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24 September 2013

Liverpool ONE Blogger Style Trip


WHAT Liverpool ONE Blogger Style Trip
WHEN 30th August 2013
WHERE Liverpool 



Last month, me and my fellow bloggers were invited to style destination Liverpool ONE, to enjoy ‘24 hours of Style’. Having never ever been up north, I was truly excited to discover what it had to offer to a typical London city guy like me. Check out the gems I found, with my diary and photos below. Overall, I have to say I've
been to many international cities before but Liverpool welcomed us with open arms and gave us such an amazing experience that I'll cherish forever.

Day One:
The trip all started the night before for me, having frantically packed 10 outfits to wear for 24 hours and when to change. I already knew this wasn't going to be a 'normal' trip but an ΓΌber stylish one!
 
The following morning I met up with my fellow bloggers met at Euston station and had some breakfast at the Virgin Train Lounge Bar. The 24 hour Style Trip was going tobe a jam-packed two days of Q&As, Dinners, Pampering, Shopping, Interviewing, Style Challenge and meeting some of Liverpool’s finest.


On Friday 30th August, we departed in style with Virgin Trains from London Euston to Lime Street Station, Liverpool. We were treated to a First Class experience to an entire empty carriage (which we loved). The First lass experience certainly offers that special space one needs to move and  stretch around. We were then served by the most charismatic and energetic
women we've ever met called Sara and Stephanie. Who treated us to some mouth-watering delights from the First Class menu. I felt like I was seated in a cafΓ©, while typing on my iPad, chatting with friends and ate a lot instead of  "traveling". All in all, I took a 2-hr train from London Euston to Liverpool Lime  Street , served with a full breakfast, a bunch of beverages and complimentary wifi, which we all enjoyed!





 At 11.15am we arrived sharply at Lime Street station in Liverpool. We then met the amazing and wonderful man of many talents Phil Nixon, Agency Director at Think Publicity, who took us to the hotel. We then arrived and settled into the super cool Hilton Liverpool in true fashion blogger style. 

We were staying in one of the most central city locations, overlooking the Albert Dock and Liverpool ONE.
Not only was it an excellent location but a lovely hotel to stay in. The team  were so friendly and couldn't do enough for me. I stayed in a room with a  gorgeous view, where my bedroom was facing Liverpool ONE and the room was ΓΌber stylish and very comfortable.






After resting up and changing, we met the lovely social media expert Harriet  from Liverpool ONE who showed us around the fabulous style destination.  Okay, Fashionistas and Misters here's some points you need to know

Liverpool ONE

Liverpool ONE is one of Europe’s leading retail and leisure destinations, set in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. Built around the existing streets of Liverpool, the 1.65million sq ft contemporary open-air complex is a
stylish must-see destination for those who love to shop, eat, drink and relax.


Liverpool ONE includes over 160 stores, bars and restaurants, a fantastic 14 screen cinema, an indoor adventure golf course and a five-acre park. Stores include high street favourites such as Topshop, John Lewis and Debenhams. Peter’s Lane, Liverpool ONE’s designer fashion hub, is the home of big brand style. It plays host to stores including Whistles, Radley, Reiss, Hobbs, The
Kooples, Karen Millen, Tessuti and Flannels. You’ll also find Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols, the ultimate luxury beauty experience and one-stop destination for all things beauty. The boutique arcade is nestled perfectly
within Liverpool ONE, neighbouring other big high street brands.

The style destination was alive with lots of people strolling and buskers playing the pianos located across Liverpool ONE - it was a great atmosphere for shopping. Plus, Liverpool ONE’s Chavasse Park is a fantastic idea - perfect for a
summer day after shopping. Coming from London, I have to say Liverpool ONE is the heart of Liverpool and nothing can compare to it in the UK. I believe Liverpool ONE has really made a massive improvement to the city and is a
must visit!





Liverpool ONE the Style Destination

Lunch at LUNYA

After sightseeing Liverpool ONE, we were then invited for lunch at Lunya. To some of you who aren't familiar and are looking for those must-visit places in Liverpool I recommend Lunya, it offers the FINEST authentic Catalan and Spanish dishes made from the finest ingredients. The team were also really friendly and polite. Having had lunch there, I honestly
didn't want to leave, Peter the Owner welcomed us with open arms. He talked through his menu, dishes and even got us to try some new dishes. I loved that about him and Lunya, someone like me who plays it safe with food was eating
new dishes I've never thought I would just because he made me feel at ease about experimenting with food. On the behalf of all the bloggers I have to say we really had an amazing experience and cannot wait to return.






After lunch, we headed back to the Hilton to rest a little and prepare for The
Collective interview and Bloggers Q&A at Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols. After we all glammed-up Liverpool style, big hair, crisp tuxedo and velvet slippers, we met with Lee from The Collective magazine, Liverpool’s finest who we knew from last season at London Collective Men's. After a few drinks and catch up we started the interview for The Collective, out in print in
October. 


After the interview, we rushed into the Q&A which I was really excited about. Emma Hill, Editor of Liverpool Style magazine His and Hers, hosted the Q&A with effortless precision. We got the chance to meet other fellow bloggers and
people who were inspired to begin blogging. Bonnie from Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols, was a delight serving us drinks and refreshments - I have to say what a woman! Love her!
 

The Q&A was definitely one of my highlight moments in Liverpool, because we had the opportunity to talk to people who were inspired to start a blog, or where keen to get advice about the industry. The main thing I conveyed was to be authentic - we all know this as bloggers. Authenticity sells, you don't have to have 10 people writing or working for you as long as you love what you’re writing about and readers can always tell.


Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar Bloggers Q&A 











Beauty Bazaar Treatments

After the Q&A the boys and I were treated to some Beauty Bazaar treatments. I was in Liverpool after all, so I needed my brows to be shaped and tinted! This was the first time I had my brows threaded, although it was painful we all
know beauty is pain, so I took it like a man!




Palm Sugar Champagne Reception

After changing into our evening wear, we all met up with Liverpool’s finest for a
delightful Fashion Champagne Reception at Liverpool’s hot spot Palm Sugar. The Palm Sugar Lounge occupies part of the 10,000 square foot Chaophraya restaurant site in the Liverpool ONE retail and leisure destination in the city centre. The lounge consists of a large VIP bar and a smaller ultraexclusive club lounge with its own bar and booths. Within the main lounge, and behind the long bar front which runs the length of the space. The decor is immaculate, as you may expect from a high-end cocktail bar. For a few hours we mingled with lovely people from Liverpool ONE, Topshop, Flannels, Hilton
Liverpool and Playground, The Collective, Private Life and Think. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know everyone who was involved in making our 24 hours of Style absolutely perfect.





Dinner at Chaopraya 

After the champagne reception, I enjoyed a delightful dinner at Chaophraya with my fellow bloggers Leroy and Jai’me, Phil from Think and Lee from The Collective. I was so impressed with Chaophraya, after my first visit it really blew my mind!

You simply cannot fault the luxurious and glamorous surroundings with authentic Thai decoration and soft low lighting (always everyone's favourite)! When arrived we escorted through to the private area, where we were treated to one of the private dining areas. The Thai food was absolutely mouthwatering. The service and atmosphere was beyond excellent and I can't
wait to return





Panoramic Cocktail Bar

After dinner we headed for drinks to Panoramic 34 cocktail bar, on the 34th floor of the West Tower. The view of Liverpool’s skyline was spectacular, Panoramic 34 is one of the UK’s highest restaurants. We were served the most delicious cocktails including a Porn Star Martini - a fave in the group, surrounded with the best company, a perfect way to end our evening.

Style Challenge 

 AfAfter enjoying a great night out, I woke up to breakfast with the boys at the Hilton. After breakfast we checked out and met the beautiful Emma, who we met at the Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols Q&A. Emma Hill, the Editor of His and Hers Magazine, was hosting our Liverpool ONE Style Challenge. This was where the competition got fierce, as we were all assigned with a different store within Liverpool ONE. I was paired with Flannels, Leroy (Diary of a Clotheshorse) was paired with
Hugo Boss and Jai’me (Boy Meets Fashion) explored Reiss.






We were all asked to pull together a key look for next season. It was our chance to get creative and start planning our favourite next season look for our shoot with His and Hers Magazine. All of the stores were fantastic, filled with
the most amazing clothes, I had a blast at Flannels and was served by one of the best luxury experienced sales person Mo
. Flannels on New Manestys Lane in Liverpool ONE, stocks many designers from Prada, Gucci, Galliano, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith, Miu Miu and many more. 
Flannels is one of Britain's leading men's fashion stores. There was an impressive range of contemporary and timeless clothes from a whole range of designers.
Keep on eye out for our shoot on His and Hers Magazine



Lunch at Browns

After the Style Challenge we did some last minute shopping at Liverpool ONE - fashion bloggers style. We were then taken to Browns Bar & Brasserie  for a farewell lunch. The design of this newly opened restaurant is modern/stylish and really is the perfect place for a special night out or drinks at the bar. The team were absolutely delightful and the food was beautiful. This
was a perfect way to end our bloggers trip!



Thank You Notes to our Sponsors:

 Before I start I would like to thank our sponsors, Virgin trains for providing us a first class trip to Liverpool. The Hilton's Liverpool for a wonderful stay and amazing customer service..

Team Liverpool One thank you for a wonderful day, without you this style trip wouldn't be a success. Thank you for showing us the history, Peter's lane and the retail shops. You are the heart of Liverpool.

Lunya restaurant for feeding us some of the most delicious Spanish dishes I've ever tasted (I really mean that).

Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar for organising the Q&A one of the best experiences we've ever had. Thank you for the food, drinks, the amazing people, the treatments - I can officially say my brows look amazing :)

Team Palm Sugar thank you for the reception drinks - it was a pleasure seeing you all and mingling with fellow fashionistas and fashion misters.

Chaopraya restaurant for dinner, thank you for the excellent service and divine food. One of the BEST Thai food in the country (hands down).

Panoramic 34, cocktail bar on the 34th floor on the west tower. Thank you for the amazing drinks and service was just incredible. The view was spectacular and took my breath away. I can't wait to return again.

The Flannes for the style challenge, a massive thank you for having me. The store was mind-blowing, the experience was unforgettable and I hope I represented you guys with my outfit being Stylish, Chic and Sophisticated.

Browns Bar & Brasserie thank you for a farewell lunch. The design of the restaurant is modern/stylish and really is the perfect place for a special night out or just for some drinks at the bar. With a very enthusiastic staff & pleasant manner and delicious food. Thank you for ending our experience with a bang.

And finally a huge thank you to team Think Publicity for organising such a memorable trip. You guys nailed this entire trip perfectly. Without team Think Publicity this trip wouldn't really happen.


xx

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