Having such talented buds is aiiight. When my friend Gill, a film maker, suggested that we knock our heads together to create a short video for this blog, I jumped at the chance. And so, one super scorching Saturday later, we filled my car with cameras and clothes & set about exploring our hometown to give you a little insight into my blog & interests!
Previously, the thought of vlogging has terrified me, so urm, consider this my timid introduction...! Hope you enjoy!
Ahh, Kate Moss for Topshop. Lust worthy collections, that until now had completely evaded my wardrobe. Since their first collaboration in 2007, the majority of the Moss/Topshop pieces were immediate sell outs, and, if I'm being honest, it's this that has always put me off a little bit. I know, I know, as a high street kinda girl, that's just something to be expected across the board but with the Moss collections, they're such immediately iconic pieces that if you wear a Moss to an event, there's a good chance there's gonna be a few other Moss' out that night too! And that my amigos, just ain't gonna do ;)
That said, when I saw this little darling on ebay, all beautiful and slinky and florally and fringy (and, not to mention three years after Kate & Topshop decided to end their design deal), I decided the time was right to make it mine! The embroidered floral details against the simpleness of the rest of the dress are just so pretty, they remind me of the dresses that I oogled the babes from First Aid Kit wearing at a gig last year. And those sleeves....nom.
Dress - Kate Moss for Topshop via Ebay; Boots - ASOS; Necklace - present.
Shoe-wise, I went with my navy asos desert boots - currently in the sale! As you may see, they are still incredibly dusty from a venture to Latitude, I'm currently investigating the case of the missing suede brush. How far can it go? It makes me a little nervy when outfits look a bit too pastiche, and I was really not helping myself this day in my excitement at finally being able to do a half decent beehive, so I find that some distressed kicks work well to counteract the pristine vintage-ness of the rest of the outfit.
Excuse my super scowly face this day too - I promise it was it just a bit of bright sunshine in my eyes, I believe I was a happy bunny!
Latitude is a festival that just keeps on giving. Each year, the the acts get better, the food gets tastier and those life lessons learnt during one glorious weekend just get more poignant. This summer marked my third time at Latitude and here's some things I learnt:
1. Glitter is for life, not just for Latitude
Glitter is great. There’s not much else in the world that brings that instant feeling of elation quite like glitter; it’s the universal symbol of flipping good fun. Much like a mayor might don their jangly necklaces, one must adorn themselves in glitter upon arrival at a festival, just so everyone knows, the festivities are happening RN.
Unfortunately, no amount of glitter experience can ready you for the day that you open up your makeup bag to reveal an unprecedented glitter explosion. The four, carefully packed tubes of rainbow coloured glitter no longer lay in their protective casing and instead, will cover every little thing that you have packed. One week and several washes later, the glitter is still saturating everything. Make up brushes cling on to last sparkly hopes as you resign myself to unrelenting daily questions of, “is that glitter on your face…”
2. Your night at the Guilty Pleasures disco will be the highlight of your weekend, and perhaps, even your life.
So, it's Friday night, the feeling's just right, headliners are over and you're looking for a good time. You spy the words "guilty pleasures disco" outside the comedy arena and decide to take a wander in. IT WILL BE THE BEST DECISION YOU EVER MAKE. Hours of classic pop whilst a group called 'Sparkle' dance around the stage whilst wearing tennis outfits and Andy Murray masks, confetti falls from the ceiling every half hour and 50 or so giant balloons bounce around the crowd. At some point you'll look deep into your friends eyes are you wind your body down to Shaggy's Mr Bombastic with the mutual realisation that life doesn't get much better.
3. Always consult your boyfriend about what he packing before you arrive.
Or you will pack the same thing. Your boyfriend will then decide to wear it on the same day as you, and you will look like a sleep-deprived Kooples advert gone wrong.
4. Just always take a pop up tent... always.
Let's cast our minds back to 2012 for a moment. Latitude weekend, the weather was dire, festival goers grumbled as water creeped into their cheap 2 man tents. Meanwhile, James & I lay smug as we'd just purchased a fantastic 4-man, warm and waterproof tent. Fast forward to 2013: I was optimistic that our trusty tent would once again reign supreme... until I found out that James would be joining my friends and I Saturday morning and I'd have to set up this monstrous beast all on my own, after a 3 hour drive down to Southwald, after work, and with daylight quickly disappearing. THANK YOU, friends, you helped a struggling sista out.
Unless you were living in a tiny island the otherside of the globe, you might have noticed that I was a little excited the other weekend, as James band Temples supported the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park. Early Saturday morning, we all piled into the van, stocked up on an M&S service station special - Bucks Fizz, and sang our way down the M1.
It was SUCH an amazing day full of sunshine, laughs, endless Jagger impressions, bumping into Charlie Watts (ahh!), delicious (and free!) gin sours and dancing around to the freaking Stones! Someone, pinch me, quick!
Blimey! We're half way through July & this is the first time I've posted this month! Oops. I'm a naughty blogger. It's just been one of those, "if I catch up with this tonight, then I'll definitely get back to the blog tomorrow..." days... everyday... for over two weeks.
That said, I'm rather glad of my mini blogging hiatus, it's gave me the chance to enjoy the absolutely glorious weather we're been having (lemme hear ya say "no tights, yeah!") & hang with friends. Which, afterall, is what summer is all about.
Last weekend was spent galavanting around Northamptonshire with one of my bestest buds, Gill for a very special film collaboration that were working on. I say collaboration, Gillybean did all the filming & I just walked around in shot & arranged things now and again! Super excited to see the real thing once its been edited but for now, I'll be sure to post it up when its done! For now, hope you enjoy these couple of stills!