I had an amazing night a few weeks ago at the DANI Awards. These are the Digital Awards in Northern Ireland for those who work in the digital field. It was a great honour to be nominated for Fashion Blogger of the Year and I was commended in my category. It was lovely to come home with an award to put on my dresser- it's the first time I've won something for my blog so it was a big deal.
The best bit about fancy dos for me is getting dolled up. I am the type of person who does not suit being dressed down- I suit being done up to the nines! I wore a dress from Club L at ASOS. I wore a size 16 and it also available in ASOS Curve up to a size 28. It was a bargain £38- a great brand to look into if you are someone like me who often has to go to dinners and functions. I don't often wear colour but royal blue is one colour I make an exception for. It's actually my grandmother's favourite colour so it always reminds me of her when I wear it! The evenings theme was 'Arabian Nights' so I did feel a little bit Princess Jasmine in it! My earrings were very old from New Look and shoes are again, very old and from Primark!
I had my spray tan done the night before by Angie at Vita Liberata in House of Fraser Belfast. Although I've been using Vita Liberata at home for years but this was the first time I had been spray tanned using the formula. I loved the colour- I got the darkest option and I think it suited my skin tone. I love Vita Liberata as it's an olive tone. If you have yellow toned skin like me, it's the most perfect tan and it wears off beautifully. Getting the spray tan was actually great fun. Like most women, I can be really self conscious. I've never actually removed my bra before to get spray tanned.... until I met Angie! She is absolutely hilarious and put me at ease. She has some amazing tanning tales and top tips. I highly recommend visiting her. A full body tan costs £29.50 (or a bargain £20 on a Wednesday). Many thanks to Vita Liberata for a fab experience- I'll definitely be back!
For my hair and makeup, I went to Megan Donaldson. On asking my readers, she was the name that came up the most. Living in Newtownabbey, she is handy and easy to work with. She had my hair and makeup both done in an hour and we had a great chat whilst she was doing it. It was fab to go to one person for both things rather than having to book multiple appointments. She has a great eye and knew exactly the look I wanted from showing her my dress. Megan is a contouring and blending expert. I am so fussy about my hair and makeup but I adore the look Megan created for me. Using products such as Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk on my skin, MAC Soft and Gentle as a highlight and House of Lashes mink lashes, the makeup lasted all night. I have no idea how she did my hair as I was talking so much but she managed to make me look like I have hair down to my waist! I can't wait to book in with Megan for my next glam event- my birthday is just around the corner so she might have me torturing her again soon! You can book to see Megan via her Facebook page.
Thanks to all who made my first DANIs experience so special- here's hoping it won't be the last!