If there’s one promise I can keep it’s that I’ll take any excuse to get glammed up. Luckily, Ladbrokes gave me a good reason with their Holdem4Charity gala with a 20’s theme. I joined some of my fave blogger gals for an evening of vino, poker and magic, and with a £500 jackpot at stake, went all in…
Admittedly I looked a little more 50’s Hollywood glam than Gatsby but I felt fabulous *sassy emoji time*. I can’t find my exact dress online, however I’ve found a couple of rather fab alternatives for you to take a look at (top half beaded dress, midi and sheer beaded dress and a plus size beaded dress). My travel wallet, worn as a clutch, is from Aspinal in the Deer Safiano and my gorge nails* were done by Pastille Beauty Salon in Leeds. All dolled up, I headed off to the Sky Lounge at the Doubletree by Hilton.
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Photo courtesy of Ellenor
We were greeted with glasses of fizz and I immediately grabbed my gorgeous gal Lauren from By Lauren Jane for a selfie and a catch up. We were taken through to the main room and the rules were explained – luckily, because I was a complete first timer and fully expected to be dreadful. Beginners luck was clearly on my side though as I made it to the next table.
Canapés and glasses of wine kept appearing all night, as if by magic, which resulted in a rather confident (and tipsy) me. I managed to hold my pokerface together by nonchalantly snapchatting and making friend with the croupiers. We spent the break out on the terrace with yet more wine and an impromptu photoshoot before heading back inside for some rather impressive magic tricks and a lot of giggling.
Things started to get serious as I made it to the final table. The competition was intense and I managed to make it down to the final three before going all in and being knocked out by Yorkshire Dad. We ended the night with cocktails and dancing, so all in all a blooming fab night.
Thanks to Ladbrokes for an incredible evening!
P.s Gambling, just like anything else, can be addictive – so go easy. I had an absolutely incredible evening, though doubt I would be any good at poker if it was my own money on the table.
A faux-ginger, gin drinking, digital marketing gal with a thing for food styling. That was basically my old Tinder bio... Living in Leeds, I'm forever heading out for dinner, buying too many clothes, spending 50% of my money on ubers and, as of now, putting my stamp on my new apartment!