It’s not often that I find myself at press events really, but with a new flat to deck out I decided to hop west and visit Olympia in Kensington for Pulse London, a 3 day show for all things lifestyle, home ware and gifting. Was it worth travelling like 20 stops on the tube? Let me tell/show you:
The main reason I had travelled across half of London, was for one of the discussion panels hosted by Daniel Nelson from Ateliertally with Sarah Akwisombe and Grant from Interior Style Hunter. The discussion was based on blogging for business and the trio talked about a number of interesting points including how they work with brands, how to grow your audience and how their blogs have helped them professionally in an industry that they had no prior experience with.
I found the whole discussion very interesting and reassuring – I found myself nodding in agreement through out. Like everyone, I go through those patches where I question why I’m blogging. I’m glad that I have a small, but brilliantly loyal and engaged community of lovely people and that’s definitely more valuable than a large follower count with no interaction. The guys on the panel seemed to agree too! The whole discussion is available to watch below (if it works?) or over on the weblogdesign Facebook page (which you should give a thumbs up btw).
After all that chat I popped into the Press area to get my bearings and a cuppa green tea, before venturing out into the vast sea of stalls. We’d be here all year if I told you about everything, so instead let me tell you about my Pulse London highlights:
I stumbled across some familiar faces including Sass & Belle (whose Covent Garden store I always pop into when I’m in the area) with a lovely pastels selection, Ohh Deer who curate the #Papergang stationery boxes – head over to my Youtube to watch me un-box the April and new May boxes…
… and Timbergram, which helped me reminisce back to my University days… scarily almost 3 years ago now! At our degree show private view we presented the tutors with a wooden postcard to say thank you – they make lovely gifts!
I also stumbled across some new, but lovely discoveries including the lovely couple who run jot; hand made notebooks with beautiful marbling, foiling and neon accents.
A stall which I was immediately drawn to because it was completely rammed of so many amazing things was Temerity Jones, who sadly only wholesale at the moment. Seriously, that place is a blogger’s heaven – cacti, cool lights, signs and cute home wares. But watch this space as they might be launching a website soon.
I couldn’t resist snapping Sour Cherry’s balloon display…
I was instantly attracted to this brightly coloured wall – an abstract pattern of shapes. But on closer inspection I discovered some amazing triangle clutch bags and other fun leather brooches and mini goodies by Ark.
If I had to choose an overall favourite stall, it would be lollipop who had everything covered: origami, stationery and home wares. I recognised the shiny shiny astronomy themed mugs from a shopping trip to Liberty London, and coo-ed over the foiling. The lady didn’t seem to mind 🙂 PLUS she had an egg machine where I won a pin badge of one of her little origami characters – woo!
Lollipop also have a home wares range with grid decor plates which would even make fish fingers and peas look Instagram ready! I explained that I wasn’t sure if I would be able to eat from them, for dear of scratching them – am I right?
Feeling quite overwhelmed, I decided it was time to head home and help Jack build some furniture…
My first experience of Pulse was good. I found everyone to be quite friendly, but not overly pushy which was good. Today (Tuesday 17th May) is the final day, so if you make it over to Kensington then look out for these stalls. If not, then I’m glad I was able to give you a flavour of whats to come for the next year.
I was really pleased to see that Graphic Design had influenced a large range of products and brands, which means that we’re hopefully one step closer to becoming a more stylish world 🙂 I mentally left with an empty bank balance anyway…
What was your favourite item from my Pulse highlights? Let me know 🙂