The Lexus Mahiki Experience

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Last night may have been one of the best nights of my life. One of my best friends Georgia is currently doing work experience for Look magazine and was sent to a VIP Mahiki event at Henley Regatta on behalf of them - how exciting. I on the other hand was the lucky lady who had the pleasure of being her plus one. I only found out I was going on Thursday night so I had to go on a mad dash to the shops to find a suitable outfit. The Henley Regatta is a prestigious rowing event and there was a strict dress code of hemlines below the knee. We thought the VIP Mahiki tent might be a little more relaxed on the dress code front, but I wanted to play it safe just in case. I opted for a floor length floral maxi dress and some black suede and cork heels. The maxi dress skimmed over my hips and hung nicely to the floor and the shoes were surprisingly comfortable, but gorgeous. I bought a new blazer as well, but the weather was absolutely beautiful so it stayed firmly in my bag.



When Georgia and I discussed the details of the event she told me I'd have to meet her at Chancery Lane station at around 1.30pm. My lovely directors at work gave me the day off to attend (with the bribe of brownies on Monday - very fair swap if you ask me!), but I was worried about getting the tube on my own as the London tube can be a little daunting on your own and I've never attempted to tackle it alone before. I only live about 30 minutes outside of Euston on the train so I really should visit London more as it's a wonderful city. The journey actually wasn't half as bad as i thought it would be and the tube was actually a breeze. I got the train to Euston at 12.35pm and arrived just after five past one. I then hopped on the northern line (southbound) and changed at Tottenham Court Road before getting on the central line (eastbound) to Chancery Lane. On the tube I saw a man scratch his genitals underneath his trousers right in front of me - a little disturbing. One of my favourite sights was watching a confused Chinese lady try and get off the wrong side of the tube. The look of absolute bewilderment when she could only see a brick wall and no escape route was just priceless.

When I arrived and walked up the stairs from the tube I looked out on to swarms of people, gorgeous sunshine and I felt a huge surge of happiness. London makes me feel very content and I just love the whole buzz of the city. Everything is very fast paced but the thing I love is that you can also remove yourself and disconnect from the whirlwind while you take a moment to yourself and watch everyone else rush by. I don't know if I'd ever live there but I would love to work there. I need to be in the city living the dream and doing what I love, and today just made me hungry for it. I grabbed the deli of the day from McDonald's while I waited for Georgia and people watched, which is one of my favourite things to do. There's something so fascinating about watching people go about their every day lives in their own little bubble. You also see some absolute sights - e.g. a woman wearing a smart work dress with running trainers - which makes the time pass even more quickly. I then grabbed a copy of Look and some skittles and settled down in the sunshine while I awaited Georgia's arrival. 



After a big hug and a catch up we changed into our heels and made our way to meet Sophie and Emma - the PR girls from Slam. A whole group of us gathered and made our way to a very hot and stuffy, and may I add un air-conditioned mini bus. We all chatted and got to know each other on the lengthy and very traffic-heavy journey before arriving at the Regatta. As we pulled up we saw the most amazing white house which oozed simplicity and beauty. We waited around taking in the view and the sunshine before being led through the crowds of people into the VIP Mahiki tent where our private tables awaited us. We were instantly handed a Mahiki Breeze cocktail, which by the way, was incredible, and carried on chatting, networking and mingling. Although there was 13 of us we had a little group of seven who clicked and we all spent the majority of the night together having fun. Jon was there for the Mirror but also does bits and pieces for a whole range of different publications, his plus one Luke is a professional dancer and is going on tour with a band, Sophie and Emma work for Slam PR and Becky was Sophie's plus one and she works in marketing and also does a bit of blogging. They were all really lovely people and we all spent the evening chatting, sipping cocktails and celeb spotting while enjoying the atmosphere and music. We had a super cool bar man who held a cocktail making class which meant even more alcohol - oops. As soon as I took the last sip of one drink, a different one was immediately placed in my possession. We were there to promote Mahiki Coconut which is a very delicious and luxurious coconut based spirit, so it would have been rude not to embrace the full Mahiki tasting experience! We were also given bottles of Fiji water which is hands down the nicest water I've ever tasted. It's drawn from an artesian aquifier that lies hundreds of feet below the edges of a primitive rainforest, and that distance and isolation is part of what makes the water so much purer and richer in taste than other bottled waters.










Georgia and I may have a little bit of celeb gossip and a picture to accompany it but nothing can be revealed until it has been released by Look, but I will keep you posted! By about half eight dinner was long overdue and there was a lengthy period of silence while we all enjoyed the most amazing food consisting of fries, burgers, buffalo and steak. I'm not normally a massive burger fan but it was so tender and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bellies full, we all started to drink again and then went exploring. We spotted some of the Made In Chelsea cast earlier including Spencer, Hugo and his girlfriend and Francis so we went and sat right beside them to eavesdrop and see what was going on. We didn't interrupt and ask for a picture, but it was all a little surreal if i'm honest. I don't mean in a star struck kind of way, I just mean I couldn't quite believe I was there and how many different cliques of people I was mixing with - it was a whole different world to what I'm used to. We found out that it was £175 for VIP entry and the cheapest cocktail was about £8, while the most expensive bottle of champers was £3,000, so I felt really grateful to be in that position with free drinks flowing.









A little bit later in the evening Ollie Locke walked into VIP and after a while, Georgia approached him. We did try and be subtle and didn't fan girl too much, but we did manage to get a cheeky Mahiki photo. He was more than happy to join in and we spent a good ten minutes chatting to him about all things MIC. On screen he comes across as if he's be a bit snobby and very camp, but he's actually surprisingly straight and incredibly down to earth. He kept coming back over and mingled in with our group which was nice to see from a celeb. For the rest of the evening we enjoyed even more cocktails including the likes of a Mahiki Mojito, Mahiki Pina Colada, more Mahiki Breeze and endless pitchers of other tasty concoctions. The atmosphere changed a little when it hit dusk and the sun started to set. At the front of the VIP section you could look out on to the river and the view was beautiful while the sun went down and the party carried on into the night. Me and Georgia hit the dance floor like true Trent girls and came across some characters. Some guy was clearly loving life way too much and was throwing some crazy shapes while bumping into people in the process - he was clearly over the moon to be there. Georgia spotted a tall guy who she practically couldn't stop dribbling over and he eventually approached her and they started chatting - so I just stood on the sideline and had a little dance while they flirted their little heads off. Peter the rower seemed nice and took Georgia's number before they said goodbye with a double cheek kiss like classy Regatta regulars. All was well and good until we spotted Peter getting another girls number barely ten minutes after chatting Georgia up - what a dirty dog!










In true girl style our phones were stuck to our hands and we took full advantage of every photo opportunity. Being at an event like that made it hard not to take lots of pictures as there was so many things I wanted to snap. I want all the memories in picture form so I can look back and remember how lucky I was to attend. I don't know what it was but so many people tried to get in our photos which was a little strange - so if you see pictures with randoms then don't worry, we don't know who they are either! As the night came to a close, we were genuinely disappointed that we had to leave so we didn't miss the last train back. Although I was having the best time and really didn't want to leave, the prospect of being in bed within a few hours was seriously inviting. As well as having an incredible experience, Georgia and I met some of the loveliest people. Jon, Luke, Sophie, Becky, Georgia and I all swapped Twitter names and have vowed to keep in touch, with another Mahiki night on the cards in the near future. 








The mini bus back was quicker than the journey there and I took my heels off to let my feet breathe. We stopped at a service station to stock up on peanut m&m's and enjoyed a shout out from Jon's friend Christian Williams who was doing his regular 10pm-12am Friday night show on Capital radio. We got dropped at Baker Street and said our goodbyes before walking to Marylebone station to catch the train back to Georgia's in Aylesbury. We had half an hour to kill before the train back so we reminisced and chatted about everything that had happened. As soon as we got on the train and our heads hit the back of the seats, we were sparko and enjoyed a little sleep before arriving in Aylesbury. One black cab later we were in bed and couldn't quite believe the day we had had. As much as I loved getting dressed up, it was a glorious feeling to take my make-up off and tie my hair up in a bun. This morning we woke up to beautiful sunshine and Georgia made me tea and toast while we filled her mum in on last night. To top it all off, I found out that I got a first and two 2:1's in my university exams, giving me an overall 2:1 for my first year at university - a perfect end to an unforgettable experience. I'm going to enjoy my summer back home before heading back to university in September ready to work hard in my second year. A massive congratulations to the lovely Abby who is sunning it up in Cyprus as we speak, who got a 2:1, and also to Georgia who got a first. An extra special thank you to Georgia for letting me be a part of her VIP shenanigans.



6 comments:

  1. I really love your dress. The event sounds like fun :)

    Love from Kelly

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    1. Aw thank you! It's from New Look :) It was great fun, would love to do it all over again!

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  2. looks like you had fun
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    1. I did thanks Jemimah! I'll check out your blog :) x

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  3. Seemed like you had a great night, i love your outfit :)

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    1. I did :) Aw thank you! I'll look at your blog x

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