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Gold Coast: We came, we snapped, we ate and we laughed

Fat Mum Slim /

Brought to you by Olympus.

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Late last month Olympus hosted a lunch for myself and 25 other lovely ladies at the Palazzo Versace. I’m not fancy. I’m so far from fancy that it’s not funny, so I felt immediately out of place as soon as I arrived. Everything is over-the-top, and intricate, and fancy and… breakable. I’m a walking hazard, I tell you.

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We set up the room for all the lovely lady guests, including placing presents on the table. I made fudge for everybody and bought a little book from Kikki-K for every person {some got a gratitude journal and others got this 100 journal}. Attached was a teeny, tiny Olympus camera. So cute!

♥ It’s the easiest camera to use. I gave the camera to Shane once and he snapped the most awesome photo. If I ever let him near my precious

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Moments before everyone arrived I thought I’d quickly use the bathroom. Let me just remind me that Palazzo Versace is f-a-n-c-y. Everything is gold and patterned and well, fancy. Get the point? So I decided to quickly go to the bathroom {for a nervous tinkle if you like}. I was washing my hands when I looked behind me and they had two basins attached to the wall, opposite the basins where you wash your hands. That’s odd, I thought, why would you need those basins there when these perfectly good basins are just here? Fancy people are funny. And then it hit me. I was in the MEN’S toilet. And they weren’t basins.

If I wasn’t so mortified I would have snapped a photo.

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Getting to know my readers online is my favourite thing about blogging, but getting to meet them in person and laugh and have fun… well, that’s just a whole new level of amazing. When we did the Sydney event I only had 10 readers come to lunch, so I got to chat to everyone for quite a while but getting around to chat to 25 people is a little bit harder. But I did. I wish we could have had a massive sleep-over and chatted all night. I’ve already started organising meet-ups and play dates with new friends met over lunch. Here’s the gang:

olympus18From left to right: Renae, Lorraine, Kirralee, Kirsty, Me!, Fun-size Janey, Suger, Stacey, Jacinta {she flew all the way from Newcastle NSW AND DIDN’T EVEN TELL ME SHE HAD TO TRAVEL SO FAR! Naughty!}, Kirsten and Amanda

Olympus17From left to right: Katrina, Peta, Emily, Me!, Ella, Madelaine, Megan, and Debra.

olympus16From left to right: Marney, Erica, Debbie, Karen, Me!, Margo, Sarah, Rana, Claire and Blythe.

We talked about everything, we took photos and so many selfies, we shared stories of our lives, we made new friends {I loved seeing people connect and become friends from that fancy lunch}, and we ate good food.

Olympus12My dessert and my entree.

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Can I get weird for a moment? This is the kinda conversation I have with my husband, but I might as well have it here. See that goofy smile on my face above {I noticed it in Sydney, and I noticed it again when I saw photos from the Gold Coast lunch}. I’m happy. From my hair follicles to my toes happy. This stuff would generally make me really nervous and worried, but meeting readers is like hanging out with family. We all have something in common, which is different for each person, but there’s always something that connects us. It would be hard, in a lifetime without the internet, to find that connection with people. But this is where the internet is so amazing. That I get to meet friends from all different places and immediately form friendships. I just feel so grateful and happy and lucky. Thank for you to Olympus for making good stuff like happen and thank you to these lovely 25 for making the effort to come to lunch and share your lives with me. Weird moment over.

olympus20I also got beautiful gifts and cards. People are so nice!

Speaking of nice, Olympus are nice too. The reason we’ve been lunching is because one very good reason the OM-D E-M10. It’s the camera we’ve been playing with over lunch, and one I’ve given away as well. I have another to giveaway today BUT first I want to tell you a little bit about the camera. Over the past few months I’ve had a good handful of people get cranky at me because they’ve just bought a camera and they’re annoying because they try the OM-D E-M10 and realise how easy it is to use. One person even yelled at me, “Why didn’t you tell me about it earlier?”

The truth is, I tried. And so I don’t get yelled at again I’m going to tell you why I love it and why you need to win it.

♥ It’s easy to use. I’m quite precious about my cameras, because I love them so, but I handed this one to Shane to use to take a photo of a water dragon recently {because I was scared of said water dragon} and first go he took an amazing photo.
♥ It’s actually hard to take a bad photo. I think I’m going to write a post and give my camera to my sister or mum to use {total camera newbies} and show you how they can do it without having any real skill
♥ It’s got a wifi function that you can use with your phone. Up until the Gold Coast I’d been syncing the camera with my laptop over wifi {and I didn’t even know how I was doing it, but it was doing it!} now I’ve synced it with my phone. I use the App. All you have to do is snap a photo, open it up in the App and you’re done. You can then upload to Facebook or Instagram or whatever.
♥ I wanted to share some photos that Rachel Devine took at ProBlogger with the OM-D E-M10. Beautiful right?

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I’ve got one Olympus OM-D E-M10 to give away to one lucky winner. To be in the running just pop over to Instagram and upload a photo that represents something fun, and hashtag it with #FMSlovesOlympus. I can’t wait to see your photos.

The prize is the lovely OM-D E-M10 and lens {14-42 EZ} which is valued at $999. You can see all the details of the camera here.

{Boring bits}
Competition closes September 30th at 11:59pm
Open to Australia residents only

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