Getting ready for the National Television Awards and Mark’s 30th
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Here’s me in the bathroom of my house – my hair was done but I was about to start with make-up.
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!
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…
This is the standard ‘lift selfie’ taken just after I presented the award with Tina Moore who I played in Tina and Bobby.
We presented the ‘best period drama’ award and Call The Midwife won. I can’t lie I was nervous. Tina was too!
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.
These are pictures I took backstage and of myself and Mark’s sister Jess enjoying the after party.
I got to catch up with lots of people I know too from Corrie which was nice.
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,