I have been to some amazing events this week, and met some fantastic people that I’m hoping to stay in touch with. I can’t believe it’s back to reality next week, as I’m back to writing essays and doing mock exams (woo!), but hopefully I’ll have the chance to go to some equally as great events in the near future.
On Friday night I was lucky enough to attend the LFW Sex & London City Opening Party at Kensington Roof Gardens. I have been a reader of Nicola’s blog for quite awhile now, so it was lovely to get an invite and finally meet her! We were quite early arriving at the venue, so we headed up to the Roof bar for a drink. Despite not really having my celebrity spotting head on, the first person I came across in the bar was none other than Simon Cowell’s ex girlfriend (and I’m a Celebrity Contestant) Sinitta, who looked lovely sipping cocktails with her friends. I bought a (rather expensive but tasty) Vanilla & Passion fruit Cocktail and then we headed down to the 6th Floor to get in.
I have to say, Nicola and her amazing PR Team (Fashion Forward PR) did a great job on finding the location, as the Roof Gardens are gorgeous! It was much larger than I thought it would be and there was a variety of different rooms and outdoor areas to explore. Nicola looked beautiful in her gown from Girl Meets Dress, as did her PR lady Karena in Forever Unique! As guests were arriving, I had a lovely chat with Lizzie Cundy, who I have to say – has the most wonderful collection of dresses. Every event she attends, she never fails to impress with her style! We were chatting about the dress mishap at the Pia Michi event on Wednesday, which was made out (by the papers) to seem far more dramatic than it actually was at the event. It was the Daily Mail’s lead showbiz story!
Several drinks later, I met Claire from The London Whisperer Blog who is so lovely to chat too, especially as I don’t know any other bloggers, so it’s great to share our experiences. I’ve had a look at her blog since actually, and it’s great if you (like me) enjoy reading about showbiz/entertainment events in and around London. It’s actually really interesting to talk to another blogger, as we agreed that it’s all about networking and making sure that you make the most out the contacts you have and the people you meet. Personally, I love meeting new people – but it’s often the staying in contact bit that I find the hardest. My albeit late New Year’s resolution is to make sure that I stay in touch with lots more people, and make sure I catch up with people on a regular basis. I really hope I stay in contact with Claire, as she’s a really lovely person with a fantastic blog (and a lovely dress that she wore Friday!).
About an hour or two into the event, I spotted Amy Willerton – who I’d met a few days previously at the Pia Michi Launch. Amy is Katie Price’s protégée and won her show ‘Signed by Katie Price’ on Sky1. I’m being completely honest when I say that Amy is the most down to earth and genuine person I’ve met at all the events this week. She’s really chatty and confident, but also has a lot of time for other people – qualities I don’t think other people in the public eye have these days. My boyfriend and I ended up spending the rest of the evening with Amy actually, as we left after the fashion show – which was unexpected, but really enjoyable and I have to say, it really was the best evening I’ve had in a long while.
I actually bumped into Pandemonia at the party too, which was a complete surprise – but I was so excited to finally meet her in the flesh, as I’m sure you’ve read my interview with her. I really love that she is a walking piece of art, and reflects modern society’s obsession with the female body and the celebrity lifestyle. If you read my interview, you’ll get lots more information about the concept itself – but it was amazing meeting her. She was sporting an all yellow outfit on Friday, complete with her dog Snowy and an inflatable handbag. As you can see – I held Snowy!
I’m really sorry if I’m waffling! I do tend to go on a bit when I’m describing events, but at least you know I’m giving you ALL the details (so I hope you don’t mind). It’s back to reality next week, so I’m making the most of all the great people I’ve met and places I’ve been to fill blog posts!
The event at the Roof Gardens also included a fashion show – organised by the gorgeous Aletha Shepherd, showcasing a range of different menswear and women swear. The clothes on show were outfits and pieces that I’d actually wear myself, and after speaking to other guests – this seemed to be the general consensus. My boyfriend managed to take a few photos of the fashion show, which I’ve included but as I didn’t bring my SLR, they aren’t as clear as I’d have liked them to be. Gabriella Ellis also performed a set on the Roof Gardens stage, which again – I didn’t manage to photograph very clearly. I really like Gabriella’s edgy but powerful sound, and I really hope she continues in her success in both Made in Chelsea and her music.
The event was rounded off by a fire work display in the main gardens, which was a great way to end the evening. Nicola and her PR agency really did a fantastic job organising such a wonderful event, and I hope she plans another at the opening of the next fashion week! Attending the events this week has made me really consider organising my own Blog Launch Event. I am still in the very early planning stages of this, but I think it will be a great way to celebrate my Blog’s First Birthday, as well as meeting some of my readers and catching up with everyone I’ve met in the past few days. I will keep you all updated when I know more!
After leaving the Roof Gardens, we headed off to Amy’s apartment and then on to W Bar in London to meet some of her lovely friends from Bristol. W Bar is an amazing (I really need to find another word other than amazing, don’t I) place, and if you ever get the chance to go – please do. It’s quite a quirky design inside, but I really love the huge lit up W outside, and the hundreds of plates they have up on the wall inside. We then headed over to Cafe De Paris, where they were hosting a Twisted Circus night. It’s a really unique, Moulin Rouge style venue – so the Twisted Circus performers really fitted in with the decor.
I’d just like to thank Nicola at Sex & London City for inviting me to her party, as it really was a night to remember and I hope to stay in touch with her! It’s given me lots of inspiration for my own blog launch party, and I can’t wait to see what her new blog will look like (as it’s having a makeover). Thank you also to Amy, who took us to some outstanding clubs/bars and put us up for the night!
I was awful at taking photographs on Friday night, however – this is the clearest photograph I have of my outfit! I’m really sorry about the dirty mirror!