The day started with me racing across town to meet Hannah, Charlotte and Becky at the train station. We made our way up to the venue, Bloo88 which I'd never been to before and would have walked straight past it if I'd have gone alone, and decided to get stuck straight in with a cheeky cocktail (it was a mocktail for me, I was driving). By the way, if you do visit Bloo88, you need to order some pizza. It was so so so good.
The event actually took place upstairs, so we headed up when all the other girls arrived and I was blown away by how incredible the room looked. Lorna and Holly-Lucy had clearly put so much time and effort into making sure the venue looked perfect, and they had taken so much care with everything! I was a little thirsty after my mocktail, so grabbed one of the VOSS waters from the table above. VOSS were so good on the day, they were tweeting us all to check how the day was going and chat!
There was a raffle on the day to raise money for the charity City Hearts, and Amber came along to talk to us and explain about all the hard work the charity does to tackle human trafficking in the UK. I was actually quite shocked by some of the things she had to say, it's so horrifying to think of it happening in your own city and being oblivious to it. It's definitely made me more aware of it and the part everyone plays in reporting their suspicions, you can visit the City Hearts website here and read more about this great charity.
The raffle prizes took up almost the entire table, you can see below a sneak peek of just how many there were! Holly-Lucy has a full post on all the prizes here. I bought two strips of tickets and was lucky enough to win several prizes, although I did pass a few prizes on to make it more fair on the others! Some of the prizes I won included a Manuka Doctor face mask, two cinema tickets to the Odeon, a bean bag (my car is tiny, I passed this on as there was no way I could get it home!) and a beautiful silver necklace from James Hadley that I haven't taken off since the event!
The lovely girls from Lush Sheffield came to demonstrate a few of their products and whilst I didn't end up making one of the face masks, it was great fun to watch everyone getting their hands dirty and posing in the animal masks! They kindly gave everyone a few freebies, I especially can't wait to try the shampoo bar as it's not something I'd have even thought about trying before.
I was so excited to see Panache there, it's a brand I've always loved for their excellent quality and style and they were doing free bra fittings on the day to make sure everyone was fitted properly! Unfortunately there wasn't enough time for everyone to get fitted, and I got a little too distracted chatting to realise the time. They sent out some beautiful underwear sets to the girls who got measured and some of them have given them glowing reviews on their blogs so I'd recommend visiting them!
I'll be honest, I'd never heard of Penhaligon's perfumes before but I felt like Alice in Wonderland surrounded by the adorable miniature bottles and bonbons! The scent is so powerful, a tiny bottle like this will last me a really long time.
No Sheffield event is complete without the obligatory bottle of Henderson's relish! A few of the girls had never tried it so we were all offering recommendations of what to put it on, cheese on toast is always a safe bet!
One of my favourite stands had to be CinnamonBunsDesigns, her prints are so pretty and some of them are really funny! I ended up buying two and have framed them, but she does so many different ones and ones that can be personalised that I'm seriously tempted by a few of the others!
Last but not least, the goody bags were insane. I only had a five minute walk to my car, but they were so full and heavy that I felt as though my arms were dropping off! I'll save that for a separate post though, so I'd just like to thank Lorna and Holly-Lucy for inviting me to such a wonderful event!
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