The City Girls UK was set up by two wonderful bloggers, Lorna from Life by LDE and Holly from Tea and Blush. These girls clearly have an aptitude for organisation, kindness and having the gift of the gab.
After their very first event in Sheffield a few months ago, I was thrilled to bag an invite to their second that happened to be on my doorstep in Leeds. I'd not been to The Liquorist previously but it was the perfect setting. Beautiful decor and pretty cocktails instantly makes a group of bloggers snap happy but the staff had also allowed The City Girls the use of their upstairs bar area for the entire afternoon.
Not only do The City Girls hold great events but at each one, they select a charity to raise money for throughout. Leeds Women's Aid were represented by the fantastic Suzie, who gave such an inspiring speech about the work that this charity do for local women who have experience domestic abuse and violence. Women should never have to feel devalued in their lives or experience some of the things we heard about from Suzie; events like this are such a great way of spreading awareness and also, raising money. Read more about their work here and they are always on the hunt for volunteers.
It was lovely to finally get to meet the girls who arranged this whole thing, particularly Lorna - the face behind a blog that I've been reading for a while! Holly's organisational skills were apparent from the get go. She introduced us all, told us what we could be expecting and in minutes, had us all excited to venture in and towards our favourite brands.
A few of the brands at the event were Benefit, The Body Shop, Kendelle clothing, Nails by Ivy and Manuka Dr. along with an array of special goodies for us to pick up along the way. I headed straight towards Melanie to try out Benefit's new colours range and left with purple eyeliner and blue tipped eyelashes - very 90's!
Unfortunately I didn't have time to get my nails done with Nails by Ivy but her designs were fantastic, follow her on Instagram for beautiful nail inspo! Some of the other brands who left goodies for us included Voss Water, Twig & Dot, Oates & Co, Virtue Ice Tea and Michael O'Mara books.
Towards the end of the event, we were treated to brownies by Brown & Blonde which were divine. I opted for praline and it's safe to say, we all had our fill of brownie for a long time!
Not only had The City Girls organised these brand representatives and the mountain of freebies at the event itself, we were also given a tote bag (personalised for The City Girls, may I add) full to the brim of extra goodies for us to sample and take home.
I'll be featuring some of these things in future posts but I'll tell you know, the girls did an amazing job. I want to thank Holly and Lorna for inviting me; it was the perfect location and a great afternoon all round. As well as meeting girls who I've spoken to on Twitter for a while, it was also lovely to catch up with bloggers I've met previously and I think I can speak for us all when I encourage other bloggers to join The City Girls in their next event.
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