My worst bits of BritMums Live

I have a tradition of posting my worst bits of the BritMums Live weekend on my blog. All of this is honest but also some playful points and why not?

1. Trying on dresses and my daughter telling me that one I was considering was “way too short”

2. Trying on more outfits and Him Indoors saying he liked all of them – lovely but unhelpful

3. Attempting not to spill breakfast sarnie down my dress on the way.

4. Finding out my hotel room was on the 5th floor! Have you seen my twisted ankle?

5. The cups at the Montcalm – I like the look but I always get confused and end up spilling my drink.

6. The feat of two pairs of knickers engineering required to hold up my tights. Why are tights always so short?

7. Knowing someone was blanking me – I am not without intelligence.

8. Not getting to speak to enough people – I never do!

9. Missing bloggers who were not able to be there.

10. Not recognising Deliciously Ella when I do really know what she looks like and am a huge fan

11. Not having a pen with me on arrival – unprofessional of me!

12. Not greeting Katy Hill on reception so I could show off the results of her inspiring me to lose weight

13. The pain, hobbling and tubular bandage of the twisted ankle – great timing there Kate!

14. Being assaulted behind my a certain breast friend and others

15. Forgetting my bank card and leaving my money in my suitcase

16. Not talking to brands as much as I would like or should

17. Not having met my target weight for BritMums Live – really got me down in the run-up to the weekend – stupid of me but there it is.

18. Being a good girl and remaining sober throughout in case I fell over again

19. Being known a little too well by the Carry on Camping Team!

20. Too much noise over dinner when I knew great conversations were to be had with fascinating people.

21. Introducing myself as an expert in wet knickers to Carol Smillie of Diary Doll. You really need to check out her pants and you will be ready for anything.

22. Not seeing people I wanted to connect with and seeing them from afar and not being able to get to them in time.

23. Losing my present from my giveaway winner and my BritMums Live bracelet.

24. Getting the wrong end of the stick and fearing I was about to lose a special friend.

25. Forgetting to phone home!

26. Having to accept help in view of the ankle – not a great skill of mine.

27. Not always recognising people – does anyone else struggle with this and nearly always people I am massively fond of too.

28. The usual sidelong glances to try and work out who people are without showing too much interest in their bosoms.

29. A little daunted feeling as Room 3 got fuller and fuller. Felt the fear and did it anyway.

30. Surnames and making a crass comment about psoriasis in one of my sessions. Enough said!

31. Realising I still have not written that book.

32. Wishing wine had labels on them.

33. My phone playing up

34. Being referred to as a wallflower who looked awful, a loser, worthless and wrinkly! You know who you are ladies!

35. Realising I did not look QUITE as good as Caprice.

Fear not! I do have best bits of the weekend – watch this space!


My Worst Bits Of BritMums Live

Postscript On point 34, the women who said these things are big supporters so yes in jest and also highlighting how I can be self-deprecating. The comments were said with affection and taken as such and probably would be better listed on my best bits.


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  1. Claire Jones-Hughes June 22, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Love this Kate! Especially telling Carol about your expertise in wet knickers!

    • Kate Davis-Holmes
      June 22, 2015 / 10:17 pm

      We all need to have a claim to fame and if mine is wet pants so be it

  2. Emma T June 22, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    Oh point 22 is so annoying. Usually you spot the person when you’re in deep conversation yourself, and then, once you can extricate yourself, they’ve disappeared, never to be seen for the rest of the weekend. Looking forward to reading your good bits too.

    • Kate Davis-Holmes
      June 22, 2015 / 10:18 pm

      Lots of good bits but sometimes more fun to share the worst bits weirdly. Always wish there was time and space to speak to everybody

  3. Natalie Ray June 22, 2015 / 11:34 pm

    Great post and good to know there are bad bits too to tame my jealousy as I’ve never been! And I sincerely hope the derogatory remarks about you in point 34 were in jest? If not you have my permission to body slam them to kingdom come (I’m officially nobody and my permission counts for nothing but that’s not the point). I look forward to reading the good bits!x

    • Kate Davis-Holmes
      June 23, 2015 / 7:09 am

      Nobody is nobody. Please know the things in point 34 were said in jest by some of my greatest supporters and advocates so fear not and no body slamming.

      • Kate Davis-Holmes
        June 27, 2015 / 8:25 pm

        That is a very lovely thing to say. I sense we are two people who just took a little longer to get to know each other. Like you more every time I see you for what it is worth and LOVED your keynote

  4. Looking for Blue Sky June 23, 2015 / 7:05 am

    Maybe posts like yours sometimes give a better insight into Britmums than uncritical ones – though many of these could also be viewed as positives, and nothing here would put me off going if I got the chance!

    • Kate Davis-Holmes
      June 23, 2015 / 7:07 am

      There is a lot of playfulness and tongue in cheek bits in this post. My weird sense of humour I suppose. Hope you make it as so want to meet you

  5. Kate Davis-Holmes
    June 23, 2015 / 7:06 am

    Don’t chuckle – you might wet your pants. See you next year. Come and say hello.

  6. Thisdayilove June 23, 2015 / 7:21 am

    Love this post makes a welcome change. Wish i has seen you would have been good to have had a chat

  7. Jenny @ the brick castle June 23, 2015 / 9:35 am

    I’m really pleased point 34 was in jest! I was stunned for a minute there ๐Ÿ˜€
    Lovely selection of worst bits – and I agree about how hard it can be to accept help!

    • Kate Davis-Holmes
      June 23, 2015 / 10:01 am

      It is a sign of strength to reach out for support though. You were amazingly brave to speak about Elspeth in the way you did. So very moving.

  8. ojo Henley June 23, 2015 / 9:39 am

    And I will not hesitate to take you from behind again!

    Much love
    Your breast friend xxx

  9. Sarah Christie June 23, 2015 / 9:43 am

    The only time I saw you and said hi you were busy in a lounge and couldn’t speak, would have loved the chance to chat Kate. Ha ha bet Carole Smiley loved you, there were so many people I never got to speak too its a bit like a wedding isn’t it ? xx

    • Kate Davis-Holmes
      June 23, 2015 / 10:02 am

      Very wedding like I agree Sarah and yes I was so keen to have a chat and have meant to tweet you to say so

  10. Lauren June 23, 2015 / 10:18 am

    I love this idea Kate. Although 7, 14 and 24 worry me. I hope you’re ok xx

  11. Kate Davis-Holmes
    June 23, 2015 / 10:31 am

    I am more than OK Lauren. Had an amazing time. There are some in jokes in this so fear not I am fine

  12. Stephs Two Girls June 23, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    Wasn’t sure number 14 made any sense until I saw Ojo’s post! Glad you had a good time, hope you are giving yourself a break about the target weight, you looked fab and have done amazingly well! Lovely to see you, briefly x

    • Kate Davis-Holmes
      June 27, 2015 / 8:26 pm

      Very good to see you too and wish we had longer to chat. Yes, part one of the weight loss is in the bag and now onto the next chapter of it. Thanks for the feedback – every positive encouragement helps so much

  13. Jeannette @autismmumma June 23, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    It was FAB to see you and briefly catch up. Interesting to read your bad bits, looking forward to reading your best (best, not breast!) bits soon.
    I guess added pressure for you cos you were there to facilitate, your weight loss was so evident, shame about the ankle.
    I have a coffee spill moment too!
    Haven’t forgotten I need to email you

    • Kate Davis-Holmes
      June 27, 2015 / 8:28 pm

      It was lovely to see you and looking so confident and stunning too. So pleased you could do the whole thing this year. Ankle is improving and back to weight loss journey after a full on June. Thanks for the email – will follow up with you soon

  14. Leigh - Headspace Perspective June 23, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    Oh yes, numbers 22 and 27 are very familiar to me! So much going on, and it’s so embarrassing to not recognise a good online friend in the flesh….So pleased point 34 is in jest, I gasped there for a moment! Interesting way of doing the post – BML post, gives a different perspective xx

  15. Charlene June 23, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    You’re a great facilitator! You were one of the best bits of Britmums Live ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Colette B June 26, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    I did a lot of sitting on the floor in Room 3 over the weekend and thought you did a great job of keeping things to time – was thoroughly entertained by your stop sign ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Kate Davis-Holmes
    June 27, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Thank you so much for the feedback. It is sometimes difficult to end things but we do need to keep to time. Signs help!

  18. Morgan Prince July 3, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    Great list. I’m going to do my best to ensure that I attend next year’s BritMums Live. Would love to meet you. xx

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