The Lifestyle Lab Glasgow
Hello and welcome to the blog for The Lifestyle Lab, Glasgow's newest creative venue for lifestyle and business events, meetings and workshops.
I thought it would be beneficial to do a little blog post to explain what the bloomin' heck The Lifestyle Lab is, where the idea came from and what we are really passionate about achieving.
As a fashion stylist, (I'm Victoria by the way, how very rude of me not to introduce myself) I was on the hunt to find a venue that I could host style workshops and I had some pretty strict criteria about what kind of venue would be suitable for my stylish clients. It had to be a venue that was central with good public transport links (so that there would be no need for a designated driver), had with lots of natural light (it's a blogger thing), that could serve delicious refreshments and somewhere people could get comfy for a couple of hours in a relaxed environment.
It didn't seem like too big an ask for a venue but anywhere suitably stylish also came with a designer price tag. I really wanted a style workshop to be a fun and, more importantly, affordable afternoon out for my clients and none of the gorgeous venues I looked at were going to be cost effective. At the other end of the spectrum in terms of locations, anywhere affordable was, to be perfectly honest, soulless and void of any character or charm, two qualities I rate very highly when it comes to how I wish to represent my business.
Rather than settle for anything less than perfect, I decided, in a spur of the moment decision, that I would simply have to create my own venue that was stylish, intimate and relaxing.
I did a lot of research and attended a lot of workshops to try and learn as much as I could about creating a business which is sustainable and offers something different to the demanding and ever-changing Glasgow market.
The workshops I attended were fairly traditional as far as workshops go; rows of desks, rooms full of people who don't make eye contact with each other, awkward tea breaks where everyone sits on their phone, bare walls, lifeless rooms which completely lacked in inspiration and positive energy. I didn't leave any workshop feeling excited or positive: I was mostly just glad to actually leave.
The thought of returning to this type of workshop setting was wholly unappealing but continuous learning is something which is so important in business, and in life in general, I guess.
Again, rather than accepting the 'norm' in terms of venues to continue my learning in, I decided to create a business and venue that I would want to go to to meet like-minded people who I could actually start a conversation with all whilst learning from experts in their fields, not just in terms of business, but all other aspects of lifestyle too.
I'd all of a sudden given myself quite a sizeable task but the plan was pretty simple; I needed to create a space that was comfortable, relaxing and that had a really positive energy that hopefully inspired people to dream a little bigger.
Luckily, I know of quite a few other girls who are all running thriving, successful and creative businesses in Central Chambers on Hope Street in Glasgow so it was a no-brainer that this was exactly where I needed to be too.
Before I had time to change my mind, I found myself standing alone with a set of keys, a signed lease and a pretty lengthy to-do list in a lifeless office which would soon be transformed into The Lifestyle Lab.
I'm going to do another blog post on the 'Changing Rooms' style makeover to the office (all I will say is that involved a lot of 'IKEA hacks' searches on Pinterest and a plethora of Montana Rose Gold spray paint) so I won't go into too much detail here but a LOT of work (and a hefty amount of taking advantage of my Dad's/brother's DIY skills) went into making it feel less, well, office-y.
I want anyone who comes to The Lifestyle Lab to feel like they're popping round to a friends house for advice rather than attending a workshop which can feel a bit more intimidating. Hopefully the fact that it is a such a small venue will create a more supportive and encouraging atmosphere.
Since I picked up my keys on the 28th November last year, my feet have barely touched the ground but I've been completely overwhelmed with how supportive and encouraging everyone has been.
Each week, actually no, every HOUR right now feels a bit like a rollercoaster of emotions. From waking up in the middle of the night panicking and thinking, 'WHAT THE F*CK AM I DOING??' to doing a little happy dance in the office every time someone books a ticket to a workshop or books an event to feeling a bit emotional when someone leaves me a really nice comment on my social media accounts or brings me a little good luck card or present. Yeah... it's pretty exhausting!
So far, The Lifestyle Lab has played host to two successful networking lunches, a style workshop, a photography workshop, a social media workshop and had an amazing press launch party for LookLook Photo Booth. I've got some really big brands booked in for events in the next couple of weeks which I'm so excited about too!
I've also got a lot more workshops planned and, I'm not going to lie, they are pretty much all going to be about things that I want to learn about. I may be blonde but I'm going to be the most knowledgable blonde ever in no time at all... 😉
The last three and a half months have been a steep learning curve but the challenge has been a weirdly enjoyable one, if a little stressful at times.
I'm so excited for the year ahead and I look forward to sharing my journey (I do realise that sounds a bit X-Factor-y... sorry!) but thank you to everyone who has followed me on social media, attended an event or workshop, booked The Lifestyle Lab or recommended it to someone else, it really does mean a lot to me!
My tea and coffee making skills have increased exponentially since I've launched so if you'd like to pop in for a cuppa just drop me a little email and I'll put the kettle on!