We did it!
When you wake up after dreaming of biscuits, vinyls and carrier bags, you know that you’re a little bit obsessed with your event. I’ve just about recovered from hosting #TheBloggersMarket along with Lucy, Carrie and Olivia and now I’m ready to tell the tale!
It’s so surreal to think that our makeshift shopping event has evolved into something bigger (the first time we did it, we had to locate rails on the day and even had a leisurely breakfast). We definitely wanted to push ourselves this time around and create a memorable experience, whether you wanted to bag bargains, learn a new craft or just meet like-minded people. If you missed it (or just want to relive the day), then here’s a little lowdown of the different elements!
If you’ve been watching my vlogs carefully then you may know that I’m a member of Camden Collective, an eclectic coworking space in Central London. Situated in an old 1930s hospital, the space was transformed after sitting vacant for 15 years and brought bang up-to-date for start-ups and freelancers. It’s quite an interesting design project and worth investigating if you’re an art deco architecture buff.
We decided to host #TheBloggersMarket here since the location is pretty handy, plus the custom furniture provided perfect inspiration for our Pastel Paradise theme. Yes, we wanted to bring the Candy Minimal filter to life! It also felt rather nice to share Camden Collective with my community, especially since it’s been such an integral part of my freelance development over the past few years. It’s basically why I don’t work in my pyjamas (as much) and gives me a chance to talk to people other than the postman.
Bringing Our Pastel Paradise To Life
Since we had a bit more leeway in terms of location, we wanted to push the boat out even further. Step forward Pixers, an interiors company that allows you to customise any space with their reusable Pixerstick vinyls. The possibilities are really endless, you can adorn an entire wall with Monstera leaves or just keep things simple by adding a graphic pattern to your cupboards. Perfect if you’re renting and don’t want to live in a bland box for your entire tenancy.
After much brainstorming, we decided to create a pattern by designing a series of shapes and lines that could be overlapped (major props to Carrie for being an Illustrator whizz). This is a great alternative if you don’t want to cover an entire wall and figure out tricky measurements, just grab your squeegee (to avoid bubbles) and arrange however you like. Camden Collective were so pleased with the decals, that they’ve decided to keep them up!
The Big Day
I did worry that some kind of April Fools joke would ruin our final preparations but luckily things went by without a hitch! We adorned the space further with Bloom & Wild bouquets and arranged treats by SugarSin, Nix&Kix, PACK’D and Honeywell Bakes. I had to exercise some serious self-control and stop myself from browsing, especially since we had Kim, Reem and Zoe joining us as special guests. If only Reem and I were the same shoe size! After a quick photocall (and almost getting locked out) it was time to welcome everyone in.
It’s always a little surreal at the start of the event and I did have visions of tumbleweed, but luckily that wasn’t the case (check out Natasha’s vlog to see all of the dedicated shoppers). Even though I was by my stall for most of the day, I did manage to see the results of the amazing paper marbling by Pup Tart and heard so many great things about Ghenet’s bullet journalling workshop with Ohh Deer. Teri’s free brush lettering was also a nice treat plus Boudoir Beauty gave everyone pastel manicures.
I have a lot of feelings
So what were my highlights? Definitely getting to chat with so many of you! I ended up chatting about chicken seasoning, giving out London foodie recommendations and meeting three lovely ladies who’d travelled over from Italy. I was also able to donate a percentage of sales to Divine Rescue, a charity that helps vulnerable groups in South London.