Having only just extended the first tentative toe-dip in to the blogosphere, imagine my delight (and only the tiniest smidgen of smugness..) when I managed to bag myself a spot on the guest list for Annie Mo’s VIP bloggers evening!
For those of you who don’t know Aberdeen, Annie Mo’s is an independently owned furniture and homeware retailer based in the heart of the city centre since 1991 (ish…).
For those of you that don’t know me, I’m an interiors nut. As in borderline obsessive. If you could only see the look of sheer weary exasperation on the other half’s face every time I come home clutching another garish cushion looking like I’ve just won the lottery.. I’d pity him if I wasn’t in such a state of cushiony ecstasy.
Anyway, Annie Mo’s just so happens to have been my favourite interiors hotspot for as long as I can remember. Seriously, the whole store is a mirror image of most of my pinterest boards..
Can I just live here please?
Annie Mo’s has the perfect mix of gorgeously tactile, vintage inspired velvet and leathery furniture goodness, blended with contemporary accessories to adorn any surface that are hitting every current trend bang on the head. Prime example: just check out some of the botanical beauties ever so tastefully displayed here…
Getting that serious home inspo itch yet? Yeah, me too..
The evening started with the warmest of welcomes as I dashed in from the rain, soon to be warmed up by a glass of prosecco and a friendly greeting from who turned out to be Judith, the very lovely owner. Maybe I was exuding a subconscious air of ‘first time blogger’, but Judith soon put me at ease and quickly sought out some fellow bloggers for me to mingle with.
A little something chilled to warm the heart.
After a few minutes of socialising and enjoying the refreshments, Levi, store photographer and marketing aficionado, gathered the group and introduced the fabulous in house stylist Pam Picks who was next up to tell us a little about her involvement in the store. Pam basically has my dream job; not only does she source stunning one off pieces of eclectic curios that you can pick up in store, she also offers home styling visits. This lady really knows her stuff, having first started with Annie Mo’s over 15 years ago. What could be better than having someone with such an expert eye for effortless style and decorative flair come to your home and make your creative vision come to life in the blink of an eye? You can make appointments with Pam by calling the store, and I highly recommend that you do.
Pam’s displays were just an Aladdin’s cave of unique treasures..
Nothing was left lacking throughout the evening. Being the ever excellent hosts, Annie Mo’s had kindly arranged refreshments in the form of a tasty selection of ales from Fierce beer, and an assortment of tiny treats from Angus and Ale, even catering to my veggie needs with some delicious wee mushroom sliders – highly recommended!
When the night had finally come to an end and I had made a wish list as long as my arm of dream products for my imaginary ‘one day..’ house, I went on my way having had the most lovely cosy evening and making some fabulous new blogger friends along the way. We were very generously gifted treat filled goody bags (all I’m going to say is, you HAVE to try the scented candles!) and called it a night. All in all, I’d call that a pretty successful debut in to the world of bloggers events. Here’s to many more!
If there’s one message that I can take away from the night, it’s that we need to be shopping local. We need to support our last few remaining retailers that trade with passion and soul while the high street giants dominate heartlessly. We need to shop in places like Annie Mo’s.
Oh, and of course I bought a cushion.. 😉
A selection of goodies I picked up on the night.
P.S. SHOP ONLINE AT Annie Mo’s AND USE DISCOUNT CODE ‘LATENIGHTS10’ TO BAG YOURSELF AN EXCELLENT 10% OFF!