On Sunday, I woke up like a kid on Christmas morning at 5am, unable to sleep for the fact that Sunday was Oscars day and I would finally be able to reveal my Roland Mouret gown, which you not only picked but styled for me.
The last three months since announcing the project had flown by and, after a hearty breakfast at my hotel, I was getting my hair teased into a wavy faux bob a la Kerry Washington by Luis Santelices from Serge Normant at John Frieda.
By 1pm I was rushing out of the door to The Grove to see Matthew Militello at M.A.C., who created my ‘Sunset Starlet’ look. After he worked his magic it was back to the hotel, where Marie and I danced to Shalamar’s ‘A Night To Remember’ before I pulled on my Roland Mouret gown.
With the hair, makeup, Kotur clutch, Christian Louboutin shoes and Annoushka jewels, the whole look was finally complete.
Our driver took us to our first location, which was Boa Steakhouse, for the InStyle Oscar Viewing Party, where we watched the whole ceremony – a first for me, I have to say.
Usually I have my back to the TV while I blog the red carpet, so it was a treat to watch the whole event while sipping champagne and enjoying the buffet and bags full of candy.
There were many stars mingling around, including Chord Overstreet, Maria Menounos and Jessie Metcalfe, but as a fan of the hit show ‘Castle’ I was most excited to see Nathan Fillion, who is just as charming as his onscreen character.
After screaming with excitement when Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ won best picture (my favourite movie of the year, but I expected ‘Les Mis’ to win), we headed to Elton John’s party as a guest of Chopard.
My entrance time slot was at 9.30pm. Each attendee gets a entrance time slot, celebs included. This prevents everyone from turning up at the same time.
As we arrived Naomi Campbell was just leaving, which I was a bit disappointed about as I would’ve loved to have taken a picture with her… if she would’ve let me, of course.
As it was a cold night, I wore my Roland Mouret bright-orange coat, which turned a few heads.
I was really nervous about taking to the red carpet to have my picture taken because, let’s face it, I am not a celebrity, but I really wanted at least one professional picture of me in my Roland Mouret gown.
After running that gauntlet, I finally made it inside the venue, which was huge with three separate rooms. The buffet room, the bar and dancing area, and the room where they hosted the viewing party, auction and performance by Emeli Sande.
We met many celebs at this party, including a gorgeous Nicole Richie (who is even more petite in real life) in Roberto Cavalli, attending with her rocker husband Joel Madden; Jenna Elfman in Stella McCartney; Hannah Ashworth from Hollyoaks in Gucci; Mel B, whose husband was kind enough to take our picture with the Spice Girl; Chris Brown, who was hanging with Elton John; Lance Bass; Analeigh Tipton in Elie Saab; Katie Aselton in Paule Ka; Debby Ryan in Lisa Ho; and many more, but the highlight of the night was meeting Steven Tyler.
He was so funny and so nice taking time to talk to both myself and Marie, while cracking a few dirty jokes.
The best part of the night for me was the people, including celebrities, who would stop me and say “your dress is gorgeous”, and how excited Katie Aselton, who follows my site, was when she saw my Roland Mouret gown.
The night ended with several spins on the dance floor before our carriage took us back to our hotel.
It was a truly magical night which couldn’t have been made possible without your continued support.
It was a real Cinderella moment – without the ugly sisters, of course.
Big thanks to everyone at team Roland Mouret, The Communication Store, and Starworks LA, who made this all possible. Christian Louboutin, Fiona Kotur, Annoushka Ducas and the man himself, Roland Mouret.
While I’m sadly not engaged, I did feel like the belle of the ball.
BIG Thanks to Rachel, Melissa, Emily, Mimi, Jeeyun and Margeaux for running the site so smoothly in my absence.