The last week has been filled with fun and interesting events. I want to express my gratitude to the people who made them happen.
Last Saturday I took the train up to Birmingham to attend BlogCamp UK, an event for parenting bloggers organised by Tots100. This was the first bloggers’ event I’d ever attended so I was feeling nervous.
I met some lovely women, many of whom were also newbies, including Sally Akins who blogs at sallyakins.com. We went to a few of the sessions together, including one on photography – but Sally is way ahead of me in the photography stakes.
I also met Vicki who blogs at Honest Mum. She is a larger than life character and has found huge success as a professional blogger. She had tips about being camera ready, incorporating video into our blogs and working with brands.
On Tuesday I visited Waterhouse Young, a skincare clinic in central London, where I was given a very in-depth skincare consultation followed by an amazing HydraFacial.
It was a beautiful and relaxing environment to spend the morning and my skin looked incredible immediately after the treatment. I’ll be writing a more detailed review soon, so watch this space.
Following a day spent talking to estate agents, on Wednesday evening I attended an event where Ella Woodward of DeliciouslyElla fame, talked about her accidental route to blogging super-stardom.
She has the fastest selling debut cookbook since records began. Ella is eloquent and humble in the flesh and comes across as authentic. She kindly signed my book and I’m looking forward to absolutely ruining her recipes (not intentionally).
The following day, between meetings with businesswomen, such as the ever-smiling and delightful Marcia at OBag Factory (where I bought my latest object of desire), I had a haircut at Daniel Galvin, just behind Selfridges.
Wow, what an incredible salon: two huge, bright floors with over 100 stylists, colourists and assistants, plus a café selling fresh juices and tempting cakes. Daniel still works there, I saw him on my way out. He made his name by being the go-to hairdresser for colour and has been in the business for over 50 years.
His son James and daughter Louise are now the style and colour directors respectively and their clients include royalty, film and fashion icons.
I had my hair cut by Cheryl Munoz, a very experienced senior stylist. She has unruly curly hair like me (although obviously it looked immaculate) so knew just what I needed. She is also incredibly warm and friendly.
Cheryl and some of her colleagues are going to be moving to a new Daniel Galvin salon in Kensington in June, where there will be a more exclusive feel – the new salon has only 16 chairs.
I was so thrilled with my haircut that I’m going back next week to get my colour done.
Friday was spent helping my sister Denise to look even more beautiful by dusting off my professional makeup kit out to give her a makeover. She hosted a very special birthday party for her son on Saturday which the whole family attended with huge pride.
In between all of this I managed to fit in some recruitment work (the day job), organise my son’s birthday party and put our house on the market.
Thank you to everyone mentioned above. I hope you had a great week too.
Much love, Vx