‘Tis the season to be jolly. Fa la la la la la la la la!’
I was lucky enough to attend the very first Joanie Clothing blogger event last Christmas and when I was asked if I’d like to join them again this year for another evening of festive fun, I didn’t hesitate to RSVP!
If you haven’t already heard of Joanie Clothing, you really are missing out. This Manchester-based brand boasts something refreshingly different from the usual high street offerings, with quirky and fun styles, gorgeous slogan jumpers, stunning dresses and more. Don’t just take my word for it though – check out Joanie Clothing for yourself here (and if your willpower is as bad as mine, I take absolutely no responsibility for how many items of clothing you may purchase whilst ‘browsing’).
On Wednesday night, I met up with the lovely Donna from Polkadot Pink and joined the Joanie gals at LEAF, Manchester. We were greeted by cocktails, prosecco and hot chocolate and the venue was decorated beautifully with trees and giant Joanie Christmas crackers.
We said hello to the Joanie gang and made a beeline for the gingerbread decorating session that was being hosted by Time for Sweetpea. I resisted the temptation to eat my biscuit before icing it and created a pretty little treat to take home; what do you think of my new-found icing skills?
There were various rails dotted around to showcase items from the latest Joanie collection, The Drawing Room, and we wasted no time in having a meticulous look through all of the clothes! I immediately clocked the cat print dress and this awesome dinosaur top; they’re now both on my Christmas list (are you listening Adam?). I also fell in love with various Christmas jumpers, especially the Robin one pictured below.
After spending a good hour or so fawning over the clothes, it was time to socialise. It was so lovely to see some familiar faces at the event along with lots of new ones! I managed to catch up with Susie from Old Fashioned Susie, Bethany from The Vintage Beauty Parlour, Anoushka from Anoushka Loves, Natasha from Love Laughter Fashion, Imogen from Imogen Rose and many more fellow bloggers/Joanie enthusiasts.
Later that evening, we were treated to a performance from the incredibly talented Becki Fishwick, including a fabulous rendition of one my old favourites (and Joanie jumper slogan) ‘Lipstick On Your Collar’. I grew up on classic rock and roll music in a rockabilly household so I thoroughly enjoyed Becki’s set and even bought a copy of her album afterwards.
Thanks again to the folks at Joanie Clothing for bringing us such lovely events and products; I’m going to be indulging in a large shopping spree after payday!