If you read my previous blog post you'll know that it was my university reunion at the weekend. Twenty years since we graduated in the summer of 1996.
I studied optomtery at Aston University, Birmingham and the reunion was held back on campus. It has changed enormously (as has the centre of Birmingham for that matter, although I have been to the city centre several times since I left uni), and was, in parts, barely recognisable. The same could not be said for my classmates though. Some I am in regular contact with and others I haven't seen since graduation day, but not one of us has changed significantly.
It was such a brilliant evening and the two decades just slipped away and we, or at least some of us, stayed up until 4am chatting and enjoying a *glass or two* of wine.
Other than the group shot below, I didn't take any photographs of my outfit, so I have recreated the look at home.
This Ted Baker midi dress is one of my all time favourites. The style, the colour, the print. I love everything about it and it's extra special because it was a gift from Adam.
I used my Alexa grab bag. The clay colour, as you can see is a slightly pinkish neutral and it complimented my dress and the two outfits I wore to travel in. The chain detail on the detachable cross-body strap adds a little something and makes it suitable and practical for both daytime and evening use. For me, the acid test of a handbags's suitability for everyday use is whether or not it fits my iPad mini and I'm happy to say that it does, albeit snugly. It's beautifully made and it's already becoming a great favourite.
I was introduced to Ilex when I won a mustard yellow hobo bag in an Instagram giveaway hosted by my blogging friend Gemma author of the blog Jacquard Flower. It's a gorgeous British brand and I would love to add to my collection of two.
And my shoes? Well, it had to be the Choos. Almost seven years old and still as sparkly and as exciting as the day I got them.
So here we are. The fifteen that came. We missed a lot of our friends, some of whom now live abroad, but it was very nice being able to chat to each and every one. I'm still on a complete high and I sincerely hope it won't be another twenty years. It's perhaps worth pointing out that there was a fairly equal 50-50 split of boys and girls on the course which perhaps goes to show that women are better at keeping in touch?
After breakfast yesterday, we had a final stroll around campus and I couldn't resist taking a photograph of the iconic, (well at Aston it is), triangle fountain, said to be at the very central point of England.
Love Liz x
Floral midi dress, Ted Baker, past season
Shoes: Tahiti in champagne glitter, Jimmy Choo, past season.
*Alexa Grab bag in clay, Ilex London £235
Pink watch, Next, past season.
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