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Aussie to the Rescue!

On Wednesday, I happily left my colleagues discussing how the filing system should work so I could catch a train to London for the next Aussie gathering.

Aussie to the Rescue (#ATTR) was more about getting advice on how to achieve a certain look – there were hair stylists (the lovely Zara and Amber who’ve been at all events I’ve been to this year), a make-up artist (Jo, who had a scary amount of Max Factor make-up all over the table!) and a personal stylist (Stevey, with his black folder of gorgeous clothes)

The journey to London was pretty good, although I had my first experience of the Tube during rush hour. UGH! How do people do that every day?!

I arrived a bit too early (as usual!) and was far too self concious to go in before the time on the invite! (Probably because of the first time I went to an event and turned up an hour early!) so I found an odd cafe around the corner and caught up on some emails and that (trying to ignore the people arriving because there was going to be an open mike night at the cafe)

I finally braved going to the hotel just before 7. The event was being held in the De Monfort Suite which was AMAZING. Honestly, I would give up at least 3 pairs of shoes to live there. Amy and I went on a little wander after we’d visited all the stylists, and I think I need that bathroom at least. And maybe the bed. And the officey area. And OK, I just want a house that gorgeous.

Of course, I was handed a glass of champagne when I arrived, and was introduced to the other guests that were already there. It made me laugh, because Emma (the lady who organises all these brilliant events) was introducing me as Hayley, and everyone was going, “Oh, you’re Hayles!” I explained that I know when people know me via Twitter, because thats the only time people in the South will call me Hayles, when I was introduced to someone else who had just arrived, who said “You’re Hayles!”

So, stylists. Firstly, I went to Zara, who braided the fringy bit of my hair, then curled the rest. I’ve been trying to copy the braid because its such a neat, easy way to keep your desperately-in-need-of-a-cut hair out of your face!

Before – and after!

Next, I sat with Stevey, and asked for some advice about dressing my shape – for some reason, I just feel frumpy in everything I wear lately. Boo! He gave me some tips (which is what he is doing in the photo above) and ideas of colours and pieces that would look good on me. In the photo above, he’s pointing out that instead of buttoning my dress to the top, I should show a bit of clevage off (or risk having a bit of a boob shelf going on – my words, not his!)

Finally, I moved to Jo, who showed me quite a quick sort of look. I love having my make up done, but unfortunatly my skin reacted to the Max Factor foundation stuff the next day – which is a shame, cause it didn’t look too bad on the night!

The ATTR was a much smaller event than I’ve been to previously, which was much less intimidating (not that theres anything to be scared of!) and because I follow most of the girls who were there on Twitter and their blogs, much less introduction sort of talk (you know, its like being in the first week of uni all over again!) and more random gossiping!

Thank you so much to Emma and Lisa at 1000 Heads for putting on such a fun event, and to the lovely ladies who attended with me – Fiona, Tor, Ellie, Amy and Christina.

All photos nabbed off the 1000Heads Flickr page, because despite taking my camera, I could barely hold it. Epic fail.

This Week

A short post this week, more picture heavy than wordy, because I can’t actually type properly! Last week, running for the bus (that turned out to be the other bus I can’t get ANYWAY), I wiped out quite spectacularly, and landed quite heavily on my left side. At first, my knee was giving me jip, but this week, its been my left arms turn! Its meant that I’ve had to cancel all plans this weekend (which had involved a trip to Southampton for a friends wedding – am gutted cause it would have been a big group of uni friends :( )

Yes, I am clumsy. Shh.

On Wednesday, I took a half day off work and headed over to London for an Aussie event. As you can see above (and below), I managed to get a FUTURETRAIN both ways. Oh man. FUTURETRAIN. I even love saying it.

The event was Aussie to the Rescue, and here are Amy of WolfWhistle and Ellie of Pretty Much Penniless papping me after I’d had my hair all prettified. I’m going to write a big post about it soon, but its a slow process!

On the way back, I fell asleep (I may have had a drink or two. Those cocktails were STRONG!) and woke up at Swindon to see some blokes staring at me. That might have been because I  – ON OCCASION - make snoozy noises when I snooze. And by that, I mean Alex says I snore. I don’t. Its not very lady like to snore.

Anyway. Reason for this picture above was that it was half 1 in the morning, and I was pretty pleased to see the blue dot move towards Bristol. As soon as I could see my close on the map, I was happy!

Because I got home about quarter to two, I had taken Thursday off work, and headed down to Wells for lunch with the Wife at her favourite restaurant BEAH (there would be a picture of our lunch platter, but it was too delicious) then spent the afternoon drinking tea with Carrie of WishWishWish gossiping about everything. Lovely!

This is literally just around the corner from my house. I love living this far out of town because of the lovely countrysidey-ness, but bloody hell, its an arse to get back into town. I work in Clifton, which is a 35 min + 5 min 2 bus journey. Getting to Wells took me about 40 minutes and 1 bus. Guess which journey I like better.

Alex had never played Guitar Hero until Thursday (when the dongle that Game should have sold to us but didn’t arrived from eBay). Now he seems to love it. I think its mostly because (at the moment!) he can beat me. We headed into Bristol on Sunday and picked up another guitar, Legends of Rock, Lego Rockband (far too cute) and Singstar (you know this is the one I’m most excited about. Being able to compete against my friends online? Guess how Helen and I will be spending our evenings – thats right, I’m going to KICK HER ARSE. Consider this a threat Bel.)

This weekend was the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. I’ve never actually been to the event, but at half 6 on Friday morning, I peeped outside and saw BALLOONS!

This weekend, I’ve been starting my way through this stack of books. Just finished “Anyone Can Do It” which is exactly the sort of book I LOVE (yes, massive nerd, I know) and now trying to figure out which I need most help with to read next. Money, life or time?

Because I’ve been so crap at the details thing this week, why not ask me some questions for next week? Head over to my account and ask away, lovely people!

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