Dessert at The Savoy!
Last Thursday evening I got all glammed up to go to The Countour Fashion Ball with the lovely girls from Wonderbra. I'm a real fan of the brand, I own 3 Ultimate Strapless bras and a Full Effect bra too and all perform just as well as they claim to - a rare but admirable trait!
The Contour Fashion Ball is a chance for the lingerie industry to raise money for some charities close to their hearts. On the evening they raised in excess of £50,000 for the FCTC and Retail Trust through a fun photo booth, auction, silent auction and raffles. The Chairwoman of the ball committee this year was Sharon Webb who heads up lingerie buying and design at Debenhams. She's a lovely lady who couldn't be more committed to the industry, it showed on the night too as she did a heart-felt speech reminding us of the charities we were there to help.
Sharon is presented with a bunch of flowers for her hard work.
I had no idea what to wear and, although I love fashion, I love comfort so I hit Debenhams one lunchtime and picked out a flattering red cocktail dress that skimmed rather than clung over my curves and had a pretty sheer draped neckline. I teamed it with a black angora shrug (if it's good enough for Kate Middleton!) and my trusty dancing shoes. I had a bit of fun with my jewellery from EB by erickson Beamon at Debenhams. I wore the pieces pictured above - the irregular gem bracelet, pearl and crystal cluster ring and faceted bead drop earrings. Underneath it all was my Ultimate Strapless bra as the straps were sheer and I didn't want any nasty straps showing - not with all those lingerie experts around!
My partner in crime for the evening was the gorgeous Gem of Gem Fatale's Style Blog and we managed to have a sneak around the Savoy checking out the museum, lobby and toilets (you always have to check the toilets!). The refurb has certainly been fabulously done. Gem and I couldn't resist being silly for charity in the photobooth... check it out.
Gem knocks 'em dead in tassels.
On the way out yet another exciting thing happened, we stumbled upon a film set. At the front of the Savoy a scene was being set up for 2012 movie Gambit sarring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz - we saw Alan Rickman waiting for action! Try as hard as we could, they weren't really up for letting us stay and ogle the movie stars so after the excitement had worn off we headed for our taxi. What a night... thanks Wonderbra!
The interior of The Savoy.
The film crew!
Earlier in the day I'd braved the rain to pop by the Lisa Shepherd salon on Mortimer Street. I've been there a few times now and love the people not to mention the fact the stylists are fab at what they do. Tom helped me out by curling my hair and pinning it into a lovely loose, tousled bun at the back of my head. My fringe was also revived and made extra glossy so I could walk into The Savoy in style. Shame that the rain tried hard as it might to ruin my new do - but luckily I won in the end. My stylist even tried to hail a cab for me to save his handywork - now that's service! It's so difficult to look and feel super-glam when you've been at work all day but having a fab hairdressers just along the road from my office definitely helps.
If you want to give the Lisa Shepherd salon a go they are currently offering a discount for new customers. Colouring is their speciality so go crazy! I had my undertoning done there and had loads of compliments. Say you read about them here and I'm sure they'll look after you.
I even loved my curled hair at the end of the evening when I took my hair down.