Get Your Festival style sorted

Festival season will soon be upon us, and this year sees the biggie back, with Glastonbury once again promising to be memorable. Festivals are a great mixture of great style, great music, and, notoriously bad weather, but they are a part of Summer to enjoy and savour, whether you go for a single day or enjoy the whole camping/glamping experience.

Festivals in the UK are as famous for the inclement weather as they are for the music, and weather does tend to govern festival fashion. Unlike Coachella, white is never a good idea at British festivals, one downpour and that lovely fresh field becomes a total quagmire. That said, there have been some amazing festival fashion over the years, with Kate Moss being the reigning Queen of festival fashion, but with the likes of Lily Allen, Alexa Chung and Millie Mackintosh also showing us how it’s done.

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Kate Moss

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Alexa Chung

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Lily Allen

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Millie Mackintosh

British festival style is a cool mixture of Hunter Wellies, cut off denim hotpants worn with either shabby chic knitwear, tie and die, or vintage cotton. The aim of the look is to be eclectic, this mish mash of styles works to create a look that is both unique and practical, whatever the weather decides to throw at you.

 

Camping or Glamping?

Festivals often mean camping, with most festival goers setting up their own tents for the duration. But, if like me, camping is not your thing, and you prefer home comforts and luxury whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the festival, then maybe glamping is a better option for you.

The Yurtel Steanbow experience is the most luxurious way to experience Glastonbury this year, the one that I am sure Kate Moss would well appreciate. From deluxe bell tents, to Yurts full of home comforts, to the absolute creme de la creme, the luxury suites that come complete with cosy rugs, a shower room and front decking from which to enjoy the views of Glastonbury Tor, the experience allows you to enjoy all the fun of the festival, but to then chill out with Spa treatments, and to enjoy a la carte dining with not a dodgy burger in sight.

This is definitely the way to enjoy Glastonbury if you are just there for the music, and want to avoid the burger vans, portaloos and too much mud.

Are you going to a festival this year? Will you be camping or glamping?


 

Brunswick In The Blitz – A Treat For Vintage Fashion Fans

Brunswick Park is a gorgeous green space in the heart of Wednesbury. It was opened in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, and it retains a wonderful air of calm, a perfect place for a picnic, to walk your dog or just to spot local wildlife. But on Saturday and Sunday last week, the park was alive with the sounds of Big Band tunes, and awash with colourful 1940s fashion as it played host to the first ‘Brunswick in the Blitz‘, transporting the park and its visitors back to the heady days of 1940s.

The beautiful bandstand, which is usually closed, was open once again, as the Ashby Big Band played the tunes of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter. The sun shone for at least part of the afternoon, as couples dressed in 1940s dress, from military uniform, land girl garb and more glamorous tea dresses, enjoyed dancing to the memorable tunes. There was also a sing along of wartime songs from another conflict, with ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ particularly enjoyed.

A red Routemaster bus provided the perfect bar for refreshments of the alcoholic kind, whilst more refined tea and coffee could be found at the Blitz tearoom, which was also stocking a range of delicious homemade cakes and cookies.

Brunswick in the Blitz had a range of stalls that offered information about the 1940s, from ‘Dig for Victory; and growing your own, to the reality of rationing. I was fascinated by the false and elaborate wedding cake that was made from cardboard, and housed a rather more modest fruit cake underneath. There were beautiful vintage cars to enjoy, and military vehicles too. And then there were stalls, selling a range of beautifully curated vintage fashion and homewares, all at very reasonable prices, and totally adding to the authentic feel of the event. From retro furs to glorious hats, and beautiful leather handbags and vintage cake stands, this was a treasure trove that would delight vintage lovers of all ages.

Brunswick in the Blitz was a fantastic event which I hope will happen again very soon. It was simply lovely.

 

What To Do During Your Staycation

Holiday season is here, and many people are already sharing snaps of white sandy beaches and azure coloured oceans on Instagram. But what if this year you are not going away on holiday, maybe through financial issues or work commitments, what can you do if you are planning a staycation? The good news is that staying at home doesn’t have to be dull or boring, there are so many diverse and interesting things you can do, maybe even learning a new skill in the process.

Here are a few ideas that may give you food for thought.

Cookery Classes

You can have great fun with some cookery lessons and can learn new skills into the bargain. There are so many different sorts of lessons out there, ranging from cookery basics (i.e for someone like me, who hosts a dinner party with a selection of takeaway menus at hand), or for people who want to refine their skills, or learn a specific type of cookery, like French Cookery, or learning how to make Asian cuisine, or even divine macaroons. These courses are suitable for anyone with a passing interest in food creation and preparation, and will certainly give you a fabulous new skill and end product to take home.

The Big Sleuth

A day in the city of Birmingham can be about so much more than shopping. Following on from the Big Hoot in 2015, this year Birmingham’s streets, squares, museums and shopping areas will be filled with more than 100 beautifully decorated bears, so that a day in the city can really mean ‘we’re going on a bear hunt.’ Grab a map, put some sensible walking shoes on, and get ready to hunt down those bears. The bears will be auctioned off at the end of the Summer to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. (Visit The Big Sleuth website for more information).

Go to a Festival

A festival no longer means having to travel miles from home, most areas now have festivals of everything ranging from music to food. One food festival that I have been interested in is at RAF Cosford, and combines a range of local producers, chef demonstrations and even live music, all combining to make a really fun afternoon. Combine it with a trip around the RAF museum, which is brilliant, with entry free of charge.

A family ticket for the food festival costs just £12. Buy tickets here.

Football Friendlies

The football season may well be over, but that doesn’t mean a summer without football. Next month a whole host of friendlies and tournaments will be taking place, including the Emirates Cup which Arsenal will be taking part in this July, along with Benfica, Seville and Leipzig. Family tickets are available and reasonably priced, and could be a great way to introduce your child to European football…or just an excuse to watch Olivier Giroud in action.

What plans do you have for the Summer?