It’s been a bit of a week!
It started off with a trip to the BAFTA Game Awards in London’s Tobacco Dock. What an amazing evening! Wow! So many inspirational people from the world of gaming and I actually got to present an award with the super talented Dan Croll, who’s From Nowhere is the soundtrack to our weekend breakfasts most weeks!
I won’t pretend my heart wasn’t pounding as I waited backstage for my turn. A long walk onto the stage, with a few steps thrown in for good measure, is enough to keep anyone on their toes! Who invented killer heels anyway? What a ridiculous invention! Anyway – I survived the experience and even got t utter the immortal line “and the BAFTA is awarded to…..” which was pretty surreal!
I went for sexy/classy with my look – or that was my motivation anyway! Stella & Dot sent me the stunning Grace Chandelier Earings and matching cuff bracelet and I managed to track down the perfect dress for the occasion from ASOS. £65 for a black-tie dress? Sounds good to me! Then, after eyeing the free champagne at the after-party but full aware that my 3.30 alarm would be WAY too painful if I indulged, I enjoyed a bit of the after party then it was time for Cinders to head to bed, ahead of Heart Breakfast the following morning.
A few days later and I was heading to This Morning to talk last minute dress up costumes for kids! Heading to the studios is always so much fun as you don’t know who you’re going to end up bumping into. On this occasion it was the lovely Justin “Don’t-Even-Think-About-Trying-To-Convince-Your- Kids-He’s-The-Same-Man-As-Mr-Tumble” Fletcher! I’m pleased to report, every bit as lovely as you’d hope he’d be. He coped very well with my full-on Fan Girl action, even if he was (probably) secretly a bit scared!
Philip and Amanda are always lovely and Philip is such a legend – just the loveliest man to work with. I had a last minute wardrobe switch since I’d assumed we were standing up for the item but we ended up sitting down and plan a was a bit too tight for such things! Thank goodness I’d thrown an old favourite into my bag at the last minute.
Then it was off to one of the highlights of my year in the shape of the Tommy’s Baby Awards at London’s stunning Landmark Hotel. I was honoured to be asked to host the event for the second year in a row, given that they’ve never had any repeat hosts. Sadly I’ve also been battling the lurgie this week, which meant I was weighing up the desire to not let them down, with whether I could do the awards justice. The sweet team dosed me up with throat spray and supplied honey and lemon water through the ceremony and it was a wonderful event. Always so incredible to hear inspirational stories and I always find the event life-affirming. I always head home afterwards and hug my two babies extra tightly.
Tommy’s do such wonderful work and they’re all about the long-term solution, not the short term fix. It was great to hear all about their exciting plans for the coming year, including a fourth research centre in the UK, and I always leave feeling proud to be able to support such a worthwhile charity. I just hope that, next year, I’m feeling 100%!
I actually feel like I’m the one worthy of an award after pulling off that week with tonsillitis! If you need me, I think I’ll be shunning my heels in favour of my joggers and antibiotics for a while! Ah – my glamorous life!