Last Thursday, overwhelmed with jet lag having just arrived home from Canada, I hotfooted it down to London to attend the inaugural Thirty Plus Awards. An awards ceremony organised and hosted by the Thirty Plus Collective and sponsored by The Body Shop. I was up for an award in the Community Star category so dragged Raj along for the occasion.
The event was hosted at the gorgeous Charlotte Street Hotel, a place I’ve been eyeing up for years on my many visits to the bars and restaurants in the area. Tis very swish.
It was a rather sticky summer’s day when I arrived in London. I was weighed down by jetlag but determined to make the best of the evening.
The Thirty Plus Collective was started by Hayley Carr from London Beauty Queen as an opportunity to celebrate bloggers in the blogosphere who are over 30. As with most media in general, the blogosphere can appear to be a young person’s game, but there is a huge wealth of slightly older bloggers who are creating fantastic work.
The awards themselves were also slightly different to the usual format of blogging awards out there. Instead of using categories based on niches, the Thirty Plus Awards celebrated types of work. For instance the categories celebrates, Social Media Hero and Next Big Thing. My award category, Community Star, was celebrating and recognising the bloggers who make a contribution to the blogosphere as a whole. Something I was super honoured to be a finalist for.
We were treated to some sparkly and had a chance to chat and mingle with the others attendees. I was complimented a few times on my shirt which was not only lovely but quite amusing as I had actually kicked it off Raj’s clothes rail! I had literally nothing to wear and in my jet lagged haze just wanted to a big baggy top and jeans. So in order to look moderately acceptable I grabbed a crisp white shirt to wear over my skinny jeans and my heels. Sorted. Thankfully the outfit went down well!
The awards ceremony was lovely. The vibe in the room was one of support and encouragement rather than the competition and aloofness that one might expect at these things. It felt good to be part of such a brilliant group of people.
As luck (and possibly a bit of hard work) would have it I won my category. Hoorah! I was awarded the Community Star award at the Thirty Plus Awards. I was, surprisingly for me, speechless. But mostly humbled. I love being part of the blogosphere community and I am passionate about making a point that we are only as good as the community we belong to, that we need to lift each other up for the benefit of each other and ourselves.
With that in mind I do want to say a super huge massive thank you to you dear reader. I am so grateful for all of your support and encouragement over the years. Six years of Rosalilium and hopefully many more to come.