'Tis the season... to Partay!

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Well hello there,
Ah Christmas, shopping, time with family, festive munching  and of course a good helping of parties :) And this year has been no different, there are the usual issues what to wear?! Weather issues (it's freezing/icy!) but unashamedly I love Christmas parties! I've been to five Christmassy parties/nights so far, 2 of which I was sick as a dog at (whilst I had the ol' laryngitis) but all the same they've all been lovely :)

First up was the Pinky's Christmas night out with the lovely Pinky's family :)After a few glasses of rose with the Pinky's lot, I headed down to my next party of the season; a charity fundraiser for 'Skye's American Dream'

"Skye was diagnosed as having a 'Pilocytic Astrocytoma' brain tumour when she was 3 years old. She has undergone 2 lifesaving operations to remove as much of the tumour as the surgeons possibly could. Sadly the tumour is positioned in a part of Skye's brain that makes complete removal impossible.
Skye has endured 12 months of chemotherapy with determination but unfortunately this has not stopped the tumour growing.
Skye's best hope of beating this illness is to undergo Proton Therapy. This Therapy is not currently available to cancer patients in the UK therefore Skye and her family will have to travel to America for three months in order to receive this life saving treatment." source 

The ball on the Saturday night raised over £6,000 which is incredible. If you want to find out more about Skye's American Dream or to donate click here.

Sunday morning I woke up feeling terrible (and no it wasn't a hangover...) with a voice which was fast disappearing, I worked all day Sunday feeling terrible, a trip to the doctor's on Monday told me I had laryngitis... just great Monday meant the Blogger's Christmas Party! Alas, I rested all day Monday and went to the party, sadly no drinking for me (well maybe one cheeky cocktail, but that doesn't count!) as pints of tap water were the order of the evening... I had a lovely evening with my fellow Scottish bloggers, catching up with some and meeting others for the first time, thankyou lovely ladies for a lovely evening, even if I was a little less chatty than usual! A big thankyou also to the amazing Monkey Bar (our hosts for the evening) *hint their cocktails are really good value!! Raspberry Mojito yum :) There was also a raffle in aid of Women's Aid Glasgow (we collectively raised £190 not bad for 30 bloggers!) and lucky me, I won three prizes :P A lovely USC clutch, vouchers for DIY Nails (YAYYYYY) and a print of a Tunnocks Tea Cake (I'll post a pic soon) by Gillian Kyle, which is ridiculously cool. And Christmas jumpers too, definitely a perfect Monday night, thanks to all the wonderful donators to the raffle, and Yelp Glasgow and Rox for their donations to the goodybags, you are all AMAZING! :)

Lastly a special thanks to Gillian, Roisin and Claire who due to their gigantic efforts organised our amazing Bloggers Christmas Party! You girls really do rock! :) *Oh and I forgot we also did Secret Santa, sadly I left my present behind :O luckily the lovely Roisin saved it for me!*

Tuesday I had to have my second ever sick day :( ordered by my Dad not to go to college as I was too sick, I slept all day and rested my voice (doctors orders! It was torturous!) suitably rested I headed through to Glasgow in the evening to the List Hot100 party with Gemma and Lynsey both from FaceKitt and two of their friends (sadly my plus one couldn't come :(! ) I allowed myself one cheeky Ginger Grouse; yummy Scottish ginger beer, though I wish I could have also tried the Innes and Gunn beer as it apparently tasted like banana bread! Another lovely evening chatting to bloggers and a cheeky wee photobooth too, equals a happy Iona!

The rest of the week was spent resting and at college, before my work night out on the Saturday! We went to The Meadowpark in Stirling, which up until recently was a pub and club next to the Uni, but had been completely renovated and is lovely! The food was amazing and the wine was certainly flowing, what a lovely night especially as some of the girls who have now left Monsoon came back for the night out :) I wore my Gok Wan bodycon dress for the first time, but discovered it needs a little adjusting as I felt a little exposed, as it's rather low cut... All the same I love Christmas nights out!

I hate this photo of me!! But Emily looks lovely,
at the Monsoon night out.

Christmas Jumper ALERT!
at the Bloggers Christmas Party :)

Mmmm Ginger Grouse, Hot100Party!

With my lovely Granny at the Christmas ball/disco for Skye's American Dream,
my Granny is the sweetest and best Granny ever!

Raspberry Mojitos at Monkey Bar,
these are truly amazeballs :D
Random Christmas lunch with the college lot at the Macrobert :) (well at least for Shaunna, Lewis and I anyways...)

The List Hot100 party with Gemma and her friend :) I look a mess in the first one...
haha photobooth fiends!
And there we have it a fair few Christmas parties :) I hope you are well, this week is pretty crazy for me! Working in retail, I've been so busy! And apart from Christmas day my next day off is the 29th of December, my last day off from work and college was the 17th! :O (Think of the pennies!!) anyways bed time for me as I'm up early tomorrow and shall be working till 7pm, no rest for the wicked eh?! Hopefully I'll have another wee post up before Christmas but if not have an amazing day everyone! (whatever religion you may be) I hope Santa spoils you all, and that you have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS, eat drink and be merry, I certainly will be :) now where did I put that bar of chocolate, I can hear it calling my name!
Till next time,

Iona