I must apologize as this post is rather belated. The Country Life Ball at the Natural History Museum was almost two weeks ago now, but what with me being away on the Isles of Scilly and then straight back into work, I've been too busy to blog about it. My friends and I got our tickets to the ball a while ago, and after a distinct lack of balls in my life this year compared to previous years, I'd been looking forward to it for weeks! We were promised glitz, glamour, and a whole host of entertainment. We weren't disappointed.
Being sponsored by luxury jewellery brand Boodles, and with Prince Michael of Kent in attendance, naturally it was a given that the event would be filled with only the most glamorous. I headed to Lotte's after work on the Wednesday so we could get ready together, and after a couple of gin and tonic's to get us in the mood, we jumped in an uber to make sure we arrived in style. I was in a bit of a sassy mood that week so decided to wear my classic black dress and red lipstick. It's always the fail safe option really; it always impresses and always makes me feel like a million dollars.
We arrived at the Natural History Museum to it all lit up in pretty lighting, and hundreds of people in black tie making their way through security and inside. We met some other friends outside, and we all headed in together to get the party started. Free-flowing wine and champagne ensued, as did delicious canapes (the mini-burgers were my favourites!). We headed into the central hall where the huge Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton is housed, and where the entertainment was taking place. The evening started with a rounding rendition of Jerusalem by Meeta Raval and Oliver Gerrish.
There was an awesome 'Ginkhana' where you went round different stations testing different types of Gin. I bumped into Asa at one of them, who I hadn't seen for months, so he got a #selfieambush (aka, we were chatting, I turned to get my drink, and all of a sudden he was ambushing me with a selfie - I think I carried it off quite well...).
After Jerusalem and a spot of Ginkhana there was scottish reeling going on (hence Holly's beautiful Scottish-themed dress further up ^), and even a fashion show! I of course missed these, and stayed in the central hall where the epic Sister Sledge, Lettice Rowbatham, and T'Pau were entertaining everyone!
After getting very hot from dancing wildly to the music, Laura and I decided to leave the others to it and go and get some air. We bumped into Lotte and Charlie on the way, so we all wandered out to the cool fresh breeze that greeted us as soon as the security man opened the doors for us. There's nothing quite like that fresh breeze when you're feeling all hot and sweaty! We spotted Jasiminne and Henry sitting on a bench, and as we hadn't seen them for a couple of hours we spent a while all sitting out there chatting and taking photos.
We headed back inside and I found a friend on the way...
These two dresses were two of my favourite that I saw throughout the night. I love the colour and shape of the red one, and the entire outfit of the black just oozes class.
James finally arrived after a heavy pre-drinking session that lasted a lot longer than planned, and he was very merry....so merry he attempted to pick me up...his face is priceless! I did warn him...
So he put me down and did what he always does when drunk...
I think the state James is in in this photo and the way he's holding me up just shows perfectly the effect the party had on everyone. While everyone else went on to the after-party, Lotte and I were good as we had work the next day. The two of us and her boyfriend Charlie got an uber back to their place, had a nightcap, and then Charlie being the gentleman he is let me get into his side of the bed, and Lotte and I watched Romy & Michele's High School Reunion before falling asleep. The perfect end to a really awesome night with fantastic friends! I do love a bit of Romy & Michele.
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