Last Friday, 17th of July, I was delighted to attend the FAI Communications Awards in Sligo, as our marketing company, The Link Marketing, works with Cabinteely FC, and we had won the award for Best Social Media Initiative. Our company is very new and small, so this was our first ever award!
The celebrations actually began the night before (round 1), when my family surprised me with a bottle of prosecco and some yummy nibbles. Smokey, as usual, wanted to be in the middle of the action and tried to get onto the tray a couple of times. We all toasted to the award and then watched the Big Brother final.
I love a road trip anyway, but to go and pick up an award, such an amazing way to kick off a weekend!
My travel essentials were two outfit options, my comfy jeans and a bottle of prosecco (thanks Mum). The invite stated that the dress code was ‘formal’, now I get that it is the FAI, which means it is mainly men attending, but come on?! Formal can range from cocktail to white tie, so I had no idea how dressy it would actually be. The boys have it too easy as they just have to pull on a suit. Although I packed two potential outfits, I decided to go with my black midi dress, black heels and a black bag, which was perfectly appropriate.
What I Wore:
I decided, on a whim, to colour my hair the night before so the Balayage colour is covered once more. I have been using the Casting Creme Gloss which is semi permanent, as I am not quite ready to say goodbye to my blondie bits. See the results here.
I kept my makeup pretty simple and trusted my go-to and reliable products.
- Isa Dora primer
- Inglot HD foundation
- Maybelline lumi concealer pen
- MAC studio fix powder
- Wet n Wild blush
- Seventeen cream bronzer
- Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade
- Urban Decay eye potion primer
- MAC warm neutrals palette
- Revlon liquid liner
- Maybelline mascara
I love these shoes so much, but they are genuinely so tough to wear for the night!
Personally I do not take that much of an interest in football outside of work, so I wasn’t looking to mingle with the prominent attendees, but the guys were having a great time ‘celeb’ spotting and chatting with the likes of Martin O’Neill (Irish football manager).
The first award I have won since primary school… I don’t even think that is an exaggeration! We celebrated quite a bit that night (round 2), and in the morning headed to Brittas Bay for a BBQ celebration (round 3). I think I am prosecco-d out of it for a few days anyway, three days in a row was pretty intense, but I certainly enjoyed having our friends and family toast to our success.
Pride and place back in our office. We are all so thrilled with our award, and how hard work has really paid off.
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