What A Night! The Cosmo Blog Awards 2013

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Wednesday night was the Cosmo Blog Awards, in association with Next – the first ever blogging event I have been to.  Exciting!

This is an annual event that has been going for four years and recognises bloggers across various categories, from Beauty and Food to Travel and Relationships.  Year on year it has had a massive response – this year there were a staggering 43,000 entrants!  I was fortunate to be shortlisted in the Best Home Interiors Blog category and invited along to the awards event at the OXO Tower in London, along with 6 other interiors blogger finalists.

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Amazingly, my little blog received a ‘highly commended’ award – to say I was surprised is an understatement!  In fact it was so unexpected I had to be pushed through the crowds to go up and collect my certificate and Next goody bag.

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We had a fantastic night – I got to meet up with Jen from Love Chic Living who I have become ‘blog friends’ with but never met before.  She was the winner on the night in our category, so well done again, Jen – big congratulations.

We met outside so we could go in together – it was a little daunting!  But we soon got chatting to other bloggers and met the lovely Kelly who blogs with her friend at Hitched & Ditched (such a great blog name!) and Sharon from House of Herby, who is a food blogger from Scotland.

Inside it was very glam, with a cocktail bar that had the drinks flowing all night, photographers milling around, hair styling going on and a nail bar.

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Soon we were hob-nobbing with the other finalists in our category – first we met Jenny from The Treasure Hunter and then Caroline from Patchwork Harmony and Sam from Design Lovers Blog.

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Caroline & Jen/Sam & Jenny

We all had loads to chat about and they were lovely girlies all of them, I think we will all definitely stay in touch.  Unfortunately the two other finalists from our category couldn’t attend, they were Lucy at Lucy Writes and Abby at Un-observed but hopefully our paths will cross sometime in the future.

We enjoyed a few (quite a few) of the delicious canapes that were being brought round regularly and before long it was time for the awards to be presented.  You can read the full list of winners here and see the official photos from the night here.

After some more partying and a few more cocktails (those babies had a real KICK!) people started to depart, all taking home a very generously stocked goodie bag from Cosmopolitan magazine – thanks Cosmo!

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What a fab night and so completely different from my usual Wednesday nights in!

Thank you to Cosmo, NEXT and all the sponsors who ensured we had a such great time on the night.

Also to the Ibis London Blackfriars hotel who accommodated me and last but not least EVERYONE who voted for Tidy Away Today  – it was a blast! xxx

Antonia

 

 

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