I am sorry guys but I have very little Internet Signal, therefore updates are impossible. However, I promise when I am back on Tuesday, I shall update you all on news and images. Have a lovely weekend, I know I will!
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.
Don’t forget to check out my other page on what to pack Pre-Reading.
See you in a week or so…
I discovered this small brand whilst searching across Etsy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
It was a lovely, relaxing, tranquil weekend.
Where is your favourite place to camp?
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.
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!
Whitstable is a beautiful seaside town in south-east Kent. In the week it is very quiet and quaint. However yesterday unbeknownst me and my friends it was the Whitstable Oyster Festival and a lovely day (even though we were forecast thunder and lightning all day).
Whitstable Oyster Festival.
The festival is set on the harbour; food, and drink stalls line the streets and a small stage is situated in the middle.
There is a variety of food from beef, kangaroo and ostrich burgers to curry, seafood paella, locally caught fish and locally produced cider. There are also a few fine art and craft stalls, that are in Whitstables’ Harbour Village and are open every weekend and bank holiday.
Places to eat.
There are some lovely pubs, cafes and restaurants in the town. Situated right on the beach is a pub called The Old Neptune, it’s a perfect location for a day out. Naturally, me and my friend tried Oysters (which I will not be trying again, they are certainly an acquired taste) at Wheelers Oyster Bar, the oldest restaurant in town, and a very pretty building. In town, What’s Up Cup Cake make cakes to die for! http://www.whatsupcupcake.com/
There are a few vintage and handmade boutiques in the town. One of my favourites is Mosaic. They sell lots of beautiful jewellery, handmade by the shop owner and also by artists around the world.
They also sell a small amount of clothing, home accessories and ornaments. I love to find small boutiques that sell handmade/ one-off pieces, it’s nice to own something different to everyone else.
Just a little bit further out-of-town is Tankerton. My grandparents used to take me here for a walk and an ice cream when I was little, it’s one of my favourite beaches to go for a walk and is very picturesque. There are beach houses down by the sea which are very pretty.
Lastly here is something I saw on the side of a building that I thought was interesting. There are signs like this hidden all through the town.
I absolutely adore ankle boots right now, they are so versatile and are one of my wardrobe staples.
Great for winter with thick tights and a skirt, great for summer with shorts and a kimono.
Here are some of my favourites at the moment.
The celebrities that I think best pull of this look are HAIM, they have amazing style and always seem to be in them.
Some people have the stereotypical view of tattoos but the way I see it is if it’s designed beautifully and tattooed by a professional with a good portfolio they can be tasteful.
On women, I really like small tattoos, sometimes discreet or on show if they’re small.
My first tattoo was a very small daisy on my wrist. (About the size of a ten pence piece) I chose this because I thought it looked small, pretty and feminine.
I also have the word Wanderlust (A spur of the moment thing, I really want to travel the world. This seemed relevant) written on my ankle and a very small star (which reminds me of my relationship with my mother, she used to read me a book when I was young which involves a star.) on my ribs.
Tattoos at the end of the day are just ink on our skin, yes they are usually there forever, but In the perspective of things we are alive a very short amount of time, and may as well live in the moment, to a certain extent.
Here is some tattoo inspiration.
Do you have any? Please comment/link to a picture bellow.