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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Hosting A Meet-up // #NottsAlzheimersMeetup 2016

The NottsAlzheimersMeetup
Hosting my first blogger event

It was over a year ago when I had started to focus on raising money for a disease that effected half of my life growing up; 
My dear grandad found out he had vascular dementia in his late 50s, he was hardworking, a passionate family man and would always light up any room he was in with his words of wisdom. 4 years ago he sadly lost his battle with dementia and also alzheimers towards his end of life.
 I saw how this effected him in every aspect as well as my family and it was the most difficult time for us all. Sadly there are many families in the same position as you read this, that lack the support or funds to help their loved ones when they need it the most. 

Luckily there are charities out there who advise and spread the awareness of the disease and the one that I've been most close to is the Alzheimers Society.
Not long after my grandad's passing, my mum and I did a 6 mile walk in his memory with many others who have lost those closest to them, we would talk about our times with them, the good and the bad and motivate ourselves to get to our end goal. 

So, why did I decide on hosting a meet-up?
I've had my blog for 4 years this year, through this time I've attended many events and blogger meet-ups which have been wonderful, and I've truly admired those who have taken the time to organize and plan. So I thought I will put together two of the things I am most passionate about, raising awareness of Alzheimers and meeting other like minded bloggers in a cosy atmosphere! I wanted to do this for my grandad most of all, there's not a day that goes by when I miss him terribly, wondering what life would have been like if he wasn't effected by this cruel disease. I felt this was my purpose and the right thing to do.

What is it like to organize a meet-up?
I will admit it had both it's pros and cons, there were days when I became stressed with ensuring everything was going to plan; That brands were kept up to date with the lead up to the event and the attendees had all the correct information. But I loved every moment of it, I'm quite an organizer and yes I'm also a Virgo.. So I can say it's in my blood! But I was focused and motivated on the main purpose and I felt it all worked out well in the end result.
If you had in mind to host your own meet-up make sure you plan well ahead of the date, it's ideal to network also by using social media so you can get the word across. Having a good relationship with brands and PR companies are ideal so that you provide a selection for goodybags if you were to have them at your meet-up. 

I held my meet-up at Edin's Deli Cafe which is a quaint location in Hockley, Nottingham. 
Goodybags were made, and the delightful selection of raffle prizes were set up. I felt this atmosphere was perfect and very personal; a big thank you to my main support, my mum who helped to decorate and make the day extra special.

The ladies began to arrive from 1pm and I was becoming more and more nervous, making sure everything was in place and of course making them welcome. Everyone was lovely, we talked about everything and became comfortable in each others company; this also gave me the opportunity to speak about my experience with the main purpose of the meeting and to also sell the raffle tickets, which as I'm sure you can see from the picture above there was a fantastic variety to win!

We then ordered food which tasted amazing and relaxed, the girls took lots of pictures which I'm ever so grateful for and began to look through their goodybags which were each presented in a beautiful shopper tote bag provided by the company, Talented which I shown in my last feature Friday.

I also had a guest speaker whom arrived and prepared their table with interesting products and ingredients and provided us with an in depth talk on their natural products, which were Weleda.
Weleda are a company who focus on using plant based ingredients and celebrated their 90th birthday which was very inspiring; and Clare was such an informative person, telling us all about how their main product Skin food, has been shared with their customers since 1929, we were shown the ingredients of this essential product which helps any dry areas of skin with many other purposes too. Used by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham each of the ladies went away with a full sized Skin food in their goodybags to trial out.

At the end of her talk, Clare ran two giveaways, one was to win a pair of Weleda wellingtons which had all the ingredients printed on them, they were gorgeous! And then a chance to win a selection of their bodycare lotions; congratulations to Lora for winning the wellies and Nic for winning the set!

Towards the end of the meet-up was when I drew the raffle tickets, seeing their faces was priceless and I really am pleased that everyone who attended enjoyed the day and got plenty of information from it.
We managed to raise £85 for the Alzheimers Society so a big thank you to you! 
You're all amazing!

My final thoughts
Would I host a blogger event again? Of course! I found through trial and error working on this event has brought many possibilities for the future; I saw my own strengths and weaknesses which I'll of course take on board for next time. Everyone was so lovely which made things a lot easier and the support was more than I could ever wish for. 
I want to take this time to thank those who came, the guest speaker Clare, and all the brands who contributed that day. Without you none of it would have been possible.

Friday, 26 August 2016

*NEW* Feature Friday - Talented 26th Of August

New Feature Friday!
Featuring Talented

Happy Friday everyone! And welcome again to another edition of Feature Friday; This is a business which I couldn't have been more thankful for. 
I recently held the NottsAlzheimersMeet-up which you may or may have not known about, and they kindly donated their gorgeous tote bags for the ladies to take all their goodies home with them! With great customer service, friendly staff on hand to answer any questions or in my case worries some may have they did a brilliant job and it's my pleasure to welcome them to you.

I shall be doing a separate blog post in regards to my meet-up so keep an eye out for that as I've got plenty of posts to upload soon. Shopper bags this day and age have become more essential to us as we all divert away from the 5p carrier bag, alternatives are tote bags which I have a vast selection of at home and have found them handy when it comes to meetings, shopping and days out! Talented are a company that provide eco-friendly bags with all different types of designs and gifts for occasions. It was a pleasure to find out more information about this lady behind the brand and her future goals as a businesswoman!

Interview with Julia Gash l Company Director of Talented

1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?
I draw map like illustrations, called Cityscapes, of places around the world, to commission and these are printed onto ethically made and eco-friendly tote bags, giftware and stationery. Travel and culture around the world is my inspiration! I love discovering new places, whether its through my work or in the flesh.  My other two design inspirations are my cats Bobby and Jimmy who keep me sane every day: and Facebook page – Bigbobandlittlejim

2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I love the creativity of illustrating a place and seeing it come together on product. The best thing is when I actually walk into a store and see it on sale or even better, see it swinging from someone's arm in some far flung place!

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?
Winning the National SME Business Leader Award at the Institute of Directors was a significant achievement, visiting Buckingham Palace and having a visit to our print studio from Princess Anne are other amazing memories.

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
Cityscaping my way around the world. Spending more time designing, travelling and mentoring start ups and small businesses that are focused on growing internationally.

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?
Life and work is a journey with many, surprising twists and turns. You have to be prepared to give 100% and more and be able to pick yourself up and dust yourself down time after time.  Do what you are good at and enjoy – because you are going to spend lots of hours doing it!

6) Which would you say is your favorite item from the Talented website at the moment?
The New York Tote Bag. I am going there to a trade show next week and this tote bag is tormenting every day as I just want to be there!



For more designs and styles feel free to check out their vast arrange of items over on their website or you can find them over on social sites which I shall post the links below!
A big thank you to both Hal and Julia for their support for my event the attendees loved their bags!

Friday, 29 April 2016

*NEW* Feature Friday - Gifts And Home Boutique 29th Of April

New Feature Friday!
Featuring Gifts and Home Boutique

Hi my lovelies! It's been long overdue for the regular Feature Fridays and I'm happy to bring it back this year; As you know, my feature Fridays were created to give awareness on small businesses, bloggers and creative minds. To give them a boost of well deserved views and I'm glad it has helped thus far. This week's feature is a lovely store that I came across called Gifts and home boutique ran by friends Sarah and Maz, They sell all things special for the home with personalized and sentimental options to choose from. 
I think when it comes to finding a gift for someone on a memorable occasion that my usual go to would be for example Etsy, but since looking at this small online store it has really opened up ideas for future gift giving to come! Under categorized tabs, the web page helps you select the exact occasion your looking to buy for, including home decor ideas too! With quirky ideas that you can't find on the high street, Gifts and Home Boutique is a store to sure swoon over!

Interview with Sarah l Owner of Gifts and Home Boutique

1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?
We started our own business knowing we both shared the love of Personalised and thoughtful gifts for everyone and the home. We love shopping for all pretty little things that make great accessories and gifts for all occasions that offer that personal touch. we were both at a similar point in our careers and family lives to take this on and give it a go.

2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Getting to do something we truly love, we both enjoy sources new and beautiful personalised products for every occasion and add that extra special touch with most of our products been personalised, we generally adore everything we sell in fact that is our one rule "if we don't completely love it we don't sell it."

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?
As we started with a small shop on Facebook and as word spread and demand quickly grew we decided to open our own online store giftsandhomeboutique that you see today.

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
We hope to maintain this for as long as possible or until we reached such a point that we can perhaps take on a shop of our own.

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?
If its something that you long to do and have an opportunity to do it then give it a go, wherever we end up in the future we know we will never look back and wonder what if, we can both look back and say we tried.


Gorgeous right?! Big thanks to the lovely Sarah for participating in this week's Feature, all the best to her and Maz for their future!
If you'd like to take a look at their online store simply go to 

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Events To Check Out! Lou Lou's Vintage Fair #2

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair Nottingham
My experience at the award winning fair that covers the UK!

Hey there loves! I'm thrilled to be bringing to you another of my experiences at one of the UK's popular events; Lou Lou's Vintage fair! Now, some of you may or may not know that I'm like a kid in a candy shop when it comes to vintage stores, that's because I have a passion for the 1950s fashion, beauty and morals. It's been a style that I've developed over time and find it my most comfortable look to have. The 50s was known for their poodle skirts and pin curls and I find it such a beautiful and glamorous era that a little find is like treasure to me.

I've heard a lot about Lou Lou's as they usually take place in cities all over the UK and because Nottingham is the city I tend to most visit, seeing that they had one arriving there this month was something I couldn't pass up.

The event took place in the stunning Albert Hall in Nottingham, where like minded fans gathered, stalls were covered in all things vintage and they played music that would make you do a happy little jig through the speakers. 

For this event, there were two floors of vintage stalls from furniture and china teacups to handmade bespoke hats and children's dresses. From arriving at the ticket desk, there were small tables where you could have a nice cup of tea and homemade cake from Lil's Parlour to even a pop up salon with the Diamond Diva's on hand to make those gorgeous victory rolls come alive!

It was pleasant to see lots of handmade crafts too, with flowing conversations of their passion and ideas which I give them all my very best to. 

I did bag some bargains too! My go to stall had to be Minimum Mouse where I purchased some quirky brooches and 50s cat eye shades which I can't wait to model! 

I would definitely recommend any vintage enthusiast to attend one of these fairs, just to collect inspiration or add to their collection. 
I'm sure this will be the first of many fairs I'll be going to this year that's for sure! 

For more details on when there is a Lou Lou's fair in your area, just check out their diary here

Until next time guys and dolls..