Thursday, 28 July 2016

Sunrise at Meadows in the Mountains '16

Meadows in the Mountains, sunrise, Bulgaria, wanderlust, Dulcie's Feathers, Sean Delahey
I can't believe that it's been more than a month now since I was perched on the summit of a Bulgarian mountain at one of the most special parties on the planet - Meadows in the Mountains Festival. Summer goes by so fast!

This year I was working for the media and marketing team - see me above, definitely not posing, in the Landrover with my radio. It was an incredible experience and a pleasure to be a part of such a fantastic event and work with such an inspiring team but it did mean I didn't take many photos for a blog post.

But whilst I'm catching up on other festival posts (hold tight for Glastonbury & Secret Garden Party updates!) I thought I would provide you with a little taster of my Sunday morning birthday sunrise with these stunning photographs captured by my talented friend Sean Delahey.

You can read more in depth posts about last year and see my photographs from the journey and the festival in my two part account. I'm already unbelievably excited for next year - will I be seeing you there?
Meadows in the Mountains, sunrise, Bulgaria, wanderlust, Dulcie's Feathers, Sean Delahey
Meadows in the Mountains, sunrise, Bulgaria, wanderlust, Dulcie's Feathers, Sean Delahey
Meadows in the Mountains, sunrise, Bulgaria, wanderlust, Dulcie's Feathers, Sean Delahey
Meadows in the Mountains, sunrise, Bulgaria, wanderlust, Dulcie's Feathers, Sean Delahey


Monday, 18 July 2016

Outer space Festival Fashion selections ready for Secret Garden Party

My favourite July festival, Secret Garden Party, is this weekend! SGP is aaaaall about the dressing up and this year's theme is 'The Gardener's Guide to the Galaxy' so I have created my own personal gardener's guide to the galaxy of garms split into three different spacey themes to give you a heap of costume inspiration, hair and beauty ideas and introduce you to some fabulous festival designers.

Space is definitely a regular festival fancy dress theme but that's cause it's perfect for whacky, sparkly ideas. Bestival's theme this year is 'The Future is Here' so there could definitely be some crossovers in your outfit buying! There is a huge wealth of space related popular culture to mine for ideas but your costumes are really only limited to how wild your imagination can go... The main thing to remember is to grab your towel and DON'T PANIC!
Secret Garden Party 2016, alien fancy dress, space costume, glitter make-up, holographic rain coat, Burnt Soul, Fuud, sequins, festival,

O t h e r w o r l d l y

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft! For all you wannabe extraterrestrials what you do with your hair and make-up is essential. Sequins, glitter, metallic lips and scale effect face paint are all ways to get that alien look. If you don't want to do your own facial embellishment be sure to visit the Miss Lippy crew who will be able to jazz you up on site. I love this holographic rain-coat from Topshop - considering the weather at SGP last year a rain coat is a vital addition to your packing. This silver leotard/swimsuit from Burnt Soul is great (that panel in the middle is reflective!), throw this iridescent teal sequin cape from Fuud on top for instant martian chic. Lady Jane Sequins is my favourite ethical sequin outfit creator - one of her amazing Sequin Kimonos could get you spaced up in seconds. 
Secret Garden Party 2016, space themed festival fancy dress, costume, Barbarella, space babe, h0les, laquadaze, pink alien, space cadet

Retro space BABE

For this look think laser guns, helmets, antennae, silver boots and conical bras. For hair go full on Barbarella blow-dry or opt for a bright shiny bob wig... This mega-shouldered shiny dress is the epitome of this look - find it on CoquetryClothing on Etsy and be sure to look through the shop for more similarly whacky designs. For something a bit more versatile I love this stretchy pink galaxy two-piece from my friend at Laqadaze - you can get one at a discount on the Crowdfunder she is currently running! For the ultimate in galactic accessories these kaleidoscopic glasses from h0les are trippy perfection.
Secret Garden Party 2016, space theme fancy dress, seven of nine, Leia, star, shooting star costume, glitter, sequins, festival

*Star* Girl

The classy answer to space babe, be a classic sci-fi character: Princess Leia in her robes, Star Trek voyager's sexy cyborg Seven of Nine, Farscape's Aeryn Sun, a time lord of Gallifrey... can you tell I really used to be into sci-fi? Or be a star yourself in this Crown and Glory headband and for glitz go for this gold flaked glitter pot from Dust & Dance - best thing is about buying from them (aside from their fabulous selection of chunky glitter mixes!) is that 10% the proceeds go towards YoungMinds a young people's mental health charity. Or how about the ultimate silver sequin tasselled mirrorball bodysuit?

Find all the picture sources on my pinterest and stay tuned for a write-up about That Thing's festival designer showcase I attended on Friday. You can see my Secret Garden party adventures from 2014 here and follow me on instagram to keep up with all my festival fun this summer.


Sunday, 17 July 2016

5 lunches for less in Bristol with Wriggle

Going out for food is one of my favourite things to do but unfortunately definitely not something I can always afford! So when restaurant deal app Wriggle contacted me about trying out their app I was obviously intrigued...

The Wriggle app offers deals at a wide range of independent eateries across the city. These deals have a variety of timeframes and price levels attached. You just choose your preferred option, pay through the app and turn up for your food with the code you've been sent. Simple!

Many of the options cater for two people, so they can provide a great excuse to take somebody out or simply to get out and about with a friend.  They're really veggie friendly too, so I'm a happy girl.  

The best thing about Wriggle for me though (apart from the money saving) is that it's a great way to discover new places. I think we're all guilty of falling into tried and tested routines, getting content in a food rut and having a narrow list of places we return to. This is a shame as there are gazillions of great places out there, we just need to have the incentive to step inside. The Wriggle app has opened the door to several great new places to me which I've previously simply passed by. One significant bonus is that Wriggle painstakingly hand pick who they promote, you won't be seeing any 'normal' or 'boring' eateries here!

Proven Pizza

Eating out in Bristol, wriggle, pizza, proven
Eating out in Bristol, wriggle, pizza, proven
Wednesday lunch date with Ross. 
We both had 2 x any large slices which was £7 for both of us instead of £10!
Proven in the city centre opened late last year and is a great option for a cheap lunchtime bite. These are not your normal sized pizza slices either - I would normally scoff at the idea of ordering only one pizza slice at a time but I was so full after ours! We both tried the vegan option of sweet potato, grated beetroot and crispy kale and I also had a slice of roasted aubergine and goats cheese. Ross opted for a slice of spiced chicken, bacon and avocado with an additional side of homemade guac - it's the perfect option for grabbing a super cheap snack but without compromising on the taste.

The Arts House

Eating out in Bristol, wriggle, The Arts House, Stokes Croft
Eating out in Bristol, wriggle, The Arts House, Stokes Croft
Pre scrap-store lunch with Indi.
We had two toasties, side salads and coffee for £9.95 instead of £15.20. 
I've been to the Arts House a few times, it's slap bang in the middle of Stokes Croft and is super cosy and comfy inside. They've also got a tiny intimate venue downstairs which I've been to some cool events at before. We went for mozzarella, pesto and tomato toasties which were so filling. As it was a sunny day when we visited we made use of the outside seating to catch some rays and watch the world go by.

Tuk Tuck

Eating out in Bristol, wriggle, Tuk Tuck
5 LUNCHES FOR LESS IN BRISTOL WITH WRIGGLE: Bibimbap, tuk tuck, dumplings pan-asian
Study date with Tamsyn.
We had any 2 Pan-Asian mains and 1 portion of dumplings for £11.95 instead of £16.50.
This little Asian fusion cafe hasn't been open for long but it's just beside where I used to catch the bus to uni so I've been wanting to try it out for a while. We chose the bibimbap and tofu salad box for our mains and it was super healthy, yummy and fresh. Tamsyn was a particular fan of the peanut sprinkles in the salad box and I loved the dumplings - I think it was somehow the first time I had tried them (!?)
I even came back the week after to sample the salad box deal which was £3.95 instead of £5.

Just Ground Coffee Kiosk

Shopping trip with Georgie and Lydia.
We had three iced coffees for £4.50 instead of £9.
Just ground is a little blue kiosk placed next to the fountains in the centre of town. I picked up three iced coffees for half price to spur us on our morning shopping trip.

Wise Bean Café

Work lunch date with Tamsyn. Unfortunately no sexy mid-munch mug shot with this one soz. 
We both had organic soup with raw veg salad which was £9.90 for both of us rather than £12.
This year I discovered that I am the most productive whilst working in cafes (a fact that my bank balance is not such a fan of) and for productive vibes this little cafe is a perfect find!! Situated on a corner in Stokes Croft (opposite That Thing and on the turning to Lakota) I have no idea why I hadn't clocked it before. It's super light and airy, with good wifi and all the food and drink is mega healthy and delicious... I would definitely recommend their carrot juice which I had after my latte.

£20.45 total savings, 3 new eateries discovered and 10 lunches all for less than £50!

Use my code YMCDSW to get £3 off your first purchase on Wriggle... You can also read about my other food adventures here!

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