Saturday, 21 July 2012

larmer tree festival 2012

So as promised here are the pictures from Larmer Tree (note: none of them are mine... I did take my camera but I left the battery in the charger... doh!). Larmer Tree is a little family friendly festival on the Wiltshire Dorset border, I go every year with my family and it's always lovely. I've been for the last eight years on the trot and I've got loads of friends who I only ever see at Larmer Tree too, which is nice.. Here's some pictures of all the highlights - mud, the asbo disco, my attempted picture with a Larmer Tree peacock who flew away, Mexican food, scrabble & dress up Saturday! The theme this year was 'All at Sea' so I wore a fantastic dress from Vintage Style Me which i will be posting more about soon and a feather crown that I made and went as some kind of sea Goddess - I leant my mermaid skirt to my friend Juby who made a crown to go with it out of some newspaper... that night we only ended up going in to the festival at half nine cause we were quite cozy, eating olives and painting faces :)

 My best purchase of the festival was from a little vintage store in the corner of the shopping area, this shiny silver skirt! I really love anything shiny and looove this skirt. My mum said I looked like a turkey in tinfoil though. Oh well!


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

art as fashion - vivienne westwood and the wallace collection (continued)

Carrying on with my Art as Fashion series, I wanted to show you that Vivienne Westwood's unconventional AW 1990 portrait collection (see my last post here) wasn’t just inspired by the paintings in the Wallace Collection. As you can see here, juxtaposed with the ruffles and corsets were dresses and one- pieces in black velvet with gold detailing.

These were inspired by the Rococo furniture decorated with the Boulle technique (the technique of inlaying brass and tortoiseshell) by Andre Charles Boulle himself; she appropriated gold on black patterns like the one on the back of a 1713 toilet mirror, below, and changed them slightly to add her logo into the swirling details. I think her use the striking rococo pattern on a collection of different shaped garments is very visually effective.


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

four fashion fixes - leggings

As leggings are such a versatile piece of clothing, they are a festival style essential. They and some of my new vintage pieces, more about them later, were what I was mainly rocking at Larmer Tree Festival last weekend... more about that soon too. My collection has been steadily growing recently so I thought I'd show you some of my new ones!

number one : Black and white striped leggings from River Island which I bought yesterday, the combination of the vertical stripes and the high waist is really flattering... I plan to wear them with my tail coat and a red army hat at Boomtown Fair.

number two : Leopard print leggings from Urban Outfitters, go quickly they're in the sale! They're made of a stretchy, glossy material which dries well in festival rain. I wore mine at Glade with a leopard print bralet and a fur coat... leopard ears and nose optional!

number three : Metallic gold leggings, I actually got these on boxing day in the Topshop sale, the stretchy material isn't very flattering especially around the crotch area so I have been wearing them under shorts!

number four : Blue galaxy print leggings, I got these for my birthday from my boyfriends mum, they're also from Topshop but I think they're sold out too. They look really smart with a sleeveless sheer white shirt. To get the original galaxy print leggings, and loads of other amazing styles go to Black Milk but only if you're willing to fork out quite a lot!


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

four fuss free festival hair fixes

So this is my first ever (and possibly last) hair and beauty post! Inspired by IFB Project #55 'buns, braids & waves, oh my!' I have put together my go to styles over summer - and some funny pictures of my face. All of these should only take five minutes each... all you'll need is a hairbrush, a hair bobble and some kirby grips (bobby pins to my readers over the Atlantic).. As far as product goes I never use any unless at a festival and then it is essential to get some good dry shampoo. My favourite is Batiste in Tropical, smells lush and if you spray it on your roots not only de-greases your hair but also gives you great volume.

number one : Au naturel, as my hair is normally, just down, parted to the side and with my undercut that I'm trying to grow back, pinned out of sight... also at the moment slightly green at the ends (honestly the dip dye made me look like a mermaid originally... I didn't always look mouldy!). If you haven't got natural waves like me but want to try the look, try style number three and when you take it out waves will magically appear!

number two : Quick quiff! Really easy, little backcomb, twist and pin... Good for when the front of your hair won't go right.

number three : Fishtail plait! Tricky at first, but once you get the nack, they're so much prettier than average plaits. There's a good tutorial here.

number four : Bun using a doughnut - I've seen loads of tutorials for this calling it a 'sock bun' too... Mine has a hair doughnut in it which was £1.50 from primark but you can cut the toe off a sock, roll it up and use that too. The trick here is too roll the hair around the doughnut, because otherwise you end up with loads of straggly ends... secure it with some pins at the end too.

the creatives - Harriet Gray

Showcasing another creative person in my inspiration series! I have always really loved illustration and been fascinated by it... mainly because I have never had the patience to do it myself. Today I thought I would showcase the beautiful work of young illustrator Harriet Gray. I stumbled across her work while visiting one of my favourite blogs by another illustrator, Ella Masters, who currently has a 'Business Blog' feature on which I found Harriet.
She mainly creates sketches in pencil of people and animals and sometimes the two combined, which are delicate but detailed and delightfully divine!

You can visit her website here, her lovely blog here and her wonderful etsy shop here... as well as selling prints of her illustrations and little bags and purses with her illustrations on, she also sells these temporary tattoos which are beyond cute! I especially love the owl and the pussycat set, below, as it is one of my favourite childhood poems!

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'

- Edward Lear


Monday, 9 July 2012

glade festival 2012

Hello everybody! Long time no blog! I've been so busy since college ended, I have loads to share. The highlight of June was definitely Glade Festival which kicked off this years season two days after my nineteenth birthday and was a.m.a.z.i.n.g, we had the best time.
The site was beautiful (stages in the forest and a secret rabbit hole stage you had to crawl through a tunnel to get to), the music was great and we made an incredible group of friends; collectively known as the pride they were four Australians, an American and a crazy French chick. Pictures speak louder than words so here are some of all my highlights, such as the main stage or the 'pyromid' burning down on the last night, bike rides, roller disco, meeting Stanton Warriors and lots of dancing!

My next festival will be Larmer Tree which I go to every year! Are any of you planning to go to any festivals this summer?
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