I feel like it's been ages since I posted. It has been a long week! I left for Decorex early on Sunday morning - too early (7:30am, but seriously, on a SUNDAY!) and we were on the stand for 10am. I've probably mentioned before that the company I work for make mirrors and furniture - it's all quite high end stuff and we supply interior designers in London. Decorex is a trade show in Chelsea where manufacturers, such as ourselves, and other interior design suppliers, exhibit their new products. Even though it's rough standing on your feet for 10 hours a day, I love it. This year our new Belmont collection was inspired by the 1920's and 30's - so our designer had the idea that myself and my boss should dress as "flapper girls" - well we loved the idea! We each had two dresses and headdresses made and in all of the stress of getting ready for the show, going for fittings were our only moments of light relief!
On Sunday night we were fortunate enough to be invited to the House & Garden party - this is THE party to go to at Decorex and it was our very first invitation! I was incredibly excited because basically anyone who is anyone in interior design would be at this party! I'm afraid that my goal of not drinking too much kind of flew out the window on Sunday night - so much for determination, huh? I didn't have too much to drink, certainly, but I didn't have too little either! The food was amazing - they served these delicious canapes, they had mushroom risotto served in little copper dishes and the best part - a sushi bar! We had a fabulous time and near the end of the evening the editor of House & Garden actually complimented us on our outfits!
Monday night was another, less exclusive, party - which I was planning on skipping, but I decided to go just for a short while. I ended up meeting a girl who works for one of our leather suppliers and is originally from Chicago - we chatted for ages about mid-West life. Every night when I got back to the hotel, I soaked my feet in a nice hot bath. I bought these cute little black heels (see picture above) - very 1930's, however after standing in them for 10-12 hours per day, my poor little tootsies were swollen and aching.
The whole exhibition was a great success and our new collections seemed to be very popular. Our "neighbours" at the exhibition were Andrew Martin - who always, always, have an outrageous stand! Last year they had ice sculptures, this year they had the actual set from the film Prometheus! Included in that were various props, so in a moment of madness our designer Peter took one of the guns and did his best "Charlie's Angels" pose!
I got back late Wednesday evening and have been trying to catch up ever since! My running schedule has been all screwed up for this week, so I did my first run of the week last night (Thursday). It was 2.5 miles, in the rain, and I was sluggish and just generally poor. My pace sucked and I just wasn't feeling it. Not running for five days will do that to you! I decided to go ahead and do my second run of the week tonight and do cross training (which will be my Jillian Michaels DVD) tomorrow. Tonight was a short, sweet 2 miles and my speed was rockin :-D
Yep - that's the fastest yet! My run on Sunday will be my longest yet - 3.5 miles - eeek!
To end my rather fabulous, but tiring, week, my husband and I are going to a ball tomorrow night! My company has bought a table at a charity ball to raise money for St Francis Hospice and my boss kindly invited myself and husband to attend. It's a 1940's theme, but we are going to wear our flapper girl outfits. I've also been putting together my husband's outfit, including a fab Humphrey Bogart style hat!
I'm trying to catch up with all your posts in my reader, but it's going to take me sometime. I've been missing Twitter too! Can't wait for next week when life will be relatively back to normal.