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


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)


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.





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

Reviewed – AX Paris Chiffon Embellished Maxi Dress

When you think of occasion dressing, AX Paris isn’t necessarily the first brand that springs to mind. But if you wear plus size clothing, you could be making a big mistake if you forget about AX Paris when planning a special outfit for a wedding, ball or Ladies Day event. This year, the website is just full of totally beautiful gowns that would suit any occasion – they are simply that special.

On Thursday I was a guest at the Aegon Ladies Day event, held during the Aegon Classic tennis event at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Priory Club. This is a very special occasion with a host of gorgeously attired ladies and special guest. Michelle Heaton was the ambassador for the day and looked stunning in coral lace, so the fashion stakes were raised high. My choice of dress was the Chiffon Embellished Maxi dress in navy, below is the same dress in the ivory version, as I believe AX Paris are awaiting stock in navy at present.


Chiffon Embellished Maxi Dress Price: £40.00 click to visit AX Paris

First of all I need to tell you how beautiful this dress is. The chiffon is very floaty, but with a thicker under layer that helps the skirt avoid being static, or see-thru (both big problems with summer dresses). The armholes are cut really generously, so there is no digging into your flesh, but they are equally not gaping – they fitted perfectly. And then there was the beautiful bead-work, not over embellished and ostentatious, but really subtle, especially being in the same colour as the dress.

The dress is true to size, but if you have a larger bust you may need to size up as it fastens with a zip, therefore is not as stretchy as some of the AX Curve dresses. In terms of length, this was also perfect for me. I’m 5ft 7 and could wear this with a flat shoe without it dragging along the floor, if you were a little shorter in height, a small heel should suffice. I didn’t add much in the way of jewellery as I think the dress speaks for itself, but it would probably look gorgeous with a blingy broach added to the bodice.

The dress was lovely to wear, and it did make me feel very glamorous. I was ‘papped’ by reporters from the local press for the fashion sections which was highly amusing, and just a bit embarrassing ( I never feel natural on photographs), but was also affirmation that this was a great dress. I think the ivory version is actually lovely enough to get married in, and for £40 I think the quality is just superb.

The dress at the tennis

Hair was a little damp at this point. With Terry from Terry Terry Jewellery

With ITV weathergirl and presenter Lucy Kite.

With Xenia from Exclusive Entourage