The AEGON Classic Ladies Day at the Edgbaston Priory

Yesterday was pretty much my perfect day. It was glorious in the sunshine, filled with delicious food and Pimms by the jug. I spent it with wonderful friends and we watched some really impressive tennis in the sun. And I got to wear a gorgeous dress from Jacques Vert that had been specially gifted for the occasion. Yes, it was the AEGON Classic ladies day, held at the Edgbaston Priory in Birmingham, and it was all just fab!

DSCN7651[1]Ladies Day is always a pretty special occasion, a time to dress up, dig out the fascinator, and basically have a day of being glamorous – a real break from the norm. Last year the weather did not play ball (ahem – tennis reference there) and the day was filled with dark clouds and rain that ensured the covers stayed firmly on the courts. What a contrast to this year, where the rain shone for what seemed like every minute of the day, ensuring a continuous flow of tennis from the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Kimiko Date Krumm and Samantha Stosur.

I attended ladies day with the lovely Emily Jayne, who looked so fabulous in a dress she had made herself (so jealous of her talent). We started the morning with a little look around the village area, including checking out some of the amazing jewellery from our good friend Terry Terry. There was also time for a bit of posing for Harvey Nichols Birmingham and a spot of food before we took our seats on centre court.

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The first match we were privileged to see was my new heroine Kimiko Date Krumm’s demolision of last year’s winner Daniela Hantuchova. Kimiko is 43 and yet ran around the court in the midday heat like a teenager. She was totally amazing, and won the match 6-4, 6-0. That said, we all fell in love with Daniela’s fabulous dress in peacock blue! Kimiko proved to be a popular winner, and was very sweet in her post-match interview with BBC’s Dan Lobb.

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With Dan Lobb for the post match interview.

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Centre court selfie with the lovely Liz.

DSCN7675[1]We also enjoyed another fabulous match between two Australian stars, the powerhouse Samantha Stosur and her fellow countrywoman Casey Dellacqua. Strosur seemed to be in control, she had us literally gasping with serves of over 110mph, but after taking the first set easily, Dellacqua seemed to get the measure of her, and won the next two sets to take the match.

All in all, this was a most amazing day, one which will be hard to forget.

My Jacques Vert dress

I was very lucky to be gifted the perfect dress for this occasion by Jacques Vert.  The floral detail shift dress is a beautiful gown perfect for a special occasion like ladies day, a wedding or a day at the races. The dress is fully lined in a raw silk fabric, with mesh netting on the neckline, and gorgeous applique flower detail that is exquisite.

The dress sits just on the knee, and is fully lined. It was a very hot day, but the dress felt cool to wear – a combination of the fabric and the sleevless design. I chose to team this dress with silver accessories, a bargain headband from New Life that I picked up for just £1, and a pair of strappy silver sandals from New Look. I added just one piece of jewellery – a Butler and Wilson bracelet, since the neckline of the dress is already embellished and therefore need no necklace.

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The nature of the fabric means that this dress will crease a little as the day goes on, the bottom picture was taken after I had been wearing the dress for 10 hours, and had been on two train journeys, two taxi rides and spent all day at Edgbaston, and I think it has held up pretty well. This is just a dress that you feel super pretty wearing, and will certainly elicit an awful lot of praise and lovely comments.

Floral Detail Shift Dress now £119 click to visit Jacques Vert

Floral Detail Shift Dress now £119 click to visit Jacques Vert

With thanks to Charlotte Harper and the Edgbaston Priory Club for the invitation, and to Jacques Vert for the dress.

 



The Aegon Classic is back this Monday

Tennis fans start getting excited, the Aegon Classic is back! Starting this Monday, the Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club will be welcoming some of the most important, talented female tennis players to Birmingham for the tournament that is seen as a precursor to Wimbledon.

This year, the tournament is welcoming Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, last years winner Daniela Hantuchova along with British hopes Heather Watson, Johanna Konta and Naomi Broady. Exciting new hopes, Eugenie Bouchard and Sloane Stephens are also in the line-up, making this year’s tournament one of the most exciting and anticipated in years.

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic

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Heather Watson

The Aegon Classic is something which Birmingham is rightly very proud of, and there are some very special celebrations that will be taking place during the week. Brand new venue The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge have created a delicious cocktail that will be available all next week. I’m not sure what it contains, but it sure looks like strawberries and cream, and totally scrumptious.

10373970_300590423429845_2196961991810470667_nOf course, one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the Aegon Classic is Ladies Day, which this year is Thursday 12th June. Every lady attending wants to look her absolute best, and so Harvey Nichols in The Mailbox is providing a one-stop beauty stop, with a selection of hair, beauty and make-up treatments that offer a little bit of extra pampering on that extra special day. The offers offers  run from 8-11am on Thursday 12th June.

In full – you can enjoy:-

A Shavata file and polish £12

Benefit make up £20 (redeemable on Benefit products)

SHOW Beauty hair dry styling £20 (redeemable on SHOW Beauty products)

Electric Hair dry styling (£20 redeemable on Electric Hair products)

A Pamper package £45 includes Shavata file and polish, Benefit make up and dry styling of hair by Show Beauty or Electric Hair with £35 redeemable on products (*can be spent on any products)

(To make a booking call Benefit on 0121 616 6031)

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Of course, Ladies Day calls for a very special outfit. Last year I was lucky enough to be dressed by AX Paris in a stunning maxi dress which made me feel like a million dollars.

At last years Ladies Day with Charlotte Harper of the Edgbaston Priory Club.

At last years Ladies Day with Charlotte Harper of the Edgbaston Priory Club.

This year I am going to be wearing an equally glamorous frock, this time by Jacques Vert and I will be writing a review post next week. Before then, here are a few more fabulous frocks from Jacques Vert that would be wonderful choices for this special event.

Blurred Spot Print Dress £149 click to visit Jacques Vert

Blurred Spot Print Dress £149 click to visit Jacques Vert

Botanical Print Prom Item No 010/032916/120 / Price £169.00  click to visit Jacques Vert

Botanical Print Prom
Item No 010/032916/120 /
Price £169.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Pleat Midi Dress Item No 010/033488/147 / Price £169.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Pleat Midi Dress
Item No 010/033488/147 /
Price £169.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Floral Print Shift Dress Item No 010/031837/21 / Price £149.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Floral Print Shift Dress
Item No 010/031837/21 /
Price £149.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Square Spot Shift Dress Item No 010/031280/245 / Price £149.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Square Spot Shift Dress
Item No 010/031280/245 /
Price £149.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

If all this has wetted the appetite for a bit of glamorous tennis, you can check out the LTA website for ticket information. http://www.lta.org.uk/fans-major-events/LTA-summer-grass-court-events/AEGON-Classic/


 

 

 

 

Aegon Classic ladies Day – Fashion, Fizz and Umbrellas

There was rain of frankly Biblical proportions, which unfortunately did stop play, but it certainly didn’t halt the style of the Aegon Classic ladies Day in Birmingham last week, the day had it in spades. From House of Fraser pop-up stores showcasing Biba and Mary Portas designs, to local heroine Lisa Shepherd on hand offering style advice and hair rescue for those who locks had been lashed by the rain, the stylish ladies of Birmingham were offered pampering that sat nicely alongside the almost compulsory jugs of Pimms.

Leading the style parade was the gorgeous Michelle Heaton, the face of the Aegon Classic Ladies Day for 2013. She wore a stunning peach lace gown that showed off her amazing figure to perfection. Smiling and chatting and posing for lots of photographs, Michelle was the perfect embodiment of the fun of ladies day, and a great ambassador for the Aegon chosen charity partner, Ladies fighting Breast Cancer.

Another lady bringing a touch of glamour to the proceedings was the lovely ITV presenter and weather girl Lucy Kite. Lucy was filming the live weather report for the Midlands at the classic, and looked amazing in a white dress that she told me was from Zara.

There were lots of other guests who were gloriously dressed, many wearing the beautiful hats and fascinators of the Midlands leading milliner, Sally Harper Kenn of Sharper Millinery. Here are a few of my favourite looks.

Gorgeous bracelets from Terry Terry

The highlight of the day was a gorgeous fashion show that was the perfect showcase for some of the Midlands leading brands, from the gorgeous dresses of The Wedding Club and nominees from The Midland Fashion Awards, the glitz and bling of Emporium England and Terry Terry, and then those amazing head wear pieces from Sharper Millinery. The fashion show was transferred indoors due to the ever persistent rain, but it certainly brightened up the day, and the sun amazingly appeared soon afterwards.

The Fashion Show

Gorgeous gems from Terry Terry