A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to be invited to an amazing event. The very lovely Sarah of The Prosecco Diaries organised an amazing evening of prosecco tasting, cheese, bloggers and some good old-fashioned pampering at super cool vintage salon The Painted Lady in Shoreditch.
After hopping on a train from the midlands to the city I arrived at The Painted Lady and immediately fell a little bit in love. Spread over two floors the salon is a little haven filled with stunning decor details. The exposed brickwork, fairy lights, art deco furniture, working record players and even taxidermy come together to create an uber cool piece of paradise in the centre of Shoreditch. ( I will definitely be booking myself in next time I'm in london!)
Always the early bird I was the first one to arrive while our lovely host was getting her hair done, it was a cunning plan on my part as it meant I got first dibs on the yummy pink arrival cocktail! Sarah created a beautiful rhubarb and custard cocktail that was sneakily lethal after a few glasses hic!
Soon we were joined by the lovely Helen, Che, Nicole, Amy, Lucy, Ellie, Plum, Charley and Kristabel who were the perfect ladies to spend an evening quaffing prosecco with!
The next few hours were spent getting our nails did, having our hair primped and preened and indulging in lots of yummy M&S cheese, seriously girly cupcakes and bottle after bottle of prosseco very generously provided by Marks and Spencer (Bellant NV and Prosecco Zardetto NV), Tesco (Finest Prosecco NV), The Co-operative (Co-operative Prosecco), Sainsbury's (Taste the Difference Prosecco) and Waitrose (Waitrose Prosecco)
After much giggling, gossiping and prosecco guzzling it was time to rate our favourites. Although all of them tasted pretty darn good to me my winner of the evening was the prosecco from Waitrose I could have quite happily carried on drinking it all night! (I doubt my head would have thanked me in the morning though)
I only wish that all evenings could be spent chatting with some incredible bloggers, stroking Nelson the fox, drinking bubbles out of vintage teacups and getting my nails done by the lovely Tina of Shoreditch Nails, my manicure even lasted a full seven days which is definitely some kind of record for me!
I very sadly had to leave the party early to get my train back to Birmingham - majorly sad times!!! But to cheer me up I headed on my way with a goodie bag filled to the brim with some seriously fabulous things!
This isn't even everything! We were treated to gorgeous floral tweezers, eyelash curlers and some flirty eyelashes from The Vintage Cosmetic Co, fun acrylic earrings and hair clips from Punky Pins whose new valentines collection definitely has my heart a flutter, some quirky temporary tats and nail decals from Inkwear and some vintage perfect seamed stockings from the amazing What Katie Did. Not to mention one of the must haves for any red lipstick wearer - some Lipcote, pretty stationary from The Magic Notebook, amazing hair products from Davines, more Hampstead tea than you can shake a stick at, beautiful accessories from Gemma Bishop, luxury chocolate goodness from Melt and a very cheeky calendar from The Cheek Of It Burlesque. I also provided some super sparkly heart shoe clips for my fellow bloggers to pretty up their shoes with!
Included in our goody bags were some very generous discount codes from Heyday! vintage, Vivien of Holloway, The Vintage Cosmetic Company and some free passes for Frame Shoreditch so we can get our workout on!
I would like to give a massive thank you to Sarah for organising, the staff at The Painted Lady for being amazing, the sponsors for being so incredible generous and to all the lovely ladies that attended for being so much fun to gossip with! Here's hoping there shall be another one very soon!!!