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My first blogging soiree at Have To Love in Gosforth

Having only been a blogger for a short time, combined with the fact that I don’t drink, I only get asked to a blogging soiree once in a blue moon.

So I was delighted when Have To Love boutique in Hawthorn Road, Gosforth, Newcastle, invited me along to its networking event with a difference.

Now having moved to the area just over a year ago, you could say that I’m still exploring what’s on offer because there’s now just so much on my doorstep.

While I’m now a regular at Adrianos across the road, I hadn’t visited Have To Love or the hugely popular Chaia tea bar.

Designer fashion boutique

The designer fashion boutique was on my list of places to go, but I had shied away from visiting because while I like a lot of the latest fashion trends, they don’t always like me! And as any mum knows, it’s also hard to clothes shop with a toddler in tow.

So with my better half, H, willing to babysit, I signed up for a VIP evening which promised everything from discounts to sweet treats and even a spot of pampering from Beauty at Gosforth Park.

Official blogger engagement

As first ‘official’ blogging engagements go, I wasn’t disappointed as I was met with a whole host of goodies, including doughnuts from Proven Goods Co and cakes courtesy of Chaia tea bar, opposite.

Having just finished a full day at work, it was the perfect pick-me-up. I was ready for a bit of ‘me-time’ browsing the lovely garments without a small child tugging at my legs.

Discount vouchers

I was welcomed on arrival with discount vouchers before being treated to some pampering thanks to Beauty at Gosforth Park.

The store has been featured among the 50 Best Boutiques in The Daily Telegraph. It has also been named in Draper’s Top 100 Inspiring Independents and Vogue’s 100 Best Shops outside of London.

Finding vital me-time

As I had my nails buffed, polished and beautified, I was able to soak up my surroundings. I realised how important reclaiming some ‘me-time’ actually is as a new mum over 40.

I used to be quite partial to a gel manicure pre-Cyrus. However I suddenly realised that I hadn’t had one since.

During the evening we were treated to a demonstration of the latest non-surgical face and body treatment from CACI. This targets wrinkles, acne, blemishes and stretch-marks. It’s definitely one to explore later to get rid of my frown lines.

Networking opportunity

I enjoyed networking with some of the lovely bloggers from Middlesbrough during the event. Then it was time to return home and pick up my mummy duties.

Have to Love is now on my radar and I will be back in store soon. Next time I’ll be taking H along with his wallet. I’m also looking forward to my next blogging soiree too!

In the meantime, I’m just admiring my nails and wondering how long they’re going to last.

blogging soiree

Saffron and Cyrus is a Newcastle-based family lifestyle blog, covering diversity, self-care, days out, travel, reviews, recipes and more from our family life.
The blog is written by new mum over 40, Aranda, with input from hubby H and four-year-old Cyrus.

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