Saturday, 11 May 2019

Selfie Factory: a colourful fun-house!

As soon as I heard about the Selfie Factory I knew I had to go ASAP! Described as a "quirky, interactive experience for selfie-taking", the pop-up place luckily appeared at one of our favourite haunts, Bluewater. Intrigued, we wandered in and were shown a demo of what to expect should we enter. Colourful rooms, babetown backdrops and a fun place to get lots of insta-worthy dreaminess to satisfy your feed. Completely cliche for the millennial era, but I was 100% hooked and walking on sunshine when we booked our tickets. Glimpses of a pink ball pit and the promise of changing rooms for the army of outfits you're willing to bring had sealed the deal. 

For someone always on the look out for that colourful photo opp, the Selfie Factory entranced me instantly. The first Instagram inspired fun-house in the UK, it's nice to finally get something like that over here. We booked a 1 hour slot, and upon arrival found it to be quite busy. Initially I wondered whether we would get the photos in the rooms I wanted, but luckily everyone there chopped and changed quite a lot, meaning any pop-up you fancied was pretty much free at some point. The Selfie Factory hosts about a dozen or so backdrops, all quirky and eclectic. I thought it would be fun to share my favourite rooms with you, and show you what to expect should you visit the Selfie Factory yourself!

Pink ball pit! 

Diving into the ball pit, swimming around amongst all the pink, and all the while curious glances emerged from outside of the shopping centre which made me laugh. People wondered what the hell was going on - the pink ball pit the only slice of Selfie Factory on display to the outside shopping centre. Swept away by all the pink, we got various Boomerangs and photos, and I laughed off all the strange looks and finger pointing we kept getting from passers-by. I seriously didn't want to leave! I want my future living room to be a massive pink ball pond, just saying....

Balloon wall 
A celebratory gathering of pink and white balloons, this display caught my eye first. Balloons have been high up on my agenda recently; as you've probably seen from my birthday captures in London. I love how simple yet stunning this feature was, a dose of fairytale fever for your camera roll! I wore my new orange lace crop cami top from Missguided, alongside my favourite Skinnydip flamingo bag, trusty pink denim skirt and wedge sandals, also from Missguided. My shell necklace was an impulsive buy from Topshop, it's what mermaid dreams are made of! The one pop-up I hadn't really known about, this balloon wall soon became a firm favourite. Opposite the balloon wall was a multi-coloured pastel wonderland of roses, all colours of the rainbow. 

Doughnut wall 
Having admired the likes of Museum of Ice Cream in the US, the doughnut wall finally brought some sugary sweet magic my way. Hot pink deckchairs sat before the cutest display of doughnuts you did see. 

Rainbow room 
My dream living room would look like this, anyone else? I settled in the sunshine yellow armchair and decided to dial. By this point I'd changed into my "sunshine on my mind" crop from Topshop. Yellow heels to match, which suited the mood of this room perfectly. 

Confetti Cave 

Colourful confetti strewn across the floor, dotty walls and a party the night away vibe, this room had me heart-eyed. Honestly? Twirling around whilst throwing confetti aimlessly in the air is a task and a half. I changed into my ice cream dress and candy beaded sunglasses to switch things up. In hindsight I wish I'd used more outfits for the photos, but I was so excited and just wanted to experience it all!

Pink Diner 
This baby pink booth with surrounding hot pink walls came complete with make believe milkshakes and its own dreamy dialling system - for an emergency fast food fix I'm guessing? 

"Pink is always an option" 
Come on babes, need I say more? Channel your inner Mean Girl with this sassy statement.

Angel halo & wings 
I'm loving angels (or being an angel) instead. Out of all the displays, this one stood out in all its evangelical glory. Instant halo status? Yes please. Reminiscent of Instagram's glittering halo and wings filter, this darling display is a must for all my fellow pinkaholics out there. 

The Selfie Factory finished their run at Bluewater on May 5th. They are yet to announce their next pop-up location, but I'm looking forward to where they choose next! Previously the Selfie Factory has been at Shoreditch, and I'm hoping they may make a return to Bluewater in the future. I'll be first in line! 

In other news, I've got an interview up with The Artisan Detour where I talk more about my writing, plus I've composed an original short story which I hope you enjoy too! The Artisan Detour is a platform for creatives, all about encouraging and inspiring dream-chasing, giving artists a space to share their talents. I feel so blessed and lucky to have been a part of it! ♥︎