April the 25th, and I am surrounded by heart shaped pink helium balloons, mountains of pink cupcakes I spent the night before making, pink buckets filled with pink sweeties and fuchsia gerbera smiling from jugs and vases.
My book launch took place in Bijoux Beads in Shaftesbury, where I am lucky enough to have a Saturday job. Dress code: a touch of pink. I made up for those that really were only wearing a ‘touch’ of pink, in my floor length hot pink dress. I bought it from the Libélula stand at the London Fashion Weekend and I adore it. The only problem is I so want to wear it again that I am now just waiting for the occasion - I think I would be a bit overdressed if I wore it to school!
The launch was the first time my friends and family had seen the book (even when the shipment had arrived and I had boxes of them at the bottom of the stairs I made them wait - I thought it would make the launch more special) so all day I was literally shaking with nerves. Perhaps it was the smell of sweets and pink champagne, or seeing piles of my book lined up on the tables, but I felt quite giddy throughout the whole evening.
But it turned out to be the perfect night. I was surrounded by my friends and family, many of whom had helped with the book whether it be modelling, making a handbag, helping me photograph their kitten, or simply being there when I was tired after a weekend spent juggling work, photographing, writing a chapter to the book and doing homework. Throughout the evening I was given a pile of pink presents and well done cards that made me want to cry. Pink champagne, a pink spotty mug, a pink cupcake, flowers. I felt so unbelievably lucky to be surrounded by such kindness and support; I felt like a helium balloon floating in a pink sky.