On Thursday I was invited to Leeds for a blog event with a heart - all in aid of Martin House.
Martin House is a Children's Hospice whose aim is:
..to provide family led care for children with life shortening conditions. It is a place where children, young people and their families can come to stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help.
It is a cause that is close to a lot of people's hearts and one that all the bloggers were excited to get behind. We were asked to bring clothes we no longer wanted to donate to the charity, and we could buy the other bloggers clothes at the event. When we arrived we had a quick look around the wears and started picking out what we wanted to buy later on!
Next the organisers told us we had a challenge: we all had to run to the clothes rails and create an outfit with one item of the Martin House clothes and some of the clothes the bloggers donated. Now there wasn't a huge selection from Martin House so there were scenes reminiscent of Ru Paul's Drag Race as bloggers ran to grab what was on offer! I picked a red pencil skirt which I teamed with a lacy waist length shirt that I thought had a hint of pin up about it. We then went inside the beautiful Just Grand Vintage Tearoom and presented our items to the other bloggers. Unfortunately, I am rubbish at selling myself, but QueenBeady won everyone over with her outfit and received a £100 One4All voucher! Seriously the bloggers are such a fab bunch and it was fantastic to catch up with them, old and new, and have a giggle. Some of the girls had me in fits describing their outfit choices.
We were provided with a huge afternoon tea that I don't think anyone could finish. I sipped my Prosecco while nibbling on the cutest selection of sandwiches, mini quiches and scones. I dove in quickly with the latter so I grabbed a strawberry one - seriously tasty! (I say scone the same way I say moan by the way, in case you were wondering which side of the debate I was on with that one.)
We also teamed up to take part in a quiz that was all about era's, and I actually felt slightly confident about it. With my love of all things vintage I thought it would be a walk in the park! However I'd forgotten that I was in a room full of bloggers whose interests were so similar to mine, so sadly we didn't win (I don't think we even came close!) but it was a lot of fun.
Lastly there was a charity auction, but unfortunately it was too close to payday for me (damn getting paid mid-month!) so I didn't have enough money to win anything but there were some amazing prizes. Including a meal and a show for two at BiBi's (a 1920's themed restaurant in Leeds) - I am totally jealous that Jess managed to bag it!
Have you heard of Martin House?