The Blogosphere Blog Awards 2017

When I published my first blog post in February 2016, it very much began as a creative outlet. An outlet away from a world that couldn’t have been more different, but an outlet that I so desperately craved nonetheless. At the time, I didn’t expect anyone to read Planes & Champagne, let alone garner a following of regular readers. I even hesitated about whether to publish anything at all. What if my colleagues found out or worse still what if I was fired?! The phrase ‘banker to blogger’ didn’t really sit well but I knew I was being ridiculous. So I persevered with my dream and succeeded in keeping my blog under the radar for almost a year, before quitting the world of private banking and embarking on the exciting journey of a fempreneur. Whenย I found out six weeks ago that I was shortlisted for ‘Travel Blogger of The Year’ at The Blogosphere Blog Awards 2017, it was a pretty special feeling. Correction, it was an AMAZING feeling! Fast forward to last Thursday evening and here I was pulling up to Iris Studios in Kensington, otherwise know as Blogosphere HQ for the 2017 Blogosphere Blog Awards.

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Blogosphere Blog Awards

What I Wore

It was Kate Spade to the rescue with my pink ‘Roset’ Woven Fit-and-Flare dress. I picked this up in New York last year after seeing Hollywood Actress Bella Thorne rock it on the red carpet and well…I just couldn’t resist!

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I paired my dress with my favourite rhinestone choker necklace from Zara which I bought three years ago now but it’s a trusted favourite and my go-to for adding glitz and glamour to any outfit. The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted wearing it a number of times too….I like to think she saw me wear it first and approvedย ๐Ÿ˜†.

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My shoes which are silver and gold strappies are from Mango and my black studded evening bag was an Yves Saint Laurent purchase. I also had additional arm candy in the form of Mr O’Tย ๐Ÿ™‚.

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After strutting our stuff down the red carpet and posing for a few photographs, we made our way inside but not before insta-gramming the life out of this gorgeousย pink and cream faux flower mural. This proved to be a massive hit with pretty much everyone and reminded me a little of the floral mural that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had at their wedding in Florence three years ago. I would love to recreate this wall in my office at home so watch this space!

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The Ceremony

The ceremony was held on the ground floor of Blogosphere HQ which for one night only, was transformed, into a chic and intimate ceremony space which actually reminded me a little of a wedding. There were four rather long tables and goody bags were lined up alongside each place setting. There weren’t any name cards assigned to guests, so it was very much a case of first come first served in terms of the seating arrangements.

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Despite the doors opening at 6pm, the actual ceremony didn’t commence until around 7:15pm which worked rather well as it was absolutely stifling inside. The sun had well and truly cast a spell over London that day and the lack of air con made for a rather hot experience!

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Alice Audley, the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blogosphere presented the awards. Events like this normally go one of two ways – at lightening speed or lengthy and drawn out. On this occasion, it was the former which meant that we didn’t have to wait too long to find out the winner of each category.

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The gorgeous ladies from Twins That Travel, Claire & Laura, won the award for ‘Travel Bloggers of The Year’ and it couldn’t have been more deserved! I met them for the first time shortly before the ceremony and hand on heart, they are two of the nicest ladies you could ever wish to meet and so incredibly humble and down to earth. They have an amazing blog and I can’t wait to continue following their incredible adventures.

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The Blogosphere Blog Awards was a great opportunity to catch up with new and existing blogger friends. I met the gorgeous Eppie for the first time, Kara from Heels in my Backpack, Reena from The Lifestyle Enthusiast and I caught up with Angie from Silverspoon London who updated me on her fabulous trip to Santorini which she’d just returned from.

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(photo courtesy of Eppie)

To you my lovely readers – firstly thank you for taking the time to read and/or comment on my blog because it really does make my heart flutter every time I login to WordPress. I also want to say a massive thank you to everyone who nominated me, it really does mean the world! I may not have danced my way home with a trophy but I still feel like a winner for being shortlisted in Blogosphere’s Top 5 Travel Bloggers so thank you so much!

Did you attend the Blogosphere Blog Awards 2017?

Maggie Oxoxย 

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28 Comments

  1. Becs
    June 26, 2017 / 5:20 am

    Congrats Maggie! A well deserved nomination for your amazing travel blog! Loving the red carpet attire too!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Carli Watson
    June 26, 2017 / 5:37 am

    Super congrats. And you looked STUNNING. Scratch that. You ARE STUNNING. xxx

  3. June 26, 2017 / 7:33 am

    Such a fun night and congratulations again on being nominated!!

  4. June 26, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Yes girl! So lovely to read about the fabulous night and of course to finally meet you! Here’s too five *prosecco cheers/high five/celebration dance* ๐Ÿ˜

    • July 2, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks love!! Hahaha loving the prosecco cheers/high five/celebration dance ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • July 2, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Thank you so much!! I do love Kate Spade dresses, they always make me feel fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  5. June 26, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    Looks like it was such a fun night and a great event bringing together all you lovely bloggers!!!! You must be on such a high from being nominated!!! And I have complete faith that you will win next year! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’–

  6. Gabrielle
    June 27, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Congratulations again on being nominated Maggie, you absolutely deserved to be – your blog is always a total pleasure to read! On another note, HOW gorgeous is that hot pink Kate Spade dress?!

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    x

    • July 2, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Thank you so much Gabrielle!! I must say I did feel wonderful wearing my Kate Spade dress ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  7. Suze
    June 28, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Congratulations on the nomination Maggie, very well deserved and looks like a fun ceremony. I have to say that you looked fabulous in that pink dress!

    • July 2, 2017 / 3:06 pm

      Thank you Suze!! Kate Spade won in the end ๐Ÿ™‚ – I’d never paid much attention to their clothes in the past but they actually make some really beautiful dresses!

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