Last month Yasmina and I jumped on a train and travelled down to Liverpool for the CarnLIVal event hosted by Katy and Sam. This is the first time I’ve ventured to a different city for a blogger event so was a little nervous, but I can safely say the 5.30am start and 7 hours of my day spent on a train were totally worth it. I think one of the main reasons I decided to make the trip was because I’m feeling quite disconnected with the local blogging community. With an influx of fake followers, Instagram bots and bitchy cliques, it doesn’t feel as warm and welcoming as it used to. So I decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone and spend the day hanging out with some fabulous ladies in a different city.
The event itself was hosted at the Hope Street Hotel, which is situated on in between the two Cathedrals and boy oh boy it was stunning! The room we were in was stunning, decorated with an Easter theme and there was a balcony! With the incredible views over the city, and the glorious sunshine that day, we all took advantage of this and there were many a photo taken on that balcony.
Before the event we were asked if we were able to donate any spare sanitary products, as Katy and Sam were collecting them for food banks, women’s shelters and for girls who were missing school because they can’t afford to buy the products. As you can see everybody was more than generous and we donated huge amounts of products, which the majority of us do take for granted. There were also donations from brands such as Lil-lets, Juju Cup, Ruby Cup and Fab Little Bag and we were also told if we wanted to try any of the products they donated we could take some home. I must say this wasn’t really my cup of tea and decided to leave them for those more in need than me.
Along with some amazing brands, there were lots of fab entertainment to keep us occupied during the day. With an Easter egg hunt, a poem competition (I won a prize somehow) and a photo booth there was loads to do throughout the day. There was also a talk from Deborah Morgan who taught us the importance of doing what really makes you passionate – this really touched a nerve with me and has inspired me to get back into photography again.
I can’t express how much I really enjoyed this event. I’ve never been made to feel so comfortable and welcomed before at an event. Everybody was so friendly and it reminded me so much of the first blogger events I went to back in 2013 where everybody just mingled and supported each other without the bitching and fake-ness we seem to have today. I’d like to say a huge big thank you to Katy and Sam for hosting such an amazing event, and thanks to all the bloggers who made me feel so welcomed in a different city.