Last week I was fortunate enough to attend an event called, ‘Through the Looking Glass’. A Wonderland themed party celebrating the sales launch of Fleet Milne Residential’s Bristol branch. Nothing like a private party with YOUR name on the guest list; now is there? The party was organised by the lovely Sam Dowling of Rewired PR (winner of Outstanding Small Consultancy, CIPR PRide Midlands Awards 2009). It was a really good night, including a very Mad Hatter, a magician, free drink (hell yes!), free nibbles, and great company. Did I mention free drink, and nibbles?! I am always one for free nibbles (how can you say no?), amongst the nibbles included gorgeous canapés, bruschetta pieces, and gorgeous, gorgeous, cupcakes. After polishing off far too much free wine, eventually buying a bottle ourselves, and a few cocktails we left the event goodie bag in hand (naturally), hopped in a taxi and hit town… fun night!
A photograph from the night which I found on Fleet Milne‘s Facebook page, it is of Tara, and I. I wasn’t particularly looking my best that night (the Paul Smith shirt had yet another outing, what can I say? I love it!), but it was an excellent night (my glass was never empty), and I absolutely heart Tara – so I thought I would share this photograph with you. Tara was the one who invited me in the first place, she is a dear friend, and we need to go for coffee soon (by coffee I mean champagne, she’ll understand me ).
These two above photographs were snapped on my iPhone. First one, Tara Tomes, Amy Newbery, and myself, Tara, and Amy are two of my favourite girlies, and always an absolute delight on a night out. The second snap shot is of Joy Stefanicki, and I.
In attendance (and as photographed above) was the fabulous Joy Stefanicki (of Joyous Communications), who was in the Apprentice this year, in 2002 she won Birmingham Young Professional of the Year award, and she is certainly a face you know, or to know in the West Midlands. Unlike much of the other female contestants when she was on the Apprentice, Joy acted with dignity, and although she wasn’t on the show long, she didn’t compromise herself at all. She is really a lovely woman, and certainly knows how to have fun (I do recall a certain Joy bringing the shots in at one point later on that night!). I would not hesitate in saying she is an absolute delight to know, always provides intelligent, witty banter, and is a really sincere person (her Joyous Acts only further agree with this).
The venue used for the event was The Vaults in Birmingham, a darling little place on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter. It is a beautiful Victorian building with a lot of history. I was first introduced to it be a close friend earlier this year, it is absolutely charming, with the booths, and corridor, and main bar – it has a certain ambience to it. I have heard the Restaurant is good too – cannot comment on that myself, I haven’t personally strayed from the bar! Definitely a place worth visiting, and the bar staff are charming also.
However the next day was a Wayfarer day, quelle horreur, vino eyes are awful!! Thankfully I wasn’t feeling too delicate, as I had a little trek to Oxford the next day. Everyone who knows me knows I am in love with Oxford, it is a beautiful city, and I am very fond of some people I know there. I had an amazing time, got to spend time with close friends, make new friends, and over all fun. Went to the o2 Academy Oxford that night, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (go check out), Annie Mac amongst other things – what more could you want? Was a generally debaucherous, and sick night. I didn’t get to sleep till some ridiculous time the next AM naturally, regardless was an excellent weekend.
I was rather sore the next day, and a tad worse for wear after a few days consecutively drinking, but my was it worth it. Thoroughly fun weekend, and met some excellent people over the course of it (a certain someone managed to put a giant smile on my face), and at The Vaults I got to meet a few people I have on Twitter – which is always an interesting experience ha. If you don’t follow me on Twitter you should rectify that immediately http://www.twitter.com/kaleidoscopeboy.
Right, I am off, it’s nearly half three in the morning, and I have things to do (oh, and I suppose I should throw some sleep in there too)!