So last night I was lucky enough to attend the Company Magazine Style Blogger Awards 2013. It was an amazing night, and I’m only now feeling well enough to post my photos after a very late night and one too many bubbles 😉
Here’s what I decided to wear after a lot of outfit changes (I tried on moe than 40 dresses, no joke!) and I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that no-one else was wearing the same dress as me, phew. Thank goodness, because I was papped by the magazine’s photographer and the photo ended up being published in the style section of the Company website!
Flocked dress from Apricot ~ Jacket from New Look (it’s coral not orange, honestly)~ Belt borrowed from LaceyinPlaces ~ Necklace, a birthday gift from my fabulous friend Claire ~ Shoes from Teen Department of New Look ~ Handbag from carboot sale!
It was a super-glitzy event at the amazing Corbet Place venue just off Brick Lane, and I was so impressed with the range of treats and entertainment that Company Magazine had lined up for us bloggers.
First we enjoyed a glass of bubbly whilst chatting to our blogging colleagues and snacked on sushi (although I stuck to the veggie rolls!). It was so lovely to meet all the other shortlisted bloggers in ‘real life’ and really get to know them. A few guest-post suggestions were discussed over blogger-themed cocktails, so watch this space for some fantastic fashion content coming your way soon! We took it in turns to have false lashes professionally applied by The Vintage Cosmetic Company. I never wear lashes for fear of them popping off in public, but these were very light and natural and I’ve been converted! Pinterest party queens Pinned it! Made It! hosted a craft session (in the photo above) for us all to bling up a pair of sunglasses with flowers, scrabble tiles and crystals. Plus we were treated to a sneak peek of the new collection from New Look (great fun for a super-nosy blogger!)
Company Magazine editor Victoria White announced the winners and it was so lovely to see the reaction of the crowd as all the bloggers cheered on the winners. I snapped a few photos as the winners collected their awards but missed a few in all the excitement – they will all be in July’s Company magazine so you can check out the full list of winners there or on the Company website. We were all genuinely delighted for each other; we had read each others blogs and really appreciated each others talent. It was such a lovely, supportive atmosphere and a nicer group of people you couldn’t wish to meet.
What really made my night was meeting my fellow Oxfam Fashion blogger Laurie Rose who blogs at MyBlueRinse. We’ve chatted over Twitter since I began blogging for Oxfam and when we finally got together in real life you couldn’t shut us up! We had a fantastic evening giggling over cocktails and hijacked the Dream Booth taking photo after photo of us with all the silly props they provided. It was lovely to meet Sophie from La Vie Sophie, Meg from Wonderful You, Amy from The Pretender (it turns out she went to the same uni as me!), Ella from Helloellaxo, Victoria from In The Frow and Hannah & Rosie from The New Craft Society. When you’ve been reading a blog for so long, its wonderful to see the person behind it and this was something I particularly enjoyed about going to this event – the chance to put faces to URLs and really feel part of the blogging community – it turns out that I’m not on my own, there are hundreds of us tip-tapping away out our computers every day, and it’s a lovely feeling to know I’m not alone 🙂