After quitting my job to blog full time I was scared but strangely exhilarated. Despite the large dent in my bank account and impending rent and bills looming over my head, I relished the challenges that each day brought. No longer were my days confined by routine and instead I could be free to make each moment different to the next; in short full time blogging meant that no two days were the same. We often question, when it comes to making large decisions whether we made the right choice but the truth is we are scared of the unknown and that’s ok. Leaving the security of a full time job can be frightening but it is something I would recommend to anyone who is in a job that does not appreciate their worth and treats them like crap. Within a week of quitting my job, I won a holiday to Blogger competition to Tuscany, got offered a mini break in Spain, increased my traffic and had the freedom to attend events to network with other bloggers. Best of all, I now had time to talk to you guys, my friends and readers who have been with me every step of the way and for that I am truly grateful.
It is because of you that all of this is possible and I can’t thank you, my readers enough. But as usual I am rambling; when Spaseekers got in touch inviting me to their blogger meet up and spa treatment ‘evening’ I was more than happy to take them up on the offer. After all where there is food, rest assured I will be there snacking away in the corner making a right pig of myself. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse and to my delight my gal Shelley was also invited, so we made our way to The Mayfair Hotel together. Having been opened in 1927, The Mayfair Hotel cleverly mixes ‘contemporary design’ with its Edwardian roots. Ironically The Mayfair Hotel’s ostentatious display of grandeur somehow appears to retain ‘refined elegance’ as opposed to the ‘tacky gimmicks’ some historic hotels can often employ to remain ‘current’ and ‘marketable’. There are the sleek stone pillars, with green shrubbery overlooking its entrance, while inside sleek marble tables are highlighted by natural lighting that bursts through the windows.
Self ‘described as the ‘fortress of tales’ The Mayfair Hotel might be famed for its wild ‘parties’ during Fashion week and be revered for its ability to keep ‘high profile guests’ identities hidden, but for one night only us chosen few; Shelly (Popular Blogger), Albertine (Blogsphere Editor), Leigh (Blogger & Social Media Wizard) & Rebecca (Blogger) were given the ‘right royal treatment’. From a pleasurable run through the history, goals and future plans of the hotel to an unmissable ‘feast’ as supplied by Mayfair Kitchen, we were treated like VIP’s from the very start and I couldn’t be happier. Interestingly it wasn’t the delicious food, spa treatment or goodies that was the highlight of the night, although more on that later. I had noticed that Spa Seekers had chosen ‘micro-influencers in the 7-14 K following range, despite influencers in the 70-80 K bracket having applied to attend the event. When I asked the staff what made them choose us, they replied that it was our ‘engagement’ because we had all had exceptionally high engagement rates for our following.
For example I now have 8.2 K followers on Instagram but last Tuesday I had 7.4 K, with an engagement ratio of 17. 8 %, with an average of 1.2 K likes per photo. Knowing that there are brands and corporations out there who want to work with you based on ‘your engagement’ rather than ‘following’ is gratifying. After all, we have all worked hard so regardless of how many followers you have, you should always be rewarded for the time and effort that you put into your business. And that wasn’t the only surprise; in the brief it stated that there would be ‘outstanding nibbles’ alongside our bubbly but I had no idea just how ‘outstanding’ the food selection would be. Supplied by May Fair Kitchen, our food was selected from the A La Carte and set menu, featuring dishes that were inspired by the Mediterranean.
Based on the Mediterranean principle of ‘tapas’ small Italian and Spanish inspired plates of vegetarian and meat based dishes were wafted tantalizingly in front of us. From the delectable Tomato and manchego arancini with spicy mayo (£10) to Rocket and Parmesan pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, I was surprised as to how many vegetarian options there was at our event. At best, I am lucky if I come away having eaten cupcakes at most events, but the staff truly catered to me and Leigh who are both veggies. To compliment our stunning tapas selection we were consistently topped up with a light fruity bubbly, that accentuated the fresh authentic ‘Med’ flavours. While the majority of the dishes were vegetarian, meat options were not lacking and included Chilli panko tiger prawns with jalapeño emulsion (£14) and Serrano jamón and manchego croquettas (£12) among others.
While I ate enough to last me a week, I was ready for my 30 minute back massage treatment in the Mayfair spa, so I was accompanied by Shelley, who had opted for the same treatment. Being a ‘cruelty free’ blogger, I made sure to ask whether the treatments were tested on animals prior to attending the event and to my relief and delight all of the products used were cruelty free. I have to admit I felt a little uncomfortable being ‘massaged’ by a man when I was sitting there in my underwear but nevertheless I did enjoy the treatment and noticed the firm pressure had unlocked some of the tension that was in my shoulders and upper back. As I have scoliosis and hyper-mobile joints, among chronic back issues, back massages are not ‘relaxing’ and can be quite painful but for me that is a good thing because A. I have a high pain threshold and B. pain means that the treatment is working. After all, no pain, no gain!
We were then taken into the relaxation room, where we were given complimentary Sangria’s made with Baigorri Rioja Blanco or Baigorri Rosado, RinQuinQuin, lychee, elderflower and lemon. The cocktail was refreshing and quenched our thirst post-treatment, but it also relaxed us into a state of placid relaxation. Joined by Leigh, we were handed our goodie bags which contained skincare products, handbooks and jellies (which we gave to Shelley who had never been more delighted to have vegetarian friends!) and headed into the herbal sauna to unlock our pores. The sauna was steaming hot and we worked up quite a sweat but ironically it was the aromatic steam room that we stayed the shortest amount of time in, as we were already boiling from the sauna. To close our pores we used the ice fountain, which felt cooling on our warm skin.
I was pleasantly surprised by the warm service that we had received throughout the Spa Seekers event; from our outstanding selection of tapas that we ate on the beautiful ‘terrace’ to our mini spa treatments, we were treated with the utmost respect and consideration. Not only did I feel like each staff member was truly invested in their job and possessed a willingness to give us the best ‘experience’ but both Mayfair Hotel and Spa Seekers engaged with and shared our content, which is more than I can say for many brands. No wonder The Mayfair Hotel is 5 stars; in all honesty it was perhaps the best event I have ever attended and I look forward to a warm and bountiful partnership with their brands.
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Please note we were invited to be guests at The Mayfair Hotel by Spa Seekers but this does not affect my opinions and all thoughts are my own.