Last minute pampering at Stylist Live

I spent the Friday before last making the last minute decision to check out Stylist Live. Only in its second year Stylist magazine came to life at Angel Business Design Centre promising a 100 boutique pop-ups with plenty of free beauty pampering as well as a starry line up of talks, catwalks & workshops.

Full of lifestyle inspiration it was the perfect place to enjoy on a friday afternoon, packed with cocktails, culture, fashion and plenty of great conversation. For the price of a general ticket you got in the venue with free Chambord cocktail at the door then your pick of a talk or workshop as well as a catwalk show of your choice. I learnt the more you planned out your visit the better and the more choice it gave you (useful advice for next year).

The ground floor of the arena was taken up by a village of curated shopping brands from mostly fashion and beauty as well as food & drink. I tried a little bit of everything from a makeup touch up from Clarins, waited out the line for a new Dyson Supersonic blow dry and even trying out sample colours from Little Odines nail scentless, peel off nail varnish.

I picked some free samples, plenty of discounts and brand information as well as making up a wish list of the latest fashion and accessories. Everything was on trend of course and worthy of gracing the glossy sections of Stylist magazine. Some of the brands that caught my eye!

Not On The Highstreet

Here’s a mass of images from NOTH Elves workshop, they bravely went full Christmas for the event and I kind of loved it. A theme gave you something more to explore with this well known brand, including 3 makers personalising gifts write on the stand.

Haygen

A new name for Home & Pantry didn’t distract me long from their glamorous products including winter ready woolies.

Nooki

This was a fun little brand with lots to look at, I will be making a trip to their bricks n mortar store soon.

MISS POMPOM

More of those design perfect wool accessories, I love Miss PomPom’s colour pallet and chose the least popular pattern to add to my wardrobe.

MuDu

I see MuDu all over the place at the moment and I have a deep lust for several of their hats. They are great in terms of affordability and getting wonderful structured hats back as a staple of peoples wardrobes again.

Xtra Star

This London based jewellery brand had some great show deals but the new Dew collection is what really drew up eye. The earrings stones can slip of the fastenings and double as  necklace pendants, I love versatile jewellery!

I also had time for a tipple or two alongside a few sweet treats but stopped myself from over indulging before the weekend.

It wasn’t just the shopping though that made the event great, it was the diverse crowd that the event drew in. Just a sample of people I met ranged from media buying assistants, beauticians, junior journalists, olympic athlete hopefuls and I even saw a spice girl. Everyone was so up for a chat, I didn’t go with anyone but wasn’t any worse for it! Talking to grandmothers buying gifts for their children at NOTH, office ladies trying out new lippy colours at Urban Decay holding a ladies bags while she paid for her mac n cheese. Stylist readers are a bunch wellbeing people and know a life needs balance both mentally as well as physically.

At what other event can you be encouraged to listen to a talk about styling your wardrobe on a budget, get the latest must read book signed by the author, have a doggy pedicure, learn more about vegan cooking and do this all with a cocktail in your hand. Not many places I don’t think.

I had so much fun! And I ran out of time to join in a workshop which I was very jealous of, so Stylist Live 2017 has been put in the diary and I think I might splash out on a VIP ticket next time. I hope its new home at Olympia doesn’t go to its head, managing to keep its fun, friendly atmosphere inside that oh so large venue space.

If you want to see more of the stunning shopping exhibitors a full list can be found on the Stylist Live website.