Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2011

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah (Celery and Cupcakes) on October 30, 2011

in Points of interest

The only way to describe Wednesday night is EPIC!

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Obviously it started with me rushing around trying to get organised and looking “awards glamorous,” which of course is open to interpretation.  I really was struggling for some time trying to decide what to wear.  I think I changed my mind 3 times in the end.  When it came down to crunch time I found an awesome vintage inspired dress by Biba from House of Fraaser that I fell in love with.

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The 1920’s vintage look had me from “hello.”  It’s beaded all over front and back with a scalloped hem.  I teamed it up with thick black tights, suede black heels and a clutch bag from River Island.

DSCF1419 DSCF1423 I don’t really know what awards glamorous is as the dress code described but I definitely felt comfortable in what I was wearing especially considering that I had to travel on the tube and didn’t want to stand out like a sore thumb.

Once in London it was time to meet my date for the night, the lovely Philippa.   It took me a while to reach her as I got lost on Oxford street looking for the side street to take me to Liberty, which was our meeting point.  We finally made it to the awards venue at 24 Kingly, a very sophisticated little club that was well hidden on a small street.  I’m so glad Philippa knew where she was going as I had no clue what so ever.

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We were greeted with cosmopolitan cocktails (naturally), a free bar, canapés and cupcakes.  We had the sneaky suspicion that the cocktails was just Vitamin Water as they  didn’t taste like they had any alcohol in them at all.  I drank two glasses like it was water…oops! There was also a place where you could get your nails done, touch up your make-up courtesy of Benefit and a selection of shoes, jewelry and handbags from Stylistpick to drool over.

Everyone was dressed to the nines and there was a lot of 40’s glamour with some of the outfits too.  You can see some more pics and highlights from the event on the Cosmopoilitan website here.  Being surrounded in a room packed full of bloggers was totally surreal.  We even got to meet the editor of the magazine too!!! :)

Guess who won???

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Yes, the lovely Philippa!!!  I was so happy for her and she was genuinely surprised (I have no idea why!!!).  This girl is amazing and has been on such an inspirational journey, such a deserving winner.  After running the London Marathon and almost finishing writing her book I think this was the perfect cherry on the cake.  Well done lovely! :)

Philippa and I even played up to the presumed rivalry between us and faked a bitch fight that was all caught on camera, which you can watch here.  A big congratulations to everyone that was nominated and all of the winners, which are all listed here.

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It was such a fun and incredible night and I really didn’t want it to end.  We decided to continue our celebrations with a lovely meal at a vegetarian restaurant called Mildred’s.  I had the gyoza for my starter and the burrito for my main.

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Both were just tasted equally stunning, but we couldn’t finish our mains so had to pass on the amazing dessert selection.  If you are ever in London looking for a vegetarian restaurant then I highly recommend this one.  There is a selection of organic wines and drinks and the food ranges from vegan, gluten free and vegetarian.  My dishes were so flavourful and fresh!

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But of course all good things have to come to an end and I think my poor feet were thankful of that.  It really was a night to remember and I had a great time celebrating Philippas success,  I could seriously talk to her for hours.

Although I didn’t win it really didn’t matter.  I was just so surprised and ecstatic to be given the opportunity to attend such a fab event.  It was such a special night to be a part of and I really didn’t feel worthy.

For taking the time to vote,

For inspiring me,

For being so amazing,

For your ongoing support,

For reading my posts,

For commenting, tweeting and emailing,

For believing in Celery and Cupcakes and me.

I will genuinely always be appreciative and grateful…

Thank you!

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Lenna (veganlenna) October 30, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Wow, Jemma, you looked more than beautiful at the event! I am glad you enjoyed it, you deserve all the votes you got, because your blog is just awesome :) And congrats to Phillipa!

Katy October 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Aw you look fab and sound like u had a fab time!! Your dress is gorgeous, I love Biba!! And your handbag is lush!! Xx

Laura Agar Wilson (@keephealthstyle) October 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM

That dress is stunning! So glad you had a good time, congrats to Phil too :-)

Nada (One Arab Vegan) October 30, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Jemma, you look GORGEOUS in that dress and the clutch is to die for! Sounds like you had a wonderful time was definitely well deserved – thank YOU for writing such a lovely blog :)

Ffion @ Chocolate and Rapsberiies October 30, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Looks like you had a fabulous time!

Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 30, 2011 at 4:41 PM

That looks like SO much fun!! And you were absolutely stunning!

~Jessica~ October 30, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Awards glamorous? You’re freaking OSCAR glamorous! I absolutely adore your dress – it’s so sophisticated yet fun – your look is elegant and effortless, and your make-up is so impeccable that it seems like it was done by a professional make-up artist. You really are the best advertisement for the healthy focus of your blog, because it’s obvious that you really do glow from the inside out.

As I said on FB, you both deserved to win, and I am so glad you had an enjoyable night regardless of the outcome of the award presentation itself.

To reiterate: you’re bloomin’ gorgeous!

xxx

eatinglikeahorse October 30, 2011 at 6:26 PM

So glad you had a good time and got on so well with Philippa – and it was such a brilliant achievement to get that far, out of all the blogs out there, congratulations!
Gorgeous dress too, you look beautiful :-)

skinny latte October 30, 2011 at 7:25 PM

I could have talked to YOU for hours :) You looked stunning, and I felt like I’d known you for years!! Thank you for celebrating with me!! Here’s to being healthy, happy and reaching for the skies xxx

Kate October 30, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Aw your dress is stunning! Glad you had a fab time.

LilyLipstick October 30, 2011 at 8:48 PM

You look lovely – that dress is stunning. Sounds like it was a really fun evening! x

vegan aphrodite October 31, 2011 at 6:00 AM

What a night!! You looked absolutely stunning, and I love your dress! Vintage style like that is my favorit!
The food you ate looks wonderful too!

megan @ foodiecycles.com October 31, 2011 at 1:33 PM

you look stunning! love that dress, what a night you had, sounds like a blast! so jealous :)

Sarah(everydaysapicnic) October 31, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I love that dress – anything 1920s inspired is fab.
It looks like you had a brilliant evening. Congratulations again on your nomination!

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) November 1, 2011 at 1:43 AM

You looked absolutely beautiful!! Looks like a fun night :)

Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 1, 2011 at 7:10 PM

A night to remember for sure! That looks like a wonderful time, and I don’t think you could have picked a more tasteful and appropriate dress. Lovely!

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