Hi all! I didn't think I'd be doing so many posts today but all this free time is really boring! I've emptied my GoogleReader, watched all my YouTube subscriptions, and sorted my whole room! What else is there to do?! Actually I have three issues worth of my Elle subscription to catch up on and I'm thinking the July cover will go straight up on my wall right next to Rosie for LOVE magazine and Britney on POP. I've been wanting to write the post about my mini trip to Spain for the past WEEKS but any motivation to blog had to be channelled right back into revision. Thank you for all the lovely and helpful comments on my last post already, I'm looking forward to Bristol so much!
So the event was around two weeks ago and just before, I got an email from the Pull & Bear team asking if I wanted to be part of their party at the store in Plaza de Lugon in A Coruña, Spain. My housemate studies Spanish and was like go for it, and I was like hmmm I have exams the week after, but you can't say no to an opportunity like that as there would never be a similar one again! Many people wonder how bloggers get to go to events but usually I think 'ooo I haven't had a crazy cool blog email recently' and then some kind of amazing opportunity will pop up in my inbox, it's just very random. I think the P&B team were looking for a very 'English' blogger, which sounds a bit funny but I think with my hair colour and the sort of thing I usually wear would contrast against cool Spanish style. I hope that makes sense and doesn't sound strange!
I'd never been to a Pull & Bear store in my life, I only knew they belonged to Inditex who also own ZARA, and judging by their website I knew the party would be super cool and very fashion, darling! There were various famous bloggers DJing (more on that later!!) and my task was to dress a male (!) model in the window in a style challenge against an Italian blogger. I, of course, know nothing of male style but I know how I'd like a guy to dress and thought it would be fun! When I was checking out the blogs of the other guests, they are all very much party bloggers who do appearances at events and work with brands a lot, so very different to my style but I thought if I went with loads of enthusiasm and confidence then it would be a great night!
I got two planes there in the end and wore some palazzo trousers from New Look and my Wildfox white t-shirt. The palazzo trousers were super comfy to fly in though I tripped once up a step, doh! I recorded my outfits in the video at the very bottom of this post. I travelled back and forth to Sweden when I studied there sooo many times so I am very used to flying by myself, and my housemate and I were discussing how we feel like international women of mystery when we do! I had to avoid all the airport makeup concessions like my life depended on it and soon enough I was in Spain where I had a driver to take me to the hotel! I felt like a total celeb!
I had a little think before the trip of which shops would be there that aren't in the UK, and I hoped there would be a Sephora in town! I got to the hotel but the internet in the room was super slow and I needed some food so I took a little walk around the town. It was about 9pm and I spotted a few people with Sephora bags, so I asked in a few places for directions and found it right next door! As I walked in, a lady started talking to me in Spanish and I was like 'Ahhh I don't speak Spanish I'm afraid!' She said it was a private party and true to form, the place was heaving and there were drinks and nibbles hovering around. I made my way to leave but then a man told me it was a discount party and I could shop away! I'm thinking it was for Sephora club members but it worked out great for me as I had my eye on the Make Up For Ever HD foundation that Kim Kardashian uses. I talk about the foundation in a video of all the clothes and products I picked up over there here, as sadly I'm not too fussed with the foundation, but I was very excited to get it.
After browsing around the store, I wandered around looking for any supermarket open that late. These huge bugs were in the Zara window! When I asked people, I kept being pointed in the direction of the supermarket Open Cor, but to me it looked like a car shop from the outside so I didn't go in until the fifth time I passed it, haha!
I saw this shop when it was shut and couldn't find it again the next day, damn!! I cannot quit my hair-bow addiction I'm afraid! Also as I was walking around, I spotted the Pull & Bear store right by my hotel. I did an extreme double take because in the window was my name and my blog!!!
Now that was weird! So the next day I went down to the Pull & Bear store to pick out my three men's outfits for the window dressing competition later that night. The Pull & Bear team were the loveliest and most hard working I've ever met!! Haha they said they liked the way I always started videos by saying 'Hi guys'! and everyone at home found that hilarious as my housemates totally make fun of me for saying hi guys! and say I should say 'guys, hi' one time, haha!
See the pink dress on the right? I bought that, it's in my haul video! On the day I wore a new Wildfox ouija board t-shirt from the Doll Boutique sale and my French Connection flared jeans, which I got two years ago! Reminds me, I am definitely breaking them out tomorrow, I love flared jeans. I wore my Weekday leopard wedges with them too as they are so comfy.
The Italian blogger I was up against in the challenge hadn't arrived yet so I got my pick of the store! It was difficult to choose men's outfits but I love all the bright striped stuff out at the moment. I got a candy striped dress from ASOS and it didn't fit, but I saw one by Red Herring in Debenhams of all places so I might go check that out!
As soon as I got to the store, Diego of the P&B team took me to meet the models we were dressing in the window. I was imagining some Spanish man (omg!) and I met one model at the changing rooms. Now if you've ever seen or spoke to a real model in real life, you'll know that looking at them is almost hypnotising! I said hi to the model (it's all kisses on both cheeks in Spain) and he said 'ah, my brother', pointing towards the changing rooms, and I was like oh, the other model is your brother, cool! But turns out they were identical twins! I was like wow, it's like double beautiful vision! I was meant to pick between them but I couldn't, how could I?! They flipped a coin in the end and I got Daniel. Check out their Facebook!
Then the P&B team said I could pick out an outfit from the store to wear to the party! I'd spent some time thinking of an outfit before I travelled (it was going to be a lace River Island dress) but it almost made it easier to pick out an outfit from there as I could choose something I was totally in the mood for that night. P&B is like the TRF range in Zara as it's all bright colours, cute dresses, and summer essentials. In Spain, it makes so much sense, it's all clothes ready for a beach party! I picked out a little summer dress, a little bit Katy Perry style I thought, with wedges and loads of jewellery. It's in the video! I popped back to the hotel, loaded up on huge lashes, and it was time for the party!
I got to the party in good time and didn't know what to do with myself yet so I went and sat with the twins. I made a little video of them, it's in the video at the end of this post. They couldn't speak much English and I speak no Spanish so communication was so funny all night, haha! Turns out they were from Cuba and only 17, aww! They sort of seemed like a cute Jedward! Soon enough the party started filling up and everyone was hitting the mojito bar; that's the long queue in the photo! I started talking to another person making an appearance at the event, illustrator Brianda Fitz-James Stuart, who commissioned illustrations for the Pull and Bear bags, and had some for sale in-store that night; they're in the photo below. She is lovely and so talented, do check out her site! We had breakfast together the next day at the hotel, she has such cool style.
I soon met my 'rival', Andrea Ravieli, who had just came straight from the airport but was ready to party hard! He persuaded me to sample the mojitos! The other bloggers there were Gala Gonzalez and Miranda Makaroff who did a great DJ set, I think many of the people in store came to meet them as they are so famous! Even I was like omg, a bit star struck! I ended up being in a taxi to the airport with Gala the next day and I was just thinking 'omg! it's Gala'. Also there was Gerard Estadella snapping photos, so the high quality photos below were by him! He is one of those cool photography bloggers who take photos just of clubs and parties, I didn't feel cool enough to be in them haha!
I had my studded nails and two members of the lovely Pull and Bear team had fab nail art for the night too! Loving their efforts!
This is Gala and Miranda DJing as 'The Jenifols'; a little later I said hi to Miranda and that I liked her hair colour! She was dancing all night like no one was watching, she totally brought the party! In fact just being in Spain makes you want to party.
Soon enough it was time for me to get into the window (that sounds weird!) with my model! The purpose was for people outside in the street to stick big pink crosses on the window of the look they liked best. In the end there was a big rail of clothes and I just asked Daniel which he liked! We had to get the crowd to vote for us so he was dancing and blowing kisses to all the admiring girls outside and I was waving and smiling, trying to bring more stickers! We won the first round and Andrea won the second, and in the end the final round had about a thousand stickers on the window so we called it a draw! For one outfit I put Daniel in jeans and just stuck the tshirt in the back pocket, haha! The girls outside loved it.
This was when we lost the second round haha!
And this was my job for the evening!
And soon after was the twins trying to get me to salsa dance and many more mojitos, and then party was over! There was the band Mendetz too and some sort of famous motorbike team at the store, so it was a huge event. Here's a video of the night which makes it look amazing, I can't believe I was there! See if you can spot me! Haha this of course isn't my video, it's by Alex Antolino:
So cool! You can check out interviews with all the bloggers on the P&B Pull the Metal blog. The next day I had some time before check out and my flight home so I asked for directions but could literally smell my way to the beach. It was beautiful! I sat there for about half an hour in the sand as the waves were too choppy for a dip and it wasn't really hot enough, but I love beaches. When I went on many family holidays to Weymouth when I was a child, I used to sit in the tide and pretend I was a mermaid!
So all in all a world wind trip! Below is my fellow blogger Andrea and a compare who got the crowd going. The night was a feast for the eyes, I'm sure you'll agree!
Below is the vlogs and outfits I filmed over the weekend, ah I had such a good time! I know there are Pull and Bears in London, Liverpool and Northern Ireland, and now I'll always have a little soft spot for them! Thank you to the whole lovely Pull and Bear team, and I hope you enjoyed the post xx