If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed my excited / nervous tinged tweets about #bloggersfestival, which took place on Saturday. I was lucky enough to get a place for myself and Laura to go, so we thought as we were heading all the way into the Big Smoke we might as well make a day of it!
We got off the tube at Oxford Circus, then excitedly headed towards the shopping mecca that is Selfridges. Except we couldn’t find it. ‘I know it’s here!’ I told Laura, ‘It’s like the biggest building on Oxford street!’ After walking for ages with no sight of the massive columned building I finally gave up and checked google maps. I then realised we’d gotten off at the wrong tube station and we were actually at the wrong end of Oxford Street, oops! So we went back into the underground tube station at Tottenham Court Road (which was where we’d walked to, and coincidentally was also where #bloggersfestival was held) and ended up wandering into the depths of hell.
Ok that was a slight exaggeration but we entered a door marked ‘Central Line’ and followed a small corridor – there were no other people around. We then went down and down winding steps, whilst it was getting hotter and hotter. There were no other signs of life. I looked down the centre of the stair case and they just went on forever, down and down. We walked a bit further and I asked Laura, ‘Do you think we’re going to hell?’ The heat was unbelievable. We decided to go back up the stairs rather than heading down to to the fiery inferno (which was possibly the underground maintenance entrance) and found our way back onto the central line. WE ARE SUCH TOURISTS!
Anyway, after walking a zillion miles and getting on and off the tube about 5 times we found Selfridges, YAY! Surprisingly I didn’t actually buy anything (I know right) but after getting lost and all the running around we only had an hour before we had to had off to the event. We had a good look around and I did discover a new perfume too which I may have to snap up at a later date! We then headed towards Bloggers Festival…
For those of you that didn’t or couldn’t attend Bloggers Festival, I’ll set the scene for you. It was held in a large room, with a bar running along the centre. All the vendors had set up their stands around the edge of the room so you could easily walk around and see them all. Off the top of my head there was Quiz Clothing, Urban Outfitters, Bee Good, Ecco Shoes, Minimum, Want Her Dress, Very.co.uk, Lee Stafford, Oriflame, Search Laboratory and a few more. We were greeted with goody bags and a glass of bubbly on reception.
I got to speak to most of the vendors and they were all lovely, it was a great opportunity to check out some up and coming products (such a Very.co.uk’s amazing AW14 lines) and swap a few business cards! Most of the vendors also asked us to tweet certain hashtags for a chance of winning products too which was a great idea!
Quiz had some gorgeous evening dresses on show, and they also had a prize bowl, where you chose a piece of paper and if it had the right phrase on it (I don’t remember what it was) then you got to have a photo taken in front of their board and entered to win a prize.
You could take a picture with Urban Outfitters’ special pink camera, and the winner won an amazing record player!
Bee Good skincare is one of the brand I’d like to look into further, I tried a couple of products out which smelled lovely, and their range is actually made by beekeepers!
I had a signature nail wrap done by IZ Beauty of London, which was an awesome neon aztec design, and I got to take the rest of the set home to use myself.
Want Her Dress had loads of clothes on show, which were also on sale at fantastic prices. We also had a good chat with the owner who was lovely. She told us about some exciting things happening with their site this autumn, so stay tuned and I’ll hopefully have some more info on this soon!
Celebrity makeup artist Gary Cockerill was there with Oriflame offering makeovers too!
And Very.co.uk had the most gorgeous party outfits on show, I loved the pink and green shimmery dresses…
But my favourite item was definitely this faux leather jacket, the detailing was just gorgeous! – FYI it should be available in November 🙂
This covers most of the vendors but not all of them as I didn’t get a chance to take photos of everyone!
Most of the vendors were also kind enough to also offer us goody bags, which was so lovely. I know you’ll all want to know what we got in the bags, so here’s a little look…
Some of the stand out items included a Lee Stafford Brush & Hair Treatment, and ECCO leather coin purse, a bracelet and £10 voucher from Very, a t-shirt from Minimum Fashion, a Celluence cellulite cream and an Oriflame Lipstick.
Oh and I also won this gorgeous Callie cream bag from Want Her Dress in the Twitter raffle, woo hoo!
I really had the best time ever, it was great meeting the faces behind some of the brands I love, as well as discovering some new ones. I also met a couple of ‘twitter friend’ bloggers which was lovely. After the event Laura and I headed back to Selfridges for a sit down with a massive slice of cake and a brew! I also want to say a massive congratulations to Scarlett for arranging such a successful event and thank you for letting me come along 🙂
Sorry this has been rather a long post, I hope it gives you an idea of what to expect from events if you’ve never been before!
I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx