One semi sunny Saturday afternoon saw a band of bloggers descend on The Liquorist in Leeds for The City Girls – brain child of Lorna (Life by LDE) and Holly-Lucy (Tea and Blush). This was their second event, and after reading about their launch in Sheffield earlier in the year I knew we were in for a huge treat.
A stressful train journey left me running late, but luckily I arrived in plenty of time to catch everything – and crucially get a cocktail to sup. If you live in Leeds then The Liquorist is worth a visit for the cocktails alone, but a glance over their food menu left my mouth watering as well! I went for a gin, apple, cucumber and mint concoction which really hit the spot after a rush!
Lorna and Holly-Lucy had really pulled out all the stops. We first gathered for a hello, during which Lorna and Holly-Lucy explained that they did not have the brands there to ‘lecture’ us, but for us to go and chat with whoever we would like to. As they said this format is much more enjoyable as a blogger – I usually have loads of questions so a chat makes it much easier to find out what I want to know!
Together with Claire (xclaireabella) I circled the room slowly chatting to representatives from The Body Shop, Benefit, Manuka Dr and Kendelle, all the while becoming laden down with the amazing number of products from numerous other tables. There was so much we kept taking little trips back to our handbags to create little mounds of things to take home!
The products provided for us were all beautifully displayed around the room, looking gorgeous with the decor of the room. There were products from VOSS Water, Derma V10, Twig and Dot, Angelica, Virtue, Oates & Co, Together Health and many more in the goodie bag – but you can see all these in my goodie bag post!
The extremely talented Nails by Ivy were also on hand to provide manicures. I personally had already had my nails done so did not partake, but the designs everyone got were gorgeous and expertedly applied!
We obviously had to chow down on the cupcakes. They were so tasty, like candy floss! They were very well placed next to where the queue for the Benefit stand was – well played ladies, well played. Benefit were on hand to show us the new coloured ranges of They’re Real mascara and eyeliner. I had blue mascara applied, which I never would have done off my own back but I absolutely loved!
One crucially important part of the day was the charity element. Lorna and Holly-Lucy said that they want to have local charities involved in their events, and the well deserving charity was Leeds Womens Aid. We had a little speech from their representative Suzie, which brought a tear to many an eye in the room I think. She spoke with real passion and told us some shocking statistics of domestic abuse and violence. I also stood and spoke to her for a little while with Jess (glitterbat) and it was lovely to be able to discuss feminism with likeminded people!
There was a huge raffle to raise money for Leeds Womens Aid, and I’m so proud of how much we raised. Between everyone there we raised £240, and it turns out that Aviva would be matching whatever we raised. All in all £480 for a well deserved charity – we did well! I didn’t win any prizes – Jess won most of them in fact! But having bought way more raffle tickets than anyone else that makes sense. And after all the charity is the main thing here!
I sadly didn’t get a picture of the AMAZING brownies that arrived from Brown & Blond, but I did get to stuff one in my face just before leaving. Literally sex in chocolate form!
I was looking forward to this event for so long, and rightly so. All the hype and excitement was really lived up to on the day! Keep your eye out to see what was in those jam packed goodie bags, as well as what I wore :) I only wish my photographs had come out slightly better!