On Saturday, I went to my very first blogger event/meet up and I have to admit, I was nervous en route, as I had no idea what to expect, I was going on my own and I’d never been to Bury before. The event was organised by the lovely Daisy (http://www.daisydaisyxxo.co.uk/) and she had hired the upstairs of a bar/restaurant called The LP, for Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk bloggers.
I was one of the first to arrive, along with Gemma (http://gemsblogstorey.com/), who came with her friend Kirsty – it was so good to meet a fellow Essex blogger as most of my friends are London-based. Daisy greeted us, but was still setting up, so relaxed on some plush sofas, eyeing up the trays of Hotel Chocolat chocolates. It wasn’t long before more bloggers arrived and I met the lovely Hannah (http://www.thelifeofpyexo.blogspot.co.uk/) and Christie (http://christieslifestyle.blogspot.co.uk/). As the venue filled and we had broken the ice, we left the sofas and started to circulate.
We started off at the Ivy Joan table, which was full of beautiful homeware items, as well as cards and prints – and even clothing! Ivy Joan stock vintage and High Street fashion by Neon Rose and Vero Moda and there were some gorgeous statement a/w pieces on display. The table was definitely a blogger’s and home-lover’s paradise with bits ranging from wooden lettering and framed prints, to the most amazing Christmas Russian dolls set and other festive items like baubles. We received a 10% discount for purchases made on the day and I couldn’t resist in buying a gift card and ceramic ‘LOVE’ decoration – although when I found out card payment was accepted, I wanted to buy everything! Keep your eyes peeled for an Ivy Joan post.
Next up was The Charity Candle Co, who – you guessed it – sell candles, with some of the profits going to a chosen charity. There were jars in varying sizes (ranging from the £2.50 mini, to the £12 large), but also spiced orange pine cones and hand-baked scented clay shapes – perfect for the upcoming season. The spiced orange was popular with everyone and was so wintry and comforting. I picked up a lemon/lime wax tart sample, which I cannot wait to burn – but I’ll definitely be stocking up on spiced orange candles and cones. They will also make the most perfect gifts.
Another brand showcasing their products was Odylique, who specialise in skincare and cosmetics. I hadn’t heard of them before, but their range of products are all organic, using natural ingredients. Many are also targeted at those with dry and sensitive skin, as well as conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. We were lucky enough to receive a couple of products in our goodie bags! I wish I had purchased the super fruit serum on the day, it looked amazing. And there was also an exfoliating scrub, called coconut candy, which contained so many natural ingredients, it could be eaten!
The final company there was YooHoo Mail – which was actually set up by Daisy’s mum, who’s a graphic designer. YooHoo Mail is a monthly stationery subscription box and there were some really amazing greetings cards, postcards and other paper bits on display – all with bright colours and eye-catching type face. We all put our names and email addresses into a draw and Daisy’s mum gave away five boxes of goodies. This was totally up my street and I know my best friend Laura would love it too – so I can’t wait to see YooHoo evolve!
As well as a henna table (which I didn’t go to), there was a selfie station with lots of dressing up and disguises – and it was there I met Emily (http://www.emgrace.co.uk/), one of the first bloggers I ever followed; and Hannah (http://www.kiziwoo.com/). Both girls were so friendly and chatty and we spent ages nattering and taking selfies with big pouts, glasses and moustaches!
Daisy had also organised a raffle at 50p a strip with the money going to charity. Brands were very generous in giving items away and there were so many prizes, ranging from stationery, to makeup and teeth whitening products. Helen Hird, who was also in attendance, donated an A3 illustration of the winner’s choosing and the most popular prizes included a Magnitone, Benefits products and a French Connection gift set. Needless to say, I wasn’t a winner – despite my 30 tickets! But once the draw was done, Daisy kindly handed out the goodie bags. If you’ve seen photos on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know we were very lucky and completely spoilt! The cute canvas bags were by Life Tonics and there were bottles of coconut water on the bar for us to help ourselves too – as well as hand-iced biscuits, marshmallow ghosts, cookie cutters and candles.
I’ll be posting the goodie bags in a separate post, but all that’s left for me to say is, thank you so much Daisy for organising such an incredible event. I had the loveliest afternoon – and I don’t know why I was so nervous for! I cannot wait to see the girls at another meet-up and hopefully we’ll get Christmas drinks sorted?!
Love, Lucy xx