I'd spent the night before stuffing various products into the goody bags, and then packing them all up in to a couple of mini suitcases. So, I was able to spend the morning beforehand (up until 10am anyway) chilling out a bit and getting ready before driving into Lincoln. I met the lovely Suzie from The Xenca Way outside Rock Paper Scissors a bit after 11am, and we were shortly joined by Lizzie who let us in. Rock Paper Scissors was the second venue of the day, but this was where we needed to set up, as Suzie was giving her talk here, and I wanted to leave all the goody bags here as a surprise. I also had a last minute addition to the goody bags, but I will post about those separately.
After we set up we left Lizzie to do some shopping and myself and Suzie had just enough time to get some lunch at the High Bridge Cafe. It was really nice having that time to chat to Suzie before the event. While we'd been emailing and tweeting for a while, it was good to get to know her a bit in person before we met everyone else. I had tomato soup if you were wondering, and Suzie had a salmon salad.
Then it was time for the big event. My nerves were seriously kicking in by this point!! Luckily as we were walking to Lush we spotted Frankie, Tasnim and Laura. I instantly felt better that there was actually people coming/there, and after a few hellos and introductions we headed around the corner to Lush. And I couldn't believe that just around the corner was a crowd of bloggers awaiting my arrival. People genuinely came!! Those people were: John, Rowena, Khurshid, Sarah, Alice, Naomi, and last but not least Jess. After a few more introductions (and me forewarning the staff) we went into Lush for part 1 of the day.
Once in Lush we were given a tour by the lovely Andrea, Daisy and Josh. And this wasn't a whistle stop tour - we got the full works! A detailed explanation of a whole host of their products, their ingredients, and what they do. And demonstrations! We got to play with various bath bombs, and see what colour they sent the water. We passed things around, smelt them, felt the textures. Played with the jelly snowman. We learnt what went into them, and why. And this wasn't limited to their bath range. We looked at hair care. Skin care. Make up. The lot. And, as you saw on Wednesday, we even got a sneak preview of their brand new shampoo bars. Andrea coloured matched my skin too, and I got myself a new foundation. I'll tell you more about that once I've worn it a while though. All in all we spent nearly two hours in Lush. And it made me want to buy everything! In fact, I did buy a few bits. And Lush very kindly gave us a goody bag each.
As this post is becoming pretty long, I'm going to fill you in another time on the goody bag products and what I bought...
So, once we were done at Lush we headed over to Rock Paper Scissors. Have you ever been there? It's this lovely little quirky store/cafe. They have items for sale, they do food, and they do craft lessons/workshops too. Not only that but I'm told they do an open mic night every so often as well. It's a local business, and I just love supporting those. Lizzie had prepared a lovely afternoon tea for us all. And we tucked in while Suzie chatted to us about Xenca Way - which I will tell you all about in separate post. It was at this point I also surprised everyone with another goody bag! Below are some photos from Rock Paper Scissors - mostly during setting up, as I got too carried away eating cake and chatting to people to take many later on!
I'll fill you in later about the Xenca Way, the goody bags, all the brand involved, and my purchases.
All in all I was really pleased with the day. I met lots of lovely new people - everyone was so nice, and I really hope I get to see them again sometime. Lush were seriously wonderful, and so accommodating. And the food at Rock Paper Scissors was sooooo good! I'm definitely going back there!!
Have you been to a blogger event before? How does this compare?
Hope you come back to hear all about the goody bags