Getting into the city proved to be quite a challenge. For a start I had a dentist appointment and my dentist was running half an hour late *cue the angry tweeting and sighing in the waiting room*. Once I was in Birmingham, I needed some sort of unhealthy goodness to keep me fuelled throughout the night and successfully managed to wolf down a Happy Meal in two minutes, get lost in the claustrophobic German Market, find a woman who was also lost and heading over to New Street and (eventually) get to The Body Shop.
I may have ran in slightly flustered/overexcited, said 'HI GUYS MY NAME IS SARAH!' and explained the mad story of my journey to people that I had never met before, but everyone was so welcoming and I quickly found myself chatting away to other bloggers who, luckily for me, were just as excited to be there as I was.
After introducing ourselves, we played one of our first games called 'What does my cupcake say?' We were each given a cupcake with a cocktail stick and a piece of paper attached to it. We could write down whatever Christmassy message we wanted to, and then post the picture to Instagram. I wish I could say I was overwhelmed by ideas, but after a long week at work, my brain wasn't having any of it so I kept it short and sweet (no pun intended hehe) with a cheeky 'Merry Christmas cupcake!'
We were then split into groups and rotated around the room, taking part in various workshops such as hand massages and makeup demonstrations. I loved how friendly and enthusiastic all of the staff were; I am no beauty blogger and whilst I like makeup as much as any other girl, I don't know enough about what is right for my skin type and what products I should or shouldn't be using. The Body Shop staff were all so willing to help and one woman helped me choose makeup that suited my complexion, explaining why I should use a particular shade and answering all of my questions.
What was most important to me was meeting so many friendly and like-minded bloggers; although a lot of us were meeting for the first time, we spoke as if we had known each other so much longer. People who blog are described as being part of a community, and on Friday I could feel our little Birmingham blogging community starting to grow and, without sounding too cheesy, there was a definite buzz in the room.
I have to say a huuuuuuge thank you to Abbigayle for putting together such a well organised event; from what does my cupcake say to the game of charades at the end, everything was so thought out and it was clear a lot of time and effort had gone into the event, time and effort which definitely paid off. We were equally so lucky to have such great sponsors, which I have listed below (side note - if you haven't tried Propercorn- buy some now! I have just devoured a whole bag and don't regret a thing). I have also listed a few of the bloggers that I spoke to and their blog links - so check them out! I thoroughly enjoyed the Birmingham Blogger Meet and cannot wait to go to more blogging events in the New Year. :)
The Body Shop - www.thebodyshop.com
Millie's Cookies - www.milliescookies.com
Propercorn - www.propercorn.com
Starbucks - www.starbucks.com
New Look - www.newlook.co.uk
Rebecca - www.the-glossary.blogspot.co.uk
Laura - www.lmatkins.blogspot.co.uk
Elena - www.lenyloveslife.com
Emily - www.goodgirlgonebrum.co.uk