Leaver’s Ball

July 1st marked the first day of a new life chapter, it also marked the final day that I will see a lot of the people that I grew up with and went to Sixth Form with: Leaver’s Ball.

I initially got my outfit from Boohoo.com in the sale for £8; it’s was black culotte jumpsuit and looked amazing online! I thought it to be a modern, slightly androgynous take on the classic LBD, and, because I’m not a ‘girly girl’, it seemed perfect. Because it’s black and simple, it can be worn for most occasions, whether they are formal or more casual, so I saw it as a very efficient purchase as I have a few events over the summer which it could have come in handy for. Unfortunately, when it arrived Thursday morning, it turned out to be jersey material, whereas I thought it was going to be more structured. Devastated, I had to send it back and get my thinking cap on because I had 24 hours to purchase the perfect outfit.

Super mum came to the rescue and came home with 4 more playsuits for me, all from New Look: a black cullotte jumpsuit, a dusky pink cut out playsuit, a powder blue lace playsuit and the most gorgeous black plunge neck playsuit with spaghetti straps and lace around the legs. I’d fallen in love. After trying them all on, disaster number two struck: they all absolutely buried me!

On Friday morning I had to get up super early to go to Hanley so that I could try and get the black playsuit of my dreams in a size 6. Turns out it wasn’t in stock in the Hanley store, but Festival Park saved the day and I finally managed to get my hands on it!

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To accessorise I wore my Tiffany necklace that I had for my 18th birthday because it goes with everything and I never take it off; my Pandora bracelet, another 18th birthday gift from my friends; and finally, my Daniel Wellington watch. I love this watch because it’s minimalistic, sharp and it goes with everything! The strap is thick, sturdy leather and the face is medium sized so it’s not in your face. I think a watch adds a level of sophistication to any outfit and my DW watch does it just right.

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My make-up is always either all or nothing. I’m a huge fan of the big brow, as you’ll come to notice! I went for a light contour using blush shades and went for a pink-tone smokey eye with classic winged eyeliner and the Velvet Slipper matte liquid lip I mentioned in my previous post. I was super impressed with this product, I applied it around 4pm of Friday, survived a 3 course meal and multiple vodkas all the way through until 2am where I discovered that this bad boy wasn’t coming off any time soon. Wearing black is great because means that I can add that pop of colour in my makeup and not have to worry about clashing!

One thing that I can never be bothered to do is tame the mane. My hair isn’t taken care of very well and it’s something that I’d like to do more. Most days it never sees a brush, but for the ball I washed it with some fruity Herbal Essences shampoo and gave it a deep condition, added a bit of Got2Be argon oil whilst it was damp, dried and straightened it so that I could leave it down and tuck my fringe just behind my ear. It’s a really sleek and easy look that works great for formal events and makes a change from my usual half up half down!

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After a prosecco and some photos with the girls we headed to The Three Horseshoes in Leek for a 3 course meal (including the most amazing white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake), disco and a large quantity of alcohol consumption! It was nice to see everyone for what will probably be the last time for most of us, but we are all going our separate ways to fulfil our dreams, and that’s the most important thing.

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After the venue a lot of us decided to end our night with a few drinks in Revolution Bar in Newcastle before getting our taxis home. This morning I woke up with the hangover from hell, but it was well worth it. Now, excuse me whilst I go and take another nap!

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Beff xx

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