Cygnet (my one year old son) has gone to daddy for the weekend. It’s an ‘extended’ weekend. I am not happy because it means that I don’t really get to see Cygnet this weekend, and I work full time during the week so I don’t really know when I am supposed to see Cygnet. This less said about this the better.
This weekend I am trying to distract myself at The Stylist Live event at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. The tickets for Stylist Live are £25, include at catwalk show and a free glass of champagne. What could be better?
I arrived at about 2pm. The first thing I did upon arrival was to go to the champagne counter and get a free glass of bubbly – pink please. I am nothing if not predictable.
Stylist Live had arranged various talks and events running throughout the afternoon, so, like an organised tourist on a weekend city break keen not to miss any attractions, I stood at the champagne bar and worked out which talks and events I didn’t want to miss. I chose a talk by the marketing manager from the Affordable Art Fair about how to buy affordable art for your home; a talk on how to be happy; and then I had my ticket for a catwalk show at 18:15.
I was feeling a bit sorry for myself and a bit drab when I arrived. Motherhood does that to you sometimes. What with the early morning wake ups and the fact that Cygnet has recently taken to wiping his nose on my shoulder -yep, there was a snot trail on my left, glamour kind of goes out of the window. To make myself feel better, I went over to the Nars make-up counter and drew on some red lippy. The Stylist Live poster said that: “Happiness is…a pair of very bright lips”, and guess what? It was right!
There were also loads of shopping opportunities – predictably, so before my 15:30 talk on art I had a wander round. I didn’t break the bank – I am a single mother trying to build her nest for Cygnet and Pen to live in remember, but I did buy this gorgeous birthday card for a very dear friend of mine, and probably the best Pastel de Nata (a Portuguese custard tart) I have ever tasted. I had the passion fruit flavour. It was amazing.
There wasn’t a great deal of choice when it came to food at Stylist Live. There was a ‘Feast street’ selling food, but to be honest the choice was limited. I wasn’t able to get the sushi that I was craving. The manchego and tomato bocadillo, better known as a cheese and tomato baguette from Iberico was overpriced and uninspiring and the lady at the counter had the customer service skills of a constipated rhino (by which I mean she was decidedly grumpy).
At 15:15 I wondered up to the art talk. It was heaving. I didn’t realise that quite so many people would be interested in art. Once I have finally stripped the wallpaper from the rooms in my flat, I hope to have quite a lot of white wall space, so I was looking for inspiration not just on art, but most importantly on hanging tips. It was a really good talk. Jessica, the speaker, was clearly a little nervous, but she was so passionate about her topic that I really warmed to her. She recommended that you plan your picture hanging by cutting out the shape of the pictures and then blue-tacking them to the wall so that you can see what things look like. I haven’t got that many pictures so I think my wall is going to have to grow organically.
I ended up not going to the talk on how to be happy. A quick note to the organisers of Stylist Live – you need bigger rooms for these talks and a better queuing system if you do this again next year.
The queue to learn how to be happy was far too long and my alcohol reservoir was running low so I went to get myself a nice glass of wine. It made me happy!
Before the Stylist Live fashion show I went to an interview with, the make-up artist Lisa Eldridge. I had never heard of her before. She’s just written a book ‘Face Paint : the story of make-up’. Her tales of researching makeup adverts from magazines at the Condé Nast archives were fascinating. She spent weeks perusing magazines from before the First World War when the makeup adverts were in small print and hidden at the back of the magazine like a dirty secret. ‘Rouge’ was not for the respectable woman. ‘Rouge’ was illicit, forbidden, for loose women and for ladies of the night. Thank goodness that’s changed. My makeup is the only thing that makes me look half way human after a run of sleepless nights and a hard week at work.
The fashion show was good. Probably not my highlight to be honest, but the Stylist Live team did really well at picking out affordable items to make up the looks in their five key AW15 trends. Here’s a selection of photos.
All in all Stylist Live was a good day out. The Stylist Live show has been running since Thursday but finishes tomorrow. I think you can still buy tickets here.
*Oh, and this ISN’T a sponsored post. The Stylist Live event organisers haven’t given me free tickets. If, however they’d like to give me free tickets for next year in return for a review, I would happily accept. I had a great time at the event this year and would love to go again.