It’s been just over a week now and the news of last week is finally beginning to sink in. Finally, I’ve been able to put a blog post together – it’s been an absolute whirlwind. So, last Thursday I attended my first ever blogger award ceremony – 30 Plus Blog Awards. Hosted at the Charlotte Street Hotel in London, the 30 Plus Awards was founded by Hayley of London Beauty Queen as a space for bloggers over 30 to be celebrated and recognised, when often they are overlooked.
Amazingly, I had been shortlisted in the ‘Blogger of the Year‘ category, much to my surprise. Full of nerves, apprehension and with a tummy full of butterflies – I travelled up to London with my blogger BFF, Carrie. As soon as the award ceremony was announced I knew Carrie would be my perfect ‘plus one’. She has been there since day one and is the first blogger I met ‘in real life’ back in 2013 – we’ve been friends ever since. It was great to have her with me to calm my nerves.
When we arrived, I saw lots of faces I recognised from their blogs and got to chat to some lovelies too (Holly, Aine, Erica, Claire, Leah, Lex to name a few). It was incredible to be in a room full of such fantastic and talented bloggers and I wished I could have spoken to everyone but the evening just whizzed by in a blur. After champagne in nibbles in a room filled with pretty silver balloons, we headed into the main presentation area, which was a cinema style room with a stage at the front. Cue the nerves again.
The Award Ceremony was really lovely. It was fantastic to see bloggers from far and wide, being recognised for their talent, individuality and for all their hard work and passion. The 30 plus community is so supportive and friendly, there were big cheers for every single person that was nominated and huge rounds of applause for the winners.
My category was the last and final category, so I had plenty of time for the nerves to build as we went through each category, cheering our fellow bloggers on.
Finally, it was time. Zoe Cook (Head of PR at The Body Shop) took to the stage to present the category and the butterflies in my tummy arrived again. At this point, I’ll hand you over to fellow blogger Aine as she had managed to capture the moment perfectly in the video below (head to 6:02 on video for a sneak peek – or watch all of it as she’ s lovely).
I walked up to the stage with tears in my eyes, I literally couldn’t believe it. I started this blog as just a little hobby in my bedroom back in 2012, I didn’t think anyone would read it let alone all the places my blog has taken me, and now I’m here. The sound of my heart beating in my chest was deafening against the audience. As I stood for a picture on the stage, it was like my whole blogging ‘life’ had flashed before my eyes and I felt so overwhelmed with emotions. I heard someone saying ‘Smile!!’ and realised I probably looked tearful rather than happy, but I promise they were happy tears, definitely nothing less. Suddenly, my Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook all exploded with literally hundreds of congratulations messages. It was just the most overwhelming moment.
The most touching part of it all, is that I just feel so welcome within the amazing blogging community of such talented and innovative people who are all so supportive of each other. The blogging community are just the loveliest bunch of people and I truly feel so lucky to be a part of it – I have made friends that will stay with me a lifetime.
Blogging has taken over my life over the last few years, I think about my blog from the moment I wake, to the moment I go to sleep. There have been ups and downs, particularly in last few months, things have been tough, so to be recognised truly means the absolute world to me.
So finally, a thank you. To everyone that has ever read my blog, commented, voted for me and supported me over the 4 years. A massive mention for V, who is my biggest support, my ‘manager’ and even lets me photograph her food before she starts eating (much to her disgust). A big thank you to Carrie for help with photography and advice when I’m stuck and to the Brighton Blogger girls for the endless chats about everything and anything. Of course, a big stroke and cuddle to my Robbie dog who is the best ‘blogger dog’ (or dogger) there is. He poses for photos (when bribed) and cuddles on the sofa when I’m typing up posts. Plus, I think half my followers are here to see him, not me. Everyone needs a pup blog companion. Lastly, a big thank you to all the brands/companies I’ve worked with over the 4 years, with a special mention to The Body Shop, who have supported me from the beginning (and are SO lovely).
So, emotional bit over with, I promise! On to the fun part, so to celebrate, I’ve organised TWO giveaways. One will be hosted here on my blog and for an extra chance to win, I’ve got a mini giveaway running on my Twitter too! The first prize is this bundle of The Body Shop goodies worth over £80! Enter below to win…………..
For a full list of the winners of the 30 Plus Awards – click here.
Huge Congratulations to ALL the winners and THANK YOU again! 🙂 🙂 🙂
As you have a dog and so do I, I would love to see doggy reviews – good sites and products, gifts for dog/pet lovers and their pooches!
It was massively deserved my lovely, I had a big grin on my face reading that again, such a wonderful evening! I can only imagine the nerves and excitement you felt. Glad to see the award in a place of honour. Well done!!
Huge Congratulations Lovely! I would love to see more reviews this could be of anything makeup, clothes, body products, chocolate, shoes 🙂
Well deserved too! xxx
Congratulations on your award! I love reading posts about skincare and places to visit within the UK :o)
Many congratulations on your well deserved award. I would love to see more of your make up hacks and low carb recipes. Thanks and keep up the good work.
Congratulations on your award! It certainly sounds like you have worked hard for it! Well done! X
Huge congrats lovely! I would love to see more travel blog posts 🙂
Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you, I think you really deserve the award. xx
Huge congratulations – totally deserved!! Hopefully I’ll see you at some more events in the future 🙂
Huge congrats to you! I love your beauty/makeup posts, as I love to know what’s new and what’s good and worth the money, so more of those please! 😀
also commented on your 5 REASONS TO VISIT MAURITIUS post x
Huge congrats dear Lyndsay, I think it’s so well deserved. Hope to see you next time and talk properly. Much love your way, Kirsten xx
I would love to see more food posts. I do like food lol.
I would love to see more lifestyle and beauty posts.
I really enjoy lifestyle, travel and food posts so the more the better
i love lifestyle and beauty posts fabgiveaway and congrats xxx
I do love beauty and lifestyle posts 🙂
congratulations on your award! I would love to see more reviews and more foody things
Anything travel! I love seeing great ideas to add to my bucket list xx
I commented on the travel article 5 TIPS ON CHOOSING THE BEST HOTEL FOR YOU xx
Lifestyle blogs please
I would like to see recipes please
I like recipe posts best, especially if they are easy enough to try at home!
congrats!! would love to see more reviews xx
i love reviews
I enjoy all types of posts. I find that usually reviews are most beneficial to me financially because I get a better idea from a review of a product will work in my life and my families life or not without having to buy it first.
I love recipes, thanks for the chance.
Hello! I’m a new follower *waves* Congrats on your Blog, and recent award. I see you’re creative, I love seeing ‘upcycling’ posts.
i like the food blog posts
Well done on your award! How amazing :)))
I love trying new foods so maybe some recipes 🙂
Congratulations. Recipes are always good for me.
beauty reviews x
lots of travel and comps
Some arts and crafts and revamping items for the home.
I’d like to see more on male grooming and which products and smellies ladies like the most.
Congratulations on your award, well deserved! I’d love travel posts x
Congratulations on a well-deserved win. I’d like to see more reviews about beauty and non-beauty.
Congratulations!!! 🙂 I would love some tanning tips 🙂
Well Done on your award, always on the look out for healthy tips and recipes.
More lifestyle posts please xx
More beauty posts please
Congratulations. More beauty posts would be good 🙂
More lifestyle posts please 🙂
I really love reading travel write ups and reviews, stuff out of the ordanairy especially x
beauty reviews ,food reviews
Travel, lifestyle, food and drink.
i LOVE THE BEAUTY AND TRAVEL WRIE UPS ALWAYS INSPIRING
I always enjoy your travel posts. Would love to see more of those 🙂
I like reading your travel posts 🙂
I would love to see more travel posts please. I really enjoy those blog posts.
I have also commented on blog post: A SURPRISE EVENING ON THE BLUEBELL RAILWAY
I love anything to do with food and drink .x
more recipes would be fab!
I love to travel more so would like more travel reviews as I am too scared of scams travel companies
I’d like to see more food posts, especially now Bake Off is back!
I love foodie posts.
More recipes here would be lovely!
Well done on your award! I love all things beauty so more of that would be lovely:-) x
I’d love to see more foodie posts! New product reviews are always good
Kelly Ellen Hirst
product reviews are always enjoyable to read, even if it’s not something I would consider for myself 🙂
and congrats on your award!! 🙂
product reviews are always interesting and useful as there are times I am not sure if it is worth buying or using.
New subscriber 🙂 Congrats on your win! beauty posts please.
Congratulations! Hope you’re still celebrating your success 🙂