House of Fraser is synonymous with beautiful formal attire. So it was rather fitting that black tie was the dress code of the day when they kindly sent me an invite to the TV Bafta awards who they sponsor.
I imagine for most people attending the Baftas, the lead up is a day full of relaxation and pampering- you know enjoying a bit of #SlowGlam time. But that doesn’t seem to ring true for a Mum, at least not me!
In the morning I was running around London with my toddler making sure we enjoyed the heat wave before quickly running to the Mondrian Hotel at 3.30pm with a sweaty face with not a scrap of make up on.
I made it up to the 5th floor which was commandeered by the House of Fraser team, and found myself an empty room to quickly baby wipe the London filth off my face before trying to disguise my eye bags with any make up I had managed to put into my make up bag that morning.
I watched a lot of the House of Fraser team enjoying bottles of Prosecco and taking great selfies sifting through the rails of gorgeous gowns, while I freaked out by how fast time was slipping away. I needed to be ready and down in the foyer to meet the other bloggers attending the event by 4pm (including Girl in the Lens, London Fashion Girl, Beth Norton, This London Life, Fashion for Lunch and Scarlett London).
With Mr London Mum bringing my dress (and a steam iron) to me while simultaneously having to wrestle our toddler to the ground so he could remove the sudden stench filled nappy, I finally got myself ready with a few minutes to spare.
I wonder if Suranne Jones had to get ready in a room with her baby being changed in the shower cubicle?!
While I wasn’t going to be papped by the many cameras waiting to snap the biggest celebrity names such as Tom Hiddleston, Justin Timberlake, Maisie Williams, Aiden Turner and of course Mary Berry, I still wanted to feel glam and stylish. After all House of Fraser are big on their #BaftaStyle.
My dress was from Virgos Lounge and it received many compliments on the night. It is a midi length dress, but on me it became a full length gown- which was fine. It made the dress even more formal, which suited the event.
I loved the high slit up the dress from the design of the wrap skirt as I felt it gave that element of sexiness which was emphasised by the deep v neckline to the front and the back of the dress.
And the embellishment around the sleeves just added that extra bit of glam and weight that tends to make something look more expensive than it is.
With a pair of trusted neutral coloured Zara heels from the back of my wardrobe and a simple Chanel purse I was as red carpet ready as I was ever going to be with a time scale of 30 minutes!
With my little boy waving me off telling me I looked like a Princess (well referring to me as “let it go” because I was wearing a sparkly long dress- so basically a Princess reference from the movie Frozen…) I hot trotted it down Southbank with the other bloggers to walk the red carpet laid out in front of the Royal Festival Hall.
With no pictures allowed inside the awards ceremony, we took full advantage to try to take as many pictures as we could before the event started.
The awards themselves were great to witness, Graham Norton was entertaining as a host and it was fascinating to watch how the room reacted to the different nominations, and the acceptance speeches.
I left the show realising I’ve missed out on some great shows this past year which I have to rectify immediately, starting with Peter Kay’s car Share and Chewing Gum. Just watching clips of those shows on the big screens around the room had me in hysterics so I think they’ll both be right up my street!
All in all a pretty decent night out for this London Mum! 😉
I want to give a big shout out to Carl Thomspon who I used as my personal red carpet photographer. He’s a great mens fashion blogger with some seriously sharp styling. One I’m passing on to Mr London Mum for sure..!