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ShinyThoughts of #TheBloggersMarket no.2!

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#TheBloggersMarket at The Hoxton Hotel

Did you hear about #TheBloggersMarket? If you haven’t then remember the name now because it’s almost certainly coming back! Essentially, it’s a fun day out in London for girls like you where you can come and shop the wardrobes of my besties Carrie, Dunya, KristabelLiv and I, plus get involved in activities and catch up with friends!

Last weekend we held our second Bloggers Market and here’s how it all went down…

Nice and early, at 7:30am Kristabel and I stuffed what looked like our whole life into the back of a big Blacklane taxi whilst spewing numerous apologies to our driver who looked mainly bemused by all the suitcases and coloured boxes. Balancing a mirror on our feet, off we headed for central London, tweeting and snapchatting as we went, of course.

At 8:30 we united with the other five girls at the The Hoxton Hotel on High Holborn along with 4 our amazing helpers Paige, Ron, Anne-Sophie, and Gemma who got up early on a Saturday just to muck in! Girls, we could not have done it without ya! A few sofa moves, croissants and rail deliveries later, we had the beautiful Hoxton Hotel Apartment just how we’d imagined.

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We’re Open!

Next in came 120 KrispyKreme doughnuts (yes, we just about resisted eating them all before we opened) and 4 trays of Yo!Sushi along with the prettiest plates by Talking Tables to Instagram them on. The girls set out all our Appletiser bottles (it’s my fave soft drink so I was chuffed!) and helped arrange The Lounge to host all of our little extras. At 10:30, after the mandatory pep talk, we pulled across the sliding doors and in flooded your faces!

It was a damn good day with lots of you getting your make up touched up by the Benefit Cosmetics girls or getting beautiful braids done by Hair by Joel who styled lots of you at our last event! One of my favourite parts of the day was seeing so many of you adorably illustrated by our talented friend Emma Block! Demand for the cute watercolour interpretations kept her busy painting for much longer than we’d imagined so thank you Emma!

To round off the day perfectly, Liv’s singer-songwriter friend Shannon Wardrop treated us all to a dreamy acoustic set. It was pretty tricky trying to have a cheeky browse of my friends’ rails with Shannon’s incredible voice stopping me in my tracks. Do take a listen!

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Thank you so much to everyone who came down to shop and hang out and special thanks to Amber Rose Photography for snapping behind the scenes to get these great shots!

Want a bit more of a snoop? Take a look at #TheBloggersMarket hashtag!

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I Heart Margate

Oh Margate, I sparkly-pink-heart-emoji you. Your cute little vintage shops, shiny new modern art museum and of course, Dreamland makes me feel just like that; being in a dream, a makebelieve land that I quite happily won’t wake up from. Now I know, I’m totally jumping on the London to Margate band wagon (well let’s say hour and a half long train) what with Betty Magazine, TimeOut and Stylist all hailing it as the new weekend getaway destination in good old Blighty. But stereotyping and cynicism aside, it genuinely is a great place to visit for everyone, offering up everything from blue sea to blue sky.

I’ll be doing a whole post on Dreamland but first, here’s where my Blogging pals Kristabel and Kim spent our morning. If you’re taking a trip then take time to explore shops around the little old streets like Breuer & Dawson, art and design shops like Lombard Street Gallery and interiors like Etcetera. Grab a hip lunch in Roost and head to the Grayson Perry exhibition. It’s a must see.

As for my outfit, I couldn’t resist wearing this flirty a-line dress from ASOS in the hope that colourful Margate would come forward with some strong backdrops (it did!) the bag had to be done, it’s the seaside, Love! And these slip-on mules cemented a retro vibe. Stay tuned for a super sweet Dreamland outfit!

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bloggers in margate: kristabel, lucy and kim london

 

What I Wore in Margate

Dress – ASOS / Bag – ASOS / Sandals – ASOS / Earrings – Toolally / Belt – Vintage

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Dirty Bones

Dirty Bones is a burger and ribs shaped gem in the middle of swanky Kensington. Not that it isn’t swanky itself. The retro lamps, tiled tables and gaming machines juxtaposed with palms creates a modern yet fun feel. Food wise, yes it’s American style and yes there are burgers but the atmosphere of the restaurant means you may as well be eating scallops.

We went for the salt and pepper squid to start and then opted for the beef short rib which was filling, dripped off the bone and tasty as. Obviously I had to go for The Burger too (the rules) but I’d vote to check out the other western specialities instead if you’re not bov’ed about burgers. One thing I implore you to do though is leave room for desert. Its imperitive that you order the peanut butter cookie cup/dream in a Kilner jar. Just bloomin’ do it.

And if Kensington is too far to travel then good news, they’re opening a new branch in Kingly Court in September!

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YEAH! Burger

If you haven’t heard about YEAH! Burger yet then you will soon. The Kings Cross pub residency pop up has just doubled its juicy, meaty output and set up shop at Strongroom bar in Shoreditch. The place is well worth a hang out anyway with it’s cute hidden courtyard and art feel.

Don’t worry, I’ve tried the beef and chicken burgers and I can announce that they’re both excellent. As are the cheesy chips with cheese evenly distributed throughout the bowl (which any cc fan will appreciate is highly important.) There’s also word of a scotch egg burger running on the menu for 4 days longer whereby the brioche bun is replaced by half a scotch egg. Can it get any better?! No.

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Chilango

Chilango in Camden is a quick lunchtime fix that makes you feel like you’ve splashed out in a restaurant. One of those hybrid sorts of fast food places that does filling, hot food and nice places to sit. The best thing about this Mexican? Other than the cheeky lunchtime frozen Margheritas, the decor wins by 100 points. Kitsch retro TVs and colourful piñata? I’m in!

Fill up on a Burrito or tasty tacos and be back to work 10 mins later. Not in Camden? Check out their 8 other London locations.

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St James’s Park

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ST JAMES'S PARK FLOWERS

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A Tourist in your own City

I’ve said it before and well, it looks like I’m saying it again but I am never enough of a tourist. Come on Lucy, London has so much to offer! Luckily, on the very rare occasion that I found myself in St James’s Park, it turned out to be a damn good one. The sun was out in full force (quite a scarce sighting these days) and the flowers were going all in with with the rainbow theme. I tried to fit in with my floral embroidered top and don’t think I did too bad a job!

We walked around and marvelled at the variety of ducks – there was one with a quiff, man! We even stumbled up on The Changing of the Guards. Now, seeing as I’ve NEVER seen the bloomin’ guards ever move and have talked about needing to go and see it for years, I was pretty chuffed to work out that all the hustle and bustle and drum hitting was actually that very thing! Any other Londoners have it high up on their list?!

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Talking of London, don’t forget that my blogging gal gang and I are hosting #TheBloggersMarket numero 2 on 22nd August so hit ‘going’ on the Facebook page and see you there!

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What I wore in St James’s Park:

Top – ASOS / Shorts – Glamorous / Sandals – Monki / Bag – ASOS / Necklace – RockCakes

 

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You CAN Sit With Us!

Have you heard that #TheBloggersMarket is back? oh yes! It’s bigger and better than before and we just can’t wait to open the doors to your smiling faces! If you’ve not heard about it before, it’s essentially 6 hours of shopping the wardrobes and lives of us 5 fashion lifestyle bloggers; Carrie, Dunya, Kristabel, Olivia and I. There are also other fun things to do and it’s a great excuse to meet up with your galpals, come say hi and hang out! I’ll be selling loads of different bits and bobs from ASOS to Antipodium with sizes from 8-12 and shoe sizes 7 & 8 but if you fall out of that bracket, there are plenty of other sizes from the other girls!

2 Weeks to go!

So what’s new since our first January edition? Well, there’s no doubt that it was amazing if we do say so ourselves (we couldn’t believe that there were blog posts written about it before we even got home!) but this time we tweaked things a little. We’ll be running a ‘Tweet to Eat’ shop full of tasty treats from Krispy Kreme (there’s talk of being able to win a years worth of doughnuts too) and sustenance from Yo!Sushi so you can get your sugar levels back up after rifling through the rails. Grab a bottle of Appletiser (my absolute fave), and like take a look around our stalls, try things on and then pay at the respective Bloggers’ stand. Easy!

Once you’ve shopped, drop in to get your portrait illustrated by Emma Block to mark the day and get your make up touched up by Benefit Cosmetics. Listen to the gorgeous sounds of tipped-to-be-big new singer Shannon Wardrop and you’ll be set for a perfect Saturday!

BTW, if you’re feeling peckish, The Hoxton Hotel‘s own restaurant Hubbard and Bell is excellent or pop downstairs to Chicken Shop. Otherwise, you’re just a short walk to Soho or Covent Garden. If you’re looking for a cashpoint, there’s one at Sainsbury’s, 100m before you get to the Hotel. Please not that this year, the space we’re in is a little smaller so we do apologise in advance if you will need to queue a little at the door.

Take a look at the Facebook page for all the details and to tell us you’re coming and remember the main point, we’ll be at The Hoxton Holborn hotel, not Shoreditch!

It’s going to be a fun day. See you there in 2 weeks time!

#TheBloggersMarket

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