Sunday, 23 October 2011

Tweet Mirror @ Meadowhall

Hurrah! An event taking part in the North. I think that, alone, deserves a round of applause. But seriously, there aren't enough of them IMO. Especially in Sheffield. Granted it's not the biggest, or the most noticeably stylish city in the UK - but it's got potential. And happens to be home to one of the best shopping centres in the country which is working hard to put South Yorkshire in particular back onto the fashion map.


Thursday saw me make a mad dash back from Liverpool (see previous post), missing a connection and getting a sweat on in order to make it in time for a Bloggers' Lunch at Meadowhall. I met up with Jen, Hannah, Lauren and Kavita - none of whom I'd met before but were all really lovely. Bloggers are a nice bunch.

The afternoon consisted of being introduced to the "Virtual Store" and the "tweet mirror". The virtual store was presented to us as a new way of shopping, or at least paying for, products we fall in love with. It involved scanning a QR Code linked to the product you like on your phone, which was unanimously agreed to be a pretty nifty way of saving something for later if you're indecisive on a shop floor.

Here's Bethanie who showed us around the mini pop up shops in Meadowhall for us to have a rummage through. Hannah was particularly impressed with those glittery heels - I think I'm right in saying they were Primark bad boys too? On a style challenge, I bee-lined straight for a heritage tweedy style blazer, only to find out it was actually menswear. Oh well. I'm a sucker for androgyny, so I'll work it, thanks. My favourite selection was Therapy in House of Fraser, see the clothes rail below. It helps that EVERYTHING on the rail would be of my choosing. Black and maroon, hello over here! *waves*


The tweet mirror was a lot of fun. Here's Jen trying it out. It basically involved something us bloggers are very familiar with - taking pictures of ourselves and sending them out into the world. That might sound very narcissistic, but with the tweet mirror the prospect getting some feedback on potential purchases has promise (alliteration much). I don't think it's a bad idea. And there's no getting away from the fact that it does feel like a dressing up game - which is, obviously, a good thing. I just can't ignore the idea that for most of us savvy shoppers these days, a lot of people have cameras and twitter on our phones... so the actual facility of snapping our purchases is already there. But we'll see. It's certainly a twist on the "does my bum look big in this" process.


A massive thankyou should go to Giraffe for feeding us. I've blogged about Giraffe before (cringe outfit post cringe), my love is clear. So when we were sent the menus to peruse, it wasn't particularly difficult to decide what to order. Yes. This is the same dish, albeit smaller, than the one I chose 18 months ago. Unusually, there weren't many kids in this family friendly place, but it was midday on a Thursday, so I've explained my own conundrum really.


Here are all five of us before we ate. If you look closely, you might be able to spot our tummies visibly rumbling at this point. From left - LaurenKavita, Jen, meeeee and Hannah. It was lovely to have a bit of a social after the event. As with many blog events, we couldn't steer the topic too far away from blogging itself - but I always find it refreshing to be able to chat about my hobby with people who do it too. Lots of my friends know I blog, and I hope they don't mind me ramble on about it too often, but obviously it's a little more difficult to empathise.

Finally, just a big thankyou to Meadowhall and Alice in particular for organising all of us. It's brilliant to see that the North is taking a stand in the fashion stakes and this neck of the woods really should be targeted more - not only for blog events but for new technology and style inspiration too.

Phew! That's a bigger post than I normally send out, hope you liked it! :) I'd be interested to know what you think about Tweet Mirrors and / or Virtual Stores, especially if you've come across one before! xox

16 comments:

  1. I loved reading through this Claire, and it really is nice to see an event branch out from the usual capital! I remember seeing an article on a japanese (i think) virtual supermarket in a subway station - using the same principle of those codes so that their groceries would be delivered when they got home...crazy!! But ofc, as this is more clothes oriented I'm totally behind it...now just to get a phone with internet! *behind the times* x

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  2. Ohhhh I love the idea of the twitter mirror and the scanner thingy, I wish there were more events close to me (in Derby) it sucks living in such a small city xx

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  3. Wooo! Feeling the s. yorks pride :) (being from Doncaster) I happen to have a love affair with sheffields fashion andd meadowhall!

    xxx

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  4. the tweet mirror sounds like a great idea!
    xx

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  5. i agree, there should be more events in Shef, shame it was on a week day though :(

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  6. Sounds like such a good event - I'm glad that more things like this are coming up north x

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  7. Ah sounded like such a good day, bet it was nice meeting up with other bloggers. I love the idea of the tweet mirror! Thank you for my comment lovely xx

    http://www.gingerrsnap.blogspot.com/

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  8. Looks like you had a fab time! :)

    I think I need to do a trip to Meadowhall soon to go to Giraffe! :)

    Clare x

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  9. Sounds like a great event :), about time there were events outside of London.

    Sadie x

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  10. These events never ever happen near to me either, apparently if you live South of Birmingham (as I do outside of uni) then London's easy enough to get to. Ahem. Still. Sounds like fun, I've only been to Meadowhall once (and I didn't go to marble slab, what? I need to change this) I get what you mean about talking about your blog to your friends, I get a fair amount of abuse for it under the guise of "banter." Oh wellllll, Birmingham, yeah? xxx

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  11. Sounds like you had an amazing time! always nice to see events that aren't in the capital! The virtual stores and tweet mirrors look amazing, i'd definitely have fun playing with them!
    xoxo

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  12. It's so good to hear about an event that happened in the north. I'm in the north east and i feel so alienated, i'm so far away from all the good stuff!! x

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  13. What an interesting concept, I wonder how many people will use the tweet mirror. Sounds like you had a fun day out anyhow. S x

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  14. two massive thumbs up for northern events!

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  15. I was totally gutted to miss you guys for this. I am hoping there is another one as I have yet to sample the delights of Sheffield.x

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