Can you imagine how good it would be if there was a day dedicated to girls everywhere, with fashion, beauty, shopping, entertainment, AND cocktails (drum roll please). Well I’m extremely happy to tell you that THERE IS, and it’s hosted in the heart of Glasgow every December at the SEC Campus. Having gone with my mum back in 2016 we had a truly fantastic day, we ‘shopped till we dropped‘, absolutely pampered ourselves and sipped on the odd cocktail or two (maybe three). The Girls Day Out Show is a yearly event that runs over 3 days (Friday-Sunday), so when I was invited to attend the 2017 show there was no way I was turning down the offer. With our tickets including entry to the show, two cocktails, and a goodie bag, spoiled sure is the word that comes to mind, however if you think that’s the definition of spoiled then wait till you step into the show and make a day of it.
That Sunday my mum and I dug out our handbags and glad rags and headed down to the SEC Campus where the event was taking place. We decided to pick up our goodie bag first before we started off our truly girly experience. The goodie bag is well worth the ticket price of £16 alone, with a selection of nail polishes, some edible goodies and testers. Home to over 200 exhibitors, there’s your well known brands such as Urban Decay and Benefit, and your not so well known brands that you’ll soon come to know and love after attending this event. The place is HUGE so we thought we’d walk up and down the length of the venue checking out each stand, seeing what they had on offer and adding items to our ‘to-buy list’ for later on. Whether you’re wanting to treat yourself or do some Christmas shopping, there’s something for everyone so you’ll be sure not to leave empty handed.
One of the stands we paid a visit to was Cyberjammies, who truly believe that a good nights sleep can be determined by the pyjamas you wear to bed, with high quality pyjamas equating in a better, more fulfilling sleeping pattern. The name came about due to them originally selling their pyjamas online…hence the term cyber, but now they sell them worldwide in stores too, they’re a popular choice. You might have seen that they they were featured in my Christmas Gift Guide and that’s all thanks to the Girls Day Out Show where I was lucky enough to come across them. I was kindly allowed to choose a pair of pyjamas on a complimentary basis. I chose the Erin Woven long sleeve pyjamas, which cost £45 and I was very much looking forward to getting home that night and putting them on. They’re such a soft material and I can’t feel any cosier than I do in these pyjamas at night.
The Girls Day Out Show is very well known for inviting a celebrity to attend, and this year Calum Best was doing a meet and greet promoting his new #BestMeLife journals, all you had to do was look out for the massive queue that stretched quite a while back and you knew you were in the right place for meeting him. I popped myself at the end of the queue and shuffled up every couple of minutes until it was my time to meet him. Asides from being pretty handsome, he was a really lovely guy that could actually hold a conversation, rather than the typical meet and greets where you get a simple hi and bye. After giving him a tweet that morning to prepare him for meeting me and my crazy mum that afternoon, it turns out he had a little snoop around my blog, reciting the name of it to me (he could be reading this now for all I know, hello there Calum). The ladies definitely enjoyed having him there so who knows, same time again next year?
In terms of fashion, there are plenty of stands selling every item of clothing so you could have easily picked up a full outfit for an upcoming Christmas night out. I bought a gorgeous coat from one of the stands at the amazing price of £20, it’s grey, with detachable fur, allowing me to have 2 different looks, in addition to looking expensive for how little it cost in comparison to coats on the high street. It’s not a jacket I’d wear everyday because it would lose its look, so I’ve stuck with wearing it on special occasions like going on a course at work or a night-out somewhere. The good thing about attending the Sunday show was that it was the final day of the 3-day event so there were special offers on at each stand, with prices knocked right down to nothing, something that no one could complain about.
Putting fashion aside, let’s talk about entertainment because there’s plenty of it. From fashion shows to beauty demonstrations, you’re spoilt for choice, and then there’s everyone’s favourite of the day…the male dancers (that’s two of them in the above picture). Hopping on the stage dressed like the Jersey Boys, they done a lengthy routine to a variation of Bruno Mars songs, with some Magic Mike like moves combined with losing their shirts by the end of it all. From the reaction of some people there, Christmas had certainly came early. You could be entertained all day with everything that goes on at the many different stages across the room, all whilst sipping on a good old cocktail from the likes of The Gin Bar or Metropolitan Bar, which were delicious. You definitely can’t go here and not treat yourself to a wee cocktail to go with all that girly chat.
Something very different but equally amazing is that one of the stands offers psychic readings, and back at the 2016 Girls Day Out Show my mum got one done, which was scarily accurate. Before we had even got to this year’s event we had decided we were both going to get a reading if the stand was there. Eventually we found it after searching high and low and got ourselves booked in for a reading. I know there are a lot of people who are skeptical about these kinds of things, I was the same until I sat in on my mum’s reading with psychic medium Dominic Boag back in June and I was in shock at every piece of accurate information that was coming out of his mouth, I’m now a believer (I’m thinking of doing a post on my experiences with psychic mediums, so keep an eye out if anyone’s interested). Anyway, as soon as my reading began I was reduced to tears, with the first thing mentioned being my gran who sadly passed away early this year. The Girls Day Out Show was the first time I’ve had a psychic reading done and I left the table feeling like I had been brought so much comfort from this unknown stranger who was telling me things about my own life.
I had a fantastic day at the Girls Day Out Show 2017, with mum and I being some of the last few ladies to leave the place when it finished up at 5pm, that was after we had purchased 2 boxes of alcoholic macarons (which my 22 year old self got ID’d for). Whether you fancy updating your wardrobe, switching up your old makeup regime or just having a fun-filled day with the girls, keep an eye out for the Girls Day Out Show 2018 and don’t let it slip from your diaries. Have you ever attended a Girls Day type of event, what was your favourite part?