Monday, 27 April 2015

#THECITYGIRLS: SHEFFIELD LAUNCH

I was ever so lucky to be invited to #TheCityGirls first ever event last week. It was held in Sheffield on April 25th at one of my favourite little bars, Bloo 88. Don't worry if you weren't on the guest-list this time though, as Holly and Lorna (the girls behind #TheCityGirls) plan to make it the first of many blogger meets across the UK. (Did somebody say #TAKEOVER?!) 

Greeted by Voss, Jelly Belly, balloons and Virtue....Let the fun begin!
#TheCityGirls is my second ever blogger event, so of course I got that horrible nervous feeling as I was getting ready that morning. Annoyingly, after the absolute heatwave we have been having this week, it was cloudy when I woke up so I had to wear tights. I teamed them with my cute new dolly dress from Topshop (I think it's actually nightwear(!) but whatevs) and my leather gilet, also from Topshop. On my feet I debuted my new River Island heeled boots-the ones from my VLOG!




As soon as I arrived at Bloo 88, I was greeted by 29 other lovely bloggers and felt right at ease. Who would have thought four hours later I would be leaving feeling like I had known them for years! Everybody was drinking fabulous looking cocktails, but as I knew I was going to be stuffing my face with unlimited pizza later on I decided to stick to water and lime.

Daaaaaarling.


Shortly after I arrived (late, as usual), we were invited upstairs to a private room decorated so beautifully. Everywhere I looked there were goodies /brands/ speakers/ drinks/ demonstrations, it was kind of like a Charlie and the chocolate factory moment- I didn't know where to begin! Lorna and Holly gave us a short but sweet (and hilarious!) introduction to themselves and to the concept of #TheCityGirls, and the day started with a talk from Amber from the City Hearts charity. City Hearts is an organisation which aims to support vulnerable women and victims of human trafficking. There was a raffle with some fabulous prizes on offer so I think all of us bought a raffle ticket, with all proceeds going to the charity. I think we managed to raise £175 which is great!


The fabulous hosts introducing themselves



We were then given a couple of hours to mingle with the other bloggers, and chat to the brands. There were Second Thread, a Sheffield clothing company, LUSH, Benefit, CinnamonBuns Designs, a personalised printing company, and Panache, who were offering complementary bra fittings. The event was also sponsored by Voss water, to keep us all hydrated in between all the cocktails and carbs! I met so many lovely girls- especially Sarah from WhatSassSays! Dotted around the room were various treats and trinkets, from teeny miniature perfumes (courtesy of Penhaligons) bottles of Henderson's Relish, delicious Virtue iced tea, Jelly Belly jellybeans, strawberry bon bons, pear drops, cupcakes, you name it!


Water always tastes better in a fancy bottle- right?
Lunch was EIGHTEEN pizza's which Holly and Lorna had sorted out for us. I think me and Sass ate about seventeen of these- apologies! Thank God I was wearing my nightie so my enormous food baby was hidden. My favourite had to be the sun-dried tomato and pesto pizza. Not pictured, as I had probably eaten the whole thing before I managed to take a photo, LOL.


#CARBOCIDE


In hindsight I should have got my boobs measured BEFORE I ate my bodyweight in pizza's, as I probably gained about three cup sizes in pizza dough! But the lady from Panache was lovely and assured me that I was wearing the correct size bra- Hooray! She also warned me about the effects of not wearing the right bra size....saggy tits. And NOBODY wants that, so make sure you get measured regularly ladies! After I had been fitted, ***** gave me a brochure featuring the new Panache collections and told me to choose any underwear set, sports bra, or swimwear set and she will send it to me. I was so excited I just wanted to sit and choose my set then and there, but I waited till I got home so I could analyse the brochure cover to cover before  made my choice. I will be sure to blog it when it arrives!


My favourite print from CinnamonBun Designs



The ladies from LUSH were amazing as ever, I love how passionate they are about their products! I always learn something new. This time they told me about the new 'Vote for Animals' campaign, which of course  I was all ears because I am obsessed with anything cruelty free. They gave me an amazing goody bag with a full size 'Prince Charming' shower gel, which smells of marshmallows!!!! It has to be one of my favourite smells ever, I just want to eat it! I also chose a hard shampoo bar in 'Honey, I Washed My Hair' and a rose bath bomb. They also gave me a sample of their new sesame suntan lotion which I cannot wait to try. (I just need a day off work first so I can see a glimmer of actual sunlight.)


My inner animal activist running wild!
The lovely Rachel from Benefit was demonstrating Brow-Zings brow wax and the new Roller Lash, however I wear a LOT of make-up so it was hard for her to try anything on me, but she did tell me a lot about the new Roller Lash, and gave me a sample of the They're Real! remover to try with my They're Real mascara. Does anybody else feel like they need some kind of industrial cleaner to get this mascara off at the end of the day? Hopefully the remover will reduce the torture my poor little eyelids go through daily when I have to remove my make-up. (Will keep you posted!)


Cupcakes and cosmetics, a match made in heaven

Towards the end of the day we drew the raffle, and I'm not gonna lie there were some pretty damn good prizes on offer! Everything from cinema tickets, Blanx teeth whitening, gin gift sets, Thomas Sabo necklaces, to name a few. I personally had my eyes on a gin taster session and a cocktail masterclass (can you sense the theme here?) My liver will probably thank me for NOT winning them, however I did manage to snag a cute little Cath Kidston-style trio of mini cases, they look like they will make a lovely background for my Instagram posts.


Treats galore!


And of course the goody bag! All I can say is WOW. I will be blogging the contents as soon as I can get it written up- by the looks of things it might take me a while!


ITSSSSS CHRISTTTTMASSSSS!!!


And last but not least, I just want to say a MASSIVE well done to Holly and Lorna for putting on an incredible event, you completely exceeded all expectations and more! I had a fabulous day from beginning to end and met some lovely bloggers. I can't wait to attend more #TheCityGirls events in the future!

4 comments:

  1. Love your post hun, and it was so nice to meet you on Saturday <3 xxx

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  2. This event looks amazing! I want to attend one of these bad boys 👌🏻 glad you had a lovely time ☺️ Han x www.hannahjanewilliams.co.uk

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  4. what size night dress would you recommend getting? xx

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