Two lovely bloggers named Lorna, and Holly-Lucy, have been working super hard over the past couple of months to launch their brand #TheCityGirls, and planning their first bloggers event. Their aim is to pop up in cities across the country and host stylish events giving bloggers, new and experienced, the chance to mingle and connect with brands and charities.
I was so lucky to have been invited to their launch which was held at pizza and cocktail bar, Bloo88, in Sheffield yesterday.
In the week leading up to #TheCityGirls event, I was admittedly very nervous as I had never met any other bloggers before. There was absolutely no need to be worried, as everyone was so lovely and it was fun trying to match people up with their twitter profile pictures as I met them in person.
Naturally, when we arrived at the venue I went for two refreshing, and obviously, Dutch courage fuelled cocktails named Raspberry Spring Punch, before being welcomed into the venue room.
As Lorna and Holly gave their opening speech, (the point when I knew I was part of something special), I was taken aback by the amazing detail which the girls had gone to in perfectly decorating the room.
With little cups and saucers filled with sweets, #TheCityGirls cupcakes, pretty balloons and frames dotted around the room containing instructions and information about the day, it is safe to say we were in good hands.
Not only were we invited to get to know other bloggers and speak to the wonderful companies featured on the day including, Cinnamon Buns Designs, Love Panache, Lush Sheffield, Benefit, Secondthread, but we were also part of an amazing cause.
The lovely Amber from the City Hearts Anti-Trafficking Charity, gave a brilliant speech on the work which she is part of in supporting victims of human trafficking. She explained how important it is for us to speak up and contact The Salvation Army if we suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking. Amber made it clear how it is far better to be wrong and raise the alarm, rather than not to speak up and forgo a potential victim being rescued.
As a result of the raffle, #TheCityGirls raised an impressive £175 for City Hearts, and this was matched by Aviva, who brought the grand total to £350, a fantastic sum of money for a brilliant fantastic cause.
Throughout the afternoon we had plenty of opportunity to get to know the brands, and one which I was particularly looking forward to seeing was Cinnamon Buns Designs. I had seen a sneak preview on#TheCityGirls on instagram and knew I would fall in love with their prints. I am hoping to redecorate my room in the summer and found the most gorgeous (albeit very soppy) design which has definitely set the colour scheme, but I couldn’t resist! (I didn’t buy the one below, but it is super cute!)
At the Benefit stand, Mel taught me how to actually use my Browzings kit properly and how to map my eyebrows using just a cotton bud! She explained how by leading your brow definition by marking three pin points, you can create the perfect arch (more on this in a future post, I am sure).
Here’s Lucie having her Rollerlash Mascara applied by Mel.
My regular readers will know I go weak at the knees for beauty products which smell divine, and so it was only natural that I was drawn to the Lush Sheffield stand like a magnet. The Lush girls gave a demonstration on making a face cleanser and let us choose which shampoo bar we would like to add to our goodie bag (again more on this later, I can’t let you in on all #TheCityGirls’ secrets all at once now, can I?).
Having lived in Sheffield the past four years, I particularly admired the local touch, and as Lorna said, I was slightly fangirling over the Henderson’s Relish, bottles explaining to fellow bloggers about how it smells just like pickled onion Monster Munch (mmmhmmm).
After we had all stuffed our faces with copious amounts of mouth watering pizza, thanks to Lorna and Holly-Lucy, (they did spoil us rotten), it was time for the raffle.
Mmm, you can’t beat a classic margherita <3
The prizes on offer were amazing and the variation was unbelievable, from a stunning Thomas Sabo necklace provided by Silver Tree Jewellery, to bottles of gin, coffee, teeth whitening kits, cinema tickets and even a bean bag, to name just a few!
Towards the of the event Lorna and Holly-Lucy presented ‘The Social Media’ prize which was for ‘the most active person on social media, before, during and hopefully after the event’ and I was so touched to have won it! Thank you so much!
Throughout the day, we had been treated to some amazing goodies, including the cutest miniature bottle of fragrance from Penhaligon’s London and stylish, light up (err, wow) compact mirror from Pebble Grey, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened #TheCityGirls jam packed Blogger Programme goodie bag, to find even more treats from loads of brands, (again, I have so much to share with you – stay posted!) I agree with every other blogger who described it as ‘just like Christmas’, so thank you SO much Lorna and Holly-Lucy.
Finally, at the end of #TheCityGirls launch event, as if we hadn’t been treated enough, we were given the most gorgeous slate heart to remember it by…
So there you have it, I have ticked off ‘Attend a Blogger’s Event’ from my blogging bucket list, and I cannot wait to see what the future of blogging has in store next.