I only went and did it folks.
I really did.
I attended my first super full on event. The Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards 2012.
It took a hell of a lot of work to get there, I'll save that for a more serious post but for now I thought I'd bring you the glitz and glamour my fairy godmother's bestowed upon me for the night and a few other surprises I hope you'll enjoy seeing!
Clutch borrowed from Sister in Law
Earrings, Lou's Boutique, Ballymoney
Let's talk about the clothes for a moment. I have never ever seen my husband look so smart. He actually dressed up more for this event than he did for our Wedding over 5 years ago. I'm proud to say he selected his outfit himself and I wholeheartedly agreed with his choices. We had no idea Clothing at Tesco had such a great formal suit range. No idea at all. All very reasonably priced! Such a shame we're not getting married now I'd know just were to go.
I chose to go for the halterneck dress and jacket however when the outfit arrived I realised there was no way I would keep the jacket on all night so some last minute improvisation was needed. All hail the basic black body. A while back I'd purchased a very basic plain black long sleeved body for occasions such as this. I can't recommend doing this enough. There is such a wide range of bodysuits out there now with net sleeves, lace sleeves and even spots. As you can see it really did act as part of the dress. I felt extremely glamorous yet fashionable last night, opting to take inspiration from Leona Lewis and use my hair extensions tied in a side ponytail with chunky gem earrings.
On with the show?
At the drinks reception on arrival
Seated for dinner and the awards
And here we are! I was mortified when I realised they'd be showing reels of the Finalists and was exceptionally nervous wondering what on earth they could say about me. Well, you can hear what they said yourself....
I may not have been the category winner and I may not have come away with a trophy but let me tell you something, I feel like a winner. I was inspired and humbled by the amazing women I spoke to and heard about last night and was absolutely flabberghasted at the beautiful things they had to say about me, my situation and the blog. My fellow finalists in the Fashion Category were in a league of their own and I couldn't believe I was counted amongst such truly fabulous company.
To round this epically long post off I need to say a lot of thank yous. My fairy godmothers came in the form of Clothing at Tesco and Quirky Weddings. Incredibly grateful for their kindness in sorting Lee and I out with our super threads for the night.
To the ridiculously kind Kerry who nominated me in the first place and to the judges for deciding I was a worthy Finalist, I want to say this; you will possibly never know how much this nomination alone meant to me and then to be shortlisted as 1 of 4 finalists? I am absolutely astounded. Thank you. Thank you so very very much.
And I couldn't go without trying to convey my sincere gratitude and appreciation at the sheer amount of support on both Twitter and Facebook. Since I found out SO many of you have expressed your happiness, excitement, tips, advice and supportiveness in regards to my situation and your encouragement to get me to this event was overwhealming. Seriously overwhealming. To the point I'm lost for the words to effectively describe how humbled I am. Not to mention the tweets on the night itself. I have never felt so accepted for just who I am. And there were so many of you I'm so sorry I couldn't thank you all individually but I want you to know that your tweets, facebook messages and comments etc really did help make it all happen.
What a way to close down the year. I can't help but wonder what 2013 has in store....