Tuesday

Voucher Codes Swap Shop Party 2014


A few weeks back, I received a very exciting email inviting me to this year's Voucher Codes Swap Shop Party. It had a very simple concept: You take along five of your unwanted clothes, shoes or accessories and exchange them for stamps that can be used to "purchase" others' clothes. A perfect way to update my wardrobe and get rid of some of the insane amount of clothes languishing in my closet!

Helen of Blog of Bits and Bobs came along with me and ate everything in sight. 

There was delicious, spicy fried chicken and chips supplied by Mother Clucker. It was yummy!

Cupcakes, chicken and a sweet bar, complete with pick n mix bags to fill up. It's fair to say we were all very spoilt! 

Suave bartenders created mint mojitos and grapetini cocktails for the guests. There was quite a queue for the bar!

In the centre of the downstairs room was a huge table overflowing with craft supplies. Pinned It! Made it! were on hand with pairs of tights that we could embellish to our heart's content. Of course, I favoured the craziest adornments I could find and ended up sticking pom poms on the knees of my tights. Probably not something to actually wear in public! 
My favourite part of the party has to be the incredibly talented Twistina. She is a balloon modeller who was creating balloon headpieces, complete with hairband, based on each attendee's outfit. As I was wearing my teddy bear jumper, I ended up with this amazing masterpiece:

Look how cute he is! I called him Henry and he lasted the whole party and the tube&train ride home. Unfortunately, as soon as I put him down at home, his left eye and ear popped. I was devastated! 

Scouring the rails. It was so gratifying to see people walking around with an item that you'd checked in. Even though they were unwanted clothes, it felt like verification of your taste in fashion!

Balloons!

There were so many other bloggers there that I didn't have a chance to say hi to all of them! I managed to grab a quick hello, but nothing else, with a bunch too. It's a shame it was so hectic and I didn't get a chance to chat! We did meet the very lovely Rebecca of Cinnamon Slipper, though. She is every part as lovely as I thought she would be! 
 
I got to play with a photobooth and went a little bit overboard (I won't repeat what Rebecca referred to me as!) The guy on the left is the man who ran the booth- We decided to photobomb him. On the right, you can see me, Helen and Rebecca with Paige and Adora

Well, we're certainly pale! Like a pair of friendly ghosts!
Here's four of the six items I picked up: A fluffy blue Dorothy Perkins jumper, a bright New Look playsuit, tapestry H! by Henry Holland oxfords and pink Dorothy Perkins flatforms. I also bagged an ASOS Curve dress and another item from Dorothy Perkins- a monochrome skater dress.

Afterwards, Helen and I popped into Starbucks for a drink and she practised her henna skills on my wrist! We also spent far too long (and far too much money!) in the same Tottenham Court Road Primark that I visited on Saturday. It's definitely the best one I've ever visited, and 9pm on a Monday night seems like the perfect time to visit- It was almost empty! 
When I got home, I discovered some lovely gifts in the bottom of my bag- A Dorothy Perkins necklace, a Boden purse and a £10 Matalan voucher. Lovely!

I had a really great time! It was fantastic meeting so many other bloggers, and it's such a great idea to change up your wardrobe without going out and spending all your money. A huge thank you to Voucher Codes and all involved with the party! 

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  1. This is so cute!
    The idea of it is so good, that Boden purse is also so lovely!
    Estelle x
    Letmegoxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Sounds like such a lovely event! :)

    www.gingerbreadsmiles.co.uk
    xox

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  3. awww you complete and utter sweetheart!! you were exactly how I imagined you!! but totally wonderful and my kinda girl!! was soooo lovely hanging out with you and Helen! Let's meet up again soon yes? love love love xxxx Rebecca

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    1. I was so glad that you were as exciteable as me! Deffo need to meet up again! xx

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  4. Ah looks like you guys had a fantastic time! Love idea of pompom tights too - sounds like something I would do ;) Justine xx

    www.fashionmixbag.blogspot.com

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    1. I just wish they had a range of sizes for the tights so I could actually wear them!

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  5. This looks like so much fun! I'm super jealous!!!

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  6. This looks amazing! I have always wanted to go to a swap shop - its such a good idea! :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. This is the first one I'd been to and it was great!

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  7. I go to swaps several times a month, I'm a real swapaholic. Check this site for events in London and see if there is another you can go to. I've been doing it for years and most of my wardrobe are swaps now

    http://swishing.com/events/

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    1. Ooh I've heard of them but never looked it up. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  8. Oh this sounds like such a fun event! I'm jelly x

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  9. It looks like you had so much fun! I'm a little bit in love with Henry... and the bar man...

    Penny xx
    www.lilliesandlove.co.uk

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    1. Heehee yeah, he was quite attractive!

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  10. It looks like it was a wonderful night! And got some awesome new things too!

    www.elizabethlola.com

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  11. This looks like an amazing event. I'd love to go to a clothes swap!
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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  12. That chicken looks SO yummy! I'm pretty jealous of the balloon fun too!x

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    1. He's slowly deflating and it's breaking my heart!

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