• North East Blogger Awards 2014: Best Lifestyle Blog

    Hello Freckles North East Blogger Awards

    Last night I rushed home from work to get ready for the first ever, North East Blogger Awards. I’ve got some incredibly exciting news (note: if you’ve seen my twitter feed or instagram, you’ve probably already noticed)

    After rummaging through my wardrobe I finally settled on an outfit; the white dress I wore for graduation – which let’s face it, needed an excuse to be worn again, my go-to grey blazer and my new Ash Boots. They’ll feature again on Hello Freckles very soon!

    Hello Freckles North East Blogger Awards Lane 7

    Hello Freckles North East Blogger Awards Lane 7 Bowling
    We arrived at Lane 7 just after 7pm and were directed downstairs to where the awards would be taking place. I was handed a finalist badge and we headed in to see what entertainment was on offer.

    Drinks were provided by The Lakes Distillery and Fentimans. Given the option of whisky or gin, I decided to opt for the latter, especially when I was given it with rose lemonade! Sadly, I don’t have a photo of my drink – bad blogger, I know!

    Guys from Lane 7 walked around with a variety of nibbles, from pulled pork, to mini sausage burgers, wedges, wraps and Andrew’s favourite, grilled cheese. I have a feeling we’re going back soon, just so he can have another! We were offered the chance to bowl during the first hour of networking, but wearing a short dress, I thought better of it and instead I’m sure we’ll go again when I’m in my usual skinny jeans.

    Before I knew it, the band had finished their set, the dancers had left and it was time for the awards. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so nervous! Dan Black from Metro Radio hosted the awards, taking us through the categories and before I knew it, it was time for Best Lifestyle Blog!

    I won! I can’t believe it! When I was announced as the winner I was completely shocked and now, writing this a day later, I’m still amazed. Walking up to collect my award and pose for photos went so quickly and I’m pretty certain I was still shaking at that point. The whole night went so quickly but it was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget.

    Hello Freckles North East Blogger Awards Best Lifestyle Blog
    Credit: OPR
    Hello Freckles North East Blogger Awards Best Lifestyle Blog

    I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who nominated me. I was astounded to find out I was one of the three that made the shortlist for Best Lifestyle Blog. Winning is incredible and it’s given me such a confidence boost – I got into work this morning and told a few colleagues and before I knew it, everyone in the wider team had been emailed!

    A massive thank you to OPR for organising the first ever North East Blogger Awards, all the great sponsors and huge congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted and those lucky ones who won. We should all celebrate another great event putting the North East firmly on the map and showcasing our bloggers! 

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  • Reply Jessica The Pyreflies October 24, 2014 at 2:04 am

    That's amazing, congratulations!! You look great too, love the dress!


    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks so much! x

  • Reply New Girl in Toon October 24, 2014 at 6:33 am

    I don't think I saw you after to say Congratulations …. it all went by in a bit of a flash! Anyway, congratulations!!!! 😀

    Chloe x

    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      It went so quickly didn't it! Thanks so much Chloe! x

  • Reply rachel kershaw October 24, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Congratulations, well deserved! Sorry I didn't get chance to chat but I did admire your outfit from afar, you looked lovely!

    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Aww thank you Rachel, hope to see you again soon! x

  • Reply Fiona Dunn October 24, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Congratulations 🙂 I didn't attend but it looked like a fun evening 🙂


    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you Fiona! x

  • Reply Stephanie October 24, 2014 at 11:22 am



    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks Stephanie!

  • Reply Kelly McKenny October 24, 2014 at 11:43 am


    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Thank youuu!

  • Reply North East Family fun October 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Congratulations on winning best lifestyle blog – well deserved.

    Sam – northeastfamilyfun.co.uk

    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you Sam! Congratulations on blog of the year! x

  • Reply Olacocacola October 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Congratulations! Totally deserved! 🙂

    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply Liv Cheryl Williams October 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Congratulations on winning! You looked lovely too! Xx

    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Aw thank you Liv! x

  • Reply Yasmina Magdy October 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Congratulations!!! Well deserved award 🙂


    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you Yasmina 🙂

  • Reply Kayleigh Lindstedt October 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Congrats Tasha! Well-deserved, I really enjoy reading your blog! Love your outfit too!

    Kay x

    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Kayleigh, I really appreciate it x

  • Reply Anna I October 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Congratulations on the win! Only discovered your blog recently but really like it! x


    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks so much Anna. I'm so pleased you're enjoying my content x

  • Reply Daisy Haynes October 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm


    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks Daisy!

  • Reply Leah R October 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Congratulations on this award.
    It sounds like such a fab event

    Leah @ Peaches and Smoke

    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks Leah, it was a great night! x

  • Reply Lindsay McWilliams October 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulations Tasha! What a fantastic achievement and it looks like a wonderful event. I love your dress too, beautiful.

    Scottish Outlander

    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you Lindsay! x

  • Reply Lynne Kayenne October 25, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    congratulations doll!!! Dreams really do come true
    http://www.populairelife.co.uk x

    • Reply tasha October 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you Lynne, they do indeed! x

  • Reply Caroline October 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Congrats! Well deserved! 🙂


  • Reply loveforlacquer November 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    How amazing! Congrats!

  • Reply Sophie Pocock November 7, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Looks like a great event! which I could go to more events, congrats hun you look great!


  • Reply Floral Danielle November 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Ahh congratulations that's amazing! 🙂
    I love your dress too! I need to wear my graduation dress again!

  • Reply Alice Furlan November 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Congrats Tasha that's a great achievement!! 🙂 the dress is gorgeous!!
    Alice|Alice's Beauty Madness

  • Reply Telina A November 8, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Congratulations – that's amazing! x

    Telina | Love, Telina

  • Reply Kristina Maggiora November 8, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Awwww well done lovely! You deserve it 🙂


  • Reply Laura - Alagoz November 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks great! 🙂 Congrats! xo's

    Pink Frenzy

  • Reply Nicol November 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    aww congrats! you looked stunning 🙂

  • Reply Barbie's Beauty Bits November 9, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Congrats, this is awesome. I wish there was something local like this near me.

  • Reply Jess | Just Jesss November 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Congratulations lovely, so well deserved! I love your dress, you look amazing 🙂

    Jess xo

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