Red Velvet / Nathan's Black Tie Xmas Do at Five Lakes Colchester

Red velvet dress - Boohoo
Earrings - Miss Selfridges
Gold clutch bag - River Island
Black suede platform shoes - New Look
Lipstick - Dior in Fantastic Plum 874

Last weekend, I dolled myself up for my other half, Nathan's work Xmas do at Five Lakes Spa & Hotel in Colchester. Living in Southend, I don't venture out that far in Essex mostly because I don't drive. But I was excited as we passed the world famous Wilkins & Sons Ltd Tiptree jam factory on our way to the hotel! The hotel seemed nice when we arrived, decorated with fairy lights and a grand piano in the lobby. Even our room was spacious with a comfy bed.

However as the night went on, we soon learned that the Five Lakes Spa & Hotel was not a great hotel. Nathan found FOUR flies in his double brandy drink! This is absolutely disgusting and completely unacceptable. Just to make it clear, we were only tipsy and I could clearly remember everything that night. To make matters worst, Nathan had been sipping from the drink and we hadn't realised until we made it back to our room. We mentioned this when we ordered room service and we didn't receive an apology, just a joke. Food wasn't even that great either. Avoid the Five Lakes Spa & Hotel at all costs!

Anyway, on to this amazing dress! It took me ages to find the perfect evening dress as I've never been to a black tie event before. Everything I saw was either slutty with low cuts or thigh splits. I personally don't believe in showing your boobs and legs as it isn't very classy. When I saw this red velvet maxi dress on Boohoo I fell in love! I wore simple accessories such as long sparkly earrings, a gold clutch and black platform heels. I can't walk in shoes with super thin heels, it just seems ridiculous to wear something that isn't comfortable. I made Nathan wear a burgundy tie so we colour coordinated and people at the Xmas do thought this was hilarious. Not sure why haha!

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  1. You look absolutely perfect! Such a gorgeous dress. I'm rather jealous! x


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