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Monday, 31 August 2015

Victorious Festival 2015

Hi! Remember me? I used to blog here...

Seriously though, I know I've lost my blogging-mojo a bit lately. Finding the time or the energy to post frequently has become a bit of a struggle for me, but something I hope to change over the next month or so. I've got a few exciting things in the works for this month which should see me posting on this little corner of the internet a wee bit more. Fingers crossed.

Over the past couple of years my hometown has run a small but growing festival in the lovely seaside setting of Southsea. This year was the first chance I'd had to attend Victorious and so I thought I'd share a few snapshots in honour of the occasion.

Day one was a complete wash-out. It rained non stop from about 2pm-10pm. Luckily I had my trusty giraffe rain poncho and a good old pair of wellies to keep me warm and dry. Having accepted the bad weather situation, we embraced it and had an amazing time. Eating mac & cheese from a food stall (the best of all festival food) whilst we jumped around in the muddy puddles along to the likes of Tinie Tempah, The Fratellis, Primal Scream and Laura Mvula. I can think of worse ways to spend a day. 

Day two was a whole lot better on the weather-side. So much so that I got sunburnt. Doh. With glitter face-paint on and rain ponchos stowed away, we ate yet more mac & cheese, drank yet more Carling Cider (vom) and sang and danced our way through The Darkness, Hayseed Dixie, Texas and finally Basement Jaxx.

The highlight of the weekend for me was seeing The Darkness. Justin Hawkins is one hell of a performer and he didn't disappoint, starting the set off in a super-seventies, pastel-blue flared suit and ending it in just his pants and a Victorious T-shirt. We were all just a tiny bit disappointed that they didn't play the Christmas song, but as they said, we'll just have to go and see them again at the end of the year. ;)

Were any of you at Victorious Festival this weekend? Let me know who your favourite band was!



Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Summer Suede Wishlist

'Summer' and 'suede' are two words I would not usually put together, but this year suede has been absolutely everywhere from the high street to high end and I for one just can't get enough.

From festival-ready tasseled capes, sophisticated khaki mules for nights out and casual A-line skirts for everyday, the fabric has fast become a staple in every fashion-conscious girl's wardrobe and shows no signs of slowing down.

There are no rules with this season's summer suede trend and it's not just for hardcore fans of the bohemian 70s trend either. All colours are acceptable, from mustard biker jackets to blush pink pencil skirts. There is no occasion where suede isn't acceptable.

If you're intrigued by the trend but don't feel ready to don a lazer cut, tasseled poncho quite yet, adding a rock 'n' roll suede fedora or a patchwork clutch bag to a simple outfit of jeans and a white shirt will nail the trend without going overboard. 

Are you loving summer suede this season? Tell me which pieces you're lusting after!


Saturday, 4 July 2015

Istanbul, Turkey 2015

European cities are kind of my 'thing'. I love getting my fill of historical sightseeing but also indulging in the different cultural aspects of each city, such as the food, the drink, and the fashion. Wandering around a new city, discovering hidden treasures as well as classic tourist favourites is something I simply love and I'm happy to say I've ticked quite a few off the bucket list so far. 

This summer, I decided Istanbul was on the cards for a 5 day break. Turkey was a brand new country for me and with plenty of cultural sights to see but also great weather and hotels with gorgeous rooftop pools, it seemed like the best of both worlds for sightseeing as well as a little bit of R&R. 

People refer to Istanbul as the place where 'the East meets the West' and it really is the perfect way to describe it. It was nothing like any European city I've been to before as it was very Eastern with heavy Islamic influences. Beautiful mosques and hamams scattered the skyline and the sound of the call to prayer could be heard all over the city at various times throughout the day. 

On the other hand, there was clearly a Western-inspired, cosmopolitan side to the city as well. Istanbul really came alive in the evenings, with lots of cool rooftop restaurants and bars and the youth of the city out in full force to socialise and party the night away. The combination of Eastern and Western influences was truly fascinating.

I managed to fit quite a lot in to my mini break, visiting the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque and the Basillica Cistern on the first day. We also squeezed in a boat cruise along the Bosphorus river and a tour of the famous Spice Market later in the week. The rest of the time was spent eating my weight in Turkish Delight, testing out the local tea and coffee, and relaxing with a cocktail by the pool at our beautiful hotel, admiring the panoramic view of the city.

Istanbul, you were great.



Monday, 15 June 2015

Isle of Wight Festival 2015

I am writing this from the comfort of my bed, feeling a little bit ache-y and tired after spending three days in a tent, not sleeping much and getting just a teensy bit sunburnt. Despite all this, I'm still absolutely buzzing from the amazing time I had at the Isle of Wight Festival. A weekend of great music and copious amounts of dancing, boozing, camping and fun-having was just what the doctor ordered and I'm already planning which festival I want to hit up next.

Highlights included: James Bay (or should I say James Bae?), Paolo Nutini, Pharrell Williams and Ella Eyre. However, the most incredible experience was Sunday night, rocking out to an amazing set from Fleetwood Macstanding just metres away from my ultimate style icon Stevie Nicks. They were even better than I could have ever imagined and the crowd went absolutely crazy for them. The atmosphere and experience was something I will never forget... but I bought a t-shirt just in case.

Aside from the music, the festival was jam-packed with loads of other good stuff. There were endless food stalls, all ranging from standard burgers and chips to the most delicious mac & cheese I've ever tasted, thai noodles, wood oven pizzas and even a hog roast. The choice of food was above and beyond my expectations and I had serious trouble deciding what to eat each day.

Overall, I had the best weekend! I can't thank TicketMaster enough for sending me as their official 'blogmaster'. If you do want to find out a little more about my time and also check out some of the great festival fashion I spied then keep your eyes peeled on the TicketMaster blog for my full reports.