My friend Dawn treated me to a day out on Friday 14 October at Stylist Live – a festival of inspiration. And inspirational it certainly was! The event takes places over four days at London’s Business Design Centre in Islington and is jam packed with talks, workshops, catwalk shows and stalls.
As part of our ticket we got to book on to one talk and one catwalk show, although walk up spaces were available. We both chose to attend How to fail brilliantly with Samantha Clarke, a happiness consultant and change maker.
I really enjoyed listening to her and she had some great advice, such as ‘Failure is just a bump in the road on the journey to success’. There were lots of questions for her too and I must say, I thought some of the people who asked questions were really quite brave as they were quite personal.
Straight after the Life Lab talk from Samantha, we hot-footed it to the catwalk show, where we admired the latest trends. This silver sequinned dress caught my eye – just gorgeous!
Stupidly I had forgotten to bring my phone charger but luckily there was a charging spot. It just happened to be where you could have a go colouring in a Stylist cover. As I love artist Roy Lichtenstein, I chose the pop art cover to colour in while I charged my phone. It was also rather relaxing, I must say, and also on trend what with all the mindfulness colouring in books.
I then pinned my creation up on the wall with the others.
We decided to head out for lunch to get some fresh air and had a burger across the road. I don’t have burgers that often so this was a treat! I had courgette fries instead of potato and they were delicious! And surely more healthy?
After lunch we headed back to hear Stylist editor Lisa Smosarski in conversation with Masterchef winner and Wahaca co-founder, Thomasina Miers on the main stage. We had actually bumped into her earlier, changing her baby’s nappy, and she was lovely! As a mother of three, a restaurant chain owner and author she really is inspirational. She offered some great advice on work/life balance.
Then it was off to enjoy our free cocktail from Chombard and wander around the exhibition stalls. There really were some fabulous exhibitors with beautiful, unique items. I treated myself to a beautiful rose-gold plated star ring from Muru and I love it. I also bought some rose vermouth for a friend and Dawn treated herself to a This Works product.
One of my highlights was being able to actually be on a Stylist cover! Well, sort of… if you tweeted or posted your photo on Instagram with the #StylistLive hashtag, you were able to print your photo off which was a lovely keepsake of a fun day.
Sadly I had to leave late afternoon as I had a friend’s leaving drinks but I managed to spot Mel C on stage on the way out! I wished I could have stayed longer as there was still so much more to see and hear.
I can’t wait for next year and this time I’ll make sure I don’t need to be anywhere else!