Shine Hair Group Blogger Event

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A couple of weeks ago I attended the Shine blogger event. If you haven’t heard of Shine, it’s a great hair and beauty salon found in Brighton’s North Laines on Gloucester Rd and myself along with some other amazing bloggers were invited along for the launch of their Shine Shampoo Bar. I unfortunately couldn’t attend the event for very long as my lovely fiancé surprised me tickets to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Royal Theatre Brighton on the same night but I was able to stick around for 45mins.

After being greeted by Lisa and the lovely staff at Shine when I arrived with the wonderful Holly from closingwinter.co.uk (we went for amazing hot chocolates before the event), I was treated to a lovely hand massage by Tracie who is one of the beauty therapist. It was sooo lovely and relaxing, especially after a day at work. Tracie was really lovely and she informed me about all the beauty treatments which Shine have to offer, which I might need to find out a little more soon.

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Steve, the stylist at Shine then demonstrated some key hair looks for autumn/winter. I was only able to stay for the first look but  Steve showed us how to do a gorgeous knot braid. It looked really fab and it didn’t take very long at all. I’ve been having a practice on my own hair, and once I get the knack of it and can do it as beautifully as Steve did, I will share a photo.

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When I had to leave, I was given a gorgeous goody bag which contained the newly released Shine Shampoo Bar. This bar was created by Jonathan who is the owner of the Shine salon and has after 30 years experience in hair. I’ve not used a shampoo bar before, so I’m really excited to try this out. It smells great with Ginger and Lemon scents and also comes in the biodegradable packaging, which is really refreshing to see. As the packaging is so easy to travel with, I’m saving to use this bar on my next weekend away. Along with the new Shine Shampoo bar, there were also some Aveda goodies – Aveda Botanical Kinetics skin toner and some more hair treats with Aveda Invati products.

Thank you for the invite Lisa (@lisaven)

What are you favourite Autumn/Winter hair looks?

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Pop Up Shop in Brighton – The Maker Club

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If you love homeware, fashion, art and gifts and you’re in Brighton between now and 12th July, I urge to go and visit The Maker Club pop up shop in Brighton.

It’s full of beautiful piece from 6 makers – CloClothes, Miss Papercut, Mcindoe Design, Prints Harry, Freddie Payne LDN and Common Thread UpholsteryCommon Thread Upholstery.

The lovely Chloe from CloClothes invited me to come along to the pop up shop. She has some wonderful accessories and women’s clothing all with beautiful, fun prints. All the pieces are handmade by Chloe and a couple of freelance seamstresses making everything limited edition, with no more than 5 of any design repeated which is amazing! I’ve definitely got my eye on few things include some gorgeous sunglasses which I’ll be picking up next weekend!

The Details:

Location: 114 Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UD

Open: Mon to Sat – 10am to 6pm / Sun – 11am to 5pm until 12th July 2016

 

Go and visit them and say hi!

 

Just say yes! And the #BtonBlogMeet

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On Saturday I went to my first blog meet up in Brighton, kindly organised by the wonderful Laura from Lola and Behold.

Now I have to thank my beautiful best friend Emily for telling me about this meet up! You may have heard of her very lovely sister Alice from Annie Writes Beauty who was already going to the event and Emily suggested I should maybe check it out too. I moved to Brighton just over a year ago now and due to spending half my time in London for my job, I’ve really not had a chance of meeting anyone here. She knows I’ve been feeling a bit lonely in Brighton and thought it would be great opportunity for me to meet some other bloggers in the same area – and she was so right!

I’ll be very honest, when it came to the morning of the event I was in two minds whether to go or not. When it comes to meeting new people and especially in a crowd, I become very very anxious! Whether it’s meeting new people, walking into a busy room, being in a crowd, or even going out for a meal with my closest friends (who I have known for years!), I still get nervous and anxious. It’s something I have suffered with for years and I’ve previously tended to avoid certain social situations but I am trying my hardest to say yes to more things – this event was the perfect opportunity to try and conker my fears.

The event was at The Globe in Brighton on Saturday 19th March in the afternoon. As I walked in by myself I felt a bit shaky but I was instantly greeted by a couple of other really lovely bloggers. I found out it was their first blog meet up too and I quickly realised I wasn’t alone in feeling a bit nervous and not everyone knew each other. In my head, I thought I’d be sat at the back on the room whilst everyone already knew each other and already in their own groups – I was very much wrong! Laura arranged a great icebreaker activity which got everyone talking to each other and finding out about each other blogs. It was a perfect opportunity to start meeting other great bloggers, swapping blog addresses and twitter handles.

Also at the event were some great brands – Purepotions , Snact and the lovely store Homage (a gorgeous homeware store in Seven Dials, Brighton) as well as lots of other really great brands who appeared in the goodies bags which Laura kindly put together – thank you to you all and shall be reviewing some of these products soon!

I want to say a huge thank you for you to Laura for organising the event! I had such a great time and met some really amazing bloggers who I’ll be keeping in contact with. I also met a lovely blogger Pippa from Pippa Says who was also holding a Brighton Girl coffee morning meet up the following morning on the Sunday, and in the rule of saying yes, I went along a met some more lovely and inspiring women from Brighton! More to come on the Brighton Girl meet up soon!

So if you are like me and are afraid to get out there and meet new people, remember you aren’t alone, everyone gets nervous meeting new people! My advice is – say YES! Go along to your nearest blog meet up, find out other meet ups in your area or even create your own because at the end of it you may end up finding new friends and start becoming a part of community.

Just say YES!

Breakfast Club – Brighton

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One of my favourite places for breakfast in Brighton!

They first opened in Soho back in 2005 and since then have gone on to open several cafes across London, and more recently  in Brighton. I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Breakfast Club – the queues every weekend to get in speak for themselves! Thankfully in Brighton the restaurant is bigger compared to Soho, so less queues to worry about it.

Their menu is great! For breakfast they serve a range of the classics such as eggs in all sorts of styles, full English breakfasts and my favourite – pancakes! And for lunch/dinner they serve burgers, tacos, salads and of course – the late late breakfast! My personal favourite because I have such a big sweet-tooth is the ‘pancakes and berries’. Four fluffy pancakes topped with maple syrup, vanilla cream and berries (strawberries, raspberries and blackberries). The other photo you will see above is my fiancé’s favourite which is the All American Pancakes – two fluffy pancakes with everything you expect to find in a full English breakfast – what a piggy, but oh so tasty! Their pancake portions are huge, so make sure you take your appetite.

The atmosphere is great too! Of course based on the film classic – The Breakfast Club, their deco follows an 80’s theme which make is really fun. I am in love with their mugs too, which are available to buy.

If you are in Brighton or London (or visiting soon) I would definitely recommend checking out The Breakfast Club!

Have you been to The Breakfast Club yet? What’s your favourite?