24 September 2014

MAD BLOG AWARDS & LONDON FUN



You might have heard me mention it *ahem* a few times but for those who might have missed it, last Friday was an exciting date for UK bloggers, as finalists of the MAD Blog Awards 2014 made their way to London, in hopes of returning home with a winning trophy or at at least a hangover and fun memories of the nights events.

Being my first award ceremony, I was super excited to see what the evening had in store and couldn't wait to meet some lovely blogger friends both old and new. I headed down to London with Fritha who was also up for an award and we decided to treat ourselves to a quick lunch in Portobello Market before heading over for a coffee at Made.com HQ, where I promptly drooled over most of the furnishing and lights there on show.

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Jumping back on the tube, we navigated our way to Mayfair and checked in to the sumptuous home away from home, The Athenaeum Hotel. Situated in the luxurious borough of Mayfair and overlooking Hyde Park, it could not have been more of a treat than to sit back with a few gin & tonics in our private apartment and shake off the london bustle before getting ready for the awards. In the excitement of our apartment, I completely indulged myself in having time to do my make up without the interruption of little hands pulling at me, and there was possibly a bit of dancing around while getting ready too.

Not one to miss out on buying a new outfit, I was excited to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn, teaming a black lace top and short bell black and white stripped skirt with a touch of gold, and some peep toe coral high heels. All dressed up, we headed downstairs after a selfie or two – obviously – to the hotel bar to indulge in a glass of wine and nibbles before legend, Jim the doorman, hailed us a black cab and sent us on our way

Thanks to all you lovely readers, Wild & Grizzly was a finalist in the Best Family Fun category and I couldn't have been more psyched to attend the awards and be surrounded by such a great bunch of inspirational bloggers. Being a bit keen, we arrived a little early to find they weren't quite ready for us, which was a great excuse to hang out in the Royal Garden Hotel bar and sample a cocktail with some lovely ladies.

After I'd been chased around by a giant Pikachu – cue slightly terrified squeals from me – and catching up with the lovely Jess, Lucy, Katie, Jenny, Morgana and Fiona, we were ushered to our seats. Wine flowed, laughter ensued and we were by far the loudest table when it came to cheering, as I fully got into the excitement of the night with my new drinking buddy Emma. There was a slight blushing moment when our CBeebies presenter had slightly too much wine and decided to ad-lib, making an interesting comparison between the name Wild & Grizzly with a part of his anatomy, but I'll leave that one to your imagination! I didn't take many photo's but for me that's a sign of a good evening.

Although I didn't win my category, I was so thrilled to be there and support everyone who had worked so hard to reach the finals. I want to offer a huge congratulations to everyone who won an award and I hope to see you all again next year.

*We were complimentary guests at The Anthenaeum Hotel which was wonderful, look out for my full hotel review to come.

**MAD Blog Awards Image courtesy of Tom Arber 

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28 comments

  1. You both look gorgeous and I LOVE your skirt - glad you had such a good time!

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  2. Looks like such a lovely event! I hate to imagine what part of his anatomy he was referring too! It also sounds terrifying being chased by a giant Pikachu!

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  3. What a great event to attend. Well done on being a finalist.

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  4. Well done on being a finalist, looks like you had a great time x

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  5. Well done on being a finalist at the MADs!

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  6. Sounds like a great evening, lucky you staying at The Athenaeum....love your outfit, especially the skirt! You girls both look gorgeous....well done for reaching the finals :)

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  7. Congrats on being a finalist. Sounds like you had an amazing time in London. I'm so desperate to get down to MADE's HQ for a coffee and browse, I love their furniture :-)

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  8. You look like celebrities! Great work on being a finalist, you do deserve it you know x

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  9. you look fab! sounds like you had a great time x

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  10. I suppose there's worse things to be compared to than Dr Ranj's wild and grizzlies. What a fab night!

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  11. The pictures look amazing, glad you both had a great time x

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  12. That coment had me on the floor! It was a joy to meet you

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  13. In was following the awards on Instagram. You both look gorgeous.

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  14. You both look amazing! I am so glad you had a wonderful night x

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  15. You both looked beautiful and I love your dress in the top photo too. Was so lovely to see you again and it was a fab night wasn't it? xx

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  16. You look amazing in all these photos. Sounds like a fantastic time. You're making me think I should have ditched my family and come along!

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  17. Congratulations on your nomination! That is a terrific honor and you really deserved it (and to win also). You both look amazing!

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  18. it was SO much fun being your roomie and hanging out with you in London again. I agree with everyone you looked s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g xx

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  19. What a beautiful outfit you chose for the MADs, sorry you didn't win

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  20. I followed the awards on twitter and it sounded like a great evening! Your hotel room looked fab too!

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  21. Glad you had such a wonderful time at the awards. x

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  22. I am afraid I will forever chuckle when I see your blog name now - sorry. I am only sad that I didn't get to meet you xx

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  23. Wow sounds like an excellent night. I love the way you capture light in your photos.
    L x

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  24. First of all both you and Fritha look super stylish!! Really wish I could have been there but was on holiday - hopefully next year. How amazing does the hotel sound and MADE - seriously lovely furniture. Cannot wait to hear more about your weekend in London :)

    Laura x

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  25. haha, pikachu! that hotel looks fab and i'm glad you had a good time.

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  26. Hooray! Fab pics, looks like a lot of fun x

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  27. Ahhh bless you it was so lovely to meet you and hang out. Lovely post. Also a huge congrats on the interior blog shortlist saw you were on it this morning. Way to go you!!!

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  28. Sounds like you had an amazing time, although I think I would also be pretty terrified of being chased around by a Pikachu!

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