It’s no secret that I am a boyband ADDICT.
This includes most boybands but One Direction has clearly been taking the prize these last few months for me and my friends. The charming accents, perfect hair, and gorgeous voices were just the tip of the iceberg. Once I got invested in these boys I realized how utterly charming, FUNNY, kind and giving they were. All of the boys are involved in various charities and this is how I discovered The Eden Dora Trust.
In the public eye, Louis Tomlinson is definitely labeled as brash; the prankster of the group who doesn’t take things too seriously. He has many unfavorable articles written about him, 90% of them being unfair and incorrect and he takes it mostly in stride with the exception of a few tweets letting those people know exactly where to go. I personally love Louis and being a fan of this group, you immediately know that perception of him is not true and upon reading his piece regarding Eden, a little girl affected by encephalitis, you wonder how the media could have it so very wrong.
Louis’ write up on Eden’s story.
Louis certainly helped my awareness of this disease and drew me to the website. Once I read Eden’s story on the website, I had tears in my eyes and knew this was something I definitely wanted to be involved with.
Now. A bit of a backstory. My good friend La Neisha and I had planned a European holiday prior to any of this happening to see the boys and also these countries we’d always wanted to as a whole. We planned a full week in Dublin and around 4 days in London before coming back home to California. We were in the process of excitedly planning this trip out for months and then I saw Louis tweet regarding the Eden Dora Trust and a charity auction he was participating in to help raise funds for research and care. The auction was for a concert and private meet and greet for 3 and was taking place in Manchester the day that we were scheduled to leave London. Right away upon seeing the details I had a feeling this was meant to be. We would already be there, loved the boys and had the opportunity to help the Eden Dora Trust at the same time. Needless to say, I made it my mission to win this and with my mom and grandma looking out for me from up above – I won.
I freaked. Naturally. Are you serious – after already going to see the boys twice in Dublin for Niall’s hometown show we would now be also seeing them in Manchester on the last day of our holiday AND meeting all of the boys? It was too much. I invited my longtime boyband partner in crime Stephanie along and just this last week lived out this amazing experience.
I will save the full trip details and pictures for another post to follow later this week but below will be the recap to what was one of the most special and fun days EVER.
To help out with his brilliant charity or to read Eden’s full story, please click the link below.
Petrina – I just have to say yet again what a delight and joy you were to speak to these past few months. I absolutely adore you and you, Eden and your entire family will remain in my heart always. XOXO
After two ridiculously silly, hilarious, fun and unforgettable weeks in Europe the time had finally arrived. We made a full day of it – spa appointments and lots of pregaming and then we got to the venue. We were placed on a guestlist for the band and were greeted by a PA who gave us our VIP bracelets, passes and tickets for the show and then walked into the VIP bar to wait for our backstage access. While we were sipping our drinks and waiting, we saw Anne and Robin walk in with Lou, Tom, and Lux (who is HUGE by the way!). Neisha had a bit of a chat with Anne as we had met her in LA previously at dinner and then they headed off to their seats. Zayn’s family came in shortly after as well as Louis’ family.
American girl in Manchestaaaaaaaa.
All dolled up and ready with my VIP sticker.
VIP Bracelet mixed with my usual gold accents.
At the VIP bar with my loves waiting for our escort.
We then got walked down and backstage to await the boys – our time with them took place just before they took the stage for the night so they were all decked in their stage outfits already and we were the last things they saw before showtime. The boys came out in stages, first was Niall and Liam. I’m not going to share all of the details of our conversations with them but they were all very lovely, charming and all around as wonderful as you would imagine. We all got our own time with each boy as well and still managed to mingle together, it worked out really perfect. After Niall and Liam came Louis and Zayn and I have to tell you that Louis Tomlinson is the most genuine and adorable person on this planet. He came in with the biggest grin, arms wide open and ready to hug all of us and was so sweet, chatty and funny. I personally had the most time and conversation with Liam and Louis and was completely charmed by them both.
Harry came out last and we had less time with him but still enough to enjoy his sweet little dimples and exchange some words as well before they had to hit the stage.
A few highlights of our time with the boys and of course our pictures:
Talking about the awful Dublin weather for the shows and how cold it was for all of us.
Louis had hair on the back of his shirt – Neisha asked him what was all over him and he was confused and then said “Oh, shit I just had me hair cut. Thanks!” and they frantically tried to wipe off the hair from his shoulders.
Explaining to Niall what a spectacle the train ride from London to Manchester was.
I had gotten Harry a gift to celebrate his goal in Niall’s charity football back a few days prior – it was a soccer ball shaped box of chocolates from Harrods with individual little footballs inside and the word GOALLLLLLLLLLLL written in huge letters on the inside. When I gave it to him, he said “For me???” and then I opened it and explained and he was so sweet and smiley and absolutely loved it. <3
Stephanie and I told Louis that we fight over him all the time and he laughed hysterically and said “yeahhhh!” It was adorable. Then we took more pictures and he was super smiley.
Stephanie told Zayn it was her very first time ever seeing them in concert so they better put on a great show, he laughed and promised they would.
All of the boys seemed to be a little sick – probably from the cold and rain and performing outside the last couple of weeks in it.
I asked Louis how he was really doing and he smiled SO BIG and said “I’m really really great.”
Louis and I with the Eden Dora printout.
Love this big cheesy smile.
“Louis lets do a silly face.”
This is right after we told Louis we fight over him.
Selfie with Liam.
Literally was all Louis, all the time.
Our seats were unreal for the show – we were second row of the VIP section and seated with all of the boys’ family and you could honestly feel the pride in the air. Lottie, Louis’ sister, was seated directly behind us and was the sweetest and most fun thing ever. She and her friend danced with us all night, making videos and taking a lot of silly pictures. She was having SO much fun at the show and every time Louis would come on screen she would yell “MY BROTHER”, so proud and excited. Jay and Dan were at the end of the row and kept laughing when they would look at us all acting so silly.
We had the best night ever!
For more pictures and some videos from this show as well as both Dublin shows, feel free to check out my instagram at foxychap or my twitter account at filthycutexo – I will make my follow up post with all of the other Dublin and London details later this week.