One of the most prestigious events in the entertainment calendar took place on Sunday night (8th of May) and of course I am talking about the BAFTA TV Awards. This year the main sponsor for the special event was House of Fraser, who got in touch with me about hosting my very own #BAFTAStyle party focusing on all things glitz & glam, since I couldn't attend the actual event itself... so of course I quickly accepted the challenge of dressing up for an evening of fun.
The star of the night for me had to be the beautiful gown I was sent from the luxurious Adrianna Papell collection. It had just the right amount of dazzle, fitted like a glove and it actually felt comfortable to wear too. This Art Deco Beaded Blouson Dress in the colour Mauve, doesn't come cheap as it retails for £250 (currently on sale for £200 though if anyone needs a gown for a special occasion)... but the amount of detailing that went into the beading, along with the materials used would explain the higher price tag. After all it's definitely a special occasions kind of dress, not something you would wear on a regular day to day basis. I'm in love with the stunning 1920's style, feel like it's a timeless design that I can wear years from now to any special occasions I may have.
I was then sent a box of Lancome beauty goodies to help me achieve that flawless red carpet look, with minimal effort. Sadly since I am currently living in Dublin, my parcel didn't arrive until the day after the event (yesterday late afternoon, even though I know everyone else got theirs on Friday), so I haven't had the proper time to test out any of the products apart from a few quick photos. I haven't tried the brand properly before, so it's safe to say that I am extremely excited to play around with everything especially the Miracle Cushion Foundation which is brand new to me... definitely watch this space for a full post on these little beauties.
To keep the evening in good spirits, House of Fraser definitely made sure that the drinks would be flowing. Now I am not saying you need to drink to have fun, but if you can be responsible with alcohol then I would not be against a few sociable drinks. Champagne (actually mostly prosecco considering I have to be budget friendly) is definitely one of my favourite drinks to indulge in from time to time and Taittinger is a beautifully made champagne with elegant notes of fresh citrus fruit & a subtle hint of toastiness. To add a hint of summer I prepared some fresh berries in each glass and they worked perfectly with the sparkling champagne... it was definitely a special treat.
The most intriguing part of the evening is that I had to put my cocktail skills to the test in order to create the cocktail of the evening, the #HoFtail which was exclusively created by head bartender at the Mondrian Hotel. It's basically a gin sour cocktail which is a mix of gin, lemon, raspberry, sugar syrup & egg white (the full recipe including a list of ingredients and even a tutorial video can be found on the website here). It was nowhere near as difficult to make as I had originally envisioned and it looked amazing too. It tasted super refreshing, sweet and sour as the name would suggest... definitely the perfect fresh cocktail for a warm summer day (I know it wasn't as hot in Dublin as in London but I still enjoyed sipping on this for the evening).
I'd like to thank House of Fraser once again for helping me organise such a fun & glamorous evening, not to mention all the goodies provided which made that possible whilst keeping up with the #BAFTATV Awards. How did you watch the awards on Sunday evening?
*in collaboration with House of Fraser