Sparkle Tips: Photos of the Jewelry that Stella and Dot leant me for the MADs awards


I’m a big fan of jewelry, especially anything sparkly!  But when I got my TK Maxx dress, I realised that I was in trouble.  I needed something much more subtle around my neck than I would normally go for, and something more striking on my wrist.  Plus there was a little too much blue going on as well.  As the night of the MAD’s blog award got closer I panicked!

But Katie who has just started up a Stella and Dot franchise came to my rescue with some gorgeous pieces which she leant me for the night.  The great thing about the choices that she has, is that much of it is the kind of statement jewelry that I like (which brightens up an otherwise plain outfit), but they also have the more delicate options as well, unlike other companies that seem to only stick to one option.  You may well have seen some Stella and Dot statement pieces if you are a fan of Xfactor as several of the singers have worn it on the show.

I don’t normally wear brooches, but that is one of the great things about the Stella and dot teams; they don’t just give you jewellery, they also give you ideas on how to wear it.

I’ve become quite keen on the idea of brooches now!  I might have to take a look at my Mums old stuff hiding away in a box and see if I can work out how to wear some of it now, having been inspired by this piece.

Then she leant me a really subtle necklace (I’m normally much more bling), but it looked gorgeous with my dress as it was already very sparkly.  We went for small drop earings as I have shortish hair.  But then for added a touch of bling with the bracelet.

Here’s a picture of them all separately, followed by one of them on me, so that you can see what they look like  …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A HUGE thankyou to Katie for her help and loan of the gorgeous jewellery!  I wouldn’t have felt so lovely on the night without it.

 

Photo’s of my TK Maxx outfit for the MADs blogging awards

At last I’ve managed to show you the official pictures of my gorgeous TK Maxx dress for the MAD Blog Awards.  I totally learnt two lessons from this:

1) Shop as though someone else is paying, because it made me more imaginative (it wouldn’t actually have cost me more)

2) Go shopping with friends and make the most of your money by looking for a bargain

The one on the right is as I arrived with the lovely blue fluffy thing – I’ve always wanted one of those!  I’m looking a little ‘arggh red carpets and professional camera, how scary!’

On the left is me meeting up with the gorgeous Softthistle, who I have talked to loads on twitter.  So you get to see the dress without the fluffy coat thing.

My problem when going to blogging events is that I know their twitter or blog names so well, that it just feels wrong to call people by their ‘real’ names.  So ‘softthistle’ will always be ‘softthistle’ to me, I was just surprised that she didn’t have that surprised look on her face like her twitter avatar ;o)

 

 

 

 

  I was so chuffed to get to meet the wonderful Violet Posy, because she is the fab blog designer who came to my aid when I moved from wordpress.com to self-hosted with wordpress.org.  We hadn’t even spoken on the phone or anything, so I was really chuffed to get to talk to her.

I did eventually manage to stop blubbing enough to give a garbled thank you when I got the award!

 

Thank you again for all your votes, and to TK Maxx for my dress, Parent Dish for sponsoring the event, Talk Talk for hosting it at their customer experience centre and sponsoring my category, Sally Whittle for being the organiser of the MADs and her fabulous team for a wonderful night.  Oh and all the mummy bloggers I got to talk to or not talk to on the night, it was great being in a room with you all, slightly crazy mummy (and a couple of daddy) bloggers.

 

I promise to do a proper blog for pictures of the jewelry next week as well!

OMG Huge Thankyou’s for the MAD Blog Awards and a few less tears!

I have HUGE thank you’s for you guys, because you put fingers on the keys and voted for me for the MAD Blog awards ‘Small business category’, and even better I actually WON!!!!

I’ve got to write this post, because my acceptance speech consisted of slightly muffled ‘sob’ … ‘thank you’ .. ‘sob’ .. ‘OMG’ .. ‘lip wobble’ …. ‘this is so important to me’ …. yep, I did one of those ‘oscars speeches’, nothing like the planned face I’d videoed!  I’m very much hoping that the organiser Sally Whittle (better known as ‘overlord‘) does not publish the real video acceptance speach!

First some stats, because I’m a bit of a geek and love a stat.  Plus some people (like the guy who commented on my FB page) might think ‘hmmpf a few mummy bloggers, whats that all about?’.

  • Mummy (and Daddy) blogs are the new must have thing for PR companies to use to review/advertise their products.  We are a little behind the USA, but it’s becoming a real phenomenon.
  • People tend to read/write them to share experiences of being a parent, review products, and be a lot more interesting that the news (they are also not all about being a parent, there are tonnes of subjects covered).
  • Many are now getting regular writing jobs or writing books (like mine ‘Six steps to a sparkling you and enjoying being a Mum‘, due out on the Kindle at the end of Oct, plug, plug)
  • There were 700 blogs nominated for 14 different categories
  • There were 50,000 votes of nominations
  • 750 people watched the live blog at home and thousands watched it on twitter
  • There were 1500 tweets on the night reaching 360,000 people and generating 2m impressions

So, the thank you’s ….

Thank you so much for taking the time to vote: I still get tears in my eyes when I look at the award or tell people about it.  All the awards before hand seemed to be going to ‘big name’ blogs, so I had totally assumed that I had no chance, and was jokingly hiding at the back with the rest of the Small Business Nominees who had a really good ability to down glasses of wine.

Thank you to my family, clients, and friends for inspiring the ideas for the blogs: I love to write and you are a constant source of ideas (I have over 100 draft posts!).

Thank you to TK Maxx for my gorgeous princess dress (official photos to follow later in the week) plus photos of the other girls who I thought looked lovely.

Thank you to Katie from K and S Jewels who leant me the beautiful Stella and Dot jewellery that sparkled on my ears, neck, fluffy coat and wrist.  (official photos to follow).

Thank you to Sally and the team for organising a fab night out; which involved a lot of extremely excited Mummy Bloggers (and 3 daddy bloggers, as unusually there were very few nominations for Dads this year), great music, loads of applause, lots of music, and the amazing Bangs And A Bun who managed to keep us all in order and be the main presenter of the night.

Thank you to Parent dish and Talk Talk (sponsors of my award and providers of the location) for backing the event

Thank you to Little Dimples who had to come with me on the night, and stunningly slept all the way through the awards.  When she gave me this hug, it so felt like she knew what had been going on and that I had won (thank you to whoever took the photo too; Lindy I assume it was you?).

Thank you to the lovely Betty (irish granny I found in Tescoes) who looked after Little Dimples upstairs so I could have a little freedom (I’ve promised lots of Mums at the blog to tell you the story behind my discovery of Betty), who burst into floods of tears when she found out I had won, and who appears to be my lucky mascot when it comes to getting on a train with 1 minute to spare.

Thank you to the other Small Business guys for not booing or tripping me up as we had previously discussed when we assumed that Baby budgeting was bound to win (Little Stuff, All about the boys, Queen of Easy Green); only joking Becky, thank you for all your advice, I’m so going for the Kindle publishing now and not worrying about other options!

Thank you for all the lovely chats with the mummy bloggers that I’d always wanted to meet in person: Violet Posy (Liz Grayson who designed and moved my blog to self-hosted), RedTedArt (my fave crafting blog, who was thoroughly lovely in person), Carol (for all her tips), Liska from New mum online, Marylin from softhistle and a tonne more!

MADS Small business Award – might have mentioned I need VOTES!

I think I might have mentioned that I’m a finalist in the national MADs Blogging Awards in the Small Business Category, maybe, just a little!

I might also have mentioned that I need votes, a LOT of them in order to have a chance against the big blogs that I’m competing with!

Well, I was asked to make a begging video, what do you reckon to it?  Lots of people have done really funny videos, but I’m just not that confident, so I’ve done a basic, ‘this is who I am, this is why I love blogging and this is why I need your vote’ kind of thing.

I’ve got only 1 more week to get as many votes as possible, and then I have to wait until September to find out how I did.

This whole process has been very good for me as it has made me embrace the idea of ‘you only get what you ask for’ and be brave enough to approach local newspapers and radio stations (which has been on my to do list for a couple of years!).  So far the Herts Advertiser has done a quick interview and Jack FM. I’m hoping for a couple more, so I’ll let you know what happens.

Video Wed: THANK YOU! I’m a finalist in the MAD Awards! Please Vote for me!

Wow, A huge thank you to firstly the person who nominated me for Best MAD Small Business Award (That’s not ‘mad’, it’s Mum and Dad Bloggers, which is sort of ‘mad’!) and then all the people who kept nominating me so that the judges picked me as a Finalist!  I had huge tears in my eyes when I checked yesterday, as it came as a massive surprise and I’m really, really chuffed to be a finalist!

It’s great that the other people are fab blogs, because now if I don’t get picked to win, I can comfort myself with the fact that I like them all – phew!

HOWEVER

I would love, love, love, love, love to win!  So please vote for me! Here’s the link

http://www.the-mads.com/vote.htm

Now some of you might not know who the hell I am, so here is a little broadcast on behalf of the Mummy Whisperer, so you know what it is that you are getting …

My plan is complete world domination ;o)

  • To bring Mums together and show us our similarities, not our differences
  • To knock a few heads together
  • To help Mums enjoy being a Mum and know they are fantastic
  • To help Mums get that sparkle back in their lives
  • To give them a realistic and balanced approach to life, rather than one that they can’t possible achieve
  • To stamp on ridiculousness
  • To get a book out there on the shelves of waterstones, so that I can help all mums for just £6 and give them a great basis to work from

What am I doing about it?  Well I’m blogging a lot ;o)  There’s my weight loss tips, my exhaustion tips, there’s all the blogs I wrote about bullying and my new question corner.  I do free facebook webinars, and more organised free 1hr webinars where you register.  I’ve written ebooks, workshops and now a pile of online programs.  Only a tiny, tiny, tiny percentage of the people I meet through my blog end up being a client; but thats what I love about it, because I can reach out to hundreds of Mums including existing clients and be there whenever they need a little bit of help.  So vote for me, and you could be helping me in my plan for world domination and the thousands of Mums out there that need a boost in their lives (just thought I’d add a touch of sentimentality and guilt to persuade you!).

And to say ‘thank you’ again for voting for me, here is something to make you laugh ….

I’ve been Nominated for a MAD award: Yay!

The MADs are the Mum and Dad blog awards are one of the biggest blogging awards for Mummy Bloggers like me.  I’ve always wanted to be nominated, and this year I have been, Yay!

Now I know that awards are not meant to matter, but I’m one of those people who does like a bit of a pat on the head.  I’ve put my heart and soul into this blog, and really want to help other Mums, so to get a quick nod that it’s been appreciated means a lot to me.  It must be the toddler in me, like having a star chart!

I also know that this is the point when the Mummy blogging community kicks off because lots of blogs wont have been nominated.  I remember what that was like last year.  People start to feel left out, and resentful, or just a bit down and disheartened.  If you happen to be one of those Mums, then have a look around you and look for these two factors (they helped me to not feel disappointed last year):

1) Why this year would it not suit you to be nominated?  There are downsides to everything, so maybe it wouldn’t be the right thing for you this year?

2) Who is appreciating you at the moment and ‘giving you an award’?  Why is it better that they are doing it, than that you get an nominated for an award?

If you haven’t nominated anyone yet, then you can do so here, I’ll let you know when you can start to vote for people.

Oooh and thank you, thank you, thank you to the person who nominated me, whoever you are, you made me really chuffed!

Update On Voting Process

So people have been asking how to vote for me, and I must admit in my sleep deprived state that I didn’t quite get it!  But now I understand, apparently you can keep nominating me; that way I have a bit more clout.  Plus you can nominate a blog post that you found really useful if you would like.  You just have to put my blog URL in to the nomination form: http://MummyWhispererBlog.com.  I’ve been nominated in the small business blog, but you are welcome to pick another one that works too.

Then there is a panel of judges who will pick the winner; cross your fingers for me!  Ooh and tell your friends!

I might have to think of something that I would do in return for winning: any ideas?