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The Dos and Don’ts of Festivals – Fashion

Fashion is always a big thing at festivals, I’m never quite sure why as it usually gets very cold, wet and muddy (at least in the uk) and, with lack of showers, it is hard to keep yourself looking presentable. But if you really must make sure you look your best at all times, here a few tips for you to really get into the festival spirit fashionably.

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DO wear flowers in your hair. Festivals are notoriously ‘hippie’ themed and everyone loves a flower headband.

DON’T forget a big hat. Keep the sun out of your eyes whilst still looking stylish (or maybe a bit silly).

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DO wear sensible shoes. Sandals, Vans, Toms or Converse at the dryer festivals, an awesome pair of wellies at the wetter ones. Also bring a pair of flip flops for those quick, late night toilet runs.

DON’T wear a floor length skirt. Even if the ground is dry, the portaloos get disgusting. Do you really want it dragging through god knows what on those floors? The answer is no.

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DO bring some uber cool, hippie shorts. Not only are these really really comfy, but they look pretty awesome too. Perfect for relaxing at a festival.

DON’T be afraid to go ridiculous on your outfit choice. There’s always someone in fancy dress bringing a smile to everyones face, if you don’t mind the attention than why shouldn’t it be you?

DO wear lace. It’s always extremely popular, and that’s because it’s just plain pretty! Plus it’s a good way to keep cool at the hotter festivals.

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DONT wear high shoes. Your feet will be in agony by the end of the day, and if it rains then you have no chance.  Even if you think they’d be fine, even the slightest heel will feel like torture by the end of the day.

DO plait your hair. You wont have anywhere to really shower and dry shampoo is only so good, plaits are a great way to keep your hair looking nice and tidy whilst still pretty.

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DON’T wear ridiculously short shorts. This picture was probably the most unpleasant i’ve seen, but no matter how skinny you are I really do not want to see your bum, or your frilly knickers. I don’t even understand how this is a fashion at the moment.

DO wear the merch you buy. I mean, why not? You probably spent a lot on that t-shirt or bagtanned, you may as well show your support.

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DON’T wear body paint unless you don’t mind the suntan lines. I personally wouldn’t want pale dots up my legs for the next few weeks.

DO make sure you’re comfortable and happy in what ever you wear!

More festival Do’s and Don’ts coming up soon!

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A Wild 24th

It was my birthday a few weeks ago and to celebrate I decided what better way than with Zoo Lates at London Zoo!

I am obsessed with animals (especially Lions and Penguins) and felt that I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

The zoo was filled with exciting things to see and do, we started with the animals, in particular the Africa area. We spent probably far too long laughing at an Okapi’s tongue, watched a graceful giraffe, braved the nocturnal section, searched for the illusive sumatran tiger, partied with the penguins, longed after lions and much more!

Penguin Pose!

My favourites, of course, were the Lions and Penguins. The Lions we’re so close to the glass I could’ve touched them! The penguins unfortunately stayed towards the back of their enclosure, but then again it was right before they closed so maybe they were all tired. I pulled a penguin pose for the camera and then tried to steal one of the cardboard cut outs…Or at least thought about stealing it…

Sleeping Lions

They also had lots of bars, all with a different theme such as the playroom where you could have a wrestling match, hula hoop, play jenga and even twister! There was a silent disco where everyone wears headphones which the music is played through, hilarious to listen too when you take them off and hear everyone singing out of tune. There was also a big international food market with lots of tasty delights to sample.

So excited, even though it was just cardboard…

I wore a bright, high waisted, tribal skirt to to give off an African feel and matched it with a bright orange crop top and sandals. I felt quite…naked. I’m not used to going out in such little clothing, but it was really warm and so i didn’t regret it.

I even painted my nails to match with the animal theme!

The whole event was very well run. There were loads of things to do, not just seeing the animals, the staff were extremely helpful and the atmosphere was electric! The animals started going to bed (or so we were told) at 8:30 and gradually the enclosures were closed off until everyone was in the ‘entertainments’ area for the last half hour.

Afterwards we carried on the party in Camden, always a fun place to go.

Sisters and their boyfriends 🙂

The day after was my actual birthday. I decided what better way to celebrate and recover from the night before than by having a bbq! We borrowed a friends garden and bbq and then had a nice, relaxed afternoon chilling in the sun (if you ignore the random downpour that stopped as suddenly as it started!)

Brii (south african bbq) master Ashley flipping some burgers!

For the bbq I decided to dress up a bit still and wore one of my favourite dresses. I bought it at a festival and have always loved the way it poofs out in the skirt. The fabric is also really pretty, I fell in love with it at first sight!

Red accents

Dress with a view!Belt and pattern

I kept myself warm with a cute, batwing cardigan from warehouse.

Super comfy!

Batwing

I made these earrings ages ago and found they matched perfectly! I really like the little red and blue beads and was experimenting with using suade, i think they turned out really nice.

Handmade Earrings

The bag is from Zatchels and was a suprise birthday gift from my sister! Zatchels are all handmade and just exquisite. I absolutely love it and it even has a little space for one of my business cards to be on display! They come in a wide range of colours and patterns too.

ZatchelBusiness card

It was a really great birthday! Hopefully next years will be just as good!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Festivals – Camping

What better place to start my Do’s and Don’ts of festivals than with the campsite?

This will be the first and last place you see and will be what you call home for the next few days. So what should and should you do and not do when camping for a festival? (or just camping in general actually)

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DO

Arrive early. It’s going to get busy, very busy. Everyone will steal the best spots (not on a slope, close – but not too close – to the toilets) and you might not even be able to camp together if there’s a big group of you.

DONT

Be afraid to ask neighbours for help with your tent etc… You might need to borrow a mallet, you might just not be very good at putting up tents. Everyones friendly (the fun festival spirit will do that to you) and it’s a good way to meet someone new!

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DO

Bring a camping stove. They come pretty cheap and mean you don’t have to buy the expensive food from vendors (lets face it, you’ve probably spent enough on the tickets). Plus their re-usable for future camping trips/festivals!

I recommend some bacon for the mornings and some form of super noodles for lunch.

Cheap, easy, tasty.

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It’s always good to bring a bbq as well, everyone loves a bbq right? Just remember to place it on top of some stones or bricks! You don’t want to start a fire or burn all the grass now do you! Get some meat and you’re all set! Plus it will provide you with some heat.

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Who needs a kettle?!

DONT

Bring things that aren’t needed, you wont need that kettle when a pan works just fine! You don’t want to be the one everyone laughs at when you’re struggling with far too many bags, and don’t even get me started on the girls that bring suitcases…

DO

Bring some form of entertainment, speakers, a guitar, a rubbishy mag/newpaper. There are going to be times when you’re just sat around doing nothing at the campsite and you will want something to keep you busy.

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These guys we’re luckily very soothing when we were going to sleep

DONT

Be super loud well into the night. Respect your neighbours. Sure the campsite will be noisy late on, but once most people (especially your neighbours) start going to bed then it’s time to turn it down just a little.

DO

Bring clothes for both warm and cold. Even if the weather forecast is good, the nights will get chilly (at least in the UK). Layers will be your best friend!

 

DONT

Forget wet wipes. Festival campsites rarely have showers so have a ‘wet wipe’ shower. Not ideal, I know, but will make you feel a little less grubby. Just accept that your hair is going to get greasy, long hair can be neatened with a nice plait.

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DO

Bring a fire log. Stand it on top of your bbq and blocks so it doesn’t burn the ground. The nights can get pretty cold and even if it isn’t cold it can at least provide some light.

More ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of festivals will be coming in the next few days, but for now it is time to prepare for my birthday celebrations!

Please share any of your Do’s and Don’ts of  festival campsites in the comments! I’d love to hear them. 🙂

‘Till next time!


Ladies and Gentlemen Of the Road – An Awesome Weekend

Last weekend I went to a festival called ‘Gentlemen of the Road’. This festival is a little different to normal festivals as it has many different ‘stopovers’ rather than being based in one town. This year it went to 5 different places, mainly in the US but they also had one in Lewes which is near Brighton (UK). The whole thing is the brainchild of Mumford and Sons, one of my favourite bands of the moment. Their music is just beautiful and so full of feeling. I absolutely love them.

My sister and I, she was the one who bought me the ticket 🙂

They designed these ‘stopovers’ to not only enjoy amazing music but also to involve the local people and their culture.

“the spirit of the project remains: a music festival that celebrates local people, food and culture, where everyone pitches in and everybody gets something back.”

Source : http://www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/stopovers/

This really was apparent as soon as you walked into the venue, and what a venue. It helps that the town itself is also gorgeous. We arrived a day early as we had a long(ish) car ride and wanted to make sure we weren’t rushed in putting up our tent. As we drove through the town we noted how quaint and pretty it was, for any Yorkshire people reading this, it reminded us a lot of Beverly.

The campsite

We weren’t camping at the official campsite but another one called ‘Spring Barn Farm’, a really quaint little farm with lots of animals for kiddies to see and a lovely little farm shop.

As we were a day early we were one of the first to set up and so had the pick of the field (at least of the area we were allowed in)! Obviously we went for a nice flat spot with a good view and not too close to the toilets or bins (you don’t want the smell to waft over now do you!). After we’d set up we relaxed with a few ciders and a bbq. A very nice, quiet relaxed evening.

The next day the main events didn’t start until around 5, we we’re able to spend most of the day under the baking sun, in our bikini’s, watching everyone struggle with their tents in the heat. It was lovely.

Sun worship

We had been informed that the campsites barn had been set up to have a little bar and food area (apparently the bar would be open until 2am!). We didn’t go there for breakfast as we had plenty of bacon and eggs, but we just couldn’t resist the lure of ice cream! I imagine they made a pretty penny with that bar as it always seemed busy, it was definitely a good idea for them and just what the campers wanted!

To get to the festival we had to walk for about a mile through fields, I’m pretty sure i’ve walked longer through a campsite at a festival before and so the fact we we’re walking through some pretty fields rather than in between tents was very welcomed.

A Gentlemanly Flag

Once we got there the queues weren’t that bad at all, although we had got there early (Again) and so missed most of the waiting it seems. Some people said they had to wait around 45minutes just to get their wristbands! I think that was just down to needing more staff and in all honesty I’ve waited longer at V fest. If that was the only problem they had for the whole weekend then they did a pretty damn good job in my opinion. The whole thing was definitely very well run from what I saw.

As soon as we walked in we we’re greeted with rows of waving flags, coats of arms and old style food stalls. It was almost like being whisked back to medieval time, that’s if it wasn’t for the giant glowing letters spelling out ‘Gentlemen of The Road’. It did have a modern feel to an old style and was very in-keeping with the town it was situated in and the grounds (which looked like an old castle or monastery) the event actually took place in. It really set the mood, a great start to a great event.

A Dramatic Entrace

 

Our group enjoying the sunshine

On the first day we saw bands such as  Youth Lagoon, British Sea Power and Vampire Weekend. It was a great line up and great start to the festival. Vampire Weekend are always great and we had a good dance and sing along.

Vampire Weekend being awesome

As always at festivals there was a lot of interesting outfits. The usual festival wear; bright flowers, crop tops, dungerees, plaits, hippie-esq outfits etc… There was also a lot of fancy dress including a couple of bananas, home made t-shirts as well as a lot of merch t-shirts bought and then immediately worn. I took a lot of pictures of the festival fashions (which made me feel oh so stalker-ish) and will be doing a blog post on the do’s and don’ts of festivals and festival fashions in the near future.

The best hat i’ve ever seen…most likely.

All too soon it was time to head back to the campsite. The way was nicely lit and they had lots of marshals to make sure you didn’t get lost.

Cider also took up a large part of the day…

The next day started just as relaxed as the day before. The arena didn’t open until the afternoon leaving us plenty of time to sit around and get ourselves ready.

We bought some posh bread and Brie from the farm shop, we we’re living the dream and felt very middle class. We had the brie with some bacon and rolls we had leftover for breakfast (it was mouthwateringly amazing) and then saved some of the brie and the fancy bread to take into the venue as nibbles.

Fancy Guitar Shot 

The line up on the second day was again amazing, including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Mystery Jets, The Vaccines (one of my mums favourite bands) and (of course!) Mumford and Sons.

There were also some lesser known bands playing. One of my favourites of these being Bears Den who had some Hauntingly beautiful music.

Bears Den’s Drummer showing he can multi-task like a pro! (It was his birthday as well!)

As the day went on the bands just kept getting better and soon we were on our feet constantly dancing away! The arena was getting packed but still we danced around as if no one was watching and loving it! (although maybe the cider had something to do with our dance moves…)

My sister and her friend getting excited for the Vaccines

By the time Mumford and sons came on we could barely see the stage, but we didn’t care. All the performances we’re amazing, everyone really put a lot into it and it was obvious by the crowds reactions that their time and effort was much appreciated.

Usually at a festival you find that there’s at least one or two acts that just aren’t all that great, they don’t seem to want to be there or just aren’t very good live. But every one of them was brilliant. Maybe it’s because it’s quite small compared to others so the acts are more carefully selected, but it definitely made the whole experience a lot more enjoyable.

Mumford making me swoon

At the end of Mumford and Sons set they invited ALL the other acts onto the stage and they all jammed together! It was incredible.

Then the after party started with ‘The Very Best Sound System’ which was very dancey with an african feel. Definitely a great end to the festival.

Everyone on stage!

The whole thing was just so well put together, Mumford and Sons (and their team) have done such a good job.

We ended up partying well into the night and had a lazy morning whilst watching everyone pack up their tents. All too soon we too had to pack up and leave, I was sad to leave after such an awesome weekend but was most definitely looking forward to a shower!

If one of the Stopovers comes near you then I highly recommend going! (as long as you like the music of course).It was such an amazing weekend and I will most certainly be going next year if they’re around again!

So thank you to all the organisers, Spring barn farm and Mumford and Sons for a really great weekend away! I hope to see you all next year!

‘Till next time


Getting Organised

I’ve had a busy few weeks including going to V Fest and Amsterdam.

Needless to say lots of monies have been spent, now I should probably get round to making some.

V fest was amazing. Saw some amazing artists and just generally had an awesome time! Would totally go again!

Dancing at V

My bag served me well, but alas after a weekend of carrying my (and my friends) life around, it was definitely beaten. I think this was mainly due to the fact i can’t seem to find any strengthening stuff to iron on the inside before sewing. That would have definitely made a world of difference. But my lesson has been learnt before making any more big bags.

Literally a few days later i was jetting off to Amsterdam. Obviously fun and messy times were had there. We rode bikes, drove a boat, got extremely lost, went to the zoo, went to the vodka museum, looked at hookers. Was hilariously awesome. Good good times.

Riding the bike that made me feel like a Queen.

Since i came back I’ve been busy spamming my jewellery every where so as to try and sell some. This includes:

Making a facebook page

Updating my Tumblr

And being a lot more active on the craft forums i was a member of.

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I’ve also been making lots of little bags similar to this one:

Now if you buy some thing from me now it will come in something similar to this 🙂

Speaking of selling. I’ve now moved to folksy, being british and all that. Just thought it would be easier as the conversions kept messing things up and was getting pretty annoying.

I have 3 items on there already. More will follow soon.

Oh also, today I went to the first of the acting work shops. We we’re meant to have got an email explaining that we needed a short exert to perform, but alas the email doesn’t seem to have made it to my inbox, and I wasn’t the only one. Luckily i just used inspiration from the last piece I performed at Uni, I couldn’t remember exactly what I said in it, so it was nothing alike, just a similar character. I think it went ok.

Till next time!

Stay happy!


Busy times behind and ahead!

Well it’s been a busy few weeks and it’s about to get even busier!

First off i went for an actors evaluation a couple of weeks ago with a company that seems to be quite well known (at least they’ve trained a few famous people and just got someone a main role in skins). It didn’t go amazingly well, but wasn’t a complete failure either. It was clear that I have no idea about the audition process (having never even touched on it before), my lisp is about ten times worse on camera that it is face to face, my acting is too used to the stage and not the camera.

Basically it came about that I had potential, but there was a lot of work to be done. I’ve signed up for some courses with them and hopefully by the end of it i’ll be invited into their agency!

Other exciting news, after I got my sewing machine for my birthday I’ve started trying to make some random things, and I’ve actually been quite impressed with the results!

First I made a small pouch, then a very wonky but pretty purse, followed by a nice bag. The bag i’m actually very impressed with. Now i’m making a new, bigger bag to take with me to V Fest this friday.

Talking about V Fest, I have a spare ticket and would definitely appreciate someone buying it. (Shameless Plug)

I can’t wait! I’m sure it’ll be amazing!

Next week i’m also going away…to Amsterdam. It’s a friends 21st and so we’re going to have a manly weekend. Apparently I have to act like a guy, so basically not scream at the thought of a sex museum and porn show. I think I can handle that.

Oh yeah, and did I mention I’ve also signed up for scuba diving lessons? I’ve always wanted to do it and just found theres a club in my town. Should be pretty awesome!

‘Till next time!

Keep busy!


A fun weekend in Landan-town

Ok, so i didn’t update the day after as i said i would. I fail as usual. But at least this time i have an excuse!

 This weekend i went to London for a photoshoot. It was fuuunnn and i’ve just got to look at the images! They look amazing! I can’t wait to get the CD of them so i can show people. I even did a few underwear shots, something I never thought i’d have the confidence to do, but i’ve kind of got into the ‘fuck it’ mindset in this last year. Not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing…career wise i’d say good, otherwise i reckon it could back fire on me. But we shall see.

Whilst in London i decided to go visit a guy called Ashley. We spent the day just generally wondering around. We saw some street performers on the south bank which was pretty cool, especially the breakdancers! We went to Trafalgar square and there was a random concert celebrating Holland, was random but good. Then we wandered to convent garden and to green park and then to Hamleys. It was random but fun 🙂

After hamleys it was time to tube it to the rollerdisco! It was ridiculously fun, and i only fell over 3 times… :/ My legs we’re killing me by the end,  definitely some good exercise though! There were a few people there who seemed like they went every week. They were insanely good, i wish i could dance on skates like that. Instead i took to either skating, or dancing whilst sat down.

The disco didn’t finish until about 2am and the tubes we’re closed so i ended up having to stay the night in London. The next day Ashley’s friend visited and we pretty much spent the day just watching films and doing nothing. Then we all forgot it was sunday and again i missed the last train and had to stay another night. As i hadn’t factored staying over into the equation, i didn’t really have anything with me. Needless to say, i was feeling pretty skanky today. But at least i’d borrowed a towel and had a shower, so i was kind of clean.

Now i really should pack, ready to go to canterbury tomorrow so i can sit in a library for 2 days watching videos of Grotowski’s work and reading through texts and reviews. Exciting i know. I might give myself a little bit of time to wander around and look at pretty things.

Stay happy!