warning: very long post with lots of pictures, I hope you get to the end, it's a pretty good story ;)
Yesterday I went to the Nottingham #bbloggers meet up organised by the lovely Sophia (I can genuinely call her lovely now that I've met her in person, she really is very lovely!) also known as the tattooed tealady. I had a brilliant day and am really excited to be able to share with you all what I got up to!
I got the train at 8.15am (it was an early start!) with Lucy who blogs over at Louminous. I hadn't met her before but we'd arranged to get the train together so neither of us arrived on our lonesome! (Lucy goes to uni in Nottingham which was very helpful as she knew how to get to the meeting point!) We arrived in Nottingham at about 10 and met Sophia along with some other smiley girls for breakfast, then went to meet everyone else at 11. There were so many of us in total! It was great, we looked like some sort of school trip with our name badges and cameras, got a few confused looks shot our way which was very amusing.
We were welcomed with a champagne (or orange juice!) breakfast
Nice advice from Kiehl's
I was in the first group who went to visit Kiehl's, one of Sophia's favourite skincare brands. I must admit, while I had heard of Kiehl's I had never really looked into the brand before, let alone tried any of their products, so it was nice to visit the Nottingham branch and have a look at what they had to offer!
The BB cream display caught my eye straight away, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to find one in my goodybag!
This sort of thing is right up my street, I love collages and magazine clippings!
The infamous midnight recovery...
The rest of the day was spent shopping around the city centre, with my highlights being MAC and Boots (the two shops where I did the most damage to my purse!). The fact that four different groups went to Kiehl's at different times throughout the day meant that we were all able to mingle and spend time with different people, which was really nice.
Our press pack
The contents of my goodybag!
My Liz Earl goodybag!
Just when I thought I couldn't take any more standing and walking, it was time to go to T.G.Is for a well-deserved meal (I convinced myself that after all the walking I'd done I was allowed to indulge...). Sophia and a few of the other girls who helped her to organise the day had gone ahead and set the table for us with name cards and our 2 goody bags! Seeing everyone's faces when we had a look in the bags must have been hilarious, we were all so overwhelmed by the incredible things we had been given! Lucy actually photographed me when I realised we had been given a full-sized cleanse and polish (along with 2 other full-sized products!!) from Liz Earl! Having gone through the goodybags on the train on the way home and again this morning I can honestly say I am so shocked/surprised/overwhelmed/appreciative/excited about what we were given.
On to the meal. Half price for our first drink was very nice (everyone else chose cocktails while I had a cider haha, I'm so classy) and then I decided to go all-out and have three courses: mozzrella dippers (my fave!) for starters, a chicken caeser salad for main and the cookie dough cheesecake for dessert (blame Sammy!). Yum. During the meal there were a few giveaways, and I won one! Happy nicnak. I won a scrub from makebelieve that smells divine! I love trying new scrubs, so will have no excuse but to have smooth skin from now on.
I had such a brilliant day yesterday, met so many lovely people and bought and received so many lovely things that I feel so grateful for. It gave me a must-needed boost before the revision-filled term I have coming up! Thanks again to Sophia who organised the day along with Sophie from Candy Cane Heart, Jessie from The Bode Boutique and Amiiee from It's Amiieeism!
I will put a haul post up tomorrow of the things I bought yesterday (I picked up quite a few things from my wishlist!) along with some photos of the goodybags.