Farfetch had organised a coach for us from the station, the lavishness of which was a good indication of the day to come. My coach history consists of buses one step above the MegaBus; this coach had a coffee machine, seats arranged around tables, a freakin’ oven and even a snug at the very back. A snug, guys.
Upon arrival we popped on our Farfetch slippers and sat down for a quick presentation about #TheOneCampaign, with the team talking us through what it means to find that one, special item that sets your fashion heart on fire. Stomachs rumbling, we then tucked into a breakfast array of everything from pastries to fruit salads, with copious amounts of tea and fresh orange juice to boot. We sat outside on the patio, chatting about work, friends, life, clothes – before the best interruption of all interruptions came in the form of gifting.
Given the choice a few weeks earlier, I had opted for the most beautiful YSL Monogram Buckle Belt and a Comme des Garçons wallet as a little extra. After papping these for myself, I headed up to the master bedroom (wahey) with the extremely talented Kaye Ford to shoot. Cue some lounging in luxury from me and a snoop around the top level, and hey presto, your gurl was ready for the afternoon.
After we’d all finished our mini-shoots with the photographers on hand (the other of which was the wonderful Victoria Metaxas), there was more chatting and wandering and photo snapping before lunch was served. When I RSVPd I had totally forgotten to mention that I’m a vegetarian, but I had nothing to worry about – there was a huge selection of DE-LICIOUS goodies, many of which were veggie and vegan! This was the first time that vegan sushi entered my life, and it won’t be the last. We even had a glass of bubbles to see us through, so a pretty successful lunch by all accounts.
Once we were all stuffed to the brim, the treatment room was opened. Offering 15 minute massages, hair styling and manicures, it was literally a little slice of Farfetch heaven. Me being me, I naturally loitered around the room all afternoon so I could volunteer myself for all three things, finally having my first massage which was UNBELIEVABLE. If it had been even 15 minutes longer, I’m sure I would have been asleep.
The rest of the afternoon flew by, with cake being served, conversations being had and many, many cups of tea up for grabs. The settings were beautiful, the team – unsurprisingly – beyond wonderful and the bloggers so lovely, that I left feeling glad I hadn’t chickened out of the all-day event. If I don’t know anybody else attending an event, I typically turn it down. I even wrote a post about dodging blogging events (read it here!), but by pushing myself to venture outside of my comfort zone, I had an amazing day, learned a lot and met a whole bunch of new and inspiring people.
I even learned that blog posts should be around 700 words. Well, ‘thank you Farfetch’ makes it 700-and something. Check out #TheOne campaign here, and TREAT YO SELF.