The Graduation Ball

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1.My outfit 2.Dining room 3.Antipasti starter 4.Posing 5.Casino room 6.Centre pieces 7.Blackjack 8.Pals β™₯

Last Friday it was the Graduation Ball at university. Most of my friends are moving away this summer for jobs or postgraduate courses at other universities, so this was our last big night out together. I’m sure we’ll all stay in touch, but it will be so weird not having some of my best friends living 5 minutes down the road anymore. I had such a good night and it was a wonderful way to end my time as an undergraduate. Aww you guyyssss!

My dress is a vintage 1950s prom dress which I ordered ages ago from Posh Girl Vintage. I knew the exact style of dress I wanted for the ball but it took hours of trawling through Ebay, Etsy and Google to finally find one that I liked and was in my size. At first I wasn’t sure if the mint green colour would suit me, but as soon as it arrived I fell in love with and I’m so glad I ordered it. I don’t know when I’ll ever get the chance to wear it again, but I don’t care! My shoes are from Dune and the clutch bag is from ASOS.

The ball was held in one of our student unions, Teviot, and started with a champagne reception in an outdoor marquee. After that, we headed upstairs for dinner and took full advantage of the free wine! I was a little sceptical about the ball just being held in the union, but it was decorated SO nicely, especially the dining area. After dinner, there was a whole load of other things to do like a ceilidh, face painting, a photo booth, a silent disco and loads more. I spent most of my time at the casino, however, perfecting my blackjack skills! I also spent a disproportionate amount of time dancing to cheesy 80s tunes, my fave!

If you’re graduating this year, are you going to your university’s grad ball?

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Gillian x says:

    Wow Gillian this looks amazing! You look absolutely stunning, photo number four is beautiful πŸ™‚ I actually cannot believe that that is a union, it looks amazing and I hope you all had an amazing night πŸ™‚ congrats again on graduating!

    Much love,
    Gillian, Etc

  • Lea Dee says:

    gorgeous vintage dress. it really flatters your figure.
    congrats on graduating. ive got three more years to go!

  • kate louise. says:

    You look so beautiful! This sounds amazingly fun too – can't beat some cheesy 80s tunes! πŸ˜€ xoxo

  • You look stunning, the dress is gorgeous! xo

  • Roisin. says:

    You look stunning!x

  • Vanessa says:

    You look so pretty! And the ball looks so elegant! I'm not going to my graduation ball this year…I went last year and it was pretty terrible (from what I can remember!) so I'm saving my hard earned cash and probably doing something small with some classmates πŸ™‚


  • GEMBEAR says:

    that is a GORGEOUS dress, it's like you time warped out of the 50's.
    it's lovely that you picked a vintage dress for this occasion, they mean so much more than some tack from topshop or asos.

  • You look amazing, the dress looks gorgeous, and also love how you've got your hair πŸ™‚ cheesy 80s tunes are best, glad you had a fun night πŸ™‚ x

  • Maria says:

    You look beautiful, it definitely suits you!

    Maria xxx

  • Jaz xo says:

    You look beautiful! I love your shoes xo

  • franki says:

    Ah I remember my graduation ball – it was so fun, I didn't want it to end! Sounds like a fab night.
    I love the dress, the colour and cut really suit you – I'll definitely be checking out Posh Girl Vintage! x

  • You look beautiful, love the colour of your dress!x

  • Charlotte says:

    Your dress is lovely and really suits you πŸ™‚ Glad to see you had a nice time. My uni doesn't have a grad ball and after seeing yours I'm kinda jealous

  • Laura says:

    Aw I love mint green! Really suits you xo

  • Rachael says:

    Wow that place looks so stunningly decorated and your dress is divine!

  • Caroline says:

    awwwh you look so lovely, like a disney princess! xx

  • annikaherz says:

    wow! great dress und great color!

  • Chelseyxlou says:

    Looks amazing and you look lovely! The dress is perfect for you! xo

  • Caroline says:

    You look stunning Gillian! The dress is so pretty, reminds me of an Elie Saab! The nude clutch & shoes look perfect with it to πŸ™‚ Glad you had a fun night! I want to be back at uni!!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  • daisychain says:

    that dress is INCREDIBLE! x

  • Wow!
    Beautiful dress!!!
    Really love it!

    It looks like it was a very nice party!



  • Catherine says:

    It looks like such a lovely ball. Your dress is fantastic! πŸ™‚

  • Amy says:

    Hey Gillian, I don't think I've ever commented before but I've been following your blog for a couple of months (via Hello Cotton, I believe) and go to Edinburgh Uni as well… anyway I had to comment because I recognised my flatmate in one of your photos! (With the card table!) She's not even showing her face; what are the chances…. Anyway, you look like you had a great time! Looking forward to my own graduation ball in two years. πŸ™‚

  • T.Rose says:

    you look beautiful and your dress is really pretty! Sounds like you had a really great night too πŸ™‚ x

  • FAIIINT says:

    Oh, you look absolutely stunning! That colour is perfect on you & the dress is seriously beautiful! πŸ™‚
    Looks like it was a wonderful night! I really love the way they decorated the room, those flower garlands & the big vases on the tables are gorgeous! I wish they'd made this much effort for our ball!

  • Boho Vanity says:

    That dress is so elegant, you look stunning in it! I really love the shoes too, such a nice color with the green.

    x Jordan
    – Boho Vanity –

  • Lesley says:

    That dress is gorgeous!!

  • That dress is literally the most beautiful thing I've ever laid eyes on – you look like a fairy from a Christmas tree! In a beautiful and elegant and classy way – not a weird fairy! LOVE!

  • Gem says:

    The dress is gorgeous and your hair and your shoes and the venue!!! Glad you had a fab time, its a nice way to finish off the academic year xx

  • You look GORGEOUS as ever, Gillian! I wish I had a graduation ball. Looks like such a fun occassion xxx

  • Misseblog says:

    You look gorgeous! Sounds like you had such a lovely evening, fab dress xx

  • Lauren says:

    You look lovely, the dress really suits you xx

  • Amazing dress! You look gorgeous πŸ™‚ Congrats again on Graduating πŸ™‚

    Love, Rachel

  • ioana carmen says:

    wow, so chic!

    ~ Fashion Spot ~

  • Oh my, you look so breathtakingly lovely! that is the most beautiful prom dress I've ever seen! congratulations on graduating, fellow historian! x

  • Wow you look amazing!! love the colour and cut of your dress, the 1950's style really suits you. Looks like you had fun and congratulations on graduating πŸ™‚

    Jo. x

  • ioana carmen says:

    wow, so chic!

    ~ Fashion Spot ~

  • Ani. says:

    It's official – I despise Germany for not putting the least bit of effort into uni graduation. This looks amazing and your dress – a dream!

  • Your dress is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! If you ever want to give it a new home, I'm your first bidder!

  • Nomad says:

    beautiful dress – looks great on you! πŸ™‚ x

  • Dani says:

    You look amazing in the first photo! The dress is perfect and the mint colour really complements your hair and skin tone πŸ™‚ just discovered your blog and I am already a big fan! xx

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