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READING UPDATE

Firstly I’d like to apologise, my internet signal was rubbish, hence why there were no updates.
However, I am back now, and ready to update you all.

DAY 1: Green Day, System Of A Down, Skindred and Bastille.
One of the first acts I saw were Skindred, a metal/reggae band. It was a weird combination, however I enjoyed some of their set. Bastille did a secret set at the BBC Introducing stage, before then going on to play the NME stage. We saw a little bit of both sets, they were very good and I got to see my favourite song: Laura Palmer performed live. 

The last two acts were System Of A Down and Green Day, both were AMAZING. System were crazy, luckily I wasn’t too far into the crowd. They played Chop Suey, BYOB and Sugar, my three favourite songs. I’ve been waiting to see Green Day since I was about 14, and they blew me away, playing the whole of Dookie, and songs from Uno!, Dos!, Tre!, and American Idiot (Their best album written) then ending with Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).

DAY 2: Imagine Dragons, White lies, Lucy Rose and Eminem.
Saturday was fairly chilled, seeing little acts. The first act we saw were Imagine Dragons, who were superb, despite the fact I only knew of Radio Active and It’s Time. The crowd went crazy for them.
We sat from the side watching White Lies (Who I have seen before when they supported Muse in 2010 at Wembley along with Biffy Clyro) They played a set list consisting of songs from their new album and some old favourites. They were very good, the front man has a very distinctive voice.

Lucy Rose was due for a signing in the NME signing tent. I went along and met her before seeing her set later that night (She was really lovely!) After meeting her I went along to her set in the Festival Republic stage. She sang a few new songs which were slightly heavier, and songs from her album (Like we used to). I thought she was a lot more popular than she really is, and I can’t figure out why, she has a beautiful voice!

Unfortunately I missed Chase and Status as I was watching Lucy Rose, but after we casually watched Eminem from the side. Eminem isn’t really my kind of taste in music, however I decided to go along and see him play anyway, he was good I guess, however there was a slight bit of controversy as to whether he mimed or not.

There were some lovely food stalls at Reading, Stone baked pizza (Which were a favourite), Ostrich burgers, a Halloumi and Chorizo stall, liqorice, smoothies and cupcakes, as well as the usual fish and chips, chicken and burger stalls.

DAY 3: Twenty One Pilots, HAIM, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Nine Inch Nails, and Biffy Clyro.

I’d been recommended Twenty One Pilots by a couple who I’d met at Reading, so I decided to go along and see them. They are a very strange mix of music, the front man rapped, played ukulele, piano and sang through out the set. The drums were also slightly overpowering, and almost louder than the front man. I’d compare them to AWOLNATION, a couple of their songs are similar and have that cheerful vibe to them.

Next were HAIM (Probably who I was most looking forward to seeing). They did an amazing set, playing the popular favourites: Better Off, The Wire, Oh Well, Falling, Don’t Save Me, Forever and Let Me Go. All 3 of them looked as rock and roll as usual. Alana came down to the crowd, running along the barriers and every time Este pulled a BASS FACE there would be a massive cheer. Later on Este went on to DJ in the alternative tent during the propaganda set, which I sadly missed.

Afterwards I went to Chill out by the Main stage to watch Fall Out Boy. I wasn’t too fussed, so didnt stay for the whole of their set, but they were good playing new songs, as well as the old classics, Dance Dance and Sugar we’re going down.

Whilst queuing for stone baked pizza, I watched a bit of Disclosures set. They were pretty good, the kind of music that made you want to dance, playing the two most popular songs You and Me and White Noise.

Whilst waiting for Biffy Clyro I saw a bit of Nine Inch Nails’ set. I only know of one of their songs (That one that is on rock band), they’re a strange genre of music. Heavy Electro/Rock is the only way I guess I could describe them. The kind of music that would sound good in a movie, but live it was LOUD and Distorted.
Then came Biffy. I was in amongst the crowd when they came on, and boy did they cause a stir. Mosh pits to the left and right of me! I didn’t get involved of course, I’m 5 ft 2 and would be crushed instantly.  The played an amazing set, finishing off the weekend with 21 songs of the old and the new, followed by the setting alight of his guitar.

Overall my highlights of the weekend were meeting Lucy Rose and seeing her set, Green Day, System Of A Down, Haim, and Biffy Clyro.
Reading is a high energy, party rock festival with lots of interesting acts to see. If you’re after a fun filled, drunk, party weekend then it’s definitely the festival for you. I am absolutely exhausted and I reckon it’s going to take me a couple of days to recover.
Definitely not the place for children!

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All packed and ready to go: Reading and Leeds.

I’m all packed and ready for day 1 of Reading festival tomorrow. I am so excited to be going again. The two bands I’m most looking forward to watching live are Green Day and Haim.
In between bands I’ll probably be chilling out at the camp site. I’ll also be taking Reading festival style photos, so look out for me.

Check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ezc5d4 for live footage, and keep updated with news from Reading on my Twitter and Instagram.

Here is my Reading playlist again.
http://open.spotify.com/user/1149732143/playlist/1j6lOLfYaBGzvcbJyLN1ql

Don’t forget to check out my other page on what to pack Pre-Reading.
See you in a week or so…

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Holylands Treasures: My new favourite jewellery brand.

I discovered this small brand whilst searching across Etsy.
http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Holylandstreasures?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Holylands Treasures create beautiful jewellery made in Israel from Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. Ranging from earrings, nose rings, and tragus rings, to bracelets, necklaces and ear cuffs. Custom designs can also be made within reason. Here is another Etsy site they own: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RingaThing?ref=search_shop_redirect

“For as long as I remember I love working with my hands and creating beautiful things, especially jewellery. I studied the art of jewellery design for 3 years and I have been creating jewellery for over 25 years.I enjoy creating and working with different materials. I integrate in my work genuine stones, pearls, crystals, dichroic glass and glass beads. I love to create high quality jewellery that is unique, elegant, functional and wearable at affordable prices, and I love seeing people wearing my creations.” Holylands Treasures

Here are some of my favourite pieces.

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Source for all 4 photos: Holylands Treasures.

I like stacking lots of rings. So the above the knuckle rings are perfect, I own 3 of them in silver, gold and rose gold. I also own an ear cuff in silver. I like to shop in small boutiques, you get to buy something more unique, and every other person isn’t wearing it. My next stop for jewellery will be Marrakech!

For more unique jewellery made from all over the world see my post on Whitstable.

 

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What to pack for Reading and Leeds festival.

So Reading and Leeds is only a week away for the early birds.
Here are the key pieces I am taking and a few tips to help you out.

The most important part: A decent rucksack! I’m taking one for my clothing and toiletries and me and my boyfriend are sharing one for food and alcohol.

The rucksack is from Free People, they have a good selection.

Pack for all weathers

Wellies and a coat/waterproof are essential! Lets face it, you know what the weather in the UK is like. A scarf is good to wrap up warm in the evenings (you can also wear this one as a skirt or dress, it’s very versatile) and a dress is a very good space saver. Don’t forget to take a pair of trousers as well as shorts, you can never guarantee it’ll be hot, even if the sun is out. This top from Free People is also very versatile and I feel like magic in it! Ankle boots are good for hot weather, and protect your feet at the same time. To add that extra something i’m going to be stacking up my fingers full of rings.

The Wax jacket is vintage from a stall at Leeds festival last year. The circle scarf is from American Apparel http://store.americanapparel.co.uk/product/?productId=rsa0503#, the dress is from Urban Outfitters by Sparkle and Fade, and my wellies are Hunters http://www.hunter-boot.com (The best kind of wellies).

The top is from Free People http://www.freepeople.co.uk/we-the-free-circle-in-the-sand-tee-27161017/, boots, jeans and necklace are from Topshop.

The shorts are from Rokit vintage store in London. http://www.rokit.co.uk/, and the skirt is from Free People.

The small turquoise ring is from a small shop in Canterbury called Siesta, and the three midi rings are from Etsy http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Holylandstreasures?ref=shop_sugg. Holylands Treasures create beautiful jewellery all from Silver, Gold and Rose Gold.

My double turquoise stone ring is from Free People.

Cosmetic essentials
Do not forget your suncream, I’ve been burnt many a time and have finally learnt from experience. A good eyelash curler and clear mascara can be used for a natural day time look, and clear mascara can also be used on your brows. Elizabeth Arden 8 hour protectant and The Green Balm by Moa are my favourite multi purpose products and can be used on anything from lips, to brows, and also medically for burns and bites.  A good concealer applied with a brush and sunglasses to hide those dark circles from the late nights partying. Surf spray to add texture to your hair when you want to spruce it up half way through the week. Clarins Flash Beauty Balm to brighten up your skin, and last but not least dry shampoo and a brush! It’s all about packing light, so multi purpose products are key.

For more tips read my blog post: Top Tips For UK Festivals 

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A city called…Amsterdam

In March this year I visited the lively city of Amsterdam. There is lots to do and lots to explore! It’s a very pretty city with a lot of culture. Amsterdam is a relatively cheap stay in a hostel, flights are reasonably cheap too.

Of course if you go and visit as a couple, Amsterdam is a fun, romantic city. However for my first visit I travelled with my boyfriend and our two friends, as I wanted to experience the party atmosphere. Despite not going to a club or bar, (Though I’ve heard that Paradiso and Melkwegg are quite good) we visited a lot of coffee shops, which let’s just say, was a lot of fun and giggles! Four days was not long enough, however we ticked off most of the things that we wanted to see and do. I shall definitely be visiting again, as there are still things I want to do and investigate in the city.

What to do:

Get lost exploring the city and its many canals.

Go and visit the Anne Frank Museum. Ok so it’s not the most cheerful of things, however it’s very interesting and goes into detail about the horrific experience Anne and her family went through. A MUST SEE!

Bike ride through the city and into the outskirts. Don’t forget to cycle out to the windmills, and tulip farms. It was a bitter – 6°C when I visited, so unfortunately this didn’t happen.

Go and visit The Bulldog Palace Coffee shop, it is quirky in the fact that it used to be a police station and still has its jail cell.

Cycle to the Vondelpark and go for a picnic.

For an “out of this world experience”, visit a smart shop.

If you have never been to any Hard Rock Cafe go whilst in Amsterdam! The gourmet burgers are amazing, and don’t forget to try some of Amsterdams’ famous chips and mayonnaise.

Go and visit The Dolphins, an alternative coffee shop with comfy sofas and a colourful under the sea setting.

Visit the Rijks Museum. Full of Dutch history and beautiful paintings by artists such as Rembrandt. Also visit the Van Gogh Museum (Another place we didn’t get chance to visit).

Have a picture take by the I amsterdam sign.

Take a peek at the Red Light District. Go and visit the notorious destination at night and see it in full swing.

For more information on the city see  http://www.iamsterdam.com/, and make sure you check out hostels, restaurants and coffee shops on Trip Advisor before you go.

Amsterdam is a ‘mind opening’ experience full of lots of fun.

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Camping under the stars

So this past weekend I ventured out to the countryside with 6 of my friends, an hour and a half away from home to a village called Ockley in Surrey.
We stayed at a little campsite called Etherley Farm, which is situated near Leith hill. We arrived on the Friday night after work, set up camp, went out to buy some drinks and food, and had ourselves a little party.
On the Saturday  (after waking up early and many of us suffering from the few drinks on the night before) we cooked breakfast on the camp fire (Chicken, Turkey, All day breakfast in a can, that kind of thing, anything we could bbq). We then set off walking up towards Leith hill and into the woods.


I love camping. My favourite thing to do is roast marshmallows on the campfire, they are a very tasty treat! Camping in the countryside makes me appreciate nature and our surroundings. As you can imagine the scenery is very beautiful around there, and I love to stargaze but unfortunately the ground was too wet to lie down.  It is also nice to be without technology for a few days. I find it very reflective and relaxing.

For dinner that night we walked down the road to a little country pub called The Parrot. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than chilling out with your friends with a Pimms in hand! There isn’t much choice for food, the food they do serve is expensive, but worth it.

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On the Sunday we were due to leave around 1 a clock, unfortunately due to the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey classic, this didn’t happen as the roads were closed from 6 am to 6pm.
We walked down from the campsite and went to a small pub called The Inn On The Green, had some lunch and then chilled out watching the bikes go by.

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It was a lovely, relaxing, tranquil weekend.

Where is your favourite place to camp?

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Reading Festival Playlist: bands I can’t wait to see!

Reading is only a few weeks away, and I cannot contain my excitement. This is my third Reading and Leeds festival, and I have loved every one of them. Lets hope this wonderful weather stays and makes my third time a warm one for a change! Reading and Leeds started in the year of 1989 and is mainly a rock festival however still has a lot of different genres to offer. Over the years Reading and Leeds have seen the likes of Muse, Guns N Roses, Florence and the Machine, Eminem, Tim Minchin and Rage Against The Machine play.

Source: https://twitter.com/OfficialRandL This years line up.

Source: https://twitter.com/OfficialRandL
This years line up.

I’m mostly excited to be seeing Green Day as I’ve loved them ever since I was young and HAIM, the ultimate rock, girl power band that I am in love with! Here is a playlist of some of the artists I’ll be going to see and my favourite songs of theirs:

In between bands i’ll be documenting festival style. For daily updates keep checking up on twitter.
If you’re going to Reading and Leeds who are you excited to see?

P.S I won’t be back blogging till Tuesday or Wednesday as I have an exciting camping weekend away, and of course you shall hear all about it!

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