My recent move to London has acted as an excuse for almost everything of late. I haven’t replied to your emails. Why? I’ve moved to London. My room’s a tip? Moved to London. I’m too tired to go out?! London. Either way, having been here now for a couple of months, I’m definitely running out of valid excuses as to why I haven’t got my act together. High on my priority list (but obvs not high enough because London) was writing a little blog post about an absolutely lovely event I attended a couple of months back with One Roof Social at The Soho Collective. I joined several other blogging gals (big names-tried not to freak but definitely freaked) for a glass or two of Chandon and a ring making class with the Workbench girls. Here, I’m enjoying a few photos taken by Harleymoon Kemp and sharing my day with you. Reading with an accompanying glass of sparkles optional.
What began as a seriously rainy morning was immediately improved with a glass of rhubarb Chandon and a chance to relax in the lovely surroundings in the midst of the rather gloomy city. A bright room scattered with Elizabeth Scarlett cushions, Bloom and Wild flowers and drinks that were a’flowin? Always going to be a winner, wasn’t it? Onto the workshop, where we’d be crafting our very own rings. Katie and Kirstie of the Workbench talked us through the tools on our tables, and discussed the various ring styles we could go for. The talented pair founded their venture in East London with the vision of ‘fusing together the makers individual creativity with their insider jewellery know how.’ The end result? An extra special keepsake with a personal touch and professional finish. Scalpel in hand, I was ready to put my creative skills to the test. And tested they were…
As it turned out, I was absolutely woeful (no excuse hadn’t moved yet). As everyone else deftly carved and crafted the wax resin we were given, I managed to break my band within about 15 mins, as well as almost losing a finger several times. Luckily, the girls were able to salvage my ring and provided me with tips on how to continue with it so it wouldn’t break for the second time. By taking things more slowly and by working more delicately, I was able to create a lovely little ring that I was extremely happy with. After my initial butchering of the process the whole thing turned out to be quite theraptuic. And I’m sure the Chandon helped. We then had the option to have our rings dipped in gold, silver, or rose gold. I of course, being a gold gal, stuck with what I know best.
As clichéd as it may sound, the one thing that struck me in and amongst the champagne sipping and jewellery making was how friendly everyone was. And that’s what I enjoy so much about these lovely little blogging soirées. The chance to chat with likeminded people over sweet drinks and fun activities. A lot of the girls already knew one and other, but it’s nice to be welcome and included, and that’s exactly how I was made to feel.
Either way, I had the most lovely day. Wondering how my ring wound up? Have a little look below. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a little something special. Here’s to OneRoofSocial, Chandon, and The WorkBench for a wonderful morning.