Summer Ball

11 June 2010

So in September I started my masters and before I knew it, the end of the summer term arrived and this was marked by a wonderful Summer ball. It was the perfect excuse to let our hair down, get all dressed up before we dedicate our remaining few months to the writing of our dissertations.

I think I was super lucky with this dress which I bought on a whim at ASOS.
Summer Ball outfit
Dress (Asos) Clutch (Zara) Shoes (New Look) Necklace (Vivienne Westwood) Lipstick (Nars, Funny face)
The ball was held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens which is such an impressive 15 acre garden and one which I've never fully explored before. We were lucky because the weather was gorgeous and we were able to have a bit of a wander in the grounds before we settled in for our meal. The gardens are reknown for it's beautiful peacocks. Stunning!
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After our wander, we moved to the large reception room which was rather fancy!
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Not long after we poured the first glasses of wine, our 3 course meal began. We had a red pepper and basil soup, but clearly I couldn't resist trying it before I took this photo.
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Our main was chicken with a green beans, vegetable parcel and a the creamiest mash potato ever.
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The dessert of white chocolate and fruit jelly trifle was seved in little glass teacups.
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I took hundreds of photos after the meal which mainly consisted of dancing to a live band, posing for cheesy photos and dancing to the cheesy tunes provided by the DJ.
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My feet were hurting so much by the end of the night but it was an awesome night and definitely one which we won't forget in a hurry!

71 comments:

  1. that dress is perfection!!!!

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  2. Your dress looks amazing! But I like your clutch more! It's so cute!:D
    The peacocks and the location is great! Not your usual, boring ballroom!

    Ps/ love what you've done with the photo editting! never seen anyone block out faces like that!

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  3. Such a pretty dress. And peacocks!

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  4. You're even prettier than a peacock ;-)

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  5. love the dress and photos :3

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  6. Oh Winnie! It sounds like so much fun and you looked absolutely divine in that dress!

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  7. Aww, sounds like so much fun! Don't you just love getting dressed up? ;)
    Romany
    xx

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  8. The dress looked pretty on you! Glad you've had a fab night.

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  9. you look FANTASTIC winn :-) beaut. xx

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  10. hufff i always like ur style so kewl :)

    x.o.x.o

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  11. Cute way of censoring the pictures hehe
    and also great outfit to go with your fancy night <3

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  12. The event looks like a blast, and YOU are a VISION in that dress!

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  13. That dress is gorgeous - looks like it was made for you! Very jealous of your uni ball fun!

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  14. That dress is lovely, I love the pleats. The ball seems like so much fun, makes me nostalgic for colleg!

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  15. That dress is gorgeous... it's so perfect on you Winnie. xoxo

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  16. What a gorgeous dress, and such a beautiful venue! I love having big do's like that, so fun!

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  17. Hi! You are so cute and have a really cute figure!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    http://gabythefashionista.blogspot.com/

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  18. totally awesome dress. such a beautiful event.

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  19. thats a gorgeous dress and what great fun!

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  20. You guys look so gorgeous. I'm loving your dress. The colour at the bottom is great.

    Looks like you all had a great time.

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  21. I love your clutch bag! You look very pretty, hope you had a good time :) Thanks for the comment on my blog, it made my day - needless to say I did not pay the full price for the conditioner, I ebayed it. Sarah 1, Ojon 0. Ha ha. :) xxxx

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  22. it looks like it was awesome :D It's good to take a break sometime. great dress!

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  23. Great dress, I love the top of it!!

    Glad you had a great time!!

    Hope you can relax now?

    Sal xXx

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  24. You look so chic and it seems like so much fun. Oh man, I want to go to a summer ball now!

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  25. that peacock is pretty cool and it looked and sounded amazing. :)

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  26. beautiful, you look so glamorous!

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  27. Ah, the location of your Summer Ball was absolute heaven on earth; and you look so glamorous in your ASOS dress - loving the mix of pale pink and black. So glad you had a good time, my love!! :)

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  28. Gorgeous! I missed your blog xx

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  29. The dress is stunning!
    Looks like a great night, and those peacocks are beautiful :)

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  30. I love your dress ^^
    And yes, You must be had a great time there.

    Visit mine :)
    http://patient-for-shiro.blogspot.com/

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  31. Love your outfit, the dress is stunning! Looks like it was an amazing night, can't wait to go to uni balls in the future!
    xx

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  32. The dress is gorgeous, it suits you so well. I love the clutch bag as well!
    Looks like you had lots of fun, and what a beautiful setting for the ball :)

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  33. that dress is perfect. seriously. i love it!

    xo Alison

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  34. beautiful dress! I love it so much. the dessert make me craving.

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  35. you definitely found a winner with that dress, you look gorgeosu:)
    i had my summer ball last week it was so perfect i hope you had a great time too!
    margief
    x
    www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

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  36. I wish that I had an end of year ball! My course is very small though, only about 15 of us hehe. Looks like a fun night.

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  37. that dress is beyond stunning!! i absolutely love the pleats!! gorgeous! :D

    the peacock shot is just beautiful!! :D glad to see you had tons of fun that night! :D

    sybil
    Animated Confessions

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  38. Oh your dress so pretty, now to find something similar to put bridesmaids in!

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  39. Looks like fun! Love that flouncy hem. <3

    -Dyanna Pure
    www.thesfstyle.com

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  40. nice post and nice style..

    wanna exchange link and follow me??thx

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  41. I love the dress it is so classy and all the food looks yummy!

    -Dolly.

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  42. I remember visiting the Botanic gardens when I studied there and it's perfect for such occasions! You look very classy in your outfit!

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  43. Your dress is gorgeous! Sounds like a fun night!

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    x

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  44. Oh wow your dress is gorgeous! Looks like you had a really fun night too :)

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  45. The dress is so beautiful, looks great on you!

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  46. What a pretty dress. The peacocks are so cool.

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  47. The summer ball looks like so much fun!! Such a pretty dress, awesome clutch and shoes! love the peacock and the gardens! The white chocolate and fruit trifle looks soo good! :)

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  48. I love, love, love that dress, looks perfect on you! I know Asos can be hit or miss at times, but you've done really well. Isn't it funny that you saw a peacock as well, they are wonderful creatures. Hope the dissertation is going well, it's about fashion blogging isn't it?

    Kb from I Want You To Know

    xxx

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  49. You look so pretty! I love your haircut too..x

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  50. The peacock is gorgeosu! Love your header <3

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  51. I'm not sure if I've commented yet or not. Oh well. These are great photos. You look amazing. I hope you had a fantastic time.

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  52. oooh la la check you out! looking gorge xxxx

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  53. such a fancy part dress Winnie! I would to have something in pleat here too! Congratulations!!!!

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  54. These pictures are so darling!!

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  55. I love peacocks! And the venue looks fancy and I love your pink and black dress!

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  56. the perfect length for a summer ball dress! what is next for you after your masters? x

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  57. You look so chic! That dress is the perfect combination of 40's glamour and contemporary cool!

    xx

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  58. that asos dress is gorgeous on you!!x

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  59. your dress is so pretty and you look beautiful!!

    xoxo

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  60. I've never been to Mount Fuji but I have to say the bento lunch looks amazing, there are some amazing restaurants in Birmingham and when I'm there I'm so spoilt for choice I have no idea where to dine. That said Mount Fuji just becam a must see for my next visit.

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