CarnLIVal Bloggers Event

At the start of April, Alice from Alice’s Wonder Emporium and I headed down to Liverpool for the CarnLIVal blogging event that was co-hosted by the lovely Katy and Sam. The event was in aid of Student Minds and St Rocco’s Hospice. We had the choice to donate sanitary/hygiene products to those in need as well as paying a small fee for the tickets to attend which also ensured us a place and a raffle ticket.

Photo Credit: Hannah

The event was held at the Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool. On the outside, it looked as though it would be home to celebrities. I felt a little out of my comfort zone but thank god I had Alice there to support me all the way. We were led up to the event space on one of the top floors. It had a balcony with panoramic views of the city. You could even see as far as Wales! It was not until then when I realised how far south we had actually travelled. The view was beautiful; blue skies with not a cloud in sight and the skyline of Liverpool’s buildings.

Katy and Sam filled the room with confetti filled balloons and other small details. They even created a SnapChat filter for the special occasion that I took advantage of. There was a photo booth, a table where we could take part in the poetry competition that I actually won, an Easter Egg hunt and the chance to buy prizes from the Naughty and Nice bags. It was nice to share all the fun with not only Alice but the friends that I made at the event; Emily, Hannah and Hannah, who made us feel so welcome.

Charlotte, the executive sales manager, took groups on a tour of the hotel. Oh my, if you get a chance to stay at the Hope Street Hotel then I would highly recommend it! They had a lovely penthouse with a huge balcony looking over the whole of Liverpool. It’s modern and up to date with many unique rooms each with its own character. Famous guests such as Hugh Grant and Condoleezza Rice has stayed at the hotel as well. The prices start from £89pn right up to £495pn for one of the suites.

After the tours were over, there was a quick speech from Deborah Morgan who wrote Disappearing Home. She talked about how she found her passion in life and how it wasn’t what she had expected. She inspired me to never give up and always go for the thing that you want the most.

Before leaving, the raffle prizes were announced. Everyone won something which I really liked. I was luckily enough to bag a set of nine Makeup Geek lipsticks which are all shades that I would have picked anyway. My particular favourite is Soccer Mom as it is such a lovely peachy shade for the Summer months. As we were leaving, Katy and Sam handed out two huge bags full of snacks and beauty/skincare products. We left feeling spoilt rotten! Katy and Sam have really pushed the boat out when it comes to blogging events and I think the North East has something to live up to.

Alice, Hannah and I went to grab some food before catching our trains home. We went to a restaurant called The Italian Club; it was a family run restaurant with beautiful decor and the service wasn’t too bad. I had the Valterino pizza which had goat’s cheese, sundried tomatoes and pesto – it was delicious!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Katy and Sam for hosting such an amazing event!

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#BloggersOnTheBus Event

Back in February, I was invited to the #BloggersOnTheBus event held by Stagecoach and Mediaworks to promote their new Stagecoach Buss app. For someone like myself who relies heavily on public transport apps that allow you to buy mobile tickets, plan journeys and see live bus information makes everything a lot more simple. It’s like a serious lifesaver!

I did want to take the bus to the event however I had less than 30 minutes to get to Jalou, Newcastle which is where the event was held so I couldn’t of got there on time however I have used it since the event and can definitely recommend the app to anyone who does travel regularly on the Stagecoach services. The app makes buying bus tickets a lot easier and for someone who is always running late, seeing the live times is a god send. Unfortunately I still haven’t learnt my lesson of leaving the house slightly earlier so I’m not sprinting my way to the bus stop. You can find nearby bus stops as well as plan your trip which makes you feel a lot more organised.

To celebrate the release of the Stagecoach App, we were encouraged to get in touch with our creative sides and design a phone case. On arrival, I was greeted with a drink and sweets. Who can turn down a good old Celebration chocolate and a glass of Prosecco?! I also saw one of my blogging faves, Holly, who made everything a lot more enjoyable.

Ideas were scattered around the room however their was only one that caught my eye. Myself and Holly opted for the marble design which, of course, is every bloggers dream phone cases but also one of the hardest designs to make. We decided to test it on a spare case which we actually gave to Alice since she couldn’t make it. Little did we know it actually ended up being the best, oops!

To make the marble design; we had to dot blobs of nail varnish onto paper and then press the phone case into it which gave the marble effect as the shades mixed together. I went for purples and glitter but absolutely loved it! I am so proud of mine and Holly’s designs, they turned out brilliant if I do say so myself.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Stagecoach and Mediaworks for such an amazing event and I am very much looking forward to the next one!

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Happy Easter Weekend!

Easter; a time for family, friends and celebrations for most. For others, it involves a 4-day weekend in front of Netflix whilst eating your body weight in chocolate. For me, it’s a fresh start. A new beginning. Why? Because I miss blogging. I miss being apart of such a fabulous community. I miss talking about makeup and beauty. Although I can’t talk about the new collection that Lush has released, still recovering from the operation, there are other things that I want to rave on about starting with these cupcakes that me and Emilee made last time she was here.

As soon as I saw Zoella’s Easter Chocolate Cupcake recipe video, I knew that it was something I wanted to do when she came up for nearly a full week. Noel even tried a taste of the cake and loved it! He kept pointing at them on the plate wanting more. I found the micro eggs in Sainsbury’s but I am sure you could just use one of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs for each nest. They tasted super delicious and I highly recommend making some yourself with all the leftover chocolate.

Yesterday I went for a walk with Millie and Charlie at Warkworth. I don’t know who loved it more; me or them. It gave me a lot of thinking space to decide what direction I want to go in with my blog and how I can be happy with what I am writing. I went and had a lovely meal at Topsey Turvey’s Café and then drove up to Morwick’s Dairy Farm for the best ice cream in the North East. Seriously, it’s definitely worth the hour long drive from Newcastle…

Today, I have had a lovely, relaxing day. I got the most beautiful necklace from my Aunt and some lovely Easter themed mugs to add to my collection. I am sure you will see them both photographed on my Instagram sooner rather than later. I have also been reading Hannah Witton’s new book, Doing It, which is a fantastic read if you want to feel more comfortable talking about sex and relationships with the people around you. I have decided I am going to try and post twice a week on this little space, Wednesdays and Sundays. I hope that is okay with everyone. I would just prefer to spend more time making my posts really good quality rather than posting a lot of content that I am not happy with. I also have a full time job that needs my full concentration to be able to function so unfortunately, I need to wave goodbye to the 3am laptop club where I can catch up on blogs and writing. I do have a couple of blogging events that I want to talk about and then I will probably go back to talking predominately about beauty with a bit of lifestyle thrown in.

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and a very happy Easter!

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