WOW! What can I say? The first ever ‘Self Love & Lipstick’ event last month was a huge success with around 50 woman gathered in the same room to chat, listen, connect, eat & drink – basically have a night to relax and mingle in a stunning venue in North Leeds.
I was overwhelmed by the amount of ladies that came along, not only that but how many actually joined in the conversations openly and shared their stories of mental health, motherhood, thoughts on social media, ‘me time’ and so much more. There was a lot of love in the room and support for one another – let alone the tears, laughter and questions that came when the panel were talking.
It was an absolute pleasure and honour to be joined on the panel with Jo Love, mental health trailblazer and founder of @lobellaloves marketplace and ‘Depression wears lippy’ events; Emma Stirk @ejstirk, best selling author & business mentor and Kate Ibbotson @atidymind, declutter expert and professional home organiser. What a line up…… we could have talked all night and had so many questions to answer, it was an incredible atmosphere. I made the decision to take no more questions after we ran over by almost half an hour and let everyone get to the bar to fill up their drinks! We then carried on the conversations until way past 11pm. Us women know how to talk so next time I may make the event 3 hours long!
The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of mental health, in particular maternal mental health and share my story of postnatal depression to break the silence on these issues. I wanted this to be a positive story of hope that things can and do get better if you reach out and ask for help. All of the ladies on the panel have struggled or continue to battle with their mental health and all had different stories to tell so it was a real mixture of previous experiences and ways of dealing with this they have found useful.
I also wanted to bring in my love of make up during this evening too hence the name ‘Self Love & Lipstick.’ I talk a lot about how make up is so much more than painting a face and that it can be a powerful tool in boosting confidence, self esteem and overall mood. I know for me the simple act of filling in my eyebrows (that were drastically plucked within an inch of their life when I was in my early teens) can have a huge affect on how I feel about myself. Everyone has their own thing that helps them feel a bit more put together and face the day. Some people will absolutely get what I’m saying here and some wont’ but I am in no way glamorising mental health or saying that make up solves everything. Believe me, in my hardest times make up was the last thing on my mind but I know on the days when I feel good or ok it can have a huge impact on the outlook of my day.
Following this first event I’m pleased to say there has been demand to host more so I’ve decided to do a series called ‘Self Love & Lipstick’ presents ……………. and feature different topics all on a similar theme. Feedback from the women that attended was that they’d like to focus in on certain subjects to have more time to chat about these so that’s what I’m going to do! I also plan to roll these out across Yorkshire in my attempt to bring the cool London event vibe up North! If you have ideas on what you’d like to see in future events, ideas for areas and venues to host these in or suggestions for collaborations then please get in touch.
I’d love to hear from you,