Power Dressing: intu Metrocentre AW17 Blogger Event

I'm super excited to be writing this post, not only because the topic of the event was Women in Power and this makes me proud to be a woman in 2017; but also because this was my first proper event where I got to meet like-minded bloggers in the North East. I had the most amazing time, and I wanted to document the night as a whole on my blog! So, first of all, thank you to the amazing team at intu Metrocentre for inviting me along, I had a blast! And thank you to Zizzi for the stunning location, which made for some super pretty photography backgrounds!

Now I did carelessly forget to take my Canon, but I made do with my iPhone, so if the quality isn't great... sorry! Let's start off with my outfit since it was a fashion event. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a cheap-as-chips budget girl, and can you believe this whole outfit was from the one and only Primark (in the Metrocentre too). Everything on my face was from the drugstore. I felt so confident in this outfit. I loved the lace cut-outs on the blouse and the large flared sleeves. It felt powerful and feminine to wear, very fitting for the topic of the night. I paired it with some simple black high-waisted skinny jeans and my red faux-suede ankle boots.

I was greeted by some amazing bloggers. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming, with it being my first time meeting them. I couldn't have asked for a better bunch of ladies to spend the evening with. We were given our hand-written Calligraphy name tags, a mocktail and shown to the crafting area hosted by The Crafthood.

We were introduced to the art of stamping on fabrics and created our own cute little rustic makeup bags. Of course, I had to put my blog name on my bag, as a memory that this was my first proper blogger's event, it's such a meaningful thing to hand make and then get to keep!

We were indulged with snacks and pizza from Zizzi. I've never actually eaten there before, but their pizza and garlic bread was freaking amazing. FYI, I'll be returning with Eric for sure to try out more foods. Italian is one of my favourite kinds of food, so that was a massive plus for me. There were cute goody bags for us on the tables which contain some lovely samples including things from The Body Shop, Estee Lauder, Benefit, No7, Nina Ricci, and yes, that adorable "Yumpkin" from Hotel Chocolat.

The main attraction of the night was a brilliant talk from Meridith Towne; a fashion historian and costume designer. It was one of the most interesting talks I've ever been to, discussing the importance of power dressing and how it's impacted Women in Power not only over the last 20 or so years, but throughtout history; as well as across different cultures around the world. We looked into how symbolic clothing can be, from overall style, fabrics and patterns, right down to shoes and accessories. She showed us some vintage pieces she's collected, and it was really intriguing to see how important fashion has been for women over the centuries and how it's impacted the things we wear today. It was empowering to see how women have really come along as powerful leaders, CEOs, and influencers in recent years. Hopefully, this will continue over the next 10, 20 or 50 years.

I would definitely recommend attending one of Meridith's events because she was brilliant. You can find where she is on History Wardrobe Events. But overall, this was the perfect first event to attend, meet other bloggers, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to the whole team that organised it, and for inviting me. I'm feeling so inspired to do more fashion posts now!

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