The night was drawing to a close and as the world began to lay down their sleepy heads, my phone tinkled merrily, as an email landed momentarily in my inbox. I sifted through the junk mail until at last, by jove I had found the treasure I had been waiting for, a hidden gem of an email that requested my attendance to ‘The Ultimate Adexe Watch‘ hunt taking place at none other than Moxy London. I remember a November evening spent in neoprane delight, watching the Moxy world light up with sensual naughtiness. The pillows were fluffed and the mirrors personalized, in lipstick our names were written, the lights were dimly lit. Until 5 .30 AM we laughed and laughed, two grown adults transformed into children once more. I snapped to reality and remembered where I was ‘Ah yes’ I cried, my acceptance is a must. For Twas the weekend before Easter, when the Adexe Watch Hunt took place, a magical two days of laughter, new friends and new beginnings. We would clasp our watches onto our wrists with a gleam in our eye,we would shake our hips to the beat of another drum and we would talk and talk into the early hours of the morning, until at last, our eyes felt heavy with sleep, and we collapsed into slumber once more.
Morning had broken and the day of reckoning was here, our suitcases packed, we waited impatiently for evening to arrive. The skies had clouded over and threatened to spill its liquid load, but nevertheless we skipped into Moxy London Stratford, with hope in our hearts. And so the night began, like nesting dolls, each secret was unpeeled, one activity at a time. A Salsa teacher arrived, buoyant and energetic, strong Spanish lines with pizazz and flair, and together we danced as one. We felt the beat of the music course through our veins, forgetting for a moment that we were in public and losing ourselves in the sensuality of the dance. It was almost primal, the way we danced, like imaginary lovers were there on the sidelines, waiting to sweep us off our feet. The music changed and the drinks were poured, prosecco and wine, gulped thirstily as we wiped the sweat off our faces. But this was not the end of our dancing career, oh no, with gentle encouragement the night of ‘Adexe’ was in full swing, until at last, with our bodies fatigued but gladness in our hearts, we sank into the bench, grabbing greedily at the tortilla chips and dips that were calling my name.
The Salsa teacher bid us goodbye and we smiled wistfully, wondering whether we would ever be able to dance the way that she did, so effortlessly across the floor. But while we were never going to be dance champions, when we were told that dinner was served, we immediately ran to the awaiting table that seemed to sparkle in the distance. And as we stepped through the mirage and into the Adexe Watch Hunt world, we found a beautiful miracle waiting for us. It wasn’t just the rows of delicious veggie pizza or the glasses of wine so nochantly placed, nor was it the bloggers who tore into their pizzas as famished as me. But it was the simple black boxes, wrapped in a bow and a name tag, with none other than ‘Faded Spring’ written in italics. The black box seemed to course with a mysterious energy, and with a slice of pizza in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, the wine was placed gently on the table as I took a look into my mysterious package. Lo and behold, a golden green gem lay inside. A green ‘St Patrick’s Day’ inspired watch that was miniature enough to fit my petite watch. It was glorious and as it counted down the hours, tick tock tick, I turned and smiled at Taty, who blew a kiss right my way.
The fun wasn’t over yet, with bangles a’jangling and heels clacking on the stone floors, we made our way to the ‘fun room’ where Jenga blocks were waiting to be assembled, where the table was cleared mysteriously before our very own eyes and where the sound of simultaneous laughter, was like a soothing balm to the senses. We left our worries at home, and our strife in the hidden corners of our mind; for one night only we had a chance to forget and forget we did. We played charades mimicking classic films and shows, bursting into laughter every time someone mimed, we played Jenga with winning in our minds and most of all, brand and bloggers came together as one , dissipating into one friendship group, where boundaries ceased to exist. In this moment, there were no worries, no singular thoughts other than who would win, and it was a refreshing thought at that. The inky black darkness outside didn’t stop us from making the most of our newfound freedom and we challenged strangers to a game of ‘Foozball’ to sate our competitive thirst. We won, several times in fact and our chest swelled with pride as we bid our new friends goodbye. Upstairs in the lift we went, counting the floors until we would see our room once more.
The night was young still and as we burst into our rooms, we let out a little squeal of delight. Initials left on the bed, silver and gold balloons, personalized schedules and a goody bag lying in wait. Two twin beds laid side by side, mine and Taty’s balloons cascading across our beds, as it danced to the beat of another drum. But what would we find inside I hear you ask? There were vegan chocolates, raspberry and chia, miniature bites of deliciousness from Pacari UK. There was fuchsia nail polish, vibrant against the darkness of the night, from none other than Orly Nails, nestled in a treasure trove of goodies for our skin. A gold hydrogel mask from Skin Republic and a scented facial oil from Lola’s Apothecary were vying for our attention, blue and white packaging juxtaposed against the clarity of the thick sumptuous oil. A story was told that night of two girls together at last, firm friends who would have the rest of the night to stay up chatting, despite our obvious fatigue. Gently placing our goodies on the floor, we ran out into the corridors, balloon in hand, taking photos in the middle of the night like morning had broken. Famished after all our extra curriculars we crept downstairs once more, like a pair of naughty school children who were breaking all the rules.
And when at last our downstairs fun had come to an end, into the elevator we went again, before climbing into our beds, ready to let sleep claim us. But still we talked, friends sharing secrets, friends giggling away. Eventually it was 5 AM and I sank into a dreamless brief slumber, Taty next to me snoring gently, peacefully sleeping until the ink black skies melted into pristine white clouds. The sun shone through our windows, warmer than the day before and we headed down to breakfast, in our morning attire, bleary eyed but ravenous nonetheless. Croissants, pasties, muffins and yogurt galore, washed down with fresh orange juice, our stomachs were rumbling no more. At last our bellies were sated and we settled into our next adventure, the Easter Egg Adexe Watch Hunt with Big Smoke Events At Moxy London. In pairs we went, me and Eboni determined to win the competition to be crowned the ultimate Easter Egg champion. We put on our metaphorical crowns and wiped the dust off our cloaks, as we charged into the morning light to battle against our peers. We danced in front of strangers, as they struggled to contain their laughter, we posed like Fashion Models to celebrate Fashion Weeks Past but best of all we raced through our 25 challenges with sheer Ecstasy and adrenaline , as we forget about the world around us, becoming at one with the Easter Egg Adexe Watch Hunt.
Down the rabbit hole we went, snapping selfies with a large pink rabbit that was ever so suspiciously familiar and into the unknown we crawled as we snapped, videoed, Instagrammed and fought our way into the only Easter battle that truly mattered. At last we hopped like rabbits back to Moxy London, awaiting the results of the competition organized by Adexe Watches. We laughed and we laughed as we squeezed out real tears of joy at the presentation of all our ‘competition efforts’ that they had put together for our very own amusement. And despite not winning, we had come very close, awarded with a hamper that even the imaginary Gods would be proud of. There were scented treats from Patesserie Bain, enveloped in a brown and lilac box that was reminiscent of retro 50’s memorabilia. Hand creams that smelt like chocolate and raspberries and cream came to mind , wafting under our nostrils like edible delights. Two nail polishes , glitter and burgundy from Orly Nails rolled down to my feet, while on top was a large black box, with ink black confetti, concealing the mystery that lay inside. And lo and behold Lola’s Apothecary had struck gold again,inside the raven beauty was a massage and body oil named ‘Delicate Romance’ and a ‘soothing bath and shower gel’ called ‘Sweet Lullaby’ that would undoubtedly lull us off to sleep.
The treats didn’t end there either, two sumptuously iced cupcakes from the infamous ‘Lola’s Cupcakes’ to reward us for our hard work, buttercream and iced bunnies lolling on the tip of our tongue. Creamy and delicious, with sticky fingers we combed through the rest of our hamper, an emerald green choker necklace, with semi precious stones and a rose quartz bracelet from Orelia, were presented with a £50 voucher from LOTD. Already I was dreaming of the clothes I would buy, for a holiday to Tuscany with Marie, floral jumpsuits in satin and florals, with whimsical shirts that would catch the readers eye. There would be pillarbox reds and teal greens, sunhats galore and cat eye sunglasses too. But in mind, for those of us who had not clenched the first spot, there were no losers, only winners, who regardless of what position they ranked had won the gift of each others company. And that was the most precious gift of all.
We lugged our suitcases behind us, leaving behind our home for the night, the crisp clear sky , bathing us in a serene, tranquil breeze, the day was not yet over and onto another adventure we must go, but one thing is for certain we would never forget. We would never forget the brands who gifted us and made us feel welcome, we would never forget Moxy London and their generous hospitality but most of all we would never forget Adexe Watches, who were our guardians in an unknown place. attending to our every need and putting together the most incredible event that us influencers had ever seen. Later that night, as I demolished the rest of my creamy, rich cupcakes, my eyes roved over the memories from the night before; rose petals, scents and all things sweet and spice, laughter, dancing heels and a photo reel of stories that would be remembered for years to come. I sank my head into my pillow once more, sans balloons and dreamed of watches, watches dancing in a world where time stood still. Mesh bands with miniature faces, rose gold, silver and something in between. We would dive into the scented waters of Patesserie Bain and Lola’s Apothecary while e munched on iced cupcakes. We would lather our faces with serum and go shopping with LOTD from the comfort of our own home and when the mermaids would come a’calling, we would imagine that this was all a dream and that we were living in a fairytale. But it wasn’t a dream… It was a reality.
What Was Your Favourite Part Of The Adexe Watch Hunt?
Please note this post is in collaboration with Adexe Watches who we should all give a round of applause to. Not only did they give us a salsa lesson, dinner, drinks, games, goody bags, hampers and more but they also too our dietary needs and lifestyle choices into account. Regular readers will know that I am a vegetarian with allergies who has a vegan and cruelty free lifestyle, so not only did they give me vegetarian dinner options but they also presented me with a Vegan mesh watch called ‘Freerunner In Petite Shamrock but they also made sure that every single skincare brand, beauty brand, clothing and jewellery brand were cruelty free and vegan. Considering at most events I can’t use most of the goody bags that I am gifted I was truly touched by their generosity. I would also like to thank all the brands who sponsored the event including Lola’s Cupcakes, Skincare Republic, Pacari UK, Lola’s Apothecary, Orly Nails, LOTD, Big Smoke Events, Patesserie Bain and Orelia Jewllery. And a massive thumbs up to the always delightful Moxy London Stratford for having us round for a massive sleepover and night of fun. In fact I was so happy with all my goodies that I want you to have a piece of the fun too! Use my code FadedSpring15 for 15% off all Adexe Watches valid for two weeks only.
Plus for those of you who want to get a greater insight into my vegan and cruelty free goodies and my thoughts on what I received, stay tuned for a ‘weekly cruelty free favourites roundup’ coming to yours truly very soon.