The bachelor and the blogger

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The way I see it, the Problogger Training Event is a bit like The Bachelor, except everyone goes home with a rose.

Stay with me petal.

We’re all compatible. Tick. We’re all interested in living happily ever after with our Bachelor blog. Tick. We’re unafraid to “put ourselves out there”. Tick. We’re all “on a journey”. Tick. We’re all aware that this one episode could be life changing. Tick.

Instead of issuing roses, this year I’d like to hand out a few awards.

The envelope please…

Best bling

The award goes to Stacey from A Healthy Mum. I first spotted her engagement sparkler when we were engaged in conversation. In case you’re wondering, it’s an aquamarine and she designed the setting. Don’t you just love it? I do. I do.

P.S. I can happily report Stacey’s bright personality matches her beautiful bling.

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Stacey from A Healthy Mum

Best Brit

Sammie from The Annoyed Thyroid was on page one of my “must meet” list. I wasn’t surprised she was just as delicious in real life as she is online. However, I was surprised she’d baked me chocolate fudge. What a sweet, sweet gesture. Please be advised: photographic evidence is unavailable. Let’s just say, I’ve had a lot to chew over and Sammie’s chocolate fudge was the perfect accompaniment to my plotting and planning.

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Me with Sammie from The Annoyed Thyriod

Best all-rounder

She drove Miss Daisy me to the event, took photographs of me, entertained me, helped me and supported me. Drum roll please.

Caroline from Palatable Thoughts, please take a bow.

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Me with Caroline from Palatable Thoughts

Best skirt (made by a relative)

Behold. I love this skirt with every thread of my being. Robyna from The Mummy and the Minx literally stopped me in my tracks when I saw her in this incredible number. But wait….there’s more. Her talented father, an artist, hand-painted the fabric. I have requested he attend next year’s event as I would love to don one of his designs. Who’s with me?

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Robyna from The Mummy and the Minx

Best skirt (made by a non-relative)

I must begin with an admission. I literally chased Carly Findlay. She was minding her own business when I just about bowled her over. I simply had to have the deets of her AMAZING skirt. Apparently she bought it from Chicwish but we’re not sure if it’s still available. One thing I do know for certain, Carly is one of our community’s most generous and fashionable bloggers.

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Me and Carly Findlay

Best baby bump

I was pretty chuffed to catch up with Jasmine from Pretty Chuffed. You know that “pregnancy glow” they talk about? Well let’s just say Jasmine really shines.

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Me and Jasmine from Pretty Chuffed

Were you there? What awards would you like to hand out?

36 Comments

  • You are too kind! Hmmm.. maybe I should have ironed that skirt first. And man, my Dad in a room full of that many creative people would be awesome – he’d LOVE it.

    • Reply August 16, 2015

      Tonia

      Robyna, he was the talk of the town. That skirt is sublime. So glad we got to connect over art. The best combo, I reckon.

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Zoe | A Quirky Bird

      What did I say Robyna, your Dad is talented. xx

  • Reply August 16, 2015

    Mumma McD

    I loved meeting you Tonia!! It was wonderful to be able to put a face and a voice to the words on the screen. Your award winners are all very deserving 🙂 xx

    • Reply August 16, 2015

      Tonia

      Ditto Rachel, I’ve so appreciated your online support and I was thrilled to see you. Hope you had a smooth trip home. xx

  • Reply August 16, 2015

    Caroline Culleton

    Tonia You’re a bloomin’ rose: lovin’ your review of a stylish weekend. And always welcome to accompany me when next we are traveling in the same direction.

    • Reply August 16, 2015

      Tonia

      Aw, thanks champ! I had an absolute ball. Let’s do it all again sometime soon.

  • Reply August 16, 2015

    Isabel

    This is great – love these awards. LOVE Robyna’s windmill skirt too. I was not there but I enjoyed Carly’s live tweets, helped me feel like I was. Would like to go next year…I wonder where it will be held?!

    • Reply August 16, 2015

      Tonia

      Oh Isabel, I really hope you do make it to next year’s event. Everyone is super friendly and the atmosphere is fantastic. Last three years have been on the Gold Coast but I don’t know about 2016 as yet. Fingers crossed our paths cross.

  • Reply August 17, 2015

    Tash @ Gift Grapevine

    Based on all of Sammie’s delicious looking creations in her blog posts I can only imagine that the fudge would have been an absolute winner! Unfortunately I couldn’t make it over to this year’s event but still managed to have fun playing along at home thanks to some excellent and thorough live tweeting from Carly and Em Hawker plus lots of IG pics from attendees. So lovely seeing all of those happy faces on my IG feed (plus I loved all the shiny outfits)! Next year…do you think people would make the trek over to Perth?!

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Tash, it would be great to see you at next year’s conference. I met a few folk from Perth – one of them had flown in on the red eye. Trust me, it is well worth the trip. Glad you enjoyed Carly and Em’s live tweets, I was watching them and they didn’t miss a beat. Great effort.

  • Reply August 17, 2015

    Carly Findlay

    wow Tonia thank you so much for the mention! It was so good to meet you – and totally flattering to be chased down by paparazzi! I am glad you enjoyed the conference – I did too 🙂

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Carly, it was so lovely to have the chance to meet you. Thanks for being so sweet about my crazy sprint to find you! p.s. I’ve checked out that website – how awesome is that store? I think I need that San Fran bridge skirt. I think I also need to wear it in San Fran. Yep, I’m daydreaming about holidays. AGAIN. x

  • Oh Tonia, I was pretty stoked to see I was one of the stars of your blog post and not just because meeting you was one of my conference highlights! High five to you for publishing a post-conference post faster than the speed of light and I hope you enjoyed your fudgegasm!

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Oh you’re too kind, thanks Sammie. I’m actually still on the Gold Coast so I had plenty of time. No rushing for flights for moi this time ’round. P.S. sun is shining and I’m sitting here looking out at the golf course as we speak. If only every Monday could be so dreamy. Thanks again (for everything) x

      • Reply August 17, 2015

        Zoe | A Quirky Bird

        What did I say Robyna, your Dad is talented. xx

      • Reply August 17, 2015

        Zoe | A Quirky Bird

        Tonia I have fudge envy. Everyone I met told me about Sammy’s amazing treat. I managed to run into her, fudgeless but, unfortunately didn’t get to meet you. Another time and loved you’re little wrap up. Zoe xx

        • Reply August 17, 2015

          Tonia

          Thanks Zoe and snap I wish we’d met too. As for that fudge, I have one word for you. DELICIOUS. I think we need a Problogger Bake Off. What say you?

  • Reply August 17, 2015

    Fran

    So you are still on the Gold Coast relaxing and enjoying yourself. See what a great Problogger conference does for you – No “Monday mourning”.

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Fran, truer words were never spoken. Absolutely no sign of Monday mourning today. I’ve just come back from a beach walk and have booked in a facial for tomorrow. Bliss. (p.s. am squeezing in some work too, it’s a working holiday but so far so very good). Lovely to see you at the conference. x

  • Reply August 17, 2015

    Zita

    Great awards! Am sorry to have missed it and can’t wait to read more blog posts about it!

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Hey Zita, from memory you must still be in Canada yes? Hopefully you’ll be back in time for next year’s event. It was so much fun.

  • Reply August 17, 2015

    Kathy

    It was great to see you Tonia and I look forward to seeing where your plotting, planning and inspiration take you. x

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Kathy, I’m sorry I had to dash off when I saw you in one of the last sessions. Hope our paths cross again before August next year. p.s. You looked so well (and glamorous, as always). Take care, hope to talk again soon. x

  • Love this post! Thanks for sharing the goss for those of us who didn’t make it this year x

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Janet, you’d have loved every minute of it. Hope to see you there next year. x

  • Reply August 17, 2015

    The Hipsterette

    Ha ha – love the Bachelor and rose collection. Tonia, you forgot to give yourself an award for the best Bambi print. Maybe next year I’ll bring my fox bag and scarf, and give you a run for your money. You are “safe” for this year.

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Thank you, thank you for commenting. I had made a note to track down your blog and voila here you are. I’ve just popped over to subscribe. Love the look of your layout but that’s no surprise given how beautifully presented you were at the conference. You are one very stylish lady. I’ll hold you to that fox bag and scarf next year…I’d love to see them. Hope you enjoyed the conference as much as I did. Was great to meet you x

  • Oh gosh thank you so much Tonia! It was fab seeing you again and bumping into each other in the lines for the Ladies’ 🙂 And I totally agree, just like an episode of the Bachelor where everyone gets a rose! I would like to give you an award for being your lovely, generous and funny self and making my first Problogger experience all the richer. Look forward to seeing you again soon x

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Aw, what a lovely thing to say. Thanks Jasmine. It was wonderful to have you there. I hope you enjoyed the conference as much as I did. So much info to take on board. I think I’ll be chewing it over for weeks. Really hope I see you at a Brissie blogger meet up well before the next conference rolls ’round. Have a great week and thanks again for stopping by the blog xx

  • Reply August 17, 2015

    Sarah @theroutinequeen

    Awesome wrap up there Tonia, I wasn’t there and am totally not jealous at all pfft. Meanwhile I agree with The Hipsterette- cutest damn Bambi dress ever!!

    • Reply August 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Hey Sarah, thanks so much. That dress is actually from your neck of the woods. I bought it down in Melbourne and it really is a favourite of mine. Fingers crossed we see you at the next conference. You and your sister would love it, I promise.

  • So lovely to catch up with you again Tonia 🙂

    • Reply August 18, 2015

      Tonia

      Ditto Toni x p.s. I saw your welcome home snaps on Insta – what a cute reunion you had.

  • Reply August 19, 2015

    Danielle

    Looked liked SO much fun! Great article. Hope I can go next year.. X

    • Reply August 19, 2015

      Tonia

      Danielle, you’d love it. Lock it in for next year, my friend. x

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