Recently, we hosted our first ever London blogger meet-up, an opportunity for our existing Think Shaadi blogger team to meet a few of London’s enthusiastic bloggers and discuss interesting topics within the blogger universe. The sophisticated Villandry played the part of our perfect hub for the meet-up located on Great Portland Street.
So let’s go ahead and meet the #ThinkShaadiMeetUp bloggers…
Mandavi from The Red Notebook Blog works as a freelance fashion and personal stylist based in London. She studied at the London School of Styling with a background in digital design and fashion e-commerce. She joined Think Shaadi’s blogger team earlier this year, where her debut article focussed on the perfect wedding outfits for sisters.
Safeera runs Habibi Lifestyle, her blog covers Asian fashion and lifestyle. She studied journalism and currently freelances as an Editorial Manager. Habibi Lifestyle looks to include the full picture of what makes up the modern day Asian female.
Sara K Blog’s founder Sara is a British Asian fashion blogger, journalist and digital marketer in the working world. She created the blog last year in order to let British Asian women seek their own identity, without being dictated and inspire them through fashion. Sara’s blog has an interesting approach in the form of an online fashion blog magazine.
Jessica looks at all things luxury via her blogging platform, The Deluxe Wedding Blog. Jessica is a wedding planner and started her wedding blog venture in December 2014. She focusses on informing brides about different brands may it be fashion or stationary within the industry. She’s recently joined the Think Shaadi blogger team; have a read of her article here.
Aditya from Mr Fashion Queen launched his blog in 2014. It focuses on online luxury fashion, looking at trends, celebrities, clothing & accessories from the western world. He gained a great deal of an international exposure after living and travelling in countries such as India, Singapore and Turkey.
And let’s not forget the hosts for the meet-up…
Vic from Think Shaadi looks after their blogger community. Vic runs London Ki Ladki, an Asian fashion and food blog, and freelances in PR & Marketing by profession. She launched her blog last year with an aim to inspire British Asians on finding unique Asian fashion. From a food perspective, she focuses on discovering distinctive London restaurants to inspire others when eating out around the city of London.
Ben joined Think Shaadi in January 2014 as editor, as well as running his own business, Mirza Creation which offers photography, designing, editor and copy-writing services. He was excited about the meet-up and pleased to meet such magnificent bloggers.
We were interested to know which brands everyone adored, and just to name a few Victoria Beckham, Rohit Bal, Manish Arora, Vera Wang and Dior made it to the favourite list. It was interesting to see how many of the brands mentioned were either American or Indian. For everyone, they felt as a blogger “no no” was slating brands and product placement within blog posts, which is a controversial topic as this can be deemed as being a way of being dishonest to your readers. In regards to challenges they felt they faced in the “bloggersphere” industry, it was the classic “quantity vs. quality” issue; when stakeholders want to collaborate with a blogger – they focus on the number of readers following the blog and it’s social media platforms, as opposed to looking beyond this at the quality of work and readers.
The meet-up was full of interesting discussion and immense laughter; a great deal of learnings came out of the meet-up that we all walked away with. As a result of such a triumphant meet-up, we hope to host another one soon! Thank you to those who joined us at the blogger meet-up, you were all an absolute delight and so enthusiastic and passionate about blogging! If you are an avid wedding, lifestyle, fashion or beauty blogger interested in joining Think Shaadi’s blogger team, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography by Dev Joshi Photography