I remember last year when I was beyond jealous at all of these fancy events that I had to keep saying no to, due to have a part time job and unpredictable hours. Now I’m my own boss, I’m awesome at giving myself days off to swan around the country at various events and I wanted to share some of my favourite events in the last couple weeks/months. There’s been so many events close together lately and the first one of this massive influx was St Ledger’s Ladies Day at Doncaster Races. After previously attending the year before, Mum and I were so happy to be invited for the second year in a row and this time, we’d be even more prepared. Armed with comfortable shoes, better dresses and more of taste for alcohol, we set out to have an amazing day and we definitely achieved it.
We were lucky enough to be attending with some of our friends, but we definitely made new ones on the day too, especially Mum, who ever tried her hand at matchmaking and making me keel over with laughter. As always the races were amazing and Ladbrokes absolutely spoilt us with the 3 course meal, cute goodie bags, and endless wine. We even ended up winning on a couple bets whilst attempt to drink the table dry of wine. The first ever bloggers I met were my now Leeds friends, and being able to spend time with them makes me so happy. This really was a day to remember, thanks again Branded3 and if you are going to do the races, I cannot recommend a sit down meal with private boxes enough, especially after experiencing trying to do a free-for-all at the York Races!
Not long after, Mum and I were heading off to London for a day trip for the Navabi Launch Event. Navabi really is one of the best premium online stores for high end plus size clothing and now, they’re launching their own range, which I have to say is flipping stunning. We were blown away by the event and the fact that everyone at Navabi was just so attentive and really took pride in their work. It was a fabulous event for networking and I always love meeting the people behind the brands. Not only did Navabi give us all a goodie bag with a mascara, scarf and a whopping £100 off anything in their collection, as well as a piece from the collection each, but the beautiful designer of the collection, Christine Shaw, was even kind enough to gift my Mum something too! My Mum’s wardrobe will soon be better than mine…Navabi really know how to do an event, there was alcohol, food, a presentation, goodie bags, a trying on session, and a professional photographer to take photos of everyone and document it all so we could just enjoy ourselves. I really love when events have this, it takes so much pressure off of bloggers to take photos of every inch of the event. I got to meet and catch up with so many mega babes at this event and thankfully, we all got an amazing group shot! These photos are all from Navabi and I’ll soon be showing you how I’ve styled this beautiful doubled breasted asymmetric coat.
There’s been a lot of Plus Size Events this year, but the one I was most excited for was definitely The Curve Fashion Festival. EVERYONE and every brand was there and it was definitely one of the best events I’ve been to for plus size fashion. Especially because I could actually enjoy an event and didn’t have to work it. I wasn’t even tweeting myself that day, ha! Instead, I talked to brands, made sure my Mum and Dad were happy running the Scarlett & Jo stand, and spent time with friends. Can you tell I like taking my family to events? Alfie and I got the chance to really catch up with even more people and just have fun. It was a long and tiring day, but so worth going. I’m already excited for next year!There were so many big faces at the event, including two who I got the chance to meet and talk to, Lisa Riley and Tess Holiday, both are so stunning and such beautiful ladies. The event consisted of stalls, catwalks, seminars and so much crazy fun in between. The stalls were absolutely incredible and so many brands had really gone the extra mile to really make an effort, I particularly loved chatting to Kathy Siney Art! Lovedrobe and Forever Living really saved the day with Lovedrobe gifting me a beautiful black dress so I could take off all my layers, and a mini massage from the ladies at Forever Living to help with my back. Massages at events are the future. To say it was the first Curve Fashion Festival, I can only imagine how amazing next year is going to be.
Between then and now, there has been another huge shoot with Scarlett & Jo, but that’s for post and another day. Instead, I want to finish off by talking about the new Lush Meadowhall! After working at Lush Meadowhall for two years, and it was actually this time last year that I was debating whether or not I could make enough working for myself to quit, I’m a little sad to see the old place go. However, with travelling so much, I am spending a lot of time in Lush Oxford Street and now Meadowhall has the same up-to-date and eco-friendly layout! I am SO excited for the new store and it was such a great VIP night, there were enough staff to really make sure everyone was seen to and well pampered. The event had so much going on, including live entertainment from my old coworker Fauve, massages from a spa therapist, making bubble bars and generally just having fun.The store is a little bit bigger than the old one, from the outside it doesn’t look it, but I think it’s because the windows are obviously still covered up whilst they were waiting for the big launch (which was today actually, so go shop!) The store is jam packed of new Halloween and Christmas products and there was talks of a few Oxford Street exclusives just specially brought in for the opening of the store. I’m a little too familiar with the oxford products to recognise them in a crowd of brightness though. Alfie joined me at the event as an official blogger too and ended up pretty much talking to every single shop assistant whilst having his fair share of the champagne. We loved the event, ended up spending a small fortune and will definitely be back.
Hopefully this year will slow down eventually, but for now, I guess my achy back will just have to get with the times! There’s so much going off and it’d be a real shame to miss out. Thank you so much to all the brands above for inviting me, and letting my family and Alfie come along, we’ve had a blast!
This post features PR samples unless otherwise stated. For more details, read my disclaimer here. – Not necessarily samples but I did receive travel, gifts, food etc and this is the easiest way for me to disclaim and stay honest! 🙂