Enchantment under the Sea

Last year you may remember I went up to Manchester to a Vintage Winter Ball (Click here to read) I had  a wonderful festive time and got to meet so many people in person who I had been chatting to online for months.

This year I was so lucky to find that the ball was being held in the next town to me, only ten miles away. Well, it wouldn’t dream of missing it, no matter where it was held and the fact it was virtually at home meant it was even easier for me.

Now, the Most Marvellous Meetups ball had taken on a different theme this year – “Enchantment Under The Sea”  A theme taken from the iconic 80’s film,” Back to the Future”. Well, that was right up my street.

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My head started spinning with ideas, even though it was only May and I started getting my outfit together. I went on a hunt for the ideal bag and commissioned a necklace from the lovely Fat Mermaid Designs. I starting tracking down the perfect shoes.

But what about the dress?

Well actually I already had a dress in mind. It just needed a bit of adapting. Knowing of one special person who could assist in my plans, I reached out to the beautiful and so very lovely Deeds Folie.

Chatting away online I told her of my idea, and she was eager to help. We met up in a bar at Liverpool Street Station, where armed with a tape measure she took measurements and left with my original dress to turn it into my final vision.

She stayed in touch over the next couple of weeks discussing ideas and colour shades. Now the dress I already had was a very strange shade of teal, so I knew it would be unlikely to be able to match it up. So we decided on a whole range of shades to compliment it.

Getting some amazing Ban Joe sparkly shoes from Irregular Choice, I was pretty much set. Now it just came to the beautifying.

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Sparkly Shoes

Two days before the ball, I had my nails done. I decided on a swirly marble effect in teal and turquoise. The end result was amazing! It looked like waves and I was over the moon with them

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Sea like Nails

The day of the ball came and I had booked an appointment with the wonderful Sarah Bloor of Pin Up Curl who was coming to the ball and offering appointments for vintage styling. Now as you know, I had a lot of my hair cut off a couple of months ago, and changed my colour. Whilst I loved what had been done to me, it had changed my plans somewhat on the styling I was originally going for.

However, Sarah is a hair genius and managed to tame my mop into a stunning pageboy to go with my crowning glory; a pearl crown made for me by a wonderful friend, Jane.

Now normally I attend these events alone. However this time I was going with my sister in law Angela and  Mum in Law Joan! They had never been to one of my vintage soirees before, so I was a bit nervous as to how they would interact and enjoy it.

Another of my Marvelette friends, Lucy had been let down on her accommodation at the last minute and having a spare bed I had offered it to her. She gladly accepted and it meant the more the merrier!

However, before the ball there was a Most Marvellous Award Ceremony. Voted for by the 6000 strong membership, there were over a dozen categories, of which I had been nominated in Best Vintage Style and Best Blog. I was absolutely honoured to get two nominations and had no chance (in my mind) of winning. This was mainly due to the amazing competition I was up against! Some of the most wonderful people I have had the privilege to meet in fact.

I went to the awards ceremony not because I believed I had won an award, but to support those who were the worthy winners. It was amazing to hear as friends was called out as the winners!

I decided that I wanted to wear a different dress for the awards, then surprise everyone with my change of attire for the actual ball.

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Golden Goddess

I went for a stunning velvet gown that was gifted to me by Gifi Fields, owner of Scarlett & Jo Clothing. This dress was a one off gown that was never put into production and I was lucky enough to be given it. I had never had a chance to wear it to a function, and so this was the perfect opportunity.

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My Unique Dress

After the ceremony it was time to head to the Ball itself. This was also being held in The Deco Theatre, and would involve a 3 course meal, and vintage style entertainment. Firstly I needed to change into my “Under the Sea” outfit…..

I started to get changed and instead of doing my normal cats eye liner and red lips, I went for a more aquatic theme to my look. Actually using eye-shadow I tried to blend blues, turquoise and green together to get the look I wanted. I was really pleased with the end result as I am so useless at eye makeup.

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I wore a Crown!!

Finally I was ready to put on my gown and accessories and head off to the Ball.

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The lovely Carrie-Ann

We piled into the car and the husband kindly drove us all back to the Theatre. The Marvelettes had been very busy turning the room into an under sea kingdom, with shells, jellyfish, bubbles and assorted seacreatures. It really did look wonderful!

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Bubbles and Jellyfish

Due to a mix up with times the first course was already in the process of being eaten. Thankfully we were able to sit down and were soon served. I had Prawn Cocktail to start and it was absolutely delicious.

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Party Time

For my main course I had opted for Boeuf Bourginon. This was served with boiled baby potatoes, carrots and peas. Now, this dish can sometimes be a bit hit and miss. If the beef isn’t cooked well and for long enough it can be a bit of a tough chew. However, this was absolutely melt in the mouth! With a strong gravy featuring baby onions and mushrooms, it really was so very tasty. I was offered seconds, which I could have happily eaten (it was that good) but I was full to bursting.

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Pin Up Girl Monica dress adapted by the wonderful Deeds Folie

After a brief respite, dessert was served and I had gone for the arctic roll with a cherry compote. Now, I haven’t had Arctic Roll for many years, but this was a retro menu so why not. I have to say I absolutely loved it! It was just like I remembered and with the cherry compote was the perfect end to a wonderful meal.

During the meal we had a fabulous Marvelette, Rose Devine sang a selection of vintage songs and new songs with a vintage style. It was a really fantastic set from her and made the meal that little bit extra special.

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The Beautiful Rose Devine

After dinner when everything was cleared away we had a solo singer, Paul Ace who really rocked the house. Song after song got the marvels up on the floor dancing and strolling, and it was equally entertaining just to sit and watch although I did get up and have a couple of strolls with Angela and all the other dancers.

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The Amazing Paul Ace

One of the highlights of the ball was the DeLorean car from “Back to the Future” with it’s driver, Doc Brown (who also did close up magic all night) It really was a sight to behold and very very cool!

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Delightful DeLorean

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Doc Brown and his Time Machine

The final act of the night were The Jailbreakers, a 4 piece rock and roll band who were out of this world! Song after song had people up on their feet. You really couldn’t have asked for more.

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Awards Selfie

Finally with sore feet and tired eyes, the clock struck midnight and the elegant carriage (our battered seven seater) turned up to take us all home again.

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Smiling with Sam

On the way home we couldn’t stop talking about what a fantastic night we had all had, and what our favourite parts were. I absolutely loved every second.

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My Mum and Sister

But do you know what was the best part for me?

Seeing all the friends I have gained through a love of a common theme, Vintage. Who could have guessed two years ago that this would have happened?

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A green Goddess

Not me, that’s for sure!

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Founder of the group, Emma and all the Admins for their hard work, not just for the ball but during the whole year. Their hard work and organisation skills are exemplary.

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Mermaids Together

These thanks also extend to the regional reps and organisers of events, their families who put up with the hours spent doing a job that we all are thankful they do and to everyone who makes this group the family that it is!

Long may the Marvelettes and Marvelchaps reign!

***** Some photographs courtesty of Tickety-Boo Photography, Clare Todd, Michelle Batcock and Catherine Beck *****

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  • What a fantastic evening and Congratulations on your nominations, what an honor! I adore both of your dresses, but i really love your look in the teal gown with your crown and your nails turned out so fabulous!

    • The whole theme was just up my street – I may have taken it a stretch too far, but I loved it! xx

  • LaaLaa

    Ahhhhhhmazing as always, look at that mermaid dress, I’d be having a little hip wiggle walk – what fantastic nominations, it’s always a nice feeling to be nominated so congratulations x

    • Oh i did! I wiggled my bottom off in fact 🙂 It was a lovely feeling, and I was happy to hear all the winners called xx

  • I have always wanted to be a mermaid and your mermaid dress is gorgeous, love the pleated fishtail. Glad you had a good time! xx

    • It was such good fun and the theme was amazing! Can’t wait till next years one xx

  • Laura

    Oh wow you look absolutely incredible; I love your dresses! Your incredible nails are my fave though, totally mesmerising!! xxx

    • Thank you Laura, they were pretty fabulous! I loved the whole theme far too much if I am honest 🙂 xx

  • You always wear the best outfits and look super stylish. Looks like you had fun too!

    • Awww that is so lovely of you to say Jemma! Thank you xx

  • Jo Wiggins

    I’m so pleased you enjoyed the ball. You look like an actual real life mermaid in the second dress and the velvet gown really suits you too x

    • Thank you Jo! It was such good fun, and lovely to get to wear two outfits too xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    You look great in those dresses, love the nails they were perfect for that evening. It sounds like it was a great even and can’t believe you saw Doc Brown and his car!

    • It was absolutely amazing! I loved getting dressed up and dancing the night away 🙂 xx

  • You look lovely in your dresses! And it looked like you had a great time! x

  • Deeds11

    You looked absolutely Gorgeous in all your outfits Hun!! Xxx

  • I love the alterations to your ball dress, very fitting with the theme. It’s so nice that you were able to take some people with you x

    • Thank you Rhian! It was a great occasion, and the dress fit it perfectly xx

  • Teresa Bowen

    That black velvet dress is stunning. Everything else is lovely but that black dress is perfect on you.

    • Thank you so much Teresa, it is a personal favourite due to its Uniqueness xx

  • Rosana McPhee

    what a great sparkly shoes. The outfits look fantastic on you too. R

  • I love what you’ve done with the PUG dress, it’s amazing!

    C xx
    CurvyGirlThin.com

    • I don’t think I can take it back to it’s original though…. so I might need to buy another! xx

  • I am always amazed with your outfits and thesea re no different. I am taken in by your shoes too.

    • Thank you so much Anosa! Such a lovely thing of you to say 🙂 xx

  • Baby Isabella

    Fantastic outfits! We’d love to go to a Enchantment Under The Sea dance. Back to the Future is one of our favourite films!

    • It is a classic film, and the ball was amazing! Lots of fun was had by all xx

  • Oh wow, you look incredible! I love your shoes, too. Glad you had a nice time.

    Emma – UK Book, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Annie Brooks

    You look so fabulous…. those nails looks beautiful and don’t get me started on the shoes!

    • The shoes are spectacular, aren’t they? The nails are still on – they have lasted well but will be changing on Thursday 🙂 xx

  • You look absolutely stunning – your outfit is an utter dream!

  • La French Connection

    I’d love to be able to do my hair like that, but mine is dead straight and absolutely nothing holds.

    Mika

    • awww thats a shame! I have to admit to having a professional do it, I couldn’t have done anything nearly as amazing xx

  • This looks like such a fun event! It’s literally my dream to dress up like a mermaid!

    • Do it!!! It was great fun, and being a mermaid is way cooler than being a human xx

  • You look stunning and I love both your dresses and your hairstyle too.

  • i love the nails! i would be mesmerised just watching them do it! the under the sea dress is so unique! ive not seen a dress like that before

    • I was mesmerised Nicol! I plan to have it done again in different colours. The dress was so amazing, I loved it! xx

  • I love the way the nail matched your dress! You looked absolutely stunning and seemed like you enjoyed the evening. I have never heard of this meet up balls before sounds so festive and nice x

    • Thank you honey, it was a great day and an even better night! xx

  • Aww thats sounds so nice and i love how you rocking that mermaid dress!

    • I have always wanted to be a mermaid… so I did it! 🙂 xx

  • Wow this sounds like an awesome bloggers meeting, not to mention your stunning outfits!

    • There were a few bloggers there, but it was more of a vintage meet up. Either way it was amazing xx

  • That mermaid dress is so cool!! Really love the hair and nails you chose for this event, they suited it perfectly 🙂

    • I could have gone a little more toned down, but if you can be a Mermaid….why not!! X

  • Aww this looks like such a fab event! I didn’t know there was one in Manchester last year.

    • It really was! They usually choose a different theme and location every year 🙂 xx