A few weeks ago, I was invited to a Next Bloggers’ event at the lovely Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. I didn’t know what to expect, not having been to many blogging events before, and I was blown away by how fun, well-organised and generous the event was. Thinking I’d maybe drop by for about 30mins, I ended up staying hours!
The event was held in a hotel suite, with a palm reader set up in one bedroom and manicurists in another. In the central living and dining area, a delicious afternoon tea was laid out, with dangerously yummy cocktails and champagne flowing freely. On arrival, I was presented with a clipboard and form to fill out my Top 5 Wish List of the clothing on display and told that I would receive one item from my Wish List sometime in the future. I set to work perusing the examples of the fothcoming collection, sipping on a cocktail and munching on a macaron as I went.
I’ve never shopped at Next before, but I was impressed by how pretty the collection was. I especially liked their evening wear: there were several lacy dresses and some sleek jumpsuits that will be great for party season later in the autumn. I’m looking forward to seeing the collection in the shops when it launches!
After admiring the outfits, I got my nails painted a cheery red, had my fortune told by the palm reader (I can’t actually remember what she said now, which suggests it was sadly a little dull), had my portrait painted by a fashion illustrator who was illustrating all the event attendees and chatted to numerous bloggers. It was so much fun to meet other fashion and lifestyle bloggers and realise I was amongst kindred spirits as we all got our cameras and snapped away before touching the highly-instagrammable drinks and nibbles. All in all, it was a pretty fun entrance into the blogging world!