Autumn Fair - Take 2!

When I got the call from the wonderful people at the Autumn Fair this year to invite me to speak again, I was over the moon!

Whereas last year I saw the whole event as daunting, speaking alongside CEOs and directors, this year, I was keen to enjoy it more and take it all in my stride.

To make the most of the event, we decided to come up a day early to spend a few hours exploring the exciting city that is Birmingham - and it didn't disappoint!

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Arriving in Birmingham New Street Station, we were thrown straight into the hustle and bustle.

Of course, first paying a visit to every shopper's paradise - The Bullring. Yes, I totally had to queue for my opportunity to take a photo with the bull but it was worth it!

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Nearby, we appreciated the beauty that was St. Martin in the Bullring. I loved the stark contrast of the Bullring's modern architecture adorned in 15,000 aluminium discs compared to the Church's Grinshill stone - old and new, side by side.

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The place was a hub of activity - people enthusiastically shopping, grabbing a quick coffee, playing ping pong on the outdoor tables and from around the corner you could hear the call of the market stall owners...

The Bullring Markets - selling everything you could ever imagine from huge sacks of fluffy pillow stuffing to fresh fruit and vegetables - the energy was infectious!

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With shopping done, we settled down for food at Wagamamas and thought it was best to head home for an early night's sleep.

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Back at the hotel room, I prepared my Autumn Fair outfit (a cute little number from Fashion Union and Kurt Geiger shoes - got to dress to impress!) and practised my presentation one more time.

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Up bright and early the next day, we took a cab to the National Exhibition Centre. As soon as we arrived at the venue, I could feel the buzz - the Autumn Fair attracts some 27,000 visitors every year.

Excuse the blurriness - I was a cocktail of nerves and excitement!

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Once checked-in, I took a moment to marvel at my badge - seeing "Superpeach" and "VIP" together on the same piece of paper really meant so much to me!

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Arriving at the theatre nice and early, I could see my name on the boards, leaflets and TV screens - I swear no matter how many times I see it I'll always get a rush of excitement!

I made sure to run around like a goofball taking selfies with all of them.

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Prior to being introduced on stage, I was really nervous (despite having practised, practised and practised some more), only to be reassured by the wonderfully friendly staff who work at the Fair, but once on stage, I loved every second especially as the audience was amazing!

It feels fantastic to share what I've been working so hard on and I feel so grateful to be able to tell my story.

After the presentation, I spent some time exploring the venue - 5 halls filled with 1400 exhibitors, there was so much to see and do! The Autumn Fair also serves as a great place for me to get inspiration for Superpeach as the place is brimming with plenty of fun and flirty products.

Then I made my way to the Speakers' Lounge and took a moment to admire it in all its pink glory! Here, we sat for coffee and sandwiches so I could catch up on Superpeach's social media, before heading back to the station for the train back to London.

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A massive thank you to all my friends and family who sent in good luck messages - they mean the world to me and of course, to the Autumn Fair for giving me the opportunity to do this!