Reviewed – A special Dress from AX Paris

A special evening requires a special dress, and the premiere of a brand new ballet is most definitely a special event. I was a guest at the premiere of Aladdin by the Birmingham Royal Ballet on Friday evening, and was very lucky to be wearing a beautiful dress provided by AX Paris, from their fabulous ‘curve’ range.

As a mother of a young child, opportunities for really dressing up are few and far between, so if I was going to the ballet, I was going to be wearing an evening dress! And here it is, the Jewel chiffon Jewel maxi dress in raspberry by Sienna Couture.

Now, I have to be honest about this gown, this was truly me outside of my comfort zone. Originally I wanted this dress in black or navy, sophisticated colours for formal evening wear. But I’ve recently lost weight, and the black version literally fell off me – not the best of looks as you can imagine, so I had to size down, two sizes in fact, in order to ensure the dress fitted well. This dress is generously sized, and as the back is elasticated, it offers a great, comfortable fit. And so, because I loved the design, and the other colours were out of stock, I took the plunge and opted for the raspberry.

Jewel Chiffon Jewel Maxi Dress 

I was so glad I opted for this colour option, as it was very flattering against my skin tone and hair colour. The dress itself is beautiful, the chiffon is just so elegant and the beading on the bust gives the dress a beautiful, evening feel. I also think the dress is very versatile, it would be perfect for a summer wedding, or could even be worn as a bridesmaid dress.

It was rather a cool evening, so I teamed my dress with a silk tuxedo style jacket from the Coleen range at Littlewoods, and a bargain silver clutch bag picked up from Select for just £4. I felt super glam, if only for an evening! The dress is now available in the sale, making it a real bargain buy.

More colour options

Jewel Chiffon Jewel Maxi Dress 

Jewel Chiffon Jewel Maxi Dress Price: £55.00 


Coast- getting ready for the Wedding season.

It’s only February, and already I have three invites to weddings. Wedding season is not yet upon us, and I’m already dreading the ‘What do I wear?’ problems.

You see, weddings used to be so easy. People got married in a church. You picked a floral dress and a big hat and you couldn’t really go wrong. Now, people get married in hotels, stately homes, on beaches and occasionally in churches, and suddenly you are faced with a wedding minefield.

Thankfully Coast always seem to have something that will suit. So whether you are opting for a full length and fabulous dress, a flirty floral number or something simple and sophisticated, you are sure to be able to find the dress for you at Coast. Here are some of my favourites from the new season’s range.

This Molina dress would be beautiful for a formal wedding where  full length was part of the dress code.


molina maxi £180.00

Maybe the ceremony is going to be an early evening affair? I think the stunning Daniela dress in navy would move seamlessly from early evening into a night filled with romantic dancing.

daniela maxi dress £175.00

This Jimena shift dress is just the archetypical dress for a Spring/Summer church wedding. The print is pretty and playful and the shift style is just such a classic look.

jimena print cotton shift dress £95

This gorgeous Vida tube dress is the sort of thing a certain Kate Middleton might opt for when attending one of the numerous society weddings that seem to pop up every week. Just add a fascinator and a beautiful brooch to be wedding perfect.

vida 3/4 length sleeve tube dress £85.00

With so many weddings having a black and white code, how about the chic Lois cocktail dress. Perfect for day or night occasions.

lois crepe dress £125.00

And if you just happen to be the about this gorgeous gown!

frankie embelished maxi dress £190.00