The BAFTAs Experience

A special invite from House of Fraser to the BAFTAs for 2 meant me and Scarlett were ‘forced’ into deciding on what to wear, when I say forced I actually mean that we became very excited at the prospect of getting some fine garments on and making our way to what is probably the biggest event we have attended this year so far, maybe just topping London Fashion week.

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A trip to any occasion that requires a red-carpet in which TV cameras and celebrities walk upon almost certainly demands a trip to the tailors, Tux ‘n’ Tails which is situated in St. Albans. Luckily for Scarlett she already had a plethora of choices when it came to dresses. A tough decision in itself seen as they all looked in my opinion fantastic on her. Finally we both decided that the red dress would look best and suit the event best.

I required a dinner suit and Tux ‘n’ Tails had been recommended, which after researching on Google seemed to be the sensible choice. They have over 40 years experience, whether attending a wedding or Ascot Races, they have something for every occasion.

As a relative novice when it comes to fancy occasions, it was lucky that Carolyn was there to help with my predicament of what dinner suit to pick for the exciting weekend I had ahead of me. We all decided that we thought that it made sense to go with a classic black jacket, black trousers, black bow-tie and white shirt. Having a slightly more built frame, Carolyn and the tailor made exception to the changes even on a hire suit as they very clearly seemed passionate about the final result. Something that rubbed off on me as I feel the only way to do something is to do it right and that certainly the result I ended up with. When I tried the altered suit on I felt happy and confident that I was going to look the part at very least at the BAFTAs.

With the outfit sorted, it left only the shoes to arrange. I browsed the internet and came across Dobell, who seemed to have a great range of all things formal, with price tags that didn’t involve having to take out a second mortgage. The shoes I opted for had a very sharp and polished look to them – although I made sure to pay close attention to the reviews, as it is always a gamble buying clothing over the internet.

They arrived within two working days, just in time for the BAFTAs and they were even better than I thought they would be – with the added touch of coming in separate bags, something I would like to see all shoe shops adopt as it keeps your footwear in pristine condition.

With our outfits chosen, pressed and looking sharp, the day of the BAFTAs soon arrived and we made our way with a heavy carrier of clothing to the train station. It was a rather difficult task to keep the garments from creasing, especially with two Ubers and a train to contend with.

However, we arrived safely at our hotel for the night – the Millennium Mayfair, where we checked into one of the club rooms which gave us access to their complimentary club lounge – and an array of refreshments and biscuits throughout the day. More like an apartment than an individual hotel room, we were greeted by vast amounts of space to start to get ready in for the event that lay ahead that day.

After getting suited and booted checking ourselves over we ordered an Uber to make our way to another the Mondrian Hotel, which stood as the hub for the BAFTA’s this year, hosting all of the pre-awards parties and lounges.

Among the first of the bloggers to arrive was Carl, it was a pleasant surprise to meet another male blogger as the blogging world is normally female dominated. After we met the remaining bloggers, who were attending on behalf of sponsors House of Fraser as well, we made our way to the Royal Festival Hall along the Southbank, stealing the bewildered glances of passersby, who were confused as to why there were so many of us dressed to impress!

We finally arrived at the event and it was time to experience the red carpet. It was quite a surreal experience as I had never participated in such a prestigious event. So we made the most of the photo opportunity. After a taking in the atmosphere we slowly made our way inside. Thankfully greeted with a glass of prosecco and some even more delightful H20 after we exited the sun-soaked red carpet, it was that scorching that even our host Graham Norton picked up on the adverse weather conditions given the attire that we were arriving in.

Scarlett and I made our way to our seats, the view from the arena was surprising good. After a quick safety brief, we were under way and after a barrage of awards for all the categories, for me Peter Kay stole the show. Showing that the fame has not gone to his head, he is very down to earth in his approach.

Overall it was very unique and gratifying experience, one I would definitely take the opportunity to attend again.

Thank you very much for the kind invitation from House of Fraser.

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