I'm Late, for a very important date

I feel really bad, as I'm pretty late in posting about the wonderful time I had at the scottish blogger meet up last saturday. So you may have seen and heard some of this before, but bare with me :) I met Rani, Morven and Adele off the edinburgh train and we headed up to the Blythswood Square Hotel (which you heard me rant about in my last post as I was at the spa during the week) We were there for 11.30am, greeted with champagne and lots of smiling faces - ready for a great wee day ahead! Now for the photo overload...


Recognise this afternoon tea from my last post? I was SO happy to see this little bundle of joy again haha. We were shown a few short films surrounding the making of Alice by Scottish Ballet (which we were going to see later on in the day) As I work in theatre/film/tv, I am a mega behind the scenes geek so the films were a fab insight into the lengthy production process which I know and love - from design concept all the way through to production week.


We were seated at 3 large tables in the beautiful Monte Carlo suite, hiyaz to Morven, Adele, Kirsten, Amanda, Louise, Lisa, and Claire at my table.


I could eat miniature cakes and finger sandwiches every day for the rest of my life.


Gorgeous table centrepieces.


My good pal Ruth getting fake lashes put on for the first time EVER! Thanks to Jane from Smujj. She looked stunning. The girls from The Rainbow Rooms were also on hand, and did a ballet inspired hair demo, along with a few hair ups, back combing and curls for us gals before we headed off to the ballet.


Sitting in the dark waiting for Alice to begin...


The bloody gorgeous front gauze. Gauze is much harder to paint onto than normal cloths (imagine it's like a GIANT pair of fishnet tights, and the lighting state allows it to transform from solid to see through! You can see the fun I had as a head scenic artist leading a team to paint a gauze here)


Some lovely refreshments for us at half time. I was on the cranberry juice and lime by then, champagne for breakfast had gone to my head a bit. The show itsself was amazing, really beautiful and the set, costumes, lighting and overall staging of the performance was totally flawless. I really did feel as if I had fallen down the rabbit hole myself - the dancing and music which illustrated Alice's story was completely mesmerising.


Oh my... the goody bag ♥ Which also included some vouchers for the Thermal Experience at the spa, so hope this may call for meet up number 2 if any of you gals fancy us using our vouchers together?

Now onto some stolen pictures (thank you Ann, Lisa and Toni!)


Me and Claire :)


Ruth, me and Claire getting our hair done by the awesome Rainbow Room gals. I took this opportunity to get a beehive a la Carrie at Wish Wish Wish. I felt like a sixties housewife for the rest of the day, AWESOME! Haha.


Morven, Me, Sarah and Kirsty.


School photo much?!

There were 22 of us there in total, but the day seemed to fly in so quickly and I'm sad I didn't get a chance to speak to everyone :( It was a lovely day though, I met some wonderful people (a few fan girl moments indeed) I felt very lucky to have been invited and hope I get to meet some more of you lovely gals in the near future. Here is a little trailer of the show, watching it makes me want to see it all over again:


Scottish Ballet: Alice 11 - Trailer from Scottish Ballet on Vimeo.

I couldn't end this post without thanking the kind folks at Blythswood Square, Scottish Ballet, and most importantly the most awesome person who made it all happen, Ann :) Thanks still doesn't really feel like enough! Not many events like this happen north of the border, so hopefully it is the first of many. This kind of event is completely new to me, so I'd like to hear what your experience of blogger events are, and blogging folks who you've went on to meet in real life? Morven told me I was exactly as she thought I'd be, which I'm glad about! Because I like to think my online persona is the exact same person as I am in 'real life'! :)

Ayden x
 

26 comments:

  1. owwww this looks like so much fun!! It's like all my fave bloggies in a room together too! so glad you had an awesome time :) xxx

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  2. awww ayden this looks like a brilliant time! you are such a lucky girl. LOVE your outfit and your hair looked brilliant all did up! i went for lunch with rob today and wanted afternoon tea like yours with sandwiches and cakes. i had been craving it since your previous post! they place i went to only had cream tea - i wanted mini sandwiches too! gonna have to make rob take me out again soon, especially as this has made me want afternoon tea even more. oh also im glad you are loving your usa sweater! i got actually just added a couple more usa sweaters. let me know if you like the look of any and ill do a sneaky bit of discount for ya xxxxx

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  3. aww, look like you had an amazing time! So jealous of the free goody bag! x

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  4. Your hair looks really nice up! Looks like you had fun! :P

    Having a little creme egg giveaway on my blog btw, if you're interested, cause I love your blog :D

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  5. aaw this looks lovely! it's a shame there isn't a similar event in Cardiff when the show comes here. Can't wait to see it now
    x

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  6. looks like a fab day out! And this post looks good enough to eat mmm xo

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  7. wow, it all looks so amazing & looks like you had great fun. That is one room full of beautiful amazing bloggers right there.
    Your hair looks lovely, and everything looks scrummy.
    Glad you enjoyed it :)
    xxx

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  8. Eeeeeeeeep looks like you had an amazing time!! So jealous! xxxx

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  9. Was so great to finally meet up! Just gutted I couldn't stay longer. Think we need another meet up again in the summer xx

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  10. Wow, what an amazing day! You look absolutely gorgeous and I love your up-do, 60's style really suits you cos you have those lovely big brown peepers! I can totally understand what you said in your last post about not minding that you ended up with two lots of afternoon teas, you can't have too many mini foods can you? I think mini sandwiches and cakes are my favourite food! Haha.
    Also the ballet sounds awesome, what a fun day! I have never been to a Blogger meet up, I think I would be really nervous!
    xxx

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  11. My goodness that looks amazing! I REALLY want to see it! Shame I live at the complete opposite end of the country!
    I also really like the fact you brought your knowledge into it, I too like behind the scenes stuffs!

    xxxx

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  12. Your hair looks lovely all done up! Looks like it was a great day :)
    I've never met another blogger in real life, so can't comment on that yet, Madame G mentioned getting a wee something sorted out for summer though!

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  13. BEST DAY. Gah total cringe at me...I look a riot. Hi hungover face. No more cake and vodka for me I fear.
    Such a good time though. Think need to use my blythswood voucher very very soon though...can't wait for some executive treatment.
    xx

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  14. Looks like you had such a great time! I really like the look of that heartshaped buscuit and know i am really craving one haha!

    xx

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  15. so pleased you had a lovely day toots, thank you for the wee shout out... you are seriously more than welcome, always a pleasure to see your wee face.

    would be definitely up for a wee 'rematch' at blythswood spa at some point, and sure I'll do something for sleeping beauty at christmas too.

    always interested in hearing your technical views on it too!

    hopefully see you again soon

    a x

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  16. Wow, looks like a fab day, glad you enoyed. Still swooning over the afternoon tea. Definitely going to be having an afternoon tea sometime VERY soon! The ballet sounds fab too, I've never been to a ballet and it's one of those things on my "to do list".

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  17. totally living the dream! i'm so jealous :( looks amazing x

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  18. you look you had such a good time! i want to say because i don't always comment but I bloody love your posts and hope you don't stop writing them! ahem that is all -slinks off- x

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  19. Awww, it looks as if you girls had a perfect day! Thank you for sharing your pictures, especially of the lovely afternoon tea, yummy! :) xxxx

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  20. Gorgeous photos, I love your hairstyle as well, it really suits you!

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  21. You look lovely! I love meeting bloggers in real life, it's always so much fun :)

    Maria xxx

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  22. amazing post! looks like so much fun. also i find it weird that i'm almost certain i know that girl claire from glasgow! I think she used to live with my friend in halls in 1st year! xo.

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  23. Blogger meets are so much fun! :D Glad you got on really well with them all, maybe it's an incentive to meet up again so you can chat to the rest you missed out on this time? I'd LOVE to see that show... are they touring the rest of the UK do you know? Scotland is a bit far for me... ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  24. This looks like so much FUN Ayden! I wish I lived in Scotland, you have such a great time up there!

    Thank you for your super sweet comment on my blog, by the way. Love you long time ALSO! xx

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  25. you look so gorg in all these snaps! I adored your hair mrs- you really suit the hive 'do! surfing sounds amazing, somethin I have never tried but always looks like so much fun, speak soon pretty lady xxxxxxxx

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  26. Not only you but I also had missed it, just kidding. I love to join this with you guys.

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