November Rain Ponchos – Made for the British Weather

If there is one thing we are guaranteed in Britain, whether it is Winter of Summertime, it is that we will have some rain. Summer holidays, bank holiday day trips, festival season, all of these events can be blighted by the inclement conditions of the weather. So it pays to be prepared, especially if you can do this in a fashionable and practical way. The ponchos from November Rain allow you to do just that, whilst also giving a little bit back in terms of supporting water related charities.

The ponchos from November Rain have just launched in the UK, after being very successful in America. The brainchild of Belinda Coker, who was the lady behind the Envirosax, the original reusable bag, the ethos behind November Rain ponchos is of a ‘… stylish rain poncho that gives you a waterproof covering at the same time allowing you to carry on your normal activities…’ It is designed to give you the coverage of a poncho, but with sleeve holes so that you are not restricted when you have things to hold – whether it be shopping bags or you child’s hand. It also has a hood, so you can leave your umbrella at home too.

I have been trialing the November Rain poncho in the plain design, which is a beautiful shade of Ocean Blue (there are also printed designs available). The first thing I love about it is the practicality of the product. It comes folded in a little waterproof bag which means it is perfect to have in the car, in your bag, or to pack for traveling.  Basically you can take it with you wherever you go.

 

The design is practical, but also stylish. This is no poncho like those you get for wet rides at theme parks, this is a smart design with sleeves, and great quality Satin Polyester with a strong waterproof backing. The hood is detachable, so if you are not keen on that look you can change it, and with the heat sealed seams you are assured that this is fully waterproof. The design means that you could easily wear this over your outdoor coat and jacket if you happen to be caught in the rain.

I’m heading to Wales for Easter and just know I will be living in this. It is stylish, practical and perfect for Spring Showers or heavy downpours. You can currently buy it from Amazon for £49. Click here to view.

 

 

 

Janis Joplin festival style

Over the Easter holiday I enjoyed catching up on a bit of television, and one thing that I watched was a docu-film about the legendary Janis Joplin. Called ‘Janis Joplin – Little Girl Blue’, it was a story that told about her life, her work, her problems and showed many of her legendary performances, including ‘Ball and Chain’, ‘Cry Baby’ and ‘Another Piece of My Heart.’

One of the things I noticed whilst watching the film was what incredible style Janis had. This was the late 1960s when hippy chick was all the rage, and with festival fever taking off with Monteray, Woodstock and The Isle of Wight festivals amongst others, Janis was really the first woman to perfect the festival Chic looks that we now see everywhere from Coachella to Glastonbury each year.

Janis was a fashion magpie who loved bright colours,  beautiful fabrics and lots of jewellery as part of her overall look. Think floral print trousers, Kimono style jackets, long rows of beads and acres and acres of jangling bangles. Add into the mix the sort of bell bottomed jeans that made such a comeback last year, teamed with boho style blouses with bell shaped sleeves and then layered with waistcoats and Afghan coats, and you get a look that is strangely modern and actually fairly perfect for festival season in the weather challenged UK.

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Fringed jackets and beads

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This look has been co-opted by Kristen Stewart

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The layered look

Janis Joplin © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

Janis Joplin © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

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Bell bottoms, stack heels and lots of bright colours

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Love this look

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Classic Janis

Janis’s look has inspired so many icons of style, from Kate Moss and Kristen Stewart, to Stevie Nicks and Billie Piper. Her incredible voice and performances mean that she will remain an ultimate musical icon, but the woman who was plagued with the thought that she was never pretty enough was actually beautiful, stylish and vibrant, and continues to inspire with her music, her passion and her wardrobe.

Get the Janis Look with Miss Selfridge

Pink Bardot Crochet Frill Top £20.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Pink Bardot Crochet Frill Top
£20.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Crochet Hem Bardot Top £28.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Crochet Hem Bardot Top
£28.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Blue Embroidered Gypsy Blouse Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Blue Embroidered Gypsy Blouse
Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Petites Ivory Cutwork Blouse £35.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Petites Ivory Cutwork Blouse
£35.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Print Tie Waist Jumpsuit £49.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Print Tie Waist Jumpsuit
£49.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

ASTRO point ankle wrap boot £65.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

ASTRO point ankle wrap boot
£65.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

FLEUR Tan Wood Heel Sandal £45.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

FLEUR Tan Wood Heel Sandal
£45.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Petites Floral Wrap Maxi Skirt £32.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Petites Floral Wrap Maxi Skirt
£32.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Embroidered Gypsy Top £25.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Embroidered Gypsy Top
£25.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Patch Pocket Denim Skirt £28.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

White Patch Pocket Denim Skirt
£28.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bardot Belted Denim Dress £39.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bardot Belted Denim Dress
£39.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

 

 

Festival Fever – No Thanks!

When it comes to festivals, it is safe to say I am now firmly on the side of 6 out of 10 magazine and their stance in the article ´Why festivals aren´t for me´.

Now, I am the first to admit that Kate Moss and her crew of super cool friends still look amazing glamping in their Winnebago´s, complete with their own toilet and home comforts. And yes, the music is still super exhilarating in its brilliance. I am so looking forward to the Goddess that is Florence Welch headlining this Friday night. But I will be just as happy to watch it on the TV in my Menorcan hotel (blessed with all BBC channels) rather than actually experiencing it at Glastonbury.

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Why? Well there´s the British Weather for a start. If I wanted to bathe waist high in mud, I would make sure it had some theraputic or beauty properties first – maybe in a Turkish mudbath? British festivals are well known for mud, rain and storms, it just seems the mention of the word ´festival´ seems to turn the best British Summer into Monsoon season!

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And then there´s the toilet situation. The 6 out of  10 article hits the nail firmly on the head when it says ¨…It is insane how much of my festival hate is urinary based´. There are the portaloos filled so high you literally rise when you sit down on them. The obligatory peeing in a bottle, and then throwing it (if it´s cold it´s beer, if it´s warm it´s pee…) is a sad but true fact when you have found yourself a good space and don´t want to lose it. Why would we pay good money to put ourselves through a urine soaking?

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Then there´s injuries. Pryers Solicitors have produced a great infographic of festival injuries that you can also view on the 6 out of 10 page. Falling whilst crowd surfing, being hit by flying objects, slips, trips, falls and all manner of crushes just add to the absolute ´fun´of festivals.

When you put it all together, maybe it is best to enjoy it all from the comfort of your armchair, with a clean toilet just a step away…