Thursday evening was the night of Love's Next Top Designer event, and it truly lived up to the hype that's been building over the past month or so. Love is such a fun, down to earth brand, and the evening was everything you would expect from them. The champagne flowed generously, there were piles of sweets on every table and the social hub was a 'garden', boasting delicious handmade cupcakes (I kid you not - I munched my way through about three!).
What made the event extra exciting was that I was a blogger judge, and my lovely friend Paige was a finalist! It was such an honour to feel so involved, and even though Paige didn't win (although I do wish I could have bought her dress - you can see the design from concept to completion on her blog) it was great to see such a variety of pieces in the final.
It was also wonderful to finally meet Arabella. In all seriousness, there are no words to describe how strikingly beautiful this lady is! I also got to meet Sophie from Mad PR for the first time, and she is possibly the warmest, most welcoming person I have encountered in recent months. A couple of my ticket giveaway winners managed to make it too, including India from Out With The New, In With The Old (who was wearing the most amazing green vintage dress), and Hannah of Daisies and Dr Martens, whose illustrations are always worth a peek.
Of course it was lovely to spend some time with a few familiar faces too, Steph, Kim and Amy. Needless to say, I spent a fair amount of time at the Crown and Glory stall catching up with Sophie and Rhiannon whilst trying on a few new pieces (I will never have enough, wait until you see what we have in the works for my trip to Disneyland Paris in December!). Sophie really does make all of my hair accessory dreams come true. She was kind enough to let me have these fun cat ears to quirk up my beautiful Love dress.
It was just a wonderful evening, made all the better by good company, crammed goodie bags, the ever so tempting sample sale and the gorgeous Chelsea Doll glitter necklaces that the blogger judges were given as a thank you. It was such a shame to leave, however it was also nice to get back to the flat with Steph and Paige - after hours of wearing heels we needed a rest! We pulled on our pajamas, tucked into hot chocolate loaded with marshmallows and had an old school sleepover. Perfect.