A couple of months ago I attended my first John Lewis event, as we entered the store I felt a little nervous but as we approached the escalators my fears were soon quashed. We were welcomed by a lovely lady holding a sign who also directed us to the next member of staff who escorted us to the back office of the store (where the magic happens!). We were once again welcomed by one of lovely hosts and offered snacks and bubbles. Gratefully after rushing around during the day I put my bag down and indulged in the moment.
With a rack of clothes on one side and a massage chair and table full of beauty bits on the other I was ready to get stuck in. Surrounded by a number of other bloggers I was amazed by how chilled and friendly they all were – when I say amazed I guess that is a slightly harsh word, I just mean that after the day I had it was nice to be in the company of people who were so chilled with the same passion as mine.
Over at the beauty bar we were able to get a soothing back massage and a hand treatment which really was a nice cherry on top of a very tasty cake. I love Clarins products with any extra encouragement so this really was a nice treat to start the evening ahead. Whilst we were getting our hand treatment we were asked to take some snaps and enter a draw to win a large Clarins goody bag with some full sized products and other bits. All that was needed from us was to tweet about it and the funniest tweet won the prize. Unfortunately I was not the lucky winner of this awesome goody bag but it went to a lovely welsh blogger called Duniye – everyone was lovely but I just loved her accent and she travelled a fair way to be there so she definitely deserved that little extra.
Onto the evening ahead. . .
We were sat down and involved in a discussion about current plus size fashion in correlation with smaller sized clothing and what ladies of such sizes really want. We were then shown a range of clothing (Studio 8) that I have to say really did take my breath away, with soft greys amongst bright patterns I just wanted to try it all on. Of course this was the next step for the evening ahead. A dressing room was cordoned off just for us and we had the assistance of our own personal stylist and photographer. Posing for photos is something that I really don’t enjoy but what better time to get over myself and just get on with it (this is something that I am still battling with but hopefully will come out of my shell sooner rather than later).
Looking back over the photos I want it all, I did feel pretty silly standing there with my hands on my hips but hey, getting in the spirit was extremely fun. My favourite section had to be the cardigans as they were all just so wonderful and snugly and exactly what I wanted for the winter ahead. The materials were soft, well cut and easily matched with other items that you would wear on a daily basis. Pairing them with the jeans and converse that I wore to the event I think I managed a very casual and comfy look.
As we went to leave we were given a goody bag it was fully of delightful goodies for us to take home including something for the men in our lives. It also came with a very pretty cosmetics bag.