Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Awkwardness and cheering myself up!

Last night I went to the West Elm press event for their 'Local' project. This was the first press event I've been invited to through my blog. I got the event invite through email and was delighted, I thought to myself: 'I'll go, be confident, network and take great photos for a blog post'. None of those things happened! I walked in, no-one seemed to be checking names against a list, and everyone was in pairs or small groups. Whether they'd come as a group or not, I don't know, but I certainly felt out of place straight away. 

All the women were more dressed up than me, and most people were older than me. The queue for the food and drink was quite long and everyone was chatting to their friends or colleagues in the queue, so I decided to avoid it! Also, I decided that if I got a drink it would mean I had to stay longer to finish it! I then felt too awkward to take any photos. I did get my iPhone out eventually and took the terrible photo above of a honeycomb textured bowl I liked. Ugh, I got myself all worked up, and left after ten minutes! I don't know what it is, but when something feels too corporate or I feel I have to perform, all I want to do is run out of the door! The event was from 6pm to 10pm and I got there at about 6:15pm, so perhaps it would have been better if I had gone later and it was busier. Either way, next time I am taking someone along with me to press events. 

West Elm is on Tottenham Court Road and you know what else is on that road!? Tiger! After feeling pissed off with myself for being too shy to even take my camera out of my bag, I decided to treat myself to some things from Tiger. I only spent £6, so I didn't completely blow the budget! This really was retail therapy! Here are the things I purchased from Tiger... 4 cards, some gift tags and some amazing cactus tea lights! 
Oh and of course, I picked up Stylist magazine on the way home!

Sorry for letting my readers down not having a blog post with amazing photos from the press event, I will try harder next time!
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  1. Hey hun, thank you for your tweet!! Just checking out your blog, don't be so hard on yourself!! It all take time to develop and get confident, it's overwhelming when you're just starting to go to events but over time it'll be fine!! :)

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you! I'm heading out to a fair today with a friend, so hopefully that will go a bit better!! x

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  2. Events like that can be so nerve wracking when you feel like you're the only person who doesn't know someone. Don't let it get you down, and anyway those cactus tea lights are so adorable! Meg x
    A Scholar Life

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    1. Yeah, definitely going to try and go with someone else first, or meet up with another blogger before hand for any other events. I am obsessed with my cactus tea lights! Seen some Kiwi candles online... will have to resist! x

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  3. Love the honesty in this post! It's so true - events can be awkward! I didn't take any pictures at my first event either :) I'm glad you ended up taking some at the end, and those cactus tea lights are so adorable!! Just followed you on Twitter, Instagram, bloglovin & GFC :)

    Chelsea
    Chowing Down by the Bay
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    1. Thank you - try to keep the blog as honest as possible! Thank you for all the follows, very flattered, sorry for the lateness of my reply, having a full time job has its downsides with blogging! x

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  4. Urgh I feel for you - I would have been the same - I struggle with social situations especially with lots of strangers en mass. Good for you for going through - for me that's always half the battle with going out and doing things! Also those cacti candles are so cute!

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    1. So true! I was considering not even going, but forced myself! x

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  5. First press events are always mega awkward - take a friend next time and although you might feel all awkward remember that everyone else is all wrapped up in themselves so don't worry about it!

    http://www.luorchestonfindlay.com

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    1. Very true, I will definitely be taking a friend next time! Thanks for reading :) x

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  6. I get exactly the same at formal things, or if I don't know anyone! I get so worked up and feel like I stick out like a sore thumb. I'm hoping to get better in the future. Don't beat yourself up lovely, we all have those times. And you'll have better experiences in the future, for sure ♥

    Jemma xx
    www.dorkface.co.uk

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    1. It's so good to hear that other people suffer in the same way! You just get all worked up and then just have to leave as it gets too cringe and too much! Ugh, I'm also putting it down to the fact that perhaps it wasn't a very well organised event?!!? Anyways, thanks for reading! x

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