I’m still beaming from my lovely weekend, and not just because I went to IKEA (sejfhns,kdfsjd I LOVE IT!) but because I went to an amazing blogging event called #EastMidsMeetUp based at Manhattan 34 in Leicester!
I have only just stepped into the blogging scene, very new and intrigued by everything I read and who I meet, so I was pretty much pooping my pants heading to the meet up alone, especially because I knew that there were going to be plenty of people I hadn’t met (which by the way, was 99% of the people)
I walked up to Manhattan to join the queue, and thankfully arrived the same time as my gal pal Izzy! (A Dose Of Chatter). With a sigh of relief, I collected my icebreaker and entered the event.
It was the coolest vibe, all my anxious feelings were washed away when I heard Becky Bruce‘s beautiful voice narrating the wave of bloggers capturing their cocktails! I realised I was surrounded by like-minded people, and I had absolutely nothing to worry about.
I went to the bar with Izzy and scoured the menu for anything that included gin. The Secret Garden was absolute heaven. It was so good I basically chugged it whilst I walked over to Angel Eyes’ beauty corner, which was around a 10 second stroll… Oops.
I was lucky enough to have had the chance to trial individual lashes by Angel Eyes. Founder and director Marie (who is an absolute babe by the way) told us about their process, any salon that uses Angel Eye’s lashes need to go through thorough training, so if you’re like me and have seen/heard horror stories of girls losing their eyelashes, feel confident that you can trust Marie’s system, I have been wearing my lashes for 5 days now, not one has fell out and I forget I even have them. Well, until I catch myself in the mirror!
Now I don’t want to over excite you, but there was also a raffle, YES A RAFFLE! Amazing prizes from Peter’s Pizzeria vouchers, tea set for 2 with baked goods, a voucher from Angel Eyes for the bomb-ass eyelashes above, and the mother of all prizes… The Happiness Planner.
Of course, Izzy who mentioned to me moments before her ticket was called out THREE TIMES that she never wins anything bagged herself some vodka jelly, the angel eyes voucher AND The Happiness Planner! I will forgive her one day for stealing my dream. All wasn’t lost though, as I scored myself a No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush which I am obsessed over already <3
So if that wasn’t enough of a highlight, gal pal Izzy and I got chatting to a couple of girls from Danique Hair‘s pop up stand (shout out to Jazzie and Bray) and Bray (more like bae) transformed my hair from a used toilet brush into amazing bouncy curls! She was also rocking an amazing pastel green colour, and I cannot wait for her to get her hands on my hair!
Finally, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Emma (Carpe Diem Emmie), Kirstie (Behind The Scent), Lianne (The Brunette Says) and Kirsty (Kirsty Ralph) for organising this amazing event, for the INCREDIBLE GOODIE BAG* and raising money for Rainbows Hospice and Bowel Cancer UK. You girls are absolute inspirations, and I feel extra lucky to have met Emma, Kirstie and Charlotte first in this world we call blogging, because they have opened to many doors for me, meeting amazing girls as I did at this event, so thank you all!
To the girls I didn’t get to speak to, you are all fab, and I cannot wait to get to know you all at the next event!
* just want to give a separate shout out to the amazing goodie bags we received! I was honestly over the moon!
- Matalan – ‘Love is’ wall hanger, heart shaped candle holder AND Mason Jar (could they be any more amazing?!)
- LAB2 – brush set (cruelty free and SO GOOD)
- No7 – Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes pencil – (so glam I love it)
- Carex – ‘Love Hearts’ handwash (so yummy)
- Lush – Soap bar (I mean, do I even need to comment on how good this is?)
- Cover Shoot Eyebrow Kit (AMAZING – I bloody love eyebrow kits)
- Vita Coco water – (I love this forever <3)
- Merumaya Melting Cleansing balm + temp tattoos (so amazingly cool)
- Busy B – pencils (I love anything classed as stationary)