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.

Festival style

Glastonbury Festival

Florence Welch

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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?


 

Hush Summer Fashion Event at John Lewis

Hush is a brand that was once known for its homewares, then its lush leisurewear, and is now known for its beautiful, wearable fashion pieces. The brand is affordable luxury, the sort of pieces that can take you from all occasions, from work situations to weekend fun, from relaxing days to nights drinking cocktails.

I so love this basket bag!

Last week stylist and TV presented Beth Goodrham hosted an evening of summer fashion focusing on Hush in their concession in John Lewis in Birmingham’s Grand Central. The evening was an opportunity to have a look at their latest range whilst enjoying a chat and a glass of bubbly. It was a chance to get to know the brand a little better and whilst perusing the latest pieces.

Some of my faves

The highlight of the evening was a styling session with Beth. She had gone through the complete collection in order to curate a holiday wardrobe which was perfect for a long weekend away, taking in all the eventualities, from layering at the airport, to sightseeing around a city (Beth suggested a girly weekend in Barcelona, which sounded pretty perfect to me). There were also outfits for the evening, and accessories and bags were also taken into account.

The selection showed the range of really well, and showed just how diverse it is. There were shorts for those who live in them in Summer, but also a great range of sundresses, jumpsuits and maxi skirts for those who don’t (i.e. me, I think I own three pairs in total). There were statement pieces like the Dorothy style gingham dress that I am totally in love with and will now be stalking, but there were also great basics, like the khaki jacket which you could literally wear with anything, and those wonderful star print t-shirts that I think everyone had fallen in love with. Shoes were also matched to each outfit from the wider range at John Lewis, giving clear idea of a complete outfit.

I came away with a new appreciation of Hush, and a new destination to add to my shopping map.

You can check out the complete Hush range at John Lewis by clicking here.

*With thanks to Beth Goodrham and John Lewis for the invite.

March Outfit Post – #WIWT

March. Well that was a strange month wasn’t it! It started off with the Beast from the East , and some of the coldest conditions I think I have ever lived through, and ended with Easter, which also promised snow, but turned out to be not too bad after all.

For me, March was the month of many birthdays, a few nice theatre visits, an amazing bottomless brunch, and a trip to Wales for a good wind down. It was busy, and seemed to fly by. (Is it just me or do the years seem to go even quicker as you get older?)

In terms of clothing, it was a very mixed bag. I did get a few new things, and found a few things that I had bought previously and then totally forgot about – the dress I wore for hubby’s birthday being a key point and a new favourite. There was still a lot of wear for the winter wardrobe of jumpers and boots, but also a few thinner tops and even shoes during the day as signs of Spring crept up on us all.

As ever, I have added links where possible, or suggested items that are similar.

The Rat Pack Press Night

Top Vintage Skirt M&Co Belt Primark Boots Look of the Day LOTD

Similar Skirt

Chi Chi Tiesa Skirt
£57.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

School Run

Earrings River Island Scarf – Gift from mom Jumper Vintage Jeans Dorothy Perkins Boots Ugg

Similar Scarf

Animal Lilac Stripe Scarf £16 Click to visit Next

Blue ‘Frankie’ Jeans
Was £22.00 Now £16.50 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

The Greatest Showman Cinema Trip

Top M&S Jeans Dorothy Perkins

Petite Yellow Lace Yoke Blouse
Was £25.00 Now £18.75 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Mother’s Day

Top & Skirt Tu at Sainsburys Belt Primark

Similar Skirt

*Luxe Pink Floral Print Prom Skirt
Was £45.00 Was £20.00 Now £18.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Dad’s Birthday – Pub Lunch

Cardigan Jigsaw (Charity shop find) T-shirt Oasis Jeans Dorothy Perkins, socks new look, shoes H&M

Similar T-shirt

Ivory Flamingo Sequin Motif T-Shirt
£15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pale Pink Lace Yoke Cardigan
£14.99 Click to visit New Look

Bottomless Brunch

Top River Island Skirt Tu at Sainsburys

Saturday in Barmouth

Jumper Topshop, Coat New look, Jeans Dorothy Perkins, Bag Accessorize, boots Clarks, striped bag Asda

Soft Slouch Hobo Bag
4907844000
£32.00
Click to visit Accessorize

Maison de Nimes Striper beach bag £20 Click to visit House of Fraser

Hubby’s Birthday Meal

 

Earrings River Island Dress Peacocks Belt Primark Shoes Melissa Westwood

Similar Dress

Black Floral Print Sheered Midi Bardot Dress
£28.00 Click to Dorothy Perkins

Black Floral Sheered Midi Shift Dress
£28.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Family Meal

Top & Skirt M&S Necklace Frank Usher Boots LOTD

M&S Collection
Pure Cotton Slash Neck Half Sleeve T-Shirt
£6.50 Click to visit M&S

M&S Collection
Textured A-Line Midi Skirt
Product Line Number:T594411
Price £35
Click to visit M&S

Brother’s birthday Meal and Dog racing

Dress Biba Belt Primark Earrings Accessorize shoes Vivienne Westwood

Football

Jumper M&S Jeans and boots as before

Star Jumper


Star Jumper £28 Click to visit Simply Be

Mint Velvet Red Apricot Star Cocoon Knit Jumper £69 Click to visit Next

 

Shopping Trip

Jumper LOTD Earrings New Look Skirt Boohoo (Charity shop find) Shoes Next

Plus Eva Floral Print Scuba Midi Skirt
£20.00 Click to visit Boohoo

Lipsy Gold Heel Detail Court £49 Click to visit Next