It had been a while since I last attended a meet up in Birmingham. We used to have them quite regularly and I’ve even organised two myself which you can read about here and here. So as you can imagine, I was quite excited to attend the one that Abbi had organised last week.

The meet up was held in the Slug and Lettuce at Brindleyplace, which is such a great venue. We were all given a fantastic goody bag each and then we all introduced ourselves to the group. There were a couple of games for us which Abbi had organised with some fantastic prizes and then of course there was the buffet. 
I had a great day with Paige, Rachel and our new buddy Sophie. It’s so good spending time with other people who have the same interests as you and don’t give you funny looks when you’re instagramming your food again. The highlight of the goody bags were some fantastic organisers that Abbi had created herself to help us to keep our blogging lives in check –  this is such an amazing idea and I think she needs to go on Dragon’s Den and get these made for real. 

Last week I was invited along to a Photography Workshop in Birmingham which had been organised by Goodman and Joe Blogs Blogger Network. 
It was an early start for a Sunday morning, which meant we had a chance to start snapping away before town got too busy. We started off at the infamous Floozy in the Jacuzzi where Simon, who was running the workshop gave us some tips on how to hold our DSLRs properly and we took some practice shots of the Council House before moving on to the new library.
The library was an interesting one to shoot as its a very modern building sandwiched between older (and much prettier) buildings. To be honest, I think it’s a bit of an eyesore and I really don’t like it. However, I managed to capture it using the manual mode on my camera – something I’d shied away from in the past.

We then went for lunch at Jamie’s Italian which I wasn’t a fan of – what sort of Italian doesn’t do pizza? Afterwards, we headed over to the outside of Selfridges to take photos of it’s spaceship exterior. I really like the iconic Selfridges building, it’s a whole lot better than the library at least.
I had a great day, despite leaving early as I still had some birthday presents to get for the next day. I learnt how to shoot in manual and took some great photos of my city.

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited along to Debenhams in the Bullring to take a look at the Elizabeth Arden range. I went along with Paige after having a curry date at Itihaas inside Selfridges.

When we got there, we were treated to bubbly and some sweets while we were introduced to the range. Personally, I’d never tried anything from Elizabeth Arden before but I had heard a lot about the famous Eight Hour Cream. We were each given a fantastic neck massage by Steph who used the Ceramide Capsules – it felt fantastic, I’ve never been so relaxed! 

We then had a skin consultation using a couple of scary looking skin scanners. The first one shows the condition of your skin. As you can see from the image above, I scored B on everything but Moisture in which I scored a C. This was no surprise to me as my skin is quite dehydrated and I have been a bit lazy with the serums and moisturiser recently, oops. The second scary looking machine was used to determine what shade I would be in the foundations. 

It was a great chance to sample some new products and to catch up with some of Birmingham’s finest bloggers. We also got the nicest little goody bag before we left which I wasn’t expecting.