Honest Mum

Where do I start with my London book launch party?!…With the word ‘magical’, that’s where. I endlessly referred to every aspect of the day and night as magical because it felt like my wedding day (eat your heart our Meghan and Harry ;), my literary dream realised and feeling as if I was floating on air.

Mumboss book launch party at The Royal Garden Hotel

There was such an overwhelming outpouring of love and support with so many incredible bloggers, creatives and social media mavericks present, (sorry I wasn’t able to tag or link to everyone as it’s already taken me 3 weeks to get this live), I couldn’t have felt more grateful or humbled by the positive energy on my special day.  Thank you all so much!

Mumboss book launch party at The Royal Garden Hotel

When I arrived at the hotel and was mid-change darlings (see sports leggings with heels), my incredibly beautiful and gifted close friend and GURU Harriet Thorpe, star of stage and screen visited me to celebrate. Here we pose together with the book before Harriet had to rush off for a matinee in the West End. Harriet features a lot in my book and her many pearls of wisdom are a joy to behold and now share within its pages.

Thank you sweetie, darling for everything!

…Every single detail on the day and night was utterly perfect from my dream team glam squad including my Jason Collier doing my hair, and make-up artist Michelle Courtney getting me ready to the thoughtful staff at the Royal Garden Hotel including the pastry chef who kindly surprised me with an epic book cover cake below and not forgetting Marketing Manager Sian who made ALL of it possible.

As the resident blogger at this luxury 5 star hotel, I had visualised this day before even getting a book deal. Talk about manifesting your dreams. I’d seen in my mind’s eye a book launch in that very hotel. A whole lot of hard work and determination later and my dream was realised, and it was  a dream more vivid and moving than I could have ever imagined. Corny af but true and from the heart af too!

The day kicked off with breakfast tea and homemade biscuits at the Royal Garden Hotel before a Q & A with the brilliant multi-award winning Acting Deputy Editor of Marie Claire, Andrea Thompson (Mumboss was recommended in the May issue) with an audience comprised of mostly Digital Mums’ grads who had won a competition to attend.

 

Mumboss book launch

A whole lot of honest talk and laughter later where I shared the highs and the lows of my digital career to date and of course the tears, trauma and love that went into the book made time seem to fly on wings. I could have chatted all day (which won’t surprise any of you, I’m sure). As with most public events, I was moved to tears, and touchingly, others told me they had been too. Motherhood and work-life is so emotive isn’t it, but a highlight was seeing my sons, Oliver and Alexander in the audience lapping up the day with wonder only kids can bring to proceedings.

I’m stating it again but there was a wonderfully connective magic in the air that came from everyone’s shared experiences, and the will to overcome adversity and achieve. I wish I could have bottled it to drink up on the tough days.

The Royal Garden Hotel

…Next up, it was a book signing of dreams with the images of my kids bursting with pride and Xander even signing copies of my book himself that will be imprinted on my mind forever.

My dedication in my book reads, ‘For my kids, who made me a mum and a boss’.

All this is for them after all and to share it with my little family was just the icing on the cake.

I asked Xander what his favourite part of the day was and he replied without hesitation, ‘When everyone was taking photos of me’-bahaha!

Huge thanks too to Dara Ford for my made to measure bespoke red dress and fitted jacket with vintage kimono detailing, that she kindly gifted me for publication day. An outfit I will treasure always, I felt confident and ready to seize the day in it, despite endless throat problems (I’m still enduring)- and I have Dara to thank for that.

How elegant and sassy is this outfit?

Dara Ford Designs

I also want to thank my incredible manager Jack Freud, and PR Amy Storrs at IP Publicity for all the behind-the-scenes activity that went on, to ensure everything not only ran smoothly on the day and evening, but also exceeded my expectations. I’m truly honoured to be working with such pioneering, creative and vitally, caring visionaries who never fail to believe in me and my potential, and make all that I do a complete joy every single day. Who could ask for anything more?

…But back to the day’s events..

After a quick rock ‘n’ roll rest upstairs in my dressing down and a visit from girl crush, columnist and author Polly Vernon (and Jason Collier’s client), it was time to change into the most divine blue DHELA dress I’ve ever set eyes on, oh and Christian Louboutin heels sent to me (ooh lala, indeed). Told you it was basically my wedding day! My stunning crushed velvet silver clutch was c/o of Dara Ford.

Vicki Psarias

Strike a pose!

What a dress!

Posing done, it was party time with a speech to thank everyone first, and a chance to hang out with literally hundreds of readers, colleagues, friends and members of press for a night to remember at Mahiki Kensington who kindly hosted the party complimentary from drinks to the venue and staff. I couldn’t be more grateful to theirs, and the Royal Garden Hotel’s kindness.

Huge thanks too to Portobello gin for the finest gin in town on the night too. Cheers!

Portobello Road Gin

Pics taken, a zillion books signed and sold (love you guys), it was time to shake my booty before my throat conked out at 10pm and my bed was calling. I lasted all day from 7am and most of the evening at least without pain (yay) and felt enveloped in a blanket of love and goodwill.

Here are some of the pro pics I was sent from the press on the night too (I ended up being in the Sun three times that week then on Good Morning Britain not long after about the Royal Wedding and later a debate on parenting where I mentioned my book).

P.S. So sorry if your pic isn’t here and you came, these were the ones sent to me.

Sergie from Dad Lab.

My pal, blogger Bianca.

Glorious gorgeous honorary little sis, red headed Lucy and her best pal!

The lovely Kirsten O’Brien.

Fellow Leeds queen Nell McAndrew.

My best Daddy blogger pal John from Dad Blog UK.

My amazingly talented movie and tv star actress friend (and the inspiration behind my Wonderful Women feature as I asked her to kick it off in the first place) Manjinder Virk.

Natasha Courtenay-Smith, the bestselling author of Million Dollar Blog (with my quote on the cover) and fab friend!

Glorious supportive creative pals, all! Photo left to right Joanne, Kelly, Charlotte, Amancay, Michelle, Jo, Kat, Sharmin and Sally.

Blogger Jo and Olympian, yes Olympian Michelle!

This one: the love of my life.

Another love of my life, one of my besties Caroline who came all the way from Leeds with her hilarious husband Jonathon. Couldn’t love those two more!

Amancay, the one who encouraged me to start Honest Mum to begin with and whom I will forever be indebted to. I love you lady!

Sharmin, my sister from another mister whom I met at uni and who flew in all the way from Amsterdam especially for my day. My babe.

One of my oldest pals, gorgeous Julie who I met aged 14 and who has been there with her folks, for all my biggest milestones. Thank you.

Here with the inspirational bestselling author Shola Kaye who is quoted in my book.

My oldest blogging pals. The A Team. Picture left to right: Uju, Mirka, Zaz, Michelle, Jacqui and Nomita. My queens.

Papa G who couldn’t quite believe how many people recognised him on the day, and who ADORED being told he was famous! Had to remind him we’re only Z list! He’s only waited his whole life for that-bahaha!

Below my Dad gets his pose on with family friends Christine and Libby.

family friends

So many of my former film colleagues also came out to play as did friends I’ve not seen since I was 19. How special is that?!

More than anything, the reviews and response to Mumboss from people I’m not related to or know (ha!) have blown me the heck away.

To know my words are helping mobilise mums and dads to carve out a career that works for them and their families, is the single reason I wrote it. WOW!

Thank you all so much, I couldn’t have done any of this without your support.

Now, as always, I’m a giver baby as are the Royal Garden Hotel so look what you can luckily win….

Royal Garden Hotel

1 night in an Executive Room-2 adults, 2 children (children 11 and under) and full English breakfast for all.

Reception at the Royal Garden Hotel

king size bed in a 5 star hotel

T&Cs

To be redeemed within 12 months.

Value is £450.

You can use it any day of the week, for 12 months, subject to availability and blackout dates will apply. No cash alternative.

UK only or you need to be in the UK when redeeming the prize and no travel expenses are offered.

Ends 26th June 2018.

eating breakfast at The Royal Garden Hotel

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347 Responses

  1. lorraine polley

    the party looked fantastic, and the colour of your dress is lush. would love a trip to london

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  2. Isabell Whitenstall

    You look as if you are really having a good time at the party. I would love to win because I don’t often get to London as it is so are to travel from the North East

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  3. clair downham

    would love to treat the hubby and the party looked fantastic

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  4. Pauline Dring

    Looks like you had a fabulously exhausting time and congratulations on the publication of your book. I would love to stay in The Royal Garden Hotel because I believe it to be one of the top hotels in London and we like to visit London in style

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  5. Helen newton

    Love a good party after a year of breast cancer treatments not much of that been happening , would be amazing to get away with the family for a bit of time out and pampering xxx

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  6. Deb Pettit

    I love parties and having fun, Would love to win to treat my husband for our Anniversary and his birthday

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  7. Hon (Charlie) Cheung

    Congratulations on the book launch. Loved to see all the photos.

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  8. Char Keddy

    Congrats on the book launch. How very exciting 🙂 Onwards and upwards!
    Would love some time away in such lush surroundings xx

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  9. kaye willan

    Wow Looks Incredible Vicki – You are so Lucky! Its my Birthday in June, so Id be thrilled to win to celebrate

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  10. Hannah Burchell

    Firstly great blue dress! Looks fab! Great comp, me, hubby and the little man would have a great time together – or if we could get grandma up to stay, a romantic weekend for two!

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  11. Susan Jane Gray

    WOW. Brilliant Competition. It would be great to take my hubby away for the Weekend. Its about time I treated him and this sounds so amazing.

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  12. zatun suleman

    Congrats on your book Vicki, no doubt it will be a bestseller. You photograph beautifully (and your family) love the pics!! Hoping to celebrate a big birthday with my best friend ,this would be truly spectacular!! Thank you

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  13. nicola rupawala

    The parties look great! I’d love to visit with my husband.

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  14. Ursula Hunt

    I like a party with people who are important to me and would love to win to show give of them a treat

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  15. Natasha Pain

    I love a party, the planning and outfit shopping all add to the fun. I’d love to win this and take my husband for a lovely night away.

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  16. Rich Tyler

    The parties look brill, fun! would love to win, gotta be in it, would make for an amazing prize 🙂

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  17. ADEINNE TONNER

    The parties sounded amazing and like you had so much fun, I’d love to win as it would be a lovely treat to take my sister on which we would both love and enjoy so much.

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  18. Katy Hacket

    It looks like you had a fantastic event, congratulations on your book! I would love a night away with my husband to just be ‘us’ again.

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  19. Renna

    So pleased for you. Its amazing what you have achieved in such a short time. Love the red dress, its gorgeous!!! It REALLY does sound like an incredible day. I’d love to stay at the hotel too. Lucky you. Xx

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  20. Lisa Wilkinson

    The parties look great fun. It would be lovely to have a luxurious night away with my husband

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  21. Jessica Quinn

    Looks fab! Would love to take my hubby and kids to see the sights as they’ve never been!

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  22. Lynsey Buchanan

    The parties look great and you look fantastic. I would love to win as I would love to have a weekend away with my friend to get dressed and, have a nice meal and go to the theatre to see a show.

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  23. kat pope

    not sure what you want me to say. i don’t have your life. i’d love to win something that made me feel good about myself

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  24. Tracey Suzie Anderson

    Congratulations on your success, so well deserved with all your hard work and efforts. It all looks so amazing, and seems as if it was a fabulous party to go to. Such fabulous surroundings, so elegant and charming. Super lovely happy memories for you to treasure forever 🙂 x

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  25. Gemma Clark

    WOW! Looks like a lot of fun, and huge congratulations. Would love to visit this hotel, it looks stunning x

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  26. James Harris

    The parties looked like great fun and such an amazing venue. I would love to be able to treat my wife to a stay at this hotel.

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  27. Kristyn Harris

    The party looks amazing! I loved the outfits and the location looked fabulous!

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  28. sarah fielding

    This looks like such an incredible night – congratulations!

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  29. olivia Kirby

    I would love to have a mini break with the children!
    Your parties look good, I like having a nose at what everyone is wearing, some great shoes haha!

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  30. Penny Thompson

    To me a party is being with the people you love the most and having a lot of fun. If I were to win though it would be a party for just two. My partner and I have never had chance to have a holiday together. Plenty of work trips, but no holiday. This could be the special trip we need before our baby arrives.

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  31. Alex Williams

    I lived for so long in London and never made it to Mahiki the party looks amazing and the cake 😍😍 would love to take the family from Wales to where I loved living 😍

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  32. Suzanne Gaulton

    You look amazing – and so deservedly happy. To be at your parties surrounded by the love of your nearest & dearest friends and family and people who’ve helped & supported you on this journey must have been super special for you. You truly are an inspiration!

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  33. Yasmin Patel

    Wow congratulations! You look amazing and such an inspiration.
    I would love to win this for my family. My husband and daughter would love a trip to London, we have never been. Xx

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  34. Alison

    What a wonderful launch day (and night!). You’ve obviously worked really hard to be this ‘lucky’.
    Fingers crossed I’m lucky too and once again get the opportunity to enjoy the sights of our capital city!

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  35. Lorna Ledger

    Congratulations! You have done this! and I hope you feel proud x the parties look fun, friendly, luxury, bright and colouful and the Royal Gardens look amazing – well done x

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  36. Keri

    Wow so many people! & you all looked amazing. Love Papa-G bless him x
    We love London as a family and our son has a thing for posh hotels, lol! Winning would give us an excuse to visit again x

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  37. Harriet Leonard

    It looked fantastic and you looked amazing! Huge congratulations on a successful launch! I’d love to win to spend some quality time with my husband, it looks like a gorgeous place to stay. A real treat!

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  38. Yvonne

    Lovely to see that everyone is have a wonderful fun time, I would like to take my husband for our Anniversary

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  39. Emma Thackery

    Looks fun! Would love to take our daughter to see the sights

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