Sunday 30 June 2013

The Vintage North East Bloggers Social - Tea, Cakes, Hair, And Chihuahuas

It's hard to believe that it's been a week, but last Sunday I attended The North East Bloggers Vintage Social. Myself and 24 other bloggers, and our hosts braved the thunderstorms and torrential rain to meet up for an afternoon of tea, cakes and fun, at Serendipity Tea And Trinkets in Sunderland.

It was my first visit to Serendipity and it certainly won't be my last. This cute vintage style tea room, is decorated in the shabby chic style, complete with bunting, vintage china

and the cutest knitted tea cosies, and cakes.

When we arrived we were given a raffle ticket and shown to our seats, where we were greeted by the cutest place cards, with our names and our twitter photographs on. I was sitting with Amy, Kloe, and Katie :) Then tea was served, I'd requested a gluten free, vegetarian afternoon tea (yes I know, I'm awkward) and Serendipity delivered, I had my own vintage cake stand filled with tea sandwiches, scones and cakes it was all so nice that I was only a tiny bit jealous of the cute cupcakes that other girls had  ;)

We were given a brief introduction from the ladies behind The North East bloggers, but this event was basically about communicating, getting to know each and having fun with our fellow bloggers, so there was loads of time to chat, and play with some of the props that had been provided - thanks to Katie for the picture of moi!

As well as chatting, drinking tea and eating cake, we also had the opportunity to shop, - Serendipity sell all sorts of little bits, and a lady called Gemma from Senor Picklesworth was also in attendance. Senor Picklesworth is Gemma's brainchild and it's a range of illustrations,  gifts and accessories themed around a Chihuahu, that travels the world and meets new friends. She had all sorts of super cute things on sale from badges, to cards and keyrings, but I fell in love with this mini cushion featuring Coco the Pug :)

I think I'm going to put a ribbon on the back so I can hang it up - so cute! I really love quirky things like this and I can definitely see myself keeping an eye on Gemma's work especially since the word CAT has been mentioned ;) 

This event was all about supporting the North East so also in attendance was Jonathan Pickup from JPHair in Sunderland, we'd been warned before the event not to do anything to our hair and this was the reason. If we wanted we could get our hair put up in a vintage style - why not I thought? it was already soaked from the rain so I went for it, 20 minutes or so, lots of hair grips, and half a can of hairspray later this was the result -  a mass of rolls, and pin curls.

(Picture Of The Back Courtesy Of The NE Bloggers Facebook Page)

Okay it's not something I would personally wear everyday but it just gives you an insight into how much time women used to spend on their hair, and we think we're high maintenance now! Alas not everybody managed to get it done because of the time it took which was a shame.

We then played a round of the Who Am I Game (Katy, Shannon and Amy demonstrating) which was ridiculously funny, and then the raffle was drawn - I  was lucky enough to win some super cute paper hankies which were almost too cute to use, and on the way out we received some super cute goodie bags, with a Benefit sample, a nail polish and a bag of retro sweets courtesy of local sweet shop Sweet Home Alabama -ahh Fruit Salads!!

I have to say that this was a really fun event, we had loads of time to socialise, chat and actually get to know our fellow bloggers a bit better, plus I finally got to meet the lovely Kaye from Polished Curves which made the event worth it on its own. I want to say a huge thank you to The North East Bloggers team, Amy and Shannon who were fabulously assisted by Katy in organising, and hosting the event, I hope there are many more to come, I also want to say a huge thanks you to June and co from Serendipity not only for letting bloggers overrun the establishment but also for providing something I can eat - I'll be back - I have every intention of working my way through their hot chocolate menu x A great event, and a great Sunday afternoon x


  1. It was great meeting you last week. Hopefully next time we meet we'll get more of a chance to chat!

  2. It's looks so much fun wish i could have went. Loving the hair styling you suit it a lot.



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