Back at the start of June, the second North West Bloggers Meet Up took place. The lovely Hannah (Words by Hannah Rosalie) spent a long time organising the event, and on a very sunny Sunday afternoon, Sarah (Saloca in Wonderland) & I headed down in to town ready to attend the event, starting off, of course, with an obligatory coffee and cake stop!
The event took place in one of the Revolution's in Liverpool. I'm not sure of the exact name of the bar but if you know Liverpool, it's the one closest to the Cavern Club...I think it's recently been refurbished, and I couldn't get over how chic it looked inside. It was the perfect venue for the meet up. Everyone seemed to congregate downstairs in the main bar prior to the event itself which gave us time to have a life catch up and indulge in a cheeky cocktail or two. (They had my favourite cocktail on the menu...WIN!) It was so lovely to see so many bloggers again, and this time not have to tentatively use the "Are you (insert name here) on Twitter?)
After a couple of minutes hanging out downstairs we headed on up to the meet up. Unlike the first North West Bloggers Meet Up I went to, I wasn't half as nervous because I already felt like I knew some of the girls who were there. Whether we had met before, or talked on Twitter, the atmosphere was just so rich and lovely I didn't feel awkward being my stupid-self around anybody. And THAT for me is always a good sign.
Snacks and treats were set out for us to munch on throughout the day, and a barman appeared upstairs so we didn't have to constantly head downstairs to the bar. There were doughnuts and sweet-filled champagne flutes galore and Carrieanne (Beauties Unlocked) had made some cute cupcakes for the occassion. We were a very spoilt bunch indeed
Hannah had done such a fab job organising the event and having lots of lovely stalls for us to peruse. The Krispy Kreme Selfies went down a storm. I don't think I've ever laughed so much about food before! Teardrop Designs had a stall, showcasing some of their lovely jewellery, alongside Urban Calm, Rebekah Treheme who was giving airbrush foundation demos and made my face look flawless, and a company called Green Bubbles, who I had never heard of before, but do the most gorgeous handmade soaps and body products. (they had me at the Lego soap!) Hannah had also arranged a raffle again, with prizes galore. Tickets were purchased as we entered the event space, and announced throughout the event.
What I enjoyed most about the event was chatting away for what seemed like hours (and what actually was hours) to everybody. In my "normal life" it's so hard to help people understand about blogging, what it is, and why I love it so much, but at the event, I felt like all of my questions, fears, hopes and experiences could be free and everyone there could relate to me. Hannah and I were laughing about it on the day. At the start of the year we barely knew each other, and now there we were in June, firm friends. That's how powerful blogging can be at bringing people together.
After the actual event itself had finished, some of us may have stayed behind to partake in some *whispers* shots. After a couple of games of shot roulette, grimaces, and a final Happy Hour cocktail order, those of us who were left headed to Nandos for some post-event eats and more blogger-talk. It really was a fabulous day, and I can't wait for the next one!
Thank you so much to Hannah for organising the event and putting such a wonderful day together for us (I don't know how you do it,) to all the sponsors, to Revolution for playing host (and including a Basil Grande in your cocktail menu - you official are awesome,) and to all the lovely blogging babes who came to the event. It was fantastic to see you all, have a chat, and unabashedly shout out Mean Girls quotes with you.
You go Glenn CoCo!