#OopsFiles 18: Guest Blogger Cuddle Fairy

baby shocked face title image When everyone’s favourite fairy, I mean blogger, Cuddle Fairy told me she had an #OopsFiles post for me specifically about #BML16, I was delighted.  Not only have I been wanting to feature her for the longest time, I also had quite a few Oops moments from my recent #BML16 weekend in London but can’t really ‘star’ in my own guest series!  However, I now have an excuse to summarise them!  A few of mine include: 1) wandering around the Hoxton Hotel lobby for some time trying to go up to my room only to realise I’d walked past the lifts three times 2) not realising the window blind was up when I came out of the shower and consequently flashing my entire birthday suit at a chap in the building opposite 3) being locked out of my room as they hadn’t updated the system with the extra hour of checkout time I’d requested the day I was leaving and 4) trying to get into Becky’s room at the Montcalm with my Hoxton card key (don’t ask).  And I didn’t even realise Becky and I were standing in front of the stairs (see below) in the first place when she came to fetch me the first day!  Hotel lifts and card keys…just keep me away from them.  Anyway I’m sooooo glad to be finally featuring Becky here on the #OopsFiles and she even kindly asked me to add a bit of my own commentary so I did (you’ll see it in italics)!


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I have been wanting to take part in Prabs’ Oops Files since it started!  My fabulous & fun filled weekend in London for #BML16 provided me with plenty of oops moments to write about. And the hostess herself stars in a few of them too! 😉 So here we go!

I live in the West of Ireland so I flew over to London Friday morning so I’d be able to attend the Friday night fringe party & meet Prabs for dinner. I managed to get myself to Liverpool St Station & then with the help of Google Maps on my phone, I walked to the Montcalm where I stayed for the weekend. I got a really cheap rate on Booking.com & as such I was given a closet that has been converted to a room. It was fine when it was just me but the shower was ridiculously small. I took a shower Friday afternoon and couldn’t extend my elbows out from my body. It was a bit ridiculous.
Having used Cuddles’ shower myself to freshen up during BML16 I can confirm she’s not exaggerating…it was a teeny shower in her bathroom. 

After managing to wash myself & relaxi in the room for a couple of hours, I took a taxi up to see Prabs at the Hoxton just up the road.There was a lot of of jumping up & down & hugging & then we headed off for Camden Town.
Ahem, Becky’s forgotten to mention how the next thing she did, after saying hi, was check out the shower I had in my room!

We left Prabs’ room & walked towards the elevator. We were meeting two friends for dinner so I was tweeting them that we’d be a few minutes late. When I looked up, I realized the two of us were stood at the door to the stairs. Not at the elevator. No one had hit a button – as there was no button for the stairs. I have no idea what we thought was going to happen standing there. Luckily there was no one else in the hall to witness the madness. So we moved to the elevator, pressed the down button & successful made it out of the hotel!
Not before trying to take a selfie in front of the cool illuminated Hoxton sign in the lobby…only to realise the words came out backwards in the picture. So then we went outside!

selfie of Prabs of Absolutely Prabulous and Becky of Cuddle Fairy

Prabs led the way to Camden Town & we had a fun dinner & evening at the fringe party. We got the tube back down to our hotels. Prabs got off at the station before mine. So at my stop, I got off the tube & went out an exit before I realized it was an exit. When I looked at the map, I was on the wrong side from where I wanted to be. I couldn’t get to the other side as I’d need a ticket to go through again, which I didn’t have. So I headed out the only exit I could take & tried to summon Google maps to get me to the Montcalm – which I knew was literally around the block.  My phone wouldn’t pick up any signal so Google Maps wouldn’t work. I walked aimlessly back & forth with my phone in the air but it did no good. It was after 10pm & I made the executive decision not to wander the streets of London by myself so I put my hand up for a taxi. I told the driver that I knew the hotel was right around the corner but I wasn’t sure which corner it was. He assumed I meant the other Montcalm when I was getting into a taxi right next to the one I wanted to stay in. So we both had a laugh then he drove me around the block.
This is the bit where I drop Becky in it and mention her lamenting how London streets are so confusing and New York’s grid system is way better 🙂

The next day was #BML16. I hopped back in the shower & discovered a trick I had missed the day before. If I stood at a certain angle I could extend my arms out further so that was great. I have no idea how I missed that the day before – I blame the jetlag? Lol.

For me, #BML16 was filled with talking mostly – to bloggers & to brands. The day flew by & soon it was time for the BiBs. I won’t lie, I was a nervous wreck. I tried to stay cool but I was nervous. I became more nervous after Emma accepted her award with a speech. How did I not realize the winner gave a speech!! I had nothing prepared. My category was called second, I thought I could vomit with the nerves I already had, coupled with the lack of speech if I did actually win.  I’m such an emotional person, I probably would have just cried & babbled incoherently had I won. My nerves were over quickly as the lovely Joy Chaser deservingly won most inspiring blog.

After the BiBs a group of us headed across the street to Cote Brasserie for dinner. I had a couple glasses of the sparkly sweet wine at #BML16 & was ready for something different so I asked our waiter who was French, if they had a cocktail menu. He said no. I said, do you have vodka? He said no but we have Orangina.

Right – what? I was so confused. But mainly I was panicked at the thought of no vodka. Then my birthday twin Prabs starts to panic too – What – no vodka? Vodka was needed at this point in time; the both of us were nervous all evening & this was looking like a disaster. Then Helen spotted vodka on the menu & pointed out to the waiter that it says vodka on the menu. The waiter kept saying no but we have Orangina.
This had to be seen to be believed. How vodka sounds like orangina, no matter where you come from, I’ll never know!  But nervous? Me?  I was the picture of composure and poise (ba ha haa).

Then one of the girls, I think it was Laura, realized that he thought I was saying Fanta! That I went from looking for a cocktail to looking for Fanta!? So I said vvvvvvvvvodkkkkkaaaaaaaaaaaaaa please. He eventually realized what I was saying – with the help of my friends.  Prabs & I happily got our vodkas.

Next, it was time to order our dinners. I picked a very French chicken dish – le petite chicken or something like that only MUCH more complicated. So I turn to Prabs and ask her, how would you say this? Then she says it in a perfect French accent!!! Hello, I meant how would I say this, Poulet Breton, me with an American / West of Ireland accent that this waiter can’t understand. So in the end, Prabs ordered my dinner for me – thank you Prabsy.
De rien mon petit lapin.

It was delicious! Time for dessert & more drinks. Prabs ordered tea, I asked for another vvvvoooddddkkkkaaaaa. As to avoid any confusion. Out comes tea – and it’s put down at my place. I think oh, this is Prabs’ tea until I turn & see that Prabs already has her tea. Good Lord, he’s given me tea instead of vodka! So I said no sorry I ordered VVVVVVOOOOODDDKKKKAAAAA please. Eventually, the vodka came after another round of laughter from my blogger buddies.  I had no idea that I couldn’t pronounce vodka. Apparently, it sounds like Fanta or sometimes like tea!!

After a gorgeous meal, we hug & part ways – everyone heads back to their hotels or homes. The next morning I headed back into the shower & decided to turn on the rain shower button. I let the water get hot then switched it to the rain setting. It was FREEZING! Like arctic water was being dumped on me & because the shower was so small, the rain water took up the entire space – there was no space to step outside of the water. What a wake-up call that was as I screamed & danced around trying to find the switch to turn off the rain shower.

So that was my #BML16 weekend in a nutshell. It was such a laugh with such great friends. The shower & vodka pronunciation are things I’ll never forget!! Nor will I forget these amazing ladies I spent time with! I can’t wait to see them all again next year. x

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Cuddle Fairy logoBecky blogs at the parenting & lifestyle blog, Cuddle Fairy, with the motto – there’s positivity around every corner. Find her on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook

 

 

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32 Comments on #OopsFiles 18: Guest Blogger Cuddle Fairy

  1. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    July 6, 2016 at 6:48 am (12 months ago)

    Yay!! Thanks so much for sharing my #BML16 oops moments Prabs! I knew you’d remember the name of that chicken. I still have no clue how to say it. And thanks for the streets of NYC mention lol Oh and checking out your shower – I forgot that but yes I totally had shower envy. It’s an honour to appear on your blog! Thanks again xx

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    • prabs
      July 6, 2016 at 9:21 am (12 months ago)

      And it’s an honour to feature you Cuddles. Thanks for the laughs.

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  2. Ellen
    July 6, 2016 at 10:14 am (12 months ago)

    Haha the image of you two stood by the stairs waiting for something to happen had me in stitches, I’ve done that before where you stand in a lift chatting for ages and eventually realise you haven’t moved as nobody has pressed the button! I am baffled as to how vodka could EVER sound like tea, although I suppose I can see how fanta might happen. Funny though! I also wouldn’t have realised anybody gave speeches, eek. Glad you had such a wonderful time, and I’m sure the cold shower cleared any traces of a vodka hangover! #BloggerClubUK

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    • prabs
      July 6, 2016 at 7:23 pm (12 months ago)

      Ha ha lifts! Thanks for the fab comment! You made me laugh.

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    • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
      July 7, 2016 at 10:45 am (12 months ago)

      Ya who knew I could say vodka like tea. It’s a real gift I think. I’m glad it made you laugh – we had some really silly oops moments all right! lol x

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  3. Sarah - threediferentdinners
    July 6, 2016 at 10:55 am (12 months ago)

    Ha! Ha! This is what happens when we are let out 🙂 I had to stay in a hotel room once that was so small I had to stand on the bed to iron my shirt because there wasn’t enough room to stand beside the ironing board. And when me and the hubby went to Paris sans kids we managed to get so drunk and confused that we totally lost the hotel, ended up flagging down a cab and asking to be taken to the hotel only for him to point at the hotel about 100 yards away and look a bit confused…..seriously have no idea how we are supposed to be grown up enough to look after kids 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

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    • prabs
      July 6, 2016 at 7:28 pm (12 months ago)

      Oh my word I’ve stayed in some tiny hotel rooms in my time but the ironing thing…priceless! Thanks for the comment and for reading.

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    • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
      July 7, 2016 at 10:47 am (12 months ago)

      omg this is hilarious!! My room wasn’t as small as that now – you win! lol I had a friend do that in NYC & the cabby pointed to the building. At least you didn’t have to pay the fare! x

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  4. Emma
    July 6, 2016 at 10:59 am (12 months ago)

    Oh my gooooooooooooooooodness this has cheered me up and had me chuckling along! For the record I still can’t look at a can of fanta without hearing Cuddles going “voooooooodkkkkaaaaa” Makes me chuckle everytime! But oh no to the taxi ride and ending up at a different Montcalm-haha! Sorry, not funny! But I agree London is so confusing and those underground stations, I kept getting lost underground!! A fab oops file 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

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    • prabs
      July 6, 2016 at 7:29 pm (12 months ago)

      lol must be a Jersey AND New York thing then 🙂 xx

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    • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
      July 7, 2016 at 10:48 am (12 months ago)

      LOL I’m afraid I’ve ruined fanta & organgina for us all. I had such a laugh when Laura tweeted that photo!! It was so fun to get to hang out with you Emma! xx

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  5. Saira SAH_Grumbler
    July 6, 2016 at 12:32 pm (12 months ago)

    How funny, I giggled at so much of this; the shower sounds hideous yet your waiter sounds hilarious! I remember once not being understood when I was asking for water!! I was originally putting it down to maybe a difference in accent but now I think about it, it was probably because I was asking for water in a Bar in Preston!

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    • prabs
      July 6, 2016 at 7:31 pm (12 months ago)

      Preston! These comments are cracking me up! Yeah…must have sounded alien 🙂

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    • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
      July 7, 2016 at 10:50 am (12 months ago)

      Yes the shower caused me a lot of problems. The freezing rain bit was the worst of all. That’s funny about ordering water! You’d think vodka would be understood in a brasserie – I blame my strange hybrid accent! x

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  6. Mess and Merlot
    July 6, 2016 at 2:46 pm (12 months ago)

    I think London cabbies/hoteliers/waiters can rest easy in the knowledge that you pair were only let loose for the weekend and are safely back in Ireland/Malta 🙂 Lovely to have a bit of behind the scenes (and shower screens) shenanigans – urgh to the freezy shower cubical of torture!

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    • prabs
      July 6, 2016 at 7:34 pm (12 months ago)

      lol behind the scenes and shower screens! This made me really grin…yeah it’s a good job I don’t live in London anymore…I only left to give the cabbies and hoteliers a well-earned break 🙂

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    • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
      July 7, 2016 at 10:51 am (12 months ago)

      Yes, they can sigh a big sigh of relief that we have left the area until next year. Lol I love it – cubical of torture!!

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  7. Jane Taylor
    July 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm (12 months ago)

    Snorted at the thought of you two stood at the door to the stairs wondering why nothing was happening! Priceless! Lovely to meet you both at the BMLs. Congratulations on your win, Prabs! #BloggerclubUK

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    • prabs
      July 6, 2016 at 7:35 pm (12 months ago)

      Ah thank you. It was brief but at least we met! I swear the lift thing…the pair of us!

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    • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
      July 7, 2016 at 10:52 am (12 months ago)

      We were lucky no one walked by & saw us waiting for the stairs to magic us to the lobby. It was great to meet you too x

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  8. Alan @ BabyPinkandtheboys
    July 7, 2016 at 2:53 am (12 months ago)

    Don’t tell anyone but I’ve done the standing at lifts waiting for it to arrive not having pressed the button thing.

    I have to say I’ve never had vodka mistaken for Tea or Fanta though.
    Must be the mush mash of American/West of Ireland accent. Good job you didn’t move to Cork. Lots knows what you would have gotten. LOL

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    • prabs
      July 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm (12 months ago)

      Yes the vodka thing was a first for me too. (She should have stuck to Bloody Mary’s if you ask me…)

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  9. Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap
    July 7, 2016 at 6:49 am (12 months ago)

    I would just blame Prabs for the entirity of this for getting you too excited about meeting her. You mind must have been all fuzzy!! haha. Bless you. How funny. Sometimes you just have these dizzy moments that last a weekend. So glad you had fun and got your flipping vodkas! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

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    • prabs
      July 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm (12 months ago)

      Ha ha cheeky! Oh alright I fully accept all blame. Thanks for hosting #bestandworst

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  10. Mama, my kid doesn't poop rainbows
    July 8, 2016 at 8:43 am (12 months ago)

    Haha! Our poxy hotel room had a tiny shared shower so you were doing OK. At my staff leaving do before I left Thailand I was almost crying trying to get a waiter to hear the difference between vodka and water. Apparently its a really tricky word

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    • prabs
      July 8, 2016 at 3:36 pm (12 months ago)

      That is hilarious…it must be the American twang. You probably won’t have the same problem in Spain!

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  11. Mudpie Fridays
    July 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm (11 months ago)

    Ha ha had a right giggle at this!! Was gutted not to make it but it sounds like it was for the best as I’m not sure vodka would have gone down well with Kipper!! Although at somepoint I am going to have to head you pronounce it :). Hopefully will see you both next year!! Xx #MarvMondays

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  12. My Petit Canard
    July 23, 2016 at 11:16 pm (11 months ago)

    Ha, ha! So many great Oops moments. It sounds like you girls had a ball at BML this year. Really hope I can finally make it next year, 3rd time lucky?! Anyway,if theres one take away for me, its to make sure I never book these chepest room with booking.com! Thanks for linking this up to #MarvMondays, love this series 🙂 Emily

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    • prabs
      July 24, 2016 at 8:12 pm (11 months ago)

      thanks Emily. Hope to see you next year!

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  13. Rhyming with Wine
    July 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm (11 months ago)

    I could have sworn that I’d already commented on this post a while ago lovely, although it’s fairly likely that I’m hanging out in your spam somewhere. Anyway – to business! I LOVE this (apart from the fact that I’m so jealous that I wasn’t there with you all!) The funniest bit for me was picturing Becky wandering the streets of London waving her phone in the air trying to get a signal. Sounds like you both had an amazing time. Lovely to read about it xx Thanks for linking with #fartglitter

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    • prabs
      July 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm (11 months ago)

      Hmmmmm I will investigate! Thanks love. Next year you must join us x

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