Friday, 29 August 2014

V Festival: Day Three

The last day of V Festival *sigh*. I was sad to see the festival come to an end but after two nights of camping and another to follow, I was looking forward to going home for a good night's sleep! (Getting old, I know!)




Top: Warehouse // Shirt (worn as Kimono): H&M (similar) // Shorts: Topshop // Wellies: Tu @ Sainsbry's // Bum Bag: Primark // Necklace: H&M (similar) // Sunglasses: Portobello Market

This gorgeous top was bought in a Warehouse sale about a year ago for £15! I love the vintage style and quirky pattern - it went with the  high waisted shorts and bum bag well for a casual nineties vibe. Similar style tops could probably be picked up in other high street stores or in vintage retailers - Portobello market is a fave of mine for bargain finds.

This Primark bum bag was also a life saver in the crowds. Having your valuables safely attached to your waist is ideal! A good festival investment that I'll definitely use next year.

I've talked about the kimono and shorts in my other festival posts and as you can tell, they have served their purpose very well!

The last day was another busy day which started with a bit of Aloe Blacc followed by the angelic voiced Sam Smith.






He was incredible live and the crowd loved him. He has an array of catchy pop tunes that you just can't help but sing along to!




Next up was Rizzle Kicks. They were kind of mental but a lot of fun!




Then came Jason Derulo. His performance was incredible! I can't deny that I'm an R&B gal at heart so his style of music is right up my street! He teamed singing with Diversity style dance routines so the whole set was so entertaining.




 


Tinie Tempah followed, who got the crowd going CRAZY! He even brought out Ella Eyre for a duet which was a nice surprise!




The night was rounded off by The Killers. Their pop/rock vibe was the perfect way to end the festival. They were amazing live and their classic 'Mr Brightside' was a brilliant way to end the set - it's the ultimate crowd pleaser!

V Festival was an absolutely incredible weekend spent with close friends and listening to amazing live acts. I would recommend it to anyone and I feel very lucky to have experienced it this year!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

V Festival: Day Two

Day two - the music begins! My friends and I were so excited to get going. We were up early (too early), had breakfast, got ready, had a couple of fruity ciders and bounded into the arena at about half twelve.



Dress: Motel @ Asos // Shirt (worn as kimono): H&M // Neclace: H&M // Wellies: Tu @ Sainsbry's // Fedora: Primark

This motel smock dress was such a find! It's reduced to £21 right now and what a bargain that is! I think sunflowers have been an ultimate festival print this season and the smock style dress is nice and practical; loose fitting and comfy (great for dancing like crazy round a field and for using those pesky portaloos!)

I've recycled another Wireless Festival piece with this H&M black blouse. It's great worn as a kimono as it goes with so much - in fact I think I've only worn it as a done up shirt once! I'll aim to wear it again properly soon but I love how items can be so versatile as it makes them even more worth it.

It had been raining a bit the day before, so I had to put the wellies on again. These Sainsbry's ones were really comfy and kept my feet nice and dry too. Being a plain colour, they also went with the outfits I packed.

We had a jam packed first day, starting off by seeing one of my favourite bands as a kid - All Saints.




We were pretty close to the front which was awesome! I almost felt overwhelmed at being able to see a girl band I loved so much when I was younger. They performed all the classics; my favourites being Black Coffee and Pure Shores.


 



After popping out the tent for a bottle of water, we managed to catch the end of Kiesza belting out her hit song 'Hideaway'. Then we headed straight to the front of the stage again to catch my girl crush of the moment, Foxes. She has an insanely good live voice and had a fun and energetic set - I'll definitely be looking to see her again.



After a little gap to get food, we made our way to the main stage. The evening began with a bit of Bastille. I really like all their songs so singing away in the crowd was a lot of fun and they even did a brilliant cover of TLC's 'No Scrubs'.






Then came Ed Sheeran. He is such a talented guy! It was just him and a guitar and the crowd loved him. It was a great atmosphere.

 




The best 'til last. The one and only Justin Timberlake *SCREAM*. He is without a doubt the best artist I have ever had the privilege of seeing live. He's a fantastic performer; an amazing singer AND dancer who provided the best set list jam packed with hits. The live jazz band also added to the quality of the performance and I was left absolutely speechless when it ended.  I would recommend his show to everyone!

After all that excitement, we headed back to camp where we stayed up chatting and laughing with a few other campers.

A brilliant first day that left me feeling even more excited for the next!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

V Festival: Day One

Hello!

I am back from V Festival and oh my goodness it was INCREDIBLE. I had the best time and am already looking to go next year! It's technically a two day festival, but me and two close friends set up camp on the Friday to make sure we made the most of our weekend.




Top: H&M // Kimono: H&M // Shirt: River Island // Shorts: Topshop // Wellies: Tu @ Sainsbry's // Fedora: Primark // Necklace: H&M

For the first day, I went for the festival faves with a kimono and high waisted denim shorts. This pretty floral number was £14.99 from H&M. It's lovely quality and something that I can dress up or down and pair with a number of outfits so was a good buy. It's not hard to see why kimonos are so popular among festival goers; they're light and loose fitting but still add a touch of glam when layered over a plain outfit.

This top was £12.99 from H&M. Crochet detailing has been popular this summer and has a boho vibe - perfect for a festival! It looks as though both H&M items aren't available online, but I only got these a couple of weeks ago, so they may still be in store.

I wore these denim shorts to Wireless Festival in July and they are my perfect shorts; super high waisted and a little longer on the leg. Of course I had to wear them again for V!

I've never really worn hats before but wanted to give them a go as they always looks so stylish. I decided on a fedora as they seem to look flattering on most people and this one was a bargain at £8. It rounds off the outfit nicely and will look great with winter outfits too.

Remember when everyone went mad for the khaki shirts and jackets with leather trims? Well I was one of those people. I haven't worn this River Island shirt for a little while now but knew it'd be a great little jacket this weekend. Khaki is always a dominant festival colour and it's nice to be able to recycle something once loved so much - especially when it's such good quality.

After setting up our tents, me and the girls chilled in the campsite before heading into the arena for a look around before the festival kicked off the next day. I didn't take many photos the first day, but here are a few:




Sunset over the campsite


Yellow camp woo!

I hope you like my first V Festival outfit post, I'll be back in a few days with a bit about day two!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Holiday Post #3: Jumpsuit for Joy

My third and final holiday post! This one will give a little detail about the town I stayed in called Kusadasi. It's a pretty resort town on the southern Aegean Coast of Turkey; a particularly popular destination for Cruise ships as it's so close to Ephesus. It's typically touristy and has lots going on, but snippets of Kusadasi's culture and history are still easily found.

Before I show you some holiday snaps, I'll firstly show you my outfit for exploring the town by night.






Jumpsuit: Primark // Shoes: eBay // Necklace: Primark

This jumpsuit is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe at the moment and was perfect for holiday. I know, I know, Primark again! But how could I resist?! The tropical print and tailored cut adds a bit of glamour to a holiday wardrobe, and of course it was very purse friendly at around £15.

I've wanted some chunky white sandals for ages but couldn't find 'the ones' on the highstreet. I decided to do a bit of research on eBay and was amazed how many independent sellers there were with loads of styles available. These ones were around £20 with p&p and are pretty comfy. It's always a bit of a risk buying shoes from an unbranded retailer as you never know if they're going to come up big or small, but these are true to size and fit well so I was very pleased!

Anyway, onto the town!



View from our hotel. I loved the rolling hills and white and terracotta houses.

 


 The pretty mosque in the town





Walking into the town







Pidgeon Island




The harbour

So there you have it - a taste of Turkey, and with that we come to the end of my holiday posts. I'm actually headed to V Festival this weekend so will be on the go again! (And then I'm off to Edinburgh the week after, that's another story...). August is a busy month; I was determined to make the most of Summer as much as time off from work and funds would allow.

I will be back after the weekend to tell you about my V Festival experience. Let's hope the sun shows it's face again soon!