Books, Shopping, Cupcakes and Smiles

You know one of the nicest parts of my job? When I get to tell someone they have won a competition.  This time it was extra special because it was quite some prize.  Along with Foyles we ran a Diary of a Mall Girl competition in Bliss Magazine, with the winners getting a £150 shopping spree, a manicure, a blow dry and a book picnic party with Luisa Plaja! Not bad huh?

So on Saturday we greeted three very excited and lovely girls, Anna (the winner), Chloe and Lydia (her friends), and Anna’s mum Mirella, and began their whirlwind day at Westfield.

First, off to get their nails done:

Looking good!

Then a quick walk across the mall for a blow dry and style:

Looking glamorous and chatting to Luisa Plaja about Diary of a Mall Girl, teen fiction and writing:

Getting their copies of Diary of a Mall Girl signed:

Then, appetites built by lots of walking and learning about the life of an author, it was time for cupcake decorating!

And there the day ended for us, with smiles and sugar! But for the girls it was time to go and shop till they dropped!

 

 

 

 

 

What a great day it was, a big thank you to Anna, Chloe, Lydia and Mirella for being so much fun, to Luisa for being a star again, Foyles, Bliss and Westfield and to the rest of the CF team for making it all happen.

Can we do it again this weekend please?

The Fox

From Swindon to Hay, with glitter and cupcakes along the way…

To celebrate the release of Diary of a Mall Girl at Curious Fox, I (that’s me, Luisa Plaja) travelled up and down the country visiting schools and libraries for fun-packed and glamorous events. Here are some highlights…

– In Swindon, I spoke to a huge room full of girls at the Isambard Community School. This is a school that plays music in the lunch hall and has an animal room for the use of students  – yes, an entire classroom filled with pets. The lovely staff gave me a full tour, and I was extremely impressed. Thank you to the library staff and all the students! (Read Swindon Library’s roundup here.)

Bristol Central Library’s event gave me my first beauty demo experience. Two already-stunning models were given makeovers before my eyes as I attempted to take mental notes and pictures. This was also my first experience of the fabulous Curious Fox goodie bags. The youngsters in the audience tucked into their lipstick lollies as I chatted to them, and at one stage I was faced with a row of girls whistling into their empty lolly cases. Fun!

– Next stop: Edinburgh! A fantastic turnout at Sighthill Library, where there was bath-bomb making and glitzy cupcake-eating, thanks to the Glitz Lit crew. The writeup on the Edinburgh Library website suggests that I was overwhelmed by the success of the evening – and they’re right!

Barnstaple Library in my home county of Devon put on a huge array of activities – there was something for everyone! A nearby college provided practical hair and beauty hints, hand massage and nail design was available, and we could make our own smoothies. The Body Shop was there and so were the lovely staff from Barnstaple Waterstone’s. It was a magical night.

Bromborough Library hosted a truly wonderful evening filled with quizzes, competitions, mocktails and fun. Read all about it here.

– There were fabulous pink drinks, cupcakes and snacks at Chester Library, a talk and demo from The Body Shop, and lots of Girl Guides in the audience. Some of the students and staff of the school I’d visited earlier even stopped by to see me again!

– Finally, I reached the Northeastern leg of my tour, and my first stop was in Stockton-on-Tees. An absolutely brilliant, fun-packed event was put on by Stockton Library. There were craft tables, makeup tables, nail art, Wii dancing and much more. The lively gathering of teenagers asked me some fantastic questions and made me feel like a superstar!

Newcastle Library put on an amazing hair demonstration as part of a lovely night in the beautiful city centre. And so ended the Lipstick Library Tour.

Then there was the Hay Festival… Oh, what a wonderful time I had at Hay, beneath the artificial stars of the Starlight Stage! I got two small people to interview me about it, and you can read the transcript at Girls Heart Books.

And it’s not over yet! Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the mall… Mall Girl hits Westfield, London!  All readers are very welcome to come and decorate cakes with me at Foyles, Westfield on Saturday 6th July from 1.30pm, find out more here.

Thank you very much to all the inspiring and wonderful book-lovers I met on this tour. A special mention has to go to the people who made it all possible. Thank you, Curious Fox team!

Luisa Plaja
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