Last Monday night things took a festive turn as GUM got kitted out in a Christmas jumper and headed down to The Monkey Bar for the Blogger Christmas Party. Greeted with a glass of sparkly on arrival and a warm welcome from the events organisers, the night began with a bang. Headed up by Claire from Bee Waits For No One, Gill from g i l l i a n , e t c . and Roisin from Lost My Heart In Wonderland… , it promised to be a fun-filled evening giving Scottish bloggers the chance to get together and chat over a backdrop of tinsel, crackers and cheesy Christmas tunes.
Bloggers included Glasgow-girl Wendy from Thankfifi , whose blog about fashion and great personal style has attracted many a follower over the past year and newcomer Iona from Iona Blogs who set up her blog on fashion, beauty and everything else in between just a few months ago. We also got chatting to Lynne Anderson of Evil-Lynne loves you…, the multi-talented woman behind Tatty Bon who also doubles as make-up artist. Her blog is stamped with individual, unique style and on it she promises: ‘nothing I feature on here will be very expensive’. Perfect for us students, then!
The night wasn’t just about festive fun and Christmas cheer, the ladies also decided to host a raffle to raise money for Glasgow Women’s Aid, a charity which supports women, children and young people experiencing Domestic Abuse. The raffle raised a fantastic £190, which will go to providing information, support and temporary refuge for those affected by Domestic Abuse.
The raffle also supported local and Scottish talent, with the extensive list of raffle prizes including goodies from the likes of West End favourite La La Land, jewellery from Georgia Wiseman, Cara Louise and Bonnie Bling plus an array of other goodies. Names included Obscure Couture, Isolated Heros and Vaslav & Lilly, giving bloggers a chance to win some unique, high-quality pieces which were hand-crafted with love.
If that wasn’t enough, at the end of the evening we were all treated to some goodies provided by Rox and Yelp!. Cracker hat on head, laden with raffle prizes and treats, GUM left the blogger Christmas Party having met a wealth of Scotland’s most established and up-and-coming bloggers and been well and truly catapulted into the land of Christmas cheer.
To find out more about Glasgow Women’s Aid and the work they do visit: http://www.glasgowwomensaid.org.uk/
Words: Rose Henderson