I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was in the run up to this exclusive event. I'd never been to an awards ceremony before (except for the Unsigned Music Awards, but that was different) and certainly not on behalf of my blog.
Although I wasn't nominated or anything like that, the fact that I was even invited to go made me feel so happy and valued as a blogger. My blog is so small compared to others, so the fact that I/my blog was considered as even professional enough for such a big event really made me happy and proud.
I'd heard good things about the last year's event - and lots of good things about the company too - so I spent a long time trying to decide what to wear. A gown seemed too dressy considering I was only attending as a guest/blogger as opposed to a nominee, but, of course, it was still black tie, so I still had to dress quite classy.
I really liked the idea of a tulle skirt (they're just so princess like!) so when I spotted this one in TK Maxx a couple of weeks before the event, I was smitten. It was the last one left and it was in my size - it was fate. I paired this with a simple black top from H&M and chunky heels to complete the look.
I attended with my lovely photographer friend Alejandra, who I think perhaps is the only person I know who loves rockstars just as much as - if not more - than me! I was quite surprised when a lot of people I knew dropped out, too.
Not to sound crass or greedy, but the super glam event consisted of a three course meal and free wine - why would anyone say no to that?!
Still, it meant more for me and our table as the few empty seats meant around six bottles of wine between just the five of us. So good.
Upon arrival to The Brewery, I was blown away. The whole venue was very welcoming and pretty and then, when we got inside to the main room, all the tables were adjourned with candles and silverware - it was so beautiful it looked like we were at the reception of a wedding!
Our first course was already served up - I couldn't tell you what this was exactly but the parma ham and sauce was just delicious. For the next hour or so, we ate, drank and socialized, getting to know each other better, sharing blogging tips and such, before the awards started.
There were some notable winners, but what I really loved was that Vuelio focused on all sorts of bloggers and that they shied away from 'big bloggers' as such, which was a welcome surprise. It was nice to discover new blogs that genuinely deserved their awards, and it was easy to see that the company had put in a lot of time choosing them.
Even though the event was really glam, I felt the whole thing was very down to earth, too. It was clear to see the evening was about the smaller bloggers as well as the bigger ones, as opposed to bigger blog awards where, for example, some are known for choosing winners based on popularity and where judges don't even read or look at the nominees blogs!
It was really lovely to support bloggers who really deserve and need that support, rather than another award going to the same old blogger who already has tons of awards and doesn't need to benefit from extra publicity.
The rest of the evening was spent dancing and socializing with a dessert bar, more wine and a photobooth.
There's not much I can say about the event really as this isn't a 'review' post - but I wanted to write about it anyway, if even just to say how grateful I am that these kind of blog awards exist!
I had a lovely time and would like to thank Vuelio for not only inviting me, but for supporting bloggers the right way.