Two Days In London.Monday, February 22, 2016
Hello! Hello, how are you? Did you have a nice weekend despite the grey drizzly weather? Well it's always a good excuse for a duvet day right?
I'm back home from a couple of days in London, I'm shattered and my feet are in tatters but I thought I'd pop up a quick post with some pics from our 48 hour trip to the capital. My main reason for spending some time in London, was because I was working with Maybelline at LFW. I've never really done, or got LFW week before. I'm not a fashionable person so it hasn't really appealed to me before. However when Maybelline asked if I'd like to go backstage at some shows, I was like YES with a cherry on top. I was so glad actually that I said yes and took myself out of my comfort zone as I had so much fun.
I took Henry with me and we booked a hotel in Paddington for a couple of nights, it was a teeny room but it was perfect for what we needed. It was modern, clean and a great location and also wasn't too pricey! It was the Park Grand Paddington Court if you're wondering and I'd totally recommend it!
I posted about my day on Friday at LFW which you can read here, but I thought I'd fill you in on all the other bits too!
After getting the train down (god the train from Shropshire to London is so long compared from Southampton but hey ho) we checked into the hotel and went out for some dinner. I was craving a massive burrito so we hunted down a chipolte. It was a couple of stops away on the Tube but so worth it. It was the weight of a small child I reckon and it was amazing. We stopped off at Tesco on the way home to buy chocolate and snacks, we went back to the hotel and found the new series about OJ Simpson. Really good! It was so cosy and nice, and was lovely to get away and relax.
Friday was super busy, as I was covering a couple of shows. I popped back to the hotel in between to write a blog post and reply to emails and then after I'd finished, Henry and I met in Covent Garden. We went to Shake Shack which was one of our faves in NYC. It was good, but I thought it was very expensive for what it was. The cheese fries are something else though.
We had a look round Covent garden but after a good 8/9 hours in heels being on the go all day, my feet were throbbing! We headed back to the hotel with Bens Cookies (good but not amazing I thought) and just chilled. It was really lovely to just chill out, and relax.
Saturday started with a blogger breakfast at The Maybelline Lounge, it was so nice to see Sabrina, and have a good chat with her, and then speak to one of the head Maybelline make up artists Attracta who was lovely and showed me all the new Maybelline releases (spoiler alert ;I want it all haha)
I then headed backstage to Markus Lupfer which was more of a collection than show. It was at Horseguards Avenue which was a really pretty location, I kept thinking 'this would be a great location for a wedding' haha I am obsessed. We saw the head make up artist Lucy Burt use gold leaf glitter on the models' eyes to create a 'back from the club look.' The skin was very bare, dewy and fresh. Whilst the eyes had lots of gold from the Maybelline Gold Tattoo eyeshadow, gold leaf and glitter. The baby lips balm was used as an almost glue for the glitter which I thought was really cool. The eyes looked amazing, I couldn't stop staring at the models so they probably thought I was a bit creepy.
It was so cool to see really different looks being created. The make up artists are so inventive and I really loved seeing how drugstore make up was used to create really cool looks! It just shows that you don't have to spend a fortune to make an amazing look. I think the Felder Felder look was my fave cause it was something I'd wear myself. Fyodor Golan and Markus Lupfer looks were amazing too but I'd never wear them out if that makes sense, but the Felder Felder one gave me everyday inspiration.
The Maybelline girls were so nice and welcoming, they were so chatty and couldn't do enough to help you out. From helping you take pics, to chatting about make up, they were so nice and literally made me feel so much better as usually these kind of situations make me so nervous!
It was also lovely to meet Rosie, Gemma and Daisie who I also saw backstage. I love talking to other bloggers and it was so nice to meet some who I've followed for ages on Instagram/Youtube!
When I finished at Markus Lupfer, I headed back into Central London to meet Henry. We went to Oxford Circus, and walked around Brandy Melville ( too busy and loud for me to shop as I am officially 80) Liberty, and many more. I sent out a tweet asking for lunch recommendations and I was told to go to Dirty Bones in Soho.
Based in Kingly Court, we popped our names down on the wait list as when I heard they did a mac and cheese Burger I knew we had to go! The burger was amazing, it featured all my fave things; burger, pulled beef, and mac and cheese. LOVE. I was like 'this is amazing!' I keep looking at the picture, cause I'm a bit of a weirdo haha. Even the chips were seasoned amazingly and I was like 'think we've just found a new fave place to eat.' I'd definitely recommend going, as if you love dirty burgers you'll love Dirty Bones.
Then as the weather was really cold and wet, we decided to just head home. I bought some bridal magazines and we headed back to the country.
I loved our time in London, it was short but sweet, and it was so nice that Henry could come with me. I also loved working with one of my fave make up brands and keep your eye out on my YouTube channel as I'll be doing some videos with them over the next couple of weeks too!
Did you have a good weekend?