Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Floral Bodycon Midi Dress with Sparkly Jimmy Choos (For My University Reunion)

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.

Ted Baker bodycon dress and Jimmy Choos

Ted Baker midi dress and Jimmy Choos

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.

Alexa grab bag in clay by Ilex London

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. 

Tahiti in champagne glitter by Jimmy Choo

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?

Aston Optics class of 96 reunion

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.

Aston University, Aston triangle

Love Liz x

Outfit details:
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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19 comments

  1. You look gorgeous, Lizzie. That dress is SO you, and your haircut is just stunning... AND THE CHOOS!!!!! xxx

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    1. Thank you Lisa. Yes, my Choos. I don't think I'll ever tire of wearing them! And thank you for the compliment about my hair. I'm very pleased with it! xxx

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  2. Aww Liz, congratulations on your university anniversary, first of all. I love, love this sheath, the pastel colors, pattern and midi length and bodycon shape are gorgeous in your curves. And I love those stunning silver snakeskin shoes. Just gorgeous. I bet you were the best dressed there, Liz.

    Welcome by on Thursdays and linkup your fab style with me, pretty lady. The new linkup is currently up below. Welcome over!

    http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2016/04/thursday-moda-9-and-peach-top-plus-lots.html

    Happy May! Ada. =)

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    1. Thank you so much Ada, you're very kind. It was a wonderful evening. I hope it won't be twenty years until the next one! xxx

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  3. in love with your great dress. it looks like summer and holidays.
    all the best
    elisabeth

    www.missespopisses.com

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    1. Thank you Elisabeth. yes, it's a very summery dress. The weather here in England finally seems to be warming up. I can't wait to wear it again xxx

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  4. What an elegant look, love that dress on you x

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    1. Ah, thank you so much lovely lady xxxxx

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  5. Loving the hair Lizzy! And those shoes, what can I say - I want them :)
    Looking lovely as always :)
    Michelle xx
    http://www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Michelle- I'm so pleased I had my hair cut. It looks so much better and takes a lot less time to dry too! I think my sparkly Jimmy Choos are my all time favourite shoes! xxxx

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  6. Pretty look ! And you always find original shoes !!

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    1. Thank you very much. I do have a thing for shoes! They can make such a difference even to the simplest of outfits xxxxxx

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  7. Lizzy, I mentioned this on IG, THIS is THE dress, I have been looking for by Ted Baker, I adore the soft colors of the print and the fit is fab. Love your haircut as well. Beautiufl!
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstyish.com

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    1. Thank you so much Jess and I'm so sorry I missed your comment on IG. I love this dress. Ted Baker patterns, especially the florals are always a winner in my eyes. On this particular dress it was the dragonflies that caught my eye. Thank you for hosting xxxx

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  8. When I saw this on Twitter, I knew I had to check it out. Very lovely dress!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

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    1. Thank you so much Abby. Yes, it's one of my favourite dresses and I always enjoy wearing it xxxxx

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  9. Oh that Ilex bag is just stunning! I've never heard of the brand but will have to check it out. Dying over these Choos and that Ted Baker dress!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

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    1. Thank you. yes, Ilex is a new brand to me too but it's absolutely gorgeous. My Choos are my all time favourite shoes I think and the dress just stole my heart with the dragonfly and floral pattern xxxxx

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