A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the first ever Bloggers Ball hosted by the beautiful Scarlett London; a lifestyle and travel blogger who also happens to organise some super amazing events for up and coming bloggers such as myself, along with more established names in the blogosphere.
Essentially a networking event, (although also a bit of a shin-dig), the purpose of the Bloggers Ball was to get like-minded girls and guys together from all blogs of life under one roof. Brands and PR’s would be showcasing their products and discussing potential collaborations, whilst bloggers could discuss their projects, chat about their blogs and of course, indulge in an Instagram and share a Snapchat or three. It was a little bit of social-media heaven and I was so excited to be going!
One of the first obstacles to overcome was deciding what to wear… Given the fact that I would be travelling on the train and tube along along with the threat of British weather (i.e. a good chance of rain), I was so unsure what to opt for. I’d seen on the Bloggers Ball hashtag on Twitter that a few other girls were going for heels and jumpsuits which I’d been considering wearing myself, but just couldn’t find a nice one anywhere. I found a gorgeous dress from Zara which I was going to get but didn’t (will explain about that later; it’s quite a funny story), and so I ended up wearing this stripey little number from New Look:
It was more body-con than I’d been expecting to be honest (had ordered it online a few days before in a bit of a last minute panic), but I loved the colours and really liked the length as it was midi, so no feelings of self-consciousness for showing off more leg than I intended. And stripes obviously had to feature in there somewhere…It’s not as though I have a slight obsession with them or anything. Ahem…
I accessorised with a simple black cross-body bag from F&F at Tesco along with some cute block mid-heels (also from F&F). I’ve actually been really impressed with the quality of both these items on a side note..
The contents of my bag was a little limited so I tried to just pack the bare essentials. Red lips and a neutral eye was the look I wanted to go for so I took my trusty Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Hot Pepper along with my Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Red Diva. A little compact powder was a must given that I’m always prone to shine, and a mini perfume and my trusty travel card holder (also from New Look online and only £1.50 in the sale!) completed the contents.
Saturday 18th June rolled around and I was finally on my way to London!
Another reason I’d been so excited about the Bloggers Ball was because I was meeting up with an old uni friend who I hadn’t seen in ages, and who also happens to run a fashion blog. You can check it out in all its loveliness right here (Hi Marisa if you’re reading this! x)
We met up at Warerloo, had a quick coffee and catch up at Pret and then caught the tube to Piccadilly Circus where it was a short walk to the ball’s venue, a modern European bar called DSTRKT London.
We were greeted by Scarlett herself, and then shown into the bar where there was a welcome drink waiting from a lovely brand called Luscombe Drinks who specialise in adult soft drinks.
Marisa and I were two of the first girls to arrive, but the bar quickly became packed with bloggers from up and down the country. The venue looked gorgeous and had beautiful low-key lighting along some gorgeous low sofas in the lounge area.
There were so many stalls filled with lovely brands I don’t even know where to begin! One of my absolute favourite’s though was the ‘Magic Mirror’ by a company called ScissorPic Events. We all know and love the traditional photo booths you can hire out for weddings right? Well this full length mirror goes a little bit further as it has an animated touch screen and ‘sign the mirror’ features which can then be printed onto your photo on high-gloss paper.
The results speak for themselves with mine and Marisa’s attempts to pull off a photo both looking at the lens together though…
And that was before the wine…..
Jokes aside though, the mirror was so much fun, and would be well worth hiring out for a big event such as a wedding or a special birthday.
There were so many stalls with brands showcasing their products and giving out freebies it was amazing and such a lovely experience. What struck me about the whole afternoon though was that despite this being my first ever blogging event, I felt so relaxed and comfortable amongst everyone.
It was a very chilled out atmosphere and we were all made to feel so welcome. Girls were chatting to each other having only just met that very same morning (or even within the past hour!), and I guess it just goes to show how friendly and inclusive the blogging community is.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Scarlett for inviting me along to the Bloggers Ball, and also many thanks to all the amazing brands who were there to showcase their products on the day and provide samples for everyone to take away.
I’ll be posting reviews about some or all of the freebies I was given over the next few weeks as and when I try them, and I’ll be back with a new product review very soon.
If you were at the Bloggers Ball then drop me a comment and let me know what you thought of it! I’m so looking forward to the next event, the Bloggers Festival, in September, and would love to get to know more people before going along!
(About that Zara dress….Marisa had asked me what I was planning on wearing prior to the ball to which I sent her a picture of a tropical print and pleated dress from Zara..the very same one which she had bought and was intending to wear! She shotgunned it rightly so, but I just thought it was quite funny that we had both set our sights on the same dress. Great minds and all that…)