Phew, what a day Saturday was! I feel like I've come back down to earth with an almighty BUMP and I don't like it one bit - can I just live at the Blythswood Square Hotel, dress as the white rabbit every day and pirouette my way through life please?
I'm actually not having an(other) episode, simply referring to my day out on Saturday at the Scottish Bloggers event with Scottish Ballet.
I'm so late posting this, loads of the girls who were there have already been on raving about it - and rightly so - not to labour the point but it was SERIOUSLY fantastic!
The day started at 11:30am at the fabulous Blyhswood Square Hotel (the only AA 5* hotel in Glasgow doncha know!) but I was typically a bit late so had to burst in, red-faced and peching like a goon. Cool move...
After a screening of a short film about Alice, we were taken back through to the Monte Carlo suite for a delicious afternoon tea and lashings of bubbly, accompanied by a demonstration of a ballet-eque up do by stylists from Rainbow Rooms International.
Check out Amanda's gorgeous gaga-inspired bow hairdo! REEM!! (must stop saying reem at every opportunity...)
Kirsten gets her paws- I mean HANDS massaged...
(Thanks to Amanda for letting me pinch her photatoes)
I honestly can rave enough about how awesome this part of the day was! Leon from the spa at Blythswood Square was lovely and made sure all 22 of us were totally taken care of - nothing was too much bother :)
Next it was on to the main event - Scottish Ballet's latest spring offering: ALICE!
Like Cinderella at Christmas, Alice is no ordinary imagining of Lewis Carroll's nonsensical romp of a children's story. Instead of a rabbit hole, Alice falls through the lens of a camera into Wonderland, which is actually a lavish and sometimes-creepy representation of Charles Dodgson(AKA Lewis Carroll)'s mind.
In terms of the flow of the story, I felt that Alice followed a much less linear plot than Cinderella. Her awesome, dream-like interactions with characters like the Caterpillar, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the Queen of Hearts were quite episodic and I actually found myself losing my way a little bit with what was happening... But it was only afterwards I considered that maybe that was the whole point and that like Alice, the audience also had to work hard to make sense of the bizarrely-beautiful Wonderland on stage....?
Or maybe I'd just had one too many free glasses of wine?
I also really loved the fact that Lewis Carroll was represented as an actual character, guiding Alice through her strange encounters. I found the duets between him and Alice the most moving, beautiful and tender pieces out of the whole show - at one point I felt a little teary? Pretty sure I DEFO sank one too many...
Of course, just like Cinderella, the costumes were once again out of this world! Out of them all I think my favourite was the White Rabbit:
After that, those of us that could went for some food, chats and more booze and the banter was truly top notch - I don't wanna sound like a full on sado here but I genuinely felt puuure full of love for everyone I met :) Such a lovely bunch of ladies!
I'll be honest, I was a little nervous as to how it would all go down and I think I maybe came on a wee bit Strong at the beginning - pure gawn up to girls I'd never met, all like, "HIIII I'M KIRSTY FORTY FOUR SUNSETS LOL!" but gradually I calmed down... I think.
Chatting with everyone made me feel dead proud of my blog, and of blogging in general, and having people say nice things about FFS really boosted my confidence. Aw shucks, I felt like I was part of some kind of awesome creative blogging community or something...
God, did you just throw up in your mouth a little bit... You did, right?
Aaaaaaaaaaaanyway, none of this awesome day would have been possible without Ann from Girl in the City Glasgow who organised everything and arranged our AMAZING goody bags which contained, among other things, gin, facial treats, Osis hair goodies, a stunning Thomas Sabo bracelet courtesy of Rox, and vouchers for the spa at Blythswood. Amaze BALLS.
Alice has finished its run in Glasgow now but you can still catch it in Edinburgh, Inverness, Cardiff and Aberdeen. Booking details here. You should absolutely go see it if you can.
Also, if you can't make it along, you can catch the dancers warming up back stage from 7:30pm this Thursday on the Scottish Ballet live streaming site...
Finally, shout out to all the LAYDEEZ: