Friday night, I stood in my boyfriends kitchen; tea cooking, pyjamas on, casually scrolling through Twitter as I usually do, in my own blissful world. The usual retweets, one-liners and stunning flat lays when suddenly I saw,
“A few people have dropped out of #LivHelps for tomorrow, so if you want to go, let me know!”
I clicked the hashtag, expecting the event to be London based, but it wasn’t. It was Liverpool. 20 minutes away.
I quickly wrote out a reply, but stopped before sending it. This would be my first event. I had to cancel the first two due to personal issues and I wondered if it was a good idea. My first event and I’d be attending alone. What if everyone hated me? What if I said something that was a faux pas? What if I unwittingly said I love follow me links and was exiled forever?
“Fuck it,” I mumbled, and hit reply.
18 hours later, I stood outside Dough Bar in Liverpool. Indecisive weather had dampened my spirits even further. My heels were rubbing at my feet. My new skirt felt too new and I casually checked if I’d definitely taken the tag off. I suddenly felt like a fraud, I didn’t feel like a blogger at all. I had no real experience. No proper camera. No clue, really.
An hour later, it felt like I’d always been there. Chatting with people I had so much in common with, drinking, laughing, meeting new people, experiencing new products – it was amazing. Every single person I met was lovely, kind and excited about blogging. My dream event. It was great.
The goody bags were also incredible. There were so many products I haven’t had time to photograph them all yet, but I’ve included some below as a sneak peak! They’ll be popping up on my blog over the next few weeks and I’ll let you know they’re from #LivHelps with the hashtag, of course.
I met some absolutely lovely bloggers at this event. I didn’t get to meet everyone, but I sat with the lovely @holinwanderlust, @lovemarieeexo and @cocopetite_ for most of the day, ate lots of food and got to know each other.
There was a raffle also, where donations went to local charities, and it was hilarious. Amazing prizes (a Happiness Planner, which went first, obvz!), skin care, t-shirts, make up, food and so much. It was such an amazing day and a big thank you to the Dough Bar for being such a great venue. Cheap food, cheap drinks! 5 shots for £5!
After the event, I tagged along to the Carex event to take some pictures! (This was after a quick trip into Primark for a pair of flats, damn my heels!) Carex have released a new scent from their cutesy sweetie range – Love Hearts! You’ve probably seen the Bubblegum and Strawberry Laces flavours in shops and I’m a huge fan of both – but this one is incredible. It’s a soft pastel pink colour and so would look Instagram worthy in any bathroom!
All in all, it was a brilliant day. I feel so much more confident attending events now, I’m openly talking to PR companies and other bloggers and it feels even more like a community than it did before!
So if there’s an event in your area and you’re too scared to go – take a deep breath and do it! I can guarantee that you won’t regret it.