Dress*: Little Mistress at House of Fraser
Clutch*: Kurt Geiger at House of Fraser
Bangle: & Other Stories
Rings: Links of London
With a snapchat story long enough to make a short movie, a dozen overly excited tweets and some serious Insta-spam, I’d be surprised if you didn’t yet know that I went to the BAFTAs. I did. It happened. And honestly? It stills feels like I dreamt it.
I was invited along by House of Fraser, who were the official sponsors of the event and who coincidentally, stock a huge range of beautiful gowns made for the red carpet. So on the day that the email dropped into my inbox, I picked out a beautiful floor-length sequinned black dress from Coast and it arrived the next morning. Unfortunately it didn’t fit so I abandoned my desk, hot-footed it to my nearest store and instead found this gorgeous one-shoulder lilac number, a lovely nude clutch bag and matching heels. Though the dress was a little too big round the bust (surprise surprise), a dash into the tailors 10 minutes before they closed was all it took to make it perfect. I was set to go.
So at around 2pm last Sunday, I got the train into London (in my dress, no less) and met the lovely team along with a few other bloggers at the Mondrian Hotel. We then walked along Southbank (enduring a number of curious stares from onlookers) to the Royal Festival Hall and arrived at the foot of the red carpet, where we snapped plenty of photos – knowing our time on the actual red carpet would be quite limited. And actually, it wasn’t limited but such a whirlwind; of getting in position for photos, of people shouting (I didn’t know before then that the public could crowd around too), of camera flashes and security guards ushering everyone along. I did snapchat some of it but honestly, it was just so overwhelming to stand there and take everything in. It was blazing hot too – around 26 degrees – which is definitely not ideal when you’re wearing a full tulle gown and several inches of makeup. But hey – I loved it.
Once we got inside, we headed straight for the bar and ordered the prosecco. Before the ceremony, we spent time sipping bubbles on the rooftop terrace, overlooking the red carpet with a beautiful view of the Thames. It was a gorgeous balmy evening and watching the sun set before we were seated only added to the magic of the experience.
And the ceremony was brilliant. We had fantastic seats, we laughed, we gasped and we clapped until our hands hurt. It was so incredible to be watching it live, unedited (trust me, there’s a lot they don’t show on TV) and in such a brilliant audience – full of slightly-tipsy, deliriously happy people. And the celeb-spotting? I was doing it all night. I recognised faces every which way I turned.
It was an unforgettable night and I’m thankful that I got to spend it with such a wonderful group of people. I have these photos and several minutes of a snap story that I will cherish forever (and show the grandchildren, one day). So thank you, House of Fraser, for the experience of a lifetime. It was a week ago and I’m still pinching myself …
Disclaimer: all items marked with an asterisk have been gifted to me for promotional purposes.