It’s media awards season and I’m still reeling from the completely gobsmacking news that WhatSheWears won Best Fashion Blogger at Ireland’s Most Influential in Fashion Awards at the Mansion House on Thursday night last.
A few weeks ago I got an email from Ireland’s Most Influential in Fashion Awards telling me I was shortlisted in the for the industry award for best blogger. There was shrieking, I’m not going to lie. I had seen the People’s Choice Awards going on on Faye Dinsmore’s blog including the voting process around the awards and had not thought that I’d be considered for the judge’s award. In fact I didn’t know there was a judges award until the awards were announced. Plus I’d decided not to go as I couldn’t afford the ticket entry of €49! That all changed with an email.
Of course I had no expectation of actually winning the award, what with all the other nominations of people I admire in the industry. So when the winner was announced by RTE Red Radar, who said some really nice things about why they chose WhatSheWears, I dropped my glass, raced up to the stage, heart pounding and freaking inside having realised that I’d have to make a speech and had nothing prepared!
Plus everyone was so dressed up (no-one stuck to the casual chic dress code, there were dresses and fashion forward outfits galore, plus a debs dress or two!) and I was thinking “oh no” here’s me going to be photographed in a top and jeans, how terribly “un fashion” of me.
Luckily, I was somewhat comforted by the fact that I had my hair blow-dried earlier in Peter Mark and my makeup done by the marvellous June Kelly from Makeup Junkies – honestly readers, getting your makeup done is the best tonic in the world, I think I’m addicted.
Thanks to everyone for stopping by to read WhatSheWears and a HUGE THANKS to my contributors who help make it what it is. Read about them over here.
Whilst the online world is incredibly supportive, (thank you all!), when you are self-employed (as well as running WSW, I consult in online communications), there is no one there in person to give you advice, pat you on the back, or listen to you when it all gets a bit much, so to know there are people out there who have noticed what you do, and think it sufficiently OK, is just really life-affirming and very cheering on those days when you fed up and eating chocolate and it’s midnight and you’ve managed to delete an article that’s taken you an age to put together.
Thank you. Anne Marie Boyhan x
P.S I’ve posted some pictures of the night over on Facebook. I’ve asked the organisers for the official photos of the night so that you can comment on the style for yourself and am awaiting a reply.Tweet