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Getting ready for the National Television Awards and Mark’s 30th

Hey everyone,

So! The NTAs was a fantastic night. I always love these awards, it’s a real celebration of British television.

I was very well behaved and didn’t really drink, and I loved my dress, which really helps when you are about to go down a red carpet full of press and photographers.

Anyway, I am going to start the blog by back tracking a week, to Mark’s birthday.

We did a few things to celebrate Mark’s 30th after we came back from America.

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Mark and I stayed at The Rosewood Hotel, had a nice meal out and watched Aladdin in the West End.

Before we hit the city I had a great blow dry and hair treatment from Jason in the Matthew Curtis Salon at the Rosewood, and Mark enjoyed a steam and sauna in their spa.

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For our evening out I wore the grey oversized coat I bought at the airport from Zara (remember I raved about this bargain purchase in the last blog?), the white shirt is from Zara and yep – jeans were from Zara too!

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The leopard print court shoes with the cute pink ball on top are Miss KG and are super comfy.

Then on the weekend I organised a surprise birthday party for him.

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It took around a month to plan, and I fortunately had the help of Debbie and Kelly from Ice Event Management, who dressed the venue which was the Prince Regent in Chigwell. www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/hotels/chigwell

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Debbie and Kelly did a great job and their attention to detail was second to none. Thanks ladies! www.iceeventmanagement.co.uk

Initially he knew about there being a party getting planned, but around Christmas we cancelled the venue because he thought he would be away with work, but the plans changed and cunning little me re-booked everything – without telling him! Mwahahahah!

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All my family from Manchester – mum, dad, aunties, cousins, all my school friends and their partners all travelled down, and were part of the surprise.

All of Mark’s family and friends were in on it too of course.

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Mahiki (www.mahiki.com) sorted out some fantastic cocktails (their pina-coladas and signature treasure chests were very popular!) and they served all the drinks from a great pop up bar provided by The Bar People.

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The cake was made yet again by Zara cakes – thanks Zara – and provided a real wow factor on the night. Such attention to detail! www.zaracakes.com.

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Mark LOVES his sweets, hence the sweet theme. She also made some cute cupcakes too.

The best bit of the night was the entertainment – we had Richie E Rich who flew in from Mallorca and one of Mark’s family friends Pat Sharp DJ-ing. They played party classics all night and everyone had a ball.

For the party I wore a dress from a concession in Topshop called TFNC https://www.tfnclondon.com/

I thought it was quite a classic dress, I loved the long skirt part of it, and when I look back at the pictures in 10 years time I will still like the dress (I think!).

TFNC is a very affordable range in Topshop so do check it out next time you are in there.

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Kelvin Barron found me an elegant white dress from Galia Lahav @GaliaLahav which is the same designer as my wedding dress, it was a strapless two piece peplum top, very comfy to wear and as soon as I tried it on I knew it would be perfect for the awards. My clutch was @Subella_london and my jewellery was @londonroadstyle.

I have wanted to wear white on a red carpet for a few years now and this was the perfect dress.

My hair was done by Lisa Laudat for the NTAS, we decided to go for a side parting and quite a tussled look because I wanted my hair to look very natural and not ‘done’ at all.

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The key products used on my hair for the NTAS were the Kerastase Ciment Thermique – this is sprayed liberally into my hair before it’s blow dryed to keep it in good condition.

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I love this too Sexy Hair – it is a dry wax. Unlike waxes that are more of a paste this is a ‘dry wax spray’ sprayed in and it gives your hair texture and general ‘oomph’. It’s a great product to have in your kit for nights out. My hair stayed full all night. https://www.sexyhair.co.uk

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My make up was very natural too. I didn’t wear big false eyelashes, I only had a teeny bit of contouring, and Krystal my make up artist used this great pink Revlon stain on my lips to give the overall look a splash of colour alongside my red Revlon nail polish.

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I used NARS custard concealer under my eyes before applying my light foundation. It’s perfect for my skin tone and I think that this is my favourite all round concealer. Just because the skin tone is perfect for my skin and it’s a light and silky consistency.

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I have also started using Soap Brows – after you fill in your eyebrows, you use the soap brow, and brush them upwards for a fuller bushier look! It’s a brilliant product and I will be using this one a lot!

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Here’s me in the bathroom of my house – my hair was done but I was about to start with make-up.

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As I said it was pretty stripped back, so didn’t take half as long as usual (bonus!)

Here is Kelvin steaming my dress to perfection!

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This was while I was getting preened, and Pip had come to sit on my knee bless her! I think it was the heat from the hairdryer she wanted…

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This is the standard ‘lift selfie’ taken just after I presented the award with Tina Moore who I played in Tina and Bobby.

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We presented the ‘best period drama’ award and Call The Midwife won. I can’t lie I was nervous. Tina was too!

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It is nerve wracking presenting an award, especially when it’s live on television too. We made a good team though, and managed to calm ourselves down, and it was an honour to present the award with her.

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These are pictures I took backstage and of myself and Mark’s sister Jess enjoying the after party.

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 I got to catch up with lots of people I know too from Corrie which was nice.

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I must dash as I’m on the way to a meeting, and then I am travelling up to Manchester for a weekend of catching up with my girls. Hurray!

Until next week.

All my love,

Michelle xxx

 

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