Ben Cooke & I
James & I <3
Little did I suspect that when their marketing manager mentioned the potential of 'future work' with Herbal Essences that I would be whisked off on a plane back to London city less than two weeks later. My boyfriend and I once again packed our bags and flew off to London Heathrow, to embark on an all expenses paid adventure which I will probably never experience the likes again in my life (I said that last time and look what happened so here's hoping!).
There our driver gave us a sightseeing tour through the city as he whisked us through central London to our hotel. This hotel, which we spent five minutes circling the block to try and find had no signage or big entrance. It wasn't until we headed to the party later that we realised what a big deal this place was, as the CEO of Herbal Essence had gotten us accommodation in the uber exclusive ShoreDitch House, a members only club with a swimming pool on the roof and a charge price list as long as your arm should you be tempted to take 'memorbilia' from your room. Even the pictures of 'no photographs' or 'no mobile phones or suits' signs or when there was a different exclusive facility on each floor, hairdressers, restaurant, gym, spa, we were still none the wiser of the awesomeness we had privilege to enjoy. Think of it like Dublin's 'Vintage Cocktail Club' and a mix of a hidden world of the likes of Harry Potter and THAT is Shore Ditch House.
After dinner, James had orders to make his way to Selfridges to pick up the pair of Sophia Webster shoes I had regrettably left behind the week previous. The poor lad had never commuted around London on the tube before as he attempted to jump from tube to tube from the suburbs and make it back in time for seven o'clock for the party. In a race against time, (and a sprint down Oxford Street) Cinderella (me) did manage to get those magic blue slipper heels in time for the ball. Woo woo woo! Thanks James! I on the other hand, was picked up and made my way to Brick Lane where my hair was styled by Ben Cooke's team and my make up was done.
The party was full of bloggers, journalists, pr, advertisers as we celebrated the end of the 'Scherzinghair' campaign. As I got the chance to mingle with some of those responsible for the whole campaign's production, I also made full use of the fun facilities on the night such as the instaglam bottle cover girl pop-up as well as James prising me away from the photo machine. Making the most of the free bar, I apologise for my 'glazey eyes' in my photos and also had a lot of giggles with our Nicole Scherzinger masks as we watched the X Factor final on a big screen. Guests were treated to mini hair and make-up makeovers on the night as well as fancy canapes and meet and greet with celebrity hairstylist Ben Cooke.
The next day, James and I strolled around Brick Lane, before being picked up to fly home. There are so many people I want to thank for just being amazing in making this trip so enjoyable and memorable. Jo, Sarah, Catherine, Janette, all at Herbal, Talk, Shoreditch, and everyone else who looked after us so well I am just forever grateful for the opportunity and pleasure of meeting all of you. If you haven't already seen it, be sure to pick up the newest copy of HEAT magazine to see my full shoot and editorial.
Finally, a BIG THANK YOU to the girls at The Ivory Closet for sponsoring my dress for the event. How gorgeous is this Clover Canyon dress which is a dinger for a Mary Katrantzou or Peter Pilotto. I, being a 'print magpie' LOVED this figure flattering dress with the brand coming in a various styles and sizes. Be sure to check out The Ivory Closet Limerick's Facebook page and you can avail of their courier facility regardless where you are in Ireland. I have previously rented and purchased from this business and can not recommend them enough for customer service and efficiency.
Next post will be a full feature on my Heat Magazine shoot with Herbal Essences,
Until next time Ducklings,
Love Vera Xx