VIP with Debenhams at Capital FM’s jingle bell ball

“Once upon a time, lived a modern day princess name Ali. With beauty and brains and a style so impeccable, she attracted all eyes, likes and comments from people around the world. 
Therefore, it was no surprise that she was chosen to be invited to a magical evening at the Jingle Bell Ball.”

Yes, that’s right. Thanks to Debenhams (aka my new fairy godmother), I spent Saturday night at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball. Words can’t describe the excitement I felt when I received the invite – I think I screamed… and then cried… and then called my mum! But then came the task of deciding what to wear.

the outfit:

Thankfully Debenhams were on hand with a huge selection of dresses, shoes, accessories and makeup. I had completely forgotten that Topshop is one of Debenhams’ concessions and was so pleased to see it when I popped into the Brighton store. I grabbed a few items from there, and then made my way around the rest of the store – picking up some fantastic dresses along the way. It came down to a gorgeous sparkly number from Gabby Allen’s new collaboration with Quiz and a black PU slip dress from Topshop… I couldn’t choose so I got both! I picked up a beautiful fluffy coat and some statement earrings to match the Topshop dress and a super cute bag for the sparkly number.

the night: 

I decided to stick to my Topshop roots (as I worked there whilst at University) and opted for the leather look dress. The concert was absolutely amazing, and I felt like such a princess in the suite. We had our own private bar and the loveliest staff who kept us topped up with profiteroles and wine – I’ve been so spoilt that I’m not sure I want to watch another concert in normal seats! The girls were all so nice and I’ll forever be cracking up at how many attempts it look Lauren, Maria and I to get a ‘cheers’ boomerang!

Sending the BIGGEST thank you to Debenhams for the invite and for helping me create my perfect party outfit. 

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I’ve popped some of my favourite dresses below, or you can click here to visit the full party dresses section on Debenhams’ website!

Ali Hemsley
Ali Hemsley

Ali is a 24 year old lifestyle blogger. She combines her advocacy and awareness work for chronic illness and mental health with her love for fashion. You can follow Ali on social media @alihemsley


  1. December 11, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    You look incredible I love the outifts! These photos are incredible as well, you need to post them ALL on insta haha xxx

    • Ali Hemsley
      December 11, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Thank you so much – don’t worry, they’ll be coming soon! xxx

  2. December 11, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    You look amazing!! Glad to hear you had a good night xxx

  3. Ashley
    December 11, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    I’m so glad you had an amazing evening girl!! This blog post is fab! Love how you’re written the first paragraph! P.s. you looked fab!xxx

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