8 Reasons We’re Giddy With Excitement For Tonight’s STELLAR Shine Awards

Cocktails, goodie bags and a room full of our favourite people - what's not to love?

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The third annual STELLAR Shine Awards takes place tonight at Dublin’s Farrier & Draper, honouring Irish women for their achievements across ten different categories.

While we love the awards section of the evening, we’re not gonna lie: any excuse for a knees-up that involves cocktails is a winner in our books. Here’s what we’re most looking forward to about this evening’s festivities…

1. Trying out our signature Shine Cocktail


Farrier & Draper mixologist Ryan has created a bespoke cocktail menu for this evening, including the Hendricks gin-based Stellar Shine (yum) and the vanilla-infused Squad Goals (even more yum). You’ll find us at the bar.

2. Taking waaay too many Instax selfies


As well as being one of the main sponsors for the evening, Fujifilm Instax is also filling Farrier & Draper with Instax instant cameras, meaning there will be ABUNDANT selfie opps, which is fine by us.

3. Having a sneaky bop around to Eva-Jane Gaffney’s playlist as we get ready
Eva-Jane’s already given us a sneaky look at her music choices for the evening via this Shine Awards 2016 Spotify playlist, which has been the soundtrack to a crazy week of awards prep.

4. Aaaall the West Coast Cooler
The kind folks at West Coast Cooler are providing the welcome drinks this evening. We’re kinda obsessed with their Rosé flavour, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the pink bottles…

5. Going live on Facebook
Eeeek! STELLAR will be going Facebook Live for the first time this evening, streaming the awards ceremony via our page. Tune in from just after 7.15pm!

6. Making goons of ourselves with the props


Designer Katie and fashion assistant Sinéad have been hard at work on our photo props this week – we reckon lots of those pixelated smileys will be finding a new home in guests’ handbags this evening…

7. Choosing the Best Dressed attendee
We’ve spot prizes for Best Tweet, Best Instagram and Best Selfie thanks to Benefit, Rollerbar and Fujifilm Instax, and we’ll also be prowling the room looking out for the Best Dressed guest, who takes home a whopper €250 gift voucher for Penneys.

8. That goodie bag, obviously.

Goody bag prepping for #shineawards2016 means locking away all the snacks in the fashion cupboard. So. Much. Temptation.

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We’ve been to enough press events to know what makes a goodie bag, er… good. Hate to brag, but we’ve pulled out all the stops with tonight’s one. Flormar, Toni & Guy, Liffey Valley, Propercorn… there’s a LOT going on in those wee bags. Even if you’re not attending, keep an eye on our Twitter later this evening because you could win a goodie bag all of your own!

Follow @stellarmagazine on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, and keep up to date on the action with the hashtag #ShineAwards2016!

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