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Have you ever opened a magazine to the best dressed pages to ogle all the pretty gowns? Perhaps you’ve even wondered what it’s like to be able to wear one of them? To be at a red carpet event where beads, feathers and bold colours surround you because nothing is too extravagant for the occasion?
I certainly had.
As a long-time reader (and sometimes subscriber) of most fashion magazines, I’ve had my fair share of wonder over the years as my eyes scanned pages of beautiful dresses. I’ve spent hours poring over those pages, admiring the work of the biggest names in fashion and making my first acquaintance with lesser known labels.
Last weekend, I stopped imagining. Dreaming of having of an excuse to get dressed up like the ladies who grace those pages stopped being just a fantasy inspired by watching too many episodes of Gossip Girl and became a reality as I was invited to attend the television BAFTAs with House of Fraser, who were the main sponsor for the event.
It was pretty surreal.
But do you know what the craziest part of the whole thing was?
It wasn’t how close we came to Mary Berry in a full length, full sparkle gown. *heart eyes emoji*
And it wasn’t even the fact that we were in the same room as Justin Timberlake and my original girl crush, Alesha Dixon (my 9 year old self would have screamed for days if she’d known that one day I’d be stood next to her).
No, the craziest part of all was that I almost didn’t go. I already had (fairly tame) plans for the weekend and, instead of rearranging like any normal person would when invited to something like the BAFTAs, I initially turned it down.
Then I came to my senses, of course, and prayed my ticket was still available.
Moral of the story: If you’re invited to a huge red carpet like the BAFTAs, THINK before you respond. Don’t be an idiot like me.
Once I’d accepted, however, I realised that I had less than a week to figure out what I was going to wear. And I’ve never felt so much pressure to get it right!
Luckily, Chic by Choice had a beautiful Serena Van Der Woodsen-worthy David Meister dress that I fell in love with instantly. If you don’t have a wardrobe of dresses suitable for black tie or red carpet events (because who does?) Chic by Choice is a life-saver. They have such a beautiful selection of dresses available to hire for super affordable prices. I ordered my dress on the Thursday, it arrived on Friday and I returned it on Tuesday.
In the end, I think I spent longer worrying about what to wear than I did arranging it….
I obviously didn’t regret my decision one bit because I had an incredible time. From having an excuse to get dressed up and walking the red carpet to the amazing atmosphere in the Royal Festival Hall, it was an experience that will stay with me for a long time (even if I do somehow get the chance to go to another red carpet event!).
I got to spend my evening with a fantastic group of bloggers, including a good catch up with Lauren and Scarlett over Prosecco and celeb-spotting. I also met the lovely Catherine from Lux Life, a blog about all my favourite things (food, travel, and more food) that I’ve now added to my weekly reads.
A big thank you to House of Fraser for inviting me along and thank you to Carl (who was much more organised than me and brought a camera along!) for taking photos. Next stop: BAFTA nomination? I joke…
A little peek inside the goody bag
Because of course you want to know, right?!
As if getting to go to the BAFTAs wasn’t enough of a treat, we were each kindly gift a bottle of Taittinger champagne, chocolates from Hotel Chocolat (which I ate before I had chance to photograph them, oops) and a selection of makeup carefully picked out the team at Lancome to suit our colourings. And they did a great job! All of the shades they chose for me suit my skin tone perfectly – I’m amazed how well they did just from looking at photos!