Last Saturday I had the privilege to attend The City Girls Event in Leeds, which made a lovely change from my usual Saturday job of Ballet Lesson Waiting Room Attendee and Chief Peacekeeper.
Needless to say I approached the day with relish and I even managed to squeeze in a relaxing coffee and croissant at a cafe beforehand. (Actually, by relaxing, I mean rushed and by croissant I mean bacon sandwich – I was so rushed I had to choose between turning up late or finishing my sandwich. I chose the bacon. Always the bacon. FYI, if you were the lady sat next to me who had to witness me stuffing half a bacon sarnie into my mouth at once, sorry about that.)
Anyway, enough about me, let’s talk about The City Girls.The event was held at a bar called The Liquorist, a very Instagram-worthy cocktail bar in Leeds city centre. After gingerly stepping across the threshold and looking around, I soon knew I was in the right place:
After ordering from the vast cocktail menu (and thanking my lucky stars that I’d lined my stomach with bacon), event organisers and fellow bloggers, Lorna and Holly beckoned us upstairs to where the brands were waiting to meet us.Firstly we were introduced to Suzie, a representative from Leeds Women’s Aid, a local charity that works with victims of domestic abuse. She gave a heartfelt speech explaining what exactly they do and why they do it. By helping women escape the devastating effects of abuse this charity is truly changing lives. As the chosen charity of the event, all proceeds from the raffle went to them. A whopping £240 was raised on the day, which was matched by Aviva UK, raising the total to £480. A great amount for a great cause.
Holly and Lucy had brought together a great range of brands and they encouraged all the bloggers to wander around and chat to the PR companies and brands, or simply chat to other bloggers. This was only the second blogger event that I’d been to and the informal atmosphere that Holly and Lucy created made it really easy to connect with other like-minded people.Among the brands at the event were The Body Shop, Manuka Doctor and Good Relations PR. I missed out on getting my nails done by Nails By Ivy, but I did get some to try some new eye make-up, courtesy of Mel from Benefit UK. She applied some products from their new They’re Real range. She gave me a sweep of purple eyeliner on my lids and a subtle touch of blue mascara on the tips of my lashes and I was really pleased with the result. I left her clutching a sample of their POREfessional instant oil-blotting stick.There were other gifts available too. Bottles of Voss Water, colouring books by Michael O’Mara books, Virtue Iced Tea, nail polish by Angelica Nails, to name but a few. In fact, we were given so many freebies that I was glad that I brought a large handbag with me.Although unfortunately, it wasn’t large enough to slip this palm print halter top from Kendelle in it!
When it was time to say goodbye it turned out that Holly and Lucy had yet another treat for us. As if the freebies and samples given to us weren’t enough, each attendee was given a tote bag, packed full with yet more goodies.I have to say I felt very spoilt as I walked back to the train station.
All in all, I really enjoyed The City Girls Event, Leeds. How Holly and Lucy manage to juggle full time jobs and blogging as well as organising such a great event, I’ll never know. They well and truly did themselves proud and the smiles on everybody’s faces was testament to the all the hard work they had put in. This was their second event (the first one was in Sheffield) and I know that they intend to put on more events in other cities. If you’re interested in attending a City Girls event, then keep an eye out for the hashtag #thecitygirls on Twitter. You never know, they could be turning up at a city near you…
Thanks again, ladies. I had a wonderful time and met some lovely people (special mention has to go to Tasmin from grandiosedays who took this photo – thanks Tasmin!).
Cheers for a great day!