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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Leeds Festival 2016 ♥

So another August Bank Holiday meant another weekend as Terri's plus one to Leeds Festival! This was my third year in a row going and although the line up wasn't as good for me as previous years, I still got to see some amazing live music whilst having general drunken fun in a muddy field.

#LeedsfestivalHurray the rain has stopped at last 🌞 #Leedsfestival

We arrived on the Thursday afternoon after stopping off for a Burger King to tide me over for the weekend. The weather was pretty rainy when we arrived but luckily a couple of nice guys came to help us put up our tent which was nice! The Friday was lovely weather and it was sunny and warm all day but then on Saturday it absolutely chucked it down with rain which was a bit annoying but luckily our £20 Tesco tent kept us relatively dry! 

Yay! #Leedsfestival#Leedsfestival #ootd

The first act I saw on the Friday was State Champs followed by Fall Out Boy and Good Charlotte! FOB put on a good show with lots of fireworks and singing all the old favourites, but one of the biggest surprises was Good Charlotte! 

I used to love GC when I was 13/14 but I was pretty sure I was in the minority, but nope, there was a massive crowd trying to get into the tent to see them! We had to stand just outside where we couldn't see much but I enjoyed reliving my youth and forgot how many of their songs I actually knew.


On the Saturday we watched Die Antwoord on the main stage which was pretty amazing. Literally the weirdest thing I've ever seen, but so so good! I can't even describe it, they're just nuts. Possibly one of my favourites of the whole weekend though was getting to see Asking Alexandria! I used to listen to them a lot at uni so was really excited to see them and they did not disappoint! Such a good atmosphere and they played a couple of new tracks mixed in with my old favourites. 

Saw #askingalexandria tonight. So good 👌👌Welly boots #Leedsfestival #Barbour #floral #gingham 

There wasn't anything for me to see on the Sunday... until You Me At Six announced a secret set in The Pit tent a few hours beforehand! I absolutely love YMAS and I booked tickets for their new tour only last week so I was chuffed to get to see a little impromptu set from them. It really made my weekend and I was so happy to see them, and by the looks of it, hardly anyone knew they were performing!


Aside from the live music and all the rain, we had a jolly time exploring the street food area and drinking lots of prosecco and fruity cider.  I always dread the thought of food at festivals but this year they had some really great independent food sellers on site and it was reasonably priced considering too! I bought a tub of mac and cheese for £5, a burrito stuffed with chilli and rice for £6 and a sloppy beef sandwich with horseradish mayo for £8! £2.50 for a little bottle of Pepsi though.. eek!


With regards to packing, there's always a few essentials when going to a festival. The big one is wellies. Even if it looks sunny. Even if no rain is predicted.. take wellies! It's amazing just how muddy a big field can get with thousands of people walking through it all weekend! And make sure they're comfy too; I find wearing thick socks and packing some plasters are a life saver! 

A reasonable sized dome tent and an appropriate sleeping bag is also a big must! There's nothing worse than a leaking tent or an awful cold nights sleep. A cheap but waterproof tent is recommended along with a cosy sleeping bag. I would also suggest taking a few packs of wet wipes, toilet roll, and dry shampoo and shower gel. And don't forget the sun cream! 

Festival clothing wise you can pretty much wear anything you like, although I prefer to layer my clothes at festivals. It can be sunny and warm all afternoon but once the sun goes down it can get awfully chilly! I took my Joules waterproof coat which was a necessity on the rainy days, and then underneath just wore a light cardigan with a thin base layer dress underneath. 

Polo shirts with shorts are an ideal combination for festivals and it's comfy and easy to wear. I love the Fred Perry polo shirts which are available in loads of different colours. Also, make sure you take a little handbag that you can keep your money, sunnies and phone etc in. This little duffle bag was only £12 from Asda and was perfect to keep my goodies safe! And don't forget to take a pair of sunglasses, I love this Ray-Ban pair!

* Collaborative post

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Monday, 29 August 2016

House of Florrie Watches ♥

I've been keeping an eye out for a new watch recently but I hadn't found anything that really stoo out for me until I discovered House of Florrie. I wanted something soft and feminine with a simple design but nothing too plain.

House of Florrie is a collection of beautiful timepieces that feature intricate hand drawn elements, complemented by a neutral colour palette.  All of their stunning watches have a vintage, boutique, timeless feel to them, have been beautifully designed with love and come with a three year warranty. The packaging for the watches is so pretty and intricate, which includes a brown gift box with an eye-catching metallic gold print and branding.  

This gorgeous watch is the Eleanor Rose Gold Polka design and I absolutely love the rose gold metal with satin finish. The leather strap is interchangeable which allows you to create your own style and there are lots of other pretty straps to collect. The printed leather strap is made from real leather I think the cream and pink polka dot print is just so cute! I also really like the large but simple watch face featuring the golden House of Florrie logo.

When I fancy a change, I can mix it up using the Eleanor Rose Gold Cream leather strap which is so easy to swap around. You can simply 'thread' the straps through the metal loops on the back of the watch face. I really do love the simplicity of the design and how easy it is to change the strap over depending on my mood or outfit etc.  

I've been wearing the watch for a few weeks now and I've received loads of compliments on it! Overall it's a really unique timepiece and I'm already putting the tan leather strap on my Christmas wishlist! Thank you House of Florrie!

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Monday, 22 August 2016

WIN Emma Bridgewater VQ Hepburn Mk II DAB Radio ♥

If you follow me on Snapchat then most likely you will have noticed my new favourite gadget! This is the beautiful VQ Hepburn Mk II DAB Radio which has been given an Emma Bridgewater makeover using the adorable Rose & Bee print. Isn't it the prettiest thing you've ever seen?!  I absolutely love the retro styling and the colourful pattern.

I've been trialling the radio for a couple of weeks now and I can't tell you how happy it makes me to be able to listen to Kerrang after a long day at work! But not only does it have all of your favourite radio stations, but it also has bluetooth and USB connectivity so you can also connect your phone and use it as a speaker, which is great for when I want to listen to my Spotify playlists.

The radio is very quick to set-up and easy to use thanks to the brilliantly designed controls, and the sound quality is very clear considering it's such a compact product. Although I do live in quite a poor signal area so the aerial has to be right up to get a good connection to some channels.  One of my favourite things about the radio is that it shows you the song artist and title on the light up display so if I like the sound of a new song, I can check out who it is.

The radio is just so stunning so it takes pride of place on my dressing table in my room beside my bed. And I am really excited to be able to offer one lucky reader the same radio in my new giveaway! As well as the chance to win a radio for yourself, I also have a discount code for the VQ website offering 15% off all products until 30th September; the code is VINTAGE15. To enter the giveaway, please enter via Rafflecopter below.


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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Summer Waves with Rush Salon & ghd Air ♥

It's only been recently that I've started taking better care of my hair by keeping it trimmed and healthy.  My hair is very dry naturally and because I often use heat from my tongs it can become quite damaged, especially at the ends. 

I was recently invited to visit the new Rush Hair salon opening in Central Milton Keynes for a little trim.  It's a brand new modern salon located in the Intu Shopping Centre which makes it an ideal location for shoppers or those working nearby.  Their late night opening hours made it really easy for me to get an appointment after work one weekday. 

I popped in for a little trim as it had been a couple of months since my last hair cut and I was really impressed by the interior and layout of the salon. It was really sleek and modern inside and I loved the stylish decor! 

I'm really happy with the finish the stylist gave me and she followed my request for 'only an inch' just perfectly! I always fear my long hair will be chopped off to bob length even if I ask for just a trim. She also finished the cut with some lovely bouncy waves which I think makes the highlights really stand out and is a great style for summer.

The hairstylist used the ghd Air Hair Dryer after washing my hair which she recommended as it dries hair in half the time and helps to leave hair smooth and sleek.  So I was really excited when Best British Bloggers offered me one of the hair dryers to trial for myself and give it a go to see if I could create the same salon finish! 

 The hair dryer has a powerful 2,100 watt professional-strength motor for super-fast drying as well as ionic technology to reduce frizz.  It has lots of snazzy clever features including variable power and temperature controls, a cool shot button, plus the choice of two nozzles.

After washing my hair with Aussie shampoo and their 3 minute miracle deep conditioner I treated my edamp hair with the ghd heat protect spray which provides a barrier to any heat damage.  I then used the ghd Air hair dryer along with a paddle brush which left me with smooth salon-style hair.  I finished my hair off with my Babyliss Diamond Waving Wand to give loose, natural looking waves and voila! Salon sleek hair at home. 

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

My Birthday ♥

My birthday was a couple of weeks ago now, but I thought I'd do a little run down blog post of all the things I did! As I'm getting old now there was no major party or anything, but I had a really lovely few days with colleagues, family and friends.

My actual birthday was on a Saturday and therefore my 'work birthday' was on the Friday! In true office tradition I brought in some cake for the whole building to feast upon. I brought in home made Victoria Sponge cake and a lemon drizzle cake. Both of which seemed to be very popular and as I was a piggy I tried one of each.. whoops! 

I work in a little office along with 9 other girls and they had decorated my desk, each gave me a birthday card and then I got a Cath Kidston gift card as my pressie! You can imagine how thrilled I was and immediately spent it before the summer sale ended on a few little treats for myself. 

I chose to wear my favourite Emily and Fin cloud print dress on my work birthday.. it's just so sweet! It's always nice to dress up a little in something special on your birthday. 

I hadn't specifically asked for anything for my birthday (except the Funeral for a Friend tee) so I was very grateful to receive some lovely gifts from everyone! I have been in awe of these snazzy four wheeled suitcases that you see at airports for a while, so my parents kindly bought me this gorgeous purple one which is the perfect size for a cabin bag.  

I also received the new Cath Kidston Teatime recipe book (this looks SO good!), some make up, a cupcake handbag, vouchers, and lots of other cute little bits! And so many adorable cards. You can tell who really knows you by checking out what birthday card they give you... 

 On the Friday night I went up to Stoke to visit my dearest Terri Lowe and her crazy pal.  We had a standard night out involving lots of wine, cocktails and Snapchat stories which is always lots of fun! 

In the morning we *cough.. Terri* were pretty hungover but by the time lunchtime came around I was starving so we head out to our favourite burger joint The Exchange in Hanley. They do the most amazinggg burgers which you can customize, so I had a beef burger on a brioche bun with garlic mayo and blue cheese... mmmm! 

My yummy birthday cake.. traditional Victoria Sponge cake (what else?!) with fresh strawberries. 

The day after my birthday I actually held a stall at our local carboot sale. I was trying to get rid of a lot of my old clothes and I made £80+ so I did reasonably well, although not as well as previous years! In between selling though I also went on a little bargain hunt of my own and picked up a few little bits..

The floral vintage style glass bottle was 20p, the brand new Soap and Glory minis were 30p each, the big metal heart tealight holder was 50p, as was the Next floral teacup and saucer. I also bought a whole vintage floral tea set for only £4 including x4 teacups with saucers and cake plates, a sugar bowl, and a large plate!  

 I also received these beautiful birthday flowers courtesy of Beards and Daisies.  This is called the Hey Now bouquet and it is absolutely beautiful! It featured a selection of large headed roses in various shades of pink, scented freesia and green bell sprigs.  

Pink roses are my absolute favourite and I've kept them in my bedroom in this lilac polka dot jug for over a week now. It's amazing how something so small can bring such a smile to your face!   

One of my lovely friends took me for afternoon tea for my birthday in a little local teashop called Cakestand and Crumb in Ampthill.  If you live nearby this is a must to visit! We enjoyed our afternoon tea consisting of homemade sandwiches, fresh fruit scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of little cakes. The staff there were really sweet and even put some candles on the desserts for me as they noticed it was my birthday! I love that everything is served on vintage crockery, and they have an amazing glass cake cabinet!

And then the final part of my birthday week (I like to drag my celebrations out a bit...) I went to see Don Broco (again) in our hometown of Bedford. I always love it when they come back to Bedford as its such a little venue and it's so much better than seeing them in a big place. I went on the Friday night to see them perform the whole of their old album Priorities and then on Saturday night they played the newer album Automatic. So good!

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