Stylist Magazine hosted their first annual event, Stylist Live, in 2015 – and, after last year’s success, SL is back with an even more impressive line-up. To put it simply, Stylist Live is a four-day festival of cocktails, culture, catwalks and conversation – and much, much more.
Although I vaguely remember reading a couple of posts about it on social media, I think I first read about last year’s event on Rosh’s blog – and completely fell in love with it. So when this year’s programme went live, I knew I had to be there.
This year, Stylist Live will take place from Thursday 13 October to Sunday 16 October at the Business Design Centre in London, and will feature hundreds of talks, workshops, catwalk shows, book signings, boutique pop-ups – and more. Caitlin Moran, Sali Hughes, my dear friend Marian Keyes, and Jo Malone will all make an appearance during these four days, in addition to dozens of other presenters and brands. Unfortunately (or luckily?), I’ll be in Rome until the 15th, so I won’t be here for the first three days – but I’ll definitely make my way down to London on the Sunday.
Talks / Workshops
Stylist Live offers more than 150 talks and workshops during these four days, covering everything from fashion and beauty to launching your own business, coding your website, or making money from your blog. Whether you’re a beauty, lifestyle, travel or foodie blogger (or simply interested in lifestyle and culture), there’s something for everyone.
There are so many things I’m interested in and I know I won’t have the chance to go to every single event on my list – but if you need some ideas on what Stylist Live has to offer, these are my favourite workshops from Sunday’s lineup that I’m hoping to attend.
Coding masterclass with Code First: Girls
Being a massive geek, my favourite workshop on the list is a coding masterclass, led by the CEO of Code First: Girls, Amali de Alwis. During her 45-minute workshop, Amali will teach you how to get started with the basics, demystify coding jargon, and show you how learning to code can open up a whole new world and career.
Since I’ve always been in favour of creating my own blog designs, knowing how to tweak certain things in my blog’s template was always essential. And although I managed to figure out the basics throughout these five years, I’d love to know more. I can’t wait to hear Amali’s tips and putting them into action!
How to turn your passion for travel into a successful blog
One of the main reasons why I decided to re-brand my blog last month was that I want to start writing more travel and lifestyle related posts. Travel has been an important part of my life since an early age and I feel like I have so much to talk about – I just need to get started. So when I read about Bonnie Rahkit’s workshop on travel blogging, I knew I had to be there.
Bonnie is the blogger behing Style Traveller, a blog that was voted the UK’s best luxury travel and fashion blog. In this workshop, she talks about her journey from being a fashion editor to becoming a professional travel blogger, and shares her top tips and insider secrets on how to make this glamorous job a reality.
How to find happiness in the everyday
Another event that caught my eye was Rachel Le Feuvre’s Happiness Workshop. Normally, I’m quite a cheerful and optimistic person, but I’m intrigued by the concept. According to the programme, Rachel will teach participants simple guided activities and exercises that are guaranteed to leave you with a long-lasting smile on your face. I mean, who wouldn’t want that?
How to sleep like a baby
Another health / lifestyle topic, and yet another talk I’m intrigued by. Led by physiologist and sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, this 45-minute session will help you learn simple yet effective changes that can make a world of difference to your sleep patterns. The stresses and strains of everyday life can wreak havoc with our sleep quality and energy levels, so knowing how small lifestyle changes can help us overcome our sleep problems is definitely useful. Count me in!
I’m not sure how many of these workshops I’ll manage to attend but whatever happens, I’m sure I’ll have an amazing time. I absolutely cannot wait to see what Stylist Live has to offer – October can’t come soon enough!
(If you need some more information about the festival programme or specific events, you can see the full list here.)
Will I see you at Stylist Live this year? If you attended last year’s event, what were your personal highlights?