Natalie Anderson Natalie Anderson

The Young Scot Awards and my busy bank holiday weekend

Hi Everyone,
I hope you’re well and had a lovely Bank holiday weekend! I have to say I’ve loved this flurry of four day weeks, it seems like there’s a celebration or holiday every two minutes and again we’ve only got another few days before we hit the weekend again…hurray! Although we had the Bank holiday I still had a really busy last week as James and I attended the 2017 Young Scot Awards in Glasgow, then our best friends’ little girls’ birthday party on sat followed by a trip to the football on Sun. It was quite a whirlwind!

The Young Scot Awards were amazing, I attended the event in 2015 and was completely blown away by the maturity and eloquence of the young people who won awards that night and this occasion was exactly the same. The awards, hosted by the gorgeous Edith Bowman aim to celebrate the achievements of young people living in Scotland, whether that be in academics, the community, enterprise or the arts and the nominees were all incredibly deserving! I presented the community award which went to Dured Alhalabe a young man who had fled the war torn Syrian city of Homs before being re settled in Aberdeenshire as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. Dured won his award for his volunteer work within his new community. It was so lovely to watch Dured receive his award and speak of how Scotland had accepted him and his family and how much he wanted to give back to the community he had been re settled in.

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Another nominee in the category was the gorgeous Angela Tortolano whose tough upbringing often led to periods of homlessness, yet she chose not follow a life of drugs and alcohol addiction like many of those around her, but instead went on to get degree at university and set up many youth clubs across the area which help young people in Glasgow make positive life choices. The overall winner of the night claiming the accolade of young Scot 2017 was the wonderful Chelsea Cameron who wrote an open letter to her drug addicted parents thanking them for teaching her how not to live her life. The piece went viral and she now runs a blog, inspiring and supporting young people across the world struggling to deal with their parents addictions. Chelsea gave the most incredible, acceptance speech, stating that with the young Scot title came a great responsibility that she would take very seriously and go on to dedicate her life and time to inspiring and supporting those that were most vulnerable. Both James and I were in awe of how aged just 19, Chelsea spoke with such power and elegance with no script or prompting. Along with her fellow nominees Chelsea is an incredibly intelligent, determined young person and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate her on the night!! We were also treated to a brilliant performance from X Factors Emily Middlemass after the ceremony had finished, covering tracks like Lush Life and I’m Only Human it was the perfect way to end the night! If you’d like any any more information about the event or to see all of the winners and nominees please visit https://youngscotawards.com.

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To attend the event I wore this gorgeous little dress from Zara which was steal at just £29.99 I teamed it with my favourite Asos strappy sandals and wore my hair in a messy top knot which showcased my shoulders and collar bone.

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Following the awards we then attended my friend Lisa’s little girl Eva’s birthday party which was brilliant! Lisa is a script supervisor at Emmerdale and so our little ones have pretty much grown up together as we both pregnant at the same time. Eva and Freddie always have great fun when they’re together and so it was lovely to see them both enjoying the party which was held at The Little Gym in Harrogate. It’s such great space as the children all go into the gym together and then are entertained and challenged by the instructors, whilst the parents sit in a separate room divided by a glass wall so that you can watch your child having fun and learning new skills. The children absolutely loved it and it was lovely for the parents to mingle. For the birthday tea Eva had the most stunning Unicorn cake and cupcakes designed by Mama Doreens Emporium in Harrogate. Being a bit of a lazy cook I was so impressed with the attention to detail on the design especially the sugar sculpting! It was such great day and it was brilliant to catch up with our friends.

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After celebrating Eva’s birthday on Saturday we got up early and headed to Scunthorpe United Football club to watch the last home game of the season, which was fabulous as the team won the match 3-1 against Coventry. Although Freddie isn’t really into football just yet he took part in cheering when the team scored and loved singing along to the crowd songs. Freddie was awarded Star of The Week last week at school and so he had the job of taking care of the class bear Boris and so brought him along to the match too. It was a really full fun weekend but thankfully we had the bank holiday to relax and have bit of downtime.

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This week also saw the annual Met Gala take place in New York. Renowned for being fashion’s biggest night, the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid, The Kardashian sisters, Madonna and Katy Perry all walked the red carpet showcasing some of the most daring, avant garde looks of the year. The legendary Gala which this year chose to honour Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo as its theme provided a glittering stage for the stars to cleverly pay homage to the respected designer. Here’s a few of my favourite picks from the red carpet.

Cara Delevingne wearing Chanel and a futuristic painted scalp, accentuated with silver makeup and jewels.

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Bella Hadid wearing a skin tight jewelled catsuit by Alexander Wang, beautiful glossy bob and minimal make up.

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Kylie Jenner in a heavily embellished, corseted gown from Versace, teamed with a blunt blonde bob and matte make up.

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In and amongst all of the daring decadence one of my favourite looks came in the form of an ethereal Gwyneth Paltrow, harking back to the 90’s in custom made Calvin Klein.

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Anyway I’ll say goodbye for now and hope you all have a lovely week!

Speak again very soon!
Love Natalie XX

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