Saturday, 28 July 2018

Louise Pentland's 'Wilde About The Girl' Preview Party

On Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the preview party for Wilde About The Girl, Louise Pentland's second novel. Wilde Like Me, her first book, was a huge success, and having enjoyed Louise's online content for a few years, I knew I had to go - for that, and also who can resist that stunning coral cover?

The party was at the flagship Benefit Cosmetics store on London's Carnaby Street. As I waited for Google Maps to load on my phone outside the tube station, I was nearly abducted, dear reader. Yes, a random man decided to drag me away by the hand so we could 'talk', and then asked me to go to a nearby restaurant and sit with him. Funnily enough I decided against being trapped in a situation with this random dude, made my excuses, and walked away. I don't care if you 'get lonely sometimes', I would quite like to stay alive long enough to read this book I'm about to go and celebrate.

ANYWAY. (Yay London...) Benefit is a predominantly pink brand, and the room downstairs was the perfect location to match a gorgeous book. There were canapés and drinks, pink sofas, goodie bags, piles of books adorning the surfaces and a surprisingly heavy Instagram frame. ("I can hold my drink too! Wait, no I can't...")

Excuse the photos, it was 34C and I didn't want to lug around more than I had to which meant leaving my camera at home. These are phone pictures, but they do the job just about...

Zoom in to see what people wrote. I won't tell you which is mine...

It was a very intimate party, and it felt great to actually have proper conversations with most of the people there. Sometimes you can go to a book launch and not even get chance to speak to the author (as it was, we spent about half an hour towards the end sat at a table talking about anything and everything, it was most excellent.) I also spoke to two lovely competition winners, Jade and Amelia, as well as a blogger I know from Twitter called Zarina, and numerous people from Bonnier Zaffre. I was feeling very anxious at the beginning (yep, that's made a comeback) but it was such a lovely evening and I'm so glad I was able to go.

I said this on my Instagram (oh hi, follow me!) but I'll say it here too: it's been a joy to watch Louise's journey, from when I was a young teen obsessing over YouTubers, to growing up and joining that world myself and seeing them go on to achieve even bigger and better things. I cannot wait to read about Robin and Lyla's adventures, and additionally to see what's next in store for Louise. Having interviewed her earlier this summer for my Wonder Women series, it was a pleasure to meet her in person.

And now for our usual sneak peek into the goodie bag, because everyone loves a goodie bag!

How cute is Lyla's snack pack? And yes, the gigantic bar of Galaxy did melt on the way home but I ate it anyway.

Thank you so much to Bonnier Zaffre for a lovely evening. I can't wait to read Wilde About The Girl, and you can pre-order your copy here!

1 comment :

  1. The party sounds so lovely! I adore Louise and love that she's getting embraced by the book blogging community. Her books don't sound like something I'm drawn to at the moment, but I feel like they might be one day.

    I applaud you sense of humor about the scary incident. Seriously, though, the nerve of some men. I'm glad you were able to exit that situation safely!