Free champagne, feminism and food demos at Stylist Live

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 11.20.45We eschewed our standard long lie in and lazy breakfast in bed this Sunday and headed over to Stylist Live in North London, along with a fair few other readers – the pavements in Angel were packed with twenty-somethings wearing breton tops and macs.

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The four-day long event was held at the Business Design Centre and tickets started at £25. Entry got you a Stylist tote, plus a free glass of champagne. I hadn’t actually eaten breakfast yet, but who can say no to a spot of bubbly? Someone with better will power than me…

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Inside there were stalls from great independent fashion retailers (as well as the likes of Oliver Bonas and Intimissimi), beauty and food brands.

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Naturally I headed straight for Crosstown Doughnuts because of the aforementioned lack of self restraint. I ate a pumpkin doughnut with a nutmeg custard filling and cream cheese icing. It’s one of their new autumn flavours. And it was so good it probably deserves its own post. (Watch this space. There’s a doughnut-themed novella inside of me.)

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Next up, I went to the Clarins stand. They were doing free makeup and complexion sessions. One of their technicians would either assess your skin and recommend products for your skin type, or give you a ‘pop of colour.’

I went for the latter and left with a brilliant shade of plummy red on my lips. Plus a little lip oil. This chilly weather has evidently already taken its toll on my skin.

Clarins were also giving away little gifts. I was given their Beauty Flash Balm, described at Stylist Live as “Cinderella in a bottle.” I haven’t tried it yet but will report back when I do.

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The event also featured talks on all sorts, from novel writing and balancing babies and careers to mindfulness, anxiety and perfectly tonged hair. Here’s Louise Brealey and Nimko Ali discussing everyday sexism, body confidence and what it means to be a feminist in 2015.

12178991_10156214809530037_59747076_nAnother one of the talks we popped along to was The Detox Kitchen’s learning lab. Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson were there discussing the ethos behind their brand. They made baked eggs, sweetcorn fritters and an avocado salad, while talking nutrition and being generally inspirational. So inspirational that I couldn’t help hotfooting it to the Waterstones stand afterwards and buying a copy of their Kitchen Bible.  Read our next post to find out how that turned out…

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