Friday, 20 May 2016

Liverpool Bloggers: LivBloggersBall

Neon Games Desk sign at Roxy Ballroom Liverpool

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of attending another Liverpool Bloggers event, hosted by Steph Bewley. Steph’s last event was great, so I had high expectations, and she definitely didn’t disappoint.

I met up with Michala, Alisha, and Danielle beforehand. No-one had been to the venue before, so I was put in charge of getting everyone there on time. No pressure, like.

Press to party button at Roxy Ball Room Liverpool
I pressed and partied
The event was held in Roxy Ballroom. Easily missed, hidden above Wahaca on Hanover Street (of which, I am a huge fan) lies one of the more unusual sports bars in Liverpool. If you love a good game of pool or table tennis, this is definitely a must visit for you. I’d been to the venue with Dave once before, so I knew what to expect.

Roxy Ballroom Liverpool Interior

When we arrived, we were greeted by Steph and a ‘Bloggers Bellini’. That was a real treat for a Sunday afternoon! I missed breakfast, so that sucker went straight to my head.

Cocktail and lollipop on wooden table in the sunshine
Inflatable basketball at LivBloggersBall
Love balls on my face, me.
Steph didn’t waste time in diving in, and getting us involved with a Twitter competition and starting us off with a talk from Independent Liverpool’s David. I love everything that Independent Liverpool do for the city’s lesser known, but still wonderful, brands and restaurants. He told us how it all started, and the work he and his friend put in to bring Independent Liverpool to where it is today. Business aside, I think it’s so refreshing to be reminded that there are male bloggers too. A lot of people make the assumption that the blogging community is solely women. I mean, the majority of bloggers at events do tend to be women, but that doesn’t mean that male bloggers don’t exist!

David from Independent Liverpool giving a speech
David of Independent Liverpool

Up next was Gemma from Button Boutique. She told us all about how she became interested in arts and crafts after her younger brother died, and she found this as a way to keep him around. She’s worked in hospitals with children, encouraging them to express themselves through art, which is incredible. I found myself getting teary-eyed at the way she spoke about her brother and the children she worked with. I get super emotional when I’ve had a drink though, so I’m pretty sure that had something to do with it. She now has a stall in REX Concept Store on Bold Street, holds Hen Parties, and even has a TV show on Channel 4 that debuts later this year!

Teardrop Designs also had a stall there! You’ll remember I blogged for Teardrop not too long ago, and it was lovely to see a lot of their other products in person.

Teardrop Designs bracelets at blogger event

Teardrop Designs I refuse to sink bracelet

Rachie B Designs also showcased some of her work. She makes bespoke wallpaper and printing. Some of her work is outstanding! She showed us a dementia ward she had recently redecorated, and it was gorgeous.

We had a pool and table tennis tournament amongst us all, and I won the pool tournament! Granted, we ended up drawing and doing “Rock, Paper, Scissors” for the win, but I’ll take it! I won a bottle of prosecco, courtesy of Roxy Ballroom, and a bag of gifts from Steph. My favourite was the little bag she put together, with a necklace, heart and tealight.

As always, Steph put on such a great event. It was nice seeing a lot of familiar faces, and meeting new bloggers. Thank you to all the brands involved, and to Roxy Ballroom for letting us take up one of your rooms! Can’t wait for the next one!

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