy!!!

  17. What a brilliant post, Elle – you captured the event perfectly with your photos and it's a shame I didn't see you there, I must have gone a bit later as there wasn't much food left but am not complaining as everyone was lovely and what a goodie bag! It's true that other bloggers are so supportive, and not just about blogging.

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  18. LBG says:

    Wow, what a fun event! The little cakes look yummy and the equipment looks fun to play with. Looks like a great bunch of bloggers! Thanks for sharing

  19. bryony grace says:

    Sounds like a really fun event, I'd defintely love something like that! Those cakes look way too good! x

  20. Rachel-Beth says:

    Oh my gosh the food **drools**- I want everything now! This event looks so incredible- I'd love one of those perfect tripod cameras, that is such a good idea! From living in the North of Australia, I haven't actually met many bloggers in real life. It's odd cos from going to fashion week in Sydney, I feel like I literally know all the Australian bloggers haha

    Rachel xx

  21. La Travelera says:

    This is a lovely event and Id love To meet bloggers in my city πŸ™‚
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    Thanks!! Xxx

  22. What a beautiful post! Plus those pictures are just lovely!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  23. Yet again another lovely event! The food looks incredible and the event in general seems SO interesting. Also, all of you ladies look gorgeous

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

  24. that food looks just so delicious and I'm glad you found good blogger friends

  25. Rachel Hosie says:

    I laaaave this post, Elle! I also have massive fomo as I was invited to the event and couldn't go. Glad you had a lush time and hope to see you at another event soon πŸ™‚ xxx

  26. OMG! the food looks so lovely and ofcourse you girls look lovely. you could be the #squadgoals of blogger friends. heeheehee πŸ™‚

    Jessica |

  27. This looks like such a fun event! All of the food looks delicious! And definitely Instagram worthy :') It's really nice that you got to spend time with your blogger friends too πŸ™‚ xx

  28. Honest mum says:

    Looks amazing and blogging friends are a lifesaver, I've made so many long lasting real mates thanks to blogging. The event looks dreamy and you all look stunning x

  29. Great post dear, looks like an amazing event !

  30. EmsAlice says:

    Stunning photos. So glad you had a good time , it looked amazing xo

    EmsAlice // Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  31. All of this food looks so yummy! Swooning over all that amazing photo equipment! I am the worst at taking food/inside pictures!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  32. The company sounds great as they are giving blogging and instagram pictures amazing.
    I'm happy to see people having a great time with friends that have same interest with you.
    Love the photos.
    Looks so amazing.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  33. From my time as a filmmaker I do love Manfrotto tripods, but wow all their smaller ones are just fantastic too.
    Great post – but I'm also soooo hungry now!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  34. Alina Bostan says:

    Another amazing event and would be so helpful too as i'm terrible when it comes to lighting, still trying to figure it all out. The food looks so delicious x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

  35. What a lovely event & yay for blogger friends!! πŸ™‚ x

    Katina |

  36. Wonderful pics! Have a great start tot he week:)

  37. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  38. crafty-zone says:

    Sounds like amazing event and I agree with you – this food is really pinterest-worthy, it looks so delicious πŸ˜‰ And I really like your opinion why it's worth to have a friend, who is also blogger, thanks for sharing, Elle!

  39. That sounds so awesome! I love that you're starting to recognize blogger friends — and I completely agree, there's something to talking to other bloggers about blog stuff versus non-bloggers. They get just as excited when you mention updating your layout or tweaking your social media stuff!

    Sara //

  40. ariannachatz says:

    I went that afternoon tea for my birthday this year Elle, and omg when I tell you…food. coma.

    You look lovely in the pictures & all that photography tech looks amazing! x

  41. Selina says:

    This event sounds super fun and the food looks divine!

  42. Liz Tarran says:

    This looked like such a wonderful event! x

    LIZ – lotsofloveliz

  43. Leanne Dolan says:

    1. I love the outfit, huge festival vibes!
    2. The event sounded so fun
    3. Can I have your hair? πŸ™‚


    Fancy read? Check out my latest post Our Anniversary trip to Bath. x

  44. Rubi Ani says:

    I've been thinking about getting a Manfrotto tripod for ages, but there are just so many to choose from!
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

  45. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goshhh you all looked so fab! Wish I could've been there, it looked like such an amazing time! x

    Emily // Lynde Avenue

  46. Anonymous says:

    These photos are amazing! The food looks delicious, especially the macaroons!

    Serena /

  47. SBUK says:

    What a cool event! Looks like you had a great time. I love Manfrotto. My tripod is from them and it's so good and was actually really affordable. I didn't know about some of the gadgets you show here like the Lumie and really like the idea. Relying solely on natural light can be really tricky in the UK. lol Will look into it now. πŸ™‚ xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  48. Ahh you actual babe, what a lovely post – as always it was lovely seeing you! xxxx

  49. Sam Bugeja says:

    You're the sweetest gal ever!! It was so so lovely to bump into you and have a catch up. Also love the blogging friends statements.. Literally just sat there nodding like crazy, at everything you said.
    See you soon xx

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