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Sunday, 29 November 2015

I Won a Cosmopolitan Blog Award!

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and you have had a wonderful weekend so far! I am a little late on the bandwagon writing up this post as the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards were over a week ago now, but the last few weeks have been unlike any other and I wanted to sit down and write this post properly for you all. If you follow me on my various social media channels and if you read my previous Cosmopolitan Blog Awards blog post then you will know that I was shortlisted in this year's awards. I said it in my previous post and I will say it again, I never thought in my right mind that I would be shortlisted again this year and for two categories, I lack so much confidence in myself and my blog to be able to say I am worthy for awards like this. I work full time so blogging doesn't always have my full attention, but I just love having my little space on the internet to be able to write away, share my thoughts and meet like-minded people. Being shortlisted for awards doesn't happen very often for me...I swear I have the worst luck in the world but I feel so blessed being part of the awards this year. So, if the title of this post didn't already give it away...I am incredibly proud to announce that I actually did it...I WON a Cosmopolitan Blog Award and here is the full story!!


Before we head into all of the awards evening natter I wanted to talk you through my run up to the awards (this is going to be a really chatty post haha). This years awards will be no doubt unforgettable for me, not only for the fact I won but because I got to share it with one of my blogging best friends...India from The Jewel Beauty. When the shortlist was announced and I saw that we were both shortlisted I messaged her straight away as I knew this would be the perfect time for us to finally meet! After pretty much starting our blogs at the same time and talking pretty much every day these past few years, it was so lovely being able to finally meet my berrie (long story but this is what we call each other haha) and blogger in crime. We got planning straight away about what we wanted to do and we decided to make a day of it. I travelled down to London the Thursday morning and then travelled on to meet India at Paddington station. Once we had finally met it was as if we had known each other forever and not as if this was the first time we were actually meeting. After meeting we decided to head to our hotel, The Marylebone which I feel needs a review in itself - our room was out of this world and I would highly recommend the hotel to anyone! Once you walked in from the door you were greeting with a gorgeous and spacious living room which led onto another room which housed the Queen sized bed which then led on to a huge ensuite which had a shower and bath! I was totally regretting the fact I didn't bring any Lush bath bombs with me! We decided it was probably best to drop off our bags at the hotel so we could do some exploring, grab some lunch and make our way to our hair and makeup appointments.


Our first stop was Harrods and suprisingly we were both very good and didn't splurge at all haha. We literally just walked and walked for hours talking non-stop and catching up on pretty much everything. Whilst planning our trip beforehand we decided to visit Laduree for lunch - I have been a few times before but on this ocassion we had a table inside and ohh my goodness it was incredible. Everything from the decor to the food was just out of this world - if you ever get the chance I would definitely reccomend you stop by, even if it to pick up some Macaroons...which is what India and I did also haha. We both decided whilst we were in London that it would be a great idea to get our hair and makeup done - just feel completely pampered for a change. We didn't get round to pre-booking our hair appointment so we made a few phone calls whilst at lunch and managed to get an appointment at the Harvey Nichols Hershesons Blow Dry Bar. We both opted for big bouncy curls and both walked away incredibly impressed with the service and final look. I swear I have never known anyone to curl my hair so quickly and for it to look imaculate - I believe she used the Tourmaline Professional Waving Tong (which is currently out of stock *cries*) and I am seriously considering adding this to my hair tools collection. Once our hair was ready we literally jumped straight into a taxi to head over to Selfridges for our makeup. India very kindly arranged our make-up appointment and we decided on Charlotte Tilbury. This was the first time I had ever had a full face of Charlotte Tilbury makeup and I was so pleased with how everything came together. My makeup artist was Adebola and we decided to create a hybrid look featured the Bombshell and Golden Goddess. As my dress was a pinky nude shade we opted to pair the look with a similar lip...we firstly opted for the famous Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and topped everything off with Penelope Pink. This is such a gorgeous pinky nude that I personally think would look incredible on everyone. I actually ended up purchasing the lipstick and also the brow product that Adebola used on me...reviews coming your way shortly. I was so pleased with the final look and how well the makeup lasted throughout the evening.


Lunch, Check. Hair, check. Makeup, check. Once we had finished up with everything we headed straight back to the hotel, changed into our dresses and were ready to take on the night. The awards took place at One Marylebone which was absolutely stunning. I believe it was once a Church so the decor inside was stunning and added so much character. I don't think the Cosmopolitan team could have chosen a better venue, it was gorgeous. So, you've heard about my hair and makeup, now it's time for the outfit. I literally could not find a dress for the awards and I didn't actually find one until the week before. I was actually in New York at the time and I was browsing through Forever 21 when I came across THE dress. It came in a pink nude shade and also a grey but I decided to opt for the lighter option and I am so glad I did. I just checked the Forever 21 website (UK and US) and I actually can't find the dress online anymore. Hopefully this is just a glitch with all the sales currently running for Black Friday and Cyber Monday but hopefully it will pop online again soon. You couldn't really see my shoes but I opted for a pair of light pink platform heels from River Island. As my dress was long I needed something to nsure my dress wouldn't be dragged across the floor and of course so I couldn't trip over myself (I can be quite clumsy). I then opted for a mixture of accessories...one of which was my camera even though I took hardly any photos that night haha.


Fast forward and it's time to announce the winners. First up was the 'Best for Beauty' which was my first category. Unfortunately, I did not place in this category and I did feel a tad deflated (I am sure anyone would feel the same) because beauty is a huge part of my blog BUT never the less I still felt incredibly lucky to even be shortlisted and to even be in the running with some amazing bloggers. I want to say a huge congratulations again to Alice from Tea Party with Alice for  winning Highly Commended and to Brogan Tate for winning the overall category and for coming Highly Commended for Best Vlog - I adore both of their blogs and I think the awards couldn't have gone to a nicer pair - it was so deserved! Next up was the 'Best Use of Photography' which was my second and final category. I don't really remember a lot about this as I literally spaced-out with joy, excitement, shock...you name it and I was probably feeling it! The next thing I hear is 'Sophia Meola' being called for Highly Commended and thinking did they really just say my name?! Like really?! It honestly took me a good few minutes to register everything and actually start walking on stage. I remember walking up on stage (which was a challenge in itself...the step was really wobbly), completely shaking and feeling like I was on cloud 9! I collected my certificate and frame, posed for a photo (I havent seen this yet but no doubt I look like a dear in headlights) and made my way back to the crowd honestly feeling like I needed someone to pinch me. I can sometimes be quite clumsy so I am just so thankful I didn't fall...my dress was super long and my heels were quite high so I don't know how I managed that haha. The congratulations I received when making my way back into the crowd was incredible and I want to say a huge thank you again to everyone for the kind messages...I never dreamt I'd be in this position! I could ramble on and on about the evening but honestly I don't even think I have the right words to express how I was feeling that night and how I am still feeling...I am just so grateful! Then, if that wasn't enough, at the end of the night we were presented with a spectacular goodie bag housing a slection of products from Cosmopolitan. I was then also presented with a Remington goodie bag (they sponsored the beauty category) featuring a fabulous new styling tool that I just can't wait to share with you. It honestly felt like Chistmas had come early. When myself and India headed back to the hotel after the awards, we ordered some room service and dived into the bag...literally gasping with excitement at every product we pulled out!

 

So, did this all actually happen?! It honestly still feels like a complete dream to me and I still can't believe I walked away with an award and I can finally say I am an award winning blogger haha! According to Cosmopolitan this years awards had the biggest voting count EVER with numbers in excess of 64K - WOW! I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been there and supported my blogging journey and of course to anyone who took the time to vote for me - it means the world to me. As you know I didn't place in the Beauty category but I did walk away with Highly Commened for 'Best Use of Photography' and I am over the moon. If you read my blog the you will know that one of my blog New Years resolutions was to improve my photography and receiving this award makes me that tiny bit closer to achieving my goal. I have walked away feeling so motivated and I can't wait to get back into my blogging routine after a few hectic weeks and bring you some fabulous new content. Thank you so much again! I also want to say a huge congratulations to all of the girls who were at the awards, it was honestly so lovely finally meeting everyone. I didn't get round to seeing absolutely everyone *cries* as the night went increibly quickly but I am sure we will all see eachother again soon.

Shoutout to all of the lovely girls I met on the night! (so sorry if I have missed anyone)

India - The Jewel Beauty
Kristina - Creepers and Cupcakes
Emily - British Beauty Addict
Rosanna - Rosanna Pierce Makeup
Whitney - Whitney's Wonderland (I didn't get to see Whitney on the night but I am so proud of her for coming Highly Commended in Best for Fashion!) 
Brogan - Brogan Tate xo
Maddie - Mode Madeleine
Alexandra - Glamoclock 
Stephanie - Snapped Up  and Kate - Pure Irish Sugar representing Cocoa Brown Tan
Anjalee - Two Different Worlds 
Kacie - Rare Welsh Bit

If you have made it this far then thank you so much for sticking around and reading all the way through. This is a pretty chatty post so I really hope you enjoyed reading. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me via my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to ready every single comment...they really make my day!

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Lots of Love
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14 comments

  1. Huge Congratulations on your award lovely and I just love your dress, you look absolutley stunning x

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  2. Congratulations Sophia! I've been following your blog from when you first started and you've came on leap and bounds :) you've put so much hard work and dedication into your blog and it's always a favourite of mine to read. You deserve it!

    www.typicalamy.com

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  3. I LOVED reading this post. I'm so proud of you and my god do you deserve that award (and more)

    Keep doing what you do - You're blog is fab and so are you :) I'm so glad we finally got to meet and I knew we would be just like sisters :)

    Lots of Love

    India X

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  4. aw thats so cool! I bet it felt really good to have your name called out! You looked amazing! Love the hair :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  5. Awww congratulations! This made such a feel good post to read x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

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  6. CONGRATS! You look stunning.

    www.lacylatest.co.uk

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  7. Aw I've just read this. Thank you for the shout out and such a shame I didn't get to meet you properly on the night! Congratulations again, really well deserved! X

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  8. Congratulations beautiful, so well deserved!! You look stunning as well.

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Congratulations! Well deserved and hope you enjoyed the night. Lovely post about the awards! :)

    Elle du Jour xxx

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  10. Congratulations! It's an amazing achievement! I am so proud of you! 💗

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