Fashion, Music

Style Saturday

I’m feeling fully refreshed now :) and back ready for blogging. I thought as it’s a Saturday I’d show you some of my newer purchases (mainly from Free People again).

We the free lunch date top by Free People in pacific blue £68.00

The Chelsea ankle boots are from Topshop £62. These are a style staple, and I also felt inspired by Haim as all three of them wear Chelsea boots and pull it off so well!
My next purchases  I have my eyes on are:

The We Are The Free 3/4 Circle In The Sand Tee  in Ivory Black £78

The We Are The Free Circle In The Sand Tee £68 I have this is black already, but i’d like another black one (as I wear it so much!) and maybe one in Merlot too.

Threadbare stacking ring £38

Ruched seamless shorts £28 in black, To go underneath my dot mesh maxi skirt

Fantasy Fringe Tee £68 in black

Speaking of Haim earlier, they are touring after the release of their debut album Days are gone. They play the UK in December and I’m going to see them in London. After their amazing performance at Reading I thought I just had to go and see them again!

Days are gone comes out September 30th, go and buy it!

Advertisements
Standard
Music, Uncategorized

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!

Standard
Music, Travel, Uncategorized

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…

X

Standard
Fashion, Music, Travel, Uncategorized

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 

Standard
Music, Uncategorized

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!

Standard
Music

The band I can’t stop listening to…

HAIM.

HAIM BLOG ! copy

So if you haven’t heard of them already, Haim (Rhymes with “time”) are 3 sisters from California’s San Fernando valley, and a guy (drummer Dash Hutton.)

Este, Danielle and Alana have been playing music with their parents since a young age. They formed a band with their parents called Rockinhaim before moving on in 2006 to form Haim.

Haim are a mix of classic 70’s rock pop with a hint of folk and R&B beats, quite a genre clash.
Think Fleetwood Mac with a modern twist.

They topped the BBC Sounds of 2013 list, which has seen acts such as Adele, Keane and Ellie Golding all top the list in the past.

They’re busy in the studio at the moment finishing their first album which is out later this year.

If you’re lucky enough to be going to Reading and Leeds this year check them out. They seem very energetic live, and like to dance around a lot. Look out for Este’s famous bass face.

I will be right at the front of the stage dancing around, and singing along when I see them at Reading!

Check these out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE_Kgk7w4f8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orN6OvaY9eY

Standard