London Blogger Events #AW17 And The Joy Of Being Considerate

A street performer in the Central line London underground which I spotted whilst journeying to attend some London blogger events | Uk style blog for women over 50

Having been invited to a couple of London blogger events, a few days ago I shlepped my way from Wales to the big city. I must admit, being a bit of an introvert, it’s not a journey I make very often. I find the crowds overwhelming, the underground a nightmare and the whole hustle of the place exhausting.

Yet, when I found out that my good friend Lizzy was going to be there, this time found me chomping at the bit to get a few London blogger events under my belt, and meet up with one of the nicest people walking this little planet of ours.

Lizzy and I at the Kaleidoscope AW17 London blogger event | A blogger's day out in London | Lifestyle blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

Me And The Lovely Lizzy

So, instead of getting caught up in the bustle, I decided to approach the whole trip with a different mindset. Rather than keeping my head down, withdrawing into myself and rushing from one place to another, I made a conscious effort to be considerate to others. In my every day life I try to be as considerate as I can, but I’m sure when rushing around London there are times when I’m being inconsiderate without even realising it.

Let’s face it, we are surrounded by inconsiderate people – people who only care about what they want, never think of others and don’t (or won’t) see things from another person’s perspective. People cut in front of queues, say rude things, give unsolicited (and sometimes hurtful) advice, don’t hold a doors open even when they can see another person struggling, interrupt conversations without apology – the list goes on. I do sometimes wonder if these people are aware of their behaviour, or if they believe themselves to be perfectly decent human beings.

As I said, I am not THAT inconsiderate but I do tend to get so caught up in the London rush that I forget to be as thoughtful as I would like to think I usually am. It took a bit of concentrated effort, but these are the ways being considerate changed my whole perspective of my trip.

Lizzy and I drinking fizz at some London blogger event s| A blogger's day out in London | Lifestyle blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

The Joy Of Being Considerate

1. I gave a compliment. When squashed into a lift I complimented a women on her hair (long, blonde and beautiful). This started up a quick conversation and her parting shot was, “Thank you so much, you’ve absolutely made my day!” Making her smile made me smile, which got the whole lift full of people smiling – result!

2. I helped a lady. A spotted a young woman really struggling to get a pushchair down some stairs and offered a helping hand. She accepted with a huge smile and her baby blew me kisses all the way down the stairs.

3. I gave up my seat. On a particularly busy tube I offered my seat to a young mum with a small child. Without being conscious of my surroundings and deciding to take a whole new approach to the busyness of London, I honestly doubt I would have even noticed her.

4. I smiled. I spent the whole day interacting with as many people as my introvert brain could cope with, and smiled at every person who’s eye I caught. This led to some interesting conversations and an invitation to dinner from a rather dishy artist.

I obviously didn’t accept, but it wasn’t half flattering!

5. I looked up. This may sound odd, but when visiting London I usually forget to look up. Because I rush around London, I tend to spend my time looking at the ground. When I slowed down and turned my eyes towards the skyline it simply took my breath away.

Lizzy and I stopping at the famous Covent Garden flower benches when we attended some AW17 London blogger events | A blogger's day out in London | Lifestyle blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

Me caught on camera vlogging about AW17 London blogger events | A blogger's day out in London | Lifestyle blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic
Watch a vlog of my whole London adventure including sneak peeks of AW17 in the video below


I left London exhausted, but with a fresh attitude towards the city and a yearning to return. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will be invited to more interesting London blogger events because I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

London Blogger Events AW17

Lizzy looking at samples at the Kaleidoscope AW17 London blogger event | A blogger's day out in London | Lifestyle blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

Kaleidoscope #AW17

Some good, solid basics here with a lot of jewel colours and some interesting finishing touches. I absolutely fell in love with an Autumnal colour check jacket.

A pair of embroidered booties at the Kaleidoscope AW17 London blogger event | A blogger's day out in London | Lifestyle blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

A rack of clothes at the Kaleidoscope AW17 London blogger event | A blogger's day out in London | Lifestyle blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic
Their evening wear was typically elegant with plenty of sparkle. I was particularly impressed with their accessories.

Coast #AW17

Sequins and ruffles and bows – oh my! Both Lizzy and I agree that Coast have nailed it for Autumn Winter 2017. We fawned over piece after piece of frothy prettiness, and are now both hoping to be invited to a few functions!

Black and white evening wear at the Coast AW17 London blogger event | A blogger's day out in London | Lifestyle blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

Black and white evening wear at the Coast AW17 London blogger event | A blogger's day out in London | Lifestyle blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic
I really liked the details on some of the pieces: ruched sleeves, subtle embroidery, sculpted skirts and some interesting colours.

Lotus Shoes #AW17

At this moment in time I am in mourning. I seem to have lost the ability to wear high heels for longer than a nano second; I have spent many a function over the last few months wandering around in my bare feet, shoes dangling from my fingers. This inability has struck so quickly that I can’t (or don’t want to) accept that it is simply down to age.

Bright jewel blue booties at the Lotus AW17 London blogger event | A blogger's day out in London | Lifestyle blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

My feet do seem to be flatter that they were, yet another mystery of ‘Michelle’s weird body’ that needs to be solved. Anyway, the reason for my whinge is that the offering from Lotus had me damning my feet of much flatness. The booties I fell in love with were jewel blue, gorgeous and higher than your average sky scraper!

However, when I at last managed to drag my eyes away from the booties of my dreams, I did find a plethora of mid heeled shoes and boots. A lot of thought had obviously gone into the finishing touches which actually made me do a complete turnaround – I actually preferred some of the lower heels on offer.

So there it is, a few London blogger events and the joy of being considerate all wrapped up into one post. I hope you enjoyed being dragged around London as much as I enjoyed being there!

8 Comments

  1. May 15, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I live 20 minutes from London so its my stomping ground really, but I totally forget how it probably looks to people not used to it. No eye contact, people with head down, it probably seems very unfriendly. I love that you walked around smiling, its contagious isnt it. Some beautiful items you have shown, those button up boots are just gorgeous!

    • May 16, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      I am totally in love with those boots Kerry! I really don’t think I could walk far in them though :(
      I can’t say I’m a fan of the bustle of London, but it really is a beautiful city and I’m looking forward to returning.
      xx

  2. May 16, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Loved reading your positive post about London, the city I was born in and in all my 54 years have never left. I must admit my heart sunk when I saw the headline of your post. I thought, here we go again, another blogger trotting out the usual cliches of how we’re so unfriendly blah blah blah… So your post was a refreshing change, I’m so pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope you get the opportunity to visit again soon.

    Love those tapestry boots from Kaleidoscope but doubt I could walk in them!

    • May 16, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      It’s strange, but I’ve never found the people of London unfriendly (well, the odd one or two but you get that everywhere). It’s the hustle that gets to me, but I think I cracked it this time!
      Ah those boots, they are definitely ‘getting out of the car and walking 30 steps’ kind of of boots. Lovely though.

  3. May 16, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Michelle, thank you for a lovely lovely day. It was so good to see you and to catch up. And…I’ll see you next week xxxx

  4. Andrew
    May 16, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Loving the Lotus boots – you sooooo should have bought them :)

  5. May 25, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    This is a great vlog, it’s nice to see blogging and vlogging getting the attention and recognition it deserves! Recently it’s become such a popular way not only promote businesses but also express yourself and it’s popularity relates to people’s engagement with information being given in fun and creative ways!

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