Just the other week I found myself in what could be a new little-hidden gem in Liverpool, the Dough Bar for the first LPPEvent, or, Liverpool Period Project Event, put together by Alicia and Sam. I love any excuse to get together with some of my favourite local bloggers, meeting new faces and when there's a good cause and a pizza buffet involved, well, who am I to say no?
Dough Bar is a crackin’ venue located just to the side of Lime Street station, serving up amazing stone baked pizzas, sides, salads, surrounded by retro gaming, Mario Kart, board games and a pretty tasty lineup of cocktails at the bar! The space is huge, with a comfier seating area towards the back, ideal for a catching up over a pizza feast.
Alicia and Sam had done a great job of getting everyone together, not just for a fun afternoon and a catch-up, but for a good cause too. One of the focus points of the afternoon was to raise awareness for women on the streets who are having to go through their monthly periods with little to no feminine hygiene products. These women have had to resort to stealing products, or even using newspaper. Whenever I’ve made donations in the past to shelters, I’ve always gone down the route of clothes and food, maybe toothpaste and deodorant but I’d never actually thought about towels and tampons. Everyone was asked to bring a feminine hygiene donation and by the end of the afternoon, the donation station was overflowing with donated products! Woo!
After initial greetings, screechy hellos to those I haven’t seen in a while and a cocktail or two, we got stuck into the event, starting off with a talk from Becky, of Teardrop designs. Their personalised wish bracelets are so dainty and cute, with something for everyone. They work closely with Claire House, a local children's hospice, who they have designed and sell wish bracelets for to raise money. They also designed and sold a special bracelet for the LPPEvent, with a portion of the sale going right back to the charity. Lovely ladies!
Next up, Michelle, a Body Shop at home consultant who had some really great offers for us on the day, and was full of information about becoming a home consultant yourself. I didn’t realise Body Shop had at home consultants, they do parties, pamper evenings, and of course, sales, with catalogue exclusives and deals you wouldn’t get in-store.
Professional Beauty had sent along information and prizes for this year's expo which was totally new to me. It’s a huge industry expo where all the beauty industry giants come together to meet their clients face to face, talk about what’s new in the beauty world, take up new contracts and showcase their latest treatments and products. The expo looks amazing, for anyone who works in the industry or who has a magpie eye for treatments and products.
We watched a quick video from Merumaya, an inspiring brand, with an inspiring brand with an inspiring message; beauty has no age. They want women to make informed decisions, to feel beautiful, confident, to pursue their dreams, and to make themselves happy at any age. They don’t believe in the old being wiser or the young being foolish. It’s a lovely, positive message, and I can’t wait to try out a few of the goodies they sent along to the event.
After a pizza buffet fit for blogging kings and queens, we played a couple of games, including what’s in my bag? which I totally failed at because I’d swapped my bag out that morning! A quick round of pass the parcel which I don’t think I’ve played since my age went into double figures, and then a quiz which I totally failed. Ask me anything about Greys Anatomy, I got that right, but Pretty Little Liars? FAIL!
Michelle stepped up with a couple of games next, including making an LBD out of a bin liner, and a really funny drawing challenge. She gave us a taste of what her consultation parties are like and it was so much fun! We had a right giggle!
We finished the afternoon with a huge raffle. SO many brands had gotten onboard and generously donated so much. I was lucky enough to win a meal for two at Busuba, so you can bet your big pants that I’ll be checking Busuba out very soon!
Last, but certainly not least, the goodie bags. Isn’t this the bit that you’re still reading for? The goodie bags were huge and the girls had done a great job in getting brands on board. Yoshi, Pink Parcel, Derma V10, Yankee Candle, Kiehl's, Chocolate Cellar, Swizzles, Proper Corn, Merumaya, Spectrum, and more! The bag was a bottomless pit of surprises!
The afternoon was long but lovely, and it was great seeing some of my favourite local ladies again, including Danielle, Danielle, Antonia and Jane. Huge thanks to Alicia and Sam once again for organising such a nice afternoon and kudos’ for getting so many brands on board!
Until next time,