#OOTD – The Birmingham Awards

On Friday I had the most exciting of evenings. I was a finalist in the Birmingham Awards in the catagory of best blogger, shortlisted from literally thousands down to just five. I didn’t win, but still had the most amazing night, not least because I was dressed for the occasion by one of my favourite brands Kaliko, in a dress that I can only describe as perfect. Even though I do get to go to some pretty glamorous occasions, the chance to do proper black tie was a mouth- watering prospect, and this dress just ticked every single box, in terms of colour, cut and design. People talk about dream dresses, and this was certainly mine.

WATERFALL MAXI DRESS now  £119.00 Click to visit Kaliko

WATERFALL MAXI DRESS
now £119.00
Click to visit Kaliko

The waterfall maxi dress is a semi fitted dress in chiffon. It has a faux crossover neckline with pleating detail, a waterfall draping detail on the skirt and a diamante embellishing detail on the waistband. The dress has a concealed zip fastening on the back, and there is also a sheer panel on the back, with a keyhole detailing. But the most striking detail about this dress is the colour, a deep green, almost bottle green in fact, making this such a striking change from classic black, and very memorable.

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With Lisa Smith of Prepared PR

With Lisa Smith of Prepared PR

With Pushpa Alexander of Headz Up Business

With Pushpa Alexander of Headz Up Business

This dress is a dream to wear, and it had so many lovely and positive comments on the night, I really did love wearing it. I kept the accessories to a minimum, just a silver diamante bracelet (from my mom), silver Jimmy Choo style heels and a black velvet bag, not my number one choice, but really needed something big enough to carry my camera too.

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Selfie with the hubby.

*With huge thanks to Kaliko and Publicasity for the wonderful dress.

The perfect yellow dress from Kaliko

If there was any further evidence needed that sunshine yellow is the colour to be seen in this season, then the site of the Duchess of Cambridge emerging from hospital holding the gorgeous Princess Charlotte was all that just that. She looked amazing in a yellow floral print dress from Jenny Packham, and when, two nights later, I took a stunning yellow lace dress from Kaliko for a test drive, I was told I was wearing the ‘Middleton yellow.’

DOUBLE LAYER DRESS Item No. 060037795 £129.00 click to visit Kaliko

DOUBLE LAYER DRESS
Item No. 060037795
£129.00

The double layer dress is a bit of a departure for Kaliko this season. Many of their dresses have a 1950s feel with full skirts and prom styles – they wouldn’t be out of place in Grace Kelly’s wardrobe. This dress however, is more Jackie Kennedy than Grace Kelly. A simple shift style in lace style nylon, it is knee length, sleeveless and has a lovely double layer effect due to a floating bodice. It is cool and stylish for summer, but can also have a 1960s ‘dollybird’ effect when teamed with opaque tights and Mary Janes.

I wore this dress for the press night of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Unfortunately the weather had decided to skip Spring/Summer and return to Autumn, with biting winds and heavy rain. This meant the look I wanted for this dress – strappy gold sandals and accessories – just wouldn’t work.

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11052470_756848501079920_7609861128160991205_nI love yellow and black as a colour combination, it is just so vibrant. (Unless we’re talking wasps of course.) So, with the weather being horrid, I added my favourite Planet jacket and opaque tights and heels.

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I think this is a gorgeous dress that just can’t be spoilt, even when a gale force wind manages to transform the hair into a fright wig.