Oh gosh, where do I start?
Maybe by thanking Meg and Jean for the amazing work they do with Believe in Magic. It’s such a small charity and they do everything themselves, no staff at all, and they do it all because they’re wonderful humans, they take nothing for themselves, which I think is bloody admirable. I then also want to thank Louis and Johanna for the amazingly amazing ball they organised and hosted yesterday. Bloody hell it was perfection! The amount of money raised for the charity was ridiculous which is awesome as they need as much funding as possible.
I got an email from Louis and Meg about three weeks ago inviting me to the ball so, obviously, I jumped at the opportunity to help BIM again and I got two tickets, one for myself and one for Carmi. And then after a lot of running around looking for the perfect dresses, shoes and accessories the day finally came along. At about 2pm yesterday I arrived at Carmi’s with all the things I needed to get ready for this ball and after lunch and a chat we started getting ready. My makeup took me an hour to do (video about that coming on Friday) and I think Carmi did my hair in like 30min. At 7pm on the dot we were standing at the front gates of the Natural History Museum where the ball was being held. And then they let us in.
Now to what you all want, the actual ball. This was my very first time walking the red carpet, which I must admit, I quite enjoyed! When we got in we got our drinks, non alcoholic for me of course, and had a chat with our new friends for about an hour and a half until they let us in to the main dining room. I think we were just waiting for Louis and Liam to arrive because honestly it took them like 20min from the moment the boys arrived to open the doors haha! So we all went in to this beautiful dining room (which is the main like entrance to the museum, where the dinosaur is) and we got seated at our tables. Then a man (who if I’m not mistaken works with xfactor as well) introduced the Princes and Princesses of Believe in Magic (a.k.a. the wonderful kids) and they all came down the stairs and I felt a knot being tied in my belly because it was so beautiful. This man then introduced Louis, Johanna and Jean and they all had small speeches to say so they did that and then they played a little video where two families who get a lot of help from Believe In Magic told their story, I swear half of the room was in tears (I had to keep mine in, my makeup had taken me an hour to do after all!). Dinner was then served and we all enjoyed a little bit of music and a chat with the people at the table. In between meals there was a bit of time so we could actually get up and mingle and what not which I thought was nice.
I think it was before desert when the live auction started (there was a silent auction throughout the whole ball through iPads on the tables). There was a ridiculous amount of things to be sold so I can’t remember all of them, but I do remember a Harry Styles t-shirt, worn and owned by him, that went for £1000 and a guitar designed, played and signed by Niall that went for £6500. Liam and Louis bet a lot against each other for a lot of things, I remember Louis paying £7000 for a day in a studio if a man who works at their record label (I think his name was Sam..) went in and did a few vocals, Liam payed about £6000 for a disgustingly ugly red jacket thing and Louis payed the same amount for the same mans suspenders. The the auction man got Liam and Louis up on stage and they had to bid against eachother, the one that lost had to get their face painted and leave the ball with it painted. Louis won paying £10000.
After the bidding wars I got up and went to Liam first (as he had to get his face painted straight away) and got a photo with him, then I went to Louis whilst everyone else was mesmerised by the face painting and took a photo with him and had a little lovely chat with him, such a nice boy! Carmi and I headed to the photo booth two times on our own and once with our new friends. Then we took photos with Liam in his tiger-face-paint and then everyone just danced. Whist dancing this boy came up and explained that he was trying to raise money for a little girl (I think her name was Isabella or something like that) so that she could go to Disney World as Believe in Magic is taking a few kids there in 10 days. Unfortunately being poor as I am I could only afford to give £20 but I hope it helps and that the little Princess gets to go to Disney World! Right before we left I reminded Louis of something he promised during our earlier conversation and laughing he said he wouldn’t forget (but I think he did… Cheeky Louis..) and then we headed off. We took a taxi to Carmi’s place and then I slept over there.
I can honestly say it was a magical night and all four of them (Louis, Johanna, Meg and Jean) have outdone themselves. I hope they all know the wonderful work they’re doing and that the people there were generous and helped out as much as they could afford.
I’ll leave the vlog from the night and some photos down here but I really need to go eat some food now or I will starve!