North West Fashion Festival October 2016

So here I am writing my very first blog post. I hope you enjoy reading it as much I enjoyed creating it.

In October 2016, I attended my very first celebrity event, the North West Fashion Festival in Liverpool. I decided to attend as some of cast members from one of my favourite shows ‘Real Housewives of Cheshire’ would be there. I had always wanted to meet them so this would be the perfect opportunity.



Once the tickets had been booked, then came the task of deciding what to wear. It was nice to take a break from jeans and leggings and look for something a bit different. The planning was exciting and built up the momentum for the event. As a plus size girl, I find picking clothes on a budget that look nice tricky, but I will cover this more in a future post. I opted for a black and white chequered dress from Peacocks with black tights and heeled wedges from New Look and did my own hair and make-up.



We arrived at St. George’s Hall, walked up the big steps ( in heels was no easy task) and into the hall. The first stall I saw was Tanya Bardsley showcasing her jewellery range and self-help book. Immediately I was star struck! But tried to act age appropriate ( I struggle with this at the best of times). I recognised her daughter, mum and PA from the show, and of course asked for pictures straight away, much to my sons embarrassment. They were all so welcoming and friendly, like we had known each other for years. I treated myself to Tanya’s book, which she signed herself, making it an even more personal and individual experience.  I can’t wait to get stuck into it. Tanya was so lovely and even gave my son a big cuddle, which I think he secretly enjoyed.


Next up was the VIP lounge for the complementary glass of champagne. Now this doesn’t happen every day. I’m sat drinking Moet and it tasted amazing, I was in heaven! As I was savouring the moment, a figure caught my attention. It was no other than the fabulous Jsky, Manchester’s very own fashionista, who recently appeared on Extreme Makeovers: On fleek. I’ll admit I didn’t know who he was at that point but I knew he was SOMEONE. He just oozed glamour and sass. Que more pictures and another embarrassing mum moment. Added into the mix was the stunning model, Sam Reece. Could my day get any better?


As I left the VIP lounge, subtly skipping, I heard a familiar giggle nearby from Big Brother star Mark Byron, looking perfect as always, not a hair out-of-place, I couldn’t wait to see him in person and get the all important picture.



The hall was filled was glamorous and eye-catching pop-up stalls, including Dawn Wards new non-surgical clinic, Skulpt. I had the pleasure of meeting her, her husband, Ashley, her mum and three of her four beautiful daughters. It was lovely to see all the support she had with her from her family and friends, including James Golden, Director of PR events company Pink Tiger Productions, and Shameless star Tina Malone.  



I also managed to ‘bump into’ X factor stars Marcus Collins, Keira Weathers and Tom and Laura before settling down to watch the fashion show featuring an array of talented designers. The atmosphere in the hall was electric with everyone having an enjoyable time.




As part of the VIP tickets guests were treated to a complementary treatment in the Harvey Nicols beauty bar, but as I was too busy celeb spotting I forgot to go! Although I did make sure I held onto my goody bag all day, which was full of lots of tasty treats. The whole event from start to finish was arranged to perfection, it was an amazing turn-out but not overly busy where you couldn’t see or do everything.  All the celebs and organisers were happy to talk and interact with the guests, and I’ve even stayed in contact with some since the event. I will definitely be returning next year and I highly recommend it to everyone.





Much love,





  1. Congratulations on your first post! I see you had an extremely interesting time 🙂 Keep it up!

    1. CheshireLiz says:

      Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.

  2. Robin says:

    Congrats on your first post! Love your sense of humor + makeup – great work 🙂

    1. CheshireLiz says:

      I’m glad that came across, thank you so much 😊

  3. Congratulations on your first bog post and welcome to the blogging community. I can already see we are all going to enjoy reading your blog – cant wait for more!

    xo Karoliina |

    1. CheshireLiz says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my post, thank you very much 😊

  4. Laina Leigh says:

    Looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jasmin N says:

    Wonderful first post! 🙂 Looks like you had so much fun at the festival 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N

  6. Sarah says:

    Congrats with the first post! And looks like it was a fun event!

    1. CheshireLiz says:

      Thank you so much. It certainly was 😊

  7. MakeUp Fun says:

    So great you had a nice time! I wish I could go to some cool events like this, but where I’m from there is no such thing. xx

  8. kittylimon says:

    great first post, very interesting, and the event seemed like so much fun, thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. klaudia says:

    Congrats on your first post , well done !!! I really enjoyed reading , buuuut …. how could you miss the treatment at the beauty bar ??? LOL I bet , that was an amazing experience for you. Let’s see what you’re going to tell us next year about 🙂

    1. CheshireLiz says:

      I know right? I’m quite ashamed now that I didn’t go haha. Thank you for the lovely comments 😊

  10. Lana says:

    Aww, looks like you had lots of fun. I always love this kind of fashion events!

    1. CheshireLiz says:

      Amazing aren’t they ☺️

  11. Well..way to have a first post! This sounds like a great time, and such lovely people! 🙂

  12. Debbie says:

    Congrats on the first post! And what a post!! Looks like you had such a good time 😊

    1. CheshireLiz says:

      Thank you, yes I definitely did ☺️

  13. Nina Chin says:

    Aw, you met Tanya, she is such a doll. Looks like you’ve had a fab time xx

    1. CheshireLiz says:

      She was so lovely. It was amazing, thank you xx

  14. Elsa Eats says:

    Congratulations on your first post and event! It looks like you had a fun time!

    1. CheshireLiz says:

      Absolutely, it made a lovely change from the norm 😊

  15. Romana Ali says:

    Sounds and looks like you had a fab time!! Jealous much!

    1. CheshireLiz says:

      Haha thank you 😊

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