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With festival season upon us, I’m sure the majority of you will be gracing these mud pits while I sit at home and contemplate why God ever gave me this hideous hay fever.. but I’m not envious or anything, honest!

This year, the festival season promises to be a good one, and with the likes of Eminem and Beyonce performing who can disagree? I unfortunately will not be one of you lucky people going, but I thought I would share with you, what I consider to be this summer’s festival essentials.

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Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 15.09.15Green boots, £90.  Hunter USA
Art deco flatforms, £39.  ModCloth
Jelly Sandals, £11.34.  Debenhams
Bow Wellies, £87.  Farfetch
Dr. Martens, £90.  Motelrocks
Jeffrey Campbell, £80.  Office
Pink jelly boots, £18.  Blue banana
Clear jelly boots, £30.  USC

Depending on the festival you’re heading to.. the style of shoes you wear, should be based on the amount of mud you’ll be wading through( in some cases this can be a lot!). While I agree that wellies aren’t the most attractive things under the sun, they are by far the most practical so don’t feel stupid about packing a pair because I assure you, you won’t be alone. However if you’re anything like me and the thought of walking around in hideously bland wellingtons makes you cringe, then never fear. These days you can buy wellies in pretty much every pattern and colour you can think of, some even have little features like the adorable bow detailed wellington boots above.

If you are still looking for other options Dr. Martens are pretty near perfect for festivals. They are made of strong leather so are very durable and if you’re a little worried about getting them wet, they sell waterproof sprays pretty much anywhere and it can be a little lifesaver when you need it to be. You could even spray it on the bottom of your new jeans or trousers to stop the colour from running onto your shoes!

Now I have to mention that sandals aren’t very useful for festivals, but if the weather is on your side and there’s no hideous rain coming for you, then go for it! These Jeffrey Campbell spiked sandals are gorgeous and despite being a little on the expensive side, you won’t ever regret buying them.

These jelly Dr. marten inspired boots are the pinnacle of festival footwear, and if you think you can brave them then go for it. Stylish, Unique and a nice change to the usual docs if that’s the route you’re planning on going down. They are also perfect for pairing with a funky pair of socks. And who can disagree with Dr Marten style boots for this price, really?

Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 15.09.04Clear bag, £50.  American Apparel
Dip dye denim, £42.  Topshop
Sequin bumbag, £28.  Asos
Jansport bag, £35.  Urban Outfitters
Aztec bag, £48.  Urban Outfitters
Aztec bumbag, £20.  Urban Outfitters
Fringe bumbag, £28.  Urban Outfitters

While trying to keep a suitable balance between practicality and looking good. Choosing a bag to take can be one of the hardest decisions. It makes me cringe when people walk around festivals with their best designer handbags cause the likelihood of them getting dirty or broken is pretty high. With that being said the bags above are all ideal candidates for heading to your chosen festival. Backpacks for a number of reasons are obviously the main choice of bags for festivals. Whilst being durable, they are also easy to clean when you get home so spend the extra money on finding a pattern you like because you don’t just have to get one for going to a festival! i have so many of them and use them on a daily basis for being more practical then a shoulder bag.

Whilst most of you will probably look at the bumbags and shudder at the thought of being mistaken for a tourist,they are slowly creeping into the fashion limelight. However there are so many more styles available that some are actually quite funky. I’ve chosen some above that I think would be perfect for whichever festival you choose to go to. Another plus is that your valuables can be in your sight at all times so you don’t need to worry about coming home out of pocket or a phone down! Amen for the bumbags.

Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 15.09.45Fringe top, £33.  All Saints
Leather Jacket, £45.  ASOS
Vintage shorts, £22.  Rokit
Bow detail wellies, £87.  Farfetch
Straw clutch, £18.  GAP
Cross Necklace, £80.  Notjustalabel
Rounded sunglasses, £23.  Topshop

Fringing is set to be one of the biggest trends in festival fashion. I for one am not really it’s biggest fan as I don’t really find it flattering on me or others, but with this being said I have managed to create an outfit with the fringing trend intact that I would actually wear, hurrah! This All saints t-shirt is perfect for those who don’t fancy walking around in fringed dresses or those odd looking fringed shorts, but still want to be part of the trend. I decided to pair it with a classic leather jacket, a vintage pair of shorts and those cute bow detailed wellies from the image above! This outfit is perfect for Glastonbury as long as the weather doesn’t take an evil turn.

Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 15.09.55Dungarees, £65.  Ragged Priest
Jelly boots, £18,  Blue banana
Stud bracelet, £16.  Topshop
Ray-ban’s, £175.  Mytheresa
Green beanie, £12.  Zappos
Tie dye t-shirt, £22.  Etsie
Backpack, £27.  American Apparel

This has to be one my favourite outfit’s ever. Think of the 90’s and The Fresh Prince Of Bel air and this outfit is revived. Dungarees are a statement piece in summer fashion this year and while I’ve written a post with them in quite recently I had to use them in an outfit. This particular one is from the ragged priest which is a clothing brand that specializes in taking vintage articles of clothing and transforming them into customized pieces of new clothing. sad news though.. they only go up to a size 14 on their redesigned clothing, so I’m only just within their sizing boundaries. Paired with a vintage tie dye t-shirt from Etsie and those awesome pink jelly boots, this outfit isn’t one for someone who doesn’t want to be looked at, but if you can brave it then give it a go! Due to the fact that this outfit is already pretty crazy I’ve paired it with a darker green hat and matching backpack so that it isn’t overpowered.. no one wants to look like a pack of liquorice all sorts..

So there we have it, would love to hear what you guys think about the essentials and the outfits! Happy festival season!

Peace out xo

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So, I spent most of yesterday doing a spring clean while my dad’s on holiday as I don’t think it’s natural for one man to make so much unneeded mess! Little did I know it was going to be a vintage goldmine.

I’ll admit, I did know that my dad was going to have some crazy items in his wardrobe.. as a kid I was haunted by the memories of going on holiday and feeling constantly embarrassed that my dad would even consider wearing “those” shirts. You guys know the ones I’m on about, the avoidable Hawaiian shirts.. the eccentric art deco shirts and my own worst nightmare the undeniably hideous linen tunic shirt..things?

However, what I didn’t realise was that I was literally going to want to steal the majority of his wardrobe now that I’m old enough to not feel overshadowed by intolerable embarrassment.

As Macklemore would say “I’ma take your grandpa’s style, I’ma take your grandpa’s style,
No for real – ask your grandpa – can I have his hand-me-downs?” Replace the grandpa with dad and I am there! I am the real life Macklemore.

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i’m not even sure how to describe this shirt.. it’s a well blended mix of safari and hawaiian all in the same shirt! I can’t remember this shirt looking this nice when it was on my dad so to help him out I’m going to look after it for him, while it’s hanging up in my wardrobe. It’s perfect for summer and coincidentally goes perfectly with my high shine leggings and ruched bandeau top.

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Here is a perfect example of one of those kooky art deco shirts.. I definitely remember this one as a kid but with so much luck trying on the last shirt i decided to try again and see what happened. I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to wear with it yet, but it fits well and the pattern is quite fashionable at the moment.

Who knew my dad was a style icon? yeah me neither.

 

Gone are the days when you would get stared at in the streets for wearing sportswear in public. Not good stares either but stares of “what is she wearing, really?”, and no one likes those kinds of stares.Despite this, after researching the trends of summer 2013, it’s becoming apparent that sportswear really is making a comeback in a big way and because of this I thought I’d show you how to wear this trend, minus the awkward stares.

So here we go! let’s start with me. I’m not usually one for the sport styled clothing but for £6 in Primark can you really go wrong with this oversized baseball jersey? it’s made from airtex so is perfect for summer, and i’m not going to lie since I purchased it I’ve had a pretty hard time getting out of it as It’s probably the most comfortable piece of clothing I own.

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However, there are quite a few ways to own this trend and I’ve chosen a couple staple items of clothing that will aid you on your way to being a sporty fashionista.

Screen shot 2013-05-30 at 23.49.58This Topshop airtex tee is much like the one I bought from Primark, and fits in perfectly with this trend. Due to these tops being quite long, I’ve taken advantage of this and paired it with some risky wet look leggings. I know what you’re thinking.. and if you’re anything like me, wet look leggings probably aren’t the best idea if you have thighs and a booty but if you are pairing them with a longer top you can definitely pull them off as I have in the pictures above! Work boots work well to break up the outfit and make it less sporty and the acid wash backpack makes a nice change to a normal handbag as well as giving it a different twist.

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I’m aware these trainers are pricey but they are so versatile and are perfect for trying out this summer trend. The plain black leggings and simple white vest work well if you want to accessorize the outfit with a bold denim jacket and edgy embellished beanie like those above. I wear outfits like this quite regularly but if you can’t afford shoes like this, don’t worry cause I can’t either.. They have a pair on ASOS that are a fifth of the price and look the exact same, minus the infamous Nike tick. If you are interested, here they are!

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ASOS Devious high top trainers £14

Now if you are looking at this post, and you’re thinking what the hell are these outfits I’ve put together then never fear, I’ve created another outfit that isn’t quite as sporty but still maintains some of this trend for you to try out.

Screen shot 2013-05-30 at 23.49.33Now I have to say, that when these wedge trainers first started appearing in shops I did have to laugh a bit cause they looked kind of ridiculous. However, much like a lot of girls that I’ve seen walking around in these, they have grown on me massively and I now really want a pair to call my own.  Paired with a graphic or logo t-shirt and some loose boyfriend jeans they really do look good. This is the minimalist version of the sporty trend and so you can afford to accessorize a little bit more with this outfit, for this reason I have chosen to include a skull embellished clutch bag and a spiked ear chain.

What do you guys think?

Peace xo

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Denim jacket- River island men- £25
Cosmic vest- Topman- £22
Disco Pants- Asos- £15
Dr Martens- Ebay- £26
Gold chain- DIY bike chain- free! (woohoo)
Cross necklace- Topman- £2.40
Bracelet- Christmas present

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This is quite a casual outfit for me, the vest I bought recently from Topman and automatically fell in love with it. Due to it being a vest meant for men, it has a slightly baggier fit than women’s vests which i really like, without me having to do the awkward thing of buying a size up to get a slouchy fit and then having the scoop neck slouching a bit too much thinking I have a bigger cleavage then I actually have!
The Dr Martens I got for a steal, I wasn’t willing to pay the full £100 for a pair of shoes but I had been wanting a pair for years. I couldn’t believe th
e day I found a seller on Ebay who sold outlet Dr Martens that had been abandoned from the shops for having a tiny scratch on them. So if you don’t mind a miniscule mark on your shoes, this is the way to go about getting a pair without paying a grieving amount of money for them!

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For the makeup to go with this outfit, i opted for quite natural eyes but then played it up with a bright lilac lipstick, which matched the purple colours in the vest.

What do you guys think?

Peace out. xo

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Tie dye denim jacket- Asos- £39
Chiffon shirt- New Look- £19.99
Collar tips- Asos- £10
Disco pants- Asos- £15
Flatform boots- shoe shop in newport- £17

After buying this badboy, I literally could not wait to raid the wardrobe and  decide what to wear with it. I opted for a more subdued outfit to go with the jacket, as on it’s own it’s pretty wild so I didn’t want to overcrowd it too much by piling copious amounts of colour underneath.

I usually wear a large amount of jewellery but for this outfit i felt it wasn’t really needed. Due to wearing a shirt, i wanted to show off my collar tips so i added those to my shirt. I also decided to wear a hand chain, i feel naked if i don’t have some kind of jewellery on my hands so i stuck with the one.
I always wear a lipstick colour that is featured in my clothes, so for this particular outfit I opted for a dark pinky purple.
Due to me being a complete cheapo and not wanting to spend money on all the lipsticks in the colour of the rainbow I have a special trick I use to creating as many colour lipsticks as you want without having to spend a bomb, i’ll show how to do this in my next post.

Any comments? would love to know what you guys think of the outfit!

peace out xo