V festival fashion- who was top of the pops?

For many festivals have become as much about watching the fashion as about the music. In the case of this years V festival I can say it was probably more interesting. As someone who loves Oasis, Kasabian, The Killers, Strokes etc, I can say that guitar bands seem to be in short supply, and there was an awful lot of pop and R&B/Rap on the menu. But festival style seems to improve each year. Here are some of my favourites, both on and off the stage.

Rihanna

I loved that Rihanna flew the flag in this cute Union Jack crop top. She has the body to make anything look good, and as usual, the girl was simply gorgeous. I also loved her slightly bouncy ‘Dallas’ hairstyle.

Some stars are always worth watching at festivals for what outfit they pull from the fashion hat. Paloma Faith is one, and Imelda May is another. I just adored her tight-fitting stripped dress with waist cinching belt and  1950s ponytail. So classy – she just stands out from the crowd.

Another star whose individualistic style I adore is Shingai from the Noisettes. This year I think her outfit was some kind of tribute to Grace Jones. Red, futuristic, fringed and gorgeous – you just have to love this girl.

I was also impressed by the styling of Ellie Goulding. I’m not usually a fan, but this combination of cool white shirt and black hotpants was sharply chic. With her blonde locks and those fab leopard print boots,this recalled the likes of cool girls Debbie Harry and Patti Smith.

Off stage there were also some pretty fantastic styling going on. I was surprised to love the glamorous outfit worn by TOWIE’ s Sam Faiers. Top marks too for wearing a fab pendant from Zara Taylor, who I featured on fashion-mommy last week. Sam’s boots were just about the prettiest of the whole weekend.  Another surprise was the outfit worn by Tina O Brian, who just looked adorable in white cotton.

I personally think dresses are a great story at summer festivals. Mylene Klass showed that maxis are perfect festival wear in a tropical print effort, whilst Daisy Lowe and Billie Piper both looked fabulous in shorter dresses. Billie and Mylene both show that for a cover up – you can’t go far wrong with a leather jacket.

Well, what do you think? Who was the best dressed at this years festival. Leave a comment about your favourite.

Zatchels – Made in Britain with Love

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When I was a little girl, I had a lovely brown leather satchel to take to school, didn’t everyone? Little did I realise that many years later I would be coveting a leather satchel all over again – this  time in a beautiful floral print, made by the fabulous British brand ‘Zatchels’.

From £104

Zatchels launched 3 months ago in Leicester. The company sells beautiful leather satchels that are made to order. They come in all shapes, sizes, colours and patterns, from the classic brown that would make a perfect gift for a husband or boyfriend, to the really pretty, girlie patterns and colours like the lovely polka dot range that have a real 1950s feel to them.

From £91

The Zatchels are all completely made in Britain, and have the small Union Jack label to prove this. Each Zatchel is numbered and comes with a certificate of Authenticity,  making it a beautiful gift for a loved one. Each  Zatchel also comes in a protective drawstring back, and is finished to a beautiful standard. I admit that I am totally in love with them.

I was lucky enough to meet Janet Clarke from Zatchels at the CiCi press day and to get an opportunity to find out a little bit about Zatchels, as well as getting an up close look at the wonderful satchels. Janet told me that the company had been looking for a product that could offer some security for their skilled workforce, and spotted a gap in the market in terms of  traditional satchels that were becoming a big trend. Zatchels offered a beautifully traditional product, but transformed it into something quirky, colourful, trendy and fun. Now they are becoming a real celebrity favourite, with the Made in Chelsea girls being spotted out and about with theirs, whilst Jessie J is the proud owner of the Union Jack Zatchel.

Cheska from Made in Chelsea with her Zatchel

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What I love about Zatchels are their Versatility. The cross body strap makes them so practical, whilst the bag can come with or without the top handle. They make fabulous changing bags for moms because they are so roomy, whilst the larger varieties will easily hold a laptop. They look great with casual outfits, but the more traditional colours can also look businesslike. The small sizes are wonderful for fashion-forward little girls, but also make cute handbags for slightly older ladies. I also love the barrel handbag shape.

Zatchels are currently available in Fenwicks and some House of Fraser stores. You can also find them online at http://www.zatchels.com. Prices start from £40 for the barrel bags.

Get the Jessie J look at Harvey Nichols, Birmingham

Did anyone really pay that much attention to this years Britain’s Got Talent? Let’s face it, apart from the Ronan Parke  and a batty female Liberace called Jean, it wasn’t the most interesting of programmes…that is until Jessie J appeared.

When Jessie J stepped onto the stage, all eyes just shot to her lips, rather than a normal, glossy lipstick,  Jessie’s lips were made up in a perfect Union Jack. This left women everywhere shouting ‘Where can I get that look?’

Well, help is now at hand. I can reveal that Jessie was wearing Violent Lips. Violent Lips are a range of temporary tattoos that come in a whole  range of shapes, shades and prints, meaning you can have fun experimenting with a whole range of different looks. They are now exclusively available from Harvey Nichols, meaning you can get your fix from the Mailbox in Birmingham.

Currently the most popular option is the Union Jack print, £12, to bring the most patriotic look to your lips. But you can also opt for pretty polka dots or a leopard print if you fancy a walk on the wild side. Violent Lips are easy to apply, each pack comes with three temporary appliqués which last for up to eight hours. They are vitamin-enhanced, contain no animal products and can be removed with baby oil.