I’m back to college after the Easter break now, back to reality. I’ve only got a couple of weeks left before my summer exams so the work load has been piled on but on Monday night I had a nice little distraction when Suzanne Jackson came to host a beauty and blogging seminar in the college bar.
I’m sure by now everyone is familiar with Suzanne – she created SoSueMe.ie in 2010 which is now Ireland’s most successful beauty and fashion blog, wrote two bestselling books and created the SoSu range of products which sell out in an instant, not to mention being a social media force of nature!
My friends and I went along to The Dome on Monday night for the seminar which was sponsored by local businesses Castle Pharmacy, Swamp Fashions, Mulligans Pharmacy and Kneisel Jewellers. The bar was packed already when we arrived so we were lucky to grab a table by the side of the stage. Suzanne arrived, accompanied by her fiancé Dylan, and looked as stylish as ever! Wearing a black plunging top, black Molly jeans from River Island and the most gorgeous printed bomber jacket which you can get in the link here. Her sleek pony tail and make up were on point and she used the SoSu lashes which are due to launch in the summer to complete her look. They looked fabulous, amazing length and definition to them so I’m excited to get my hands on some when they’re out!
Suzanne opened with a light hearted comment about the recent controversy on her Instagram page – “How are we all doing? Are we in Galway or are we in Waterford?” to which the crowd giggled. Like she was able to make light of the haters comments which showed her good sense of humour and how down to earth she really is. She then got into a brief background on SoSueMe and how the blog is performing today. It’s amazing to hear that something she started as a hobby has now turned into a full time job for the Co. Dublin native.
The talk progressed into a detailed look back at Suzanne’s career path and how she came to be where she is today. I’m sure that it gave a lot of girls in the audience some hope and inspiration that if you’re not happy with where you’re at right now, there are ways around everything and it all happens for a reason. She then chatted about beauty and demonstrated how to use the SoSu Complete Contour Palette. She talked us through the design process for this also, which was nice to hear something from ‘Behind the Scenes’. The floor was opened to questions and she took time to answer each one of them before the night ended.
Like I said on my Snapchat, I never tire of hearing Suzanne’s story. I’ve followed her blog since 2012 when she wore dresses from my dress hire boutique Glitterati on her holiday in Marbella, (she wrote a blog about it which you can still read here, #throwback 😂) I’ve seen her brand go from strength to strength and that is definitely something that has inspired me and given me the drive to start Holy Chic too. Like she say’s, she was a normal girl working as a receptionist in 98FM and now she has most recently ranked in the Top 16 Digital Influencers, not in Ireland, but in the world!! Even on Monday night when I popped my hand up for a question, straight away she recognised me “Awh there’s Denise!” Yes, I went beetroot red, but it showed me how genuine she is, that still to this day at the high of her fame so far, she remembered me by name.
I was at her Waterford workshop in Faithlegg House Hotel last year so Monday night’s event was like a snippet of what she covers in the workshop, obviously in a much shorter space of time. When she asked the audience if we would like a Waterford workshop, everyone agreed and Suzanne said she would try to make that happen, so if you are in the South East, keep an eye on her social media pages for that announcement! It’s a great, girly day out and I did take so much away from that day, especially if you’re an aspiring/newbie blogger or a fashion and beauty addict like myself 😉
Love, Denise x