It's not every day that you get the chance to get all dolled and dressed up but that's exactly what happened for me this weekend. On Sunday night I hosted my very own BAFTA viewing party thanks to House Of Fraser, who were the main sponsors of this year's ceremony. As someone who watches a lot of TV, the BAFTAs are one of my favourite award shows and it's always great to look back at the best TV shows of the year that passed.
House Of Fraser very kindly provided me with a stunning gown in the form of this Deep V Maxi Dress* from Biba and as soon as I slid it on I instantly felt just like one of the stars in attendance. I took full advantage of the rare and spectacularly sunny weather that we had here in Scotland this weekend and snapped some shots of me in my dress before my guests started to arrive.
The fit of the dress was fantastic and I absolutely adore the colour of it. When I saw all that blossom at the end of a neighbouring street, I made a mental note to return to take these very pictures as the colour of it really does match that of the dress perfectly.
One thing to bear in mind, especially if you're not the tallest of individuals, is the fact that this really is a maxi dress. I'm 5'5" and had a pair of 4" heels on and even I had to watch as I was traipsing around but since most of my time was spent indoors during my party, that wasn't too much of an issue. It's just something to note if you're thinking of purchasing one of Biba's maxi dresses but I would definitely recommend checking out that range in particular if you're looking for a dress or gown for a formal occasion, be it a wedding, prom or party. And the price point is really reasonable for what is essentially a gown.
I paired the dress with a pair of my favourite earrings, which I got from Accessorize many years ago but I'd definitely make sure to have a look in there if you're looking for something similar. And as for my hair, I decided to sweep it to one side and add a sparkly hair band to mark the suitably glitzy occasion. Again, this was from Accessorize. I managed to snag it for half price in the sales earlier in the year but much like the earrings, you should be able to find a similar style or design in stores now.
And here are the products that I used to create my make-up of the night. Sorry that I didn't manage to get a close-up photograph of my look but having dark eye make-up, being as incredibly pale as I am and taking photographs in blinding sunshine really didn't do me or my eyes too many favours. Never have I ever had to delete so many outfit photos where it looked as though I was screwing my eyes up in every shot, even though I know for a fact that I wasn't.
Lancome left me speechless when they sent over some of their best-selling beauty bits to help me achieve that red carpet look. It was something that I definitely wasn't expecting so thank you so much to the team, not only for sending them out to me but for also checking out my blog to see which shades would work best for me. Their Miracle Cushion Fluid Foundation* really is genius. I loved how brilliantly it blended, the way in which it could be applied with a light touch and the fact that despite how it looks in the compact, it actually matched my skin-tone particularly well. This is the lightest shade, Porecelaine 01 for reference. I then picked up my favourite eyeshadow palette of all-time; Urban Decay's Naked 3, using soft champagne shades with beautiful shimmer on my lids. I topped off my eye look with some brilliantly black lashes thanks to Lancome's Hypnose Mascara* and a slick of Benefit's They're Real! Push-Up Liner. I then opted for a pretty nude when it came to my lips with the shade Rose Tea in Lancome's Rouge In Love Lipstick* and I loved the subtle hint of colour it gave my lips. You can find all of these products in the House Of Fraser beauty hall and on their site as well.
All that was left to do was to give myself a few spritzes of the spectacular Bon Bon by Viktor & Rolf, which I was lucky enough to receive from my parents for Christmas last year and then it was time for the party to begin!
And what kind of party would it be without some champagne and cocktails? I sipped on the real treat that was Taittinger champagne and even did a spot of cocktail making to try out House Of Fraser's signature cocktail, aptly named the HOFtail. And let me tell you, it was the perfect blend of sweet and sour, aka. my idea of a dream cocktail. If you want to make it yourself the next time you're celebrating or enjoying a hopefully warm Summer's evening, then here's the exact recipe;
Strain 1 Egg White into mixing glass
1.5oz of Dry Gin
3/4oz Lemon Juice
1/2oz Simple syrup
Add ice and shake for 30 seconds
Strain into cocktail glass
And here's a link to it being made just in case you're not quite Tom Cruise in Cocktail just yet.
It was then time to take our seats with our cocktails and popcorn boxes in hand. The ceremony itself was absolutely fantastic, as it always is and even though some of my favourites left without an award *cough Idris Elba, Louis Thereoux, Charlie Brooker and Travel Man cough*, there were some very deserving winners nonetheless.
A big thanks, once again, to House Of Fraser for helping me host such a fun and award ceremony worthy evening and for allowing me to dress a bit like a princess for the night. It definitely beat sitting in my pyjamas.
Did you watch this year's BAFTA TV awards? If so, who were your favourite winners? What do you think of my BAFTA look? And how do you normally spend the night when you're watching an award ceremony?