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Last Wednesday Emily From China Village organised the third lifestyle bloggers meetup this time in one of her personal favourite spaces Coppa Café at the Royal Hiberian Academy on Ely Place. I can see why she loves it – located at the entrance to the gallery, it is bright and welcoming. The staff are very passionate about what they do and they put service and food at the forefront. There are lovely little touches like the table napkins being made by Frederico’s Italian momma!

This was my third lifestyle bloggers meetup and I always come away with more inspiration and contacts in the growing blogging world. Everyone is very friendly and helpful and it’s lovely to put faces to blogs. We were welcomed with a refreshing cocktail before being treated to a range of speciality sandwiches, frittata and salad with a glass of wine. Unfortunately I had eaten before I came but the food was delicious. I will definitely be back when I’m hungrier so I can enjoy it. I was lucky to share my table with Priscilla from Woke Up in Dublin and I also met the lovely Ajda, a food stylist as well as catching up with Alex of Hydrangea Girl and Rincy of A Little Bird.

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After we had been fed and watered – Emily organised a helpful swap-shop of resources and ideas where we all shared either an idea or asked for help with something. This was a really good exercise. I was looking to connect with more bloggers and luckily both Lauren from The Dare Project and Holly from Sweet Like Cinnamon were also looking for similar so hopefully this will lead to interesting guest blog posts by both soon – watch this space!

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I really enjoyed the night and sharing blog stories and tips with fellow bloggers. We got lovely goodie bags from Etsy and Tiger to take home. Thanks to Emily and Coppa Café for organising and hosting a lovely evening.

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Last night I was lucky enough to spend the evening in the beautiful setting of the new Avoca in Malahide Castle after hours with some new blogger friends. Emily Westbrooks, of From China Village, had organized a lifestyle bloggers meetup. I have been blogging for four years now [wow where has the time gone?] and this was the first time I have gone to one of these events. The best thing about blogging is getting inspiration from other bloggers and finding that blog that speaks to you. It’s about making connections and what better way to do this than an evening like yesterday.

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Avoca was the perfect place with its relaxed ambience and welcoming staff [even the peacocks came to say hello]. They are trying to instill a community spirit into the space by hosting events such as last night and getting the community involved which I think is an excellent idea and one which will make them a lasting presence in the heart of Malahide. They had a beautiful spread of their most excellent food ranging from the savoury to the sweet. Emily and Julie had set up the tables with beautiful flowers and tealights but we actually ended up standing around chatting and getting to know some new friends. The two hours whizzed by and before we knew it, it was time to hit the road before the park-ranger locked us in! Avoca presented us with a lovely goodie bag to send us on our way. I’ll most definitely be back to sample more of their delights. The biggest bonus of course was meeting some fellow bloggers. It’s great to see such an active collection of creative souls and I look forward to adding some new blogs to my daily reads. Thanks to both Emily and Avoca for a lovely evening.

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